Anyway, I learned to drive on a '96 red Ford Explorer which looked pretty much exactly like this one:
I learned to drive in the US, but the car was Canadian and had the speedo in KPH. The MPH was listed, but the numbers were small and vaguely spaced so my speed was always an educated guess. It was a stick-shift, and I also used it for my driver's test.
Given the size and the transmission (which at that time wasn't even working properly), I was pretty damn proud to have parallel parked it on my first go.
Better to be nouveau than never to have been riche at all.
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 8070 times:
1974 Ford station wagon.
It was a real pisser to learn to parallel park with that thing. But, as a result, now I can parallel park anything on wheels. People are surprised that I can parallel park a huge "box-type" ambulance on the first attempt.
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 8039 times:
The driver ed car at the high school was a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, not the type of family sedan one associates with drivers education.
Learned to drive at home on the 1968 International Travelall and 1966 Datsun Pickup. Wasn't real fond of taking the Datsun on 19th Ave in San Francisco and stopping at a red light going uphill with the 4 speed.
EasternSon From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 672 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7991 times:
I learned to drive in a 1986 300zx, which I bought sometime near my 16th birthday. It had an automatic transmission (a sin, I know) so I learned to drive stick in my sister's 1972 BMW 2002 and my mother's 1964 Mercedes 230.
I was really lucky to have learned in those cars. Apart from the horrible clutch on the Merc, they were all a dream to drive.
"The only people for me are the mad ones...." Jack Kerouac
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7955 times:
When I took Driver's Ed at school, it was a 1980-something Ford Crown Vic that had previously served with the Gwinnett County Police Department (The school system decided to use old county vehicles for the Driver's Ed program instead of letting local car dealers donate vehicles). Real smart, let young inexperienced drivers behind the wheel of a car with a cop motor.
The other car I learned to drive on was a 1982 Buick Regal.