First car?

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  1. Velocity

    Velocity Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    A light blue 1968 VW bug. Took only $5 to fill it up in the 70's. The heater knob got stuck open and we sweated a lot, but it ran great until we burned the engine up outside Decatur. The engine literally caught fire. Bye bye bug.
     
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  2. cosmic mouse

    cosmic mouse Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    If a Honda was your first car you'd be dead in the grave and someone else would still be driving it. ;)
     
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  3. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

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    1987 Plymouth Reliant. The air conditioning didn't work. The radio went on the fritz the night I went to a U2 concert and never worked right again. The rearview mirror fell off and had to be cemented back on and never touched again. But that car lasted me for 21 years through all kinds of weather, and the only reason I got rid of it was because of a serious leak in the fuel line that I decided not to fix.

    If I was filthy rich, I'd probably get another somewhere and have it restored just for sentimental value.
     
  4. trekfan39

    trekfan39 Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Nice post! My first car was a 1987 Escort EXP dark blue with grey interior. Total POS paid $1300 for it back in September of 93 just after my 16th birthday and I drove it till March of 97, by the time I got rid of that car it wouldn't even start if it was raining or if the air was moist! Nothing like your first car and still to this day I'll from time to time have a dream about driving that car.

    Currently drive a 2015 Mustang so I think I've upgraded a little!
     
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  5. MANT!

    MANT! Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    1st Car, 1972 Datsun 510 made from 5 hulks I towed to our property with my dad's pickup..
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    1st New Car 1984 Colt Turbo GTS..
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    1st Certified pre owned car..
    My current pride and Joy..
    2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo...
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    Always was into small efficient yet fast (comparatively) cars..
     
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  6. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Speak for yourself... :shrug: My current car is a 2007 Honda CR-V and it's the greatest car I've ever owned. I am keeping this thing for as long as it runs. I've never had a better car in my life.
     
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  7. TrickyDickie

    TrickyDickie Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    That Datsun is really cool....reminds me of an AFX car I had back in the day, like this one:

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  8. E-DUB

    E-DUB Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I had a '65 Buick Lesabre [​IMG]

    Mine had totaled 2 other cars before I got it.
     
  9. TrickyDickie

    TrickyDickie Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Forgot to post a pic of the license plates I had on the Elite ;) :

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    I had to chuckle at a girl in college who thought Torinos were only family cars and not sporty enough. Drivers like Bill Elliott and Buddy Baker had good luck with them in NASCAR!

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  10. Kronos

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    Love the pictures of the 1970's Ford's, AKA Land Whales.
     
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  11. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    A Ford guy, eh? I knew, like Fords, you had a couple of screws loose.:nyah: But seriously folks, my dream car as a teenager was a 1973 Mustang Grande. I would've preferred the 351 Cleveland over the Windsor, though I can't really remember why.

    But it's funny, you pointed out the Aston Martin look to the grille on the 70's model, and new Fords are doing the same thing. Several models have the same front end look as current Astons. Which as far as I'm concerned makes Astons less desireable.
     
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  12. MANT!

    MANT! Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    That is a toy version of the Trans Am winning Datsun 510 from the early 70s

     
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  13. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    My dad had a brand new 1976 Datsun B210 in turquoise (I wanna say the hatchback) and one of my brother's cars was a 510 wagon.
     
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  14. Tora Ziyal

    Tora Ziyal Vice Admiral Admiral

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    1972 Plymouth Duster. Red. Black and white plaid seats.
     
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  15. UncleRogi

    UncleRogi Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Mine was a '65 VW Bug, bought in '82. It died when a rock from the road got the oil tower, and left
    me stranded. I replaced the engine, then the trans-axle failed. It's probably still in a junkyard outside
    Ft. Hood, TX.

    I loved that car...

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    Edit: It was bright red
     
  16. B.J.

    B.J. Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Mine was a 1985 Mercury Marquis station wagon (not a Grand Marquis, this was the smaller version). My dad got it for me in 1994 in college when I got a co-op job and needed a vehicle. It didn't even last two years before the freeze plug blew out rather spectacularly, taking much of the engine block with it!

    Funny story with that car.... Once we were loading up some drums in it before a weekend football game. I had brought it into the stadium (we were allowed in back then), loaded up, shut the hatch, got in..... and nothing. Wouldn't start at all. You'd think a college band full of engineers would be able to figure this out, but no. We ended up having to push it out of the stadium and into a nearby parking deck. My dad had it towed back to a shop near him (an hour away). Took the mechanic all of 5 minutes to figure it out. I had never heard of an "inertia switch" before that day, and I have yet to have a car since that has one. Apparently when we closed the hatch, we slammed it a bit too hard and tripped the switch, which shut off the fuel pump (useful in crashes). The mechanic just pushed the switch, and it started right up. My mother, who is an alumna of the rival school, had a field day with that one!
     
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  17. Ovation

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    First car: 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 with a 350 V8, four barrel Rochester Quadra-Jet carborator and room for 12*. Pulled more than one Dukes of Hazzard style stunt in that thing (it’s a wonder I survived my 16-18 year old years). :lol:

    *officially 6, according to the number of seatbelts—but somehow we always found room for more (and NH still doesn’t require seatbelt use for 18 and over—back in 1983, didn’t require it for anyone)
     
  18. Q2UnME

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    Though I had the smaller, beefier little brother ('73 442 w/ 455 V8, 4 barrel Qudrajet with a 4 speed), I can attest that cars back then had TONS of room. Though my car 'technically' was a 4 passenger, I routinely could pack 5 or 6 people in that car. Given that the 88 was even bigger, if you had bench seats front and rear, I don't doubt you could pack them in like a clown car... :techman:

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  19. Ovation

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    Once crammed 15 into the car (two in the trunk with the lid open). Was, thankfully, a short drive. :lol:
     
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  20. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    I had to take my first driving test in my mom's 1976 Grand Marquis 4 door. Hers was forest green, inside and out.

    All I can say is, thank fuck it was an election year. I can barely parallel park my Grand Cherokee with the camera and sensors now.

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