A blue 1976 Caprice Classic hardtop. Specifically my blue 1976 Caprice Classic hardtop.
Technically it's a car I still have, but she's not in use right now and I don't know if she ever will be again. The Blue Beast AKA the Hot Yacht AKA the '76. My grandparents bought it new and my dad bought it off of them when he and my mom got married. Eventually they stored it away in a barn but brought it out and had it restored somewhat and it was turned over to me when I first started driving. It's got sentimental value and family history.
Originally I was terrified of the car. It's a freaking boat and maneuvering it took some getting used to. She also had quirks that I had to learn. Once I did I grew to love that car and even the problems that came with it. It saw me through my senior year of high school and all of college.
As time went on she continued to accumulate problems but ultimately she was to expensive to feed. I ended up buying my dad's car from him when he upgraded and the '76 was put out to pasture. Ideally she would have been stored in the barn but that was full at the time so she is parked next to it and has been for several years. It breaks my heart to see her rusting away like that. Seriously, I almost cry when I see her. The love I have for that car is like that of a pet. I'm actually tearing up now, I really miss that car.
One day I would like to see her restored but if I ever do have that kind of money to sink into a project it won't be for a while. Most of the deterioration is cosmetic she's rusting in places and the vinyl has all but peeled off of the roof. I'd wager that the wiring is shot, under the hood is probably a literal rat's nest. At least the engine should be in good shape. Of all the problems I had, none of them were ever engine related. As cliche as it sounds, they really don't build them like they used to.
So long story wandered off into nostalgic rambling but eventually cut short and restated, I would have *my* (accept no substitutes) 1976 Caprice Classic restored to her former glory.
Although to really enjoy it I'd need a doubling in salary just to afford the fuel. Great car, horrible gas mileage.