What’s your favorite car from the year you were born?

By Colin Wood
Sep 15, 2021 | Favorite car

Photograph Courtesy Audi

Many of us have favorite cars from our childhood, but what about from the year you were born?

Bonus points if your choice is a first-year model.

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ProDarwin MegaDork
9/15/21 8:26 a.m.

1983 was not a good year.  I guess I'll go with the Rabbit GTI?

buzzboy Dork
9/15/21 8:30 a.m.

Luckily my birth year was a fantastic year. Imma go for

Streetwiseguy MegaDork
9/15/21 8:41 a.m.

1960 has nothing I would want to own, I'm afraid.

Advan046 UltraDork
9/15/21 8:56 a.m.
Streetwiseguy said:

1960 has nothing I would want to own, I'm afraid.

Different year but same feeling. 

wvumtnbkr GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/15/21 8:57 a.m.

1980....  nuthin.

tomtomgt356 (Tommy)
tomtomgt356 (Tommy) GRM+ Memberand Reader
9/15/21 9:05 a.m.

1987 RX-7 Turbo II

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ PowerDork
9/15/21 9:07 a.m.

I'm claiming the NSX was 1989 because that's when it hit auto shows, even if you couldn't buy one until the next year:

The Original Acura NSX Still Matters

93EXCivic MegaDork
9/15/21 9:13 a.m.

1988 Ford Sierra RS500.

But I wouldn't hate a Lancia Delta HF Integrale, Skyline 2000 GTS-R, Peugeot 205 GTi or a Fiat Panda 4x4.


If I had to chose one actually available in the US, Civic Si.


Car introduced in 1988. Nissan S13

PMRacing GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
9/15/21 9:14 a.m.

Picking from Wikipedia's list of cars from my birth year, RUF SCR. 

BMW M1 would be a close 2nd then  Donkervoort S7 3rd.

But I didn't realize the Vector W2 was as old as I am!

JesseWolfe Reader
9/15/21 9:14 a.m.

1980 Mercury Cosworth Capri, technically only one was built in 1980, but still my favorite.




Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter)
Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/15/21 9:30 a.m.

My standard answer to this has always been the 1970 Mustang Boss 302:

But lately, I've been reconsidering. The 1970 Miura certainly has it's charms:

slowbird UltraDork
9/15/21 9:39 a.m.

The SVO is pretty sweet.


But regular four-eye Mustangs are also pretty cool.


But then again, the ASC Mclaren Mercury Capri was pretty awesome.


But of course, the rarest version of that would probably be the Detroit Grand Prix pace car replica edition.


Really, you can't go wrong with a foxbody from 1985. laugh

oldeskewltoy UberDork
9/15/21 9:39 a.m.

I win.........


scooterfrog Reader
9/15/21 9:45 a.m.

In reply to Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter) :

chevelle SS 1970

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 | Hemmings

or 2002

mtn MegaDork
9/15/21 9:55 a.m.

1990 for me. The only car that I'm aware of off the top of my head as a First-Year model would be the Miata - which is the model year of course, as they came out in '89. But the Miata is a pretty good choice. 


But I had some spectacular choices. Hell, there is a 1990 325i in my garage right now that would make a pretty damn good choice (side note, why do old German cars just smell better than any others?); we could do the E30 M3, the 190E 2.3-16, Acura NSX (was that a 91 model year or 90? It was available in 90), BMW 8 series... Not to mention the obvious Mustangs, Corvettes, Porsches, Firechickens, etc., that will always be cool.



iansane HalfDork
9/15/21 10:01 a.m.

Conceptually? The 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO. Awesome in it's own right, but from what I understand the basis for the f40 that came later.

In reality? My 1984 e30. It rolled off the assembly line in germany on the same day I was born. March 1st.

lateapexer Reader
9/15/21 10:02 a.m.

An underwhelming selection, Tucker or Lincoln Continental may be it.

L5wolvesf HalfDork
9/15/21 10:11 a.m.

1955 Ford Customline 4 door Buckskin / White.

I have one but it was poorly painted a different color. My father had one in 2 tone green.

The one pictured is not mine but is the same year and the original colors

clutchsmoke UltraDork
9/15/21 10:12 a.m.

FB RX-7 probably.

STM317 UberDork
9/15/21 10:24 a.m.

Toyman01 + Sized and
Toyman01 + Sized and GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/15/21 10:45 a.m.

1967 Impala SS, 427, 4 speed. 

Carol Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions

1967 Chevelle SS, 396. 

File:1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Sports Coupe (15452516841).jpg -  Wikimedia Commons

mistanfo UltraDork
9/15/21 10:51 a.m.

