The Three Great Ones



If you’ve ever watched A Bronx Tale, then you’re familiar with the wisdom filled words of Sonny; “You’re only allowed three great women in your lifetime, kid.” Well, I’d like to make the same argument about cars. How so you may ask? Well think about it, if you’re a car guy like me then the most important date in your life is when you first get your license, and what typically follows is the purchase of your first car (the first great one). Once you graduate college, it’s time to trade in your high school purchase for a car that’s business on the outside but an absolute party under the hood (the second great one). And the third great one comes later on in your life, when you’ve found stability in both your family and financial life, and you decide to treat yourself to the car that has been on your ‘To Own’ list for years (the third and final great one).

A perfect example of this theory can be found in Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage and his TV show Fast N’ Loud. This is a man who, according to, has an estimated net worth of $15 Million. Yet, of all the cars that this man can buy, the one he always wanted back was a 1974 Mercury Comet; the first car he owned. He managed to track it down and build it up to the way he wanted in high school, pictures of which can be found here. And to add to that, an episode last year saw Richard flipping more than 6 cars in order to purchase the first car he ever built, one which was irreplaceable, defined his career as a car builder, and one that he needed to buy back at all costs.



Gas Monkey Garage’s Irreplaceable Build; A 1952 Chevrolet Fleetline Rat Rod


For some reason, today I felt a strong yearning to have my first car back in my possession, and it hit me that I sold it last year around this time. My first great one, with me for two years and gone the next, just like that. For my fellow car people out there who see their vehicle as more than just a means of transportation; enjoy every moment you have with it, because one day you too will move on from your first great one and all you’ll be looking forward to is the next two and the memories they have in store for you.

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