1980 Pontiac Sunbird Hatchback – This was my first car. It cost $2,200 and I paid a little more than half of that; my folks and I had a deal that they would meet me half-way on the price of a car, but when my savings shot past $1000 they rethought their offer and said they’d match my thousand. This thing had a great stereo system, and that’s probably why I bought it. I liked this car, and have owned several other sunbirds and monzas, but it was a terrible car for me. I had to have the breaks completely redone, the motor had to be rebuilt, and it all came out of my paltry Little Caesars part-time salary. I learned about the price of insurance, gas, and maintenance. I realized the joy of going where I wanted, when I wanted. And did I mention it was a hatchback. Ah, the memories… priceless.
1973 Pontiac LeMans – This was the car my mother bought after my father passed. She drove it for a while and then sold it to my great grandmother, who drove it for a while, and then in 1985, she shold it to me for $400. This was awesome, because at 17-years old, I owned two cars. At the same time. It wasn’t a road burner, cornered like a boat, but it did have a 350 in it and was far bigger and roomier than the sunbird. You can see from that Confederate flag license plate on the front that I thought I was in the Dukes of Hazard. I tore it up pretty quickly and when the breaks went on it I sold it and the sunbird, combined the two sales with my graduation money and bought my first brand new car.
1986 Chevrolet Sprint – I bought this new from Stadium Chevrolet in the summer of 1986. I struggled a bit with the decision between this and the chevette, but the sprint was brand new and the chevette was a model on its way out. The price was the same, so I went with the newer model. This little buggy had a 3-cylinder motor, 12-inch wheels, and a 5-speed manual transmission. At this point I didn’t know how to drive stick and my mother had to drive it home for me. But I learned fast and was out cruising around in no time. Eight days later I was going way too fast through a subdivision, came across a s-curve in the road, and didn’t make the second turn. I ended up driving into the drainage ditch, rolling the car a few times, and completely wrecking it. I walked away without a scratch, despite having the windows down and the sunroof open, but the car and the lawn were wrecked. The insurance company totaled the car and somehow I even got a check out of the deal.
1980 AMC Spirit – I took my insurance money and bought this blue beauty. The body was in good shape, it had a manual 4-speed transmission, and the motor was recently rebuilt. It wasn’t my ideal car, but I liked it well enough, it was reliable, and the price was right. I drove it for five or six months and then sold it to my brother when I moved to Florida. The only real story to this one is that, this is also the car I taught my brother to drive stick in. Because that’s what big-brothers do when they want to convince their younger siblings to buy their stuff.
1976 Chevy Nova – bought in Florida, found by my grandma Betty
1978 MGB – bought in Florida
1982 Pontiac T1000
1973 Dodge Charger
1984 Bertone X1/9
1977 Volkswagon Scirocco
1980 Pontiac Sunbird Coupe
1988 Ford Taurus SHO – basically given to me by my sisters then boyfriend
1992 Buick Century Wagon – basically given to me by my friend, Joel
2003 Hyundai Elantra – new
2004 Hyundai Elantra – new
2010 Chevrolet Camaro
2012 Chevrolet Cruise LT
2013 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ
2017 Chevrolet Impala LT
I also had these, but I’m not sure exactly where they fit into the timeline.
1986 Chevrolet Cavalier – bought from Uncle Dave
I’ll add more pictures to this as I find them 😉