Skip to comments.What was your first car?
Posted on 05/31/2014 7:27:43 AM PDT by virgil283
My first car was a Belair, four door with the big six. It might have been rusty but I waxed and polished it just the same......
The transmisson was worn so I had to learn to double-clutch, which is actually easy once you've cracked it.
The window gaskets leaked so in a heavy rain water would collect in the floorboard, you woulsn't know until you hit the brakes and it woul rush foward. So I drilled some holes in the back floor to let it out.
What was your firsdt car ?
‘59mChevrolet station wagon. gift from my grandfather.
I had a little molded rubber sports car. It was just large enough that I could not get it in my mouth when I chewed on it.
I don't recall ever actually changing the engine oil. Just kept adding as needed.
1968 Ford Mustang 289 3-speed on the floor ... what I would do to have it back today!!!
‘65 Mustang 289, pretty well worn out by the time I got it. Paid $365 circa 1972 or so.
I loved that car. Still running as of last year.
Everything since has just been transportation.
1982 Nissan 200SX, By Datsun
55 Bellaire (in 67) ... just another car back then
My first car was a 1963 Ford Galaxy 500. My grandmother gave it to me. It had power everything.
OH yeah... paid fifty bucks for it
1972 Nova SS, 350, 4 speed, no power steering, air shocks in the back to jack it up. It was that orangey-rust color that’s making a comeback.
Ford Fairlane that I got when my grandmother passed away. I had it painted baby blue, lol
WOW we know you had fun!
my first car was a VW Bug! the cheapest “new” car around back then
Not much good on the road, but soooo sweet for the sub races.
wow, so many nice cars people had.
Mine was a white 1985 Ford Escort. Nothing to tell stories about, unfortunately.
1960 Dodge Polara. 360 engine, 4 bbl Holley, pushbutton shifter.
I bought it for $200 in 1968 when first married. It was back east, so it was salt-rusted out, esp around the headlights, so I did some bodywork, added springs and airlift, new seatcovers, add-on cassette deck, stripped of chrome to repair the rust luring under there.
That car started to look like the batmobile; but it really had some muscle and was a blast for me and my new wife to drive it out west where we belong. Promptly sold it and spent our meager savings on a 1968 Dodge Charger.
1951 Mercury 4-door with a flat head and three-on-the column in 1962.
It was given to me by the neighbor across the street. I would run ‘errands’ for him using the car. Always got a hell of a tip toward ‘gas money’.
I figured out later I was doing money drops fr the SoCal mob.
He was pretty annoyed when I didn’t want to go to work at his butcher shop as opposed to going off to college.
Those were the days.
1960 Dodge Seneca Dart , with fins. It was a tank.
A grey ‘61 Falcon. I could see the engine when I looked under the hood, and could make most repairs myself, and got so I could change the cheap retreads in the blink of an eye. Bought for $100 from a guy I worked with at Terminix back in the day in DC. Great car, great times.
Sold it when I went in the navy - long may she run!
A Dodge Dart with push button transmission.
Every time you pushed a button,the whole panel fell out or I should say in.
I was just talking to my sister about what has happened to all the “boys” who couldn’t wait to get their first car and how they would spend all their time with their car,fixing,racing,souping them up,the louder the better.
I had a friend from school and she had a boyfriend who had a “62” Impala. 20 coats of gold flecked paint on that car.It glittered like you wouldn’t believe.
Now many kids don’t even want to drive.My sister thought her son would never drive.He wasn’t interested.
When I got my first license, my father had just bought a new 1956 four door Bel Aire sedan. I think it cost a little over 2K. Nice car, but the cool guys had the hardtop version.
The first car I bought on my own was a 1955 Ford Fairlane wagon.
1968 British Leyland Austin 1800
First car was a used MGB when I
Got back from Nam. Dreamed about a new one all that time but bank wouldn’t make a loan for it as I
Was a serviceman. Welcome home
Was an ugly old AMC Hornet ..I think a 76 .POS for sure.
Funny thing? The car was “arrogantly” made, as if it were some kind of great vehicle. The Air Conditioning controls, and I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP ..had 4 levels of cool: Low, Medium High and “Desert Only.” True story ..cracked everyone up who ever saw it.
No, Jeff not ‘The first car’ , your first car....Sheeeeh
‘65 Catalina, paid $40 for it. 400 CI and even on 7 cylinders it would beat just about anything.
A 1978 Ford Mustang II four cylinder, which was basically a tarted up Pinto with a better location for the gas tank. At least it was a manual, so it wasn’t a complete and total slug. I’d been promised a Triumph TR-6 and was very disappointed. Sounds childish and ungrateful in hindsight, I was fortunate to have a father who would buy me a car for my 16th birthday. He said he was afraid I’d kill myself in a fast convertible. Probably right, I survived doing some stupid things behind the wheel. Still want that TR-6, though. Great looking, great sounding cars.
Similar to above.
1961 Ford Galaxy four door, kind of a lime green...289? Paid $400. Father said it was a great car, convinced me to buy it. Hated it. LOTS of problems. Dad felt bad...wound up driving it himself...let me drive the "family" car...'63 Impala, four door...but great car.
I was 12. It was sitting in the driveway and didn't run. My mother said that if I get it running, I could have it. I used the money from bailing and milking cows to fix it. It became my 2 door go-cart (we had 5 acres with a nice bowl in the back corner - that's where I learned to safely weld shocks around the gas tank).
Oh yeah! And it was an education in many ways!
1961 Chevy BelAir. Bought it from a preacher’s wife, who literally only drove it on weekends. Straight six, with a two speed triple disc wet clutch. It was only running on four of the six cylinders when I bought it for fifty of the hardest earned dollars of my life.
Rebuilt the head and whooped a tune up on it. Ran like a champ. And there was enough room in the back seat for four buddies (and their dates).
Had a great time, but I don’t want to go back...
My first was also a BelAir four door, ‘57 black with white trim. It had a 283 V-8 engine with Powerglide transmission.
I had two Austin Healeys, but not as my first car. What year was yours?
Had it my senior year in HS in '76
I had one of those in college - not the SS :-(, but I got it up to an estimated 140 on bias plys with plugs in them (pegged the speedo past 125, kept gaining speed, then broke the speedo).
First car I drove was an old 1954 Willys Jeep, wasn’t allowed out of low gear, low drive. I was plowing out driveway at age 12. First car I owned was a 1963 Austin-Healy Sprite, not a “bug-eye”.