View Full Version : Favorite cars over the years.

07-25-2011, 05:26 PM
I was pretty lucky growing up, and I knew it which set me apart from most kids. My Old Man was a car guy, and so he bought me a 1966 Mustang for when I turned 16. Kicker was, I was 14 or so and was going to have to restore it. He taught me body work and mechanical work, and more importantly this "Father and Son" project helped keep me focused and out of trouble. And unlike many of my friends who were given a new car for their 16th birthday, I had real respect for the car and never got into a wreck since I knew what was involved in fixing it if I dropped the ball. So that first car was pretty important to me...but my favorite would have to be the 1962 Corvette I bought a couple of years out of college in the late 1980's.

07-25-2011, 05:34 PM
I have to say I have fond memories of the '71 Super Beetle that was my first car. Had some good fun and got in some trouble in that.

I've managed to get laid in a Chevy Chevette and a Ford Escort. Yeah, I wanted it pretty badly at the time!

But by far my favorite is the F150 Supercrew I just bought. A good combination of niceness, a four door with leather interior and function, 5.4L engine and 4X4. I'm still getting used to it being sneaky fast (for me) if I'm not paying attention I will get in some serious trouble.

The Shadow
07-25-2011, 06:05 PM
That's what the cruise control is for.

I agree the f-150 Super Crew hard to beat, you driving the Lariat or King Ranch??

07-25-2011, 06:18 PM
My 64 Impala SS I bought for $1250 in 1976. I rebuilt it in High School auto shop. Balanced 350 w/lumpy cam, forged 10.5-1 pistons, headers...Ahhhhh.....that was a fun car. I wonder what that same car would cost me to replace today?

Jack Rumbaugh
07-25-2011, 06:25 PM
Man... My 1969 AMX was a fun car for sheer muscle. I built the motor in it and it would move. I loved My 280ZX turbo. Handled like a slot car and would keep up with most V-8s. It was not stock. My Eagle Talon Tsi was interesting because I got to build it my way. AWD and 350 HP on pump gas was a real rush. Race gas and 28 psi was almost orgasmic. Having a mid 12 second daily driver that went from mild to wild with the push of a button on the boost controller made commuting a ton of fun. I miss that car.

I drove a '66 Corvette 427/425 for a little while. That is one car I wish was still in my garage.

07-25-2011, 06:35 PM
That's what the cruise control is for.

I agree the f-150 Super Crew hard to beat, you driving the Lariat or King Ranch??

I've got the Lariat.

07-25-2011, 06:41 PM
My '67 Mustang, candle-apple red, straight-6 200, automatic transmission, coupe. Bought her in Oct 2001 from a retired USAF Lt. Col. (medical officer) at Tyndall AFB, FL, shortly after I graduated from OTS, for a measly $4500. The good Colonel had originally bought it as a high school graduation gift for his daughter, but she elected not to keep it when she went to college, so her dad rebuilt the engine, dash, and upholstery, and wasn't concerned about making a profit when he sold it to me.

For nearly 5 years, I swore I wouldn't sell her...then my @$$hole chain-of-command at Scott AFB, IL screwed me out of a promotion to O-3, and I was facing a money crunch, and my Pony was the only sellable asset I had, and I regretfully parted aways with her in July 2006.

Sure as hell, 3 months later, the USAF gave me a $65K severance package, which basically wiped away all the aforementioned money crunch problems. In retrospect, I coulda/shoulda/woulda kept my beloved 'Stang. 20/20 hindsight, eh.....

07-25-2011, 07:12 PM
Favorite car - 91 Mustang LX with 5.0, I slowly built, first - handling and brakes,Switched from factory disc/drum to 4 wheel Cobra disc brakes, new springs,FMS cobra wheels, and Adjustable shocks. New rear gears, Ported heads,1.7 rockers,Borla exhaust, etc.....
First car I built myself, lot of fun to drive, still wonder why I sold it.

I am looking forward to doing a bike in the future, either HD or Truimph.

