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My uncle sold me my first car for $10.00;  his girlfriend didn't like sliding over after the passenger door was smashed by someone backing out of a driveway.  The price was the cost of two concert tickets, and everybody was cool with me having a car, I just needed to get that pesky license!  Imagine giving me insurance and plates when I didn't have permission from NYS to drive!

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1962 Buick Special Skylark

This 1962 Buick Skylark Special Coupe resembles my Bee-Bee!

My first car (Bee-Bee, I called her) didn't look at all like this beauty (above).  She was two-tone, baby blue with a white hard top.  The passenger door was crunched and wouldn't open.  She was rusty all around, and I had contact paper folded over her fenders where they met the hood to keep water from splashing the windshield every time I went through a puddle.

But, oooooh, she was nice to drive!  She had the most luxurious interior available, and under the hood, there was a four barrel carburetor on an aluminum block engine!

Bee-Bee could fly!  She was small and light due to all the metal being rusted away and that aluminum engine, and she could take that hearty leaded gasoline of the time and turn it into wings.

Now, when a car is that rusty, you just put up with some of the problems, like, say, when the left front wheel fell off crossing the railroad tracks.  The guy who towed her was supposed to inspect the other ball joint, too, and since he didn't, and the other front wheel fell off pulling into a driveway, he ended up giving me a free tow and a discount.

This is almost like the luxury package in Bee-Bee!
Her speedometer went up to 120 mph.  And I knew a place where no cops could hide for a mile or more on the expressway.  I took her up over 100 mph, and I still had pedal to push, but you know, she was shaking pretty bad, (all that rust again?) and I really didn't want my car to disintegrate at 100 mph.  So I backed off the pedal and found a place to turn around and go home.

I had to replace my Bee-Bee when I could no longer get brake parts for her, and my dad talked me into a 1965 Impala.  That is another story.

What do you remember about your first car?

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