1. I had an ’85 Rx7 – I absolutely loved that car. It was fantastic machine… very well engineered, interior and exterior. The engine was a dream.. until that fateful day that all wankel engines reach (when the compression dies).

      I see them from time to time for sale, and I’m ALWAYS tempted to pull the trigger on buying another. They’re so much fun! It’s hard to explain to people who’ve never driven one, but you know what I mean. Fun times.

      My favorite car, though, was a 1968 Triumph Spitfire mkIII. Had the hard-top and rag-top. Ferrari red. No syncro’s in the transmission, so it was “interesting” to drive – you had to basically drive it like a race-car, which is what they were designed for (“midget” racing).

  1. Cars I’ve owned:

    76 chevy nova, it was fun, fast and I put in a killer stereo system. I bought it used for about $1200. It’s 350cu engine guzzled gas and burned about 1qt of oil a week. Sported a 3 speed transmission. Totalled by my Dad after 2 years ownership. I had good times in this car.

    89 Ford probe. owned for 10 years. Bought new. Good engine, horrible transmission. Expensive to keep running as nothing besides the engine seemed made to last. Overall meh.

    2000 VW golf. Have owned for 10 years. Again bought new. Zippy, reliable, fun to drive. Best car I’ve owned by far. Has held up really well. It has 145K miles. By this point in the probe’s mileage it was on it third’s transmission but this car is still on its first. Hope to drive till 200K. I absolutely love driving this car and is one of the few highlights of my day.

  2. I had a 72 Olds Cutlass when I was only 17 and it was the most ugly ass pea green color, had rust all over, and was a 4 door instead of a 2 but that fucking car could get up and move. I loved that car.

    Having said that my current ride which is a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie edition pretty much kicks all sorts of ass.

  3. 1989 Dark Grey Buick Century. That huge trunk got me and my art portfolio through college. So much room in that boat. I drove it into the ground but it was worth it.

  4. 1987 white Chevy Chevette. I covered the back of it with punk band stickers and she never let me down. I had driven it through the South and up and down the Eastern Seaboard over the course of my military career and I loved it.

  5. I’ll always miss my old ’76 Pinto Wagon. It hasd a surprising amount of hauling capacity for such a compact car. It was also incredibly simple to work on. I replaced the radiator on the thing myself (and I’m NOT mechanically inclined). Four bolts and two hoses!

  6. I’ve had:
    –1993 Saturn SL2
    –1990 Ford Mustang 5.0
    –1994 Mazda Miata
    –1969 Volkswagen Squareback

    Those last three cars have the most character, but believe it or not, my favorite car among those is the Saturn. It was a piece of shit, but I have a lot of memories with that car.

    By the time I was done with it, the backseats were gone and the passenger seat had blood stains in it. It’s also the car where I got my first blowjob (not related to the blood stains incident).

    I sold it for $500 before leaving for university and the buyer totaled it and never transferred the title.

  7. I’m driving my 2001 Dodge Dakota truck. It was the first “grown-up” car I purchased after graduating college and getting a job. That thing still runs like the first day I bought it and it doesn’t have a spot of rust on it (I live in the winter wonder salt land of Michigan). I love my Dakota truck.

  8. 1971 VW Bus – double the HP w/ bigger motor / dual carbs. It’s like driving a low flying airplane, catches so many eyes/smiles/thumbs-up and peace signs.

    I also love my VW Jetta TDI for the 50mpg

  9. MY first vehicle (which I still own) is a 2000 GMC Sierra 1500 4×4. I’ve got that thing pretty much exactly the way I want it. It’s got about 240,000 km on it (150k miles) and i could quite easily go buy a new truck, but I love the one I have.

    I bought it just before Christmas in 2005, and three weeks later I hit black ice and flipped it on the roof. $20,000 in repairs later and it was better than when I bought it. Then I tossed in a lift kit, some 35″ tires, and an Alpine stereo.

    Everyone needs a ladder to get in my truck. I love it because I’m 6’5″

  10. I loved my ’78 Fiat X1/9. You could toss that thing around corners and even though it only had 75 horsepower, I still out ran a police cruiser. It is too bad that it lived up to its name of “Fix it Again Tony.”

    Of course you haven’t lived until you have gotten all 4 tires off the ground in 4 door ’69 Pontiac Catalina Executive. That thing was butt ugly, but rock solid and fast. My mother finally had a car-beque with it. True story though, she sold the car for $500 while the fire department was still putting out the fire.

  11. my current car – a 1981 leyland mini HL! tiny for parking, handles literally like a go kart (don’t brake for corners, why bother) and of course cute. wish they had more of them in the US.

  12. My 1966 VW bug. Bought it for $300 in 1987 and it was only half a Baja bug. Finished converting it to a full Baja, lifted with 31 inch tires in back. Best part was the 1958 36hp motor – I think my parents liked that best as it was a tad slower than my ’75 Chevy Malibu with the 350. The Baja made ‘Pile of the month’ in VW Trends magazine.
    But every vehicle I’ve owned I loved for one reason or other. Wish I hadn’t sold my dad’s 1982 Datsun 4×4 (he gave it to me in 1999, had to sell it in 2001) but money was tight and the truck was expendable at that time.

