: What kind of car did you learn to drive in?



I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-27-11, 02:19 PM
I went to a nice car show on Friday night with some friends, and there was a vendor there selling car brochures. They didn't have a lot of the stuff that I really wanted, but they had a lot for Mazda. So looking through their inventory, I found one for the '91 626, the car my dad had bought in 1994 and kept until it was totaled in the summer of '05. I took my driver's test in it in July of '03 and drove it for a while until I bought my Roadmaster, and I took it to school a few times between the time I sold my Roadmaster and bought my deVille.

http://images1.americanlisted.com/nlarge/1991_mazda_626_dx_16874905.jpg

Our was just like that, except we had the stock 14" wheel covers, and ours wasn't a 5 speed. We had it for 11 years, and I don't remember it ever breaking down on us, aside from just once in the spring of '05, when it wouldn't start and we had to get it towed home. I never gave that little car enough credit at the time, all I was thinking about was V8 powered full size luxury sedans. But for what it was, it wasn't bad. It handled nicely, was fairly peppy and was a lot more fun to drive than the '97 Lumina we had at the time was.

I'm glad I paid the $4 for that brochure. It brought back a lot of memories of that car that I'd forgotten, and makes me feel like I'm 16 again, eager to get the keys from dad to go driving. I still remember when my parents let me drive it for the first time, all by myself, just around town and back. The sad thing is that no matter how nostaligic I get about it, I'll probably never be able to go back and buy another one, because that was a car for the most part that nobody ever cared about and junked out as the years went on. I never see any of them anymore, especially when you still see lots of early '90s Camrys and Accords.

So yeah, that's mine, 1991 Mazda 626 DX Sedan. How about you?

77CDV
02-27-11, 03:01 PM
A 1977 Coupe de Ville, of course. My avatar is the only picture of the car I have, taken around 1990. My parents bought the car in 1980 from my Uncle Paul, who always traded his cars every 2-3 years. They got rid of our Astral Blue '72 CDV with white leather interior and white top, which I recall pissed me off. OK, that car was a dog (bad paint, bad tranny, bad leather that fell to pieces), but my 8 year old self loved it. The 77 became my mom's car until my dad bought her a new '87 Olds 98 so he could get out of his '81 Plymouth Horrid-izon.

Dad loved to take long drives to nowhere in particular. The day I took my driving test, Dad went with me to the DMV in the 77. The bastard inspector made me parallel park as part of the test (I think he was looking for an excuse to fail me). Too bad for him I did it perfectly. They gave me my license, and Dad decreed he needed a haircut. This resulted in a trip from the west San Fernando Valley to Marina del Rey, via Topanga Canyon and PCH. From then on, every Saturday, Dad would start the day with "Let's go for a ride", and off the two of us would go until dusk.

During the week, I'd take the bus up to the pharmacy where Dad worked, pick up the car, and drive home, then go back to get him in the evening. One evening I had to stop off for gas on the way to pick Dad up. A guy pulls up next to me at the gas station, hands me two tickets to that night's Dodgers game, saying he can't use them, and takes off. When I got to the store, I showed Dad the tickets. He bought us a couple light windbreakers from the drugstore (still have mine!) because it was a cool fall evening and neither of us was prepared, called Mom and said we wouldn't be home for dinner, and to the game we went. When I went away to college, Mom and Dad gave me the 77, and I drove it until it was stolen just after New Years, 1993. I really missed this car, which is why I bought my current 77 back in 2000. Not a duplicate by any stretch, but she's my own personal time machine.

You know, it's a nice day. I think I'll go for a drive.

Rolex
02-27-11, 03:09 PM
1984 Nissan Sentra 5 speed. After learning on a POS like that everything was easy to drive.

thebigjimsho
02-27-11, 03:20 PM
When I was 8 my father stacked a bunch of old tires in the back of the garage and had me attempt to drive his '72 BMW 2002 into it. It was a stick. While I couldn't quite get it in without hitting those tires, that's where it started.

Later, when I was 12, I was allowed to drive his Citation X-11 up and down the long driveway at my aunt's place in NH. Again, a stick shift. The only problem I had was stalling it doing a 3 point turn at the top of the driveway. When that thing stalled, the power assist disappeared and the steering and brakes both needed Herculean effort.

When I was 15, my father's friend sold to him(for me) another Citation. It was also a stick shift. It was June and I wouldn't get my license until the following February, but I would practice on that unregistered car for those months. My best friend would come over and we would hang out in the car and listen to music while I practiced 3 point turns into, and out of, the driveway. When I got my license on Valentine's Day of 1990, I hopped in my newly registered stick shift Citation and drove it like I had driven a stick for years.

