I remember learning to drive my grandmas old Monte Carlo. What about your first experience driving?
I hit a tall standing steel with Datsun 120Y ,that was my first driving experience.
toyota corona. the one with round lights. i think early 90's model.
1980 Suzuki T100 belonged to my uncle, now I am driving 1981 Mitsubishi Minicab L100.
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!!!
I never did forgive them for that, hahaha.
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!!
PS: After all these years, I still have a stick-much better control of the vehicle...
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!
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.
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!
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.
My first driving lesson was in a 1976 Chevy Malibu. My first lesson of driving stick was in a 200SX.
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.
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.
63 impala,. then a 73 pinto,.. quite a difference between the two i assure you, ha!
4 speed 1981 Dodge Charger. It wasn't anything special, but I saved for it for years with my paper route money.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Yep... I had a Stick Shift on both the horse and Helen!!
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!
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!
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 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
An old Rambler station wagon in my uncle's field with my cousins.
great question!! I forgot the model of the American car in high school. Probably a dodge dart.
I learned to drive in a 1965 Corvair Convertable with a manual transmission. It looked exactly like this one.
It was used.
02 Jeep Grand Cherokee. 4 wheel drive was nice in the winter as a new driver.
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!
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!
My parents 1980 Buick Skylark. I learned my first manual shifting car with my first car, a 1980 Ford Mustang hatchback. Fun times.
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?
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.
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*
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.
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