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It was a 39 Chevy coupe with a stick shift (not a hot rod
just an old car with faded paint) paid $ 150.00 for it and
drove it 4 years till I blew it up!
I have owned 8 cars since and I am driving a 2003 GMC Safari Van now. This what being married with 4 kids will
bring you to!
What about you?!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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... :)
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*