My first powered vehicle was a new 1958 Vespa 150. I sold it and switched to cars, my first being a 1938 Austin Seven. That had a 750 cc L-head four cylinder engine that put out about 22 horsepower on a good day. The cable-operated brakes would accomplish a panic stop from 50 mph in about a quarter mile!
Back to motorcycles for a while after that (a 1962 Ariel Leader, then a 1955 BSA A7). When we had our first child, we got a Heinkel bubble car. The entry door was all the front of the car and it had a 200 cc single cylinder engine and a four-speed transmission. My commuter vehicle was a Norton 650SS, which belonged to Norton, by whom I was then employed.
After we came to the US in 1968, our first car was a '65 Ford Falcon wagon and I got a commuter car (which I often wish I'd kept). It was a 1958 DKW, which manufacturer is now known as Audi. It had a 3-cylinder 2-stroke engine and was front wheel drive. It was interesting asking for 5 gallons of gas (not $5 worth) and then asking the station guy to wait while I poured a pint of oil into the tank. It was also unusual in having a four-speed column shifter and no clutch pedal. It had a system called "Automatic Stick Shift" later copied by VW. I paid $50 for the car and balked at having to buy four new tires and shocks after two years of use. I replaced it with an MG-1100 sedan, a front-wheel drive car based on the original Mini. The Austin America was the same body shape.
After getting laid off from Boeing, I got a job with a contractor at Nasa-Langley. I sold the MG to a workmate and traded the Falcon on a big 429 Mercury Colony Park, in which we moved across country. After returning to Seattle, we got rid of the Merc for a Chevy Impala wagon and a Chevette.
The Chevette became the daughters' car and we bought a new Toyota Camry. Our son got that later and the Impala went in trade for a Honda Accord, then the Accord for an Odyssey. We currently run an '03 Kia Sedona and don't have a second car (we're both retired).
Frank and Eileen
No longer RVers or FR owners