I bought my first car from Abe in 1985. After several years of driving the family vehicles, which included a Dodge Dart and a massive station wagon (think the Family Truckster in Metallic Pea from the movie Vacation), I bit the bullet and bought a tiny Dodge Colt from Abe. It was about seven years old, had a stick shift and cost about $900. I didn't know how to drive a stick, and I can remember stalling it on the East Beltline driving to work one cold and snowy day in March.
Hey. If you are gonna learn, you might as well learn as a bunch of pissed off Grand Rapids drivers are flying by you.
|My old Colt looked just like this one.
Then I got done with my first year at CMU, packed up my stuff and drove back to Grand Rapids. I pulled into the driveway at 2355 Rosewood, and I heard a massive CLUNK. The wheel well rusted out and the entire front end caved in. I couldn't believe it. We drove it to a couple of mechanics, and they just shrugged and said they couldn't fix it, and it was too dangerous to drive.
So my dad and I towed it to junkyard off of US 131 in Walker, a northern Grand Rapids suburb. The owner gave me $20 and hubcabs for the family station wagon. Twenty freaking dollars! I had just moved in with five buddies to a big house at Sigsbee and Giddings near Eastown. I bought a case of beer, and we sat on the porch, and they watched me cry.
I learned my lesson with my car, so I bought a nice Schwinn bike instead and I rode it the next two years of college. When I graduated, I bought a new Ford Festiva. It was just as tiny as the Colt. I had a friend install a stereo system and I thought I was hot stuff.
After that, it was Jeeps and Hondas, then two Impalas, and now we are back to a Jeep. We are a one-vehicle family. But .... if there are any old Colts out there ....
I'm sure you have stores about your first car!