  13. A 1993 (?) Ford Explorer that I got from my son. That vehicle was SOOO much fun to drive, I had visibility in every direction, and was big enough that larger vehicles hesitated before trying to intimidate me (which happens a lot now as I drive a Plymouth Neon). Unfortunately, it had been overused before I got it, and I finally couldn’t afford to get it fixed after my divorce, so I traded it against my Neon. Wish I had it back…

  14. I’ll always have a soft spot for my first car, a 1994 Chevy Cavalier (which was an outstanding runner, up to its end before I traded it in – a shame that it rusted out), but my current car is wonderful. I have a 1999 Ford Contour Sport that is buttloads of fun to drive. It’s a gas-guzzler, but it’s super agile and can go nice and fast. Plus, I’ve had no problems with it whatsoever.

  15. My current car – a used Acura is my all time fave. But my only ‘new’ new car -a Honda DX will always hold a special place in my memory. I got it right out of college and drove it for quite awhile. Small, but great mileage and handled nice.

  16. I bought a new Honda Element a couple of years ago and it is easily my most favorite car I’ve owned/driven. Incredible storage capacity and decent mileage. Unlike SUVs, it’s not built on a truck chassis, but on a modified (tiny) Japanese delivery truck frame. It’s ugly, funky and handles really well.

  17. 1969 Chevrolet Impala station wagon. Yeah, a 16 year old gets laughed at driving a wagon, until he realizes that thing in the back can be useful. Totaled by my little brother the day after I left home for college. Replaced by a 1972 Buick LeSabre with a 455-some-odd V8, a fire-breathing (for the day) 200 watt stereo, and every power assisted a**-wiper known to man.

  18. My wife had a ’58 Nash Metropolitan. I needed a shoehorn to get in & out. Fun little car until the octogenarian across the street totaled it with his LTD.

  19. 1962 Mercedes Benz 220S. Rusty but reliable, bought it for 300 bucks when I was a teenager. Sunroof, leather interior, mahogany dashboard, tube radio, four-on-the-column. Ended up giving it to a guy who promised to restore it and give me free drinks in his bar for life. Never did collect on that, though…I don’t live in that city anymore.

  20. I loved my 1986 Toyata Tercel Wagon. The thing was an ugly tan box, but it had four wheel drive which was great in the snow and I always had room for groceries and things. Unfortunately the transmission went out and it was all she wrote.

  21. It’s a tossup between:
    A) my 84 Mazda RX-7, which was extremely light, great handling, and all around fun to drive. It was cheap to work on (which was good, because it needed to be worked on often). I still miss that car.

    B) current toy car, 89 Supra turbo, heavily modded. Still looks stock from the outside, but more than double the stock horsepower and the rest is in suspension and drivetrain mods.

    I’m currently putting together a throwback to a series II lotus seven (no, not a locost), which will probably be my new ‘fav when finished. 120hp, under 1000lbs, all wheel double wishbone, and 15,000rpm redline.

    So you know I’m still a hippy, I daily drive a honda accord. Guzzlers stay in the garage most of the time. I’m shopping for a honda prelude because the accord is approaching 200k (still runs like a champ), and i rarely have more than myself in the car for daily activities. I might as well have some fun, even if it’s at 30mpg.

  22. Oh how I miss my old 79 Camaro with it’s big 350 V8. Hole in the floorboard and shelfspeakers in the backseat.
    Could haul serious ass and dump empty beers through the hole.

    1. Oh weren’t those wonderful days when you could get away with drinking a beer while driving? Every adult I knew when I was a kid did…

  23. first love was my ’73 chevy vega, my first car. it spontaneously combusted.
    years later i owned a beautiful citroen ds21; it had a hydraulic suspension and could drive on 3 wheels. my ex totaled it.
    my vw bus with camper top was another true love. lots of good times with friends and family in that vehicle.

  24. I have a 97 Buick Riviera (supercharged) in DARK PINK/PURPLE! Its fun, fast and used to belong to a friend who painted it that color while working in the club. The sound system in it – at half the volume – set off the car alarm on a friends Land Rover once.

  25. Believe it or not I ADORE my Hyundai Tiburon – 5 speed stick with kickass sound system (I love watching my mirrors shake from the bass). I have had to spend VERY little money on it in the 6 years I’ve owned it – unlike the crappy lemony fresh New Beetle I had – it was a money pit and every time I hit a pothole I had to get a new wheel – not tire – WHEEL. The Tibby rocks – c’mon people – it’s literally a LAND SHARK!!!!

