Hey, Duane here! My first 13 cars, 1975 to 2002. Find a pattern?
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My First 13 Cars
Turning 16, I purchased my first car, nicknamed “The Pickle” by my sister. My driving style did not match well with the stripped-down Barracuda.
Fifteen months later, I bought this Hurst/Olds in Detroit and drove it home. It replaced "The Pickle" and possessed more power than most high school kids should have access to.
Now in college, I loved my Hurst/Olds so much that I purchased an identical-twin found in Florida. In much nicer condition and featuring factory air conditioning, it was worth keeping for 20 years.
Soon thereafter, I purchased this cheap “bad-weather” car so my pristine Hurst/Olds could remain garaged. This Triumph had been modified with 350CI V8 engine and automatic transmission. It was scary fast and had no heater.
Before my junior year in college, I rationalized that the new 1979 Hurst/Olds was attainable if I sold the Triumph and worked summers and school breaks to cover the payments. It felt like an adult car, and I kept it through graduation.
My new car after college, this fun-to-drive Supra combined sports car looks and acceptable practicality with fold-down rear seats and a usable hatchback. It was a great companion to my 1969 Hurst/Olds.
I traded my original Supra for this new turbocharged model offering modern looks and a significant power increase while maintaining much of the Supra's practicality.
This beauty best viewed from a distance was my first Cadillac. Owned for less than a year, it matched my toy Eldorado from childhood and temporarily satisfied my desire for older luxury cars while owning the Supra and Hurst/Olds.
This next generation Supra was noticeably faster and much more expensive. Trading my white Supra, I purchased this new model in red, unsold from the previous year, to afford the payments. Then it got stuck in two-inch snow.
Purchased from a friend, this was my bad-weather car since the Supra had an aversion to snow. Unfortunately, this Cadillac's high-mileage made it far too unreliable to own more than a year.
The Typhoon was a perfect replacement for the Biarritz and a great companion for the twin-turbo Supra and Hurst/Olds. It combined AWD with sensory turbocharged performance while transporting four people. I kept it for years.
A beautiful car, but sadly one that I eventually liked looking at more than driving. Too many unexpected problems with this Lincoln meant it was not a keeper.
This might have been a BMW M Coupe, but the new Corvette Z06 was faster and far more sensory. Definitely my style, it was a great companion to the Supra and Typhoon.
See a Pattern?
All two-door vehicles. All distinctive. All fast or elegant.
What Came Next?
In early 2002, garage space was the issue. I owned the Typhoon, Supra, Corvette, and Lincoln Mark III. Next Sunday, see how I resolved the garage issue and what I spontaneously purchased soon thereafter. Thanks, and always drive with allure!