07-25-2011, 07:40 PM
I can't name just one;
'82 Oldsmobile Toronado (My first car; I blew the tranny up screwing around in the driveway before I even got my permit)
'87 Buick Grand National
'93 GMC Typhoon
'04 Subaru Forester XT (+100HP over stock)
'08 Nissan Pathfinder V8 (140mph~ w/ Bully Dog programmer)
'11 Mazda RX-8 R3 (Quite possibly the most satisfying one to drive even though it's also most likely the slowest to the next stoplight, besides the Toronado, obviously)

07-25-2011, 07:52 PM
1956 Chevy Belair when I was 15yrs old. Drove a 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible in high school then a 1969 Corvette coupe languishing in college. Had an Olds 4-4-2 for awhile. Then, a Ford F-150 Lightning with my present ride being a Ford F-150 Lariet 4x4 with th 5.4/L, Magflos, K&N air filtration, hypertech ship, and hula girl on the dash.:approve:

07-25-2011, 07:53 PM
My favorite car over the years was a 75 Trans Am. Mine was silver like in the picture.
Thing drank a lot of gas. I bought it thinking gas would never go over a dollar a gallon. 16507
I bought a used 76/455 -same color as yours - in 1980 without the ThunderChicken on the hood.Then gas got to expensive, that and I torn up first gear. Sold it.

07-25-2011, 07:58 PM
Prior to a month ago, my all time dream car, from the time I was 8, was a 1973 VW Thing.

All that changed on a wonderful early June day. For the first time, I laid eyes on an Isuzu Vehicross. 2 weeks later, I had sold my Subaru to my friend, and bought one sight unseen in Cleveland and had it shipped to my house. Now I drive my dream car.

07-25-2011, 08:13 PM
Last week, Mike the Bike was up from Florida. Hurricane Raines, myself and Mike got together and it was just like we were still in High School together, right down to the 1971 GTO Convertible that Mike's long suffering father still owns. Can't believe he would let us drive it back then...or actually, now! I had a buddy in High School that had a Trans Am...in the early 80's, it was a big deal to have a car, even grandma's hand me down 6 cylinder Nova. NOBODY had a Trans Am at that age...a good deal of my misspent youth was misspent in that car.

07-25-2011, 09:26 PM
In order of purchase:
'57 Ford convertable Blue
'60 Corvette convertible Maroon
'69 Dodge Super Bee Six Pack Gold
'79 Trans Am WS196 Silver
I wish that I still had them

07-26-2011, 03:15 AM
My dad's 1959 MGA which he bought back in '63. It's a bare frame right now, and the restoration has been stalled since the MGTD invaded my garage last fall.


07-26-2011, 04:36 AM
@ JOE MACK - Did you do the full K&N CAI or just the filter? Also, have you removed the silencers from between the filter and the throttle body? The silencers reduce your intake down to 2" and until you get on it to pass someone you don't notice the noise. And when you do get on it to pass someone, the noise is actually pretty cool to hear. Of course, with the Magnaflows you're getting some pretty cool noise.

@ Netpackrat - OMG that thing brings back memories! My dad had a '73 that he loved and it was what I learned to drive a stick in. Good times, good memories!

Avenging Angel
07-26-2011, 04:42 AM
My first fun car was a Datsun SPL311 "Fair Lady" but it was stolen.:crying:
Then a 1975 Corvette convertible. It wasn't a great performer but entirely a chick magnet. (I needed one :smile:)
My all-time favorite is my current, 2001 BMW 330ci. :biggrin:

07-26-2011, 07:18 AM
I hate to say it... but all my favorites were Dodges!

First one was a M37 Dodge with a flat head 6 and straight cut 4 speed with splitter. It was beat to heck, but when it would start, it would go just about anywhere. Top speed was 45 MPH.

Next one was a 76 Dodge Aspen RT. It was a drag car before I got it, and the 340 was replaced by a lowly 360, but it still had the posi rear and functional scoop, battery in the trunk, etc. Mine had the rear spoiler on it that kept popping pop rivets out if I drove too fast. Yeah the Aspen was a sucky car, but I felt like the Road Warrior driving this one. Trouble with the law forced a sale on that car!

