Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cars - 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History #3

In 1972 I got my first job and bought my first car. It was a used 1967 Chevelle Malibu and I loved it. For some reason I don't have a single picture of that car but it looked like the blue one in the picture below except that it was pale green. 

'67 Chevelle Malibu vs. Chevelle

Photo courtesy of aresauburn™'s photostream at Flickr

I only had that Malibu for a little over a year. Not because there were problems with it but because a man in his late 70's ran a stop sign and totaled it. His excuse for running the stop sign was that his glasses fogged up and he couldn't see. So I guess he thought hitting the gas instead of the brake was the thing to do in that situation because he came flying out of a side street and I didn't even see him coming. Of the four people in the two vehicles (two in each), he was the only one not hurt. Luckily no one was seriously injured although at times my left knee might disagree with that almost 40 years later.

I can't remember how much I paid for that car but I think it was a little over $1,000. I do remember that the brand new 1974 Malibu that replaced it was $3,500. Over the years I've had several other cars but I've never loved another one. 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History is a series of weekly blogging prompts created by Amy Coffin of The We Tree Genealogy Blog to encourage researchers to write about their own lives. Details can be found at GeneaBloggers


  1. I hope nobody was seriously injured. Thanks for sharing your memories.

  2. That is a crying shame. I believe Man and I had a similar car. I sometimes cannot remember the year, I'll have to ask him. :-)

  3. Looks like a great car - shame the old buffer didn't pull over to clean his glasses :-( Jo

  4. First matter what they were...probably great memories (well except the old geezer smashing it)My car turned out to be a good one.