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You are all a pretty interesting group of vehicle enthusiast, so I was wondering what was the first vehicle you ever drove and what was the first vehicle you ever owned?

For me, I learned to drive on a 1969 Chevy C/10 long box I-6 with "three-on-the-tree." Looking back, the clutch on that thing was horrifically horrible.

The first vehicle I ever owned was a 1996 Ram 1500 Laramie SLT standard cab/short box 4X4. I loved that truck and would still be driving it today if it did not completely disintegrate on me, inside and out, by 2008. The 5.9L Magnum V8 was the only thing still going strong on that truck.
 

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Great topic!

The first automobile I ever owned was a 1969 Buick Skylark Custom sedan purchased by my grandfather for me in 1989 for $600 ($1,240 in 2019 dollars) from the old lady who bought it new. It had 65,000 miles on it and a 2-speed automatic transmission with what I believe was a 350 V8 with a 4 bbl. carburetor. The green interior was immaculate having spent most of its life covered with towels and blankets. The green exterior was dull, but was in good condition otherwise. During the months I owned it, it needed a new A/C expansion valve and starter rebuild, but that's about it. I was embarrassed to be seen in it because it was an old, green Buick (older than me at the time!) and I'd still be embarrassed today. :) It was handed "up" to my father after my grandfather sold me a much more modern 1986 Ford Escort with less than 40K miles for one dollar (just so he could say he sold it to me instead of giving it to me.)

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I can't quite remember what the first automobile I ever drove was. I believe it was my father's 60's VW Beetle with a manual transmission. I think I stalled it once while learning how to drive it, but I caught on quickly - probably due to my experience riding dual-sport motorcycles at the time.
 

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First vehicle I drove was a Fargo pick-up, a1961 if I remember correctly. Loved the 'Three on The Tree'!

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Not the actual truck, but it looks about right.

My first vehicle I owned was a 1975 Dodge Dart Swinger. Slant 6, auto, gutless without a tailwind. But some very nice things happened in that car. I wish I was 18 again...

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Vowed it would be the last gutless car I would ever own, then I bought a Mustang Ghia. Mama never raised a Roads Caller.
 

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My first vehicle to learn to drive was a 1967 English Ford Cortina GT, 4 door, with a 4 speed transmission. It was totally gutless, but got decent mileage for the era.
The first vehicle I owned was a 1973 Mercury Montgomery GT.
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Found a picture on the web, mine was red, but had white vinyl interior, 400 cubic inch motor, 2 barrel carb with single exhaust when I bought it. That got changed to dual exhaust, 4 barrel carb and intake and I basically had at the time Rocket wheels with G60/14 tires all the way around. Rode like a boat, but would run great. Sometimes I wished I still had it.
 

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I started driving on tractors at age 7, then got to drive pickup trucks in the pasture at age 11. Drove a variety of cars in high school (had a lot of siblings, so we shared cars), but my main car, and favorite car, was a 1967 Plymouth Fury VIP four-door w/ 383 engine. It was solid blue. Don't have a pic handy, but stole a couple off the net (check out the space-age dash, and the lack of a B pillar (yeah, it was a fake convertible)). Other than replacing a rebuilt starter about once a year, it was one of the most reliable cars I've ever driven. Strangely, the colder it got outside, the easier the car started. Twenty below and it would start instantly. It weighed only 3700lbs, despite its size.

My first car i actually owned was a 1976 Dodge Charger SE, bronze in color, 400-2V engine...which i swapped out to a 4V Thermoquad and true dual exhaust. This car came from the factory without a catalytic converter. It was an awesome runner, and superb touring car.

Wish i still had both of those cars.
 

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The first car I drove was a Crosley Hotshot. The summer before 6th grade, my dad bought 3 Crosleys out of a field (the convertible and 2 wagons), "we" got the Hotshot going (inspected and tagged) scavenging from all of 'em. It had the frame for the top and side curtains (nope, no roll-up windows) but we never restored those. I learned to wrench, upholster, use a hammer and dolly, bleed brakes, bust knuckles, cuss, clutch/shift, and drive.

Dad sold the running Hotshot and the residual wagons as a lot maybe a year later, then many years later admitted it was all just a learning project for me - he didn't really like the cars but the price was right for a public school industrial arts teacher with two kids. Thanks, Dad, RIP; one of the greatest of the Greatest Generation.
The first car I owned was a 1958 VW microbus, red-over-black two-tone with all the windows and a huge rubberized sunroof ("moon" roofs didn't exist in those days). Paid $500 for it in January '69 shortly after it'd been raked down the driver-side behind the door during a rare Austin ice-storm. We don't know how to drive on ice in Austin, still to this day; I learned that staying home is the best tack.

