I have long been attached to my cars, and every one of them carries memories. My first was a '67 Camaro, purchased when I graduated from college and had my first teaching job. I was pretty proud of that car! It was new and cool and, because 1967 was the first year they were made, the very latest thing. Oh, it was far from perfect. Living in Michigan meant that the car needed to be undercoated; the stuff was called Ziebart, and it smelled terrible. It protected cars from the road salt during winter, but it quickly dispatched with that new car smell. The car eventually developed carburetor problems that were a little scary; the car kept bumping and shaking for a few seconds after I turned the engine off, and when the noise stopped there was a poof and a sigh. Then the back window frame completely rusted, and the window was in danger of falling in. I sold it for junk back in the early seventies. I know that restored Camaros can be worth something. This one wasn't worth saving, bless its little heart!
In the years that followed I had a Ford Falcon, Chevette, Lincoln Continental, Honda Accord, Buick Skylark, Buick Regal, Jeep Cherokee, Blazer, two PT Cruisers, Chevy HHR, and now - see above photo- my new Kia Soul that I purchased just yesterday. We decided to keep the HHR because it's such a great little hauler and is still in really good shape even though it has 123K miles on it. Vic's been through his share of cars as well. A couple of regrets, though --- we sold our '66 Mustang convertible and bought the Buick Skylark which was eventually completely ruined in an accident, and we sold our '74 Corvette (beautiful yellow convertible!) when we decided to buy a boat.
I already love my little Soul! I usually name my cars; Vic says I treat them like pets, and he is absolutely right. My Jeep Cherokee was "Beatrice." I started using the name "Skippy" with my first PT Cruiser. So this new Kia is simply Skippy in a new suit, and he retains his sparkling personality! Silly? Sure. But why not? No one can never accuse me of not having a good time!
cool Kia Soul Commercial