Back to first cars. My very first vehicle was a 1951 Dodge 1 ton. It is very likely the ugliest vehicle Dodge ever built. When I was twelve I was looking at a Hot Rod magazine full of 1950's trucks that had been redone. You know the ones...short boxes and flames and chrome. My grandfather saw the magazine and, "I have an old truck just like that and you can have it."
He meant this old Dodge and knew it, but it would have been rude not to take it. I got it running a couple of times after that and I learned a lot about taking things apart and not being able to put them back together and I almost drove over my brother once, but I never really got it road ready.
The last time I saw it, that truck was parked in a field with a tree growing through it. My mother recently sold all of the junked vehicles and farm equipment in that field for scrap.
The first vehicle I bought and actually drove was a 1967 Comet Caliente with a high performance 289 and a Holley 4 barrel. I paid $400 for it, put on some fat tires and Crager SS mag wheels and was ready to roll.
The car had a radio, and holes had been cut for speakers in the back deck, but the speakers were missing so there was no sound. Fortunately we were at the drive-in and noticed that there were lots of speakers there so, reasoning that the place was never full and was closing at the end of the season anyway, we took a couple of them.
The speakers sounded like crap, but I got many compliments on them because people assumed they were some retro design or something.