I remember buying a new '66 Mustang & paid $2000 and change. My Daddy told me anybody who paid over $2k for a car ought the have his head examined, his tail kicked, and be "put away" for his own protection & the protection to the public. He later bought a USED Eldorado for over $2K. LOL! I reminded him of what he said. LOL
I was in Canada on the way to PEI when I dropped a hole in my '68 Diamond Reo, 318 & a 15 speed double over. They towed me 200 miles to Halifax, Nova Scotia, put Dad & I up in a hotel, replaced 4 holes, with all the other things your have to do, & the entire bill was less than $600.
On the other hand, I bought an MCI conversion for $X. I put another $2X in it. I sold it for 1/10 $X.
Time marches on.......... I just try not to fall too far behind!!