Are you kidding? I would have to say every single one of us have done that to some extent, if they don't admit it, well that's another story.
There are a few different ways we end up with a car. The two classics are..
1. We fall in love with the thing for one reason or another and buy it ignoring it's flaws.
2. Buy it because it falls in our lap.
I know my Rambler was both of these. I honestly bought it thinking I was going to stick the motor back in and drive it. A year and a half later after getting a parts car and rebuilding the flathead in it and rebuilding all the brakes and repairing the rusted holes in the cowl and on and on, I am driving my car that was "restored" when I bought it. I sure didn't plan on this much work or money but I am still very happy I bought it.