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What Was the Bestselling Car the Year You Started Driving?

There have only been seven different cars to top the annual sales charts the last 40 years. Did yours make the list?

best-selling car honda accord

The Honda Accord

Whether is was fresh off the lot or, more likely, a hand-me-down on its last legs, we all remember our first car. But were we so focused on the freedom of the open road that we failed to notice what other people were driving? What the “it” car ​​​of the time was?

Automobiles have always been a sign of their times, so even if we weren’t behind the wheel of any of these bestselling cars, their popularity says a lot about what the roadways were like when we first started to drive.

Let’s see what the bestselling car in America was the year you started driving with a trip down memory lane.

Note: The following does not include SUVs or pickup trucks, for that would be a decidedly shorter list: the Ford F-series truck has been the bestselling vehicle in the U.S. the past 40 years.

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“1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass W30” by Chad Horwedel is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

1978-1981, 1983: Oldsmobile Cutlass

General Motors scored a major win in 1978 when it released the fifth generation Cutlass Supreme. This compact model featured a smaller body than previous iterations, which proved to be a hit with consumers. The Cutlass would remain America’s bestselling car into the 1980s. In 1983, the premium Cutlass Supreme model took the top spot. 

ford escort

“1987 Ford Escort GL 4-Door” by aldenjewell is licensed under CC BY 2.0

1982, 1987-88: Ford Escort

The Ford Escort briefly interrupted the Oldsmobile Cutlass’ reign atop the sales chart in 1982. First released the year prior, the Escort experienced a quick rise to the top thanks to a fuel-efficient engine, a variety of trim packages and a reasonable price. Its success had to be a welcome surprise for Ford — and a sigh of relief — as the car was replacing the universally panned Pinto in the automaker’s lineup. The Escort regained the sales crown later in the decade thanks to updated styling and a more powerful engine.

Chevrolet Cavalier

“Chevrolet Cavalier” by Hugo-90 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

1984-85: Chevrolet Cavalier

The Chevrolet Cavalier appealed to so many people thanks to its versatility. The car was available in five body types: coupe, sedan, hatchback, wagon and convertible, making it practical for lone drivers and families alike. Add in an efficient engine and fair sticker price, and the Cavalier became the car of choice in the mid-1980s.

Chevrolet Celebrity

“1982 Chevrolet Celebrity Sedan” by aldenjewell is licensed under CC BY 2.0

1986: Chevrolet Celebrity

In somewhat of a surprise, the Cavalier was usurped from its throne in 1986 by its sister model. The Celebrity also came in various body styles, most of which offered ample cabin space for a mid-sized vehicle.

honda accord

1989-1991, 2001: Honda Accord

The Honda Accord’s ascent to the top of the sales chart at the close of the 1980s was largely symbolic of the decade’s automotive market, which saw Japanese imports carve out a significant stake. Honda’s breakthrough vehicle was popular for good reason. The Accord came with a list of available features other competitors couldn’t rival, including air conditioning, power windows and locks, alloy wheels and a sunroof.

In 1990, Honda introduced its fourth-generation Accord, turning the compact car into a mid-sized sedan. The revamp proved wise as roughly 50,000 more units were sold than in the year prior. The Accord remained incredibly popular throughout the 1990s. It further proved its staying power by regaining its status as the bestselling car of 2001.

Ford Taurus

1992-96: Ford Taurus

The Ford Taurus began an impressive five-year stretch as the most popular car in America in 1992. The right combination of comfort, safety and value provided mass appeal to the American public. Helping boost sales was a wagon model suitable for families. The car remained a bestseller even in 1996, when a highly criticized styling redesign was unveiled to the market.

toyota camry

1997-2020: Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry bumped the Ford Taurus to second place in 1997, the year that marked the beginning of the end for any competitors with eyes on the pinnacle spot. With one exception (when the Accord topped the charts in 2001), the Camry has been the bestselling car in America every year since. Much like other models in Toyota’s lineup, the Camry performs above average in just about every category, including performance, safety and, most notably, reliability. 

