That does look like a fun little car Phil. What is it about first cars and fond memories? My first car was a small 1985 Mazda RX7, 6 speed manual, only 4 cylinders but it was so small and light... so much fun to drive. In the winter, being lightweight, a manual, and rear wheel drive, it was a deadly risk to go anywhere Even on a warm summer day, you could easily get into some wild driving.
One time in my highschool days, at the day's end, with a line of cars behind me, and kids walking all over, I got the bright idea to peel out from a stop sign. The back end of the car proceeded to swing out of control, sending me out into the road, circling around and down a grassy hill into some poor folk's yard, where I then did another 360 and took off back up the hill, getting a small lift at the top and back onto my planned route, leaving scores of cheering kids in the street
My days with this car are filled with such moments.. I've been awfully (w)reckless in my younger driving days.
I'm also no huge car man, but I do appreciate nice & unique cars. There are some beautiful ones out there... and sometimes there is nothing like a nice drive.