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Old December 9th, 2002, 05:23 PM
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What was the year and model of your first car (and when did you get it)?
How much did you pay for it?
What do you drive now?

My first car was a 1966 Plymouth Valiant. Bought brand new in 1966. Cost $2100.
Gram's first car was a 1966 Triumph Spitfire. Brand new in 1966. Cost $2000.
(Gram's father, great grandpa Gus, used to make us take the Spitfirwe if we were
going to the drive in movies).
My current vehicle is a 2001 Nissan PathfinderSE. It cost just a few dollars less than I bought my house for .
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Old December 9th, 2002, 05:37 PM
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53 Lincoln Capri $1000 dad got it for me was a Widow and was sitting in her Garage for 24 yrs original tag msrp was 18k First AC and pwr seats two tone leather. Awesome car. Check that pup out
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A 1965 Rambler American. It was a hand-me-down/wedding gift. It's name was "The Pink Catessa." Obviously, it wasn't a macho car, but it had 4 wheels and ran.
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A 1972 Chevy Concours station wagon (I was moving around a lot back then and needed the room, but man was it embarassing to drive a station wagon at 18! Don't remember exactly what I paid for it, but I'm sure my mother scalped me! lol

I now drive a 1995 Dodge Stratus ES - paid $8800 for it 1998 with less than 40,000 miles on it.



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Old December 9th, 2002, 06:05 PM
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Piece of junk Ford Pinto. 1976 model bought in 1980 and I constantly worked on it.
It was $1000.00. I called it the blue bomb.
The last time it broke was on top of a very large bridge. I coasted to the bottom, rolled down the windows, emptied the car of all my cassettes and personal items, threw the keys on the seat and left it there. It sat there three weeks!
Finally someone at work was going through a nasty divorce and his soon to be X demanded a car......
He bought it off me for $500.00.
The flywheel had lost several teeth. Major repair in terms of time and effort.
We now own a Beautiful year 2000 - 1 Ton Dually 4x4 crew cab (Chevy) and a
a 1987 Chevy Silverado and a 1966 Chevy Nova (Race Car)
See a pattern???
NEVER will own a ford again! Chevy all the way!
None of these have EVER been in the shop for a major repair. None have ever broken down. Regular maintenance, changing tires, batteries, belts, oil changes, etc and rotating tires all done here at the house. Never been stranded by these vehicles, not even the 15 year old one.

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Old December 9th, 2002, 06:47 PM
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My first car was the 56 VW bug that I bought from my dad for $150 in 1965. That was the cost of the new engine. I kept her til the floor rusted out. "Nellie Belle" didn't have a gas guage, just a little lever you turned to open up the reserve tank when you ran out.
Now I have a Lexus RX300 SUV. Drives like a dream, and I hope to have it for a very long time.

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The year... 1966. I got a 1961 Pontiac for $600 Canadian ( then our dollar was actually worth more than the US dollar). Put a bright red racing stripe on it from front hood to back fender, and a HUGE silver ball on the manual shifter on the column.
It was so heavy, a couple of years later, I dropped it into 3 rd gear, and the shifter fell on the floor. Another time I was turning a corner and the steering wheel came off in my hands. GREAT car!

Now, I'm back to my youth with the car I would have liked in 1966 <G>.. '02 Camaro SS convertible with lots of giddyup!! 35th Anniversary Edition, and the last year they were making the Camaro (so I explained to Mrs Kuki what a good investment it is <G>)
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First car was a 1955 Ford Station wagon bought from my parents for $300 in 1963. As one other mentioned it was embarrassing to drive at 18. Got me to and from work. Always was tinkering with the engine to hop it up.

Now it is a 1999 Dodge Durango, and as Papa Bill said, it was almost the same price as our first house.
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Old December 9th, 2002, 07:14 PM
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It was a used 1955 Dodge 500......pink and black ..... paid $200 for it in 1964. This "beauty" had the push button gears on the dash and the excellerator stuck all the time.......very dangerous!

Now ..... a '98 Olds Intrigue ..... It's an extinct vehicle.

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My first car was a 54 Packard Clipper. I was sixteen and the car was ten years old. I now drive a 2001 Audi TT. What a difference. OMG! :0)
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Yeah - the station wagon may have been an embarassment to drive, but looking back that car never gave me one bit of trouble; it always started (even when sitting outside two weekends in a row when it was -25 degrees outside at night) and never broke down on me.

