I'm not sure all readers/posters here are recognizing how daunting it would be to put a personal vehicle out there on a site like this as an employee. Knowing the audience will be highly informed and potentially critical.
Most don't do that (post pics of our cars) as a member/site lurker. Most of the ones that are posted are either fresh barn finds or immaculate vehicles (best in show types). If you know your car is amazing and viewed that way by many it is easier to be brave. The risk of negative comments in social media causes many to hide behind masks and/or not participate in general. We don't need that atmosphere here.
So kudos to the Hagerty staff that stepped up and did this. More of your story for the vehicle would actually be interesting. I know some of you have other stuff, and other staff have cool things too. Sajeev for example could probably fill a whole forum just on the vehicles he's had, worked on or wants to work on next.
If you don't think someone's car is cool, that is fine. Personally I like that the Hagerty forums are very devoid of drama and negativity. No good comes from being that comment poster.
I was on something of a similar path a couple of years ago, in that for whatever stupid reason, I purchased a '76 Ranchero with a 460 casually tossed in. This was by no means my first 'old' car, as I've owned a '40 Ford Tudor sedan, a 1956 Ford F100 (small window), and quite a few 1960's/1970's cars and trucks.
But for whatever reason, this go-around...I both loved and hated the Ranchero. It was impressive in that the previous owner had done some work to firm up the suspension and make it handle better (large sway bars did the trick), but after I did a considerable amount of work on the car, such as a rebuilt Saginaw quick-ratio steering box, swapping in a set of 2008 VW GTI front seats...with the plaid...fixing all the stuff that the previous owner screwed up, including a $125 butt connector.
The connector didn't cost that much, but the tow bill to get it home afterward did.
I ended up hating the thing, simply because of how much work yet remained to do...and how many parts that it still needed, and weren't available anywhere.
I also still had brake upgrades to do, in addition to getting rid of the gas hog, smogger-era 460 and woefully inefficient C6 transmission behind it...
It's long gone now, replaced by a...1996 Ford Thunderbird with a V8. So while it's not a Honda, with the little bit of mod work that I've done to the car already providing some enjoyment, at least everything freaking works on it (and it's not so new that I'm locked out of large swaths of electronics), I fit in the thing, and it drives soooo much nicer than the ancient museum piece that was previously in the driveway: The T-bird has multi-link independent suspension on both ends, assisted by aftermarket Bilsteins and other bits and pieces, oh, and cold A/C is kinda nice.
I got my muscle car fix and was certainly ready to try something new. In retrospect, I think it was the best decision ever. It'd do a lot of sitting this summer since filling that beast with non-ethanol premium would be cripplingly expensive right now. I do miss the raw torque of the 400 V-8, but the Honda is a more raw driving experience and the buzzy 4-cyl is a riot to rev out to 8-grand while rowing through the gears.
I never had the ricer kid experience growing up (millennial here). I really looked down on that stuff. Somewhere in the past 5 years or so, I had a change of heart and boy am I glad I embraced it. The Japanese enthusiast community is one of the most welcoming out there right now.
Oddly enough, it's not that I don't appreciate Japanese equipment, it's just that I don't...fit very well in it (just imagine a slightly-more-pale-and-a-lot-more-obnoxious Shrek), and on top of that, given that I weigh as much as an average apartment building (I'm not fat, I'm from Northeastern European stock, and we're built like cave trolls), Japanese automobile seating leaves something to be desired ( for example, a 2000 Odyssey LX I bought for the family some years back would leave me pulling over and walking around, trying to get some feeling into my back after maybe 100 miles of driving it...but brilliant vehicle otherwise, if it weren't for diagnostic code P0740.).
The latest victim of this particular phenomenon of Japanese manufacturing in my household was a 2000 Lexus SC300 that I absolutely adored, especially after I did as God would have willed and straight-piped the exhaust at the very end (goodbye, cruel mufflers!), and was greeted with an exhaust note that sounded as if it were straight from any mid 1960's Jag XK series. And I didn't even care that it had an automatic transmission in it.
But since it doesn't register to the Japanese that any other human just might have a tall seated height (whatta bunch of jerks), my head went straight into the roof, requiring some interesting seat positioning to at least let me see out of the thing...and yes, even thought I didn't fit all that well in the car, naturally I bought it anywayl.
After one 50-mile trip and panic attack later (because of how claustrophobic it was), it sadly went hunting for a new home the very next day.
It wasn't until a year or so later...well after the SC300 was gone, and the drift tax started kicking in for these cars hot and heavy...did I discover that these cars had two floorboard layers, and I could have easily modified the top layer to free up some seated height.
As others have noted, it's a diverse and somewhat unexpected group of rides owned by Hagerty writers. We shouldn't be too surprised - the Hagerty community encompasses diverse tastes, and in the end, we buy what speaks to us tempered by what we can afford.
Having said that, here's the ride that speaks to me and that I can afford:
It's a 1972 Morris Mini Estate resto-mod. It's fast (210 hp thanks to a Honda VTEC swap), nimble (like all classic Minis), and a hoot to drive (otherwise, what's the point?). Not to mention, affordable. Admittedly, not as affordable as it was before I poured countless hours and countable dollars into it over the past 12 years, but still cheaper than most new cars. What's priceless is the look on peoples' faces when they see it (first the women and children, because it's so cute, then the guys when I pop the hood). Best of all, it's always one of a kind at any (non-British) car show, and draws a bigger crowd than a Lambo!