My father taught me how to clutchless shift years before and let me shift while he'd drive. He also taught me how to double clutch, rev-match, all that...

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-27-11, 03:30 PM
Craig, how far off from your current '77 is the one you had way back when?

gary88
02-27-11, 03:34 PM
A 1995 Dodge Ram diesel (drove it back from the DMV after getting my permit and when going places with my dad) and a 2001 Seville SLS (drove it almost everywhere when going somewhere with my mom).

Sevillian273
02-27-11, 04:03 PM
First time ever behind the wheel: 1987 Chevy Astro Van 4.3L - former Pepsi delivery van.

First time in traffic: 1992 Ford Escort wagon 4cyl

First car: 1972 Ford Gran Torino 4 door 302 2bbl

ga_etc
02-27-11, 04:42 PM
Growing up I got to drive a lot of different things. My dad and grandfather were always trading on cars and I got to drive a lot of what went through my grandfather's yard before I ever got my license. As fas as what I drove when I had my learners license, my parents had a 1992 Sedan Deville and a 1992 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4, and my grandfather had a 1988 Brougham and a 1987 Toyota 4x4 pickup that was 5 speed. I drove all of those frequently. I actually took my driver's test in the '92 Sedan Deville. I think I shocked the instructor when I parallel parked it on the first try.

Stingroo
02-27-11, 04:52 PM
Well.... the very FIRST car I ever drove was dad's '84 Cutlass, but I was only 10, and we only drove around the neighborhood a few times (man, was that fun...). I learned how to drive in snow (sort of) in a '91 Grand Marquis. That was a painful endeavor. I took driver's ed in a shitty Taurus, then got my permit and did nothing with it for 2 years. Then I bought a '93 Mazda 929 that I drove myself to school in until dad wrecked the Grand Marquis, and he basically stole it from me. Didn't get my actual license until I bought the wagon a year ago. :lol:

Rusty058
02-27-11, 05:40 PM
1973 Plymouth Valiant (Scamp) The car kept running but the body started rusting out after 2 years

orconn
02-27-11, 06:05 PM
A 1977 Coupe de Ville, of course. My avatar is the only picture of the car I have, taken around 1990. My parents bought the car in 1980 from my Uncle Paul, who always traded his cars every 2-3 years. They got rid of our Astral Blue '72 CDV with white leather interior and white top, which I recall pissed me off. OK, that car was a dog (bad paint, bad tranny, bad leather that fell to pieces), but my 8 year old self loved it. The 77 became my mom's car until my dad bought her a new '87 Olds 98 so he could get out of his '81 Plymouth Horrid-izon.

particular. The day I took my driving test, Dad went with me to the DMV in the 77. The bastard inspector made me parallel park as part of the test (I think he was looking for an excuse to fail me). Too bad for him I did it perfectly. They gave me my license, and Dad decreed he needed a haircut. This resulted in a trip from the west San Fernando Valley to Marina del Rey, via Topanga Canyon and PCH. From then on, every Saturday, Dad would start the day with "Let's go for a ride", and off the two of us would go until dusk.

During the week, I'd take the bus up to the pharmacy where Dad worked, pick up the car, and drive home, then go back to get him in the evening. One evening I had to stop off for gas on the way to pick Dad up. A guy pulls up next to me at the gas station, hands me two tickets to that night's Dodgers game, saying he can't use them, and takes off. When I got to the store, I showed Dad the tickets. He bought us a couple light windbreakers from the drugstore (still have mine!) because it was a cool fall evening and neither of us was prepared, called Mom and said we wouldn't be home for dinner, and to the game we went. When I went away to college, Mom and Dad gave me the 77, and I drove it until it was stolen just after New Years, 1993. I really missed this car, which is why I bought my current 77 back in 2000. Not a duplicate by any stretch, but she's my own personal time machine.

You know, it's a nice day. I think I'll go for a drive.

Great story, Craig!

gdwriter
02-27-11, 06:05 PM
This:

http://www.gdwriter.com/Nellie_1967.jpg

1964 Chevrolet Impala four-door sedan, Ermine White over Meadow Green, 283-2, Powerglide, PS/PB, factory A/C. This pictures was taken in 1967, shortly after my parents bought the car. So was this picture (yes, that's me):

http://www.gdwriter.com/Gary_Nellie_1967.jpg

We had Nellie for 17 years, and it's what first sparked my love of cars. I still vividly remember my first time behind the wheel in the summer of 1982. The car was so smooth and drove so easily. Driving felt like the most natural thing in the world. And like any good car enthusiast, I aced the parallel parking. It's actually pretty easy in that car, because you can clearly see all four corners.

