The day my husband cried real tears!
August 18, 2016 6:57am CST
Am I execrating? Sure, just a little, but it made for a good title! Now here's the rest of the story. Back in 1969, way before my time with him since we didn't meet until 1997, my husband bought a brand new '69 elCamino. It was the hot vehicle of the times and some think it still is LOL! It was blue and it had power up the wing-wang. When I met him the car was almost 30 years old. It was tired, wasn't used, it was in primer and parked in a garage for years. He did dust it off and picked me up for a date in it one evening...I wasn't thrilled to say the least! It was, in one word, ugly. After we got married and decided we would move to TN I tried to talk him out of dragging it with us. That didn't go over very well. It just so happened that his aunt died and left him a small amount of money, just enough to get the vehicle painted the original color. It did look a lot better I will admit So we paid a transport company to haul it from NJ to TN. I drove once, but with my short legs I could just barely reach the clutch so only I managed to go a few miles before I gave up! The car went with us from home to home in Tennessee - when we hit our third home we had 10 acres and about 8 of those needed mowing. I told him, "If it can't cut grass it has to go." He knew it was time. We had no spare garage to park it in at that house and he knew he couldn't leave it parked outside. So, after an add in Cragislist the elCamino found itself a buyer. That buyer was just that - he bought and sold old vehicles...so the car eventually wound up out in the mid-west with a true elCamio lover who is taking good care of it. Did he cry a few real tear? I think so, but he would never admit it! PS: Yes, he did buy himself a nice new super-duper lawn tractor for those 8 acres. Photo is mine taken while waiting for the Dandridge, TN Christmas Parade to kick off.
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18 Aug 16
My husband has sold two weeks ago his 36 years old Datsun 280 ZX. He only used that car a couple of times every month. It was a sport car, low and not very comfortable now that we are aging. It costed a fortune in insurance and annual state tax. I think he also cried a few tears, but at least now it's gone.
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• United States
18 Aug 16
@LadyDuck I was in a contest to win one. I had a one in 15 chance of winning. I had to get to the dealership and pull a key to see if it started the car...the idiot boyfriend really didn't want me to have the same car as his so he made sure I didn't get there that day. He wasn't a nice person.
18 Aug 16
My fiance had an elCamino and sold it just before he met me. He has regretted it since that day. He loved that car and every time he sees one it hits him. Sometimes I think I see a tear as one passes by. He will never really get over it. They are a treasure to have.
• Toccoa, Georgia
18 Aug 16
That is a great looking car. I love older model cars. And, I know the feeling your husband was having when you sold it. In 2010, my husband and I sold our 22 year old Ford truck. It was the first automobile we bought together as a married couple and we drove it a lot and drove the kids in it. We sold it to a guy my husband worked with, who then sold it to his relative who lives somewhere in North East Georgia probably around 45 minutes away. I wonder how it is doing. I still get sentimental when I think of it.
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill according to wiki. so they did make more, just not currently, I have no idea what year I'd want 1.2 First generation (1959–1960) 1.3 Second generation (1964–1967) 1.3.1 1965 1.3.2 1966 1.3.3 1967 1.4 Third generation (1968–1972) 1.5 Fourth generation (1973–1977) 1.6 Fifth generation (1978–1987) 1.6.1 1982 1.7 The mythical 1988 model year