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In 1972 I had a '69 442 Olds. Gold with a big black racing stripe down the front.My best friend had a 68 Ford Torino. Also gold & black. We thought our ship didn't stink...two chicks with really cool cars...
Now I have a green Ford Aerostar "soccer mom" mini van (even though I am not). I crack myself because I still drive like I am a cool chick in a cool car.This vehicle looks so much like every one else's that I have to use the remote control starter in the store parking lot just to find it. (more than once I have tried to get in someone else's van!) Oh, to be 18 again!
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A brand new 1969 Rally Sport Camaro..when I was 18...and it cost $3,000.00
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My first car ( all my own ) was a volkswagon bug, '72 I think. I was a flower child and had it painted red with white daisies!

I have moved up considerably. I now drive a silver Mercedes SL500, 2000 and a Mercedes suv, ML 430, 1999.

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My first car was a l941 Plymouth. I was in the Navy and paid $100 for it in 1951. Was a good car and drove it till I got married in 1953.
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First was a 1957 Ford Fairlane two tone blue and white in mint condition for $300 in 1968. Sold it withing 3 months as I went in the military. First new vehicle was a 1970 Datsun 240Z Fairlady bought overseas in 1970 for $1900 brand new and man that car would scoot! Had it over 180MPH on the old runways of Anderson Air Force Base on Guam, M.I. Now I drive a 2001 Honda Shadow 750cc motorcycle or a 2000 Dodge Pick up.
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I never had my very own car. I used the family cars. I learned to drive in a red 4-speed VW bug. I don't know the year, but I know we had it by 1968 and it was several years old when we got it. When I got married in 1971, my husband had a pale yellow 1967 Mustang. I can still hear the distinctive whine of that engine as you pushed it up to the limit before you shifted to the next gear! It was a very distinctive sound, and it takes me way back!

The first new car we bought was a 1972 Ford Maverick that we ordered from the factory, loaded with everything we wanted, for $3800. I drove that car until 1980 and I loved it. It was bright red with black and white houndstooth check upholstery.

Now, I have three cars. One driver. Three cars. Anyone want to buy a nice 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix?! !! Gramps was selling his Buick Regal, and it is newer and with fewer miles than my Grand Prix, so the agreement is that I'll sell the Pontiac and pay him whatever I get for it for the Buick. Isn't it great to be "Daddy's little girl," even when you're getting to be an old lady yourself?!

My other car is my little red midlife crisis car, 5 speed, slung low to the ground. However, the image suffers when your poor old crippled body makes it practically impossible to climb up out of the thing! ! Oh well, I have fun with it, and that's what counts. However, I can't get rid of the 4 door automatic sedan with fabric seats. The little red car has leather seats and Oscar the Shih Tzu slides all around on them and he can't find a good place to stand up and look out!! And we know who REALLY rules in this household!

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First car was a 1967 Volkswagen notch back. Bought it in 1974 for $400. They were never sold in the U.S. but I bought it from a guy who brought it over from Germany. It had a push button starter switch that went bad and I had to hot wire it to start it. It caught fire one night while driving down the road and that's the last I saw of it. It also had a hidden switch in the door jamb which had to be on for the car to either start or get gas.... I can't remember which.

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After high school graduation, my very first thisisallmine car was a 57 VW bug for $350. Loved her. When the engine blew, she was rebuilt and I continued to drive it.

(Mine was sort of dingy white)
I learned to drive in a bug, but my high school wheels were shared with my mom, a gold Ford Torino. That car had a continual steering problem, as it routinely went to the lake instead of to school.

"Bye, bye Miss American Pie drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry an them good ol' boys were drinkin whiskey and rye singin this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die."

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First car was a 64 Corvair hand me down, folowed by a 65 Buick Special. Loved that car.

I now drive a Grand Am GT....fire engine red...it's my company car and I am very grateful that I do not have to drive, what would have been my fourth Taurus in a row.

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My first car was a used 1965 Corvair, with 1200 miles on it. I got it in 1967 for $200, because Ralph Nader had started his campaign of how unsafe the cars had been. You couldn’t give these cars away at that time. I had that car for 5 years and gave it to my cousin, who still has it as a show car. He has been offered $35,000 for it, but will not part with it.
I now own a 2002 Mercedes SLK 320 convertible, and Carol drives a 2003 Cadillac Escalade suv.