When I bought Betty in 1999, she sounded and felt exactly like I remembered a '64 Impala should sound and drive like. Despite the fact that Betty was a little rougher looking than I had hoped, that she was complete and unmolested, ran well and drove exactly as I remembered, I was sold within a block. That she turned out to be the same Meadow Green was a bonus.

gdwriter
02-27-11, 06:20 PM
I also did some early driving in my Dad's '62 Ford Falcon:

http://static.cargurus.com/images/site/2008/04/12/22/44/1962_ford_falcon-pic-3064.jpeg

That's not the exact car, but looks the same. 170-cubic-inch straight six, three-on-a-tree. I thought it was the dorkiest thing I had ever seen and being a status conscious teenager, I was embarrassed to be seen in it. I named it Frumpy Fred.

My Dad bought Fred when gas prices spiked again in 1979 and after an engine rebuild, it turned out to be a good car. Fred was probably the first stick-shift I ever drove (other than my grandfather's International Scout on the back 40 of his property), and once I got the hang of it, it was pretty easy. Fred also had a manual choke you had to futz with when the engine was cold or it would shake like the whole car would fall apart.

One time shortly after I had gotten my license, I was late for work and was driving Fred. I was doing 80 MPH on the freeway, and when I got to work, I could smell the brake linings. I had driven the entire trip with the parking brake on. It was one of those old fashioned twist-and-pull doohickeys, and there was no brake light on the dash. I didn't tell my Dad about that for years. Fred either had a nervous breakdown on that trip or the time of his life.

gdwriter
02-27-11, 06:21 PM
I really missed this car, which is why I bought my current 77 back in 2000. Not a duplicate by any stretch, but she's my own personal time machine.That is exactly how I feel about Betty. I got back a huge chunk of my past when I bought her.


A 1977 Coupe de Ville, of course. My avatar is the only picture of the car I have, taken around 1990.Do you have a larger version of that picture? Can't see too much from the avatar, although it looks like it has the turbine-vane wheel covers, my favorite from that era.

Playdrv4me
02-27-11, 06:41 PM
Automatic:
http://cdn.getauto.com/photos/0/20030/1c/1J4FJ78L9KL495325-1c.jpg

Stick-shift:
http://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/pictures/VEHICLE/1990/Nissan/1533/1990.nissan.maxima.8178-E.jpg

Submariner409
02-27-11, 06:55 PM
Primary learning "vehicle" was a late 1940's John Deere tractor. A tad later was Dad's 1940-something Willys Jeep (a real "Jeep"). First car was a 1953 Morris Minor drophead coupe. 46 rompin' stompin' flathead horsepower, 4 on the floor.

77CDV
02-27-11, 06:56 PM
Craig, how far off from your current '77 is the one you had way back when?

The color is the biggest difference. My current car is triple yellow (Naples Yellow with a yellow tuxedo grain cabriolet vinyl roof and antique light yellow-gold leather), while my first one was triple tan (Sonora Tan with Buckskin tuxedo grain cabriolet vinyl roof and antique light buckskin leather). Other than that, there are minor option differences. Current car has wire wheel discs, delay wipers, pinstripes, and illuminated entry. My first car lacked all of those but had power passenger recliner, Guidematic, and rear window defroster. I've only ever seen one other 1977 CDV exactly like my first one, at a CLC meet over a year ago. It was in rough shape, but I was transfixed by it. I wanted it, bad, but I had already bought my 69 FWB and knew logically that I couldn't afford to restore both of them.


This:

And like any good car enthusiast, I aced the parallel parking. It's actually pretty easy in that car, because you can clearly see all four corners.



Precisely.


That is exactly how I feel about Betty. I got back a huge chunk of my past when I bought her.

Do you have a larger version of that picture? Can't see too much from the avatar, although it looks like it has the turbine-vane wheel covers, my favorite from that era.

Here you are.

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa237/cmchally/My%20cars/scan0001.jpg

It's a scanned Polaroid, so it's pretty lousy, but it's all I've got. As far as the wheel covers, they're off a 72 from a local junkyard. The car came with the standard wheel covers, but the tines got bent over time and they wouldn't stay on the front wheels in a turn anymore. I got tired of chasing them down and put these on. They actually looked pretty good, even if they are incorrect. The turbine vane wheel covers would have been awesome. Doesn't seem like too many people ordered them, though.

For comparison, this is my current car.

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa237/cmchally/2008%20San%20Diego%20Meet/023.jpg

gdwriter
02-27-11, 07:02 PM
Thanks for the larger picture. It's a lovely car. I like the '71-'72 wheel cover design; looks fine on yours.

77CDV
02-27-11, 07:11 PM
Probably because Cadillac recycled it for use on the Fleetwood Brougham that year. They just added the car-colored insert to the center portion.

dkozloski
02-27-11, 07:48 PM
1939 Dodge pickup. 4spd crash(non-synchromesh) gearbox.

