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Old 04-15-2012, 02:20 PM   #41
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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).

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Old 04-15-2012, 03:22 PM   #42
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Boy do I wish that I had a photo of my 1st a 1939 Ford Coupe it was 10 years old cost $150.00. I was 14 and a Freshman in High School that was more years ago than I like to think about. Had a lot of fun with that old car. I must be the old man on the block

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Old 04-15-2012, 03:58 PM   #43
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bend302: when I saw your picture of your studebaker it reminded me that I had a similar car in my collection of plastic models that I have been building since my early years. This model was made by AMT and it was built in the US>
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:21 AM   #44
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1st car was a '71 Chevy Camaro... called it the "Green Machine". Added 8-Track and T-handle shifter. At age 16, drove 40 miles to work at Disney World (summer & weekends with lots of overtime) for a year to save and paid cash...
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:55 AM   #45
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My first car was 1966 Rover 2000TC.

I can still hear my dad yelling at me that I was nuts to put oil in the carbs (the old SU carbs had a damper needing oil.)

It was a Jag for the poor in those days

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Old 04-18-2012, 08:55 AM   #46
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67 Ford galaxie 500.... 289 C.I. ..bought from my Dad $400..drove it 2 1/2 years then bought my first "new"car a 73 Gran Torino..351 C.I
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:03 PM   #47
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1986 Nissan Sentra 5 speed. Handed down from my mother. She bought her a new Toyota.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:08 PM   #48
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1937 chevy 2 door coach. Bought in 1960 for $60.00.
Back then the licence plates came with the car!!
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:41 PM   #49
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1960 Austin A40 MK1 drove it in the woods and field next to our house where I grew up.
I stored it in a barn in 1975 and went back in 2009 to see if it was still there and what shape it would be in.
To my suprise the tires held air for a week before going flat again. The engine turns over (by hand)

It was my fathers which he purchased in 1960 in BC Canada. I hope to start restoration on it next summer if all goes well.
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Mine was a 73 Vega, dark green. Best I remember it had a black vinyl interior that made your rear sizzle when you got in during the summer. No A/C, that was still a luxury option in the 70's. Then my next purchase was a 78 Chevette, cloth interior, but still no A/C. When we got married, my wife had a 74 Mercury Comet, her first car.

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