1. Sep 25, 2006

### Janus

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Mine was a 1962 Buick Special that I "inherited" from my folks. I started driving it in '74.
It had a 198 cubic-inch V-6 engine.
The Buick Special was also named "Car of the Year" for 1962.

Here's an image of a 1962 Buick Special:

So, what was your "first car"?

2. Sep 25, 2006

### zoobyshoe

The first zoobie brush mobile was something like this beauty:

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3. Sep 25, 2006

### Pyrrhus

Well for my first car, i was really lucky :rofl: . My father gave me his 2000 Lexus LX 470.

4. Sep 25, 2006

### scorpa

My first car was a 95 Ford Escort...I hated that car....so incredibly gutless it wasnt even funny.

P.S I hate you Cyclovenom :P

5. Sep 25, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

I drove my parents used VW's, and the first car I owned was a 1971 Volvo 142E, which I also inherited from my dad. Nice simple 4 cylinder in-line, electronically fuel injected, 4 spd manual with electronic overdrive.

I got about 35-40 mpg. Unfortunately, a series of bad mechanics doomed the car. The last mechanic skipped town in the middle of the night with the local police department after him.

6. Sep 25, 2006

### Moonbear

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My first car was a 1984 Ford Tempo. The company my step-father worked for had already run it to the ground by not changing the oil, so it needed an entire engine overhaul, but it was a great first car...well, except for the zebra print seat covers my step-father thought would be a really cool surprise for a teenager and her first car. :uhh: I never had the heart to tell him how NOT my style that was, so it was the subject of many a joke among my friends. I put up with it, because I was just thrilled to get my own car, which I never expected (apparently, the ulterior motive was that it would spare the family car from being put out of commission when I got in my first accident...not if, when...my parents did trust my driving, but they're also rather practical about things like that, and since most of my driving was on a VERY busy highway in NJ, they figured it was inevitable that I'd be in an accident my first year driving...and sure enough, I was, when someone rear-ended me in heavy traffic :grumpy:).

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7. Sep 26, 2006

### Integral

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My dad was a collector of sorts, so I learned to drive in '55 Chevy PU and and '51 Willys Overland (Jeep station wagon) oh yeah, dad had a mechanic friend drop (Wedge?) a Chevy 265 V8 into the jeep, it was great fun!

The first car with my name on the title was a '73 Toyota Corolla, nice little car which I bought about 1 month before the "gas Crisis" hit in the fall of '73.

8. Sep 26, 2006

### hypatia

My first ride was a 1942 willys jeep, which I bought in 1973 for 125 dollars. Had it for about a year.

9. Sep 26, 2006

### franznietzsche

1989 Lincoln Town Car. Big old grandma boat.

On the upside, six months later I had a 1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible (from before they made them look like crap). Still have that car.

10. Sep 26, 2006

### ptabor

late 80's pontiac phoenix, followed by a 95 chevrolet beretta that died (and I"m in the process of fixing with a friend) and now I drive an 85 olds cutlass - which is also dying due to various mini holes in the radiator.

beaters one and all.

11. Sep 26, 2006

### DaveC426913

1978 Toyota Tercel. They even have the colour right.

It was called The Pumpkin.

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12. Sep 26, 2006

### brewnog

My first car was a classic Ford, with the 79 cubic inch Endura block and fuel injection.

Ok it was a Fiesta, but it's still going, and it's still one of the fastest things I've ever been round a roundabout in.

13. Sep 26, 2006

### turbo

64 Corvair 500 coupe. Never had to change the oil - just kept adding, and it changed itself. Next was a '65 Mustang 2-door that was rusting away before my eyes until one day at work, a careless guy smashed into it with a Grade-all.

14. Sep 26, 2006

### Ivan Seeking

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A $500 '68 Datsun P/U - used primarily for thrashing on mountain dirt roads. In spite of the jumps, power slides, and even floating the valves a few times [nothing hit], I sold it running. My next car was a '72, 240Z. Now that was a very fun car!!! 15. Sep 26, 2006 ### Echo 6 Sierra Mine was a '64 Impala 4 door with a 283 Power Glide:!!) . I paid$500 for her. The engine caught on fire one day while stretchin' her and I haven't been the same since.

16. Sep 26, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

Mine was an orange 1974 Volkswagen Beetle, handed down to me by my parents.

When I was an undergraduate, I didn't own a car. I went to a small college in a tiny village, and you could walk anywhere in no more than ten minutes. It was about a 45-minutes drive from home, so I spent about every second weekend at home, with my parents driving me back and forth, and I drove their cars while at home.

When I was in graduate school, I didn't own a car most of the time, because I rode a bicycle almost everywhere on campus and in town. My roommate had a car that we used for grocery-shopping once a week. When traveling out of town, I usually took a bus or train, and rented a car a couple of times.

Finally, as I was finishing my Ph.D. my parents decided I probably would need a car when I got my first "real job", and they had both retired so they didn't need two cars any more. So I got the Beetle that my mother had been driving around town. I had it for six years, and then the floor started to rust out. When I drove in the rain, my feet got wet!

It was kind of sad saying goodbye to that Beetle, because I had been riding in or driving Beetles for 27 years. My parents bought their first Beetle when I was nine years old, and we always had one in the family until I sold the orange one.

17. Sep 26, 2006

### Cyrus

I have a 1998 Accord, which the transmission just decided to go bad on me today, again. This will be transmission number 4. All paid for by Honda.

Despite the transmission, it's a very good car. 120k miles on it.

18. Sep 26, 2006

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
I don't consider a car that repeatedly has a major problem like a bad transmission to be a very good car (unless your driving style is unusually hard on transmissions, and it's not that the parts are defective). Is it still under warranty that they're covering it? If so, I'd sell it before that warranty runs out! You don't want to be stuck replacing a transmission out of your own pocket. :surprised

19. Sep 26, 2006

### Cyrus

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20. Sep 26, 2006

### Danger

"Slip'n'slide with a Powerglide"
My first was that same engine combo in a '65 Beaumont. Most useless thing that I've ever seen in my life. It put a rod through the pan the first time that I took it over 100 mph. :grumpy: