STEVE POLLARD

Your first vehicle purchase?

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Just out of curiosity, how many of the membership here still own the first vehicle that they purchased ? I still have mine that I purchased new right off the Chevrolet Dealership lot back in 1986, granted, it's not a classic like some of my other vehicles that I own, but I've had it now for 33 years ... kind of special to me.... Dad help me with the purchase and co-sign on the bank loan. 

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I still own the first car that I bought with my own money, 1953 Pontiac chieftain custom Catalina in 1973, I was 17.

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I still have mine.  Had the chance to sell it and probably should have to move up the old car ladder but everyone always says they wish they still had their first car.  It is still on the road.  Bought it when I was 17. That was 27 years ago.  I've replaced or replated most of the chrome since then as well as cut and buffed the old tired finish.  Its about due for it's next set of tires which will hopefully last 30 years like the first set.  Should probably pull the engine and freshen it as well since it has a noisy wrist pin.  Of course after this long, I also have a bunch of NOS and spare parts I have acquired along the way if I ever decide to get crazy and really freshen the whole car,  but I don't see that happening any time soon.  

 

That top picture is actually taken directly out of my year book. The second was on a trip to run it back north for winter storage.  I think my wife was driving the Tbird up and I was following her.  About a 1 hour track North through the Adirondack Mountains. 

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I still have a Triumph TR 250 sports car I bought just at the end of high school ,1976. But it was already my third car,  A Mustang and a MGB came and went  before it. I bought the MGB when I was 15 before I had a drivers licence. Paper route money for two years and then a Saturday job at the GM dealer where my father worked. I liked the Mustang {1966 2+2} however I only had it about 6 months when a friend made a good offer on it and I sold it to him. I made about $400.00 profit which seemed like a lot to someone making $2.00 / hour.

 

Greg in Canada

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It's not mine, but one man I know still owns and drives

the 1936 Oldsmobile 6-cylinder 2-door sedan which

he GOT NEW IN DECEMBER of 1935.  This may be an

unacknowledged world record, because this car has been

in one person's ownership for over 83 years!  The Guiness

Book of World Records has a record of someone else

whose ownership is shorter by a couple of decades.

 

The owner has written in some depth about his ownership,

and our AACA newsletter published his accounts.  Since

he is trained as a mechanical engineer, and he has driven

this as his main car back in the 1930's and 1940's, his insights

into 1936 Oldsmobiles may be better than those of

anyone else who is alive today.  The car remains original and

unrestored.

 

 

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That is wonderful, John. I figure your unique friend must be about 100 years old. Still owning and driving ! Makes me very happy.   -   Carl 

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I still have my 1932 Dodge Brothers DL sedan that I bought in 1965.  I sold it and then bought it back.  Selling it was the worst move I ever made.  Buying it back was the best move.

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30 minutes ago, C Carl said:

That is wonderful, John. I figure your unique friend must be about 100 years old. Still owning and driving ! Makes me very happy.   -   Carl 

 

He is 99, and still goes to work in the morning,

maintaining an office and a secretary.  Perhaps

because he has stayed active, he looks, moves, and acts

at least 20 years younger than he is.  He and his wife

live in the same house in the country that they've had

for years.  And as I mentioned, he still drives the car.

 

Another car, which he bought used in 1939, he also

still owns and drives.  He's had that car for 79 years.

He must think long-term!

 

So anyone who has had a car for "only" 30 or 40 years,

you may have many happy years to look forward to!

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She is magnificent :wub: :wub: .
 

My first car (I'm 24 years old) was a peugeot 306 1995, but I sold it.
My godfather has always renault 5 alpine 1981, he had bought when he was 18, then 10 years after he put it in a garage. Then 20 years later he released the car from the garage and he restored it completely.
To this day, this car rolls regularly and it goes to the car show :) 

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Thank you for staying up late to post "the rest of the story", John. I will sleep very well tonight, smiling about this fine couple's good fortune !    -    Carl 

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I still have my 1931 Chevrolet Coach, bought in November of 1964 when I was 13 years old.  I restored it and drove it to high school a few years later.  Back then, the restoration standards weren't what they are now, and I couldn't afford to do chrome, so the bumpers were painted black.  It did have 15 coats of hand sanded lacquer on it, paint 3 coats and sand, repeated 5 times, done by a friend of mine in my hometown who was quite the craftsman (with me helping on the sanding).  He drove a 1940 Ford pickup that I lusted after, but he'd never sell.

 

Pictures show finished product, picture taken circa 1974.  The running gear, restored, is shown, those are NOS front fenders that I bought for $35 for the pair back then. One running board and splash apron original to car, the other I found in the junkyard that was behind my Dad's business.  The body was solid but had some bad wood, in picture you can see some of it that was replaced.  A retired carpenter replaced about 50% of the wood in the body for me, he was a friend of my Dad.  Took him one week, all joints done as original, and for payment he asked my Dad to buy him one of "them new-fangled toaster ovens", and that's what he got..... note that body had a roof rack at one time!  I didn't know any better so spent hours with a razor removing old paint.

