A chronology of my life in automobiles
When you are seventy plus years old your mind becomes a repository of ancient knowledge: a walking, talking historic archive. You don’t really realize how antiquated you are until you start reminiscing.
The other day a friend and I were talking about some of the cars we could remember that are no longer around. I mentioned the Packard, Hudson Hornet, DeSoto, Studebaker, Kaiser, Henry J, Nash Rambler and Rambler American. Then I started talking about some of the cars I have actually owned – the list got long, so when I got home I decided to to write out a list in order – from my first to present.
I have owned – in order:
1. 1952 Pontiac
|I was 18|
2. 1949 Ford
3. 1951 Ford
4. 1957 Ford
5. 1956 Pontiac
6. 1949 Packard
7. 1964 Rambler American
8. 1965 Rambler Station Wagon
9. 1968 Pontiac Station Wagon
10. 1971 Mercury Station Wagon
11. 1949 Ford Pick-up
12. 1957 Ford Pick-up
13. 1976 Chevrolet 4X4 (piece of crap) Mine was red.
14. 1977 Chevrolet diesel pick-up (real piece of crap.)
|This was such a piece of crap you can't even find a picture of it on the internet.|
15. 1978 Chevrolet six calendar van (I loved it but it was a piece of crap.)
16. Unknown vintage Datsun farm truck (the biggest piece of crap I ever owned.)
17. 1976 Ford sedan
18. 1985 Toyota small Toyota Pick-up (a good vehicle)
|Me, 30 years ago|
19. 1988 Ford F-350 4X4 (crap, crap, crap.)
20. 1998 Saturn (good car)
21. 2002 GMC ¾ ton heavy duty (Still have it – love it.)
That's right: twenty-one vehicles - and hopefully not my last.
My GMC is not a green vehicle, it gets eleven miles to the gallon; but on a fixed retirement income I have choices to make - the GMC is paid for, it is a high-end vehicle, with all the bells and whistles, in excellent shape and only has 72,000 miles on it - for the amount of money I would spend on monthly payments for a green vehicle I can buy a lot of gas and it is still cheaper.
This is the hypocracy we all face; we would like to do right by the environment, and we rail against those who don't - but when push comes to shove we all do what is best in the short term for ourselves.