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As a follow-on to the discussion of cars you might have had, how about listing the cars you grew up with, i.e. the cars your parents had while you were growing up...

Here's my list, beginning with the set of cars my parents had after coming to the US in 1964:

1954 Chevrolet sedan (first car they got upon arriving in 1964)
1960 Plymouth Valiant
1960 Plymouth Valiant station wagon (car they had when I was born in 1967)
1964 Chevrolet Impala station wagon (other car they had when I was born)
1969 Chevrolet Kingswood station wagon
1972 Volkswagen Beetle (had for only a few months--my mom saw one crunched on the freeway and freaked out) :eek:
1972 Plymouth Valiant Duster
1974 Dodge Coronet station wagon
1976 Ford Granada Ghia (ultimately became my first car)
1978 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Estate station wagon
1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
1985 Chrysler Fifth Avenue
1988 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency (ultimately gave it to my in-laws, who still have it, last car before I got married and moved out)
1993 Lexus ES300 (not counting the short fling with the VW, the first and last import they ever owned) :p
1998 Chevrolet Astro conversion (still have)
2001 Cadillac DeVille (still have)
2001 Buick Century (still have)

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Where did you come into the picture relative to that list? i.e. what cars did your parents have when you were born?

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I don't recall my parents cars, it was the auto shows in the late sixties and early seventies that had the big impact and what I remember most about growing up with cars. As a young boy I recall the muscle car era all to well. Watching the Mopars, Chevies and Fords cruise around was an awesome experience. Although I didn't get my drivers license till 75 my friends owned cars such as early 70's Type LT Camaro, another in a 66 327 Beaumont ...another in a early 70's Challenger 440. Later I had to catch up with them in my 69 Impala but those were the days. Wasn't uncommon to see all that HP in one driveway when we got together, I'm sure there are many that can relate to this...and for those who can't, well I guess you just had to be there.

Maybe I am a little too sentimental with that era but it was a great time, gobs of HP and cubic inch. Perhaps that is why I smirk at those single exhaust fart-can mufflers with the gawdy wing on the backend but hey, I am getting use to it. After all what has the young crowd to start with nowadays.

My 32 Coupe of days gone can see the nose of the impala sticking

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Ok, here we go:

1938 Oldsmobile
1950 Chevrolet 150
1952 Chevrolet 210
1957 Plymouth Belvedere (yes, Christine)
1961 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport
1964 Chevrolet Impala Sedan
1965 Chevrolet Impala Coupe
1970 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 (eventually became mine)
1971 Toyota Corona
1974 Toyota Corolla 1600
1975 GMC Sierra Grande 1500
1976 Chevrolet Nova
1979 Chevrolet Impala Custom
1980 Caprice Classic
1984 Volkswagen Jetta Turbodiesel
1986 Volkswagen Jetta Turbodiesel
1992 Buick LeSabre Limited
1998 Saturn SC2

I'm not telling where I came in. :rolleyes:

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Hmmmm, from first to present.

1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe (black)
1991 Chevroelt Lumina Euro Coupe (garden red)
1993 Chevrolet Lumina Euro 3.4 Sedan (black)
1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z-34 (black)
1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Sedan (black)
1999 GMC Sierra SLT Extended Cab Z-71 (black)
2002 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi (black)
2003 Chevrolet Silverado LT Ext. Cab Z-71 (black)
2004 Chevrolet Silverado LT 1500 Crew Cab Z-71 (black)
2004 Pontiac Bonneville GXP (liquid silver)

Thats my short list.

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I wonder if I can get this right...
1974 Pontiac LeMans
1976 Pontiac Bonneville
1978 Pontiac Firebird
1981 Pontiac Phoenix
1985 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham
1991 Saturn SL2
1994 Jaguar XJ6
1995 Mercedes C280
1996 Pontiac Grand Am SE
1998 Saturn SL2
2000 Saab 9-5 Aero

I know there was a Nova in the 1970s, but I don't remember the model year.

