What was your first car?

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Did yours have a 351 Cleveland by any chance? I ended up building several of those engines back in my drag racing days! The last one made a whisker less than 600 hp raw, and I had a 2 stage NOS plate system jetted at 175 each! When I pulled that reverse manual transbrake equipped C4 into high gear at 8200 and brought in that second kit it was a life changing experience! I had the engine in a tubbed out Fox body 79 Capri back in the late 80's!
 
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Did yours have a 351 Cleveland by any chance? I ended up building several of those engines back in my drag racing days! The last one made a whisker less than 600 hp raw, and I had a 2 stage NOS plate system jetted at 175 each! When I pulled that reverse manual transbrake equipped C4 into high gear at 8200 and brought in that second kit it was a life changing experience! I had the engine in a tubbed out Fox body 79 Capri back in the late 80's!
Mine was an R-code big block. 428 SCJ + C6 + 3.91s. No a/c, no power steering, stock except for a Crane Fireball cam. The body and paint were rough (can't tell much from the old photos I have), but I was young and didn't care. I only had it for a couple years before selling it. Wish I had kept it.
 

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My first car was a fixer-upper 1970 Camaro Z28 4-speed. It barely ran when I bought it but I did a lot of work on it over the 12 years that it was my daily driver from 1982-94. It taught me a lot as I had to repair or rebuild about everything on the car while I had it.

Here's a pic of me in 1984 when I graduated High School.

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I got my parents 97 Grand Marquis LS w/ HPP in 2005. My dad is pretty good at picking out good vehicles and this was my mom's car until that point. The LS w/HPP (Handling & Performance Package) gave it a few extra HP by adding dual exhaust (+ H-Pipe) and put it to the ground with a short 3.27 Gear (normal was 2.73) plus it also had the firmer Air Suspension w/ beefier F&R Sway Bars. For a big boat it wasnt bad! I added a 03-04 Mercury Marauder Air Box w/ bigger MAF, exhaust, JMOD'd the Transmission so it barked the tires going into 2nd plus a 93 Octane tune from an SCT Dealer.

If I recall correctly my best 1/4 Mile was 16.04 (not sure MPH) but not bad for as big as it was!

Stopped driving it in 2013 after I got my BMW 335XI and eventually sold it somewhere in 2014. It actually made its way around back to a friend who eventually sold it to a guy however I heard it got T-Boned at somepoint after that :(
 

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My first car was Fiat 850 sport coupe ... drove it for 2 days. The starter broke the day after getting it. We push started it and my dad took it back to the dealer where we bought it. After 1-1/2 weeks where they couldn't even locate a replacement starter, he demanded and received his money back. The Fiat was replaced with a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle.
 

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The Fiat was replaced with a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle.
I bet you wish you still had that Beetle...

Buddy of mine restored them, and that's what I learned to drive a standard in.
 

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This beauty was my first car, a 1992 BMW 325i Cabriolet. Factory M-Tech II Appearance Package (option code 770A, Alpine White exterior / Lotus white interior), 5-speed manual, and a factory hardtop. Been in the family since 1996, I bought it from my uncle when I was 14 and it sat in the garage until I got my license. Drove it back from the RMV after acing my drivers test. It will forever be my baby.

Not realizing how much money it's now worth, I treated it like any 16 year old would. Hopping into the car without opening the doors, packing it with people for marching band practice, and overall driving it like I was invincible. We even stuffed 3 saxophone players in the back seat once and drove around town with the roof down playing harmonized "Careless Whisper" at pedestrians. When I was 17, I had a shop gut the exhaust. It's basically now a resonator and a pipe. It sounds glorious, but man was it loud. My parents never argued because there was no way I was sneaking out at night, but it was infamous around town. Everyone knew who I was, including every town LEO. Won coolest car superlative my senior year, as it was a hell of a lot cooler than the sea of hand-me-down Camrys and Accords.

In 2017, I sold it to my dad to fund my Vic, as I needed something bulletproof to finish off my last two years of college. There was no way I was taking the Bimmer with me to New Haven. He still has it today in his garage, where he is slowly restoring it.

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E30s are too much fun! Just built an e30 race car that I will race in an enduro series.
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My first car was my Dad’s hand-me-down Volvo 244 DL, 4 Speed, no AC, and AM radio, and (sometimes) no starter! I could shift that thing all day, without using the clutch pedal.

My first car that I bought with my own money was in 1986 — a 1979 BMW 320is, the precursor to the birth of the m3. Saved all my $$$ from a paper route and working “greens maintenance” at the golf course (think Bill Murray and Caddyshack).
 

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I bet you wish you still had that Beetle...

Buddy of mine restored them, and that's what I learned to drive a standard in.
I’d love to have either the Fiat or VW again. It was a much simpler time.


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I bet you wish you still had that Beetle...

Buddy of mine restored them, and that's what I learned to drive a standard in.
I was hoping to learn how to drive a manual in my dad's 1970 Firebird. He sold it just before I got my learner's permit in 1975. I was bummed. lol
 

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1968 Sport Satellite. Bought brand new . Got drafted 6 months later and soon after sent to Nam. My father drove it when I was gone for next two years. Went into Manhattan every day. You can imagine what I got when I came home.
 

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I was hoping to learn how to drive a manual in my dad's 1970 Firebird. He sold it just before I got my learner's permit in 1975. I was bummed. lol
I think I learned to drive a stick shift with my dad’s ’53 MG-TD. Aside from a ’79 Camaro Berlinetta that I owned for about 2-1/2 years, I drove only manual transmission cars from 1972 until 2009.


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#savethemanual
Three of the five cars in our household have three pedals. And looking to add another three pedal car!
 

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I think I learned to drive a stick shift with my dad’s ’53 MG-TD. Aside from a ’79 Camaro Berlinetta that I owned for about 2-1/2 years, I drove only manual transmission cars from 1972 until 2009.
Yeah, I gave up driving a manual in 2003. Just too much traffic in DFW to grind the gears every day anymore.
 

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