My father had a 1949, 1957 and 1972 Pontiacs. I got my first car at the age of 19, a 1954 Mercury. It was slow but I learned a lot about cars from it. My next car was a 1958 Oldsmobile, which was fast for a big car. I would always beat my friend who had a 1960 Chevy 348 three-speed car. Then I traded to a Buick Special V6 three-speed. It turned in the low 16s at 88 mph in the quarter mile. Then the guys were talking about a Pontiac LeMans with GTO options. The total price of the car was $2700, so I ordered a red fourspeed and picked up my 1964 GTO in the spring of 1964.
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