Right now... family is discussing next cars. CTS, STS, E320, XJ8 have been discussed. My next car is an XLR.... a few years down the road. :D

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Damn: (except for coolcaddy)-- look at all the Pontiacs! Here's some more:

With help from his dad, my Dad got his first car in '62~
>> 1962 Biscayne 2-dr sedan (I-6 PowerGlide): was so "dangerously" slow that Gramps traded the 'cayne in on his '66 Pontiac, and instead gave Dad his:

>> 1963 Pontiac Catalina 4-dr sedan (389, RHM)
I was brought home from the hospital in this coke-bottle beaut in '66. Got T-boned in '69. I do not remember this car.

>> 1970 Catalina 4-dr sedan (400, THM): Childhood memories of peering over Dad's shoulder at night to see the red Indian head high-beam indicator. Remember this one well. Traded in '81 for a mitsu colt- what a mistake!

>> 1972 Chevy Nova 4-dr (307, TH350): bought used, sold circa '78. Not much recollection of this one.

>> 1977 Pontiac Catalina Safari (301, TH250): not sold 'til '95 & 135K trouble-free miles. Wagon did a lot of hauling. The family truckster. Borrowed it over the winter of '93-4 for one last lengthy goodbye. Miss her.

>> 1981 Dodge (mitsubishi) Colt: (not much, who cares): POS that exploded at 73K.

I was away at college from '84-89, so the '92 Olds Cutlass Ciera (used) and the '90 & '96 LeSabres Dad had after the above I didn't 'live' with.

But I myself promptly focused not on '70s cars, but on '60s cars, tho I have no real childhood experience with any. I've owned 7 '64-66 full-size Pontiacs. As the years pass however, I inch backwards in focus; having already delved deep in the '50s, my current focus tends to center in the '40s. I think that will forever be my prime interest: '40s & '50s cars.

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1954 Chevy 4-dr
1962 Chevy Belair wagon - 283 Powerglide (still in the grove on the farm, minus the 283)
1963 Chevy Corvair 4-dr - Powerglide (still in the grove on the farm, minus the engine
1967 Chevy Belair 4-dr - 250 L6, 3-on-the-tree
1968 Chevy Belair 4-dr - 250 L6, 3-on-the-tree
1974 Chevy Impala 4-dr - 350, no air
1979 Chevy Impala 4-dr - 305 (still in the shed, guess we should haul some of these away)
2000 Chevy Impala - 3400

1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 Chevy 2WD pickups - all 250 L6, 3-on-the-tree, we had a star mail route and put on 60,000 miles a year, truck must be available 6 days a week, 52 weeks a year, so Dad traded about every year to avoid problems.

1982 Chevy pickup - 305 ESC, 4-speed O/D manual - Dad's only V8 truck!
1984 Chevy pickup - 250 L6, 3-on-the-tree, Dad's gone, Mom goes back to tradition, 243,000 miles when she traded it.
1989 Chevy pickup - 4.3 V6/auto, Mom still has, retired mail truck with 218,000 miles.

1963 Jeep FC-150 - I drove this to school when I was 15.

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good topic! my dad was a body-repair man, and always got a kick out of limping old beaters along. usually had a decent family vehicle, but loved his $200 specials. there are what i can recall from my youth (in no particular order):

1980's lada sedan
1985 toyota tercel wagon
1986 chevrolet caprice classic sedan
1975 buick electra
1970's (early) buick (actually i think he had a couple different ones)
1988 chevrolet caprice wagon
1986 mustang cobra GT
1983 oldsmobile firenza
1981 mercury capri
1987 plymouth reliant
1950's mercury meteor (chopped and lowered... gorgeous car)
1960's ford thunderbird
1988 ford F-150
1976 AMC pacer
1985 mustang GT
1992 ford aerostar
1995 ford aerostar
1991 plymouth sundance
1985 chevrolet chevette
1985 chevrolet celebrity
1940's mercury 700 (flat-bed dump truck)
1969 pontiac GTO (project... never finished)
1929 dodge coupe with full-size 1985 olds frame & engine (also never finished)

these are all within the past 20 years! i'm hoping to match dad's record... he'd be so proud of my 1980 spirit!