The car’s popularity continued to grow through the late ’90s and 2000s, peaking in 2007. While sales have decreased in recent years as SUVs and crossovers have taken over, the Camry still beats out all other competitors in its market.

Did you drive any of the cars on this list? Were they worthy of being the most popular in the country? Let us know in the comments below!

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Comments
  • Joseph d.

    Drove the Ford Taurus sister marque Mercury Sable. The car was comfortable, fuel efficient and very reliable. Not one repair in seven years of ownership.

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    • Paula D.

      You didn’t go back far enough! I started driving in 1969! At that time my mother had a 66 or 67 Plymouth Fury I.

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      • I agree. I started driving in 1969 and my dad had one of the most popular cars of the day – Ford Mustang. When I got my own car in 1970 it was a 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Red with black vinyl roof and white “leatherette” interior. It was one sharp looking car!

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    • Edward Y.

      The year was 1952. The car of interest was the 1950 and 51 ford with 2 tones of black and off green (Crestline) I had a hankering for the 1940 Ford with a souped up flat head but settled for a 1941 Ford 2 door sedan with 1949 Merc engine and a Belond equaflo dual exhaust system. GOOD TIMES!!!

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    • You did not go back far enough. I started driving in 1958, I think, and at that time my father had a swept wing Dodge, which floated around in wind and rain.

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    • Janice A.

      The Year 1963 The car a 1957 turquoise/white Ford Fairlane convertable SWEET INDEED

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      • My boyfriend had a ‘55 Chevy Bel Air in turquoise and white. It was 1957. Great fun going to the beach w a gang of kids!

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    • You didn’t go back far enough. I started driving in 1965. My mother’s 1956 Buick. The best selling car was the Ford Mustang.

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    • Took my first legal drive in 1969, in a Peugeot 404 station wagon. But I was driving in parking lots and the like, even operating the manual transmission, in the ’57 Chevy wagon, as early as 1962.

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  • John R.

    I took a chance on the first year Taurus (1986). And not just any Taurus but the MT-5. I wanted a sports sedan and got one. Five speed manual gearbox and a tweaked suspension. The MT-5 was only available with a 2.5 L engine but the gearbox ratios were so well planned it gave V6 performance. And the kicker: I put 300,000 miles on it. No lie.

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    • Was it the SHO trim of the Taurus? Definitely a sleeper with more performance than it looked like it should have.

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    • My first car was a 1937 Hudson terraplane convertible and I wish I still had it. I have had many cars since 1957, but few as memorable as that one.

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  • Charles S.

    The Toyota Camry has been above and beyond the best vehicle in my 50 years of driving. That includes owning several “luxury” models. Nothing else comes close .

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    • Maxim K.

      i have now my fifth Toyota. but 2019 has a recall on the low pressure fuel pump . did not expect this:(.

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  • Kevin F.

    You only go back to 1978?? You really don’t know your target demographic very well do you?

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    • Phil O.

      Agreed. I got my first car in 1969: a Mercury Comet. I now have a new hybrid Camry.

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    • Jeannie

      Agreed. My first car in 1969 was a Pontiac Firebird ! Awesomeness !!

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    • Andrew S.

      Hi Kevin, thanks for reaching out! Sales numbers before 1978 are not readily available so that’s the year we started the list.

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    • Dale A.

      I had my first car in the 1960s. It was a hand me down. The first car I bought with my own money was in 1972. Why didn’t you go back as far as the 1960s?

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      • My official first car was a 1965 Ford Mustang! Gold color with air vents on the sides of the fastback style. It had a 273 cube engine with four barrel carb. Best time I ever had..

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    • Sup with that. My first was my Dad’s 64 Olds Dynamic 88. Should of gone back to at least, 1960.

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    • Larry W.

      My first car I purchased was a 1968 Firebird in 1974. A large group of of Seniors are left out. You need to get your information from several sources not just one.

