After Matt’s Porsche 924 was car-becued and before the 300ZX, Matt had a maroon 1987 Ford Thunderbird. I have mixed feelings remembering that car. I never liked it because it felt huge to drive, with a really long nose, the clutch was like a rock and I felt like even at the furthest I could move the seat forward, I could barely reach the pedals. But it was also the car that we drove away from our wedding in and that got us from Pittsburgh to Austin. Then right after we moved into our new house, Matt got a ticket going down a hill that has speed limit of 35 but takes you much faster just coasting.
In college, Matt did not have a lot of money, but he insisted on driving a sports car. After the Porsche died, he scraped together some money and found a car that he was excited about. Unfortunately, he got ripped off and and ended up with the thunderbird for about $1000. I’m not sure that he even liked it but it was as good as he could do. I remember for our wedding, Erik, Matt’s best man, decorated the car, including hiding a whole package of smelly leaf air fresheners throughout the car. It took us a really long time to find them all and Matt was really annoyed about it.
After we got to Austin and Matt started working, we bought a 1993 Nissan 300ZX convertible and got rid of the Thunderbird. Matt was so happy with the Z. Little did I know that the Thunderbird was the first of the five sports cars we owned within the first five years we were married.