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My First Car
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My First Car

Everyone remembers their first. First date. First boyfriend. First home away from home. First kiss. First job. I remember all of these but my most memorable first was my first car. I was 18 and I paid $600.

The guy that sold it to me was buying a muscle car - a souped up ford mustang, canary yellow with black racing stripes on the hood. He couldn't wait to hand me the keys. I fell in love right away. She was a Mazda 808, blue with a black hood - and a standard. I did not know how to drive a standard. My brother came with me to test drive it and when he said, "yah, it's good, buy it." I listened to him. After all, he was older than me. He drove us home.

I was so excited I went out with my friend that night. She drove my car and we went out to our local bar to celebrate. I told people about my new car who guffawed and said, take it back. I was horrified. How could anyone insult my new blue beaut, parked right outside? I took the naysayers into the parking lot to visit her. "Let's see the engine." With trepidation, I opened the hood, waiting for the barrage of negativity sure to follow. "Oh, better than I thought. It doesn't have a rotary engine. Good thing because those really suck. Once they break you have to wait for the parts from Japan to get if fixed." I exhaled a sigh of relief and subtly patted my new car friend. Soon they were extolling the virtues of my new car and decided, en masse, that she was a keeper. We went back into the bar and joyfully raised glasses, cheering my new purchase. In those days drinking and driving was a given, but that's another story.

I drove that mazda everywhere. I learned how to properly drive it in New York City when she stalled right downtown. Another car guided us to a garage. I had no choice but to grind and shift those gears as it was dying on the busy streets. You had to double pump the pedal to put it in second, but third and fourth were a breeze. I became an expert at it.

When things got heated at home and I needed to get out I would take my younger brother and drive off into the northern country roads blasting the Ramones or Tom Petty. We didn't talk much but we would bop along to the music and belt out the lyrics "I wanna be sedated" and "I'm gonna listen to her heart."

Once my sister presented me with a red heart sticker which she placed on the driver side window. Every time I looked at the mirror to check my left side I saw that big red heart shining back at me. When I would walk up to it to unlock the door, there was the heart, beckoning me. That car became part of me.

I put over $2000 dollars into that old girl. The guy that sold it to me must have been laughing all the way to the bank because as soon as I bought her things began to break. Expensive things. Reluctantly I put all my savings into her and kept fixing her. I loved that car and I loved driving it. To this day I never drive a standard without thinking of that feisty beast.

Eventually I had to pay $50 to have her towed out of my parents' driveway. Such a classy babe, sucking the money out of me right to the end. I cried when she was being taken away. My first car, I never loved another like her.


Street Talk

I like this post. Brought back sweet memories of my first car .

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  about 8 years ago
Brandon8  

I like reading first car posts, read one the other day too!

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  about 1 decade ago
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