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These are most of the cars either owned by Jack Marvin or they played a significant role in the life of Jack Marvin.
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1974 Opel Manta
A guy down the street asked if I wanted another Opel Manta for $200 with a thrown rod. He may have ended up just giving it to me so he wouldn't have to pay to tow it. I figured what the heck, what were the odds? I heard of guys "easily" putting smallblocks in them and doing wheelies.
1973 Opel Manta
This was my car in high school. We crammed seventeen people in it once and drove around the parking lot. Good times. A lot of kids at that school had cars when they were seniors but not so many as juniors (which I was). That definitely worked in my favor.
1974 Chevy Nova
At the same time that I got my first car, my best friend got his first car and it was the same make and model! His was a little newer but mine had a faster engine. In the end, I got mine back from my brother and we mixed and matched parts to build a newer and nicer one that was fast.
1972 Chevy Nova
My very first car of my own was a 1972 Chevy Nova with a 350 V8 and automatic transmission. I was almost sixteen years old and it was obvious to me that I'd be buying my own car unless I wanted to wait until I was eighteen. After school I had a job at a burger joint and was saving my money for a car.
1982 Datsun 280zx
My Stepmother had a 1982 Datsun 280zx which was the most awesome car out at the time. It was a trending thing,...small Japanese sportscars. Hers was a lot of fun. It was fast and responsive with a 5-speed stick-shift.
1973 Ford Maverick
When I was thirteen, I had a sixteen year old girlfriend who drove her mother's 1973 Ford Maverick. When we went out, she insisted that I drive (after she picked me up), because I was "the man."
1974 Ford Gran Torino
In the early eighties, I had an uncle who managed the fleet maintenance of taxi cabs in Los Angeles. While visiting him one summer, he offered to give our family one of his old taxis. It just had a rebuilt engine installed and it ran fine.
1974 Winnebago Chieftan Custom
Shortly after her divorce, my Grandmother introduced my Brother and I to her friend "Mr. Pete." One summer in the early 1970's they showed up to take us for the summer in a big new motorhome! It's hard to imagine that thing with a new car smell and everything working, but it did.
1974 Ford Mustang II
When I was around five years old, my Grandparents got a divorce. I had no idea what that meant and I'd only seen them together a couple of times previously, so it didn't matter much to me.
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