Puzzled why it was so warm in the winter (not normal for a VW, especially a bus), then more puzzled when it was hot as hell inside come summer even after turning off (I thought) the heater with the pull-knob at the base of the driver's seat (next to the reserve fuel pull-knob, they didn't have a gas gauge, no worries for a motorcyclist of the era). I finally found and figured out the gasoline-fired auxiliary 'seasonal' heater tucked in the upper corner of the engine bay, turned off the gasoline valve to it and pulled the ignitor wire. I suppose the 'chrome' script Sheboygan, Wisconsin dealer badge should have been a hint.

It dropped a valve(s) or rod(s), not sure which first, dumping a huge pool of oil in the middle of I-35 running WFO (~50? mph) about 10 miles from home (but it made it there, whereupon through all the dripping oil in the engine compartment I found two holes in the case, one up and one down). The heyday of 'Manx' dune buggy's in Austin, I paid $100 for a 'new' engine and DIY swapped it. Drove it for ~3 years, sold it for $500, still proudly displaying the un-repaired scar down the left side. Life was good for budding young hippies (and 'goat-ropers', too) in Austin back then; that town no longer exists.
 

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The first vehicle I ever drove was probably a '72 Cadillac Sedan de Ville. The first car I ever owned was a '70 Pontiac Firebird.

Edit: The first car I ever drove may have been my best friend's '66 Mustang "three on the tree". I can't really remember which one I drove first.
 

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55 Chevrolet Delray 2 door. Learned to drive on a 47 K-5 International.
You may have the oldest vehicle anyone on this forum has ever used to learn how to drive. That most have been either a blast to learn on or really hard.
 

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First car I ever drove ...at 14 and learning to drive with my dad...was an early 60s Renault Gordini. First car I ever owned was a 1951 Dodge Coronet flat head 6 with fluid drive 3 on the tree. My mother's first automatic car was her last vehicle in her early 80s which was in the mid1990s. She insisted on a stick for all her previous vehicles.
 

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The first driven is a tough one. Rolling back the memory bank brings up a good mix. My brothers Honda 55 motorcycle, a farm tractor, a Go Kart, a VW micro bus and whatever vehicles they had for driving school in high school. This mental exercise made me realize a common theme of "metalic blues" in significant cars. I did my driver's license test in a blue Toyota with 4 on the floor. My 1st car was a blue 68 Chevelle 2 speed Powerglide that saw a number of engines & performance improvements. It is still on the road. My RL is Steel Blue.

Over the years, pick ups have played a major roll. I lost out on an El Camino by a few hours. I had a red Ford 1/2 ton, straight 6, 3 on the tree. Then a 4 cyl. Std Dodge Ram 50 that the floor rusted out on (Flintstonemobile). A 94 Ford Ranger XLT 4 liter. 4x4. And now the 2008 Ridgeline.
 

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The first car I learned to drive on was a 1987 VW GTI 16v 5 speed manual (at least the front half was), that my stepdad got for $1000 or less in the mid 90's. We didn't find out until a year or two later that it was half a blue car and half a white car that was literally welded together in the middle. They did quite a good job on it, but the cheapo paint job was not done well and the clearcoat was peeling off. Not to mention the gold wheels it had on it. I drove that for a year or so and my stepdad got it back.

A year after turning 16, working and saving money, I bought my own 1988 GTI 16v, also a 5spd. This one had much better paint though. I loved that car and drove it through high school and part of college. This is when I started on auto forums online and the name has been in use since then.
 

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Summer of 1976. My grandmother had just bought a new Monte Carlo. My father bought me a new go-kart and took me out to the parking lot of a local stadium so I could ride it.

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Me riding my first motorcycle - a new 1982 Honda Z50R.

Aside from some of the houses and my mom, everything else in those movies is long gone and exists only as a fading memory. I have no heirs, so once I'm gone all these photos, movies, and videos will have no value. They'll live on in some electronic archives of YouTube and Ridgeline Owners Club until the end of time. It's weird to think that we used to learn about history by digging in the dirt. Now, we search the internet.

Gosh, life is short. Watching these home movies again brought back a flood of wonderful childhood memories spending time with my grandparents, fishing, camping, visiting family on holidays, cooking, feasting, amusement parks...

