In a recent speech to the auto industry, President Obama talked about the fact that his daughter Malia will be getting her learner’s permit soon. She might not be doing too much solo driving if her dad’s still in office, but she’ll have to practice somewhere…which of course begs the question, will she get a car?

(Cue flashback.)

It was the spring of 1996, and I was enrolled in high school about twenty minutes away from where I lived. The sooner I could drive, the sooner my parents could stop trekking two towns over every morning to drop me off.

So, I got a car. It was not new. It was from the 1980s. It was a shit brown Nissan Sentra, with one door panel that was a different shade, it barely ran well enough to get me to school and back, and I shared it with my older brother.

Honestly, I’m not sure that the car I own now is in much better condition. But I have fond memories of that Nissan, letting half of my class drive it because it was one of the few cars we had between us, digging it out of snow, and all the other wonderful things that go along with vehicle ownership.

What about you? What was your first car like?