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mom and stepdad had a different set of vehicles:

1984 pontiac firebird
1982 datsun pick-up
1986 pontiac trans am
1979 lada niva
1986 ford bronco II
1987 buick riviera
1982 chevrolet malibu
1985 chevrolet blazer
1988 chevrolet silverado (C/K back then, right?)
1985 plymouth turismo
1992 chevrolet tracker (still humming at 340+ kms!)
1992 pontiac grand am (the reason i love GM today!)
1995 VW passat
1988 ford tempo
1995 chevrolet tracker
2002 dodge dakota quad-cab
2003 pontiac grand am

i've been surrounded by cars my whole life. s'why i love them so much!

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Originally posted by LakeMichigan@Sep 7 2004, 03:47 PM
paul, a Lada? THat's cool!!!!!!!!
2 lada's actually! dad had the little sedan thingy, and stepdad had a niva 4x4. that thing would go anywhere! i'll buy one someday for sure.

some of you guys remember some amazing details about your cars! very cool! can't beat a trip down memory lane!

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Originally posted by paul8488@Sep 7 2004, 03:38 PM
1988 chevrolet silverado (C/K back then, right?)
Yup, they were C/K trucks then, although when they were introduced in '88, they stuck they put the Cheyenne name on them just like they put the Silverado name on the current ones. It didn't stick as well though.

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mom never drove til she met dad, and dad had a motorcycle the whole time til they wed. After that he had a skylar I believe, then a crap load of statoin wagons (thats when the kids came :p) followed by an 88 suburban, an 85 dodge lancer and a 98 cav. I came into the pic in 1983 sporting the old skool shaggin wagon

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Originally posted by Jenny@Sep 7 2004, 03:55 PM
mom never drove til she met dad, and dad had a motorcycle the whole time til they wed. After that he had a skylar I believe, then a crap load of statoin wagons (thats when the kids came :p) followed by an 88 suburban, an 85 dodge lancer and a 98 cav. I came into the pic in 1983 sporting the old skool shaggin wagon
hmmm... wonder what role the "shaggin' wagon" played in your coming to be. did your parents perhaps purchase said vehicle 9 months before you arrived?!? :lol:

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Originally posted by paul8488+Sep 7 2004, 03:56 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (paul8488 @ Sep 7 2004, 03:56 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Jenny@Sep 7 2004, 03:55 PM
mom never drove til she met dad, and dad had a motorcycle the whole time til they wed. After that he had a skylar I believe, then a crap load of statoin wagons (thats when the kids came :p) followed by an 88 suburban, an 85 dodge lancer and a 98 cav. I came into the pic in 1983 sporting the old skool shaggin wagon
hmmm... wonder what role the "shaggin' wagon" played in your coming to be. did your parents perhaps purchase said vehicle 9 months before you arrived?!? :lol: [/b][/quote]
I really wouldnt doubt it....

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Originally posted by marinerbc@Sep 6 2004, 11:43 PM
Ok, here we go:

1957 Plymouth Belvedere (yes, Christine)
DUDE, I've got a red and white 1958 two door hardtop Belvedere!!! Same year and colors as Christine. Fell in love with that car when I saw it in that movie. Mine's got the Golden Commando 350 dual quad beast hooked up to the three speed pushbutton (!) TorqueFlite. Nice to see others have had the pleasure of being around the Forward Look

Ok, my parents had these during the course of my upbringing:

1969 AMC AMX
1976 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
1980 Buick Skylark
1983 Pontiac Trans Am
1984 Plymouth Voyager
1987 Acura Integra
1988 Pontiac Bonneville SSE
1991 Mitsubishi Eclipse Turbo AWD
1991 Cadillac DeVille Touring Sedan
1991 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1
1995 Mercedes-Benz C280
1997 Toyota Celica Convertible
1998 Dodge Durango
2002 Audi A4

It's quite the Hodgepodge. The best ones were the ZR-1, the Beetle, the Bonneville, and the AMX.

