My First Car: '73 Triumph GT6, Denise Griffiths, 59, Auburn, Mass.

Published June 23 2015

'73 Triumph GT6

I bought this car brand new in 1973 at Checkpoint (now gone) on Cleveland Street in Clearwater. I was 17 and had just graduated from Dunedin High. My grandmother had given me $500 as a graduation gift, so that was my down payment. My mother co-signed and I paid the loan off in 2 1/2 years. In 1978, I packed it up with all my worldly possessions and moved to Boston and have had many adventures since then. 1973 was the last year Triumph produced this model; the convertible Spitfire was produced for a few more years. It still runs and I still own it. The top photo is the car now. The other photo is from 1973. (That's me on the left, and that's my sister, Sandy, holding our dog.)