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Not the first car that I had, but the first one that I bought on my own. Very nice original car. (one re-paint) 1952 Hudson Wasp Sedan

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I don't have my first. It was demolished in an accident but I do have my second, a 1955 XK 140 Jag Drophead which I bought in 1968 after I demolished the Bug Eyed Sprite.

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7 hours ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

 

He is 99, and still goes to work in the morning,

maintaining an office and a secretary.  Perhaps

because he has stayed active, he looks, moves, and acts

at least 20 years younger than he is.  He and his wife

live in the same house in the country that they've had

for years.  And as I mentioned, he still drives the car.

 

Another car, which he bought used in 1939, he also

still owns and drives.  He's had that car for 79 years.

He must think long-term!

 

So anyone who has had a car for "only" 30 or 40 years,

you may have many happy years to look forward to!

 

 I would be HONORED to meet that man.

 

  Ben

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 This is the third car that I bought in 1958, the first two were beaters that I paid $15 for.

It was all in pieces and I assembled it in my basement.

 I told my father that I was going to remove the cellar wall in order to get it out.  It didn't phase him a bit. he was happy that I had something to keep me busy and a place to spend all my extra money on.

 I still register and drive it every 3 or 4 years.

 

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I was 11 years old and in the 7th grade when I connived my way into my first car. My parents used to swap us out for a week every summer and let my an Aunt have us. Then another week we would have the cousins for a week. The summer before 7th grade was the year the car hobby blossomed for me.

At my school the 7th grade trip was to Albany to watch the government work, 8th grade was Washington. The Albany trip cost $50 in 1959 money.

 

My Mother was all full of angst about my clothes, where a suitcase would come from, and all the gentrified stuff I still haven't adapted to. I offered to ease the pain. My Dutch Uncle Frank ran a body shop and always had an old car or two behind the big old house my Grandparents lived in. At the time he had a pretty good 1949 Plymouth with a little rust around the edges. It was only $25. So I told my Mom I if I got that Plymouth I would stay home from the trip and it would cost only half the money with none of the baggage (pun intended). They agreed. I got the car and stayed home with the school hoodlum group, another story there.

 

That same year I started working in my other Grandfather's tire shop and used car lot. So, when I needed it, I could buy some gas, that $6 Western Auto battery, and the custom chrome nut covers (the chrome nut covers for an 11 year old were worth buying just to hear my Aunt and Mother laugh.

 

After that I was in a position to make my own deals and bring home lots of stuff. No pictures of the Plymouth. Not much interest in cameras at the time, but the flood gates had been opened and it was many years until there wasn't at least one big bare spot on the lawn:

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1941 Mercury convertible. $50 used. Long long gone...................Bob

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Model AA Ford; purchased in 1971 for $25.  Still own it! 

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First car was a 1927 T Tudor delivered for $220.00 New Years Day 1967,  I still have the engine block and the wood panel that fit under the rear seat. I did take the running chassis to the local Ridgefield meet. In the end when I sold it I had replaced enough parts to have a 1927 T Touring. It turned up on eBay two years ago, fellow that bought it never finished the restoration and passed away. Current owner was selling it part by part, must have made a small fortune, I looked at it and just couldn't justify buying it back, or what was still left. The body did make it to a finished TROG race car, that made me happy. Bob 

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First car, no regrets about selling.    1951 Renault 4CV

Second Car "    "         "            "            1956 Ford Town Sedan

Third Car     "   "         "            "             1957 Ford Convertible

Fourth Car  "     "      "            "              1959 Studebaker Lark VIII (2Dhtp) Sold for first  overseas deployment

Fifth  Car    "     "      "          "                1951 Mercedes  170 VA

Sixth Car    Lot of hindsight regrets on this one, but it paid for my Junior year of collage in Heidelberg Germany.  1957 Porsche Speedster, Pictured.1619812711_57Speedster.thumb.jpg.2c3440b3a10a249d0ff180bcbcfa0e6e.jpg

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Not bought by myself, but given to me by my Dad when I was 15. Still got it. A lot of you know the story, but here it is again. 1931 Dodge Brothers DH6 business coupe....one day I hope to finish it....(not me in the chassis photo or the one sitting in the car)....

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I am glad I don't still have my first car.

I bought a 1954 rusty high mileage Ford wagon with a full tank of gas for $5 when I was 15.  The V8 bock was repaired with body filler were it split from freezing. The car smelled like rotting wood and carpet. It ran, stopped, the lights worked and it was mine. 

My father was not to happy, not just because I hid it from him for a month and a half, but it was a Ford.

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1951 Pontiac Chieftan 4 dr loaded with options bought in 1970 for $100.  I had to have a 1955 Chevy to be cool so the Pontiac was gone by May 1971.  The Chevy and me at the drag strip July 1971

 

 

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