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77 GMC sierra (3 on the tree) 4x4
81 (i think) caprice station wagon (one of those diesel lemons)
84 Dodge Caravan (lemon, of course)
88 Mazda 626 (notice the switch to ***anese cars after the caravan and caprice diesel)

89 Ford Taurus Station Wagon (a move back to american cars)
93 Toyota Camry (great car)
95 Chevrolet Silverado (my personal driver right now)
98 Toyota Camry (lemon)

I now have the 95 silverado as a hand down, and a loaded 2004 Mazda 6 as my personal vehicle.

My parents now drive a Trailblazer and, from my personal advice, a Malibu Maxx

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The first car I can remember is the 1974 green Monte Carlo (I was born in 1976). My dad had a 1965? Pontiac Starcheif when I was very young, but I don't remember that car. In fact, I managed to drive the Monte Carlo through the garage door at the tender age of 3! I don't remember, but my mother reminds me often. My mother had gone back into the house for a moment and I somehow managed to get the car from park into drive and that tank rolled right through the garage door.
From there the list is as follows (These are parent's cars only):
1979 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
1972 Volkswagen Bettle
1985 Nissan Sentra
1987 Nissan Sentra (This would later be my first car)
1992 Nissan Hardbody King Cab Pick up
1995 Pontiac Grand Prix
2000 Chevrolet Malibu
2001 Pontiac Grand Am

I began driving in 1992 and my list is:
1987 Nissan Sentra
1993 GMC Sonoma
1998 Chevrolet Camaro
2003 Chevrolet S10
2004 Pontiac GTO

What the heck, while I'm at it... my oldest sisters list:
1974 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
1983 Toyota Tercel
1986 Toyota Corolla
1994 Saturn SL1
2005???? She's in the market.

Sister #2...:
1972 Volkswagen Beetle
1986 Subaru GL
1991 Toyota Celica (The car I learned to drive in... brand new!)
1996 Chevrolet Blazer
2003 Ford Expedition
She's wanting to get out of that behemoth..

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My family immigrated to America during the eighties, so, my list is small I guess.

1970's Volkswagen Van - My uncles used to drive it around. I remember seeing it abandoned in someone else's back yard years later.

1970's Ford pickup - My dad's old car for work. People would pull over to avoid the annoying height of the headlights.

1984 Ford E-150? - Family van. Water leaked through a side window when my dad was washing it one day.

1978 Ford Thunderbird - Family car. Got pulled over many times driving around in it.

1988 GMC Sierra 2500 HD - New family car, and our first GM. Used for heavy farm work. It was a hard worked. Never had serious problems. We all loved it so much

1990 Plymouth Minivan - My mom's personal vehicle to work. It was a good vehicle to haul people in. It finally broke down three years later.

1991 Toyota 4Runner V6 - My mom's new car. She wanted an Explorer, but soon changed her mind, THANK GOD! We still have this car today. My brother drives it to school. It has heavy oil leakage.

2000 Chevy Astro - We traded our beloved Sierra for this van because after we sold our farm, we guessed we wouldn't need a truck. We were wrong.

We started a new business, and there were jobs needing to be done around and on our house. Our dry cleaning business sometimes required a big vehicle to carry large objects.

2003 Chevy Silverado 1500 (or Z71, there were no decals on the truck at the time of purchase) - Our new truck. It is the nicest looking vehicle we have ever owned. It also gets the best mileage, about an average of 20 mpg. I just hope that we keep this for more than our Sierra, which we had for fourteen years, getting over 300,000 miles on it.

There is my list.

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I know my dad had a Ford Fairlane, and a Pontiac Catalina, but I can't remember the years. Also, lots of trucks. Here's the cars I was around for though.

1963 Rambler Classic

1978 (I think) Olds 98 - It had a huge engine in it too, so it might be earlier than that. Very fast car actually, my dad utterly destroyed my bro's Tbird with a 351 Cleaveland in a race. Unfortunately, it got into a big accident, leading to...

1979 Olds 88 - Green on Green and crap all around.

1982 AMC Concord

1985 Ford F-150

1997 Ford F-150

1998 Ford Windstar

There's also a large number of grain trucks in there.
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