LOS ANGELES (CBS) — In classic car circles, sometimes the junker you drove in high school isn’t nearly as bad — or as good — as you remember it.

KNX 1070’s Randy Kerdoon visited the recent Barrett-Jackson auction at the O.C. Fairgrounds to see what drives folks to search for their own personal piece of a bygone era.

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And as he found out, sometimes it’s just best to leave memories where they belong: in the past.

“I had a four-door Studebaker with a couch for a front seat — kind of a love seat that we had to wire down,” said Santa Monica resident Brad Brunson.

“I think I paid $75 for it on an installment plan,” he added.

Palmdale resident Don, however, is the opposite.

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“It was a 1941 Chevy two-door and yes i would like it, very good memories from the 6th-grade,” he said.

That’s right: Don and his dad fixed up the car while he was a young boy living in Santa Maria.

“I was the only one in the sixth grade that was driving to school,” Don said. “You parked in the teachers’ parking lot, and then you got dumb looks when you went and got your car out.”

Ramona Parker was also at the auction, where she is still trying to find the car in which she spent so much of her high school years.

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“A 1970 black-on-black Chevrolet Monte Carlo, because when i was younger i saw the car and fell in love with it,” she said.