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    • Agreed
      My first car (used) was a 1968 Mercury Monterey which which only lasted 3 days back in 1978.

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      • 1957 Ford Fairlane convertible, first driven by me in 1960. She was my good friend for 6 more years.

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  • Elinore

    When I was 16 the car everyone was talking about was the “46” Ford. My first car was a “51” DeSoto I got in 1954.

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  • Jeff G.

    Must agree with Kevin F. Get back into the “Wayback Machine” and keeping going

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  • Peggy B.

    I agree with Kevin F. I was shocked to not see anything before 1978.

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  • Conrad M.

    Right on, Kevin F.! I started driving in 1965 and got my first car in 1969. It had a hole in the floorboards for your feet and as you drove you had to shout, “Yabba-Dabba-Doo!” Seriously, it was a Fiat 850 Spyder, which was never on anyone’s Most Popular list. But it was new, and it was mine. Googling, it appears that sales figures before 1978 aren’t readily available, at least not to me. I did find an article that said the most popular car in 1965 was the Chevy Impala. The article didn’t list 1969, but in 1970 the winner was the Ford Galaxy. https://www.motortrend.com/features/six-decades-of-best-selling-cars/

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  • 1984 picked up the 83 Cutlass Supreme fully loaded. 1st duty station Naval Air Station MS. Paid too much for her, but loved that car.
    Thanks for bringing that memory back on my birthday.

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  • Lisa W.

    Started driving on my mom’s Cutlass Supreme in 1983. Loved the smooth ride and heaviness of that car. Unfortunately it was stolen.

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  • First car I bought was a brand new 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback….yellow with a bumblebee black stripe along the sides. Great car. Those were the days !

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  • William B.

    1978? That is it!? The year I began driving is 1969. My first car was a 1969 Renault10. Obviously not popular. And, obviously, what I drove is beside the point. But really, 1978. I now drive hybrids.

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    • Vernon F.

      I am in my 6th Toyota Prius. The first 3 were hybrids, the next 3 have been plug-ins. I am now impatiently waiting for a fully electric that will meet my needs.
      The main problem up to now has been mileage limits per charge, number of charging stations and their locations, and price. Most of these things have been solved to a great extent, so now the main problem is finding the right car for me.

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  • raymond c.

    First car was a 1950 4dr Mercury with overdrive. Best car I had easy to maintain.

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  • First car I owned was Yellow 66 Chevy Chevelle Three speed shift on the column. Then in 1973 I got a Toyota Corolla.

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  • Russ C.

    My first car was a new red 1970 Plymouth Duster. Same car, now in yellow, used in that insurance commercial with the Emu. Got 250,000 miles on that car in 11 years. It was even damaged once by a rhino in Florida’s drive-thru safari park. I left the dent in it and no one ever guessed the cause. Cost me only $2,480 because I talked the salesman down $20. Great memories.

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  • STAN S.

    My first was a 1962 4 cylinder Pontiac Tempest gold convertible . Great for a 19 year old.

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  • My first car was a1966 VW Bug. Bought brand new for $1684.00. The car weighed 1684 pounds! One dollar a pound! A condition for the sale was that the salesman teach my wife to drive the stick shift. She learned quickly and drove our infant son in a baby carrier which she put behind the rear seat.

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    • Let’s here it for the VW Bug!! Our ’65 hard top Mustang (a lemon, sad to say) was traded in for a ’69 VW Bug on my birthday in 1969. The strangest sensation leaving the lot – where was the front hood!?! When I could “officially” start to drive in 1975, I was FINALLY in the driver’s seat! There is no sound like a classic VW rear-engine Beetle 🙂

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  • Judy L.

    I replied a few minutes ago that I drove an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme & was told I already replied so my comment was not submitted I DID NOT reply previously. What happened!!

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    • I think mine was a 1974 (“dark pea green”…lol) Cutlass Supreme as well! What color was yours?! BTW Judy, stop replying so much!! He he he ;>)

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  • James L.

