saw the new 2010 Chevy Camero in the parking lot of my local neighborhood stop-and-shop this evening..a kid no more then 20 was showing it off and the car looked like a steroid induce big brother of my 1978 version...but boy was it one hot looking ride that you were a "shoo in" to get the hottest looking girl in your school to ride around with you on saturday night
remember when you were young and going to admire the first one of your peers to get one of the "pony" cars..I was not so fortunate as my peers, I always owned VW beetles that cost about $500 and had to go to radio shack to buy a $29 am/fm radio with 2 speakers..never got the hottest girls to go for a ride with me...now with my new turbo beetle, different story
Growing up in Melrose Massachusetts in the 60's the 64 Mustang was "THE" car to have. As for me I drove around in my Fathers Ford Station Wagon. Hmmmmm......... do you think that may be why I prefer a minivan today?
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For me it was the Z-28 of course and the Ford Mustang, Mach 1 or Shelby GT. But I like you was the guy in the VW. Of course when I struck out on my own I purchased a Vega "Spirit of America" and thought that I was all that. My G/F at the time and the best choice I ever made (Lovely Wife of 30+ years) drove a Mustang II
I didn't own a car when I was in High school....not a whole lot of kids did in this part of the world. I guess I'd have to say I was more toward power plants power plants than so much in body style. I loved the Camaro when it first came out in '67 and also the Mustang GT with 390-428 c.i.d. power plants. Then came the Chevy's 427. Of course this was NASCAR country before the rest of the country hardly knew the sport existed. The biggest outfit in NASCAR probably back then was Holman-Moody who had Ford Motor engineering backing. Good Lord, could they build power into an engine.
Talk about mechanical progress, my little 2001 Grand Am's small 3.4 Ltr. engine develops only five less horsepower than the old GM production 350 c.i.d. V-8 that had 175 horsepower. And those cars weighed about half to three quarters more than my Grand Am.
For me it was a 1968 Chevy Chevelle SS, Candy Apple Red with White stripes on hood and trunk. We rebuilt the engine, tranny, changed the rear so it was pushing 386 hp at the wheels. What a beast this car was.
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My first "real" car was my '58 Corvette! GREAT ride. Traded that for a brand new '64 Corvette, and that one was a REAL barn burner, and head turner. (Only problem was that I had a much nicer car than my Commanding Officer!)
My first unoffical car at the tender age of 15 was, a 1953 plymouth suburban stationwagon. My girlfriend would ride with me but I had to let her out a block before we got to school. ...I really don't blame her though..riding in a puke green antique like that.
I was one of the fortunate ones though. At 16, my dad bought me a '67 plymouth 'cuda. 383 six pack with all the bells and whistles. Bought my first set of tires for it 7 months later. Dad refused to buy tires for it. Girlfriend still rode with me but I MADE her get out a block before we got to school.
For graduation I got a '71 Dodge Charger..this car is one I wished I still had. It was one of the best driving and most comfortable autos I have ever owned. I had to make the payments on this one after graduation. BOY! those $68.00 dollar a month payments were tough back then. Of c ourse with a new car came a new girlfriend. She loved it and I loved her. So much, that after our first marriages, we ran into each other at a class reunion and 3 months later got married. That was 23 yrs ago. Been through 3 other Chrysler products and still driving one.
I failed to mention that I did have a '55 chevy, but it was for racing on the local dirt tracks. I didn't even have a license. Parents had to sign a waiver for me to drive. Loved that and still do.
My hotest car when I was young was a 68 Dodge Charger.
In 95 when I felt like acting like a kid or maybe it was mid-life crisis I drove a black Mustang with works. It a spoiler and a green racing stripe and it got me a few speeding tickets.
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My first car was a green 1940 DeSoto. It was really a tank. Bought it from one of the most popular seniors at high school so it had to be cool..Right? When I finally could afford my dream car it was a Chevelle SS 396. That car would fly.
Now that I have matured I want the 2010 Camaro SS.
These posts have jiggled my memory of other cars I loved back in the mid sixties in addition to those I mentioned previously. These were the '66 Ford Galaxie XL with the 390 V-8, the '66 Plymouth Fury with the 383 and the Chevy Impala with the 427. These are probably my favorite types simply because I became a legal driver in '66 when I turned 16. Notice, I said "legal." I could most certainly get through a four speed gear box faster'n .......well, let's just say reeeeal fast.
The son of a former open wheeled race car driver when he was a youngster, I learned to drive when I was tall enough that my leg was long and tough enough to press a clutch to the floor -- somewhere I guess between eleven and twelve. Remember, this was and still is big NASCAR country and these body styles along with the Pontiac (Catalina I believe) were hot back then on the tracks.
Inasmuch as NASCAR has its roots in this part of the country, all the guys when I was growing up salivated over owning something such as those vehicles described above. Of course only maybe one or two of the "rich kids" ever got a new one and they were certainly not the type to work on their own cars!
Tell you what Venice, it sure does bring back memories! Lawsy, aren't we gettin' old!
Todd...yes it does my friend..I learned to drive at about 12 on a tractor and the big moment was when your parents let you take the car to the store by yourself after you obtained your legal license...a 5 minutes trip took 2 hours because you had to stop at all your friends house to show off