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What car did you learn to drive in?

  1. lovelypaper profile image68
    lovelypaperposted 5 years ago

    I remember learning to drive my grandmas old Monte Carlo. What about your first experience driving?

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      sord87posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I hit a tall standing steel with Datsun 120Y ,that was my first driving experience.

    2. arksys profile image92
      arksysposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      toyota corona. the one with round lights. i think early 90's model.

      1. classicalgeek profile image89
        classicalgeekposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I owned one of these (the one with the "wunderbar" radio switch where the headlight dimmers were on older cars).

    3. mom101 profile image62
      mom101posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      1971 Ford Pinto. Loved it.

    4. Abhaque Supanjang profile image46
      Abhaque Supanjangposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      1980 Suzuki T100 belonged to my uncle, now I am driving 1981 Mitsubishi Minicab L100. 


  2. Stacie L profile image88
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    I think it was a 68 Oldsmobile station wagon

  3. TamCor profile image81
    TamCorposted 5 years ago

    I learned to drive in a burgundy 1967 fastback Ford Mustang that my parents had bought new about 8 years earlier.  It was a 3 speed on the floor, and I LOVED it...

    But what did they do? Right before I got my license, they traded it in...on a brand new PINTO!!!  yikes

    I never did forgive them for that, hahaha.

    1. lorlie6 profile image86
      lorlie6posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      It's amazing your mom and dad didn't go up in flames driving that Pinto, TamCor! 

      As for me, I learned to drive in a standard transmission-were there even automatics back in '73?-V.W. Bug.  I'll never forget my instructor becoming irritated with me since I couldn't get the concept of a clutch!! lol
      PS: After all these years, I still have a stick-much better control of the vehicle...

  4. thelyricwriter profile image49
    thelyricwriterposted 5 years ago

    1990 F150 Lariat 5.0 3.02

  5. Hollie Thomas profile image61
    Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago

    I had my first lesson in a Ford Transit Van.

    1. Jean Bakula profile image98
      Jean Bakulaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      My Dad insisted I buy this giant 4 door Buick. I didn't get why, but didn't want to argue. Many years later, as I taught my son to drive, I understood. The car was built like a tank, and no matter what I hit, I would have been safe!

      1. Hollie Thomas profile image61
        Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Ah, very protective. big_smile

      2. Rochelle Frank profile image90
        Rochelle Frankposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I understand that. Mine was a '58( maybe '59) Buick I did some considerable damage to an Edsel of the same vintage with it and 'only' popped open one of those big chrome bullets on the front bumper.

        Years later we bought a used old Buick for our younger son. It was really ugly-- a dull dirt brown color, but it was also a tank.

  6. mathair profile image72
    mathairposted 5 years ago

    Daewoo Matiz. I wanted a smart car as i was afrais to drive a big car. This was the next best thing. I learned to drive at the age of 29 when I was pregnant with my first child. My husband called the car a "handbag" We still joke about it today! It was very easy to park and i miss it very much!

  7. Johnjfernando profile image59
    Johnjfernandoposted 5 years ago

    I learned to drive in a 1989 Toyota Corolla. The Irony of it even though it was great on gas is that it kept dying when I stopped at the lights.

  8. Cagsil profile image84
    Cagsilposted 5 years ago

    My first driving lesson was in a 1976 Chevy Malibu. smile My first lesson of driving stick was in a 200SX.

  9. Randy Godwin profile image94
    Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago

    Being raised on a farm, I first learned to drive a tractor at the age of six and a farm truck at the age of ten.  At 15 I received my learners permit and began driving a 1964 Ford Galaxy 500.  Ah, $.23 a gallon for gas in those days. smile

    1. Healthy Pursuits profile image88
      Healthy Pursuitsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Me, too. A tractor at eight, and a harvest truck at 12. Then my sister's old chevy just to prove I could shift and drive a real car on the street in town. They already knew I could drive in a field and on a dirt farm road.

  10. weestro profile image80
    weestroposted 5 years ago

    A Renault Alliance, when it decided to start.  A French car, the horn was on the signal lever, you had to press it in towards the steering wheel.  Good Times.

