My first car that was my very own was a 1950 model 2 door Ford coupe that my dad bought for me when I went off to college at Nacogdoches. Up until then, I could always use the old ’52 dodge for dating, etc. while I was in high school.
Dad, as always, played a little surprise trick on me for me to get the Ford. As we were driving from Louisiana to SFA, Dad said, “I need to drive on down to Houston and see Bubba about some business.” He left me there in Nacogdoches at Shaw’s Dry Good’s Store, where I was to work. He told me he’d be back after lunch, and we’d unpack my clothes, and I’d meet my landlord. My understanding was that I would walk to work until I could afford to buy myself some type of ride. To my surprise, that evening your Uncle Bubba came driving up in that little Ford. Dad had bought it for $150 and was giving it to me for a graduation gift. Wow! It was totally unexpected….and the only stipulation was that I had to drive uncle Bubba back to Houston.
Regular gasoline only cost about 10-12 cents per gallon….very little expense for me to have that fine little automobile. I wanted to change the color from black to metallic blue, so–genius that I was–I sandpapered the black finish. Then I painted the whole car with aluminum paint, sanded that, and then ‘wiped on’ a light blue automobile paint. It was definitely different (not exactly as I’d planned, but I was still mighty proud of, it because ‘I had done it all’).
Dad loved the way it drove, stick shift and all, but he never was wild about my ‘paint job’. About a year later, he gave me a 1951 Cadillac he and mom had purchased from Mr. JD Harkrider there in Nacogdoches. Brother Harkrider was an elder in the church there where I was leading singing. I was still driving that Cadillac when your mom and I got married in 1962. We had our first date in that car August 20, 1961….interestingly at a little drive-in on the property that your brother Jon just recently purchased.
After we married and moved to Quitman in 1962, we bought our first car together, a brand new 1961 Volkswagen. We bought it from Brother Harkrider in Nacogdoches, and it cost us about $1900. That was the car we had when you were born, and you had your first ride in it coming home from the hospital. Wish I still had that car! :-))