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Your First Car Thread

Don't know if this has been done yet.

This thread is for posting about your first car.

Feel free to post what your favorite memories are of/in it, what year, make and model and most importantly, photos!

I'll start it off!

2001 Ford Focus ZX3, Zinc yellow 5 speed

Favorite memory so far would be taking it out on Christmas day with my dad on a local back road.

Future favorite memory-When I take my girlfriend out for the first time....
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What was your 1st car?

In one of the other threads I mentioned how great it would be to have kept our 1st cars & many others we've enjoyed along the way....many agreed this would be a great thread to enjoy....so here it is, add your ownership stories...



[QUOTE=Scottish16M;575034]My 1st car......a Morris Minor in English white with a red vinyl interior....my Dad went 50/50 with me at aged 17. The 13 year old car had just finished being fully restored & her engine recently rebuilt, I loved it, but at 17 it didn't have much street cred, when some of my friends were driving Cortina 1600E's, Ford Escort Mexico's & the likes.....so I used to thrash my Moggie which I called my 'wee beastie' everywhere in a vein attempt to keep up, eventually killed its new engine on a prolonged 80 mile max speed drive, as I was running late returning to the military camp for my shift. The guys of the mechanical transport division rebuilt it for free & I traded her in for a Ford Escort Mexico in red with a black interior, much more 'street cred' I was then posted abroad & sold the Mexico in UK & having just watched Burt Reynolds in Smokie & the Bandit I immediately bought a Transam on arrival in Germany, followed by a Porsche 924 Turbo, Talbot Sunbeam, a Beetle with a Porsche racing engine that I drove without a windshield through a snowstorm after a rock was thrown up by a lorry & smashed it, that was an experience like no other in -22c as I didn't have a jacket with me as I was on my way to an all night party some 50 miles away. There's a host of other cars I can barely recall without serious thought, I used to change my cars every few months & some things never change to this day.....oh how the Supercar Dealers love to see me coming in!!!!



Back to the Moggie Minor, she had skinny tires & was a perfect car to learn all about on the limit handling, understeer & oversteer, double declutching & it was a chick magnet too.....



Looking back & reflecting the many memorable moments in my 'toys' it really would have been great to have kept some along the way....albeit as we say, it's better to have loved & lost, than never to have loved at all....



What's your stories guys?

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My first car, or car...that I bought with my own money...was a 1995 dark green Corvette. -- that car gave me alot of problems -- was so glad to have sold it. That car was big,wide,and heavy...felt like driving a rhino (as with most American muscle sports cars). the image below is not mine, just one i pulled off from the web.

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My first car was a Silver 1985 2M4 Fiero. I owned a bunch of them when I was younger. When you're 17, it's a Ferrari (if you squint REALLLY hard).
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[QUOTE=Scottish16M;576114]In one of the other threads I mentioned how great it would be to have kept our 1st cars & many others we've enjoyed along the way....many agreed this would be a great thread to enjoy....so here it is, add your ownership stories..[QUOTE]

First car and first Ferrari are not only two different things, it is extremely unlikely for anyone save perhaps Piero to have had a Ferrari as his first car, eh? My first car was a humble but wonderful 1950 flat-head V-8 Ford Tudor (for two-door) sedan, black with tan fabric interior and just three 'options' - heater, radio and overdrive operated by a tiny button to left of the clutch pedal. Bought it during my sophomore year in college with help from the pater, had to wait on tables and wash dishes in the kitchen of my fraternity house to help pay expenses and dad. Dreamt of adding Edelbrocks, straight exhausts and all sorts of hot rod stuff but never did. Sold it when I started Columbia Law School in New York City as insurance was very dear and street parking very difficult if not dangerous.

I'm taking the liberty of cutting and pasting, with small deletion, the post about my first Ferrari from the other thread that may have prompted the creation of this one:

My first Ferrari didn't make some money, it made lots of money. It was the 365GTC speciale #10581 that I bought from Luigi Chinetti in 1978 for $25,000. put another $25K into a complete engine/drive train tear-down mechanical restoration and a bare metal cosmetic re-do. Enjoyed the car for 29 years, lent it for exhibitions at the Behring Museum at Blackhawk CA, the Petersen Museum in Beverly Hills and the Saratoga Automobile Museum right here, and finnaly sold it at David Gooding's Pebble Beach auction in 2009 for $345,000. - buyer paid $380,000. After paying seller's commission and capital gains taxes, that car bought my 2004 575M Maranello, 1987 412GT, 1955 F355 berlinetta (sold a year ago), 2003 Maserati Spyder and 2006 Cadillac STS-V.