    Jim G.
    My first car (1967) was a 1964 Chevy Biscayne- 6 Cyl, 2-speed automatic. Indestructible. Now I have a 1968 Cadillac Coupe deVille convertible. Oh, what a car!

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  • Bill G.

    I’ve been a member of AAA since 1966, the year I began driving. 55 years ago. You left out those years because? Going back to the old days might make a difference if you expect us older drivers to continue purchasing your AAA services? We may be old, but we don’t forget. lol. BTW: This was meant to be sarcastic, but honestly, the most popular car in 1966 was the car we could afford. Chevy and Ford were the cars then. I drove a 1950 Chevy Deluxe 4 door, black with AM Radio and an air conditioner that stuck out the window and was powered by the wind.

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    • Anne B.

      I agree! I got my license in the mid-60’s, where are the cars from then?!

      BTW, I learned to drive in my parents’ Ford Falcon. Back then, that was practically a subcompact. Also drove the family Fairlane when I was in college.

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  • Elizabeth

    My first car was the push button , wow I’m old, I can’t remember the name. It was pink and white and I loved it! Was 1968. I need some help here!

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    • Janice C.

      Me too Elizabeth ….. a white push button Edsel ….. not ‘pretty’, but better than learning to use a stick shift (-:

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    • Dodge Dart had a push button transmission in 1968. I believe they had that type of transmission before ‘68. My boyfriend had a black dart with that transmission and I thought it was really cool.

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    • I learned to drive on a Plymouth Valiant late 1960’s, but my first car was a hand me down 1965 Plymouth Fury. Both had push buttons and I am not talking about just the radio. My friends still talk about that. Loved both of those cars.

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    • If you mean push-button-transmission it was a Chrysler product: Chrysler, Dodge, DeSoto, or Plymouth.

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  • I bought a used early 50’s Chevy in partnership with a friend in 1957. We lived in NYC on the Lower East Side. While driving south on the NJ Turnpike going on a date, the motor blew and we were stranded. First car I owned solely was a ’58 Pontiac which I bought from a salesman who was turning it in, in 1959. That was a great car……no power steering, no radio, no A/C virtually nothing but basics in those days.

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  • Alberto C.

    I purchased my first car from Reedman’s in PA in 1980. It was a 1974 Ford Maverick, a real POS.

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  • shelly b.

    My first car, 1957 White Oldsmobile Super 88 /Coupe, was purchased in June 1963 while serving in the Army. Five months later I was deployed to Germany and so my dad sold my great car. My first new car was a 1969 Buick Skylark.

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    • My first car was a 56 Olds Super 88, blue and white. First new car 1963 Olds Cutlass convertible – loved that little car. My Mother had a 58 Plymouth Belvedere that I drove before these.

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    • Anne B.

      A Corona wagon was the first car I bought for myself – a 1973 model that I got in 1975. Great car, lots of cargo space and it was wonderful in the snow. I kept it for 10 years. The gentleman who bought it from me ( a colleague of my husband’s) had to keep it a lot longer than he’d expected to because his wife & daughter loved it so much! He finally sold it to an auto mechanic school, so it may still be out there somewhere…

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  • Debbie W.

    I got my first car at the end of the summer in 1973. I waitressed all summer to save up. A 1970 Super Beatle, it was all mine and I loved it!

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  • My first car was 1961 or 1962 (I’m not sure which)Nash Rambler when I was a sophomore in college and I drove it for 6 years. Many happy trips!

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  • scott f.

    elizabeth i believe you are talking about the rambler hotel pink with wood paneling

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  • ‘89 Honda Accord- the most perfect car I’ve ever driven. Stolen when it was 10 years old. High school friends had Cutlass Supreme- cool ride.

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  • CYNTHIA B.

    Good to see some oldies (but goodies) . I got my license in
    1953. My first fab car was a 1953 plymouth sedan. Hated it. I kept it for 2 years and then bought my dream car , A Dodge Corona with wings on the rear panels. Well wings were the in thing in the “olden days”

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  • Phillip M.

