Two cars come to mind: my 1995 Mitsubishi Galant - not because it was fearsome (4 cyl stick - was fairly frisky, though) but because after years of driving minivans, it was my first non-soccer-mom car, so I was THRILLED with it....LOL!
And as someone else mentioned, I REALLY miss my '06 Wrangler. It went to fun places no car could get to - made a great toad; but the doorsills were too high for my elderly dog to jump over, and I can't possibly leave my best traveling buddy behind....
If I could pick just one, I guess it would have to be the 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T. It was the first NEW car I ever owned.
But then, there was the 1941 Buick Special...
Or the 1952 Kaiser Manhattan...
Or the 1963 Corvair Spyder...
Ah, there were SO many...
And, so many memories!
CM1, USN (RET)
2002 Fleetwood Southwind 32V, Ford V10
Toad: 2006 Jeep Rubicon LJ
Other toad: '06 PT Cruiser, Kar Kaddy dolly
Toy: 1977 Dodge W100 CC SWB, 3/4 ton axles & springs
"When seconds count, help is only minutes away!"
Golly just one? I'm not sure. I had a 68 Impala when I was a teen. Love to have one of them again. But, mine was a 4 door with a 307 and 3 on the tree. Now I want a 2 door with a 350 4 speed. At least, or maybe a big block.
My parent's had a 1969 Impala bought new with the 396 Rat motor, THM 400 transmission and 12 bolt axle....they bought it new for towing their trailer(s).
My '74 Dodge Colt. I got it as my first car just after one of those Arab oil crises. The dealer had picked up a bunch thinking folks would want small, economical cars, but as soon as the oil flowed freely (and cheaply), folks wouldn't touch his batch of small cars. If I could have bought 4 and stored 3 in some sort of stasis, I could give them to my 3 kids as their first cars. It was cheap, easy to drive, got great mpg, and it was not that fast, so as a teen, I could not get in much trouble for it (no sense in racing it). My mechanic friend said because it was so simple to work on, it actually made a great Baja 500 car (with some work on the suspension).
Laugh all you want, but I'd love to have my first car back. 1979 Ford Thunderbird. I bought it used in the summer of 86 before my Soph year in high school.
I wouldn't laugh. Those were good ones. I think that was the best selling car in 79 if I'm not mistaken. I still have a 81 t-bird in the garage. But, the 80-82 models did not sell well and were not very popular
First choice was my 1969 Ford LTD 2-door hardtop with a 429, 4 barrel V8 @ 360 Hp, C6 transmission and a 3.83 positive lock rear end. Car was equipped with the trailer towing package that included HD radiator, HD alternator, HD suspension. HD sway bar, and HD shocks. Purchased new.
Second choice my current 1970 Chevelle 2-door hardtop, SS396, 4 barrel rated at 350 Hp. Red with large black stripes on hood and trunk. Purchased used in May 2010.
Believe it or not, the Ford LTD would have left the Chevelle in the dust.
Loved every Ford pickup truck (3) that I have owned.