This last is a perfectly splendid car: world-class build quality, like Ferrari, Aston, AMG et al. a hand-built blue-printed 4-cam dry sump supercharged V-8, auto/manual 6-speed transmission, Brembos all-around. IMHO it will be a true collector car some day - total production over the four years of production = 2,503. If I didn't have one I'd have bought one offered on eBay for $25,900. with 43,000 miles.

Here's the 365GTC, first owner, Leopoldo Pirelli, CEO of his eponymous Company, in its argento/nero delivery livery, then with new paint by Bill deCarr in custom bordeaux/beige, a photo of the car, Piero Ferrari and me at the Petersen Museum Ferrari at 50 opening reception at which they introduced the 550 Maranello to North America, and finally the photo David Gooding's photographer took of the car and me the day it went off to Pebble Beach and the auction. Still in my mind the best all-around driving Ferrari of the 1980s. Still miss her. Attached Images


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In one of the other threads I mentioned how great it would be to have kept our 1st cars & many others we've enjoyed along the way....many agreed this would be a great thread to enjoy....so here it is, add your ownership stories...What's your stories guys?
Mine was a 1965 Ford Galaxie 500XL, 390 cu in. V8 gas guzzler, black (ext)-red (int), with all 4 quarter panels badly rusted, and bald tires that I bought from a friend for $300 while going to university. One gloomy day after being crushed by a mid-term exam that went very poorly, I returned to my parked car and found the back-end completely sandwiched like an accordion, with a note under the windshield wiper to call the city police (a police car hit it during a chase on an icy winter road). I was totally devastated that "my one and only car" was now going to the junkyard

With the $100 that the insurance company gave me for a "basic transportation vehicle", I rode the bus for the next 2 years until I graduated. My grandmother bought me a 10-year old British-made Sunbeam Arrow that had just been repainted and tuned up as a graduation gift. Woohoo! It was a very cool car at the time and I was a very happy car-guy again

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My first car was an FJ holden. I was around 11 to 12 years of age. Myself and three mates bought it for $40 to $50. The seller secretly delivered this unregistered car to our local 'bush'.

After school we used to go to the bush and drive it like crazy. We rolled it many times, luckily without injury. When we finished driving it, we used to jack it onto bricks and roll the wheels home with us. I used to store 'my wheel' at a friend's house, due to the fact that my parents would have banned my 'petrol head' passion.

My first road car was an Austin 1800. It cost me $500 and I installed a $500 cassette, four speaker stereo. As I was only 17, I was still a year away from having my driver's licence. I used to almost sleep in that car listening to my music.

Three months after this purchase I bought a 'hot mustard' valiant charger for $3700. A 265 hemi with triple Weber carbies. The fun I had in that car! Still can't believe that Mum 'bought' my story on how the windscreen got 'pushed out' going over a bump in the early hours one morning. Dad just smiled knowingly.

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David,

Space was our great friend growing up in Aus. Where else could you by a car before you even got to high school and keep it a secrete from the folks!

My car story started before I got my first car. We had a double garage under our house that was down a fairly steep driveway which went from two into one as it neared the road. Simple to drive out but a bit of a manoeuvre to reverse into as the house was also on a hill.

A long story short I was in the old Kingswood sedan manual, column shift 3 speed (3 on the tree as we called them in Aus) getting a first driving lesson with Dad at about 16 or 17 years old. As we got back after an uneventful drive he suggested he should take over to reverse the car into the garage. I said I was up for it and how else is a kid to learn! 20 seconds later we were perfectly parked up in the garage and he was looking at me like ' your going to pass your test no problem'....Saying that was unbelievable for a first go. Unfortunately my less than helpful older brother who happened to appear out of nowhere piped up with 'first go......he's been doing that for years!'

After the old man cooled down and I passed my test he helped me buy my first car, a 1971 V8 GTS Monaro, which in '85 cost me $2,350 which included a few hundred bucks from dads wallet as he had always secretly wanted one. It was a faded red colour and looked like it had been painted with a mop. But it was solid, loud, went like stink and could fit all my mates in. It got me through uni and early working life because it was easy to fix and petrol was cheap (it was and still is alcoholic).