Produced the year I was born? The Caterham 7. First year model for the same year? Porsche 930.

ShinnyGroove (Forum Supporter)
ShinnyGroove (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
9/15/21 10:53 a.m.

There's really only one sensible answer from 1974:

I guess the VW Scirocco gets an honorary mention though.

matthewmcl HalfDork
9/15/21 10:55 a.m.

First year for Lancia Stratos

Aaron_King PowerDork
9/15/21 10:58 a.m.

I have three from 1971:

 Maserati Bora


Lotus Elan Sprint DHC


Plymouth Hemi 'cuda

MadScientistMatt UltimaDork
9/15/21 11:02 a.m.

1978 wasn't a great year for cars. The muscle cars had been replaced with "personal luxury coupes", which generally translated as heavier, uglier, and less powerful shadows of their former selves. Emissions controls and crash standards hit imported sports cars even harder; these cars had less power and less weight to begin with. The '80s would bring in cars with crash standards designed in from the get-go, and fuel injected engines that could hit emissions targets without compromising performance, but those were still on the drawing board in 1978.

With a few notable exceptions.

So I'm going to go with the BMW 633csi.

Second choice, and one that was introduced that year, would be a Mazda RX-7. The Supra was also introduced that year, but it would be another generation before it found its stride.

RaabTheSaab New Reader
9/15/21 11:04 a.m.

1987. So GNX for me. 

wspohn SuperDork
9/15/21 11:04 a.m.
oldeskewltoy said:

I win.........


Hard to argue with a GTO but I think mine is a pretty good runner up


Tom1200 SuperDork
9/15/21 11:06 a.m.

Always this.

aircooled MegaDork
9/15/21 11:08 a.m.

I bit of an obvious one for me:

Original And Rare: 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Turbo Coupe

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/15/21 11:17 a.m.

TIL aircooled is older than me. but not by much.

1966 had too much awesome, so I'm going with:

CJ (FS) GRM+ Memberand Dork
9/15/21 11:20 a.m.

Yeah, there are a few advantages to being older than dirt

See the source image

thatsnowinnebago GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
9/15/21 11:44 a.m.

I was sad about 1986, until I checked the Wikipedia page and learned that much cooler stuff than the Taurus debuted then. It's a tough choice between the E30 M3 and the Porsche 959 for me.


ShawnG UltimaDork
9/15/21 11:44 a.m.

f1carguy New Reader
9/15/21 11:55 a.m.

Best year ever!

1952 Thunderbird


Jerry PowerDork
9/15/21 12:02 p.m.

1967 was more fun than I thought.

spacecadet (Forum Supporter)
spacecadet (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
9/15/21 12:05 p.m.

1990 was a good year.

The NSX and Civic Si are both favorites.


Mr. Peabody
Mr. Peabody UltimaDork
9/15/21 12:18 p.m.

Not a great year for cars, at least in the looks department, but you could do a lot worse than this in 62

Red5 New Reader
9/15/21 12:18 p.m.

1967 Gurney Eagle- No one specified you had to be able to afford it...

APEowner GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
9/15/21 12:23 p.m.

If I had to pick just one it would probably be a 1965 maserati Tipo 151

But, the Jag E type

1965 Jaguar E type Series 1 Xke  - 18946118 - 1

The Porsche 911

Bonhams : 1965 Porsche 911 2.0-litre 'SWB' Coupé Chassis no. 302577 Engine  no. 902758

any of the Lamborghinis from that year

1965 to 1966 Lamborghini Motorcar History

Lamborghini 1965 Lamborghini | Lamborghini, Classic cars, Luxury cars

or (because I'm really a Mopar guy at heart) a Hemi Coronet

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would be welcome in my fleet.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
9/15/21 12:31 p.m.

I want to say Series 1 RX-7, because of all of the first generation RX-7s I have had, my favorite is still the S1.  We were both introduced to the world in March of 1978.




j_tso GRM+ Memberand Reader
9/15/21 12:37 p.m.

weird toss up: Ferrari 288 GTO or AE86 Corolla

One's a dream car but perfect in only certain settings, the other is fine almost everywhere else.

frenchyd UltimaDork
9/15/21 12:38 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

MGTC 1948

     Technically the XK120 was introduce at the Christmas auto show in London.  1948. 

dherr (Forum Supporter)
dherr (Forum Supporter) Dork
9/15/21 12:39 p.m.

Being old is kind of cheating.....

