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My First Car

Years ago we published a little book full of stories about people’s first cars.  Everyone loved reading it.  So let’s try a blog about the same topic.  If you want to tell us about your first car, just click on the “comments” link below and start writing.  Then the whole world will be able to hear about the first car you owned. Hey, this is fun!

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12 thoughts on “My First Car

  1. Karen O'Brien

    My first car was a 1978 Ford Thunderbird. It was robin’s egg blue with a white vinyl interior and white vinyl landau top. The hood was so big that it took as much time to wax as the rest of the entire car! That bright blue stuck out so much that it was easy to find in parking lots.

    It was formerly a Florida car (hence the color choices — not exactly popular in Chicagoland) that we bought in the fall. The first good freeze of the winter caused the carburetor all kinds of misery. The real misery was the 350 Winsor engine that had no get up and go at all. I think my parents planned it that way!

  2. Karen O'Brien

    My first car was a 1978 Ford Thunderbird. It was robin’s egg blue with a white vinyl interior and white vinyl landau top. The hood was so big that it took as much time to wax as the rest of the entire car! That bright blue stuck out so much that it was easy to find in parking lots.

    It was formerly a Florida car (hence the color choices — not exactly popular in Chicagoland) that we bought in the fall. The first good freeze of the winter caused the carburetor all kinds of misery. The real misery was the 350 Winsor engine that had no get up and go at all. I think my parents planned it that way!

  3. Bo

    My first car was a 1984 Chevy Impala, navy blue. It was formerly my dad’s company car, and had a really boxy look. On more than one occasion in high school I pulled into an outdoor party and saw my friends scatter into the fields – they thought it was a cop car! That was a great car to learn how to parallel park, too – everything since then has been a breeze.

  4. Bo

    My first car was a 1984 Chevy Impala, navy blue. It was formerly my dad’s company car, and had a really boxy look. On more than one occasion in high school I pulled into an outdoor party and saw my friends scatter into the fields – they thought it was a cop car! That was a great car to learn how to parallel park, too – everything since then has been a breeze.

  5. John Gunnell

    Karen and Bo answered so far

    Karen appears to be a dyed-in-the-wool Ford fan whose first car was a ’78 T-Bird from Florida. Hey, wasn’t it Ken Behring of the Blackhawk Collection that made millions selling cars like that in Florida in the ’70s? Ken sold Lincolns, but heck, they were pretty similar to T-Birds back then.

    Bo’s first car was a Navy Blue ’84 Chevy Impala that was formerly his father’s company car. He says it was "boxy" and his friends thought it was a "cop car." I can appreciate both of those comments. One car in my own collection is an ’89 Chevy Caprice 9C1 state trooper car. And the cop-car collectors call these models "box cars." So Bo really hit the nail on the head.

    Thanks for answering. Keep the comments coming!

    Gunner

  6. John Gunnell

    Karen and Bo answered so far

    Karen appears to be a dyed-in-the-wool Ford fan whose first car was a ’78 T-Bird from Florida. Hey, wasn’t it Ken Behring of the Blackhawk Collection that made millions selling cars like that in Florida in the ’70s? Ken sold Lincolns, but heck, they were pretty similar to T-Birds back then.

    Bo’s first car was a Navy Blue ’84 Chevy Impala that was formerly his father’s company car. He says it was "boxy" and his friends thought it was a "cop car." I can appreciate both of those comments. One car in my own collection is an ’89 Chevy Caprice 9C1 state trooper car. And the cop-car collectors call these models "box cars." So Bo really hit the nail on the head.

    Thanks for answering. Keep the comments coming!

    Gunner

  7. Tamara Beardsley

    My first car was a hand-me-down Ford Pinto that had been used as a "high school car" by three people in our family. It was a horrible faded red. My sister hit a cow with the right front corner. I hit a calf with the right left corner. And my sister got in a wreck and banged up the back left corner. So it had one good corner.

    I would load all my high school friends in it, and the frame would rub on the tires and squeel. And its two-door model made it a great challenge for doing Chinese fire drills while dragging Main Street.

    I hated that car, but I still love to go out to the ranch junk yard and look at it because it brings back so many memories.

  8. Tamara Beardsley

    My first car was a hand-me-down Ford Pinto that had been used as a "high school car" by three people in our family. It was a horrible faded red. My sister hit a cow with the right front corner. I hit a calf with the right left corner. And my sister got in a wreck and banged up the back left corner. So it had one good corner.

    I would load all my high school friends in it, and the frame would rub on the tires and squeel. And its two-door model made it a great challenge for doing Chinese fire drills while dragging Main Street.

    I hated that car, but I still love to go out to the ranch junk yard and look at it because it brings back so many memories.

  9. Gunner

    I think it’s the memories that keep real collectors interested in old cars. I always love it when you see the Model T in the back of a Duesenberg collector’s garage. You ask, "What’s up with thet?" and he says "It was the car I drove to high school." Makes you realize the value of memories.

    Gunner

  10. Gunner

    I think it’s the memories that keep real collectors interested in old cars. I always love it when you see the Model T in the back of a Duesenberg collector’s garage. You ask, "What’s up with thet?" and he says "It was the car I drove to high school." Makes you realize the value of memories.

    Gunner

  11. John

    My first car was a ’64 Corvair 700 4 door sedan, black with a red interior, 3 speed manual and a radio. My parents bought it for me to commute to college, 13 miles one way. It had 49K on it and as I recall, they paid $650 for it. I chose a Corvair because I liked them and thought it would be a good winter car. Unfortunately, it proved to be a mechanical nightmare. Within the first couple thousand miles, it needed new head gaskets, started to throw oil, you name it. I kept getting it fixed, but after about 6 months, it started to suck exhaust fumes through the heat vents. I had to ride around with the windows down all the time. No one believed me as to how bad it was until one day my mother had to use it. When she came home, she told me to start looking for something else – which I willingly did. I did try to get it fixed, but my local mechanic had no ideas except to block off the heat vents. I even went over to the local Chevrolet dealership, but they wouldn’t even look at it. They told me they didn’t work on Corvairs anymore – and they were still selling new ones ! Still, I have a soft spot for ‘Vairs and would love to have one for a collector car.

  12. John

    My first car was a ’64 Corvair 700 4 door sedan, black with a red interior, 3 speed manual and a radio. My parents bought it for me to commute to college, 13 miles one way. It had 49K on it and as I recall, they paid $650 for it. I chose a Corvair because I liked them and thought it would be a good winter car. Unfortunately, it proved to be a mechanical nightmare. Within the first couple thousand miles, it needed new head gaskets, started to throw oil, you name it. I kept getting it fixed, but after about 6 months, it started to suck exhaust fumes through the heat vents. I had to ride around with the windows down all the time. No one believed me as to how bad it was until one day my mother had to use it. When she came home, she told me to start looking for something else – which I willingly did. I did try to get it fixed, but my local mechanic had no ideas except to block off the heat vents. I even went over to the local Chevrolet dealership, but they wouldn’t even look at it. They told me they didn’t work on Corvairs anymore – and they were still selling new ones ! Still, I have a soft spot for ‘Vairs and would love to have one for a collector car.

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