JMBIII
02-27-11, 08:02 PM
1953 Nash Rambler station wagon. Six cyl. 3 speed on the column.

orconn
02-27-11, 08:25 PM
I started driving when I was eleven and living in Brazil. My family lived on an estate out in the country which had no telephone (in those days in Sao Paulo it took a wait of two years to get a phone installed). So my Dad wanted me to know how to drive in order to drive to get help in case there was an emergency.

The car I learned on was a 1953 Ford Customline Tudor sedan. It had three on the tree (three speed manual steering column mounted shifter), no power steering, no power brakes. It was a mid level Ford of the day and was a straight forward V-8 and actually an ideal car for Brazil at that time.

I learned to drive it by tooling around the estate grounds and became very proficient with a manual shift. I was still only 14 when we returned to the U.S. and with N.J.'s 17 age for a license to drive, it was a long wait. Fortunately I had friends with large yards where we could practice on an a 1940 Olds stick shift coupe.

I passed my driver's test in a 1957 Olds 98 4 door Holiday and was quickly assigned the '56 Mercedes 300D "Adenauer" sedan as my daily driver. The Mercedes was a four speed on the column, so I was right at home .... except I think the big Mercedes was even slower than the '53 Ford! The year was 1960 and it would be 1965 before I got a car of my own. My Dad took pity and let me buy my first car a 1958 Jaguar XK150 drophead coupe. It was worth the wait!

ThumperPup
02-27-11, 08:29 PM
Couldn't find any pictures in my Storage on PC or HD so i went over to LincolnsOnline and pulled the last pic taken Of my most loved baby ever
this is what i learned to drive in
It was the first Car that was Bough for me it was a 1995 Lincoln Continental fully loaded
dad got it for me for getting a Perfect score on My Drivers test he joked about how i had to get a job and go to school and do a lot of things said my first car was going to be a 1000 dollar peace of crap that drove in Drive maybe worked in Revers and had good breaks from the neighbors s car lot witch he owns 5 budget lots at the time in Ohio
he knew i had set hints about wanting a Sedan not a small coupe but a full size sedan
dropped some hints like Lincoln at the time id be happy with a 90 or newer town car i liked that body style
well the next morning after my test he took me out early way early before school picked out a POS 89 Mercury Sable from the lot for 899 dollars i drove away kind of upset but also happy at the same time
went to school did lunch bragged about the new rust bucket i had everyone wanted to see it
drove some friends after school back to my house
and what was sitting in the Driveway was a 1995 Green Lincoln Continental fully loaded every option possible
for the year and model
and OMG i was like so punked back then lol he tricked me first thing in the morning
i had been dropping hints all over
well the next day was Saturday took off first think in the AM to the Lincoln Dealership to learn all about this car so they could teach me every option and all dad insisted but i was like i know i can figure it out its ok but he insisted
the guy there said oh your the Lucky kid i said a smart comment back i said yup and your the SOB that made a big butt commission on it also i bet LOL
he was like ok yeah got me there
so he tough me about the features i was amazed with the adjustable stiffness for the front struts having 2 modes or was it 3 and the steering having 3 modes of stiffness that was awesome

http://www.lincolnsonline.com/rides/linc/thesweetrosslg/thesweetrosslg.html

Oh wait we are talking about the car we learned to drive in LOL

ok that was a 94 BMW 740il what dad was driving at the time he tough me to drive mom was not allowed to because she didn't know how to from what dad said all the time lol


If you look in the window of the Lincoln you can see the dice hanging on the mirror if you look very closely yes i rolled with dice lol
and they are the same dice i have now
and they where also the same dice that where hung in the mirror the day after i got the car LOL
i guess maybe they are not my lucky dice so to speek and they still hand in the caddy lol

1BadCadSTS
02-27-11, 08:59 PM
1993 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe, Montana Blue.

drewsdeville
02-27-11, 09:43 PM
A used and abused 1988 Oldsmobile Delta 88.

hueterm
02-27-11, 09:47 PM
1970 Grand Prix...still have it.

Ranger
02-27-11, 10:07 PM
'61 Chevy Biscayne. Inline 6 with 3 on the tree and power nothing. The only options where radio and heater (yeah, those where optional back then. I think turn signals had become standard by '61).

The-Dullahan
02-27-11, 10:14 PM
Superior Coaches all the way!

AElayyat
02-27-11, 11:07 PM
My first car that I drove at the age of 13 was my parents' old 1984 Lincoln Town Car. I liked that car, it was 2 tone exterior, black top, gray bottom, w/ gray cloth interior. That thing was nice, but my pops traded it in for a 1989 Sedan DeVille around 1994.