Jay_W SuperDork
9/15/21 12:43 p.m.

No question...

bmw88rider GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
9/15/21 12:46 p.m.

ummm....1975. About as deep in the abyss to auto manufacturing as you can get. Can I go motorcycle? 





Djtilly New Reader
9/15/21 1:04 p.m.

1959 Austin Healey 3000

Austin-Healey 3000 at 2010 Ottawa British Auto Show.jpg


outasite HalfDork
9/15/21 1:04 p.m.

In reply to L5wolvesf :

My first car but in Red/White.

trakktapedude New Reader
9/15/21 1:04 p.m.

In reply to wspohn :


That's a 250 SWB shown, but the BMW is a classic, also. 

codrus (Forum Supporter)
codrus (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/15/21 1:10 p.m.

While I have no desire to actually own one, I really like the shape of a Pantera. :)

trakktapedude New Reader
9/15/21 1:10 p.m.

1946 Alfa Romeo 158.....             yep, older than dirt!  

outasite HalfDork
9/15/21 1:11 p.m.

Not much to choose from in 1946. American manufacturers were removing WWII weapons tooling and reinstalling early 40s tooling. Europe/Asia were digging out from bombed factories.

lateapexer Reader
9/15/21 1:53 p.m.

1947 was only moderately better.

trakktapedude New Reader
9/15/21 2:10 p.m.

In reply to lateapexer :

What a difference a year makes....

Junkers New Reader
9/15/21 2:14 p.m.

Der Grosser: Because all of my favorite dictators had one or two of them.

SEADave Dork
9/15/21 2:31 p.m.

1970 Trans Am:

I think it counts as a first-year car because it was significantly revised from the 1969 model. This body style stayed in production for 12 model years.  


GM > MG New Reader
9/15/21 2:32 p.m.

Tie for 1st place:

62 Porsche 356 and/or 62 Ford Rancho

On the surface 1976 doesn't offer the most inspiring choices, but for me it is probably the 308 GTB...Second year of production, but hey, you don't get to choose when you are born! smiley

mainlandboy Reader
9/15/21 2:52 p.m.

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/15/21 2:56 p.m.

Import or domestic?


Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
Curtis73 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/15/21 3:07 p.m.

Oy... 1973.  Smog wheezer purgatory.

73 Impala Station Clamshell wagon.  Had one. 454 and A/C

No photo description available.

I was born in a year in which the AMC Matador was one of the top ten fastest cars of that year, alongside the Mercury Capri and the Fiat 124.  The year that the muscle car died.

Nicole Suddard
Nicole Suddard Marketing Coordinator
9/15/21 3:12 p.m.

I'm generally not a fan of the direction car design went in around the time I was born, so I'm going a little off the wall with my choice:

Close second is is the 1993 Ferrari 512 TR because I've never met a Pininfarina design I didn't at least like a little bit.

car39 Dork
9/15/21 3:27 p.m.

Some days, it feels like it should be this one.  Especially after a visit to the ortho doc.  I don't like to list the year, but let's just say Eisenhower was President, and this Elvis guy was doing o.k. for a young kid.

GeddesB New Reader
9/15/21 3:52 p.m.
Jay_W said:

No question...



David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/15/21 3:57 p.m.
car39 said:

Some days, it feels like it should be this one.  


dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/15/21 4:08 p.m.
APEowner said:

If I had to pick just one it would probably be a 1965 maserati Tipo 151

But, the Jag E type

1965 Jaguar E type Series 1 Xke  - 18946118 - 1

The Porsche 911

Bonhams : 1965 Porsche 911 2.0-litre 'SWB' Coupé Chassis no. 302577 Engine  no. 902758

any of the Lamborghinis from that year

1965 to 1966 Lamborghini Motorcar History

Lamborghini 1965 Lamborghini | Lamborghini, Classic cars, Luxury cars

or (because I'm really a Mopar guy at heart) a Hemi Coronet

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would be welcome in my fleet.

I will add


Grooviest Vehicles of 1965

BionicTigerShark (Forum Supporter)
BionicTigerShark (Forum Supporter) New Reader
9/15/21 4:21 p.m.

1981, so this

Meporsche New Reader
9/15/21 5:20 p.m.

1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa.  One of the most beautiful pieces of machinery in history.


1958 ferrari 250 testa rossa f3q

noddaz GRM+ Memberand UberDork
9/15/21 5:32 p.m.

Today it would be......

Drum roll please:

Studebaker Avanti!

Datsun310Guy MegaDork
9/15/21 6:54 p.m.

