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  •  I have one criteria above all (2+ / 0-)
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    Whatever it is, it must have a five speed manual transmission.  I love driving a manual.  A manual makes me feel deeply in touch with my vehicle and it does not have to be a sports car either.  My husband has a twelve year old F150 six cylinder with a manual and I drive a PT Cruiser with a manual.  

    I am absolutely amazed at how many younger people have no idea how to drive a manual transmission.  I learned to drive on a 1950's era Nash Rambler Metropolitan with three on the column.  From then on, all I ever wanted was to drive a manual, even at my advanced mature age.  

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 03:40:28 PM PST

    •  OMG, my dream car, the Nash Metropolitan. (3+ / 0-)
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      Turquoise and cream. SQUEEdorable.

      I ♥ President Obama. ~ Yes, we did. Again.
      NOW: Hands off SocSec, Medicare and Medicaid. NO Grand Bargain.
      Rich pay a bit more. DoD take a bit less. End war on Afghanistan sooner.

      by OleHippieChick on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 03:51:04 PM PST

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      •  The one I learned on was a (2+ / 0-)
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        Black and white.  Very small and very cool, despite the lack of size and power. However, it was not the coolest of color combinations for sure.  A turquoise and cream car would definitely be the color combination that was most emblematic of that era.

        "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

        by gulfgal98 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 04:06:07 PM PST

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        •  I called them the Lois Lane car. (4+ / 0-)
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          She drove one in the Superman teevee series of yore.

          I ♥ President Obama. ~ Yes, we did. Again.
          NOW: Hands off SocSec, Medicare and Medicaid. NO Grand Bargain.
          Rich pay a bit more. DoD take a bit less. End war on Afghanistan sooner.

          by OleHippieChick on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 04:12:58 PM PST

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          •  I was going to bring that up (1+ / 0-)
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            evidently the Metropolis Nash dealer was rollin' in it.  Even the Metropolis PD had a fleet of 'em.

            “Nice country you got here. Shame if something were to happen to it” --the GOP philosophy to governing as described by Paul Krugman

            by dwayne on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 04:15:52 PM PST

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