My first Cadillac that I drove (I now own) is my dad's old 1985 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance.

cadillac kevin
02-27-11, 11:58 PM
first car I ever drove- 1974 buick apollo 4 door 250 inline 6. biggest econocar ever (only a couple feet shorter than my caddy) I also think it was the first car I ever took on the road- got to take it down to the local QT. every one at the station and the road that went by were gawking at this big ass behemoth (by modern standards, its a very large mid size car) in rusty shit brown paint with a white roof. Still have it, but its going to the great beyond soon- cant afford the $1500 in repairs it needs to be able to be driven safely- gas tank is falling off, frame needs some work, and rear shock towers arent connected to frame)
car I learned to drive in- 91 cutlass cruiser SL wagon. great car- died a horrible death on Jan 1st 2011.
first car that I owned- 1982 trans am. no motor, bad trans. about the only option it didnt have was the recaro seats. it was loaded and sweet looking- black w/ gold ground effects kit and pinstriping and 15x 10's out back) the guy who gave it to me (great friend of mine) junked it because my dad refused to make arrangements with the guy of where to drop it off (even though he said he would, and the guy I got the car from offered to put in the drivetrain for free and get the car roadworthy again)
first car that I owned that ran- 86 caddy fwb. 63xxx orig miles. funny thing is the motor and trans that was going in the trans am is going in the caddy. guy held on to it for 5 years for me.

Jesda
02-28-11, 12:51 AM
1988 Sentra. That loud tin can is why I'm now into big quiet cars.

smooth_ride
02-28-11, 06:38 AM
I learned in 1984 plus or minus a year on some desert road outside of Cairo, Egypt in a 1980 something white Chevrolet Caprice. My dad had me drive backwards on this road that had no markings and was straight (pretty boring). He had me focus on stopping (there wasn't anything to focus on where to stop as there was nothing there) and driving backwards for what seemed like miles on end. It was only about an two hours or less.

The next time I really got behind the wheel was in St. Louis with Sears with a smaller four door car, I think Chevrolet at the time.

GizmoQ
02-28-11, 01:10 PM
I learned to drive in a 72 Coupe DeVille. Took my drivers test in a 73 Cougar XR7. But the first car I ever drove was a '59 Ford Fairlane Hardtop Convertible (I think I was 8).

I'm also guilty of letting my kids drive "too early." Both drove my 500SL and the 91 Mustang. He was 12, she was 8.

Bro-Ham
02-28-11, 01:12 PM
I started driving in my Uncle's 1978 Buick Electra Park Avenue Sedan every summer when I visited him way up in norther minnesota for about 3 years before I got my driver's license. What a great car, white with white top and the most gorgeous red cloth interior. He let me drive it everywhere, eventually even by myself! My parents would have exploded had they known about my behind the wheel adventures, but my uncle and I were very close and he knew what a crazy car nut I was and when he let me drive the first time I was in heaven!!

When I got my license I was already pretty experienced behind the wheel. I "officially" learned how to drive and then took my road test in the family hand me down 1977 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Sedan on my birthday way back in 1984. I loved that car too, silver with silver top and black cloth interior and a rocket 350. My parents eventually let me drive their super pristine Cads - a 77 Sedan deVille and 78 Coupe deVille d'Elegance, I wish I still had both of those cars, I just found some old pictures of all the family cars and will scan them and share them sometime soon. The 77-79 GM big luxo barges will always be my favorites. :)

Koooop
03-01-11, 12:51 AM
I don't wanna say.

Aron9000
03-01-11, 01:43 AM
First car I ever drove was my dad's 1985 Toyota pickup when I was 11. Me and the truck were the same age, lol. It was a 5 speed with no power steering, weirdly optioned as well. No carpet, but extra cab, with the nice reclining cloth bench seat, and cold a/c.

Car I learned to drive on and inherit was my mom's 1991 Buick Regal sedan, maroon over maroon velour, 3.8 v6, digital speedo, column shift, bench seat, and tons of fake wood. Felt more like 1981 than 1991 on the inside, but that's why I loved it.

Also drove my dad's 1998 T100 some when I was 15-16. That was a really nice truck, 3.4 DOCH v6, automatic, extra cab, fire engine red, power everything, cd player, and some of the most comfortable bucket seats.

GizmoQ
03-01-11, 02:13 AM
First car I owned - actually in my name: 1976 Jaguar XJS in 1979.

kckranz
03-01-11, 08:14 AM
Took my driver's license exam (1990) in a K car and learned to drive a stick in a Plymouth Horizon.

thebigjimsho
03-01-11, 08:33 AM
Took my driver's license exam (1990) in a K car and learned to drive a stick in a Plymouth Horizon.
I forget what car I took my exam in but I did have a K-car for driving school...

gdwriter
03-01-11, 04:22 PM
My driver's ed car was a loaded 1982 Buick Regal Limited. Although it was just a 3.8 liter, it was a pretty nice car for that time. Those GM G-bodies were ubiquitous in Abilene in the early 80s.