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My first car was a 1989 Ford Tempo bought for $5000 in 1992. (Yeah, I'm young.)

Currently I am driving a gold 1996 Saturn SL2. Very reliable, although not powerful, little car. I hope it keeps going, despite its 85,000 miles.

Mark has a black 1994 Trans Am GT convertible. First year they made them in a convertible. That car is fun to drive and ride in. He keeps talking about selling it, though, and I hope he doesn't. He usually doesn't have a car more than a year or two. He's also got a 1994 Ford Ranger that he is trying to sell. Hopefully before he does, I'll learn to drive it (it's a stick.)

My dream car is a Jaguar S-Type.

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Great posts -- brought back lots of memories.

My first card was a 1972 Ford LTD 2-door Brougham (with two-tone paint). Bought it from my Dad for $800 (split between my brother and me). Of course, soon after buying it, gas doubled in price to 99 cents a gallon! (Oy vey!) We also had to do the fun routine of going to the gas station at 4 a.m., parking, sleeping, eat breakfast, fill tank and then go to school (remember odd or even days?)

I now have a pearl-colored 1992 Lincoln Continental ... bought it *last year* with only 16,000 miles on it (yep, a little old lady car who had died). Primo condition and still smelled new.

Art's car now is a 1992 Camaro Z-28th 25th Anniversary Convertible that Pamda can attest will leave anyone's hair a ratted mess. :-)

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Boy, I love all the VW stories and the picture Mermaid. My sisters first car looked just like that! I bought a Dodge Dart in 1966 for just under 2,000, then in 1969 I started working for VW and its been VWs ever since.

Currently driving an Arrest Me Red Jetta TDI, turbo diesel that is, and pray every a.m. when I go out to start it, been lucky so far. It has a sun roof, CD player, black leather interior and bun toaster seats, pretty spiffy but stinky and noisey.

I miss my yellow Beetle so that will be my next order unless they have an overload at the port and we don't get a choice. You vill take these automatic diesels and you vill like them!!!

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My first car was a 1950 austin mini which I litteraly drove the wheels off of. while burning a ue all of the wheel studs broke off. My fisrt new car was a 72 gran torino sport , which cost me $3900 canadian.

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I'll join the ranks of former Corvair owners. I was in college( May '65) when I bought a '60 Corvair for $525. Another prospective buyer had offered $500 and I outbid him. It was fire engine red. Gas was 29 cents a gallon. I loved that little puddle-jumper. When I met my husband he had just bought a '65 Pontiac Catalina convertible--midnight blue with a baby blue top. Not his first car ('55 Chevy), but his first NEW car. I married him a year later.(Could there be a connection?) Sold the Corvair for $200 in Jan. '69 (the engine caught on fire as the new owner was driving home and he put it out with roadside snow ) Went without 2nd car for 18 mos. while saving for a new one. (I went stir crazy stuck at home with 2 little ones and one on the way and no wheels). Bought a '70 Pont. Tempest in Sept. In Jan. '74 hubby tearfully sold his convertible "baby' because our 5th was on the way and we needed a station wagon. Fortunately a collector bought it and used to send annual pics of it looking good. We bought a 2 yr. old Vista Cruiser, replaced it with a '79 Merc Marquis wagon, then an '87 full size Chev. van, a '96 Chev Astro van and now we drive a '99 Chev. Venture. The Tempest was replaced by an ' 81 Plymouth Horizon (stripped down stick shiftnad AM -only radio for hubby to drive to work) and the kids were amazed to see his new "baby' in '94--a loaded, bright red Intrepid, which he still drives. (mid-life crisis?)
We went through several cars that our kids drove, but that's another story. All I can say is our driveway and street looked like a used car lot for years.
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My first car was a 1981 Ford Escort (grey with red interior). My mother and grandmother purchased it for me on my 19th birthday in 1986. Dad stated that I didn't need a car in college. I had the car until 1988. I live in Florida and a tourist from Ohio made a U-Turn trying to get to the gas station to fill up his rental before he rtnd it. My car was a total lost. I was glad because I didn't like it. I never complained, because I didn't have to make any car notes. By the way Mom and grandmother paid the down payment and dad made the monthly payments.
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