I had a 1989 Prelude SI when I was about 20 or so, and had a blast owning it. It was a 5 speed and my first manual car, albeit a honda...with DIY mods. I traded it in for a 1991 Acura Legend which was a much needed improvement.
Needless to say, 5 years later I was working at Circuit City as an installer and my old prelude drove up, with the new owner wanting a new head unit.
I was immediately excited to sit in the ol' beast again..just like old times.
I guess if you live in a smaller community it's easier to find previous cars. Probably much harder in larger cities. But it's possible.