I'd be willing to bet I'm the only i-club member whose first car was an Austin A40. This was in 1966, the car was a 1960 model. The A40 was a small two door hatchback, much the same size as a Civic, but powered by a 36 horsepower 848cc engine. Top speed was around 60, unless the windows or vent windows were opened which slowed it down a bit. The engine and running gear were much like that of the MG midget, including the poor Lucas electronics and the dual SU side draft carbs. As the car had bad bad ball joints which would have cost more to fix than the purchase price of the car ($125) I sold it and moved to a more powerful Renault Daupine Automatic. Luckily that car was soon "totaled" in an accident, it didn't take much to write off a $200 car.
Then came my first "sports" car - a Triumph Herald Convertible. This had a bigger engine - 1147 cc and was very fun when it was working. In the two years I owned it I replace three rear axles and had to do a ring and valve job - in the middle of a Minnesota winter in an unheated garage.
Since then I've had many more vehicles, including a few slant six Valiants, a Fiat 124, a 1970 AMX which I bought new and kept (mostly in storage) for 21 years, a couple of Datsun 510's, a BMW 325, a Turbo II RX-7, and my 98 Legacy GT wagon.
And NEVER in 35+ years of driving have I had such fun and joy in driving as I do with my new WRX wagon.
[This message has been edited by Alan (edited April 15, 2001).]