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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.



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?
 

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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.
 

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1984 Nissan Sentra 5 speed. After learning on a POS like that everything was easy to drive.
 

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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...
 

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Craig, how far off from your current '77 is the one you had way back when?
 

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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).
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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:
 

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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!
 

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This:



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):



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.
 

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I also did some early driving in my Dad's '62 Ford Falcon:



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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.



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.

 

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Thanks for the larger picture. It's a lovely car. I like the '71-'72 wheel cover design; looks fine on yours.
 

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Probably because Cadillac recycled it for use on the Fleetwood Brougham that year. They just added the car-colored insert to the center portion.
 

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