So I wasn't actively car shopping, but... My 71 Squareback, reliable as it had been in 7 years of daily service (I parked it most winters), was too rusty to feel safe driving anymore. I'd been saying so for a few years, but it kept going with minimal maintenance so I kept driving it. I was more-or-less waiting for some catastrophic failure as an excuse to say "screw it" and walk away from it with my thumb out. One front tire blowout (It still steered remarkably well), and a stripped out oil sump plate stud (I shut it off before much drained out, but had no way to catch it as it drained. So I brought a bag of Kitty litter when I came back to fix it later in the day. A dab of JB weld, a new stud and nut, and the engine still lives 5 years/20,000 miles later) were the only things that managed to break it for even a little while. The Master cylinder went out, too - but the Parkway, shifting, and the parking brake got me the few miles home. Last Autumn, a friend tipped me off to a 68 near Madison, WI. According to the owner, they bought it in Colorado used in 1975 and drove it until the engine blew in 1985. They moved to South Central Wisconsin soon after and brought the car with them. He'd planned to rebuild the engine so his wife could keep driving it (it was her first car, and she loved it. She cried when I towed it away). Instead, life happened, and it got stuck in the barn. Fast forward to 2014 -> The old barn was deteriorating, and needed to be torn down before it tore itself down. With no covered storage for it, and never realistically going to actually revive it, they decided to sell it. after talking to the owner for just a few minutes, I committed to buying it based on the few pictures from the CL ad.