Eventually I tried to do what many youngsters do and commence a bit of rebiuld but quickly realised my skill set and budget ended at the strip down.....move forward twenty years and $60k later and I finally restored the old girl into what she always should have been. Funnily enough, she is still mega loud but not that quick.....and now days instead of it being stuffed full with my reprobate mates, my daughters call it the picnic car.

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Have always loved the Monaros in bronze, all though wouldn't have admitted it back in 1971!

Spent many moments sideways in those Monaros.

One time in my charger I had to slam on the anchors at 110 mph to miss a truck. Needless to say I lost control and went into a spin and slide on the gravel road. Luckily when I finally stopped I had not actually hit anything. When I looked at my tyres they looked as if they had been 'chewed on' and there were some 1" rocks between the tyres and the rims.

Below is photo almost identical to my old car.
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The first car I bought with my own money was a Toyota Corolla that was in such bad shape I could never get it to pass the safety inspection. I don't recall what year it was. It was an absolute piece of junk.

The second car I bought was a 1973 Toyota Landcruiser FJ40 that I still have (though not in working condition currently). It came with tyres so large it was almost impossible to use on paved roads. As a result the steering linkage was really knackered. I'm looking forward to when it gets all sorted again.
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My first was a '53 Olds 98 hardtop convert. It was considered pretty hot at the time, but then a friend gave me a ride around winding back roads at 70 where my Olds couldn't do 35. He had a XK120. My third car was a 150. The first day I had it, a radar gun in NJ had me 1 mph under losing my license, but that may have been a gift. VERY luckily I had just slowed down from triple digits one hill before.
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Hello,
my first car was a blue BMW E36 320i coupè dated 1993 with 76.000 Km that my father paid me half, wonderful car, great engine, i sold after 6.5 years at 195.000 km,no oil leak on mechanical groups !!!
Was exaclty like a picture ...
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Great thread! My first car was a 1981 Alfasud 1.5 GL, white with off-white ribbed velour interior. Did a paper round for three years after school, bought three KrugerRands as I went along and sold them to pay for the Alfa. Each month of ownership, the rust got worse on the Alfa even though it was only five years old and had lived on the Highveld all its life, 600km away from the nearest sea. Apparently the metal they used to build them with at the Rosslyn plant near to Pretoria was already rusting! Had to let her go after a few fun years as I just could not afford to run her. The KrugerRands have proven to be sounder investments and I wish I had kept them. I paid R500 each for them, about $45 at today's conversion rate...Still I had some great adventures with the little Alfa with a particularly memorable 1,100km drive with a mate to the coast in the worst fog I have ever experienced for the last section of that then epic drive. I slept for about 14 hours solid when we finally reach the holiday home...

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I bought my first car in 1975, during my junior year in high school.
Next month marks our 40th anniversary together.
While we have more stories than I can remember or tell,
I can say, I can't imagine life without her.
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Now you're talking! Great first or last car David.

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1975 Thunderbird. bought this car with money I earned as a teenager, and I miss it dearly. She cost me $2,100.00 at the time back in 1982. This car had power everything, air conditioning, leather interior and an awesome stereo, and when you popped that hood it was all engine - with a 460 cid. Favorite memory? Driving it to High school for the first time, and parking it in the student lot. I found this image on the net, not having any from my youth. Mine was the exact same color package - looked exactly like this one...
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Have always loved the Monaros in bronze, all though wouldn't have admitted it back in 1971!

Spent many moments sideways in those Monaros.

One time in my charger I had to slam on the anchors at 110 mph to miss a truck. Needless to say I lost control and went into a spin and slide on the gravel road. Luckily when I finally stopped I had not actually hit anything. When I looked at my tyres they looked as if they had been 'chewed on' and there were some 1" rocks between the tyres and the rims.

Below is photo almost identical to my old car.


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I bought my first car in 1975, during my junior year in high school.
Next month marks our 40th anniversary together.
While we have more stories than I can remember or tell,
I can say, I can't imagine life without her.

What a beauty, if she drives as great as she looks you're a lucky guy, tell us all what TR model is it David pls...

there's something about a red convertible in the sunshine!

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