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7/10/18 12:13 A

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In the late 60's while we were still in Florida, we had a green Comet - I'm not sure if that's a Chevy or what (and too lazy to go look it up, frankly, as I'm supposed to be taking a bath, and my water is cooling off!!). But it was a ghastly green color... so we often called it "The Vomit." It had been in a wreck, so the back right passenger door didn't stay closed properly. We almost lost my brother when he was leaning up against the door (this was before seat belts, ya'll!), and Dad was whipping around a corner and the centrifical forces began pulling the door. We grabbed my brother (he was only like 5 or 6?), shrieking loudly and Dad slowed down so that we could get over to the side of the road and close the door again...

Later, we had one of the Ford Station wagons, as well as a 50's or 60's model Volkswagon Karmen Ghia (sp?) with rusted floor so we could see the road whistling by.. We had lots of various 60s and early 70's models Opel Kadett's (perfect for Piano Tuners like my dad). Later on, we inherited my uncle's late year 1974 Ford Mustang hatchback (I think it was the first time a partial year Mustang had been built, and as I understand it, the big thing was that it was first time to end up with plastic parts from Japan??). The Mustang is the one I used to master the art of driving with standard shift. It had a tighter shifting mechanism than did the Opel Kadett. At some point we also had a Vega hatchback, was a little too small for our family of 6 but oh well, one was an infant and car seats? what? no worries! Just hold the baby in our laps!! Ai ya yi!

I'm sure I've forgotten some of the other vehicles we had during the 70's (at least one pick up, but I think it was my brother's 1957 or some such Ford Pickup?)... but we mostly had Opel Kadetts. It got to be where we'd be in a parking lot and might see another driver pull up in their Opel Kadett and both drivers would approach the other and ask "Ya wanna sell your car?" - because that was the most reliable way to find parts for the Opel. Dad was always buying whatever junked Opel Kadett showed up in a salvage yard (some of the owners would call him up whenever they received one...because he was likely to go buy it or at least buy up some of the parts.).

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1972 Ford Stationwagon ~-we kids LOVED to put all the seats down and stretch out when we went to the movies ~which was not very often!

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Ford Anglia's. Still have a soft spot for them although you rarely see them in the UK now

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In the 70s my dad and brother had a Hillman Minx, a Singer Vogue and a red Triumph Spitfire soft top (and I could fit into the gap behind the seat quite comfortably!)

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Chevy Malibu
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my first car was a 64 Plymouth belvedere(not sure spelling) got it in 76. it looked old fashioned.

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my first car was a Plymouth belvedere not sure about spelling. it was a 64 I think. got it in 76.

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My parents drove used cars until the late 70s when they bought a brand new Cutlass.

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8/21/12 9:10 P

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My parents then new cars: 1973 Buick LeSabre, 1978 Ford Fairmont (later in 87 Mom gave it to me my first car)

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I first drove my mother's Ford Maverick. It was a piece of junk. I used to cringe every time I had to stop for red lights because the car would stall on me.

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5/27/12 11:20 A

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Hi there, I joined this team a couple of weeks ago and just found this topic. What fun to recall the cars from those years. I think the family car was a Ford LTD which I eventually inherited. My mother got a little red Fiat that my dad didn't fit into so they sold it before I learned to drive.

But the cars I really remember were the ones my boyfriends drove. I had a boyfriend who drove a 68 Mustang that he loved and imagined he was Steve McQueen. Another guy was very proud of his black and red Camaro. But my favorite was a gorgeous guy who drive a blue and white Charger. Sadly he died at 18 in a motorcycle accident about a year after I met him.

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4/13/12 1:26 P

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My first car was a 1978 Lemans. My parents bought it brand new and in 1982, I inherited. But I do have many memories of cruizing with my friend Darlene in either her boyfriend Phil's Thunderbird or my boyfriend Kevin's souped up pickup truck.

I can't help but giggle when I think how great the guys thought it was to have those tiny blue dashboard lights running along the dashboard and around the front and back windows like rows of tiny Christmas lights. Or how cool we were driving up and down the strip of main street (our town was only a mile long and a mile wide!). Of course, there was the waving at all our other friends doing the same thing. Nazareth, Ozzy Ozbourne, Queen, Journey, Styx, AC-DC blaring out the windows. If the vehicle was full of only girls it was Heart and Cindi Lauper that could be heard.

Thanks for the great memory!

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Our family had an Oldsmobile station wagon. By the time I could drive it was in pretty rough shape (body wise - the motor just kept going). Do you remember the cartoon Wonderbug, where the kids drove "Schlep Car," a real beater that would turn into "Wonderbug" when they needed to solve a crime? Well, my friends named the Oldsmobile "Schlep." Loved that car - lots of great memories in it.

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2/17/12 11:46 A

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Baby cakes, I had a 76 Chevette as a first car, too. White with red vinyl top and hideous bicentennial seal-esque interior. All red white and blue. Mom installed an 8 track when it was hers, step mom added a cassette player in 82. I got it in 84.
Yeah, I was so cool with my mix of heavy metal, grateful dead, doors and John Denver.