    Well my first car I drove was a Hupmobile. First car I owned was a 1953 Austin

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  • Fran M.

    Started driving in 1970 – a ’63 VW Beetle – lite green. Beetles were the thing among college freshmen at the time. I Paid $325 for the bug — used. Where did I get the money? I was a 17-year-old copy girl at the now-defunct Bridgeport (CT) Post-Telegram whose job was to run bets for the editors to the local Off-Track Betting Parlor. On one run, I decided to place a $2 bet on a horse whose name I liked. Sadly, I don’t remember the horse’s name but I do remember the nag coming in first and winning $300! Best $300 I ever earned.

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  • Agree with the above comments. The best selling car of 1974 was the Ford Pinto. I learned to drive on an automatic AMC Rebel Station Wagon. We called it my Mom’s Tank. My first car was a 1975 Ford Mustang II with manual transmission.

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  • Otto S.

    My first new car was a 1957 Chevy Belaire convertible. $2500. I should have wrapped it in plastic and stored it. It is now a classic for car buffs. However after one year all the rattles started. I traded it in for a full size 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 with a Thunderbird interseptor v8 engine. Big mistake. Was a piece of junk. Today’s cars are much better and last more than 1 year. Thanks to Toyota and the other Japan car companies.

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  • Barbara C.

    My first car was a 1967 Impala coupe. I could pass anything but the gas pumps!

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  • Wanda S.

    My first car was a 1967 Pontiac Le Mans. Red with a black top. That car was so great.

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  • William H.

    I started driving in 1951, our family’s ’49 Merc. Wonderful car!
    The first car I bought was a 1960 Hillman convertible. Perfect for my needs, and top down was magical. I sold it when I moved from Boston to Manhattan, where a car would be a parking liability and would be destroyed by the city’s streets.

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  • The best looking car in 1958 was the Chevy Impala Convertible. Got one in 1963. It had the 348 cc (Dump Truck Engine) 4 bbl carb and Turbo Fire Transmission.

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  • I must be the oldest guy reading. I got my drivers license in 1950 when I turned 16. I had to be satisfied driving my Dad’s Dodge Meadowbrook until I got my pharmacy degree in 1956 and bought a new 1956 Chevy 210 with automatic transmission and a V8 motor. Couple of years later I got picked up on the Meritt Parkway. The cop said I was doing 85, but I think it was over 90. I was late for work. At that time speeders in CT. were facing 30 to 60 day license suspensions. Had to hire a lawyer to plead my case to a lesser charge with just a fine. The real fine came when I got his bill. That’s where the big bucks went, but I did not get a license suspension and was able to continue driving to work at a more moderate speed, and get my wife from Bridgeport to Yale New Haven in the middle of the night to deliver our first son.

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  • I guess us seniors don’t count! In 1963 I got a red 1963 Chrysler 300 convertible with a white top and red leather interior and 360 HP! Also had push button transmission!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  • My first car was a brand new 1973 Plymouth Satellite Sebring – $3000. I drove it 100 miles a day round-trip to my first job. I don’t recall it ever giving me any grief.

    Some of us are old geezers!

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  • I got my license in 1959. My parents owned a1954 Ford stick shift 4 door sedan. The first car I owned was a Studebaker Lark. My first NEW car was a 66 Plymouth Valiant 2 door slant 6. My wife to be owned a 66 Pontiac Le Mans OHC 6! I would love to have the Le Mans now!!

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  • First car was a 1965 Chevy Impala SS with 205,000 miles on the 283 engine. Ran that car up to 280,000 miles before I hit a curb and broke the frame. That was the end of that. Kept the oil changed and never had a problem with it. Great car – wish I had it back.

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  • My first one in 1967 was a 1962 Austin Healy 2000 MKII.. gave it up when I went to VN cause my feance’s parents wouldn’t let her drive I.