My driver's ed partner already had her license but was taking the class to get a break on insurance. Going from the Regal to her '80 Chevette was quite a come down.

RippyPartsDept
03-01-11, 04:48 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/93/Eagle_Vista_Wagon.jpg
1992 Vista Wagon (5spd) and 1987 Honda Civic (5spd) were my parents cars that I learned on ... (they got a 1985 Lesabre Wagon after I got my license)

and the driver's ed car was a toyota camry (auto)

Destroyer
03-01-11, 11:15 PM
I learned to drive in my first car that I saved up for over a year. Back in '86 I got my first job at McDonalds when I was 14. A year later I bought a '78 Monte Carlo that was heavily modified. It had a '70 LT1 with all sorts of goodies. It was my first real car that could haul ass and it led to a lifetime obsession. A year later it was sold and I bought a new '88 Mustang GT (white/grey/red stripe) which I spent a lot of time modifying.

Aron9000
03-02-11, 12:50 AM
Took my driver's license exam (1990) in a K car and learned to drive a stick in a Plymouth Horizon.

So I gotta ask, which is the bigger shitbox??? I'd much prefer a horizon over a k-car because of the funky hatchback styling and stick shift.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-02-11, 01:02 AM
My drivers ed car was a Pontiac Vibe. A local Pontiac/GMC/Buick dealer provided our school district with Grand Am's and Vibes. I always chose the Vibe.

ga_etc
03-02-11, 01:08 AM
So I gotta ask, which is the bigger shitbox??? I'd much prefer a horizon over a k-car because of the funky hatchback styling and stick shift.

A friend of mine had a Dodge Omni, same as a Horizon, in high school. You could pretty much literally watch that car fall apart. I wouldn't turn down a GLHS though.


My drivers ed car was a Pontiac Vibe. A local Pontiac/GMC/Buick dealer provided our school district with Grand Am's and Vibes. I always chose the Vibe.

I don't have anything against the Grand AM. Always thought the last gen GT was a sharp little car with the chrome wheels and Ram Air hood.

The Vibe rental we had back over the summer was a fun little car to drive. It wasn't very powerful but it did ok, handled well, and was really good on gas. I liked the gauges too. Then again, ANYTHING looked good compared to that horrendous little Yaris my aunt had as a rental.

Aron9000
03-02-11, 01:46 AM
We had an early 90's POS Pontiac Sunbird for driver's ed. Thing was so freaking noisy and the four cylinder engine was so slow and thrashy. Car wasn't even 10 years old and had fallen completely apart. I remember us having to stick mostly to two state routes and avoiding traffic because it would overheat. We almost had it boil over on us at the end of a long line of cars trying to pass a tractor.:bigroll:

Bro-Ham
03-02-11, 01:07 PM
Here are two of the family cars I did my early driving in back in the 80's. 77 Sedan deVille and 78 Coupe deVille d'Elegance. These are from the pre-digital camera days so I had to take digital pictures of the prints which were a bit curly - you'll get the idea. I have some pictures of my learner car, our 77 Olds 98 Regency, which I will post once I find them in the family photo archive, I know I'm close! I'd say these particular pictures were taken in the late 70's or early 80's judging by the way our house looked at that time. :)

77CDV
03-02-11, 01:42 PM
Hudson Bay Blue slick top! :thumbsup:

Bro-Ham
03-02-11, 02:35 PM
Hudson Bay Blue slick top! :thumbsup:

Thanks Craig, it was quite a car!

I wish I had that 77 Sedan deVille vinyl top-less beauty now, it had a good run with our family, parents unloaded it in 1991 with 138k miles, I was not thinking and turned it down myself at the time, they sold it to friends who owned it up until about 10 years ago when it was stolen by drug dealers and destroyed in a high speed police chase.

Anyway, due to a very conservative father, the car was factory ordered to be completely understated with no vinyl top, standard wheel covers, no right side mirror. Inside it had the standard full bench seat in dark blue Dynasty cloth, but it did have some options including power trunk release/pull down, tilt/telescope steering wheel, AM/FM with factory CB radio, rear defog, cruise control, floor mats, and that was about it - it had no lighted vanity mirror, no trumpet horn, no twilight sentinel or guidematic. The look of the car in the Hudson Bay Blue color with no vinyl top is so clean, cool, and classic. I really miss that car! :)

gdwriter
03-02-11, 05:48 PM
I :heart: that '77 Sedan de Ville, but I cringed when I read of its horrible demise.

