My mom loves to reminisce about her first car. It's what I have lovingly dubbed a "boat" and her friends called "the bomb." It was a 1970's orange Dodge Dart Swinger. Now they're rare and a classic but back then they were "boats" and "bombs" and probably not so cool.
Her dad bought it for her because it was safe and not for it's "cool factor." But now I don't think any 17 year old girl would mind driving around in such a classic. ;)
All that to say, I just got my first car. Maybe my kids will say "Mom, you had a boat! And you dressed weird, too!" ;)