Mom gave me full ownership of her Celica as my high school graduation / birthday gift. My dad's gift was to cover the cost of having my car painted at Maaco. The original scheme was badly oxidized from being parked outside (and not far from the beach) for so many years, so the refresh to white was pretty dramatic...and very much appreciated.
Surprisingly, I did not take many pictures of my first car. I captured this moment while on location for the student film "Drive for your Life". Director Michael Levey and our star stand next to the first generation Celica we rented for the film.