This reader shows us the best $800 he ever spent.
I am a 17 year old senior at Central Florida. I got into cars when I was 4 years old. Starting out with toys, then later with Need for Speed until I ended up becoming obsessed. My first (and current) car is a 1983 BMW 320i that I bought myself last January for $800. I bought it because it fit my requirements for a first car. It had to be old, broken, 5 speed, and something you don't see all the time. It has a 1.8l 4cyl with a top speed of "105" and "100lb-ft torque" and "101hp" (supposedly). It's definitely not perfect and I constantly get teased about its lack of "power and speed" but I can truly call it mine.
I bought the thing and started working on it before I even had my permit. I learned how to fix cars with my dad because of it. So far I've painted it, (bondo car), I painted the head cover yesterday just for fun. I also did work on the clutch and pressure plate, slave cylinder, interior, electrical system, thermostat, ignition coil, and I installed a complete new charging system (battery, wires, alternator). I have sent it to mechanics a couple times and had many smaller things done. I've had it for almost two years now and I already have hundreds of great memories with her.
I don't have a favorite car because there are so many I truly adore. The 1964 Aston Martin DB5, Lamborghini Uracco, Diablo SV, Miura, Audi RS4, 2015 S4, MGB GT, 68 Camaro, 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo - the list can go on forever. If I had to pick one dream car it would have to be a modded BMW M1. For my next car, I dream about having a 2015 Audi S4 with the 6-speed manual, but realistically when I graduate I'll probably get a 2003 S4. Dare to dream right?