  11. stclairjack profile image80
    stclairjackposted 5 years ago

    63 impala,. then a 73 pinto,.. quite a difference between the two i assure you, ha!

  12. jcmayer777 profile image78
    jcmayer777posted 5 years ago

    4 speed 1981 Dodge Charger.  It wasn't anything special, but I saved for it for years with my paper route money.

  13. At Home Mommy profile image60
    At Home Mommyposted 5 years ago

    An old Toyota Corolla

  14. Sally's Trove profile image100
    Sally's Troveposted 5 years ago

    1963 Plymouth Fury, white, convertible, red interior, three on the column. It was my uncle's car. He looked like Elvis. We went for a drive one day, he stopped the car on a side street and said, I'm tired, you take the wheel. It's a day that will live with me forever. He told me once how to use the clutch and shift the gears, and that's about it. Then he slouched in the passenger seat, pretending to sleep. God bless him, I had to figure it out for myself. And BTW, I was WAY underage.

  15. TheMagician profile image89
    TheMagicianposted 4 years ago

    Dodge Durango... I was 8.
    I started young smile

  16. Al Shield profile image77
    Al Shieldposted 4 years ago

    A Datsun 260Z for one block (it conked out on me going round the corner - it was that rough)

    Then a combination of a Mazda 323/ Hyundai Excel to get my begginers license.

  17. Rosie2010 profile image83
    Rosie2010posted 4 years ago

    A stick shift light green 1969 VW Beetle

  18. brimancandy profile image84
    brimancandyposted 4 years ago

    My first car was a 1983 Chevy Chevette. It was a great little car, with a sun-roof, and automatic transmission. My partner bought it for me for only $1,800.00 and it only had 45,000 miles on it. He spent about a month teaching me how to drive it, and it was so easy. (I hate the stick shift)

    He had me study all the road rules, and in just 2 months I had my temporary license. I was so excited to have my own car, that the very first thing I did, was call up my brother, and we drove 5 hours to Cedar Point in Ohio, just one day after receiving it. I was so happy!

    I drove that car for a few years, and traded it in for a very nice Dodge Shadow, only a year old with 20,000 miles on it. I drove that car for over 14 years, until it needed all kinds of repairs which socked me over $3,000.00 and it died just a day after a major repair. So, I now have a 2002 Chevy Cavalier, which I love! Everything works,and not a single problem in 8 years.

  19. Pearldiver profile image87
    Pearldiverposted 4 years ago

    Like Randy I learned to drive a Massey Ferguson tractor at age 5...

    After that a 16 hand Bay Gelding-a-ling

    And then it was a 'car' called Helen!   smile

    Yep... I had a Stick Shift on both the horse and Helen!!  big_smile

    1. lorlie6 profile image86
      lorlie6posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hey Pd, you must have been thinking of me with your last car listed-that's my middle name!  Ouch...don't  find it very fetching for a m. n., though!

      1. Pearldiver profile image87
        Pearldiverposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        It was a CAR..... True.... smile

        An Austin A40 no less -  it was a great surfing wagon.... my Helen smile

  20. WriteAngled profile image91
    WriteAngledposted 4 years ago

    I had driving lessons on and off from the age of 19 until the age of 42 when I finally succeeded in passing my test, so I went through a variety of cars with different driving schools.

    What finally let me succeed was finding an instructor with an automatic car. I just hadn't been able to cope with changing gear; I had no idea when to do it, and even when I tried I couldn't remember in which direction to move the lever and when to press on the clutch and let go of it.

    Moving to a small automatic (can't remember the model) transformed things, so I could actually drive rather than stall all the time. I still couldn't get parallel parking and even now, 16 years later can't do it. Fortunately that didn't come up in my test. I was OK with a 3-point turn. I started reversing round a corner as the second set manoeuvre, knew I was going wrong but didn't know what to do about it. Fortunately, a car came up behind so I was able legitimately to move forwards and let him through and then start again. By some miracle, I managed on the second attempt!

  21. jacharless profile image83
    jacharlessposted 4 years ago

    A Datsun B-210, manual transmission...