Aron9000
03-02-11, 06:10 PM
I prefer that Coupe Deville myself. I'm not a fan of the slick top Devilles, gotta have the vinyl top for the extra 70's kitsch. Ordering your Caddy without a vinyl top back then was like shaving your chest in the 70's, why would you do that?

Bro-Ham
03-02-11, 07:20 PM
I prefer that Coupe Deville myself. I'm not a fan of the slick top Devilles, gotta have the vinyl top for the extra 70's kitsch. Ordering your Caddy without a vinyl top back then was like shaving your chest in the 70's, why would you do that?

The vinyl topless 77 Sedan deVille fit my Dad who is all business and unpretentious. I wanted them to get a Fleetwood Brougham - that didn't happen. :)

Mom and I had our way when the 78 Coupe deVille was ordered and we wanted the Cabriolet roof and d'Elegance, plus that car was pretty heavily optioned, Dad put his foot down and would not allow wire wheel covers because he thought they looked dirty in the winter. Ahhhh, the sweet memories. :)

jayoldschool
03-02-11, 08:04 PM
Learned to drive, and took my test in this. 81 Impala Sport Coupe:

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/1981_impala.jpg

gdwriter
03-02-11, 09:35 PM
That's probably one of the most rare Impalas out there. While I prefer the bent-glass roof of the '77-'79 Impala and Caprice, that one has a nice, clean simplicity about it.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-02-11, 09:44 PM
Dave, those are some great looking Cadillacs! It sounds like your parents specially ordered them, what dealer did they get them from? Sorry to hear of the blue coupe's tragic demise, that must have been a hard pill to swallow when you heard the news.

billc83
03-02-11, 09:51 PM
Cars I learned to drive in, eh?

My family had two haulers back in the day, and I'd venture that I spent a similar amount of time behind the wheel of both.

- 1986 Mercury Tracer station wagon
- 1992 Dodge Caravan

Nothing exciting. I have fond memories of my dad pulling into the school and letting me zip around in the parking lot.

Bro-Ham
03-03-11, 10:40 AM
Chad, The blue 77 sedan came from Long Cadillac in Roseville which is now Wally McCarthy Cadillac. The 78 coupe was from Bob Olson Cadillac/Pontiac/GMC in Stillwater, the building is currently the Eagles 94 post on highway 36 in front of Wal-Mart. Bob Olson was a character and the dealership building front had a classic 1950's script for Bob's name and also a charicature of Bob with his funny horned rim glasses smoking a jumbo cigar! I still have an original 1970's ad I've saved from that dealership - somewhere... :)

I heard of the destruction of the 77 sedan when I called the son of the people who bought the car from my parents, I was intending to buy the car back, it was stolen and wrecked just before I made the call. As Frank Sinatra would sing: "that's life..." :)

Bro-Ham
03-03-11, 10:43 AM
Learned to drive, and took my test in this. 81 Impala Sport Coupe:

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/1981_impala.jpg

Jay, I LOVE that car! One of the last truly nicely styled GM big cars. :)

adrianglock
05-01-11, 02:53 PM
honda civic

Destroyer
05-01-11, 04:47 PM
I learned to drive in my parents '75 Cutlass and their '83 Mustang GL. I've had many variants of each model since then. When I bought my first car is when I learned about racing cars. It was a '78 Monte Carlo with a heavily worked over '70 LT1 motor, TH350 w/converter and 4.11 gears. I got that car back in '87 so it wasn't even THAT old. I had a lot of fun with that car. I loved blowing away Grand Nationals with it cause the drivers would laugh when I pulled up with it. :thumbsup:

drummerman64
05-01-11, 05:53 PM
1973 Plymouth Valiant (Scamp) The car kept running but the body started rusting out after 2 years

Lol.my first car too..had the slant 6..barely functioning brakes..and the muffler kept falling off. after a couple years rust got to the frame where the torsion bar mounts and that was the end, although a welder probably could've fixed it

Yeah it was a POS...but it was MY POS and have fond memories associated with that car

I used my Mothers fully loaded '73 Buick LeSabre for my DL road test since I didn't think the Scamp would pass inspection lol

ryannel2003
05-01-11, 06:28 PM
My grandfather had a '84 Olds Cutlass Supreme Brougham in Dark Blue with Dark Blue velour seats. He let me drive it around the yard and sometimes down the road. Car I drove for my driver's test was my 2000 Toyota Camry, which is still owned by my family today.

As for stickshift, I learned on my friend Ryan's '94 Prelude VTEC. San Marino Red with Black leather seats. Fast little car, and the stick shift was perfect.

