something like that, on my grandfather's lap at about 8
first thing I drove alone was also that at about 11 or 12
first car in the sense of the word was one of these
minus wheelchair conversion
I remember being about 13 when my dad took me to the local high school parking lot on a Sunday night and handed me the keys to our old '88 Cutlass Ciera. Even though I didn't even touch the gas (I idled around the lot for an hour ) it was a very enjoyable time in my life. Here's a stock photo (just about the same as our old car):
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we had 3 of these in a row...
my mom tought me how to drive when i was 17... (to get ready for the lessons when turning 18)
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I don't remember which of these happened first, but my Dad took me to an empty shopping center parking lot with our 69/70 Charger project car when I was 13 or so and let me drive it around the lot a few times. That was my introduction to the worthlessness that is 4 wheel drum brakes. Another time, when I was around the same age, my Mom took me to the very same parking lot and let me drive the 88 Toyota Cressida around the lot a few times.
Had to wait till I had a license... no driving at an early age for me.
...really wish I had a better picture of that car... I had driven it down dirt roads the day I took that picture with the worst digital camera ever produced. (Kodak easy-share 3Mpixel from like 1999-2000)
Modified by Live-Wire at 8:16 PM 12-19-2009
Ford Sierra XR4x4. Around a car park. Aged 14. I used to wash cars at a used dealership when I was a kid every Saturday...one day we finished early and the owner let me have a quick spin, so that's my first driving experience...that Kent V6 sounded bloody awesome. Manual of course, no point learning on auto rubbish...
First car I ever drove on the road was a 1999 Vauxhall Corsa IIRC, like everyone who learned with BSM...
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I don't have a pic but, it was similar to this dune buggy. pre -67 shortened pan with a bone stock single port 1200 and roller gas pedal. It was also what I learned to drive stick on. After that I graduated to a SBC 4spd El Camino which was a completely different experience.
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The most influential car of my childhood is probably that of my uncles 930 Turbo, or his E30 M3. The first car ever driven by me, on my own, was my dads 1971 Corvette LT1 at age 11-12. I learned to drive stick in it, and do massive burnouts.
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my first car bought, was at age 15 1/2. A 85 pontiac fiero gt with a ppg metallic orange glow paintjob, ferrari f40 rep wheels, full exhaust w/ no cats, koni shocks/springs, custom sway bars, polyurethane bushings, 4 spd manual with a fake gated shifter, and a pontiac grand prix v6 instead of the stock v6,ect ,ect ,ect. Car was bought for $3k, handled amazing, went like stink to 100mph, after 100 the headlights would pop up on their own and slow you down lol. Amazing first car. haha.
hooked on euro's at age 3-ish here:
age 11-12ish here (first car ever driven on my own, first manual gearbox as well)
my car at age 15 1/2:
current (24 y/o):
2010 CC Sport 6spd - Daily
E30 325is - track projekt
In this color too, but a convertible. This was around 2000 - I was 12. I got to drive down my grandfather's driveway - which is around 9 miles.
Modified by A Gruesome Time at 5:25 PM 12-19-2009
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maybe <?> joyriding my mom's Rambler...
...but my bro-in-law taught me to drive in hilly NE Georgia in one of these the summer i was 14:
sadly neither pic actual cars: '69 Rambler American (AT, white); '78 Corona (5M, choc.brown)
My great uncle let me cruise up and down the neighborhood streets in his 1992 Caddy STS. The year they came out, he bought a Seville and an Eldorado. Later he bought a new Olds Aurora, and let me drive that too.
Not his actual car, but similar:
S2000 • TSX
First car I drove by myself was a Chevy cargo van at age 14. My dad bought it from someone at work and we had it a few years. No side windows, empty in the back, yeah Free Candy!!! We got a rear bench seat at a tag sale, but never bolted it down, so if you took off too fast up a hill the seat would toppled backwards. Safety FTW!
Similar to this color, slightly newer.
auto: - 98 Chevy Astro AWD - 00 New Beetle GLS - 79 lincoln continental -
moto: - 71 CB500 - 09 KLX250SF - 06 Yamaha TTR50
I was 6. I climbed in the driver's window while my mom was warming it up (my sister was SUPPOSED to be watching me). I put it in D and drove over my best friend's bike, through a neighbor's fence and hit their deck.
Legit first car:
Identical to this but sedan. At least it was a manual.
(my mom had terrible taste in cars during my lifetime, still does)
Dodge Grand Caravan SE.
Like this, but green.
I spent a good portion of my childhood with it and was kind of sad to see it go this year
Carried a lot of sentimental value.
My sister thought it would be fun to let me to drive her '56 bug when I was twelve years old.
She didn't think it was so much fun when I started sneaking it out on my own later that year
It was just like this, only in black:
My dad let me drive this around the parking lot after a cross country practice once so I could try driving a stick shift. I stalled about five times, but it was my first time driving a car, so I was glad it wasn't the minivan.
First I ever drove was my moms 1988 Toyota Pickup SR5. She bought it brand new. I drove it when I was about 8. I was tall for my age, and with the seat all the way up I could touch the pedals. I loved that truck, it was a big part of my childhood.