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  • My first car was a ’65 Ford station wagon my aunt gave me because the engine was seized. My best friend had a ’69 Camaro with four on the floor and side pipes. He was hesitant when my mother wanted to take it for a spin. But of course she cut her teeth on “standard” transmissions. You should have seen his face when she took off down the street like Mario Andretti!

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  • Cynthia R.

    First car I drove was a 1950 Mercury. It was green heavy car but what power. When I graduated from college in 1960, I bought 1960 Austin Healey Sprite. It was red, I loved that car would like to drive one again. Still driving at 84and love to do so.

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  • My brother and I got our licenses in August of 1969, just before I returned to my Jr year in college. We took the test in Daddy’s Volkswagen station wagon. In 1972 my then-husband and I purchased a brand new yellow VW beetle with a loan from his father. He sold it to me afterwe divorced.

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  • Pauline J.

    Best car I bought was a Mitchubishi Lancer in 2001.It wa a 2002.Never had small problems with it ’til about 2-3 years ago.Always passed inspection.

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  • Maryellen M.

    I got my first car in 1972. It was an American Motors Ambassador. It was one of the best cars I ever had

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  • Richatrd G.

    Forget when we started driving, the 1st car I ever owned was in 1965 and it was a Silver 1959 Ford Thunderbird rag top. Cost all of $500.

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  • The first car I drove was my parents’ 1960 Studebaker Lark V8, three on the tree. When I was fifteen in 1967, I’d secretly steal it at night when the folks were away and drive around town. Never got caught. The first car I bought with my own money was a two-stroke 1960 Saab 93F in 1971. It had 110,000 miles on it and I drove it 10,000 more before selling it on — a decision I still regret.

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  • Happy to see the Baby Boomer generation represented!
    I purchased my first car right after graduating from college. It was a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T. Talk about being spoiled for life. Of course gas was cheap then so I didn’t mind driving everywhere!
    As far as a performance/muscle car, it was right up there with the best of them!

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  • My 1st car was my big sister’s Chevy II Nova Custom 2-door, light greenish tan (faded) with a light top (the custom part) radio, rubber floor mats, shift on the tree steering by “arm strong”. Think of the TV insurance ad where the teenage boy inherits his sisters car. I drove the car from from ’73 to ’80 and traded it in on a ’75 AMC Pacer (another story).

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    • Started driving in 1960, one of the best cars I had was a 1964 Ford Fairlane 2 door hardtop 289 Hi pro engine 4 on the floor with a bench seat. Real nice set of wheels.

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  • My first car was a 1965 chevy Belaire green with flat head 6 standard. One of the best cars I owned

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  • Joshua G.

    My first car was a 1928 Model A Ford Tudor sedan It was 50 years old when I made the purchase in 1978 when I was 17. I regret I sold it 20 years later to do a home remodel.

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  • I started driving in 1963. Had a red hot Ford Falcon with black interior and bucket seats. Hot! Then went on to a 1968 beige Ford Mustang. LOVED that car.
    Dated one guy with a yellow Corvette and one with a green Austen Healy Sprite.
    Since then, I’ve matured. Had a Camry for 10 years, a Mazda RX-7 for 8, and for the past two decades, two New VW Beetles. My powder blue 2010 New Beetle is purring along beautifully and still getting tons of fond glances. 🙂

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  • My first car was a 57 Williys Jeep – my second was a van – third a Volvo P-1800S – fourth was a Opel Mantra a Jeep with a plow, a International PickUp, and a GTO (all at the same time) – fifth was a custom made Checker Marathon (still had the PickUp) – sixth was a Volvo 760 4 door sedan and aChevy PickUp – then I started leasing Camrys (plus I owned 3 Volvo P-1800s, a Rambler station wagon and the Chevy Pickup). Around my 2nd Camry I got rid of the Volvos, Ramber and Pickup and had a Dogde Corronet 440, a Super Beetle and a Jeep Wranger Sport. Around my 4th Camry I got rid of the Dodge and the Beetle and got a Hyundai Accent. Right now I have a the Hyundai, a Honda Accord, a Ford Ranger, a Fox body Mustang, a 70′ MGB, a 69′ Triumph Spitfire, and a 78′ Fiat 124 Spider. I guess they didn’t know what my first car was and only knew that I had a Camry for a bunch of years.

