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What Was Your First Vehicle?

Don’t get me wrong, technology is great, but I sure miss some of the cars and trucks from days past. My recollections of vehicles I drove as a teenager always bring back great memories. 

My first vehicle was a 1964 Chevy Nova. You didn’t need a key to start it. Remember this was a 1964 vehicle that didn’t need a key to start the engine. Now I don’t know if this was by design by the General Motors’ engineers. In fact, most likely not. It’s not like the vehicles of today that also don’t require you use a key to start it. (Thank you, Mr FOB) No, I think this was just one of the oddities that took place with this vehicle. 

It was a three-speed on the column. It had a leaky oil pan, so I would pull into the gas station and fill up the oil and check the gas. (By the way did I say this fantabulous car set me back the sultry sum of $400.00?)

My second vehicle was a 1974 Pontiac Ventura. This was the Pontiac version of the Chevy Nova. It also was a great car. Took it on a road trip to New Mexico, survived a radiator blow-out in western Texas and limped back to Missouri with it.

Of course now days, Pontiacs are history as are the days of the American Motor Corporation/AMC (who could forget the Pacer?) and Oldsmobile. There are many more car companies and models that have dotted the highways through the years that are no longer with us.

Which one makes you stop and reflect on those great memories of youth?

A 1953 Chevrolet
Gary Shannon

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