Best one I've ever owned is my current plain jane 5.7 Dodge quad-cab. It is horrific off road, but for driving back and forth to work I absolutely love it. 130,000 trouble free miles. What sold it for me was the perfectly designed interior... and the fact that it will smoke the heck out of the tires. The 2010/11 Ford seems to be a better truck, but I'll just keep driving this one till it quits.

Dream car is the new 2011 Drag Pak Challenger, hard to argue with a 9.44 quarter mile straight from the factory.

I did have a mint condition 73 Super Beetle that I sold back in 83... that was a very cool car, and a big mistake to sell.

07-26-2011, 10:17 AM
My favorite car was a 1977 Porsche 911. (Had an SC engine.) The most fun car to drive, ever. You don't even feel like you're in a "small car." What a glorious racket that air-cooled engine makes. Cornering ability, and brakes, ahahahah, BRAKES!!

But really, I don't see how big folks even get in this thing. At 5' 9'' my head was very close to the roof! I know they have to take the seat off the runners and mount directly on the floor.

I don't have this fantastic car no mo' :bigeyes:

07-26-2011, 12:22 PM
A 1975 Triumph TR7, 1988 Ranger 4x4 and my current ride 2004 Chevy Tahoe 137K miles, just passed state inspection with ORIGINAL FACTORY BRAKES, only second set of tires and never been in the shop...awesome truck...

07-26-2011, 06:03 PM
My dream "car" sits in my driveway right now.Its a '93 Jeep YJ.Ive had it for around 6 or 7 years.Its 4.0 HO is runnin' strong with 215k on it.The stock axles have been tossed for full width '78 F150 axles(D44 and 9" for those that are interested)that are stuffed with 5.38 gears and a Loc-Right in front and a Detroit in the rear.It rolls on Irok's.I built it with a ton of help from friends and paid for it with cash or trade.One of my best memories in this Jeep happened a couple of years ago.We drove down to Lake Tahoe(over 800 miles one way) and did the Rubicon Trail.Quite an adventure in a lifted Jeep with only a bikini top!

98 Joes
07-27-2011, 06:48 AM
My first car I bought was a '69 Z28. It was just an older car that nobody had a real interest in back then. I fixed up in auto shop but had it parked on the street when a hit & run tried to take off the left side. They never caught him and I had no comprehensive insurance (I know, but I was a starving student). Today I have a new Porsche Boxster S and it is the funnest car I've ever driven. It's like riding my bike with a better stereo.

07-27-2011, 07:20 AM
Land Rover Defender that was issued to me I liked the 110 over the 90.

Porsche 914/6 was a great little car and was fast.Think the 914 with a 911 engine.

911 has been my favorite.

Soon to be new favorite McLaren MP4-12c

07-27-2011, 09:02 AM
Drove my Dad's 1951 Chevy Pickup all through high school and most of college. Would love to restore it to new someday.

07-28-2011, 02:36 AM
Several Porsche's have been mentioned. I have never owned one, but after I got divorced in 1992, the only vehicle I had was a '92 Ford F150. My buddies stepped up. One loaned me a Ninja so I could start riding right away again, and upon hearing the news and learning I had garage space, another friend offered a Porsche 944. In exchange for storage, I could use it on dates because in his words, "If all you are driving is a truck you will only pick up redneck women...besides, all divorced a@@holes drive a red Porsche." Classic.

07-28-2011, 06:59 AM
Sitting in my Shop since I ordered it and took delivery in 94. 1994 Trans Am.
Also see avatar. 55 Chevy. I will get it running again one day.
The wife and I have been talking about adding a Z06 to the collection.

08-03-2011, 10:16 PM
I have been keeping my eyes open for a sharp Trans Am like yours 83DropTop. They will never be cheaper than they are right now...with the fuel injected 350 GM really had it right before they dropped them. I am thinking somebody's former toy car that has not been driven into the ground. Fast, fun and affordable.

08-04-2011, 01:50 AM
My first car was an AMC Matador. Powerful V8, POS otherwise. I also owned two Chrysler Cordobas (think pimpmobile), a Cadillac Eldorado, and a leased string of factory new Fords - Expedition and F150s. The latter were great (even though the Expedition drank way more than it should have and burned through brakes like there was no tomorrow) and I put a lot of good miles on them.

