So, a little foreshadowing in the subject line can tell you what happened. Tragedy on 2-counts:
1. Went to the dealer to drive it after a work teleconference -- arrival 10:30 CST -- Dealer was closed on Sunday (??? - bad biz practice) and Monday (that I can buy). My salesman was out on a test drive, so I went up to the CX to get a closer look. It was unlocked! I got in, ran through the gears, and got a feel for it (it look like a year old inside - I kid you not). Another sales guy comes up, "So is this your new car?"
Thinking he was playing the sales BS, I threw it back,
"You know it just might!"
"No it's SOLD"...
Like in slow motion I looked to the dash, and there it was, the red/yellow badge of death. SOLD, NO!!!
It was confirmed. At 09:00 CST someone put a deposit over the phone. They have until 5:45 to pick it up, otherwise I get to take a stab at it...BUT
2. They want frickin' $5000 for it! I can negotiate a little, but geez Louise! Forgettaboutit.
I'll have to find a private owner with something similar. I really like the interior ergonomics and the feel of the shifter. Those cars were WAY ahead of their time.