    Though I have to say my 1980 Maroonish Chevy Mal-i-beater was my favorite. I hit the gas in that thing and I thought I was on the space shuttle. Fuel costs were about the same. It had body sized dents all over it. When I traded it in the sales guy came in shaking his head and saying “that’s a beaut”. I miss it. I miss how much space I got on the road when I drove it – no one was coming near THAT insurance risk!!! Bwaaa ha ha haaaaaa!!!

  26. You always love your first car the most. Mine was a 1966 MG Midget. The tailpipe was constantly falling off (speed bumps at school), the floorboards eventually eroded completely away, and the steering wheel once fell off. We rode around with six people in there -of course, we had to have the top down for that. Any time rain began, I could get out of class by saying I had to go put the top in my car. Ah. memories!

    1. I’ve heard “you always love your first car most” from a lot of people. I must be the exception. My first car was a hand-me-down (which I’m very grateful for) from my grandmother. It was a 1983 Ford Escort GT (an oxymoron if there ever was one). It had huge black louvers on the back window, was a hideous beige color, and had awful Ford ground-effects. It was a five-speed, and honest-to-jehovah, if you floored it, dumped the clutch, with the fans, stereo, lights, OFF – you STILL couldn’t get it to peel out. And most annoying was the idiot-light telling you to “SHIFT” whenever you hit a certain RPM.

      God I hated that car. But it did get me where I needed to go… most of the time.

    2. Nah, my first car was the honda accord. I have zero love for it. But it has lasted while I go buy all the toy cars I do love. I’d push it in to a lake without hesitation if it decided to be even slightly unreliable.

  27. I know people will laugh….but, my last car was a Saturn SL2, and it was a little tank. It never gave me a minute of trouble.
    That’s why I got a Saturn ION….which hasn’t given me a lot of trouble…except if the temperature goes below -5C.

    Did I mention I live in CANADA????

  28. 68 Mustang coupe,

    my first car, bought it when I was 16, been working on it ever since.
    haven’t driven it as much as i would like in the last 5/6 years, but the full Resto should be done soon… ish…

  29. 1981 VW Rabbit (Golf)

    Very basic, 4-speed, manual steering and no A/C, but would get 40 MPG on the highway and was super easy to work on. Had a fantastic stereo system, I drove it for 12 years.

    Still ran great when I sold it, but the next owner killed it.

  30. 83-88 Toyota Tercel 4wd Wagon. You know, the one with the ATM on the back. Have four of them and they all run. GREAT cars in the snow and the mileage is pretty good too (28-32 mpg).

  31. 1960 Austin-Healey Sprite.

    I loved my 83 Celica GT. My 92 Integra was great for 13 years, with 160K miles on it when sold ‘cuz we moved to a right-hand drive country. I’ve got a 91 Prelude with 4WS now that I bought a couple of years ago with only 60K miles on it, it is like new, with INCREDIBLE handling.

    But the most fun car ever is the Bugeye Sprite. We’ve had it almost 15 years. It’s absolutely GORGEOUS, a sort of stealth hot rod, with larger than original engine, 4 wheel disc brakes, 5-speed trans, etc.etc. On a straight road, all your big iron American stuff leaves me in the dust, but on the curves, you can’t possibly keep up with me! And I still get over 30mpg… šŸ˜‰ I love it!

  32. I have had 3 different Volvo 240s, an 89, 90, and 91. The first two were totaled in accidents… A girl in a Civic ran a stop sign and my Volvo crushed her car like a tin can. The airbag was more to replace than the old thing was worth, so I took the insurance money and bought another! I love those cars! So safe, and reliable! They have saved my life TWICE.

  33. While it wasn’t my all-time favorite car, I must admit that one of the best cars I had was a 1975 AMC Gremlin. It was purple, had a six-cylinder engine, automatic transmission and air-conditioning. When I bought it, there were about 50,000miles on the odometer. The front fenders were rotted clean through, and the paint was rust-spotted all over the place. The seats were comfortable, as was the driving position, the heater would give you blisters, the A/C would freeze your snot, It could carry a freight-train if you put the back seat down, it would out-accelerate any stock V-8 of the time, and it still got 24mpg. I especially enjoyed drag-racing from stop-lights, because nobody thought that piece of shit could go so fast (due to it’s rusty condition, the car got lighter every mile), and when I got in front of them, the car would shower the loser in rust-bits.
    A fond memory: I was driving to northern Wisconsin to visit a friend, just a little high, listening to Pink Floyd on the headphones. There was a thin fog over the marshes on each side of the road, and the full-moon was just coming up from the horizon, large and orange. “Comfortably Numb” came up on the playlist, and I just about swooned over the heavy music, the visual stimulation, the headlight beams searching straight lines in the fog, and the prospect of seeing more of blessed Wisconsin for the next three days.
    I’ve forgotten most of the drives I took in my Mustang, Corvair, Triumph TR-250, Honda 600, Volkswagen Scirocco, Nash Metropolitan, ’56 Chevy, both my pickup trucks, and all seven of my motorcycles. But I remember that my Gremlin carried me through that late night, making no demands of it’s distracted, bemused, and crazy-happy driver. —Bryan O

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