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What do you remember about your very first car?
by Canvas • September 19, 2018

Working at Canvas is pretty awesome. And, since we’re in the mobility space, we have some real car lovers at the office. We can’t help but wonder what cars our teammates drove as youngsters.


So, Canvas, what was your first car?


• The mercury tracer was the first car I drove. This photo is of me saying goodbye after the engine blew at 175k.



• That actually makes me think of a funny story. On the morning of my 16th birthday, I took my driving test (in my hand-me-down, candy- apple-red Pontiac Grand AM). After barely passing, I insisted on driving home — only to be pulled over for speeding. Luckily, my new driver’s license had my birthdate on it, and the officer let me off the hook with a warning.


• My first car was an ‘88 Toyota Celica. We were born the same year. It broke down 4 times in 12 months, but it was only $1500!


• My first car was a two door Jeep Wrangler. I had a mini one as a kid, and it had always been my dream to have one as my first car. My “real” Jeep was burgundy and none of the doors would lock because it was salvaged from a wreck. It had a hard top, so I built a pulley system in our garage that would remove the roof. It was a lot of fun, and I managed to only accidentally knock down one road sign during my time with my Jeep!



• My first car was a silver 2000 Honda Civic Ex Coupe. I loved that car because of how “zippy” it was, the gauge cluster was modded with blue/green backlights. Whenever I drove it, I felt like I was in Fast and Furious. Even today, I still get sentimental when I see one on the road.


• My first car was a 1994 Acura Integra RS that I bought from my uncle for $500. It was more than a car to me – It gave me life skills and many unforgettable memories. Because the Integra was such a common and popular car in the import scene, part availability and resources were endless. I learned how to do everything on this car: paint and body, electrical, mechanical – you name it. As cliché as it sounds, my first car allowed me to shape who I am today because it sparked my interest and passion for cars. It allowed me to live by the motto: “Learn by doing.”



• My first car was a 1997 Green Explorer XLT. It was an awesome car that all three kids in my family drove. We called it the Exploder because we thought it sounded cool.


• Our family had a black, ‘96 Jeep Grand Cherokee that we called Black Beauty. It was my older brother’s first car then mine - with a key fob that opened all but the driver’s door, interior lights that chose to work when they wanted, a fender that looked like it was struck multiple times with a battering ram, and cloth seats so worn-in they hugged you upon sitting… it earned its nickname.