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|Posted: 05-11-2009 01:15 am||
|Keep in mind what cool is. When your are a teenager your first car is very cool. But things change.
1961: 1955 Ford Fairlane V8. So cool it was off the chart.
1963: 1958 283 Chevy Biscayne. Sweet car and much cooler than the Ford.
1964: Traded Honda 305 Scramble (also very cool) for a 58 4 door Biscayne sleeper. This bad boy had a 62 283 Corvette engine with a single quad and was a GTO killer at least in a half block race. But ugly and not cool at all. Trade it for a bunch of guns, one an M1 Garrand that had been automated. I didn't know that and got arrested at the rifle range when on my first fire it ripped of 7 rounds. Only one hit the target.
Sold all the guns, and the Biscayne to by:
1965: Green 1958 348 Impala convertible. Loved this 100% perfect car and kick myself daily, but traded it for:
1966: 1957 Corvette. Dual Quads, Positraction, and scary speed. Some guys drove into the gas station I worked at in Livermore, Ca, and offered a trade on the spot. Had to sell it when I totaled my mothers MG Sedan and could no longer get insurance.
Fiddled around with a few cluckers until I found "Black"
1967: "Black" was a 63 Pontiac Tempest with Burgandy intirior. What a girl magnet. Cruising East 14 in Hayward. I was so cool, and it helped me get my first true love.
That lasted about 4 months until she found a guy with a better car and a real job.
So I moved to Berkeley and became a Hippi with a job When I bought:
1968: "Blue" My first new car, a 1968 Beattle. Again don't forget what cool is. Then performance didn't matter, so I was as cool as you could get. But I was restless, so sold "Blue", my boat, my motorcycle, and everything I owned and split for Europe.
Lasted a couple of years until my money ran out and I blew a tendon skiing in Austria.
Home now where I went to Canada and met the woman I am still with.
Our first car was a:
1970: 1952 Karman Ghia. $200.00 of a not so cool but very functional car. With the spare tire bolted to the roof, seats for sleeping, and a rebuilt engine, we but 20,000 miles on it in Mexico and all over the US. Ended up in Lake Tahoe (Kings Beach), where we got married, got a dog and several other animals and found a need for a bigger car:
1971: 1959 VW Squareback. Sold the Ghia to a kid who promply blew the engine coming down the grade into Truckee. OK so the Squareback wasn't so cool, but it did the job until late 1974. I had gone through seveal jobs, save some money and bought:
1974: Jensen Healy, brand new off the show room floor. What was I thinking? The salesman said it would be a great investment. Had to choose between it, a black JPS Europa, and a 67 XKE Roadster. What a fool, but my buddy had a new 1973 Fiat Spyder and my 74 kicked its ass. Cool then and performance couldn't be beat, at least so I thought.
But I still have it with 78K origional miles and a full 2.2 conversion. It sat in the garage for 6 years until I save up enough money and parts to do the job.
Worth it? Not really sure, but it is a gas to drive. 90% cool and 90% performance.
Last edited on 05-11-2009 01:17 am by timeforwalkies