All I Ever Wanted Was An MG Midget

That is what I would like to have.
That is what I would like to have.

Daily Prompt: Keeping up with the Joneses

Tell us about the one luxury item you wish you could afford, in as much detail as you can. Paint a picture for us.

I’ve never wanted a luxury item. Sure I’ve thought about how nice it might be to have a yacht or perhaps live in a mansion, but it was always with a certain smile on my face as if saying to myself, “Poor lad, you know that will never happen.”

I have never been attracted to or by luxury. If I buy something it is always the cheapest. My wife has to buy coats for me because if left to me I’d never replace my old worn-out ones.

I don’t know why, I’m that way. I just am.

Several years ago I revealed a secret passion to a friend.

“I’ve always wanted an MG Midget,” I said.

“I’ll sell you one for $50,” he said.

“I can’t,” I said. “I can’t even justify $50 for one.”

“Okay,” he said. “It’s free.”

“What!” I said.

“It’s in my barn,” he said. “You’d be doing me a favor by just taking it off my hands.”

My wife and I talked for a few minutes and she thought it would be a nice project for me to restore it.

This is what I ended up with.
This is what I ended up with.

I had the MG Midget towed home.

For  the next few weeks I purchased all sorts of used tools to help in the restoration. I asked a friend who restored MGs to take a look at my MG.

“How much time are you willing to spend on this?” he asked.

“I’d like to have it done before I retire in two years,” I said.

“It will effect your marriage,” he said. “You’ll spend more time working on the car than you will with your wife.”

“Maybe that’s why she suggested the project,” I chuckled.

“How much are you willing to spend?” he said.

(Mind you, I’ve never done this type of thing before.”

“Oh, four maybe five thousand dollars,” I said.

My friend started laughing. “You’ll sink $15,000 in this before it’s even drivable.”

Well that was a sharp burst of reality.

My wife always said the only way I’d be behind the wheel and going down the road is if it was being pulled by a tow truck.

Two years later I sold it to my friend so he could use it for parts which is what I think he wanted all along.

That was the only thing I ever wanted to indulge myself with.

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11 comments

  1. Funny story! Sorry you didn’t actually end up with an MG Midget. There was a time I wanted one, too. But, I am fickle when it comes to cars. My favorite was a 1984 Volvo boat of a sedan that I owned. I bought it when it was about 20 years old. I couldn’t convince my husband it was worth restoring once things started breaking down. I still miss that car.

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