My Favorite Car: '78 Pontiac Firebird, Perry Foreman, 58, Tampa

Published May 28, 2014

'78 Pontiac Firebird

I purchased this car after being transferred from Berlin, Germany, to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. I traded a fairly new car for this new Firebird purchased it from Superior Pontiac on Hillsborough, which is no longer in existence. Everyone knew me and my shiny red car at the time. I washed the car every weekend. One time, I didn't have time, and a stranger came up to me and said, "Your red hot rod is dirty! I never see you with it dirty." I thought it was funny, but it was true. It was always clean. I kept it for over 10 years (and 190,000 miles). I sold it to a young lady in St. Louis, Mo., who is still driving it today.