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(Level: 248.1 - Posts: 3733)
Thu, 25th Feb '10 10:55 AM
FAVORITE CAR YOU'VE EVER OWNED?
I got to thinking about the different cars I've owned. Each of them had some appeal, but if I could have one of them again, in its finest condition, which one would I choose?
For me, it's a tossup between a 1948 Ford coupe my dad customized for me (Sentimental favorite) and a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda that I owned when I got married (macho favorite).
So my question is: Which car that you've owned would you most like to have again? Reason?
(Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 25th Feb '10 11:07 AM
2006 Chevy Monte Carlo. I loved that car....too bad it sucked in the snow.
(Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Thu, 25th Feb '10 1:33 PM
1950 Ford Tudor. First car that I customized. Lowered w/skirts, dual exhaust, etc. Every extra penny that I had went into that car and it just ran and ran and ran. Good on gas and a BIG back seat for extraCARicular activities. It had a metal band around the steering column at the dash that made a perfect bottle opener for those quick trips to Ohio for their 3.2% beer. I owned it from '55 to '57 and sold it when I began to add oil at every gas stop. A buddy of mine put in a new motor and then proceeded to wreck it. I have had lots of cars but that one will always be my favorite,,,,,,,,,,but then there was my '40 Chevy,,,,,another fave but I'd better stop here.
(Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Thu, 25th Feb '10 4:27 PM
1969 Plymouth Road Runner. Chrome slotted mags, hi jackers and an 8 track. Babe magnet!
(Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Thu, 25th Feb '10 5:20 PM
My 2003 Chevy Lumina That my ex wrecked before it was even 2003. It was on December 3, 2002 when my neck and back were broken in my nice new car!
I like my 2 year old Cavalier just as much now.
(Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Thu, 25th Feb '10 7:27 PM
1980 Silver Chevy Camaro, my first car. It was just beautiful!
(Level: 12.4 - Posts: 249)
Thu, 25th Feb '10 7:44 PM
1988 Jeep Wrangler. Five speed manual transmission ... shift into 4 wheel drive on the fly. I could go ANYwhere in that Jeep. I once created a trail in heavy snow on an hilly unplowed country road so that all of my neighbors could get home.
It was the only vehicle that I've ever been able to buy brand new. It had 4 miles on it when I got it.
(Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 25th Feb '10 7:47 PM
A used 1972 VW Beetle. I could park it anywhere, it used very little gas and when it needed repair, it was very inexpensive.
(Level: 111.2 - Posts: 1256)
Thu, 25th Feb '10 7:51 PM
After getting my first job I got a brand new 1970 Camaro RS. Gas was so cheap I never worried about mpg.
(Level: 87.5 - Posts: 1803)
Thu, 25th Feb '10 8:16 PM
1983 gold-toned Camry 4 door Hatchback! This car could hold a horse (if it were flat) and looked terrific, very angular with not a curve in sight. The hatch came angled down at about 40 degrees in a straight line from top of the car to taillights, like a hatchback should. It was the perfect size, drove like a dream, and made me smile.
But wait, no......maybe it's the car I drive right now, a 2002 Hyundai 4 door Hatchback dark blue with leather seats and a sunroof, with a hatchback that is almost as straight and those plush real Korean leather seats...ummm. Also good looking -- just got it clay polished and it looks like new.
(Level: 185.5 - Posts: 114)
Thu, 25th Feb '10 9:54 PM
1965 Pontiac GTO Ragtop 389 with a 4 barrel carburator dual exhausts and Hurst 3 speed. Turqoise with a white interior.
(Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Thu, 25th Feb '10 10:04 PM
Mine was 1953 ford hardtop with fenderskirts dual exhaust and fancy wheel covers it was black and white. Would love to have it back had som fun times in that car. Charlotte
(Level: 114.3 - Posts: 5)
Fri, 26th Feb '10 6:42 AM
My favorite wasn't a car but a little Toyota Tacoma 4X4 pickup truck. I loved her! Her name was Sophie and I bought her brand new in 1996 and drove her for 170,000 miles before Toyota bought her back from me because of a frame problem in 2008. They bought most of them back, here in the east, because the salt used on the roads in the winter really damaged the frames. I could go anywhere in any weather, got decent mileage and never had any major mechanical problems until then. I'm still trying to get used to my new Subaru Forester...but I think we're gonna get along just fine. Her name is Francine!
(Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Mon, 1st Mar '10 11:31 PM
1967 Red Chevelle Malibu. 327.
(Level: 145.6 - Posts: 1641)
Tue, 2nd Mar '10 12:46 AM
1969 Red Mach I Mustang (I wanted the Shelby tho)
1979 Pink and Blue Checker Marathon which I still have-I'll never part with Petunia
Other than those two: A Green 1954 Rolls with running boards and wide white wheels, previously owned by King Faisal
(Level: 225.5 - Posts: 7525)
Tue, 2nd Mar '10 1:44 AM
Sentimentally, since it was the first "family" car we owned after we were married- a used 1970 VW "automatic " Beetle.
Car and Driver tested a '70 Beetle equipped with the Automatic Stick Shift and wasn't overly impressed. "The acceleration tests were disappointing," it wrote, "in that we couldn't feel the punch of the additional 4 hp and 3.6 pound-feet of torque.
It was in the repair shop pretty often
(Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Tue, 2nd Mar '10 6:39 AM
I had a '66 VW that I got from a junkyard and then had it rebuilt in '76. I was a bit nutty about VW's at that time. It was a great car and lots of fun. I had it repainted a metallic brown/maroon color that was not a VW color so of course she was one of a kind. I have to admit I only but American now...
(Level: 132.4 - Posts: 240)
Tue, 2nd Mar '10 8:28 PM
Hands down--a 1955 Chevy Belair
Absolutely a great car!
(Level: 201.0 - Posts: 1938)
Tue, 2nd Mar '10 9:48 PM
Hey, Al, I worked on a few VW's in my day. Volkswagen called that model transmission "Autostick" but we called it Awful Stick instead. Glad you moved on!
(Level: 149.5 - Posts: 740)
Tue, 2nd Mar '10 10:08 PM
Boy this sure takes me back! My favorite was a 1957, 2 door hardtop Plymouth Savoy. It was a push button automatic and the color was a sweet two tone combo of turquoise and white. It had fins to THERE! That car and it's little blond driver were easily recognized on Woodward Avenue back in 1963 and 64! Oh my...What fun!!
(Level: 129.4 - Posts: 964)
Tue, 2nd Mar '10 11:40 PM
My first car 1976 Camaro. Then my 1982 Mazda RX7. No wait my 1998 Monte carlo. Well maybe my 2001 Monte Carlo SS! All of them!
(Level: 188.4 - Posts: 334)
Wed, 3rd Mar '10 7:01 AM
1979 Fiat X 1/9. I loved that little car!
Second place was a 1976 Jeep Cherokee Chief - took me everywhere I ever wanted to go. Even towed vehicles stuck in the sand on the beaches of North Carolina.
(Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 3rd Mar '10 10:29 AM
I've tried to narrow it to just one, really I have, but it's impossible, I've had too many affairs of the heart with cars, starting with the red Mustang. I hear you, Headylamar - I was also the blonde in the cool car a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.
After I rode the Mustang into the ground I began a long engagement to the Beetles. There were four of them, as I recall.
A special edition Sun Bug with a fabulous sound system was left to the first husband, then two nearly identical dusty red ones, '65 and '68, and a brief fling with a yellow Superbug. The kids practically grew up in the back seat of the '68, fighting for dibs on shotgun (arguing over the privilege of riding up front, for the Europeans), and they named her Bessie.
She was the single most reliable vehicle I ever owned, right up until the night I was coming home from a shift and a half at 3AM, when I was run off a narrow road on a tight curve by an oncoming car that didn't even stop. Four headlights blinded me as I veered and then overcorrected on loose gravel. Bessie slid off the road sideways and wrapped herself around a tree right at the front roof support post, the strongest part of the car, and I crawled out the passenger door, stepped over the entirely ejected and lavishly shattered windshield, and limped away from her with a badly bruised right knee that still twinges me.
I replaced her with a VW bus the kids immediately dubbed Bertha, and it was from the drivers seat of Bertha that I had my last look at my son, goofily mashing a cross-eyed kiss on the side window of his own car, laughing and waving as we passed each other in the factory parking lot after work. A year later, my youngest and I packed what we could fit into the bus and moved to Florida, where Goddess was then in the Navy. John nearly destroyed our marriage in the early months by selling Bessie without consulting me. So what if she hadn't run in a year and needed $1000 worth of work? She was mine and he didn't yet understand what that meant. He knows better now. Boy howdy. Hmmm ... whaddaya know ... I can still get mad about that one!
I loved my gunmetal gray '79 TransAm - ridiculous, beautiful thing - it looked like Darth Vader and had a very sexy rumble under the bumble. I put a black lace panel over scarlet velvet in the rear deck where it was sun-damaged, and the sun turned the lace to gold. Yeah.
