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When I sold my GTA back in 2018, I made sure to keep a record of the VIN number, so I could find where it ended up. A little backstory- I bought it extremely cheap ($2500) and sold it very cheap ($3500) to Carmax, for the simple reason that no one else would buy it and I needed it gone because I couldn’t afford 2 cars at the time. It was mechanically pretty good; the paint wasn’t great and the wing and rear bumper was cracked and peeling.

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Well I finally got around to looking up the VIN, and look at it! It’s beautiful! And it last sold for almost 8 grand! Sure, I could be mad that I pulled the trigger too soon and sold it cheap, but I’m honestly so happy that it found its way to good hands that fixed the things I always meant to but never had the time or money to do. I wasn’t even sure these pictures were mine at first until I saw the slight panel damage under the front quarter panel. It looks like it’s even still got the good tires I bought for it but didn’t put many miles on.

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The wing and bumper got replaced, and the paint received some love. I can’t believe how nice it looks.

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The popups are still going strong! I replaced the bushings in both headlights when I had it. (They disintegrate over time, that’s what typically causes popups to fail.) Also note the holes on the side of the bumper, Ohio requires a front plate and I thought it looked better offset like that.

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This is it when it was my GTA. It looks like they also removed the pinstripe and fixed the surface rust on the driver’s door and the chipped paint on the mirror. I do miss it, but I don’t regret selling it. In my mind it’ll probably forever be the best looking and coolest-feeling car I’ll own. Definitely not the fastest, best handling, or most practical though.

I’m mostly just happy that it didn’t end up back in the trailer park I bought it from.

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