1962 Chevrolet Biscayne - big 409 engine and a manual tranny?

The story is a salesman checked the right boxes for his company car.  Looks frugal but moves fast and guzzles gas.  Pisses off the accountants when they review the gas receipts.   



MrFancypants Reader
9/15/21 6:59 p.m.

hunter47 Reader
9/15/21 7:00 p.m.

1998 Porsche 911 GT3. 

I don't hate the 996, I quite like the smoother lines and fried egg lights.

Porsche 911 GT3 Manual, 360hp, 1998

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/15/21 7:05 p.m.

Matt Reader
9/15/21 7:46 p.m.

all of them.

Sine_Qua_Non SuperDork
9/15/21 7:52 p.m.


Sadly out of my reach now. Got to sit in one in 2001 and it was cool. 

This is likely the only car from that year I could afford now. frown

L5wolvesf HalfDork
9/15/21 8:00 p.m.
Matt said:

all of them.

The 1970 Lada-2101

NavyNGLO New Reader
9/15/21 8:09 p.m.

1951 Nash Healey roadster. First year for us both. Much cooler than me though!

keithedwards Reader
9/15/21 8:14 p.m.

I will go with 2 cars I owned for many years

1954 Austin-Healey 100

1954 Austin Princess Vanden Plas limo

keithedwards Reader
9/15/21 8:16 p.m.

1954 Austin Princess Vanden Plas limo

wlkelley3 UberDork
9/15/21 8:37 p.m.

In reply to f1carguy :

Except that is a 1955 T-Bird, the first year of T-birds.

My choice for the year I was born.

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/15/21 10:00 p.m.


Close runner up:


9/15/21 10:05 p.m.

drock25too Reader
9/15/21 11:22 p.m.

Creative way to find out how old everyone is. 

A daily :   1962 Buick Skylark

and a weekend toy:

RichardSIA Dork
9/16/21 12:10 a.m.

1955, so almost all British, a few American, and some of the affordable Italian.
I've owned several of the more desirable models of that era in the past, kick myself several times every Sunday for letting them go.

Now that you all know my age, does anyone REALLY imagine they are going to "Reform"

Jeff Shaffer
Jeff Shaffer New Reader
9/16/21 12:16 a.m.

1983 and I happen to own the #21 car pictured

Chesterfield Reader
9/16/21 2:08 a.m.


solfly Dork
9/16/21 5:53 a.m.

Patientzero GRM+ Memberand Dork
9/16/21 7:03 a.m.

1988 Porsche 911 Turbo

1988 Porsche 911 - Turbo | Classic Driver Market

TurnerX19 UltraDork
9/16/21 7:58 a.m.

I am a 1952, so it has to be the Siata 208S 

1953 Siata 208S | Previously Sold | FISKENS

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
9/16/21 8:56 a.m.

I have been haphazardly trying to find a car from my birth year for decades. Finaly lucked out when I uncoverd the serial number on the Bugeye Sprite i am building and learned that it was a 1960.

aircooled MegaDork
9/16/21 11:15 a.m.
noddaz said:

Today it would be......

Drum roll please:

Studebaker Avanti!

Talk about a good way to create confusion as to how old you are!

Or, you could say the Checker Taxi.

keithedwards Reader
9/16/21 1:42 p.m.
aircooled said:
noddaz said:

Today it would be......

Drum roll please:

Studebaker Avanti!

Talk about a good way to create confusion as to how old you are!

Or, you could say the Checker Taxi.

In a world of 1 to 10, the vast majority are between 3 and 7, yet we tend to talk to each other like we are either 1 or 10

That looks like a '62 or '63.



914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/16/21 3:52 p.m.

Well, the 1st year Corvette is cool and all, but given a blank check I would probably come home with a 1953 MB 300s Roaster.

wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L)
wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/16/21 3:55 p.m.

Lots of em I wouldn't kick out of the garage, but today, its a 71 Miura.

But I see I'm not alone.


Porschev New Reader
9/16/21 7:30 p.m.

1963 VW Bettle. In particular, this Beetle........Herbie.

Mr_Asa PowerDork
9/16/21 7:38 p.m.

Specifically cars introduced, the Ford Ranger, or the AE86

DjGreggieP HalfDork
9/16/21 8:51 p.m.

1985, so a few 80's gems to pick from, but I'd probably go with:

The original M5 made it's debut for 1985.

Of course, I wouldn't kick another debut model out of the garage either...

nlevine (Forum Supporter)
nlevine (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Reader
9/16/21 8:53 p.m.

This will do from '65...

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