my was a 1978 Dodge Ram Van
looks like this except it was light blue and there was only one window on the Driver's Side on the Driver's door.
I got my license in January 1981 and I told Dad I wanted a car.
He told me:
"Go get a job you can work part time after school and full time in the Summer. For every dollar that you bring home that you ACTUALLY put in a bank account, I will match it."
It took me the entire rest of 1981 and most of 1982 (until the end of the Summer Vacation) for me to save $500, working for $3.35 per hr at Burger King, to buy that used van.
It had no AC, it only had an AM radio, there were no power windows, no power door locks (no such thing back then unless you paid extra), it was 4 cylinders and it only had 2 seats.
But at least it was automatic and had power steering and power brakes.
It had shag carpet on the inside; it was previously a delivery van.
During the Summer when it gets hot and humid, you could smell the stench of sweat emanating from the shag carpet.
But it was mine!
I was constantly washing it and waxing it (not that it did any good, the paint job on it was faded with rust spots) and I actually took girls out on dates with it.
During my Senior year, Seniors were allowed to drive to school and leave campus for Lunch, so that's what I drove and I gave rides to my friends when we went to lunch.