• Aug 23, 2007
We all remember our first car, and some of us have managed to hang on to that car for years. While we all have some kind of impression left on us by our inagural vehicles, Clarence Curtiss' story is far better than any yarn we could spin. The 1929 Ford Model A shown above was purchased by a 15-year-old Curtiss for $10 in 1938, and he's had it ever since. The most charming part is that Curtiss and his future wife Dorothy carved their initials into the steering wheel shortly after he'd bought the car, and they went on to be married for 56 years. To this day, you can see the characters scratched into the bakelite.

Though the A is unrestored and has racked up 200,000 miles, it's not entirely original. Way back in his teenage days, a Hudson Terraplane's powerplant found it way under the front bodywork. It seems that the A just didn't have enough speed to satisfy a young Mr. Curtiss. The Terraplane engine fixed matters, enabling the speedometer needle to twist itself deep to the right. Curtiss, who eventually owned Curtiss-Ryan Honda, still takes the Model A to car shows, and it's just one of the roughly 25 cars he owns.

Thanks for the tip, Matt

[Source: NY Times]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey! Do I get my picture taken? I am still driving my first Toyota pickup...for last 12 years...I doubt it will make it to my 84th bday..
      • 7 Years Ago

      Excellent story. Thanks for posting it. I think Ford should give him a free Mustang for his achievements.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder how many miles he had on the old motor when he changed it out...

      ...and...

      is 200,000 the miles on the current motor?


      either way, this man knew what he was doing when he bought the car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Geez. Now I miss my 92 VW Cabriolet. I only had it for a year before I sold it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd have kept my first car forever... if I hadn't slid it off the road into a ravine. It took 3 tow truckers to get it up and out of the rift and I continued to drive it for another 6 months. Though I did have to get in and out on the passenger side as it had ended up landing on the driver's side and was a bit worse for wear.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That guys a hero, i sold my first car, a 1994 Pontiac Firebird for the sole reason of hating the 3.4 V6 in it so much...i upgraded to a 1999 LS1 Trans Am and havent looked back...i spent 3 terrible years in that V6.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My first vehicle was a 1972 IH Scout II. I got it when I was 16, and still have it 17 years later. It's a piece of crap, but I love the hell out of it. Nothing was cooler than taking the heavy-ass fiberglas top off during sunny weather and crashing into the high school parking lot with my rowdy buddies every morning. With luck I'll be able to give it to my kids starting around 2017.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This guy was at the car show at Quinnipiac University in Hamden CT over the summer. He's quite the character. And not shy either. Good for him.
        • 7 Years Ago
        gee, a car salesman that isnt shy. what a shock!
        ;-)

        Cool story
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow that is dedication. i sold my first car after 7 months...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Better than me. I sold my first car (85 Corolla sedan) after only 3 months. I never even had it long enough to change the oil.
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