Mom drove a school bus/pencil yellow Maverick.
Dad drove something sporty. Brother got the station wagon in 78 when he learned to drive.

My first car memory was a Nash Metropolitan in black and white back in 71-73.

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My first car (bought it myself for $200) was a 1962 Dodge Lancer. It was powder blue and cute as all get out. Looked like a chubby little whale. I really enjoyed the freedom that came with that car, since as soon as I had it I packed up and moved away. I was 17 at the time. Alas, some dumbas eventually ran a stop sign and plowed into the passenger side and ended it's life. (Nobody else was injured)

I think at that time my parents were driving a Valient. Forget who made them.

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My dad had a 1978 Thunderbird

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1/25/12 12:39 A

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1972 Brown Plymouth Duster. It was a tank, and I had a bad as-----stereo in it. My mom drove a Big Bird yellow chevy Nova. That was a tank too. It did not have A/C, it was called roll the windows down. No fancy stereo, just what came with the car, it had great gas mileage, took many trips in that car.

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Lincoln Continental for my mom (then much later a Mercedes). My dad liked to fix up old cars then turn around and sell them. Give me a moment a maverick that was later handed down to my sibling, a Mach 5 (was that a ford?) Lol. An old Chevy too many...

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1972 Vista Cruiser; think it was a Chevy or Ford. Its was a station wagon, built like a tank. It needed to be with all us kids going everywhere, especially to our Grandparents home in Tampa, Florida.

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Dad had a bright red 75 Pontiac Grand Prix with a 1/4 white vinyl top. Remember the partial vinyl roofs? In 76 he bought a Dodge converted van for family vacations..the kind with the murals on the side. I still have pictures of it...memories.

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Let's see...my sister had a 1970 Toyota Corolla Wagon (license plate 599 CCK - I have no idea why I remember that!), my mom had a 1978 VW Rabbit, her ex-husband had a 1972 AMC Javelin (red with a fake black T-top - I got my driver's license in that car!)

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5/28/11 11:51 P

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I didn't get my license until 1981...my first car was a 76 Chevy Chevette...white with what I like to call brown panel contact paper(LOL). Not much to look at but it got me where I needed to go. My dad gave me $5.00 a week for gas...which would last the week and sometimes longer.

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Mag wheels!!! What a crazy and cool way to spruce up a Volare! I love the memories with this team. Keep 'em coming!

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3/20/11 8:45 A

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That is hilarious! What a great memory!!

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My folks had the classic Plymouth Volare station wagon. My Mom's concession to my Dad for having such a grocery getter was to have mag wheels on it. Such a funny car!

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Blue hair years! Yikes! Someone please stop the clock! My sister had a candy apple red 1968 Camaro. She never learned to drive a stick very well...and I'll never forget our crazy trips around town, where she stalled the car numerous times and attracted tons of attention...of course, 2 petite blondes, back in the day! lol

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3/19/11 3:20 P

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My sister had a red Mustang, a 1968 I think. She had a name for it and everything! "Flame," was a bit rough when she got it but she loved it! It was a lot rougher when she was done with it too!
Like you, I'm sure the memories will entertain her in her blue hair years!
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I loved my first car back in the 70s. When I graduated from high school, my parents' gift to me was a beautiful 1966 red Mustang with a white stripe on the side. It was the most awesomest, coolest car ever! I drove it to college and had it for about 5 years. It had over 150,000 miles on it, when an elderly gentleman with vision problems, ran into the passengers' side during a heavy rain storm. It totalled the car, but no one was hurt (most important). However, I was so upset that I cried for a week. I'll never forget that car...and no other will ever fill it's place in my heart.
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Love this topic!

I didn't drive until the 80's but my first car was a '74 red Datsun 260Z. I loved that car!!

During the 70's my family had a Rambler. At some point, a blue Toyota Corona that had no air conditioner with black vinyl seats, let me tell you, those seats were hot in the Texas summers! I also remember a green Ford land yacht, and fighting over who got to ride in the back dash area and rolling down the back seat at stops, or sitting on the passenger arm rest sticking our heads out the window.

Those were the days!

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I drove in the 70's but do not remember they type of car my parents had I did not get myown car until 80's

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I love to talk about my car, it was a 1972 Olds Cutlass 442 with a hurst transmission, 350 rocket engine, and a slapstick, Guys were always stopping and ask me if they could buy it, I used to get mad when I would have work done on the car as the slapstick part would be open, and I never left it open so that met they had been out racing it.

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3/3/11 12:12 P

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In 1977 I turned 16 and got my licence. My parents had bought a brand new Chevrolet Malibu, that was my first car I drove. Did I drive it! My friends and I went to the Drive-In, shopping, to the beach, touring and had a ball!
Nice memories.
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3/3/11 12:09 P

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This new forum is at the request of kmsparks! Thanks for the suggestion.

It is okay if the car you drove in the 70's happens to be a car from the 1960's! Just tell us about the car and how it was to drive it. emoticon

Have fun, enjoy the stroll down memory lane!

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