Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #12

Today's car picture is something a little different. It's not really a super car, or a muscle car, or even much of a classic.


That's a 1984 Supra, but I was really looking for the 1983 Celica. That's the first standard transmission I ever drove, so it was a bit of an impression on me. The standard Celica wasn't really much of a sports car, it just had two doors and a five-speed, but to a 16 year old kid who was used to four door Buicks with squishy mid-80s GM automatic transmissions, it was as good as a Ferrari.

A friend of my dad's had one and let me borrow it when he traveled on business one week. I left behind the Buick Century that belonged to my mom, and for an entire week I got to cruise around in - at the time, for me - the coolest sports car on the block. Oh, sure, it wasn't as fast as my buddy's Trans Am, but it was nimble and responsive. Plus, being a Toyota, it actually started every time...

Then Dad's friend returned and I had to give it back. The Buick just never looked the same after that, and I soon got a truck to tool around in (and that hasn't changed in over 25 years now). I still have a fond spot for the early 1980s Celicas, and if I hit the lottery I'd love to find one and restore it just because.

What borrowed car do you remember from your youth?

That is all.

10 comments:

Laura said...

mmmmmm, Celica.

i love the first gen - the one that looked like a mini-mustang. and i have a bit of a crush on the last generation of the Alltrak. mmmmmmmmturboAWD. drool.

i never had a chance to borrow neat cars when i was younger. still miss my little 1.6L 95 Corolla, though. slow as hell but it cornered well for having crap tires and a stock suspension.

Dave H said...

Nobody I knew had a car I could borrow. (Or wanted to borrow. My best friend in high school had a Maverick, and I hated that thing.) I learned to drive a stick in Dad's hand-me-down Vega. A few years later after I was married we bought a red Pinto with a 4-speed and I taught my wife to drive that. I think that's the car I remember most fondly.

Mopar said...

I had an older friend who had a rather impressive car collection. In exchange for doing some work on them and keeping them washed and waxed, he often let my friends and I (all car guys) borrow them. Well, at one point I had some major mechanical issue with my vehicle (I think I needed to build a new engine) and he let me use his 1967 Lincoln convertible for a few weeks. Baby blue, white top and interior, power everything, and the suicide doors. Not my usual type of ride, but it sure got attention all the same. Hardly a day went by when someone didn't pull up to me and offer to buy it.

Another frequent loaner was a 1959 Thunderbird convertible (almost all his cars were drop tops) that we dubbed "Fishface" (If you look at the front of one you will understand why!) and we would often cruise Hylan Boulevard on Staten Island (Hylan Blvd in the 80s and 90s at least was like something right out of American Graffiti) or Seaside Heights, NJ in Fishface.

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libertyman said...

I was asked to get a Jaguar XK-120 for sale for my friend Sandy's dad when I was in high school. Boy did that car sound nice! I drove it for several weeks and I should have bought it, but who had as much as the $800 it sold for?

Scott_S said...

I have never borrowed a car (other than for training purposes from the parents) But....

I loaned my 93 Rx-7 R1 to a friend in the army while I was on an FTX. I got a phone call at 2am telling me that he had loaned it to another guy and that it had been wrecked. Only got the insurance money - I hated those guys for the rest of my time in the army. No charges were ever filed because we were gearing up for what would soon become the invasion of Iraq in 2003. (this was in 2002)

Jennifer said...

Ah yes. First stick shift that was mine was 1983 Datsun 280zx. I still miss that car. One of these days, I'll have another.
It was quite a change from the 1993 Ford Taurus and the 1986 Thunderbird I'd had before.

Maureen Williams said...

Jennifer beat me. My cousin had a black 5-speed 300zx back in the late 80s. I begged her to teach me to drive it. She refused. Wonder why? I still have never gotten the hang of a standard. I feel so deprived.

thesouthtexaspistolero said...

Ninth-generation Ford Thunderbird. My dad found one of those for my aunt (I think it was an '87 model), and I'd take it for a spin every so often before she came to pick it up. I have quite fond memories of blasting down certain backroads at quite-north-of-legal speeds that would give my folks a heart attack if they only knew...

Ed said...

My first experiences with standard transmissions were a 9 passenger '65 VW bus, a 2 passenger '64 Ford van and a 2 passenger '64 Chevrolet van (not the Corsair variant), all around 1971-1972. If you could get those three pigs to move then you could drive anything.

my best "borrowed" experience was my friend's 1969 Dodge Charger with the 383 Hemi engine and automatic transmission. He let me take control of it on a drive up I-93 in New Hampshire. It was amazing how quickly and smoothly that car could go from 75 mph to 125 mph.

The strangest controls were on an early '60's Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth that a girlfriend's father let me use that had a push button auto transmission, with a lever to put it between in gear and park. That man had three daughters and he was really happy that she was no longer dating her previous boyfriend, who never got to borrow that car.

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