However, the best cars for me have been and still are Mercedes, sedans and SUVs. My Dad drove a powder-blue 300E in the 60's that I thought was the cat's meow. I've owned used the 230E W123 (dash 8) model, a 280E W124 model, and a 300CE (also W124). I've had extended rentals on various late 90, early 00 E-Class models in Germany. I bought a new GL320 CDI in '09, and I recently got an '04 G500 in Costa Rica. After having put about 3000 miles on it, I've decided that the G-Class is my all-round favorite ride ever, especially with the 5.0 liter engine, and I'm planning to trade-in my GL in the States for a used G500 (05 - 07) soon as I get back. Budget won't allow for a new one right now, and besides, with a little care, these things will go for 250k miles...

Honorable mentions: The BMW 7 Series, from 98/99 on. The Audi A8 of the past 2-3 years. The Porsche Cayenne and 1911 - fantastic cars, if only I could only get my legs in...:sad:

08-04-2011, 02:12 AM
Always wanted a Corvette. I came close to buying one yeeeeears ago when a dealer was having a Cor-VET-eran's Day sale. My buddy has a 62 that his Dad bought new. Now that's supper cool.

Of course Id love to have a Shelby Cobra; but thats outta my league too. The closest I ever came was a Mustang GT. Cool but no Cobra.
http://www.limit4000.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/shelby_cobra_427_1967.jpg (http://www.limit4000.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/shelby_cobra_427_1967.jpg)

Im giving this some thought at least the price is managble; but do they have an extra large model?http://www.atlanticfirearms.com/data/default/images/catalog/large/Ferrett.jpg (http://www.atlanticfirearms.com/data/default/images/catalog/large/Ferrett.jpg)

08-04-2011, 06:24 AM
My first car was a 1967 Mustang.... that my father had bought new and , man, did he take care of a car. Complete detail a la dad EVERY Thursday. It was a great body style and it had a V8 289 and power everything and STILL got good gas mileage. I have looked for that car ever since I sold it. One day.... oh YES! ....it will be mine again.

08-04-2011, 06:26 AM
Got a '97 vette, 38k miles, manual trans that I'd sell ya. $16,900!

Jack Rumbaugh
08-04-2011, 06:35 AM
Got a '97 vette, 38k miles, manual trans that I'd sell ya. $16,900!

No fair teasing.

08-04-2011, 06:46 AM
Just do it. Treat yourself! You know you want to.

08-06-2011, 06:22 AM
TwodogsTX, I have to agree that 289 was a great combo. I also used to have a '67 Fastback with a 289 and three at the knee. (kids still say that for a three speed manual transmission on the floor...oh, right, kids today don't even know what a manual transmission is) That car was a laugh riot to drive around town, and with modern radial tires (mounted on Mopar rally wheels, because I thought that was cool back then and my Challenger convertible restoration had stalled but the wheels were done!) it would pull down 20 miles per gallon on the Highway. Simple, loud and effective...a 4 wheeled AK-47. Roadsters will always be my favorite, but for a car with a roof I sure miss that one a lot.

I have been reading back some of these posts, and I realize I need to get my old photo albums on disk so I can post pics. Honest guys, I was a serious car guy back then, I am not some full of #*$(% internet expert!

Carolina River Rat
09-10-2011, 03:34 PM
My absolute favorite wasn't even mine. I car-sat a deployed buddy's 2003 350Z for a year. Not quite the fastest car I've ever driven, but damn that thing's responsive. It's almost drive-by-thought. I don't really have a favorite of the ones I've owned, but the little '96 (I think) Sentra that my dad helped me get for my first car has the most fond memories attached to it. Lots of "firsts" for me in that little thing.

M1A's r Best
09-10-2011, 05:20 PM
My first car was a 76 Pontiac Astre (same thing as a Vega). GT 2 barrel motor and 5 speed. Amazing little car. Ft. Myer, VA to Ft. Knox, KY in 10.5 hrs. on the way to NCO school the summer of 1978. Whenever we played the stupid "let's see who gets back to the baracks first games" no one believed it was a 4 cyl. till they looked under the hood.

