Saturday, August 20, 2016


 50 Pontiac: like my first car

Nan, All The Good Names Were Taken, recently wrote a 4 a.m. blog of rambling thoughts.   I often do the same, but more often wake up at 4 a.m. and just lay in bed and think random thoughts and later try to recover them.  We are kindred spirits there.

In one of her bullets she talked about buying a car and driving it until it falls apart.   In other words, she pays off a car and gets her money’s worth by keeping it.  

I wish I could say the same.
Since 1958 (my first car) I have owned 24 automobiles (not counting motorcycles.)   I carried a car payment from 1960 until 1991 when I finally paid off a vehicle – by then I was married to my wife.  It seems ridiculous when I now think about it, but cars were my addiction.  

In 2013 we traded our GMC pick-up that got 10 miles to the gallon for a Toyota RAV-4.   At that time, we purchased the 10-year warranty.   Toyotas last forever and we plan to keep this vehicle at least until the end of the warranty – actually we only drive about eight-thousand miles a year so we think the vehicle can outlast us – at least me anyway.  
Think of the money I have paid out to finance companies and banks on car payments.

1.     50 Pontiac
2.     49 Ford
3.     56 Ford
4.     52 Pontiac
5.     51 Ford
6.     62 Rambler wagon
7.     62 Rambler sports
8.     63 Chevrolet Corvair
9.     49 Packard
10.     62 Pontiac station wagon
11.     57 Dodge 4x4 truck
12.     69 Mercury station wagon
13.     52 Dodge pick-up
14.     76 Chevrolet 4x4 truck
15.     78 Chevrolet diesel truck
16.      80 Chevrolet van
17.      68 Dotson pick-up
18.      72 Ford car
19.      84 Toyota 4x4 pick-up
20.      86 Ford 1 ton 4x4 (paid off in 1991)
21.      96 Saturn (paid off)
22.       02 GMC ¾ ton 4x4 (paid off)
23.       12 Toyota RAV-4
24.       98 Four Winds motorhome (paid off)

the Ol’Buzzard


  1. my first car was a 1959 Bonny...took me a year to learn how to parallel park that bastard.


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