| 5:18 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
First car I owned (at 16) was '79 toyota corolla and I paid ~$150 for it (chick magnet let me tell ya...but it was all mine). Currently have BMW X5 plus two other BMWs and Jeep.
| 7:59 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
I'm too embarrassed to say what was the first car I owned.
| 8:04 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
|I'm too embarrassed to say what was the first car I owned. |
C'ooooommon, if I could admit to owning '79 corolla (that was falling apart btw) so can you...it can't be worse then that :)
[edited by: Tastatura at 8:28 am (utc) on April 18, 2007]
| 8:08 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Mine was a Fiat 500 in the Sixties.
I could drive along standing up with the sunroof open and the throttle full on using a special lever that acted like cruise control (not!).
| 8:16 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
First car I ever owned was Rum Runner, a '55 Oldsmobile 88 that I bought from a neighbor for $100. It originally came from a "dry county" in Texas (as he did). They had to go over to the next county to buy their booze on Sundays (Blue Laws), and the car had "Rum Runner" written in fancy script on the sides as he name of the car.
Boy, that little blue baby could scream when I gunned it on the Hollywood Freeway when it was first built and opened up. Those old Olds trannies rocked!
| 8:41 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
>>> " I am too embarrassed to...."
Come on Lawman, unless it was a Yugo, fess up!
Couldn't be any worse than the 39 Chevy! or might it?
| 8:48 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
oooo... Mabel, my 1962 Morrie Thou...Morris 1000 that is.
It was sky blue on the body,and someone had put thick ochre paint from window level up and over the roof.. so thick the paint looked stipply - they were trying to simulate a vinyl roof. Lord, was it ugly *lol*
It was 1985.. I was 16, the car was seven years older, and I paid $900 for her... a full 8 weeks full-time income for me.
She was so old you didn't turn a key to start her - you turned the key and then pulled on a knob until she turned over. She was so old she didn't have indicator (turning) lights on the front and back... they were built into the top of the body frame between the top of the front and back doors, and they would physically flick sideways out from the car body when you turned them on, like donkey's ears.
*sigh* she was old.. she was ugly.. she was a bit of an old woman (hence the name, Mabel) and I loved her to bits.
| 10:52 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
'68 Buick Special with a tilt wheel and state of the art (at the time) 8-track stereo player. I was 17 years old and the epitome of coolness. Within 3 months I'd blow the motor and the car would be sold for scrap but she was the first.
I've owned appx. 10 vehicles since then, mostly pick-ups. In another lifetime a good pick-up truck was an essential tool and in the business I was in if you didn't own one there was a reason for it. I still own one. The times have changed and I don't have to have one anymore but I still do just because I like them and because I can.
| 11:01 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
In 1998 mine first was a sweetheart maroon color 1992 Geo Metro with about 78,000 miles on it.
Wow.. even thinking about it, brings up lots of interesting memories.
| 11:12 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Y'all promise not to laugh?
| 11:17 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
JudgeJeffries the Fiat500 makes a return, I think this year.
| 11:31 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
>>> Y'all promise not to laugh?
Yeah. But not if it was a Lada.
| 11:32 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
|Y'all promise not to laugh? |
| 11:37 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
|Yeah. But not if it was a Lada. |
| 11:42 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
My first car was a '61 Ford Falcon, powder blue, 3 speed column shift. It was to set the precedent for all cars which followed, I wrecked it.
| 12:39 pm on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Everyone knows that their first car was that cardboard box they've played in as a child ;)
| 12:56 pm on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
The first car I ever bought was a brand new 1971 Pinto. Third day I had it the shifter broke and I had to drive home in third gear - quite a feat for a 4 banger.
| 1:14 pm on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
A car named after a bean, now we understand.
mine was a 1989 Ford fiesta - what a banger
| 1:28 pm on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
My first car was a 1980 Chevrolet Monza. I think they made like 3 of them. ;)
It was a POS, but I absolutely loved it. Drove it until it was literally falling apart. The clutch finally went out and the mechanic refused to fix it. Said the clutch was worth more than the car.
| 5:42 pm on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
A Pinto eh?
Lucky not to get fried then ;)
| 7:01 pm on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
1993 Vauxhall Corsa with the red paint fading away. Was very reliable and cheap to run. However, it handled like a dog and lacked power steering.
| 7:08 pm on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
My first car was a new 1963 Rambler American 2 door sedan.
Well, the kid across the street and I had gone together and split the $35.00 price of a 47 Buick the summer before I got the Rambler, does that count?
| 8:09 pm on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Law, I'm 37 years old and I ain't never owned a brand new anything when it comes to cars.
'course... we never had Pintos here that I know of.. so I'm not sure how bad that part really is, but the 'brand new' negates a whole lot.
| 8:22 pm on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Toyota something or other, struggled to get to 60 but after that it went like the wind, used to hit 100mph + on the motorway to Norwich.
However it had an odd habit of losing power for no reason, stalled on one occassion just after id gone across a large and busy roundabout.... A large lorry was heading directly towards me.
Started again, which was lucky for me.
Sold it to a South Afrcan.
Didnt pay much for it and sold it for a profit.
| 1:34 am on Apr 19, 2007 (gmt 0)|
My first car ever was a MGA roadster with every body panel in a different color, and a broken crankshaft. Did it ever run? Please. Don't ask.
My first car that actually ran was a 'bugeye' Austin Healey Sprite, into which the previous owner had transplanted a Volvo engine. I always drove it uphill, so that when (notice that I did not say 'if') it caught fire, I could still coast back home.
My first car that ran for more than a mile at a time was a 65 VW bug. Oh how I loved that car.
The best car that I almost bought (but which sold hours before I got there - two states away) was a Lotus Eleven LeMans with a SOHC Coventry Climax engine and the independent rear suspension. One of the most beautiful cars ever designed. (Check the images on your favorite Search Engine) Guess how much it sold for. Under a thousand dollars. (Yes, this was a long while ago.) I still have a hard time getting over that one!
The most reliable car I ever owned? A 1990 Mazda Miata with 198,800 miles when it retired.
The next car I hope to buy: a rough-around-the-edges TVR Grantura. Anyone have one?
| 2:00 am on Apr 19, 2007 (gmt 0)|
My first car was a 1989 black 1.1 litre Fiat Uno [upload.wikimedia.org]. A great car! The gearbox was a bit worn out: you could only get it into second gear if the passenger seat was pushed back as far as it could go. It was right-hand drive but I spent all but three days with it on the continent (I got a job in Switzerland). I even took it "home" to Italy a couple of times.
The entire car appeared to be made of material the strength reconstituted pasta. This made it very light and nimble, I regularly got it up to 160km/h on the autoroute (downhill!), and repaired it with parts from the local scrapyard. The brakes had an unfortunate tendency to fail at inopportune moments, luckily I never hit anything. It lasted 11 months until the rot finished it off.
Ah the memories... :)
| 2:07 am on Apr 19, 2007 (gmt 0)|
First car was a 1970 Ford Maverick.
| 2:42 am on Apr 19, 2007 (gmt 0)|
|The entire car appeared to be made of material the strength reconstituted pasta.... I regularly got it up to 160km/h on the autoroute (downhill!), and repaired it with parts from the local scrapyard. The brakes had an unfortunate tendency to fail at inopportune moments |
*quietly has a heart attack on encyclo's mum's behalf*
| 5:50 am on Apr 19, 2007 (gmt 0)|
First car was a 1976 Morris Marina.
Almost every Brit on these boards probably had one at some point in time!
What a piece of junk it was! But at 18 I didn't know any better!
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