First 13 Cars, 1975-2002

Hey, Duane here! My first 13 cars, 1975 to 2002. Find a pattern?
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My First 13 Cars

(1st purchased in 1975)  1971 Plymouth Barracuda, "The Pickle"

First of first 13 cars, 1971 Plymouth Barracuda
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.

(2nd purchased in 1976)  1969 Hurst/Olds

1969 Hurst/Olds
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.

(3rd purchased in 1978)  Identical-Twin 1969 Hurst/Olds

Twin 1969 Hurst/Olds
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.

(4th purchased in 1978)  1962 Triumph TR4

Triumph TR4
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.

(5th purchased in 1979)  1979 Hurst/Olds

1979 Hurst/Olds
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.

(6th purchased in 1982)  1982 Toyota Supra

Red 1982 Toyota Supra
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.

(7th purchased in 1987)  1987 Toyota Supra Turbo

White 1987 Toyota Supra
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.

(8th purchased in 1991)  1969 Cadillac Eldorado

Red 1969 Cadillac Eldorado
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.

(9th purchased in 1995)  1994 Toyota Supra Twin-Turbo

Red 1994 Toyota Supra
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.

(10th purchased in 1995)  1980 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

Blue 1980 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
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.

(11th purchased in 1996)  1993 GMC Typhoon

Black 1993 GMC Typhoon
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.

(12th purchased in 2001)  1969 Lincoln Mark III

Blue 1969 Lincoln Mark III
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.

(13th purchased in 2002)  2002 Corvette Z06

Blue 2002 Corvette Z06
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!

3 thoughts on “First 13 Cars, 1975-2002”

  1. Love this series. Will never forget the Hurst Olds, us going to lunch soon after we first met in the white Supra, or the time I was visiting Indy from Chicago and you picked me up in the blue ‘ Vette. The only car you owned I didn’t like was the Biarritz, and apparently for good reason

    1. The dark blue Biarritz was very pretty to look at. I still love the lines, and I sure was disappointed that it was not dependable. It saved me that first winter eliminating the need to drive the red Supra in snow and gave me a year to decide to replace the Biarritz with the Typhoon. I’d talk more about the Biarritz body style but such comments are delayed until later this year. Thanks for commenting and love the detailed memories!

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