I’m not exactly sure how this happened but we ended up filling all the spaces in the driveway with 2019 model year vehicles.
We started with a replacement for Shana’s X5 in November of 2019:
2019 Toyota Tacoma Limited in Quicksand!
When we added up all the receipts and deprecation on the X5, we were at nearly $400/mo in the 6 years we owned the car. While not a waste, it was to maintain a modern-classic that wasn’t appreciating in resale; in fact quite the opposite despite the pile of receipts to keep it as perfect as we could.
Suddenly our eyes were open to the value of a new car in the same budget range. With the killer lease rates fueled by the extraordinary resale of the most popular car sold in 2019, we acquired the Tacoma Limited for very little. We’ll probably take advantage of the high resale and sell privately when the next generation is announced — and get a new one.
Later during COVID, I sold the 1993 Ducati 750SS:
It ended up with a well known Corvallis Ducati enthusiast and I couldn’t be happier. I owned it for 13 years but I hadn’t really ridden any bikes in the past 5 years. Check out these 750SS SuperSport archived posts for a tribute to this fine motorcycle that provided so many memorable miles.
Getting back in the saddle: 2019 KTM 390 Duke
Riding less than 500 miles in the past several years has made me rusty. But this sharp and stylish lightweight is just what the doctor ordered. It’s light, punchy, and incredibly easy to enjoy at all speeds under 100mph. It won’t be long before I endeavor to acquire something with adult horsepower and size. In the meantime, this is a super fun toy to enjoy at a whim and inspiring tons of confidence to make up for lost time.
Back in a Volkswagen: 2019 Golf R!
I also sold the Z4M in late spring last year. At the time I had saved up for a long time and figured it was time to get a Porsche or similar limited edition German special. It’s a silly promise to my younger self to acquire the sportscars I never thought I’d obtain. But the COVID market proved to be very spicy with plenty of competition. 48-72hr market-to-sale turnaround times on the cars I was shopping was suddenly commonplace. Several cars slipped through my fingers during this 8 month search and I’ll detail some of the runners up in a future post. It was very frustrating to say the least!
Then after a leisurely and scenic drive on a late fall day (COVID boredom), we followed a blue mk7.5 Golf R heading back into town. It was definitely the facelifted mk7.5, super clean and detailed. Stunning to be honest. It was one of those moments when we were both staring at it and knew it was time to get back into a Volkswagen. Our 9th in fact.
Soon after, this super low mileage Golf R appeared at Audi Wilsonville and I acted as fast I could to get it.
This has ended up being the best choice for us during this challenging time. Values on enthusiast collector cars have increased sharply this past year and competition in the marketplace has been fast and fierce. In the meantime, I’ve been blissfully ignorant of new car offerings the past 5-10 years. While I knew what a Golf R was, I was highly skeptical of the 2.0L Turbo 4 cylinder and hefty entry price. Cue stereotypical revelation: after a short test drive, I was won over almost instantly! This really is a brilliant hot hatch and it’s everyday appeal will be hard to replace after owning two roadsters the better part of the past 10 years.
It took me a while to realize it, but somehow we’ve ended up with three 2019 model year vehicles, and to be honest we couldn’t be more happy – which has been good during these unprecedented times. Having the right ride for every spare moment has been a wonderful escape from reality.