What Car Made You Fall in Love With Cars?

1966_Toronado

Do you remember your first car love?

The car that made me fall in love with cars was the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado. I was just a clueless pre-teen when my dad brought home the rusty old car on a flatbed trailer. Little did I know it then, but that car would change the directory of my car-loving life.

Over the next couple of years we worked together to bring that beat-up old car back to life. It received an engine rebuild on the 425-cubic-inch V8, a new paint job, and a new interior. When finished, the car looked like it could have rolled off the Oldsmobile assembly line just days earlier.

That old Toronado taught me that cars can be so much more than simple transportation. They can actually develop personalities and grow up with a person while helping a father and son build a deeper relationship.

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What’s Your Favorite American Classic Car?

1968 Mercury Cougar

I can remember tumbling around on the floor of the Cougar.

I couldn’t have been more than 3 years old, but I remember looking up at my dad from the floorboard below the passenger seat of his 1968 Mercury Cougar. All I knew back then was that the car went fast, was loud and made my dad happy.

I don’t know if I fell off the passenger seat or if my dad had me ride down there on purpose, but I remember laughing and loving every minute of it.

Unfortunately, I never got to fully appreciate the car, because my mom “suggested” that my dad sell it so they could have a more comfortable and practical family vehicle.

That’s a shame, because that ’68 had a 428-cubic-inch 390-hp 4-barrel V8, which certainly explains my inability to stay still on the floor or planted in the seat.

It’s also why the 1968 Cougar is the American classic I’d buy right now if I could.

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