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First Fun Car

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by qtlaw, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Well-Known Member

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    This was my pride and joy, except the bottom half was silver, not white. The orange pinstripe separating the colors made the look fantastic. Bought it new in '78.
  2. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    This made me laugh, and think of that TV commercial with the 16-year-old who stands out in the driveway with his parents, looking at the old, ugly station wagon that his parents expect him to drive -- with him looking mortified and going, "How am I supposed to drive this?" and them pantomiming turning the key and steering, etc.

    That said, I haven't had a "fun" car yet, just always a good, functional, serviceable one: First one was a used white Mercury Bobcat hatchback (which, to its credit, did have a 6-cylinder engine, and so, it actually had quite a bit more get-up-and-go than it looked like it would (because it just looked like a little-bit-nicer Ford Pinto).

    Second car was a two-year-old white Hyundai Excel, which was fun to drive in that it was the only stick-shift that I've owned, and I did kind of enjoy that -- except for the time it took me four hours to drive home in terrible traffic from covering a college soccer match that took place the day before Thanksgiving.

    Third car was a new white Toyota Corolla -- I finally decided I wanted a new car, no matter what it took -- that I drove into the ground for 17 years. It wound up with nearly 300,000 miles on it before...

    My current car, a white 2017 Ford Fiesta. I call it, affectionately, "the little limo." It's been fine so far, although I know it's nothing special.

    But I plan, someday, to get a little RED Mini Cooper, a car I've just always liked. That'll be my fun car, I hope.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2020
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  3. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Get that Mini with a clutch. So fun to go just from 2nd to 3rd.
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  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    My dad had a 1990 Acura Integra that felt like a rocketship to me, considering my car at the time was a Jeep Cherokee. Handled great too. Got it up to 120 mph on I-75 north of Atlanta just to see what it felt like (ah, to be that young and dumb again). Also remember that car for having those front-seat seat belts that ran on a track at the top of the door frame, a really annoying feature.
  5. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    Parents fun car is a restored 32 Ford Coupe.
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  6. Corky Ramirez up on 94th St.

    Corky Ramirez up on 94th St. Well-Known Member

    Always liked this commercial, and I think it might speak to a lot of what we're posting here.
  7. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Isuzu Trooper II -- boxy but actually really good in the mud and a lot of fun
    Acura Integra - silver, gorgeous, first car I ever picked out
    Jeep Grand Wagoneer - not the old really cool one but the first of the reboot in the 90s - V8 engine was a monster and the seats were more comfortable than anything I've ever had in my house
  8. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    I had a 1991 Pontiac Firebird, base model but with a V8 and t-tops. My current car (a Buick Regal) is faster, but that Firebird's growl when you kicked it down into second was unmatched.
  9. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Back then (late 80’s early 90’s) my buddy used to say the American cars were awesome in a straight line but ask it to make a turn? Yeah my Mustang V8 with multi-port fuel injection and that dual exhaust? Awesome sound.
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  10. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Before I was born, both my mom and dad had Corvettes. Shortly after I got my LaCrosse my mom rode somewhere with me and I needed to mash the gas to merge onto the interstate. Car took off and she asked how many horsepower the car had. When I said 303 she said, “Jesus, that’s more than my Vette had.”
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  11. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    If you had come from the future to talk cars with me in 1985, and told me, "Someday you'll have a car that pushes 260 hp and gets 27 mpg and, oh, it'll just be an average everyday sedan," I'd have laughed my ass off at you. They don't build 'em like they used to, and I'm forever grateful for that.
  12. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    In a V-6 nonetheless. My Mom had a 1996 Sedan DeVille with the NorthStar and I remember everyone being blown away that the card averaged 26 MPG going from Pittsburgh to Myrtle Beach with four people and a full trunk. I just took a Volvo S60 to Connecticut and back that got 31 MPG.
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