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The first car I drove regularily was a 1964 Chevy Belair, four door. My parents bought it from my aunt and uncle for $800. They were older, and close family, so it was in really good shape. Not much to look at, but it had a 283 V-8, so it was fun to drive. My brother and I drove it for about 4+ years till I got T-boned 1/2 block from our house. My bro was pretty said, cause he really loved that car.

Next we got a '70 Mustang, that I drove the wheels off all through college. It was amazing how much crap I could stuff into that thing to get to school!

Well, that's my early car experience. I have said something like 17 cars since then. I have owned at least 3 cars at a time since 1980. Right now I have 2 Series I 240's.

Marty

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1958 Rambler American. The ugliest thing you've ever seen! Paid $50 for it and bought it from my grandmother's friend. It ran fine for about two years until my brilliant uncle borrowed it and it overheated on him. He cooled it down by hosing off the engine with cold water. Needless to say, that poor little flathead 6 went in to full cardiac arrest! :cry:

EDIT: My 810 is my 45th car since that one!

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Wow, I was just thinking a thread like this could be fun! Great minds think alike. Anyway, my first car was a 240Z and it was in 7/10 condition I'd say. I didn't spend all that much on it, because it was just how I liked it really. Put a CD player in it instead of the old Alpine tape deck, and a new exhaust system. That's about it.

I will get another one one day...

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My uncle gave me an old beat up 62 chevy pick up. My dad burned it up and left it for dead along the highway. A little while later I was looking at a toyota truck. There was a 1978 280Z parked next to it. For shits and giggles my uncle and I took the Z for a test drive. I fell in love and bought it. That was in 1988 and I still have it.

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My first car was a 1972 Oldsmobile Delta 88, 4 door. That dam thing was friggin HUGE! 455 V8 that drank gas like crazy, but made ridiculous torque! The damn thing would idle up hills. It was actually in decent shape for an $800 car. The paint was a sort goldish green very 70's hue. Vinyl top was in great shape, no rust expect for the rear bumper where the chrome was peeling off. The interior was pretty decent too. Cream white vinyl seats had a few rips in them but nothing serious, the carpet and dash were in excellent shape and were both a lovely shade of avacado green. :D I had it for a year intill the tranny blew from too many school parking lot burnouts. Donated to the Salvation army.

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1958 Rambler American. The ugliest thing you've ever seen! Paid $50 for it and bought it from my grandmother's friend. It ran fine for about two years until my brilliant uncle borrowed it and it overheated on him. He cooled it down by hosing off the engine with cold water. Needless to say, that poor little flathead 6 went in to full cardiac arrest! :cry:

EDIT: My 810 is my 45th car since that one!

Do you have a pic of that 810? I'd kinda like to have one of those 2 doors.

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87 Buick Century. Only 56k miles on it and the 3.8l V6. Everything aside from the paint was in pristine condition. I still have it and really love that car, just not enough to drive it over my Z. It is used for trips or when the Z is being worked on.

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When I was 15 I had saved up a couple grand for a car. I found a '75 Olds Cutlass, red with fat white stripes & white interior. I wanted to buy it, but Dad steered me towards a '64 Chevy Impala SS. He said it was a "classic."

I started taking auto shop and began the transformation into a gear head. It wasn't long before I swapped out the 283 for a 327 with a Carter AFB and found a posi to put in the rear end. I drove it up until college. I never could really afford to do anything major with that car, I learned to find cheap parts at the salvage yards, and from other car nuts.

I bought a '66 Mustang right after high school, but never had the money to fix the rusty rear quarters & floor boards. It had an inline 6 with a little single barrel carb. Any time it rained, the distributor cap would suck up a little moisture and the car wouldn't start. I sold it a couple of years later.

I bought a '62 Buick Special with an aluminum 215 and Rochester 4-jet carb for $75 the summer before I started college. I rebuilt the front end and replaced all the brakes. The engine ran strong and was pretty fast. It was a fun little car. I sold it about 5 years ago when I moved from Lincoln, NE to Longmont, CO.

Right now I have a '95 Ford F150 pickup, a '91 Cadillac Allante convertible, a '75 Chevy Caprice Classic convertible, a '73 240Z and a '64 Chevy Impala. My wife drives a '91 Nissan Altima, my daughter has an '88 Toyota Celica, and my son has a '00 Jeep Cherokee. I've got my eye on a few other 240Z's in the area, but I don't have any room for another car. Dad ribs me about the "used car lot out in front of the house" everytime he and Mom visit!

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In 1971 my first car was a 1963 Mini Minor - 850cc front wheel drive, quite unsuited to Australian bush conditions. Spent more on repairs than I paid for the car.

Followed shortly after by a Volkswagon beetle. Laugh all the louder if you think about trying to pick out a kangaroo on the edge of the road with a 6 volt electrical system.

Finally in 1975 bought a second hand P610 then two years later bought my only ever new car a P610 off the showroom floor. Sold the new car six months later so that I could buy a P510 rally car which I ran for 9 years (one new shell in the middle of that period).

A succession of Holden and Ford Panel Vans and wagons so I could tow the rally car, cart my paddle craft around etc. From 1991 I spent three years without wheels at all where I rode a push bike everywhere before I got a small Toyota wagon which I still have today - 467,000 kms on the clock.

A return to sanity in the past year and half now that I also have two 260Z 2+2's. Oh it is so good to be back in the world of the living.

Regards

Dave

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First car is my Zed. i've had it for just over 1 year now, and i now own it (no more debt to dad) and that was finalised when dad had the car ownership transfered to me on my birthday 2 weeks ago. Its a 1977 english 2 seater and has been prepared for the historic regularity class, which means it has almost every performance modification done except for roll cage and a differant motor (has the l28 although 3.1 litre bore coming next rebuild :) The car is in very reasonable condition considering these things came "out of the factory with rust" as my dad says, with a lot of anti rust to be found everywhere and a lot of rust work hacing been done by the previous owner.

