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What’s The First Car You Were Obsessed With?

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CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.

It all starts somewhere. This hobby, or as some may call it, a sickness. Our obsession with cars usually begins when we get infatuated with one particular model, then it branches out from there. Tell us about the car started your enthusiasm for speed.

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For me, it was soon after I bought my first car, which was a 1991 Chevy Lumina that was purchased from my uncle for about $2,000. It wasn’t cool or fancy, but it was cheap, reliable and it better than taking a bicycle. I remember I was about 17 and needed to get something minor repaired, so I took it to the local Chevy dealer. While I was in the waiting room I spotted it: the brochure from a 1998 Chevy Camaro SS.

It was black, with red letters that meant SUPER SPORT. The car looked mean and serious. Ignorant as a teen, the brochure told me that under the hood was a V8 motor that made way more power than the V6 in my Lumina. I had to have one.

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Obviously, I knew that I could not afford a new Camaro, but when the time came in college for me to use some inheritance money to upgrade the Lumina, there was only one used car on my shopping list: a V8 Camaro with a manual transmission. During this time I looked down on anything imported or that wasn’t GM muscle car. There was no replacement for displacement, as they say.

Of course, reality kicked in when I attempted to buy a used V8 Camaro as a 19-year-old kid from New Jersey and I got an insurance quote that was more expensive than the payments. I ended up with a Honda Prelude that was down four-cylinders on the Chevy, but that car taught me to be open-minded on what really makes a car fun—and it led me down my current path.

But it was that obsession with the Camaro that made me care about what car I drove. What’s your story?

Tom is a contributing writer for Jalopnik and runs AutomatchConsulting.com. He saves people money and takes the hassle out of buying or leasing a car. (Facebook.com/AutomatchConsulting)

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