Friday, April 13, 2012

What Would Daddy Say?

Daddy was an old-fashioned, old school, all American guy...and I don't mean he was an athlete.  He didn't even watch sports.  However, he was an all American when it came to his cars.  Basically, they all came out of Detroit (or wherever GM was putting cars together).
2006 Toyota Highlander

Until this year, all my cars were GM as well.  Like father, like daughter.

It all started when I was 16.  Every kid wants a car, and I was no exception.  So Daddy bought me my first car.  It was a 16 year old's dream - a (used) 1970 Firebird.  I would be driving to school in style.

Next came a (new) Buick Skyhawk.  After about 10 years, and some problems caused by it being sideswiped in its infancy, I gave it up for a (used) Cutlass Ciera GT.  It was love at first sight... literally on the dealer's lot.  "That's my car!"

Now I was hooked on all things Oldsmobile, and when I needed a new car, I headed straight to the nearest Olds dealer.  The year was 1997 and enter a (new) Cutlass Supreme SL.  See a pattern here?  I remember calling Daddy to ask if he would like to be here when they delivered my new car.  Surprise!

1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Then a mere 12 years later, due to some inferior maintenance, it died. [sniff]

It take a while for me to choose cars, so in the meantime, hubby let me drive his.

**Now here is the real point of the story**  

All of our family's cars during my lifetime (except for a DeSoto and some other car from the 50s) had been GM.  Now I've gone and gotten a Toyota, and hubby is driving a Honda.

So, what would Daddy say?  

The answer would most likely be - "Whatever suits you."

Care to talk about your first car, or your favorite?


  1. Well, I think you're allowed to "switch teams"!!

  2. As you may remember, mine was a 1969 Camaro...dark blue with white nose stripe and white interior. It wasn't an RS or SS, but was loaded with all the gauges & trim upgrades they would've had. Obviously special ordered by original owner. Oh how I loved that car. Wish I still had it...sniff, sniff. :/

  3. Meleah- Yeah, I think it's OK. Daddy would rarely give a negative opinion, even if he didn't necessarily agree with the choice. I think he would like my car!

    Connie- I remember that car very well. It was a nice one! Those were the days, weren't they? It's funny the things we remember. My Firebird had 77,164 miles on it when I got it, and the license # was JKE212.

    I'm liking these days pretty good, too. :)

  4. Linda, I still picture you in your white Firebird. Your memory is better than mine, I only recall the personalized tag we got for my Camaro after Bobby & I were married: SWEET69. Neat how our dads got us cars that were so...US! I still to this day LOVE muscle cars. I dream of hitting the lottery and building a collection of them. When we were 16, our cars were our identity, no doubt about it. :)

  5. a beetle, of course, what else.
    Small and nippy and hard-wearing.
    I am so sad that they are no longer made.

  6. Hi Linda .. I was lucky I got a Sunbeam Alpine .. my father called it a Red Fire Engine .. he used to enjoy me driving it with the top down and he was in his bowler hat!!

    We had British cars for ages .. then my father bought a BMW, my mother a Japanese car .. and now it's whatever's around - mine is an oldish Merc inherited from my uncle .. low mileage .. and I hope will last for a long time ..

    Love the photos though .. great fun .. cheers Hilary

  7. I never did apply for my drivers license, but I first bought a Triumph Vitesse - nice and sporty, but I was told it was not a good buy so changed it for a VW Beetle. I loved it.

  8. Friko- We always have fond memories of our first cars.

    Hilary- That's quite a variety of cars. I'll have to look up a Sunbeam Alpine. Sounds like you've got a good one now.

    Babs- That makes two Beetles. A friend's mom had one.

  9. I like my toyota, it will last forever. But 12 years is awesome. You are an environmental lady! Good for you!
    Jodi Lobozzo Aman

  10. My first car was a bright orange Mazda with a rotary engine. I think it was the first model with that engine, but I could be wrong. I loved it. The first day I had it, I got in a small fender-bender, but after that we both stayed out of trouble:~)

  11. Sara, I can relate to your fender bender. I had my Skyhawk for a mere 19 days when it was sideswiped. Before we found the Firebird, Daddy had me look at an orange and black Dodge Colt-with no power anything, and I'm talking brakes and steering - not seats and windows. I learned to drive in a Pontiac Granville - the biggest car Pontiac made.


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