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I was a late bloomer. I did not have my first car until I was 34 years old. I had been working for 2 years after being a stay at home mom, and bought a 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass, bronze with a tan leather roof. It was definitely the most beautiful car in my life. Bought and paid for on my own. I have had many since then but that one is the most memorable.

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At 16 I had a red and white ford fair lane 500
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WOW! So many cars in over 55 years of driving and ownership - ha.

 

My very first "car" was a 1950 Chevy, 5 window pickup truck with 'mudgrips' all around.

 

What a beast - 292 V8, bright red with black fenders and trim.

 

My older brother and I changed the 3 speed shifting from the column to the floor.

 

Get this; imagine the typical shift pattern is an H.

We made the top left leg of the H 1st gear, but by ignorance of the gearing, made 2nd gear the top right leg of the H, with 3rd gear being at the bottom left leg and reverse at the bottom right of the H.

 

It was somewhat a nusiance of a shifting pattern, a good laugh on us and a good conservtion piece among 'the guys'.

 

And that's my first car story.

 

(After that, I drove 2 seater convertibles for the next 40 years).

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My 1st car was a 1949 Chevy 2 door with a smashed rear quarter panel. (I forget which side was smashed.). It had an inline OHV 6 cylinder, 216 cubic inch- the only engine available for a Chevy passenger car in 1949, I think.  3 speed column shift. It was an oil burner- so much so that I used MP 90 gear oil for engine oil. Sold it for $12 to a junk yard less than a year later.  Next was a '54 Chevy 4 door, 6 cylinder, with Powerglide transmission.  Ran it about a year and the transmission failed.  

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My friend at the time drove a '51 Chevy Belair, 4 dr, and we went every where in it. When he joined the Job Corp, it set in back of my grandma's for several months. I contacted his father to see if it was for sale. It was, at the cost of $10.00 for the car and $1.25 to fix the flat it had. I bought it for $11.25. this was in 1967. It ran the last I knew, but I never got it to run again although I tinkered with it for several months. In the end, I sold it to a guy I knew for $50.00. He then sold it to someone for a $100.00, and that person sold the engine for $100.00 and the body for $100.00. So much for my first venture as a car owner.

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In 1972, I bought a '62 Buick Skylark 2 door hardtop for $250.   This was a great car!   Unfortunately, it caught fire on Key Bridge in 1975 and I was able to sell it for $25 for parts. 

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4 door whiteDodge Dart, red lined seats, and a convertible to boot.  Drove like a dream until my boyfriend lent it to his friend and drove it into a ditch.  He hurt something underneath because it started to whine.  It still drove like a dream car so I gave it to my brother since we bought a new light brown Plymouth.

 

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A used 1971 gray Chevrolet Bel Air with 112,000 miles.  Looked similar to an undercover police car, which may have helped me avoid some tickets.

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I had a 1972 red 2 door Plymouth Duster.  I was doing student teaching in college and needed transportation to get to school everyday.  The first morning I drove it to school, a brand new 16 year old driver made a very poor left turn into the left front side and caused a lot of damage!   

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My first car was a 1963 Dodge Dart convertible with pushbutton transmission

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