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stoptheeconobox New Reader
11/10/09 1:40 p.m.

what was your first car, and what happened to it? my dad's first car was a dodge colt. one rainy day, he was driving to work. he saw a big puddle in front of him. he headed for it. it turned out to be a waist deep sinkhole filled with water. the thing is, he's six feet tall! the poor car only lasted eight years.

914Driver SuperDork
11/10/09 1:45 p.m.

First on-the-road car (field cars don't count) was a 1959 Anglia Prefect I paid $70 for. Flat four and girls thought it was cute.

mtn SuperDork
11/10/09 1:48 p.m.

First car that I owned? Still not there yet. First car that I drove? 89 Chevy pickemup. First car that was "mine"? a 98 Nissan Maxima 5 speed. Dad totaled it getting donuts for me on my birthday.

Lesley SuperDork
11/10/09 1:50 p.m.

First car that was all mine? 1986 Nissan Micra.

cwh SuperDork
11/10/09 1:54 p.m.

First car, all mine- 1933 Plymouth Coupe with a 283 Chevy in it. That was 1964. I got off to a good start, but it went downhill after that, for about 20 years.

EastCoastMojo SuperDork
11/10/09 1:54 p.m.

'87 Dodge Dakota 4WD aka Big Red Sold her to a neighbor several years ago and still see her toolin' around today.

oldsaw HalfDork
11/10/09 1:54 p.m.

First car was a 1968 Austin Healey Sprite Mk IV. It was sold to a neighbor when I purchased my first new car, a 1974 Fiat 128SL.

dyintorace Dork
11/10/09 1:58 p.m.

1987 Mustang 5.0 notchback. I loved it but my (at the time girlfriend) wife hated it.

(not mine, but similar car)

JetMech Reader
11/10/09 1:59 p.m.

First car was a 1963 Ford Falcon Futura 2-door hardtop, with 260 V-8 and 4-speed, currently in my parents' garage.

Kia_racer Reader
11/10/09 2:02 p.m.


67 Dodge Polara, Only mine was dark green w/318 and wallowed like a pig in mud. (and that was going in a straight line)

stuart in mn
stuart in mn SuperDork
11/10/09 2:03 p.m.

This is one of those discussions where you're going to see how GRM appeals to people of all ages...

Mine was a 1961 Pontiac Catalina. You mentioned your dad's first car...my dad's first car was a 1919 Model T Ford; he bought it when he was a high school senior in 1929.

VanillaSky Reader
11/10/09 2:06 p.m.

I had a 1988 Honda Accord as a first car. Was given to me by my parents when they bought a new car because they wouldn't give anything on trade in for it. I ended up parting that car out after I found out the crash damage from a previous crash was worse than I thought. My second car was another 1988 Accord. I currently have 2 more 3rd gen Accords, one I'm going to daily drive after I finish fixing it, and one is going to be a challenge car.

spitfirebill Dork
11/10/09 2:07 p.m.

1956 VW convertible. Sold it to the ex-pilot that few the plane for the company my father worked for. He spent $10 getting the generator fixed and he drove it for over 10,00 miles with nothing except gas and oil. He later sold it to a VW collector in the Virginia area. Gulf Oil called to see if he was still alive. His DDs before that was a big Caddie and 1968 427 three duece Corvette.

Carson Dork
11/10/09 2:09 p.m.

My first car was a 1975 Chevy Nova I bought a year before I got my license in 2002. 262 ci V8! 110 hp in that beast. It was avocado green with a white oxidized roof.

Found a picture, I added the Camaro Rallye wheels.

Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
11/10/09 2:10 p.m.

When I was 15 (1985) I bought a 66 Chevelle that had been the subject of a few half hearted restorations. It was a complete rat, but the 283 ran. (and smoked like a mosquito fogger)

I paid $350 (including patch panels) and drove it home. Upon seeing it, my Mom cried and forced me to call the PO and ask if he would take it back. Of course he didn't want it back, and I really didn't push him as I was so psyched to have my bitchin hot rod!

Over a gallon of bondo, and an Earl Scheib paint job later it was still a horrible POS.....but it was all mine! I ended up selling it to a buddy who said he was going to turn it into a helicopter.........don't think that ever happened. I'm sure by now it has returned to the earth.

Still remember the smell of that car......like mildew/ bondo/ electrical fire all in one!

wayslow New Reader
11/10/09 2:12 p.m.

1979 Mazda RX7. I was in grade 12 and it was the coolest car in the student parking lot. Had a couple of other firsts with that car too.

GlennS HalfDork
11/10/09 2:18 p.m.
cwh wrote: First car, all mine- 1933 Plymouth Coupe with a 283 Chevy in it. That was 1964. I got off to a good start, but it went downhill after that, for about 20 years.

My grandfather still has a 33 plymouth

JFX001 Dork
11/10/09 2:20 p.m.

1965 Mustang convertible, black with gray Shelby stripes, 302 and 3 speed.

Sold it to a friend of my brother's. It's been in "restoration mode" for 20 years.

Grtechguy SuperDork
11/10/09 2:20 p.m.

86 Mustang Lx....

drove it into the ground.....well not really. blew the engine and forced to sell in college

Giant Purple Snorklewacker
Giant Purple Snorklewacker Dork
11/10/09 2:33 p.m.

carzan Reader
11/10/09 2:40 p.m.

1967 Datsun RL411 SSS Wagon. The one in the picture isn't mine, but identical.

kpm New Reader
11/10/09 2:41 p.m.

'60 Pontiac Catalina with no floor under the drivers seat and a 389 that would go near 120 mph. Good God, how young and dumb was I back in 1970. That beast had drum brakes all around and weighed 4000 pounds.

Paid $50 and traded it for a TR-3 with a broken crank.

PeteWW New Reader
11/10/09 2:50 p.m.

1980 Dodge (Mitsubishi) Challenger http://www.adclassix.com/images/80dodgechallenger.jpg

Gearheadotaku Reader
11/10/09 2:59 p.m.

1985 Fiero 4-cylinder 5-speed. No options, 125,000 miles. This was in 1991

Capt Slow
Capt Slow Reader
11/10/09 3:04 p.m.

My first car was a 1984 GMC S-15 Jimmy.


But perfect for a teen. It had no power and I gained a lot of experience in working on cars.

When I got it, the trans only had three working gears (first, second, reverse). After fixing the trans I got the great joy of rebuilding the anemic 2.8L v-6. Over the period of a year or so I had chances to fix numerous “little” things the were constantly going wrong.

I crashed it but I did not kill it, I spent the better part of a summer using body working tools and bondo to fix the damage I had wrought upon the vehicle or to at least get it road worthy again.

Finally sold it off to a nice older Hispanic couple when the wife got pregnant (it was a 2 door and not practical for a family)

The car did come back to haunt me. That nice older Hispanic couple were apparently illegal immigrants and were unable to register the car in their name. As a result when the guy got busted for a driving without a license the Salinas police department gave me a call saying that they had “my” car. Thank god I had a release of liability on file with the DMV, it was really useful when the dammed collection agency called and tried to browbeat me into paying the impound fees.

That car caused me to swear off automatic transmissions and GM products forever. however I am starting to soften my anti-GM stance of late.

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