My next fun car was a 73 Laguna I bought used in 1986. 350 4 brl. with a turbo 350 automatic. It has the swivel bucket seats. Ran like a scalded dog. I used to get a kick out of embarassing the new Monte Carlo SS's with it.

My next fun car was an 81 Z28 I bought in 1993 or so. 350 4 brl. with a 4 speed manual transmission and T-tops. Ran the snot out of that thing. I don't know what rear end gears it has but I used to put it in first gear on the interstate enrance ramps , jump out and hit 55 mph and then hit 2nd hard. It finally started cracking the body/roof right at the top of the drivers window at the rear. You could see the driver's side hood/fender lift up when the clutch bit solid and I suppose that's what started cracking the roof line. I stopped driviing it when I broke my right leg (bad break) and wasn't sure I could really get that right leg on the brakes good while I was healing up.

That's when I bought the 86 IROC Z28. 305 TPI with the 700r4. Great running/handling car with a lousy transmission. I still drive it on pretty days or short trips to WalMart or the grocery store (185,000 miles on it now).

My last car (I don't expect to every buy another new car) is a Genesis Coupe. Interlagos yellow, 3.8 Track model with the 6 spd. manual transmission. Now that car is just plumb awesome. It has become my "road trip" car. Fun, fun, fun.

I've really gotten too old to have as much "fun" in a car as I used to. That little voice in the back of my head speaks up now and tells me 120 mph plus isn't fun anymore.

09-10-2011, 05:52 PM
jeep rubicon w/o the top

09-10-2011, 07:24 PM
'67 Fairlane 500 XL/GT, 390HO, C6 Tranny

09-10-2011, 07:41 PM
My first car was an '80 Chevy Monza with a 350cu in V8. I loved that car. I've always wanted a '49 Mercury convertible like the one my uncle drove when I worked in his auto-body shop in high school. The '49 Merc was also one of the original Batmobiles.

09-10-2011, 09:22 PM
1968 Mustang GT was prob my favorite. The Camaro, and the Chevelle SS would be in the running also.

09-10-2011, 10:40 PM
The new one:

09-11-2011, 04:57 AM
But by far my favorite is the F150 Supercrew I just bought. A good combination of niceness, a four door with leather interior and function, 5.4L engine and 4X4. I'm still getting used to it being sneaky fast (for me) if I'm not paying attention I will get in some serious trouble.

+1. I've got the FX4. Not the most glamours, but nice, comfortable and can carry my gear (shooting, dirt biking, etc)

Jr. Urbina
09-11-2011, 07:43 AM
66 Chevy 3/4 ton and a 78 Ford Shortbed 4x4. Not "Bon Vivant" but fun to drive.

10-12-2011, 03:42 PM
My first car was an 1984 Datsun 300zx. Bought it for $200 bucks. Built the motor, was putting out 547 to the rear wheels, half cage, and ugly as sin. passenger door didn't open, rust along the roof, so when it rained and with the heat in Texas, it was like a sauna. That car did not get me laid. I blew the motor so the next car I got was a 1983 Datsun 280ZX. Love that car, parts are hard to get for it now but it was my daily driver for 4-5 years. During the daily driving of the 280ZX I also bought a 1986 Nissan 300zx. Was running on starter fluid and got a decent deal on it (no roof rust, and body was clean). Found out the car sat for a while and the heads corroded. So I have never driven that car yet. I graduated college and my dad gave me the title to a 2005 Mini Cooper S he bought brand new and that I had modified and autocrossed throughout high school. I still own all the cars to this day.

David M
11-09-2011, 07:11 AM
1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 4 speed car. Bought back in 87, still in my garage. Not the fastest muscle car of it's day but a heck of a lot of fun to drive.

11-09-2011, 07:43 AM

My '75 Malibu Laguna S-3. Completely rebuilt. Could drive it 85 on cruise at 2400 RPM, nice and smooth with good sound system and heat/ac. Swivel bucket seats. And it could light up the tires with the best of them.

