My first (and still only) car was (and is) an '85 Ford Escort. It's a bright red, four-door, four-cylinder little tin can that's actually still in excellent shape. It's a typical "old-lady-drove-it-to-church-on-Sundays" kind of car and still only has about 35,000 miles on it. I know that's accurate because the old lady who drove it to church was my great-grandmother! ;)
She had an "attitude" and so does the car - it will start immediately for any woman who tries, but every man has to pump the gas just the right number of times, and hold the pedal down just the right amount while he cranks the starter, before the thing will catch! Honestly, it should be a mechanical impossibility to start this car in the dead of winter without first flooring the pedal to reset the choke, but I've seen my mom do it several times. When I've tried that, well, let's just say it didn't work out too well!
Although pretty "doggy" when it comes to speed, this little car can actually be pretty feisty when the weather is right. (Hmmm, sounds like Great-Grandma again!) On a dry summer day after it's been running awhile, it will beat any other automatic off the line up to about 35 mph.
One tiny speck of rust, no mechanical problems to speak of, generally reliable if you know its quirks, and a really fun car to drive - plus really cheap insurance - no reason for me to give it up yet! :)
1st car) '74 Ford Pinto....have had a 73 Chevy Impala (nice car...), Pontiac Bonneville, 79 Ford F-250 4WD, 85 Chevy Celebrity, 83 Nissan 280z, 95 Nissan Altima,
...and a '07 Nissan 350z purchased last tuesday :)
[edited by: Terabytes at 3:12 pm (utc) on April 19, 2007]
Nice, very nice :)
>>>>My first car was a 1980 Chevrolet Monza. I think they made like 3 of them. ;)
my first car ... 1978 chevy monza with a hatchback
1973 VW Super Beetle.
I was 15, sold chocolates in school to buy it.
Other groups in school sold candy for their "clubs", I sold for a VW.
Spent about 1 year rebuilding it with my dad.
Somewhere along the way Hurricane Andrew hit and the car was full of water, lucky no tree hit it too bad, but had to do some body work again.
By that time, I'd seen the Dodge Viper in a car show and just wanted "that color". Uncle at a large paint company got me the exact color.
So when I finished I was driving around in a 1973 VW painted Viper Red. And the compartment box in the back interior; didn't need it so I stuck (2) 12" Kickers in there. Nothing else like it on the road.
WOW Rugles, I've never even talked to anyone that had seen one, much less had one.
Yep...mine was a hatchback as well.
'85 Pontiac Sunbird...it was a good little car :)
Ford Escort was my first car. 1982 I believe.
2004 Mazda RX-8 :)
'88 Chevy Cavalier was my first one. Thankfully my boss hit it in the parking lot during a snowstorm and provided me with the insurance money to buy a '97 Chevy Blazer. Now I'm in Boston, where I don't need no stinkin car.
I have never yet bought or owned a car. I suppose I shall have to get one eventually, it's a bit pointless having a driving licence for fourteen years and no car to drive.
The first car I buy might be an Alfa Romeo Spider. Let's see. >;->
1983 Mazda GLC
Had no windows, rained in, a raccoon family and a case of Schlitz in the trunk.
Bought it for $112 at an impound lot after my friend went to the big house for deeds I will not describe here. (It didn't have windows because he'd hit two deer the week before.)
I was 15 1/2 so it was pretty good for me. We used a jack and a maple tree to get the door caved out and slipped some rigid plastic in there for windows. I wrecked it twice with no noticeable damage. ;)
Ended up selling it to a dude for another case of beer when the brakes rotted out and the speedometer started spinning around. He painted it purple and put it in the demolition derby. It lasted all of 3 minutes there.
Oh I forgot to mention I drove Checker cab for 3 years
when I was going to college. Add that to my list.
Fiat Uno Turbo - wish I had kept it, was really sad to see it towed away, even started running after it - sad but true.
Nephew of mine bought an old Mazda and doubled its value every time he filled it up with petrol.
1968 Ford Cortina , 4 cylinder , green with mileage off the clock. It used to blow blue exhaust through the fan and met it's demise in a collision with another vehicle one Christmas Eve in London in the early 80's. I persisted with driving it's distorted form for another few months, then finally donated it to the wreckers.
Back to the motorbike! ... then a string of vehicles ... must be 10 or 15 - lost count.
In 1969 I had a Morris 8 van, Don't remember the year exactly. I think it was 1949 or 1950, and I think my parents paid about $100 for it.
1969 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe with 50,000 miles on it. Nobody warned me about buying a used Fiat with lots of miles, but the good part was that it was easy to find parts for... just drive down any highway and pick them off of the curb.
get it? ya see Fiat's were... oh never mind...
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