Category Archives: First Car

Melanie’s Ford Taurus Wagon

These photos of my beautiful, silver 1987 Ford Taurus wagon feature my sister Becca, not me in the car. The stunning photo of me, pumping gas at the Broadway Shell station in Oakland, circa 1993 has been lost—hopefully only temporarily. … Continue reading

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Candace Savoie’s Mercury Meteor

The Wag. My mom originally owned my 1962 Mercury Meteor. It was white with red interior and had a “3 on the tree”. We traveled everywhere in that car…to the mountains, to the ocean and up and down the west … Continue reading

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Jenn’s ’69 MGB-GT

I loved my first car. I loved it because it was impractical and sporty and because the seller had the original catalogue showing golfers in knickers putting their clubs in the hatch back. My first car was a pale yellow … Continue reading

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Andrew Walker’s Triumph TR6

The 1972 Triumph GT6 was my first real car. I say, “real” because it was the first car that I bought with my own money and for which I was completely responsible. Up until I bought this car I was … Continue reading

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Adriana Estrada’ Toyota Corolla Liftback

In 1981, I thought I was getting a car for Christmas. During the prior 2 weeks, I had noticed my parents speaking in hushed tones (something they never did) and giving each other sly, knowing smiles (another thing they never … Continue reading

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Hisao Yatsuhashi’s Aged V

The Aged V: A Brief History On the surface it was an unassuming economy car—another metal box on wheels anonymously cruising the streets of Massachusetts. This soulless vessel would prove to be more than a way to get from here … Continue reading

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Ted Widmer’s Buick Skylark

I bought my 1966 Buick Skylark for a grand total of $300 cash the week I graduated from college, June 1984. It was by far the biggest withdrawal I had ever made from my bank account and put a major … Continue reading

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Chris’ VW Bug

During Reagan’s second administration I listened to a lot of the Grateful Dead to escape the horrors of 80’s popular culture. I became obsessed with owning an old Volkswagen, so much so that I carried a toy bug to school … Continue reading

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John Graham’s First Car was an Art Car

To most people, my first car was as mundane as they come: a 1969 Toyota Corolla station wagon. While it was the first Toyota made in America (with 30 million sold worldwide) and the most popular car line in history, … Continue reading

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Teabiscuit

She was named after that old horse in the cartoons that was always at the back of the pack in the race, bow–backed, buck–toothed, and coughing up a storm. I think Porky Pig was at the rails, ripping his betting … Continue reading

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