The Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival is this weekend, and it has us thinking about cars -- specifically, the first ones we owned.
Thanks to David Jennings of Lady's Island who shared the story of his 1964 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk III:
"My first car was a 1964 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk III. It started out hiding in a garage in my college town of Annapolis, Md., because we weren't supposed to have cars until our senior year and I was a junior.
"My only modification was the installation of an 8-track music player (remember those?). Between my beautiful green sports car and the 8-track, life was good!
"After college, this little car took me across country to my first job. It made the trip just fine, but I couldn't have had much room for my personal possessions.
"I remember that putting on the top was interesting. The frame pieces in the trunk had to be assembled, and then the cloth top was unrolled and snapped on to the car. If it started raining, you were going to get wet during this operation.
"I eventually traded it in on a brand-new Ford Cortina, which was a good car but nowhere near as much fun as the Sprite."