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Alright, here it is, boys and girls... 'The Official Autoblog First Car Readership Survey.' Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Come clean with your fellow readers about your very first car or truck, embarassing ride or no (we know you 1976 Dodge Aspen Woody Wagon owners are out there somewhere). In fact, the more dreadful, the more entertaining this is likely to be... but please be honest. If someone claims a Bugatti Veyron or Yugo GVX Cabrio as their first whip, rest assured our readers will call 'shenanigans.'

So... on to the questions:

  • With what four-wheeled conveyance did you first declare your freedom?
  • How did you come to acquire it?
  • Why did you decide that it was the car/truck for you?
  • How long did you own it?
  • Any particularly powerful memories (good or bad) tied to the vehicle in question? (Keep it PG-13, kiddies)
  • What ever happened to it?
  • Any pangs of loss at parting with it, or just sheer relief?

Let's hear it! Fess up in 'comments.'

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      • 9 Years Ago
      With what four-wheeled conveyance did you first declare your freedom?
      1988 in highscool my father gave me a choice either the 1971 Ford F100 with the inline 6 or the Bus. I took the truck. White with black interior panels. 3 on the tree no pwer anything. Redid the interior added 2inches of foam to seat, built custom radio console and added larger speakers to the door.

      How long did you own it? My father bought in 1974 and finaly sold it in the summer of 2004 at which point is was approaching 400K miles.

      Any particularly powerful memories (good or bad) tied to the vehicle in question? The truck was purchased without a back bumper. Dad installed a steel I-Beam. Iwas rearended twice as a kid and only had a bent plate to show for it, the same cannot be said of the other cars.

      What ever happened to it? Still driving around town.

      Any pangs of loss at parting with it, or just sheer relief? I went from the truck to a 1995 Honda Civic hatchback that I bought myself. I soon learned thay car payments are no fun. I still own the civic though (am selling now after 12 years) and have since bought a truck. I found after a few years with Civic that I really missed having the truck.
      • 9 Years Ago
      -1986 Chevy Celebrity

      -Hand me down special from mom (1996)

      -Because it was free

      -1 Year

      -A couple:
      Closing the doors and watching the remaining sheet metal wobble due to the fact that the entire lower edges were consumed by rust.
      Spinning the car at 40 mph on a two lane road into the opposing lane of traffic (thank God there was nobody coming).
      Engine running on 4 of 6 cylinders when cold.

      -Donated to charity, money saved through tax deduction exceeded the realistic value of the car.

      -Sheer relief, although I sometimes miss it for some strange reason.

      • 9 Years Ago
      A 9-year old 1963 Chrysler 300 2-door, with the pushbutton automatic transmission on the dash. Got it cheap ($75, as I recall) from a friend of the family as it needed a battery, alternator, and something else (probably a muffler). Greater running car through high school and one year of college. While it only seated 6, on one memorable occasion, there were 13 people in the car as I drove several miles without getting stopped. Actually, 1 or 2 rode in the trunk. No kidding! This was a non-letter car 300, and I traded in on a still like new, used, 1964 300-K.
      • 9 Years Ago
      First car was a 1969 Chevy Chevelle with a factory 4 barrel, 4 bolt main 350 and a Powerglide trany. I bought it in '84 for $1,000 when I was 16. I bought it because my friends and I were all into muscle cars. I kept it for about 4 years and raced the heck out of it. Finally spun 2 lobes off the cam so put in a new one and sold it to my girlfriend's brother (now brother in law). He killed it off in a year or two. He sold it to a coule guys who wantet the engine for a dragster. Got my first ticket in that car, smoking the tires in front of the high school and the school cop. Not cool.
      • 9 Years Ago
      * With what four-wheeled conveyance did you first declare your freedom?

      1. 1986 Toyota Camry
      2. It was my dad's company car.
      3. Free.
      4. Not long. I drove it for one year or so.
      5. Not being able to stop in time for the red light in winter, tire squealing in the parking lot.
      6. Rusted out and got repainted and sold.
      7. Who cares. It had 4 wheels (or hockey pucks) attached so it moved.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A 1981 Chevy Luv with an '86 Isuzu impulse engine. My Dad bought the truck (sans engine) out of a farmer's barn and had a friend of his install the "new" engine. Total cost was $1000. He drove it for 6 years before giving it to me and I drove it for another 3. I loved it, but my girlfriend (now wife) refused to even get into it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      With what four-wheeled conveyance did you first declare your freedom? The first car that was in my name was an 1986 Chevy Nova. 60hp stock, but I put a K&N air filter on it, so figure 70hp. ;-) It had rust holes so big you could put your hand though the car. It was fun to drive because you had to drive it 100% at all times to keep up with traffic.

      How did you come to acquire it? Why did you decide that it was the car/truck for you? It was a cheap $600 car from my dad's coworker.


      How long did you own it? 3 years
      Any particularly powerful memories (good or bad) tied to the vehicle in question? (Keep it PG-13, kiddies)
      I was driving back to Purdue with all four windows down, and the headliner exploded causing a bunch of old foam bits to rain in the interior. I about put the car off the road when I could get the strips of cloth off my face. I carried emergency scissors in case the rest of the ceiling decided to fail.
      One day my mom decided to borrow it. She didn't realize the key wasn't needed to start or stop it. When she got to work, she removed the key to find the car was still running. She called me two hours later to ask me what she should do about it. It was nice being able to loan out the car w/o handing off keys.
      The car came with a random tire in the trunk. I used it when I got a flat. Each tire was from a different Mfg, and I didn't recognize a single one of them.

