Friday, January 11, 2013


I was thinking about the very first car I bought. I was 17 and my daddy told me whatever I saved, he would match it. I'm guessing he could have bought me my first used car but he wanted to teach me the importance of having to work for things and that nothing gets handed to you.
At the time I wasn't too thrilled learning THAT particular lesson of life. But I am forever grateful for how he taught.

So I scraped up 250 bucks and he matched it. I searched and searched the local Penny Saver looking for a car I could buy for a whopping 500 bucks.
Well, I found one.
It was a 1973 Ford Pinto. Unlike the one in this photo, mine was white with groovy, orange interior AND matching shag carpeting.


The '73 Pinto was also the model that if rear ended, it could explode. If daddy had known about that, I'm pretty he would have talked me out of that one.

When I got it home, I washed it inside and out. Losing a bit of the side panel due to all the rust, but I didn't care. It was my car. I even added orange pin-striping down the sides (which also held some of the rust in place) and hung up a rainbow air freshener on the rear view mirror. For the record, that d*mn rust bucket started every single time. Even outside in the dead of winter, when my daddy's brand new Chevette that sat in the garage wouldn't.
After working even harder, I upgraded to a Ford Escort. But I will always remember my little White Pinto with the groovy orange interior.

What was your first vehicle?? Inquiring minds want to know...

Happy Friday, everyone!!

:> )


Peri said...

My first vehicle was a 1958 baby blue and white Chevrolet Impala with a continental kit that my uncle sold my mother in 1966 because we didn't have a car and I had just gotten my license. I absolutely loved that car! (I recently saw the same model and it was worth way more than one might believe..unrestored!) I think Susan might have had a pinto as her first car...don't remember...
But I know you really dug that groovy orange interior! Mine was dark blue and I couldn't see over the dashboard without sitting on a pillow. (I am hopelessly short...long legs but the rest is short...sad). Ahh..I remember it well.

Primitive Stars said...

How cute was your first cute......Blessings Francine.

jennifer768 said...

Oh I remember how those Pintos rode.LOL! Thanks for sharing.Hugs,Jen

tj said...

...hee,hee I thought those Pintos were so cute! You don't see 'em even in car shows, I guess they got used up and no one kept them. Cute car Karin! :o)

...My first car was a '74 Satellite Sebring. Unlike your car that was reliable, mine wasn't. It sat at the local garage more than it did in my Mom's driveway. :o\

...How many days now 'til Stella makes her arrival? I bet you're sitting on pins & needles! ;o)

...Have a lovely weekend you two!

...Blessings. :o)

tj said...

...Oh, and my car was beige with beige interior. A real eye catcher. Not! *giggle*shrug*

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