I grew up in California, my first car was a 1963 850 Mini. I thought it was the coolest thing ever.........I was alone in those thoughts.
I was stupid enough to think that I could attract girls with a hot "sports car".
I bought a wrecked MG 1100 sedan, took out the motor and put it in the Mini. The gearing was a little low, but it was fast.
My second car was a 1071 Morris Cooper S. Now I was sure that it was the coolest ever.
Again I was alone.
Since then I've run the gamut, MGB, Lotus, two E-types...........I loved them all
If nothing else, they taught me a lot about cars and fixing them.
PS I taught my best friends kid sister Frances to drive in that 850 crash box mini. In the end it worked just like I hoped!