My first car was a hand-me-down Oldsmobile Cutlas Sierra from the early 1980s. It was a boat and I was still driving it when Oldsmobile stopped being not only my father’s Oldsmobile (which the car once was) but a company at all. It had air conditioning (sort of) and four doors and was an automatic, which are all things my parents usually do not get in cars. You had to start it just right or the engine would flood and then you’d have to wait for it to unflood before trying again. I mostly used to to drive my sister to her lessons (which is why my mom agitated for me to finally get my license). After I went off to college, my sister took charge of it, which is why she also considers it to have been her first car.
This is such an American question :-)
#2’s was a 4-door Saturn (remember those?) named Oobleck. She ran a little hot so you had to watch out if you drove home from college and then got stuck in traffic after driving for a few hours. She was also whatever color they had on hand, which was something dumb like “champagne”. My father helped me with financing and I paid him back over several years. I got the car when I was 18 because I was working as a “floater” for a bank– the person who replaced other people when they went on vacation. Therefore I had to be in weird and far-flung suburban locations that changed daily or weekly. She was recent enough to have driver’s-side airbag and anti-lock brakes, but I’m old enough that I had to remember not to pump on them manually. Good ol’ Oobleck lasted until past the point where I was living with my partner, and when she broke down too much to fix, I donated her to charity and had them haul it away.
What was your first car?