This is a great car that my dad and i use for motorsport and current plans are to put a cage in the car and to one day do a complete strip, rust cut and repaint. i don't ever plan on selling this car and ultimately i'd like to have a concourse winner (240hoke is a great inspiration), although it does mean i am going to need something a little more practicle to drive to Uni (college) next year.

Tom.

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Hmmm first cars ey?

My first car was probably the least respectable car mentioned here, a 1975 Renault 12 wagon, given to me for free :D . Internally it was pretty good, in fact almost pristine at time of purchase, however rust had taken an unrelenting grasp on the body and there were chasms of rust EVERYWHERE. One particular location had a hole as big as my fist...there were many more bordering on that size.

The little 1.4 pushrod 4 was pretty gutless, although mine [and i think all] Renault 12 was equipped with a single downdraft webber which funnily provided keener throttle response than my dad's camry. I managed to almost fry the clutch, I lost second gear completely, and after a succession of handbrake manouvers, the rear drums had enough and began to spew brake fluid out at an alarming rate...I had to top it up every day i think...

A wrecker ended up paying my $80 for it, upon the purchase of my c110...

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I bought a 1959 Triumph TR3 when I was sixteen. It didn't have any brakes and I paid $50 for it. Sold it for $50 with working brakes about six months later and bought a 1965 VW bug which I had until my senior year in high school. My parents never knew about the Triumph. My mother wouldn't allow me to have a sports car. "No kid of mine is going to wrap himself around a tree in a sports car" was my mother's favorite line. By the time I was eighteen, I had an MG midget which I took to SCCA driver's school.

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Good idea Bill.

Great minds do think alike. Don't sell yourself short mate.

First car huh ????

When I was about 17, (I'm now nearly 62 .... you work it out), I bought an old Vanguard. Had it about two months and the engine siezed up solid. Sold it to the wrecker for 10 pounds.

Went without a car till I married in '67. An old Morris Major. Had the bad habit of locking up in second gear due to the gear column turning when changing up out of first.

Won't list ALL my cars, take to long but the most memorable was my first NEW car, a '76 KB Chrysler Centura with the same 6 cyl. Hemi motor as the bigger chryslers, coupled to a genuine Borg Warner Auto transmission. She could FLY man, FLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Rick.

:devious: :devious:

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First car that I owned myself? 79 Datsun 310GX

First car that I drove? 1975 Buick Lesabre 2 Door

I'm with you Rick, its a long list. Most memorable? 1971 240Z...God I miss that car sometimes. :cry:

Best rental car that I flogged? Chrysler 300M...YeeHaw!!

Chris

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My first car was a 1973 Mustang Mach 1. Bright yellow, tan interior, built 351 Cleveland, C6 tranny with a shift kit, 4:11 rear end and a few other goodies that were popular for 70's cars. Prevelent to rust in the same areas as our Z cars. This was my Friday nite bracket racer at Sunshine Dragstrip.

2nd car was a 1978 Trans Am. OK car.

Sold the T/A in 1983 for a 1978 280Z that I was the second owner of. I've had a Z in my life ever since.

Vicky

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My first car was my 1972 240Z. Purchased in 1985 for $2450 with 140,000 miles. Drove for 5 years in college and then let it sit virtually without cranking for about 12 years. Fortunately most of that time was in my semi climate-controlled garage. Now refreshed for a whole lot more money than the original purchase price and has about 190,000 miles. My daily driver is a 1990 240SX that I bought new. The only 2 cars I've owned in 20+ years if you don't count my wife's cars.

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First car? It was an eaeliy 60's corvair. Not even sure of the exact year as I only had it about 2 months before it self destructed. It was one of those corvairs that when you filled the gas tank you also filled the crank case. I think it got more mpg of gas than it did oil. Cost me $50, tax, tag and title transfer. Not even sure if I got the title before it was dead on the side of the road. No fond memories!!!!

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My First car was a 1972 240z.

Got it in my last year of highschool, from a wreckers. Spent time stripping it to bare metal, welding up the rust, and repained it, fixed the interior and got it registered. All while I should have been studying.

Also had a Falcon xy wagon and then a '77 Celica (mustang style) liftback, while I was working on the 240z, and after it was finished. Insurance on the Z was a killer, so I didnt drive it much, and left it registered but un-insured, untill a few years later when I started driving it (insurace got cheaper as I got older), and took the Celica off the road and repainted it, and sold it. Sold the Z a few years later, had a string of other cars, VK Berlina, 808 coupe (bought for $15), VH Commodore, TX-3 4wd turbo, VH commodore wagon, honda accord.

Then the Z bug got me again, so I had to get another 240Z.

My first z:

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Geeeez, not sure I can remember that far back LOL . I bought my first car from my folks....a 1965 Mustang coupe, 289 ci w/225 hp and and automatic tranny. Was I in heaven! Later on down the road I did some mods to the engine, trans and suspension. I installed a factory HP solid lift cam with Sig Erson lfters and valve springs, matched the exhaust ports to a set of Jardin headers, aluminum high rise intake with a holley dual feed carb, converted the distributor to dual points and had it setup by this old guy with a Sun machine, installed a B&M C4 tranny, installed a 4.11 posi and built a set of taction bars. The car was repainted a dark metalic green and sported a set of E.T. mag wheels (looked similar to the american mags). My best run at the drag strip, with open headres and a set of slicks was 12.97 @ 103 mph. This took place at the old Lion's Drag Strip....anyone rememnber this place in Socal? Would be nice to have that car again.

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