  22. JKenny profile image94
    JKennyposted 4 years ago

    I started off learning in a Ford Escort- it was ok, but it didn't have any power steering, also my driving instructor was a bit of a slob, so it wasn't the tidiest car in the world hehehe big_smile He then 'upgraded' to a Nissan Note which was better, but it soon became a moving rubbish tip thanks to my driving instructor. Needless to say, I was ecstatic when I passed, for more reasons than one hehee big_smile

  23. Druid Dude profile image59
    Druid Dudeposted 4 years ago

    An old Rambler station wagon in my uncle's field with my cousins.

  24. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago


    1. AEvans profile image74
      AEvansposted 4 years ago

      A 'K' car and a 280z 2+2

      1. SoManyPaths profile image61
        SoManyPathsposted 4 years ago

        great question!! I forgot the model of the American car in high school. Probably a dodge dart.

      2. WD Curry 111 profile image61
        WD Curry 111posted 4 years ago

        I learned to drive in a 1965 Corvair Convertable with a manual transmission. It looked exactly like this one.


        It was used.

      3. Cobrafan profile image86
        Cobrafanposted 4 years ago

        02 Jeep Grand Cherokee. 4 wheel drive was nice in the winter as a new driver.

      4. Tusitala Tom profile image87
        Tusitala Tomposted 4 years ago

        A rather horrible English car called an Austin A55, and that was way back in 1955.  It was a manual, of course, automatics were still a thing of the future.   It had four-on-the-steering wheel gear change and one of the worst hand brakes, a sort of walking stick grip-handle under the dash, I think.   No turning blinkers (still a thing of the future) instead little wing-like things which poked out on either side othe car.  They'd pop up like the signals on a railway line.

        Hand signals were still mandatory in many cars in those days.  I doubt too many remember...

        I had a few lessons by a professional driving instructor, about five, then passed the written and practical tests for my licence.

        By 1957 I was riding motor cycles (difference licence required) 500cc, 650cc, and 700 cc machines (the poor man's sport's car)

        Didn't actually get back to driving cars again until 1960.  1958 VW beetle.  Great little car!

      5. Glimmer Twin Fan profile image95
        Glimmer Twin Fanposted 4 years ago

        1980 Volvo stick shift.  Boy did my Dad and I argue when he was teaching me to shift, but that thing was a tank and once I finally got the hang of shifting it was fun to drive!

      6. strkngfang profile image85
        strkngfangposted 4 years ago

        My parents 1980 Buick Skylark.  I learned my first manual shifting car with my first car, a 1980 Ford Mustang hatchback.  Fun times.

      7. ocbill profile image77
        ocbillposted 4 years ago

        A dodge dart in high school driver ed.class

        uhh, yeah, it seems that has been thrown out of high school for driving schools, right?

      8. knolyourself profile image60
        knolyourselfposted 4 years ago
      9. atechwiz profile image82
        atechwizposted 3 years ago

        The car that I learned to drive was a 1984 Ford Escort.  It was a stick.  Better to learn from my mother than my father as he did not have a lot of patience for mistakes.

      10. CrisSp profile image83
        CrisSpposted 3 years ago

        Red volkswagen in the 80's...don't know the exact model. My brother and I would steal the car and drive it around the neighborhood while my dad is snoozing in the afternoon (siesta).  We were mischievous that way! Lol! Thanks for bringing up memories of my younger years. It's good to remember. *smile*

      11. bBerean profile image59
        bBereanposted 3 years ago

        I've loved cars since I was just little.  When I was 10 my Dad would take me to play tennis and if the courts were full, he would let me drive the Datsun pickup around the parking lot while we waited.  By 13 it was a '68 Ford Galaxie 500.  By 16 I took my driving test in a '68 SS 396 Chevelle 4spd.  In retrospect I understand why the tester was so hard on me, (not wanting to let a 16 year old loose on the street with a big block Chevelle), but I passed!  Great memories.

      12. tabrezrocks profile image58
        tabrezrocksposted 3 years ago

        i want to know how to drive Tata Nano, smile)))