What was your first car?

  1. When I was a Sr. in high school my father purchased a fine automobile for me for a grand total of 50, yes 50, bucks. And it was worth exactly what he paid for it! It was a blue '62 Rambler Classic, no visible rust on the outside but it definitely looked like a granny car. Bench seats, manual shift on the column. The overdrive didn't work so my top speed, floored, was 45 mph. It burned oil so Dad bought a big drum of farm oil and before I went anywhere I topped off the oil. The gas guage didn't work so I topped off the gas everytime I went into town too. The rate of the windshield wipers varied according to how hard the engine was working so when I went up a hill they slowed to a crawl or stopped and then they went like crazy when I went down the hill. The dimmer switch had a short in it so every time I hit a pothole or went over a railroad track my lights would switch from highbeam to lowbeam or vice versa. The glove compartment was large and square and just exactly the right size for a six-pack (of coke of course!) Ah....memories.
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  3. by   live4today
    You were lucky to have a car in high school. My father didn't even think I should have a driving license until I turned 21, and I didn't either. Often wonder why I bothered to take drivers ed in high school, pass the course, pass the test to get a temp, then fail my first driving test because I couldn't parallel park. And, boy, did my father yakkity-yak about it aaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllll the way home, too! So, I never went back a second time until three years after I was married. My first car after marriage was actually the only car my first husband and I had which was a 1970 Dodge Challenger -- a nice shiny ORANGE color with a shiny black leather top. The first car I bought with my own money was a 1988 Toyota Camry. Can you believe that? I had to wait 18 years and one divorce later to own my own car! So, if your daddy is still living, give him a big :kiss and thank him for that smooth little ride you had back then. :chuckle
  4. by   Marj Griggs
    1965 VW beetle--loved that little car! Took me to work in the rain, the snow and one memorable silver thaw. I wouldn't even drive in that stuff now.
  5. by   aimeee
    Yeah, Renee, that parallel parking did me in on the first try too! Course, it wouldn't have mattered because I got the guy with the big nose on the first test and he was legendary for failing everybody the first time anyway.

    I really did like that Rambler, in spite of its faults...or maybe partly because of them. It did have character.

    The first car I bought with my OWN money was nevertheless selected by my father, and another *gem*, a green 76 Volare, manual transmission, no power anything, not so affectionately referred to as "the tank". Gag.

    My first NEW car, bought, paid for AND selected on my very own was my 84 Camry.
  6. by   susanmary
    1968 maroon Ford Mustang -- it was the greatest car. Got it used -- but WHAT a car to drive. Wish I had it now -- it's a classic.
  7. by   live4today
    The next car I want to buy for myself is a Jaguar! Hmmmmmmm, I can hardly wait to be cruising down the Interstate in one of those while listening to my favorite Jazz artist - Kenny G - play sweet saxy tunes in my ears! :kisses
  8. by   pkmom
    My first car was a not so well used chevy cavelier with a big dent in the driver's side door. My dome light came on when I hit a bump too, or whenever it liked, so we hit the ceiling really hard to turn it off. It lasted a lot longer than anyone thought it would.

    The first car I bought was a mercury Sable, used. I made my first payment on it, then I was hit by a kid driving his mom's Miada showing off for his girlfriend who then claimed injuries. Insurance said it was their fault, I found a witness who was kind enough to testify that the kid was speeding. So then I went back to my little Cavelier.
  9. by   prmenrs
    My 1st was a 1960 Opal Rekord, gray sedan. I got it in summer 1963 when I learned how to drive. Had to learn stick shift cuz that's what Prudence Elizabeth Louise had. She died during my Jr year in nsg school. So I bought a '63 Buick Special--green w/a convertable with some money my Dad had saved for me. I sold Jennifer Katherine Patricia @ graduation to pay for my ticket to San Diego--I wanted to get the he** out of Camden, NJ as fast as possible. Then I got a '68 Mustang convertible in Nov 68--had it for 12 years. I loved Jason. When I finally got a new car, I stopped naming them.

    Thanks for the memories.
  10. by   CEN35
    1974 pontiac lemans sport coupe!!!

  11. by   Furball
    My first car was a 1987 VW scirrocco, red, riccarro seats, 5 speed. Awesome car! So much fun to drive, especially on those winding Vermont roads. I miss that car......
  12. by   meownsmile
    The first car i ever had was a hand me down from mom. A 671/2 chevy Belaire 4 door. Good engine but the body was a mess. When i was done my sis and her hubby took the engine out and put it in their car and it ran for over 200,000 miles. The first one I bought myself was a 1970 Plymouth Valiant for 800 bucks. LOL
    It got me where i needed to go until the tranny fell out, drove it without reverse for about 2 months. It can be done as long as you dont park where you have to back out LOL
  13. by   rachaelm4
    1981 Monte Carlo. My future husband gave it to me. Between us both, we have owned over 35 cars since we've been together, 12 years in May!!:kiss We enjoy owning many different vechicles. Daytonas, lebarons, trucks, grandam, grand prixs, stratus, durango, caravan, firebird, cornet, novas, javlins, amx, valiant, sentra, spirit, etc.. Looking back, if we had back even half of the money from these cars, I wouldn't be struggling to get through nursing school, I'd be retired living on some beach sipping fancy drinks that had fruit hanging out of them with my beach boys fanning me with palm leaves. Woo I'd better stop while I'm ahead, those kind of thoughts might get me into trouble:roll
  14. by   mattsmom81
    My Dear Daddy bought me a 65 yellow Maverick Grabber to go to college...we called it the bumblebee cuz it had a black stripe.

    Later renicknamed the rotton lemon--- cuz my Dad bought it for me against his better judgment (I loved it's looks) wouldn't listen to my Dad when he didn't think it was solid mechanically. We live and learn...always listen to your Daddy about cars! LOL!

    My boyfriend (now hubby 25 years)had a 64 VW Beetle...he taught me to drive a stick in that ...it also had built in air conditioning (floor rusted out). Made for cozy dates in the winter all wrapped up in blankets to stay warm...ah memories! He was a keeper for sure (hubby not beetle) and we smile when we see an old 'punch buggy' drive by.