Sunday, November 3, 2013

My First Cars

 In 1967, on my 16th birthday, thanks to $600 in savings, a 1961 Volkswagen bug just like the one above became my first car.  It was a finicky starter on foggy mornings here on the coast, so my dad showed me how to drape a blanket over the engine at night and that worked like a charm.

The folly of purchasing a British automobile in the Hawaiian Islands still makes me shake my head at my naivete.  But yes, that's a 1961 Hillman, below,  which cost $50 on the island of Kauai in 1971.  Within days it broke down between Lihue and Waimea and remained on the side of the road for close to three months while a distributor cap was shipped in from the UK.  The part cost more than the car.   Couldn't sell it fast enough.

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And below, one of my favorite cars of all time - a 1951 Chevy sedan, purchased in 1971 on Kauai for $100, with only slightly less rust than the one shown below.  Mine was a three speed, with a white top and green body, ran like a top, great on gas, solid as a rock - a superb driving machine!

1 comment:

The Weaver of Grass said...

My first 'car' was an Austin mini van (I was a late starter to driving) bought when my son began to learn the double bass - it fitted nicely into the back of the van with no trouble at all.