The Thunderbird was the one I waited for the longest and loved the most. John says I can have any car I like if I just wait for it to be 14 years old. I wanted an '85 T'bird forever. Bill Elliott drove one to a qualifying record that still stands, and will surely last another good long time yet. Sure enough, 14 years after it rolled off the line, John brought one home and asked if I still wanted one. It was going cheap ($1200) because it had minor mechanical troubles he could easily fix (and maybe because it was beige - I mean, why IS there such a thing as a beige Thunderbird?). I gave my assent (YES! YES!) and designed a paint job for it that turned heads and drew people to it wherever I went. We referred to it as the Nuclear Banana. A bright, clear yellow with black rocker panels and spoilers front and back. Sharp. It made me happy to come out of a store and walk toward it. Eventually I gave it to my son, who thrashed it and broke it and sold what was left. Now it sits under a tree down a road I don't go on. We don't talk about it.
Now I have a paid-for drab green Pontiac Grand Prix, new for me at only 11 years old, and I don't give a damn about it. It has a cassette deck, for pity sake. Comfy seat, though, and that matters more nowadays. I think my falling-in-love-with-cars days are over. Hope so, it only leads to heartbreak in the end.
(Level: 12.4 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 3rd Mar '10 11:05 AM
There's a country song somewhere in that story ....
(Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 3rd Mar '10 11:09 AM
Two or three, if the whole truth was told.
(Level: 153.0 - Posts: 1266)
Wed, 3rd Mar '10 11:17 AM
The one I am driving now. A 1998 Honda Cicic EX becausae it has lasted almost 12 years.
(Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Thu, 4th Mar '10 6:48 PM
I had a 88 Hyundai Excel (if you remember the ads they showed a 2-pack and said that was what a $10,000 Excel was). It was about $5200 brand spanking new off the showroom floor (extra cause it had AIR CONDITIONING, which was almost unheard of for the Excel). Daddy bought me the car, it was a 4-speed. My mom asked "What kind of car did you get her?" because I had already headed back to college. "A 4-speed Excel" he said. "She can't drive a stick". Dad looks down at his watch, I had been gone for over 2 hours "She can now".
I drove that car for over 10 years, put 140K miles on that sucker and it cost less than $10 to fill up once every 3 weeks. Being a poor college student, that car pretty much assured my graduation. It NEVER broke down.
After 10 long Chicago winters and into my first marriage (ok, my only one), it turned into a rust bucket that my "car lover" husband didn't see the charm in.
Two years ago, when I filled up the Tahoe and it cost us over $100 to do so (and the tank only lasts a week or so), I literally cried when I thought of my beloved rust bucket.
You can have your fancy cars that suck up gas (I have a few of them). I'll take my old, paid off 45 MP gallon rust bucket any day.
Shoulda kept that damn car....
(Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Thu, 4th Mar '10 7:39 PM
68 GTO ragtop, cherry red, white top, white leather. geez, what a machine. 400 bored out to 440. had a Hurst I stick (and if you know what that means you are saying "wow" as I speak). Had it when I was able to drive around with the top down with a bikini on and not embarras myself.
what a car.
(Level: 31.4 - Posts: 6)
Thu, 4th Mar '10 8:02 PM
A 69 Mustang that I owned in 1978 (highschool). No power steering, no power breaks. I'm suprised I'm not dead! I wanted a 69 Charger or Challenger but couldn't afford them.
(Level: 202.8 - Posts: 5434)
Fri, 5th Mar '10 9:15 AM
My very first car which was a 1966 Ford Galaxie. It was dark green with cream interior, four speed in the floor, bucket seats and one of the biggest engines I ever saw in a car. This car would fly! I even raced it a couple of times and won! I wish I still had it...My second car was a blue 1968 Ford Torino which I loved too...Both cars would fly!
(Level: 248.1 - Posts: 3733)
Thu, 11th Mar '10 12:25 PM
We were discussing this topic at work today, and I was reminded of this.
As I said in post 1, my first car was a 1948 Ford Coupe. My dad taught auto-body repair at the local vocational school, so he and I designed what we wanted and he used my car as the class project for his students that semester. Other classes rebuilt the engine and transmission. It came out looking fantastic, but its power was still very stock. Looked like a hot rod, ran like a '48 Ford.
One day I was driving down the widest street in town, and stopped at a red light. On my left sat a tricked-out '57 Chevy. He revved his engine and raised an eyebrow. I shifted into low and rocked my car a little, then gave him a nod. The challenge had been accepted. When the light changed, he floored it and laid rubber in his first two gears. I pulled out slowly and followed him down the street, well within the speed limit.
I saw the police car behind me at the light, but I guess he hadn't. Two blocks later, I waved at him as I rolled by.
(Level: 169.1 - Posts: 22)
Thu, 11th Mar '10 1:56 PM
1995 Chevrolet Impala. Got it up to 125 mph on Interstate 84. Wife made me sell it 3 years ago. Still miss that car.
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