Here's a curve ball for you! When I bought my first 55 it wasn't what I was looking for, I was actively looking for an SL55, principally for the V8 and hard top convertible.
Disappointed with the examples I could afford at the time and having driven an SL500 which I didn't like I was getting impatient.
Then my obsidian black 55 came up on Auto trader whilst I was searching for SLs! Was about 10 miles away, so I thought what the heck, let's go and see it! Needless to say "the rest is history". Bought the car there and then and had a great couple of years motoring from her before I started getting an itch for R172.
I'm generally a very patient person in most respects but when it comes to car buying I can be very compulsive!
It is definitely an emotional experience for me although over the years I have got better at being more rational and waiting until "the right one comes along!"
When I bought my R171 I got really lucky to unknowingly buy a really high spec example at a great price. I hadn't done any research on SLKs at that point but the one I bought had all the important options although it was in one of the most common colour combos. Buying it led me to this fantastic forum and now my knowledge is somewhat better!
Buying the R172 I found that at the time I was initially looking typically there were not many about that were special enough for me. This time I knew what options I really wanted and the ones I could do without but I knew I wanted a rarer colour combination this time around too!
Overall I'm very happy with my choice and have not looked back!
Even if it's not what I initially wanted!