 

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The first car I ever drove was a four-door Chevy Corvair with an automatic gear lever mounted on the dash, not the steering column. Truly a pig. The first car I ever owned was a '57 Chevy Bel Air station wagon. The Chevy was only nine years old at the time I owned it. I still lust after the '57 Chevy Nomad. The car that I spent the most time in high school and drank the most Grain Belt Beer was a '67 two-door Dodge Dart with 225 slant-six and three-on-the-tree. The Dart was purchased new by my father and he regretted the purchase before he completed the 60 mile trip home from the dealer. I kind of liked it, although that car drove me straight to the county jail.
 

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Drove a variety of cars in high school...but my main car and the favorite car was a 1967 Plymouth Fury VIP four-door w/ 383 engine.
Around in 1967, I worked at a 24-hour truck stop in Sisseton, SD and got to know a Captain Tim Printoff in the SD Highway Patrol better than I should have. He related a story to me about a shipment of Plymouth Furys the state got that had lackluster pursuit performance. Turned out that the cars came with 383s instead of the specified 440s. All were replaced by Chrysler with the proper cars. Sometime later, the highway patrol switch from a black/white color to a baby blue/white color combination. Captain Tim Printoff was responsible for my over-familiarity with the Roberts County Jail. Actually, I was responsible, he just facilitated it.
 

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It is interesting to note how many makes & models that were part of our past are no longer in existence.
Crosley automobiles was long defunct by the time I learned to drive their Hotshot in the early 60's.

Coincidentally we had a Crosley refrigerator at that time, it was memorable for having a door-front cold water dispenser (not 'plumbed', a gravity flow tank in the door that Mom filled with water from a pitcher). Apparently the appliance company still lives, in name only, though I've not seen any of their products in a store for many, many decades.

Powel Crosley, founder of those companies and many others, was an interesting and innovative character it seems.
Great thread @McChizzle, thanks for kicking it off! (y)
 

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No picture that I can find (yet) but a classic: 1974 Chevy Vega Notchback in beautiful beige. Within 20k miles was using 1 quart of oil per tank of gas due to the unsleeved aluminum block design. No fix so my dad said think of it like your old 2-stroke Ski Doo. Oil and gas mixture but with the Vega, oil injection! (no mixing gas and oil like a base 2-cycle engine).

Like all Vega models, you can still hear it rusting evening in 2019. It was gone by 1983 when the frame rusted through and cracked in half behind the firewall. God rest its soul...

Cars like this are a reminder of how bad vehicles were (especially in the mid to late 1970s). Even the hallmark of reliability in the mid-1980s (a Toyota Camry) would be a piece of crap vs the least reliable cars today...Of course, it was still much easier to work on, so net/net it may be a wash there...
 

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Around in 1967, I worked at a 24-hour truck stop in Sisseton, SD and got to know a Captain Tim Printoff in the SD Highway Patrol better than I should have. He related a story to me about a shipment of Plymouth Furys the state got that had lackluster pursuit performance. Turned out that the cars came with 383s instead of the specified 440s. All were replaced by Chrysler with the proper cars. Sometime later, the highway patrol switch from a black/white color to a baby blue/white color combination. Captain Tim Printoff was responsible for my over-familiarity with the Roberts County Jail. Actually, I was responsible, he just facilitated it.
I have a cousin Tim who is a SD HiPo, but I'm sure that is several decades after your misadventures, and he patrolled I-90 anyway.

Our '67 VIP was solid blue throughout. My brother got the car with a bad 383 in it, but put in a rebuilt 383 from a '69 Monaco that he rolled on a hilly gravel road ditch on a drunken Saturday night.

That was a strong motor, and that car had plenty of get-up-n-go. I had it up to 120mph (speedo-indicated) once, and the front end felt very floaty, prompting me to ease off the gas...

That car had a Sure-Grip rear diff. With studded snow tires and 8 bags of salt in the trunk, it would bust through snow drifts higher than the hood of the car.

The great thing about those old cars was that 60mph felt like 90mph in today's cars. You didn't have to drive too fast to make them feel exciting. Some automotive journalists have picked up on this, coining the phrase 'Driving a slow car fast is more fun than driving a fast car slow!".

Oh, and it was great that everything under the hood that needed fixing was within quick and easy reach. Very little plastic under the hood. And flip the lid of the air cleaner upside down for some free HP and performance sound! I've still got a dual-snorkel air cleaner that i should clean up and put on eBay...
 
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