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  • Marrone V.

    My first car was a beautiful 1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk with a 6 cylinder 185 cid engine. Had a front grill which would still be stylish today. Great car which brought kudos every time I drove it.
    Studebaker merged with Packard Motors in the mid 1950s and produced the silver and golden Hawk from 1956 to 1964.

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  • Patricia S.

    I received my license in 1969 the first car was a 1964 Mustang convertible sky blue that was my husband for five years lol I love that car I brought it up my older sister who also loved it.????????????

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  • First drove in 1970. First car was a 63 Pontiac Bonneville. Use to keep a VW Beetle in the trunk as a spare,(just kidding but heavens knows, the trunk was certainly big enough.)

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  • I started driving my dad’s 1953 dark green Ford convertible when I first got my license. As I recall, it had no power anything–brakes, steering, etc. To make a turn, you rolled down the window manually and gave hand signals. But the first car I owned was a Chevy Impala super sport 1964. Gorgeous! I think I paid around $2500, brand new. Too bad I didn’t keep it; it’s a real classic today.

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  • My first new car was a basic 1983 Plymouth Colt with no radio, a/c or any other options. My second was a 1993 Dodge Colt. Those were all I could afford at the time. In 2005, I bought a silver Honda Odyssey. There were so many on the road. A few times I couldn’t find it in parking lots and even tried to unlock a few thinking it was mine. There were so many. I put a yellow rubber duck on the antenna to help me find it.

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  • Priscilla M.

    I started driving in 1958–in my parents’ Ford station wagon. After I was married in 1966, my husband and I lived in Japan for a year, so no car (public transportation only!). When we moved back to the US and lived in Maine, we had a VW bus/van. After our first child (of two) was born in (Connecticut), we had matching black and red cars: a VW Beetle and a small VW “station wagon.” Today, at age 80, I drive a silver/grey 2021 Toyota RAV-4, the third RAV-4 I’ve owned in the past 18 years.

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  • The first car I bought was a 1960, Chevrolet , Impala, 2 door convertible in 1965. A classic in any day and age. Unfortunately, I sold it in 1968 and have regretted it ever since. I now drive a 2004 Subaru Outback wagon and a 2018 Subaru Legacy sedan. Oh how I wish I had the 1960 Impala to drive in the Spring and Fall.

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  • I bought my first car in 1954 from its original owner; it was a 1938 Chevrolet sedan and cost $75. There was a period in the “40’s” during WWII when the auto stopped producing cars while converting to military vehicles wheeled and tracked. Gasoline was rationed and rubber was not available. My first new car was a 1961 VW, it cost me $4000 when the US Army sent me to Germany in the Cold War period. I had to carry a Government requisition receipt in the event the Army needed it to evacuate family members to Atlantic ship crossing bports.

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  • Thomas C.

    Started driving in 1966. The first car I actually owned was a 1972 Mercury Comet. It had
    two doors, six cylinders, a bench seat, and a lousy fuel pump.

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  • My first car was a 1970 Duster with a 340 and 4-speed trans. I was forced to sell it due to money problems. I miss that car to this day.

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  • Michael L.

    My first car was 1964 Ford Falcon. Baby Blue. V6 on the column. My favorite car was a Ford LTD, 1978. Great car.

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  • In 1977 I paid $75 for a 1966 VW bug. It had a rusty gas tank so I fashioned my own oversized fuel filter, which needed a new paper towel every hundred miles. Drove it 25k miles during 4 years of college…. and sold it for $75! Replaced it with a VW Diesel Rabbit which I kept until my life became and unending series of Minivans!

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