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1952 Willys, 1955 Ford, 1960 Corvair
My first two cars were a 1952 Willys Aero Ace and a 1955 Ford Business Coupe (looked similar to the one parked across the street in this photo). I will add pictures for these two when I locate them. In late 1959, I purchased this 1960 Corvairmy first brand new car (blue car in foreground of this photo), and I was one of the first purchasers; most people were skittish about buying such a radically different car. Corvairs were a new model, a new design, and the first compacts introduced by General Motors in response to the demand for smaller cars created by cheaper, small-car imports. Mine was actually a two-tone blue, light blue bottom and dark blue roof. It was interesting being one of the first owners of a Corvair, but it also had its challenges. One problem was that no service stations knew anything about them; only a Chevrolet dealer could diagnose and make repairs. It was a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive carthe U.S. equivalent of the popular German VW Beetle.
1963 Comet, 1963 Impala, 1971 Skylark, 1973 Grand Prix
I was in the service from 1962-1965 and still had the Corvair when I got out. It was not dependable any longer, and, being in reduced circumstances, I traded it in 1966 for a used 1963 Mercury Comet (don't think I ever took a photo of this piece of junk). In 1968, I sold the Comet to a used-car dealer, and purchased a used 1963 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport from a co-worker. I will upload a photo for this when I locate it, but I had troubles with it, too. Although it was a beautiful car, the original owner never maintained it properly, and I had one problem after another with it. I struggled along with the Impala until 1970 when I purchased a brand new 1971 Buick Skylark (will upload photo when I locate it). The Skylark was a great car, and was closer to a full-size car of 2004 than later models which were downsized. Being in better financial circumstances than previously (and than now), I decided I was not going to keep any car too long. Less than two years later, in 1972, I purchased a 1973 Pontiac Grand Prix (again, will upload a photo when I locate it). Click HERE to see the dealer's brochure that I'm offering for sale for $3.00 Brochure Sold!. My Grand Prix was probably the nicest looking car I ever owned. It was canary yellow with a dark yellow landau vinyl roof.
In 1974, I purchased a beautiful Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 4-door sedan. It was forest green with a vinyl top. This photo is from the brochure. When I find the photo of mine, I'll switch it with this one. Click HERE for the dealer's brochure that I'm offereing for sale for $10.00.
1977 Buick - Brochure Sold!
In 1976, my next choice was a Buick LeSabre Custom shown here. My car looked exactly like this one (scanned from the brochure), as I recall. Really, I have photos of all of my cars somewhere, and will replace this one, too, when I find the actual photo. Full-sized Buicks and Oldsmobiles were very comfortable cars in the 1970s, and maybe still are. Howver, I really enjoyed owning each of them. The sticker price of this car, before discount and trade-in, was $7,264.65can you imagine!? Click HERE for the dealer's brochure that I'm offereing for sale for $15.00.
1979 International Scout II - Brochures Sold!
In 1978, again despite liking the current car, I had the urge to get another vehicle. At the end of October, I purchased the International Harvester Scout II shown at left. I picked it up on a Friday evening in Frederick, MD,
towards the end of October. On Saturday morning, I left on a combination business & vacation trip. I drove from Frederick, MD, to Atlanta, GA, then to near Miami, FL and back to Lake Buena Vista, FL. From there I drove the Gulf Coast route to New Orleans, LA, then by way of Texarkana, TX/AR, to Crater of Diamonds (only diamond mine in the U.S.), near Murfreesboro, AR, and from there back to Frederick, MDa total distance of 3,500 miles in the first three weeks that I owned the vehicle! International discontinued making these vehicles part-way into the 1979 model year, and I felt fortunate to own one of the last ones made. I loved my Scout so much that when it neared my self-imposed two-year limit for a vehicle, I could not bring myself to get rid of it, and kept it until about 1990 when financial circumstances forced me to sell it. Click HERE for the two dealer's brochures that I'm offereing for sale for $15.00.
In 1983, I needed a car to relieve some of the stress on the Scout, which I'd driven over 100,000 miles. But I loved the Scout and did not trade it in. To supplement the Scout, I selected an Oldsmobile Firenza Sedan shown here. My car looked very much like this one (scanned from the brochure), except this one is the ES model. Really, I have photos of all of my cars somewhere, and will replace this one, too, when I find the actual photo. This compact, four-door sedan, had a five-speed stick shift. It was not only fun, it was a joy to drive. Click HERE for the dealer's brochure that I'm offereing for sale for $10.00.
19?? Pinto, 1983 Buick Electra, 1986 Buick Electra, 1995 Chevrolet Lumina Sedan
As mentioned above during my discussion of the Scout, I faced some financial difficulties and sold it in 1990, returning me to a one-car family after about 10-11 years. I loved the 1984 Firenza, but it, too, had to go in 1992. However, I needed some kind of car, and I got some kindan old compact Ford (no photo available), the name of which I can't even remember. Things began looking a little brighter for me in 1993, and I purchased a 1983 Buick Electra (will add photo when I find it). What a fantastic, and luxurious car! I loved it. Unfortunately, it had some 125,000 miles on it when I bought it, and a year later, with 160,000 miles, I decided I'd better get something with fewer miles. I traded it in 1994 for a 1986 Buick Electra (don't know if I have a photo of this one). Gads! What a difference three model years made! The Electra had shrunk to about 3/4 the size of the earlier Electra and, although still luxurious, it had nothing but one problem after the other. I stuck with it for one yearlong enough to pay it off, and pay all the repairs I had to pour into it, and purchased a "nearly new" 1995 Chevrolet Lumina, shown at right, (sorry, no brocure available for it because the '96s had come out, and I did get a brochure for a '96. Click HERE for the dealer's brochure that I SOLD for $10.00.) The Lumina was only about one month old when I purchased it, but it had been smashed up in the two rear fenders, and had about 2,300 miles on it. However, it now has about 125,000 miles on it, and has been one of the most dependable cars I've ever owned. The most serious problem was when the security ignition computer quit recognizing the key, but there have been no significant mechanical problems and it's required only routine maintenance. The original battery finally died on a sub-zero day in January 2007. And that's where I am as I write this in mid-2007 (the photo was taken in February 2004).
The Lumina lasted until 2009 when it needed serious repairs for undercarriage rust. I could not justify putting money into that car with close to 200,000 miles. I sold it, after a few months of trying, and bought a 1986 Lincoln Town Car with 69,000 original miles. See http://www.ardenwebsales.com/general_store/1986-lincoln-town-car.html for the Lincoln. I drove it until spring 2013 when it seriously started leaking both gas and oil. After searching I found a 2005 Mercury Sable at the local Ford dealership, traded the Lincoln in, and as of May 2013 am driving the Mercury.