      What ever happened to it? I traded it in for $800 (note the profit) on my mustang. I pulled into the dealership convinced it wouldn't start up. So, I left the dealership as quickly as possible. The salesman thought I was just having fun in my new car. Hhahaha
      The car was found abandoned on the highway a year later. The sheriff sent me a letter because they thought I still owned it.

      Any pangs of loss at parting with it, or just sheer relief? I miss being able to park where ever i want. I mean where ever! I could leave it running with the doors open in front of Target while I shopped for an hour, and the car would be there when I get back.

      • 8 Years Ago
      A "silver sand beige" 1967 Saab 96. 850cc 3-cylinder 2-stroke, somewhere around 50 hp.

      My dad gave it to me in 1978 after he bought a 70 Saab 99. I drove it for about 2 years before replacing it with a 69 Saab 95 (wagon) with a V4 engine. The V4 had a lot more power but always felt front-end-heavy by comparison.

      You could swap the 1st and 3rd plug wires, bump the starter switch and get it to run backwards. Four reverse gears and one forward. I only did that one time, but thought it was the coolest trick.

      I learned a lot about repair after I put the 96 in a ditch on a curvy road. It got sold after I got the 95 up and running, but I don't remember to whom. It was the main car I learned to drive on, before my dad turned it over to me.

      Great car. Love to have one today if I had somewhere to keep it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Our very first car we drove/owned, or the first car we bought and paid for? As the latter of the two for me is probably more embarrasing (as I just got rid of it two months ago).


      With what four-wheeled conveyance did you first declare your freedom? 1979 Pontiac Grand Prix, with the V-6
      How did you come to acquire it? Hand-me down from my Brother.
      Why did you decide that it was the car/truck for you? Didn't have much money (I was 16) and my brother was getting ready to leave for the Army.
      How long did you own it? It was "technically" my dad's car, as it was titled under him, but I had it for a good year and a half.
      Any particularly powerful memories (good or bad) tied to the vehicle in question? Getting sideways making a left hand turn onto a very wet road, scaring the hell out of the SUV driver behind you (please note, this was before they called it 'drifting' and still called it power sliding)
      What ever happened to it? Problems were arising with the transmission, and I was getting ready to leave for college, so it was sold for a sparse $100.
      Any pangs of loss at parting with it, or just sheer relief? Wanted to hold on to it. A fun car with some problems here and there, but I liked to dream of dropping in a 427...

      First car that I actually bought was a 1987 Nissan Sentra 3-door, but that's another story...
      • 9 Years Ago
      With what four-wheeled conveyance did you first declare your freedom? 1962 Plymouth Fury convertible, white on white with red interior, 318, push-button torqueflite.
      How did you come to acquire it? My brother was teaching me how to drive in his 1966 Chrysler Newport and we happened to drive by the Fury sitting out in a yard with a 'For Sale' sign on it.
      Why did you decide that it was the car/truck for you? I'd always wanted a drop-top and the price was right.
      How long did you own it? 2 years.
      Any particularly powerful memories (good or bad) tied to the vehicle in question? I used to pick up milk from a farming neighbor and once on the way home during the winter, I took a curve just a tad too fast and one bottle of milk fell over, spilling some into the carpet in the rear floor. It wasn't much so I didn't think much about it. Until spring! That's when the carpet thawed out and the car reeked of spoiled milk. P.U! My old high school friends still remind me to this date not to carry milk in my car without securing it. LOL (;>)
      What ever happened to it? After the transmission went out, it was pushed out into the woods in back of the house along with the other fatalities of our auto misadventures.
      Any pangs of loss at parting with it, or just sheer relief? No pangs of loss at all, as it was replaced with a 1964 Dodge Polara 500 Golden Anniversary Edition, black on black on black, 413 with console-mounted torqueflite. (After I got my first real job)

      To this day, I wish I still had the Polara 500, which I sold in a panic when I got my draft notice in 1971.
      • 9 Years Ago
      1980 Mazda GLC -- Four on the floor, no power _anything_. It was a go-cart in econobox drag. Not much power, but not much weight either and almost need to slow down for corners. I bought for $100 with about 100k on it and sold for scrap for $10 with 200K. Had to put brake pads and a muffler, and the occasional retred into it. Great Little Car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      * With what four-wheeled conveyance did you first declare your freedom?
      When I was a junior in high school in 1993 I got a 1984 Chevy S-10 Blazer (2WD)

      * How did you come to acquire it?
      I got it from my parents. They bought a new 4 door Blazer and I got the old one.

      * Why did you decide that it was the car/truck for you?
      It was FREEEEEEEEE!

      * How long did you own it?
      Four years till I got my new 1997 Saturn when I turned 21.

      * Any particularly powerful memories (good or bad) tied to the vehicle in question? (Keep it PG-13, kiddies)
      Many late nights out with my friends, and then there is the wonderful horn incident, where I was pulling on the steering wheel and goofing off and the horn just started going off as we passed by the local Taco Bell after a football game (everyone always hung out there after games).

      * What ever happened to it?
      We sold it to my brother in law and he ran it into the ground for a couple years.

      * Any pangs of loss at parting with it, or just sheer relief?
      Mostly relief because I wanted a new car, but I did miss my baby. Fortunately it was kept in the family for awhile.
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