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Old 11-06-2007, 08:16 PM   #1
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First car you drove regularly

A magazine article set me off on this...

Mine was a Rambler American. Blue-green paint job, automatic transmission, and went from 0 to 60 by next Tuesday. With 5 friends aboard (bench seats, of course), it basically could not handle a hill at all.

It had one redeeming quality which made me the envy of the neighborhood. Anyone remember what that was?
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Heh heh heh. Reclining front seats...
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My first car was a Volkswagon convertible canary yelow .
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:28 PM   #4
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Heh heh heh. Reclining front seats...
Are you my evil twin?
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Did you put a rose in it?
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:30 PM   #6
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My first car was a very used 1959 Hillman Minx. Frog green in color and the previous owner had "fixed it up" with a wood paneling instrument panel that looked like it came from his basement, and all the wiring was yellow...only yellow. Tracing the many electrical issues was an all weekend job. I paid $35 for it from a friend of my brother and had it towed to the house where I spent all summer getting it into running order. I was 17 at the time and living at home.

The only endearing quality was the extra low gear which one could use to nearly climb a telephone pole. But, it was made by Coventry Motor Works which also made the Sunbeam Tiger so I felt a bit like Maxwell Smart in it.
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My parents' '66 Chrysler Newport.

No car in college.

Started work in NJ('72), no public transportation; walked to a VW dealership and bought a '67 Bug (learned to drive a stick then and there).
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Apparently we do share a bit of parallel history, eh?

But my Rambler American was not my first regular driver, it was my second. My first was a black & white 1956 Chevy Bel Air two door...

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Mine was a 63 VW bug. Bugs didn't accelerate, they just accumulated speed as you drove. The Bug definitely wasn't a chick magnet.

First big trip was spring break in 65 to Ft Lauderdale.

I remember the gas bill, $33 round trip.


After the Bug, it was a "66 Triumph Spitfire. The first car I ever had that would break the 100 barrier on flat ground with no tail wind.

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Apparently we do share a bit of parallel history, eh?

But my Rambler American was not my first regular driver, it was my second. My first was a black & white 1956 Chevy Bel Air two door...

I love the car but had no idea that the 1956 cars were out already when you started to drive.
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I love the car but had no idea that the 1956 cars were out already when you started to drive.
Well, I did have to sit on three volumes of the Funk & Wagnalls to see over the dash...
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Here's the 1962 Rambler American. You can't see me and my friend because the seat is reclined all the way back.
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My first car was a 1972 Ford Maverick. It had red/orange paint job, black interior with black and white cloth seats. No power steering, power brakes or ac. But that was ok. To me, it was the best car in the world. Kind of wish I still had it.
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My first regular driver was a Volkswagen 411 just like this one - although you would need to picture a boiled peanut stand behind my 411 instead of EU shanty. I really loved the car, but couldn't find anyone to actually make it run well.
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Old 11-06-2007, 10:47 PM   #15
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1968 Checker Marathon

As a joke, Road & Track ran a review.


It's doubtful that the article fully captured the importance of the roomy interior to the teen-aged driver.
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the first ride: a bronze & white 370-hp, 455 cu inch, v8 buick wildcat convertible last year built (1970). found following pic on web:

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My first car was a very used 1959 Hillman Minx.
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My first car was a 56 Buick, it would pass anything but a gas station.
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The first car that I drove on a regular basis was my Black-over-Red 1969 Ford Galaxie 500 'Fastback'.

Before that I occasionally drove the parent's cars: '65 (IIRC) Rambler American, '67 Chrysler New Yorker, '68 VW Bug, '74 Dodge Dart. Also occasionally drove Grandad's '65 Chevy PU, '69 Dodge 2 1/2T Flatbed, '74 Ford PU, and '75 Olds 98.
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1970 Plymouth Cuda, 383, lime green with a black vinyl top. Wrapped it around a tree after having it for a couple of months. 16-year-old boys shouldn't drive!
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