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Just those three words evoke all types of emotions and memories. Those three words bring back memories no matter what age you are now, the model of the car, the cost, the dents the dings, the noises coming from under the hood, how long you owned it, and perhaps most of all: 

”Man if only I had kept________ what would that be worth today?"


The first feeling most people think of is the freedom that first car gave us, the independence, no longer were we dependent on mom, dad or an older buddy to cart us around when we wanted to go someplace or get something. The feeling of owning something that almost felt alive when you turn the key. The adventure of driving places perhaps your parents didn’t drive to (or even know about). The thought of a first kiss,our first speeding ticket, or fender bender. Remember how clean you kept that first one, the time spent washing and polishing. Recall how many people said to you…”Be careful, this isn’t a toy” oh the memories.


My first car was a 1949 Willys Jeepster. No I didn’t get it when it was new, before you all ask. I turned 16 in 1967 and my dad was a manager at a Cadillac Dealership near Cleveland Ohio and they had taken it on trade, he bought it and then brought it home and sold it to me. At the time I was a caddy at a country club and also mowed lawns for a small landscaping company to earn money to be able to get a car when I got my license. This Jeepster was in pretty good shape and cost me $600 bucks which was a whole bunch of money when you’re making $75 a week. I was pretty pumped up about it and it was far different from anything anyone had at school. I remember one kid who’s parents were loaded got a new GTO every six months, but mine was cooler…it had an AAAARRROOOGGGAAA Horn, Red, with a white convertible top, 3 speed on the column and an AM radio, heater and wipers that were interesting when it rained.


The very first day I drove it I was headed over to a girls house… go figure, I had just lite a cigarette and it fell on the floor I bent over to pick it up while holding onto the steering wheel which I must have pulled slightly to the left coming over a hill. I looked up just in time to see another car right in front of me and I yanked that steering wheel hard to the right and ran into a fence. I was OK, wasn't going fast, no seat belts then of course, but I did put a small dent in the right front fender. The police came and asked for my license which of course I didn't have on me.


My court date came and my mom went with me, very embarrassing I must say, and the judge made this huge deal out of me not having my license with me, “What if you had died in this accident young man and nobody knew who to contact?”…really??? I ran into a stupid fence! My mom even thought that was a bit over the top, but I got grounded and guess what I wasn't allowed to do?…..Drive my Jeepster.


That torture lasted one month and it did teach me some very valuable lessons, always have your license and put an ash tray on the dash so you don’t take your eyes off the road. My Jeepster actually started a fad at school when a second person got one too, I acted all happy for him but really I was kind of pissed cause now mine wasn’t the only cool car in the parking lot.


I don’t know how long you kept your first car but I had this Jeepster for about 2 years, 2 summers, 2 winters. And Yes I kissed my first girlfriend in it after meeting her at the county fair, my first accident, my first ticket and my first taste of independence and freedom.


Like so many other things in life nothing beats the first one or the first time and that Jeepster was no different, I have had many cars since then, many that cost more than that entire farm I grew up on. I will never forget the feeling of driving down those dirt roads, top down, warm breeze, my right wrist draped over the steering wheel, my left arm resting on the door. That am radio blasting out some weird music from England…. Stones and Beatles…


When you’re at the dealership and that person or couple pulls on the lot, and you approach them, is it possible that what they are looking for is their first car?


Better yet, how about we treat every single person as though this is their very first car and how special those feelings were to us and still are to most everyone


That was My First Car, what was yours?

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Comment by Ralph Paglia on November 16, 2012 at 4:14pm

My first car was a 1968 Plymouth Road Runner that I bought in April of 1973, about two weeks before my 16th birthday... With my own money earned from unloading semi shipment of fruits and vegetables from the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal in Buffalo, NY. I bought the car after seeing it parked on the front lawn of the man selling it.  He was the Shop Foreman Technician for Bob Johnson Motors | New Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership - The seller had "special ordered" this pale yellow '68 Road Runner with a Hemi Torqueflite automatic transmission, in a pillar-less hard top coupe version.  Being the master technician, he had replaced the stock single four barrel carburetor with a dual four barrel Offenhauser intake manifold and two 600 CFM Holley Carbs (small, but in sequential linkage).  The net effect, and what got me hooked on this pristine, well kep Road Runner with 70,000 miles on it was the fact that while cruising at 35 MPH, when you punched the gas pedal with your foot, that Hemi transmission would downshift just at the right moment when the second Holley Four Barrel opened wide... Causing the rear tires, hooked to the optional Chrysler Suregrip HD limited slip differential with 3.91 to 1 ratio (option), to break traction and emit that highly sought after "eeeeerrrrrrppppp" noise of tires spinning and burning on ashfalt.  Because the car was in such perfect condition and was original owner, I paid the seller the princely sum of $550... Yup, Five Hundred Fifty bucks, paid in full... 

I have had many cars since that 1968 Plymouth Road Runner, but have never had as much fun, gotten into, and out of more trouble, or out-run more cops chasing me than I did in that first car of mine.

Comment by Craig Lockerd on November 16, 2012 at 7:28am

ahhhh yes,choice!

Comment by Ketty Colom on November 16, 2012 at 7:24am

Wonderful feeling because I got to choose it. The accent I had no control over the color and features. I love my red Fit. 

Comment by Craig Lockerd on November 16, 2012 at 7:20am

@ Ketty 7 years in your first car...that could be a record.....When you got your Honda,great feeling,right?

Comment by Ketty Colom on November 16, 2012 at 6:50am

My first car was a 2002 gold color Hyundai Accent hatch back with two doors. I hated that it only had two doors. It was a hand me down from my father. Drove it for 7 years and then sold it and got a 2009 Honda Fit! And I love my Fit.

Comment by Craig Lockerd on November 16, 2012 at 6:39am

My dad traded for a 56 in like 73..but I wasn't allowed within 100 feet of that

Comment by Jane Schuster on November 15, 2012 at 5:10pm

Black and White '55 DeSoto - parents went out one day and didn't tell me where they were going and came back and said "there is something outside for you". Yes, I loved it - it was My First Car - what is not to love? And no tickets, no accidents, no repairs UNTIL I took it to Lake Tahoe in the Winter and didn't put antifreeze in and got a cracked block!!! Bye-bye DeSoto....people can be such idiots!!!

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