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Question of the Day: What Was Your Ridiculous Pre-Teen Car Crush?

Question of the Day: What Was Your Ridiculous Pre-Teen Car Crush?

I was cruising down the road yesterday minding my own business and silently cursing the eco-douche in front of me in the hybrid when my eyes caught one of the weirder things I have seen in a while. There to the left of me was a mid-1980s Lamborghini Countach sitting in the parking lot of a shabby apartment building. It was full-on arrest me red and my cynical New Englander self immediately though that it was some sort of Fiero conversion or something along those lines. When I saw the large by huge rear rubber on the car, my heart skipped a beat because that little tid-bit confirmed that it was a real-deal car.

I went into full zombie mode and recklessly made a 90-degree left hand turn across several lanes of traffic as to not miss the parking lot entrance. I cruised in and slowly drove past the Lambo, looking at all those crazy angles and planes on the car, smirking at the wing, and openly smiling when looking at the massive 345/45/15 rear tires. I didn’t snap any photos or even get out of my car because this wasn’t the normal spot to see such a car and I wasn’t going to seek out trouble.

Seeing the Countach brought me right back to being a kid in the 1980s and longing for one. These cars spent years being parodies of themselves, but I think the pendulum has swung back to the cool side. If you grew up in the 1980s, you wanted one of these cars. There was nothing like it in the world. It could go 200mph and looked like some sort of Earth-bound space ship. I’ve always loved American muscle cars and big trucks, but that Lambo was the first car I remember seeing a photo of as a kid and thinking, “Holy Sh$t!” It kept me up at night.

So that’s my first¬†ridiculous car crush story, what is yours?

Question of the Day: What was your first crazy pre-teen car crush?


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16 thoughts on “Question of the Day: What Was Your Ridiculous Pre-Teen Car Crush?

  1. Enginerd

    I had the poster of the bright yellow Lamborghini Diablo on the wall. To a little kid it looked like every part was designed to go fast.

    Video games solidified that, Need for Speed had a yellow Lamborghini SV that became my go to. Something about that vintage of car….

    Lambo used to make cars for 8 year old boys…

  2. 75Duster

    My first car crush was a Lemon Twist Yellow 1970 Plymouth Superbird that my brother and I had seen in a strip mall parking lot leaving the dentist office. I still want a Lemon Twist 1970 Superbird to this day.

  3. jerry z

    My neighbor had a 63 1/2 427 R-code Galaxie. They lived 3 houses down the street. Him and his son used to have burnout contests in front of their house at night. The sound of open exhaust resonating thru the neighborhood was music to my ears! I was 20 yrs and the car just sat in the driveway for a number of years but would not sell to me! I offered him more than what he eventually sold the car. I’m still traumatized to this day.

    1. Burnerj303

      I’ve been on the other side of a story like that. I had a 1971 c-10 with a built 454, baby blue with a white top, weld pro stars, etc. I’d always be doin dumb stuff with it, like having a truck pull in my driveway on my daughter’s birthday, driving to the store in reverse he whole way, lots of burnouts, you knew my house by all the rubber on ground. Some kid down the street really really wanted my truck, would ask to buy it all the time, offer me huge sums of money etc. I was financially secure at the time and had no interest to sell, I loved that truck too. He even brought an envelope ful of cash once, alot more than my truck was worth. Never sold it to him. Later on, life happens, had to sell the truck, sold it for about half of what was in that envelope. Like you, I bet he still thinks about it, and hates my guts.

  4. thefatguy

    that countach is the same for me–think cannonball run,
    farrah fawcett & adrienne barbeau, and a high speed chase
    outrunning the highway patrol through the desert…..

    1. Whelk

      Loved that scene. Used to rewatch the opening scene of Cannonball Run 2 as a pick-me-up sometimes.

  5. Burnerj303

    I remember going to a book fair when I was in 3rd grade and seeing a poster for a lotus esprit. I thought it was one of the coolest cars I’d ever seen and bought the poster. It hung on my door until mid teens when it got ripped off from a scuffle with stepdad. I still have a soft spot for them. I’d like one exactly like James may had on Top Gear Argentina special, wheels and all.

  6. Bob

    I am right there with you on the Countach! I had a poster of one and also a 911 Porsche with the big whales tail spoiler on my wall as a kid.

  7. VRMN8R

    A dropped , chopped full fendered Deuce roadster with a blown 392 Hemi
    with 4 two barrels on top . The driver stopped to talk to one of my neighbours , a friend of his . That car and Ron Grabowskis’ T bucket .

  8. Greg Rourke

    1960 Ranchero gasser. The first car I ever saw go down a dragstrip. 75-80 Drag-O-Way in Maryland.

  9. Gump

    Original Power Wagon far before I got into fast cars. Then it turned into the first gen Viper GTS.

  10. Anthony Catalanotto

    67 GTO or 69 Charger R/T . Yeah, still waiting. Had those iron on t shirts of both and any Monogram or MPC model available.

  11. Brad Fuhrmann

    My dad\’s 1977 Ford F-250 Highboy with a 466, he would do burnouts for minutes on end in front of our house. He told me that we would restore it for me to drive to prom, but he sold it for a camper. When my parents weren\’t home I would start the truck and just rev it to listen to the exhaust cackle and the motor scream for fun.

  12. Ratty

    Brian I am happy to admit that is THE exact car that I had a teen (not pre-teen) car crush on as well, and STILL do today. As old as that car is, it came out when I was in high school in 1974, it still looks as awesomely cool and futuristic today as it did 43 years ago… If I win the lottery, that is one of the cars I would immediately get my hands on for my collection.

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