The year was 1971 we were 16 years old when my Dad bought my twin brother and I our first car to share. It was a 1962 Mercury Comet. I think he paid $100 for it. Well it wasn't long before my twin and I were fighting over the usage. My brother started dating a girl with a nice Mustang. Of course she let my twin drive the Mustang any time he needed too. At last ! I was free to use the Comet any time I wanted. Back then we didn't think to much of a 1962 Comet, but hey it was a ride. I put on leave spring risers, a Thrush muffler, crome wheel lug nuts, painted the rims and put a racing stripe on the hood. Now at least it stood out amoung the other Comets. MY GOSH! What was I thinking?
A year later I bought a fancier used 1963 Corvair. Wow what a fun car! I think by then I was smart enough to learn that as long as I was able to do most of the up-keep and maintenance myself on an older vehicle that I wouldn't have to finance a large amount of money to keep me on the road.
I have been buying older cars ever since. Going through the years I have had many different older vehicles. To name a few, a 1969 Caddilac Coupe Deville convertable, a 1968 Buick Electra 225, a 1970 Chevy 350 step-side Pick-up, a 1971 Dodge Dart. Recently I sold my 1985 BMW 325e. I am now driving a 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300E.
Through the years I have saved on insurance, taxes, registration and interest rates.
And I can't count how many times people have stopped me to ask about the cars I've owned and give me compliments. I loved all those old cars just like an old pair of favorite slippers.
And just for the record...all the cars since my 1962 Mercury Comet haven't had to go through the embarressment I put my first car through.
Drive With a Smile!