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Old 12-15-2016, 10:31 AM   #1
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What was your first car?

Was reading another discussion, talking about old cars we used to own.

My first car was a 1977 VW Golf GTI. Not a Rabbit, as they were called in the US back in the day, but an actual euro-spec "brought-over-from-Germany" Golf. Instead of the anemic 1.6L engine with Bosch mechanical injection, it had a 1.8 that some maniac fitted with 2 weber 2bbl carbs. Parts were sometimes a little fussy to get, but man that thing would run. The speedo only read out in KPH, so I never really had any idea how fast I was going. That fact even got me out of a ticket once. It had 60 series tires on all for corners (rare in that day) and handled like a scared cat on carpet. It also had headlights that could cut thru lead. I was forever getting flashed with highbeams.

My brother had a 1977 TransAm, and the road from our house to town was mostly downhill and twisty. Going to town, I could easily leave him in the dust. Coming back, of course, that 6.6 would hand me my lungs, but only in the straight parts.

It was probably the most troublesome car I have ever owned, but I really wish I still had it. It was certainly the most fun to drive.

So what was your first car?

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Old 12-15-2016, 10:49 AM   #2
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1972 used AMC Gremlin. 6 cyl. 3 speed non synchronized transmission.
Had about two years then jumped up to a 1973 AMC Gremlin "X" 258 CI, 3 speed synchronized trans, D-70-14 Goodyear tires, rally wheels. Wish I had it today.
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1965 Ford Falcon 4 door 6 cyl. Bought in 1977 for $200.00. Still the best $200.00 I ever spent.
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Old 12-15-2016, 11:21 AM   #4
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1972 Grand Prix was first car, 1958 Chevrolet Apache 31 was first truck. Loved them both when I had them, but wouldn't trade my super duty for either one of them. Kinda like my Dad always said, folks talk about the good old days, but as far as I am concerned we are living in the good old days. Don't want to go back to 255 air conditioning in the heat of summer in Arkansas, 3 channels of TV, sleeping on the ground when camping, I like my cushy life style.
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Old 12-15-2016, 11:25 AM   #5
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1965 Ford Falcon 4 door 6 cyl. Bought in 1977 for $200.00. Still the best $200.00 I ever spent.


Mine was a 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 - 260ci V8 with a 3 speed on the column. Bought it in 1976 for $400. Had 60K miles on it and I put another 30K miles on it the first year I had it.
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1972 used AMC Gremlin. 6 cyl. 3 speed non synchronized transmission.
Had about two years then jumped up to a 1973 AMC Gremlin "X" 258 CI, 3 speed synchronized trans, D-70-14 Goodyear tires, rally wheels. Wish I had it today.
Lol my first was a 72 Hornet, my buddy had the V8 Gremlin it was a lot of fun
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