11-15-2011, 04:24 AM
Well as I have not owned any number of cars I would have to say the one I just got about a month ago, a 2002 Lincoln Town Car. She is beautiful. I love it, engine is in great condition, rides so smooth, looks fresh and almost new. I'll get some pics up if I can. Wanted one for a couple of years now and I finally have one. :biglaugh: I know it isn't a truck (which one day I want a 70's style Bronco) but she is mine and I love her.

11-15-2011, 04:30 AM
Well as I have not owned any number of cars I would have to say the one I just got about a month ago, a 2002 Lincoln Town Car.

Dude, you don't have a car. You have a barge. Seriously, my uncle had a Town Car and they are nice, but they ought to come with radar, a fog horn, and maybe some railings and cleats. :laugh:

11-15-2011, 06:58 AM
I'd have to say mine is my 1966 Hemi Satellite. Nothing like sitting at a stop light with it rumbling away and having the kids pull up and notice.

11-15-2011, 10:59 AM
Well as I have not owned any number of cars I would have to say the one I just got about a month ago, a 2002 Lincoln Town Car.

I had an '87 Town Car bought from my dad. It had the Mustang 5.0 engine, and got surprisingly decent mileage for a huge vehicle. Of course I did not do any jackrabbit starts, but drove sedately.

You can put all your friends in these cars, that is the good thing! See if your Lincoln came with the "special paint." It should say if you rec'd a copy of the original window sticker. That paint is very, very good and stands up to the hot sun and elements extremely well. Uh, at least the '80s paint did. :buck:

11-15-2011, 06:35 PM
'69 Dodge Charger. Nobody ever beat me in a contest of speed. But, I was always in danger of losing my license. Speeding tickets- but what else was the car designed for? I got my first one the day after I got it-driving my mother home from church!

11-15-2011, 06:54 PM
Net I prefer to think of it as a yacht :wink: Texican that sounds pretty nice too, and I'll check on the paint. I definitely check my blind spots twice before switching lanes/turning/moving around much. Now if I had that foghorn...haha. Most people are surprised at someone my age liking/owning a Town Car. I guess it is 'cause a lot of people see it as 'an old folks car.'


11-15-2011, 08:08 PM
That Lincoln is what I would classify as a 'safe' car.

11-16-2011, 02:12 PM
For what I consider a "fast" car, I knew it was unrealistic at my age....so I have always driven a big car. I have a 1978 Town Car right now. I am looking for another car though as while I enjoy driving it, I would prefer to save the money in fuel costs and buy other things. I could buy a brand new Glock every 2 months for what I am paying in gasoline right now.

11-16-2011, 02:30 PM
My first 'car' was a 1975 Ford truck. I don't know how many times the odometer had rolled over or how many owners it had before it came to me in 1997, but it had been partially restored (new paint, straight body, 2" lift, new rims & tires, original engine, tranny, & interior). I loved that truck. If it wasn't for the absolutely awful gas milage, I'd still be driving it today.

12-18-2011, 06:28 PM
i sold my black 2003 mustang cobra convertible in jan. that car was so bad ass i still have dreams (nightmares) that i may get it back some day. super charger and 3 inch stainless exhaust...

12-18-2011, 08:17 PM
I've managed to get laid in a Chevy Chevette and a Ford Escort. Yeah, I wanted it pretty badly at the time!

That's what the cruise control is for.


You guys are a lot more dangerous than I thought.


01-15-2012, 11:32 PM
My first car was an 81 Lancia Beta. No one knew what it was.
Second car was a 71 Porsche 914. People talk about cars "handling like they are on rails", well train engineers have never seen anything like a lowered 914 on good tires.
My favorite car was a red 86 Porsche 944 turbo. I rebuilt the engine last fall. Everything from the air filter to the tail pipe was new, rebuilt and/or upgraded. They came from the factory with 217 hp at the crank. I just about doubled that. I was getting 350 at the wheels. I finished the rebuild 10/13/2011 and got rearended on the freeway 11/10/2011.
The car is totaled but the wheels, engine, and limited slip transmission is sitting in the garage waiting to go in the replacement.

The replacement is a white 1990 944 S2 Cabriolet. This one is well on it's way to being my all time favorite.

01-16-2012, 12:26 AM
'67 Chevelle SS. Nothing like it on the road.