Flashback Friday: First Cars

Do you have fond memories of your first car? I certainly do.

My first car was quite sporty: a used yellow and black Ford Maverick I called Beezy.

My dad helped me shop for the car, but I bought it with money I’d earned working as a retail sales clerk at a women’s clothing store. Parting with that $600 was hard, but I felt so grown-up with my set of wheels.

Sadly, I didn’t own the car long. During the first year I had my Maverick, it got crunched. A fellow college student drove through the rows in the student parking lot. For some reason I never quite figured out, he didn’t expect to see anyone driving down the actual rows between the cars in search of a parking place. In his surprise, he hit his accelerator instead of his brake and plowed into the empty passenger side.

I was fine, but my poor car sustained enough damage for the insurance company to total it. Once again my dad helped me shop for a car. This time I ended up with a white Maverick, which I enjoyed for a number of years. It didn’t get hit while I had it, due in large part to my very cautious driving in parking lots after that, I’m sure.

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What was your first car, and how long did you own it?


About Keli Gwyn

I'm an award-winning author of inspirational historical romance smitten with the Victorian Era. I'm currently writing for Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical line of wholesome, faith-filled romances. My debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, was released July 1, 2012. I'm represented by Rachelle Gardner of Book & Such Literary. I live in a Gold Rush-era town at the foot of the majestic Sierras. My favorite places to visit are my fictional worlds, other Gold Country towns and historical museums. When I'm not writing I enjoy taking walks, working out at Curves™ and reading.
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14 Responses to Flashback Friday: First Cars

  1. cynthiaherron says:

    I was fresh out of college, couldn’t afford too much, and needed something that got good gas mileage, as the job I had entailed a lot of driving. I purchased a Dodge Omni. Not too sporty, but new and a pretty silver color. Believe it or not, I drove that car for about eight or nine years, well after I was married!

  2. Erica Vetsch says:

    Poor Beezy! I had an 84 Red Escort Hatchback named Marcy that also suffered an untimely death when a teenager blew through a yield sign and totaled her while I was driving her.

    My husband and I have always named our cars after Peanuts characters. We’ve had Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Marcy, Franklin, and Pigpen so far. 🙂

  3. A long, midnight blue Chevy Impala I drove into the ground traveling from Booklyn down to the Jersey Shore. Music blaring, barefoot and carefree at speeds I would not attempt today, she was the car for my wild side … even if she was a gas guzzler 🙂

  4. Loree Huebner says:

    My first car was a Pontiac Starfire or Sunfire or something that was on fire….

  5. My 1960-something Volkswagen Kharman Ghia (I forget how to spell the darn thing) was the first car I bought while I was in college in Santa Barbara. It drove me from Santa Barbara to home in Alameda, near San Francisco, many times and then stepped up to the plate and made it back and forth from Alameda to Oregon State University for two more years. I don’t recall when or why I sold it but it was still running! Probably still is…

  6. Jill Kemerer says:

    An old, blue Volkswagen Jetta–stick shift and diesel! Good times! My son would drool over your first car. He loves sports cars and he loves yellow!

  7. Wendy says:

    Oh man, I’d love to see you in THAT car!

    I had an ugly brown Nissan Stanza, but I didn’t care about transportation beauty then & I still don’t.

    ~ Wendy

  8. bethkvogt says:

    What a “first car” story, Keli.
    My first car was a Fiat. By the time I got rid of it, I wanted to drive it over a cliff–jumping out before it went over, of course.
    It was the worst money-investment EVER!
    My then-boyfriend (now husband) surprised me one weekend by coming in town to visit me. He asked my dad how he would know when to hide before I came home from college classes. My dad said, “Don’t worry, you’ll hear her.”
    No kidding.
    My car sounded like a very old, very loud jet engine on takeoff. You could hear me driving two or three blocks away. My boyfriend had plenty of time to hide before I walked in the door.

  9. Julie Nilson says:

    Mine was a blue Buick Skyhawk, which was already 10 years old when I bought it. My best friend and roommate named it “Buck,” because at some point, the “I” fell off the back.

    I had it for almost 3 years, with no mechanical problems whatsoever, when the transmission went out and the mechanic said it would cost more to fix than the car was worth. 😦

  10. First car wasa little red thing. The gas gauge didn’t work so I was always finding loose change to put gas in the car so I wouldn’t run out. lol It didn’t last long either. My fault. I didn’t see a car coming and made a left turn. Almost killed my sister in the passenger seat. *wince*

  11. My first car was a 1980 Canary Yellow Sunbird ( bought in 1992). It had chocolate brown seats and was a four-speed. Of course, I had no idea how to drive a standard. That stories involves my uncle (the only person with enough patience to teach me) and a case of Budweiser (him drinking, not me and I didn’t know about open-container laws at the time).

    I threw a rod in the engine on my way to work on Halloween. I was dressed in FULL Clown gear (make-up, nose, wig, EVERYTHING) on main street in my home town.

    Do not miss that car for one second!

  12. I got my first car in my last year of University. A little tan Datson, I believe. I’m not all that into cars so I could be wrong on that make, but maybe it’s just the spelling that’s off. I know for a fact that hubby’s was a Pony, though. Don’t think either of those are being made anymore.

  13. My first car was a 1975 red Ford Mustang II. I didn’t name it but I sure did treasure it despite the fact that just about everything that could go wrong with it did. I totalled it just before paying it off and was heart-broken.

  14. Thanx for your blog post I liked it

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