We all have those cars we just can’t forget. No matter how terrible we learn they are, or how unattainable, or even how right we were all along, we’re still going to love them with all our hearts.
Last week, I asked y’all what cars were your first loves. I had a feeling the answers would be good, and I certainly was not disappointed. So many of you sat down at the keyboard to wax poetic about the beauties you fell head-over-heels for that I couldn’t resist compiling them into one big post.
Sit back and enjoy, Jalops. This is the start of the story of how we all got here.
Heart-Eyes for Corvettes (zero9999, BatmanBrandon, Stef Schrader)
Any car is a Jalopnik car if you love it enough!
Sweet Subaru (Jonee)
Forgotten cars need love too!
Down-to-Earth Exotics (Hello Chief Let’s Talk Why Not)
I think you made a good compromise here.
We’re All Dreamers (Forkish)
Pssst: sometimes you should meet your heroes.
Spaceship Citroën (Green Pig)
This is the kind of special kid-like wonder I wish I still felt
Bad Cars, Good Memories (Cris Collinsworth says, “Here is a guy...”)
When we’re young, it doesn’t matter if it’s terrible. We’ll still love that bad boy, anyway
Baby’s First Manual (sinisterblogger)
This is committment
Life-Changing Moments (HarkPtooie)
I love hearing stories of people falling for cars later in life!
Holiday in Suburbia (Carilloskis)
Sometimes our best loves find us in the most unexpected chassis
The Family Porsche (K-Roll-PorscheTamer)
Family passions are rare but beautiful things
Muscle Machine (Barry Land)
Take me back so I can experience this moment firsthand
Ford Fiend (Watchdevil)
This is the pinnacle of the beauty of passion
General Lee (Yes, I drive a 240… Sort of)
I think there are plenty of us (i.e. me) in the same boat
Champion at the Wheel (codfangler)
I would love to get behind the wheel of any of these cars
Silver Nights, Silverado (Carbon Fiber Sasquatch)
The magic of a new car is something you can’t deny