Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Clap on, clap off.

Seems I have surprisingly few pictures of my cars with their lights on.  That’s Carmi’s theme for the week – “Lights on”.

But here is the first brand new car I ever owned.

A 1979 Mazda GLC (Great Little Car) I bought for $4,500.

It came with nice rims, a 5-speed manual transmission, cassette player, roof rack and a rear window defrogger.  Air conditioning was an option I passed up, power windows and door locks weren’t even offered.

I did have a lights-on picture of my 1989 Nissan Hardbody pickup.  On a trip down to Moab, the transmission went out, every gear except 4th.  Fortunately it was 4WD, because I had to drive it home from Price, Utah by starting out in 4-low and shifting into 2WD while moving as fast as I could get it going. 110 miles (177km), up one canyon and down another, fortunately all on the highway.  Didn’t stop once until I got to Salt Lake City.

And finally, one of Old Blue, my ‘69 Ford LTD 4 door hardtop.

Check out other lights-on photos at Carmi’s:


Lisa Shafer said...

I like Old Blue. :)
I think it's my favorite of your cars. It just looks friendly.

Max Sartin said...

One of my favorites too. And now I've got the money to fix the brakes and get it back on the road again.

Karen S. said...

A fine collection of lights on! My favorite, (did you name it?) is the Mazda. I had a 1982 3 dr (Hatch-back) door Mazda GLC, absolutely loved that car. My mother had to borrow it once, she feared it wouldn't have enough engine for her merging onto the freeway, but it surprised her!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Utah and no air conditioning?

I don't know how you did it, Max!

Bob Scotney said...

We had a 1995 Mazda MX3 which was my wife's favourite. She was heart broken when they stopped making the model.
Now I have to say I don't like driving at night and headlights on any car get to me.
But you do need those lights on.

Max Sartin said...

ifthethunderdontgetya... drive fast and keep the windows down.

Lisa Shafer said...

4-40 AC. Four windows down, going 40 miles an hour.
Been there, done that.

Carmi said...

My first car was a well-used '82 GLC Sport. It was manual everything - I even learned how to drive stick on it. I loved that car...it had a sunroof, a lovely stereo and a ginormous hatch to swallow my bike. Every car I've owned since has been a hatchback, too.

I still remember that car fondly, as it was the first car my then-girlfriend/now-wife drove. Took us to some amazing places. Happy sigh.

Thanks for the wonderful memories.