93DevilleUSMC
05-01-11, 06:34 PM
Craig, your story just made me want to go for a drive. I think I'll borrow the `93 from my sister; I miss that car already.

93DevilleUSMC
05-01-11, 07:02 PM
I fisrt learned to drive on Mom's white 1998 Rodeo LS. It wasn't anything fancy, but to a sixteen year-old, it was a step towards freedom, even though I never got on the road by myself in that truck. The `98 overheated on the highway right after 9/11, so Dad took it to the Izuzu dealer up in Decatur to get it fixed. While he was there, he saw a loaded dark green 2001 Rodeo LS that he liked. Turns out the dealer was trying to unload the `01s, so he made an offer on the `98 that Dad couldn't refuse. I qualified for my full license in the `01, and drove that until Dad found my white 1987 Deville. I drove that back and forth between my first job (sorting jeans), Civil Air Patrol cadet meetings, and church for a few short months before the engine died. After that, I was back in the Rodeo until I joined the Marines at 18. When I broke my hip and got discharged, I bought the `93 on the "Lemon Lot" at Fort Gillem from the retired Army sergeant who ran the MWR shop.

If ya'll wonder why i have such a weakness for C-Body Cadillacs, there's why. Man, those cars gave me some good times...

Rodya234
05-01-11, 07:44 PM
I learned to drive in...guess what? A '91 Cadillac Deville.

In fact, I'm still learning to drive in that car, I learn something new from it every day.

Frikiton
05-03-11, 02:51 AM
I learned in a Toyota Avalon XL 2002

Jailtime
05-03-11, 03:16 AM
1993 Ford Taurus. And you thought a Northstar had a rep for eating head gaskets. That 3.8 was guaranteed to eat the HGs. What a POS.

johnny kannapo
05-03-11, 01:23 PM
http://www.bartelandcompany.com/2009_Hooley_GOSHEN_CarLists_files/image045.jpg

slk230mb
05-03-11, 04:05 PM
My drivers-ed car was a late 90s Taurus, nothing too special.

When I turned 17 my parents put the keys to our 2000 Deville and 2000 Avalon in front of me and told me to pick. I took the keys to the Deville and never looked back. 9 years and three Cadillac's later, no regrets.

STSS
05-04-11, 12:38 PM
1993 Ford Taurus. And you thought a Northstar had a rep for eating head gaskets. That 3.8 was guaranteed to eat the HGs. What a POS.

:yeah: I had a 93 Taurus with the 3.8 in highschool. My Grandpa bought it new, and I drove it till 220K... I lost count of the number of HGs it went through. Decent car though.

gothicaleigh
05-04-11, 03:45 PM
1987 Renault Alliance GTA five speed

Submariner409
05-04-11, 05:07 PM
1993 Ford Taurus. And you thought a Northstar had a rep for eating head gaskets. That 3.8 was guaranteed to eat the HGs. What a POS.

Curious - I traded a 92 Taurus 3.8 LX with 76,000 miles when I bought the STS in 11/05 - yep, 13 years. I had special ordered the Taurus, drove it all over the east Coast and never had one seconds' trouble with it. It was a good, reliable car, not fast, but comfortable and roomy. Karen had a '91 GL 3.0 and her grand daughter has it right now at U Richmond. Still going strong at 185,000 - but it looks like a traveling gym locker and pizza box.

Garymonnecka
05-04-11, 07:14 PM
Learned on a town and country minivan, CT-S, ST-S, Escalade, CTS-V, tuned by mallet 05 cts-v, and a Pontiac solstice GXP. My dad works for a Cadillac dealership lol. Now I have an A4

Sevillian273
05-04-11, 08:01 PM
Learned in this:

http://www.gracerivers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/1987ChevyAstroVan2.jpg

But got learned when I put my Torino into a ditch! Guess I wasnt done learning!

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m280/merc892003/torinoback.jpg

drewsdeville
05-04-11, 08:19 PM
:yeah: I had a 93 Taurus with the 3.8 in highschool. My Grandpa bought it new, and I drove it till 220K... I lost count of the number of HGs it went through. Decent car though.

I also had a 3.8 Taurus. Like Sub's, it was a '92, but with 135k. Purchased it with leaking hg's for next to nothing - needed something quick following the demise of my '92 Deville when it was rear-ended.

Never bothered to fix it as it was obvious the transmission was going to end the car before the hg's would. That's exactly what happened.

cooncat
05-04-11, 10:15 PM
The first car I drove was my uncle Newton's 1972 Eldorado. It was white with the white elk grain roof w/sunroof and red leather interior. I didn't have my license at that point and I drove it around his neighborhood of Lake Success, Long Island. I actually learned how to drive in my mom's 1972 Mercedes 280 SE. Those were the good ole days.