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Not too long ago I was going through some old papers and happened to find the contract where I bought my first new car.  It was a Vega and a terrible car, but that was not the shocking part.  

 

This was 1975 and I was newly divorced.  I had a house with a mortgage in my name and I had been making the payments for about three years.  All the utilities were in my name and I had some department store credit cards, also in my name.  I was working at a job I'd had for almost 10 years.  Here's the shocking part.  My father had to cosign the loan for me!

 

Sometimes I forget how things used to be for women and how we accepted that kind of thing as normal. 

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..1960 I bought a '58 Fiat 500.  Awful car.  Astrea had the same experience.  Stalled at will.  Had to downshift gong up a hill.  In 63' bought my first new car a VW Bug.  $1,800 brand new. 


Hard to believe that my 1974 Fiat cost $4,000! I really wanted a BMW, but they were $5,600, and way out of my budget .. since I paid for it myself & was just out of college. Hard to believe even those prices now .. and how "primative" things were then! My car didn't have power steering, and boy was it awful getting out of tight NYC parking spots. I remember one time other cars blocked me in so tight near my house, that by the time I got out, I was totally exhausted .. who needed a gym for an upper body workout?


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My first car was a 48' Plymouth coupe in 1958.  Raised rear, spinner hubcaps, skirts, side spotlight, suicide knob. Got stopped by the cops even when I was parked.   Didn't last long.  1960 I bought a '58 Fiat 500.  Awful car.  Astrea had the same experience.  Stalled at will.  Had to downshift gong up a hill.  In 63' bought my first new car a VW Bug.  $1,800 brand new. 

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A Gremlin. New at the time (I think it was a '70). Car was so cheap there was no glovebox door --- just the opening.  Can't really recall how much I paid. I do remember tinkering with it --- glasspack, pushing up the timing to get more ooomph (while knocking like crazy).  In those days, I actually did the tuneups. Some of you remember using a timing light.   


Well, my very 1st car was a 1965 Mercury Comet - teal.  Loved. Loved, Loved it.

 

Never owned a Gremlin but we did buy a new Pacer and I bought it because the front windshield was so big and I am very short.  It was the pits of a car.  Sometimes it started, other times it did not.  And the doors were so heavy, my daughter as a young child could not even open or close them.  However, it served its purpose for the few years that we kept it.

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".,..I remember the Gremlin when it first came out....would see on street and wonder "What in the world is that"  (not making fun of your first car)  Think...".

 

   You can make fun of it. Yes, it was strange. I got it primarily because it was a hatchback (pretty new concept at that time),  small, and relatively inexpensive to insure. I was in a band during college and carrying around a drum set --- that car allowed me to do that easily. 

 

 


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oooh  the 69 Camaro...I went with the 70 .  my soon to be husband wanted me to get the z28 also, but after checking the price, I knew i couldn't afford that and didnt really need that.  I think he was really wanting it for himself to drive.  He was still in the Sea Bees at the time...

Yes the 69 worth alot....Actually wish I could buy one now.  But not practical now with the grandbabies car seats, with hardly a back seat to speak of...It was tiny


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My dad bought me a 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 in 1967 for $420. It was a tank. I could walk on the hood, roof, and trunk and it wouldn't bend a bit. I pulled out in front of an oncoming car and got it in a pretty serious wreck. The other car was a new Plymouth; it was totaled. My car had a severe dent onto which I painted the word "Ouch" and drove it until 1969.


Now my second car was sweet.

 

I had a cousin that worked for Playtex and he said the company was going to grow in leaps and bounds. I bought my first stock. My $500 (birthday money from several years) grew to $2500. I bought a 1969 Camero. I was $200 away from buying a Z28 Camero but my parents didn't like that it was orange-red and had an 8 cylinder powerful engine. So I was stuck with my six cylinder. But it looked good though.

 

I was on a trip with it to visit my girlfriend (now my wife of 40 years) and yes, wrecked this car too. The frame was bent, hood, fenders, and just about everything else damaged. I drove it at 25 miles per hour because that was as fast as it would go for 150 miles back home.

 

I traded that car in and a wholesaler bought it even before I had picked a new car. He must've been able to see the future. The 69 Camero is now a classic because they made that body style for only 1969. In good condition, the six cylinder version goes for tens of thousands while the Z28 can push six figures.

 

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@nctarheel wrote:

My dad bought me a 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 in 1967 for $420. It was a tank. I could walk on the hood, roof, and trunk and it wouldn't bend a bit. I pulled out in front of an oncoming car and got it in a pretty serious wreck. The other car was a new Plymouth; it was totaled. My car had a severe dent onto which I painted the word "Ouch" and drove it until 1969.


Now my second car was sweet.

 

I had a cousin that worked for Playtex and he said the company was going to grow in leaps and bounds. I bought my first stock. My $500 (birthday money from several years) grew to $2500. I bought a 1969 Camero. I was $200 away from buying a Z28 Camero but my parents didn't like that it was orange-red and had an 8 cylinder powerful engine. So I was stuck with my six cylinder. But it looked good though.

 

I was on a trip with it to visit my girlfriend (now my wife of 40 years) and yes, wrecked this car too. The frame was bent, hood, fenders, and just about everything else damaged. I drove it at 25 miles per hour because that was as fast as it would go for 150 miles back home.

 

I traded that car in and a wholesaler bought it even before I had picked a new car. He must've been able to see the future. The 69 Camero is now a classic because they made that body style for only 1969. In good condition, the six cylinder version goes for tens of thousands while the Z28 can push six figures.

 

My luck!

 

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I had a 1964 Dodge Polara,It too was a beast,Had the pushbutton Transmission,BABY BLUE drove around on MAYPOP Tires.You know thinking back about that thing now,I DON'T MISS IT HA HA-Roll Tide

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My dad bought me a 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 in 1967 for $420. It was a tank. I could walk on the hood, roof, and trunk and it wouldn't bend a bit. I pulled out in front of an oncoming car and got it in a pretty serious wreck. The other car was a new Plymouth; it was totaled. My car had a severe dent onto which I painted the word "Ouch" and drove it until 1969.

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That was a good car.  I too wonder if my first is still out there somewhere, that someone has salvaged and reworked to a shiny "new" ride. 


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My first car was a '55 Olds 88 that I bought in late '61 for $550.00.  I had just  moved back home and gotten a job after a year away at college.  I was riding the bus to and from work, even though I had to transfer busses in downtown Atlanta.  This was OK until the days got shorter and the place where I had to wait for the bus to come home was very near a bar and it was scary dealing with drunks after dark.

 

My uncle (father's brother) had a small used car lot and we went to check out what he had.  I fell in love with the green and white car as soon as I saw it.  My parents actually had a '55 Pontiac Star Chief as a second car at that time.  My father cosigned the loan papers with me for the bank and it had to be paid off in less than a year.  I wasn't making much money and it was rough but I did it.  

 

I went back to school after 18 months and my parents were looking at getting a new car and getting rid of their Pontiac.  Since it was the same year as my Olds, my father suggested trading cars since he feared my transmission was slipping a bit and the thought the Pontiac was in better shape.  At the same time the boy my younger sister was dating was looking for a used car and he bought the Olds.

 

The transmission on the Pontiac went out on I-20 on my way back from class about 6 months later.  My now-brother-in-law drove the Olds without transmission repair for another 2 years, until he sold it to two young boys who wanted to make a cross country trip.  He sold it to them for $300, warning them of the transmission.

 

The last we heard they had made it to Los Angeles, still with no transmission repair.  I wonder if it's still going somewhere.


 

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