(archival photo) 1991 Ford Escort GT: Red, five-speed, sunroof. My first car! Got it when I turned 16 in the summer of 1991. It was a Ford executive car that a friend of our family who worked for Ford snagged for me. Got me through high school and college.
1997 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra: Black on black, bought when I graduated college and got my first adult job. Eventually lightly modified with Ford Motorsport lowering springs, subframe connectors, 1999 Cobra wheels, a Steeda short-throw shifter, Corbeau sport seats, and Schroth five-point harnesses. I kept it until 2005, as I had company cars at my first job that allowed me to park the Cobra and use it for fun times instead of commuting.
(archival photo) 1996 Mercury Mystique LS: Red. My first company car as a sales guy working for Bosch Braking Systems. It was eventually replaced with a 1999 Mystique (also red), which was replaced by a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4 (black).
Upon leaving Bosch for Nissan North America, I also left behind company cars, but took advantage of great lease rates for Nissan employees. Started with a 2003 Nissan Maxima SE (black, six-speed manual, the last of the true Four Door Sports Cars!) on a special short-term lease.
Next I acquired a 2005 Nissan 350Z Roadster. It was bright red, had a six-speed trans, and is probably one of my most favorite cars to date. Everyone should own a bright red roadster at some point in their life!
It was replaced after just one year with a 2006 Nissan 350Z Roadster, but in black with the orange leather ventilated seats. Lighter clutch, updated radio, dramatic color scheme, it was just as much fun as the first one I had.
Upon leaving Nissan for Global Insight (which became IHS), the leased Roadsters went away as well. Instead, I went with a new 2007 Audi A4 2.0T 6MT, a great car for the money, and in 2007 it was quite unlike anything offered by American or Japanese automakers (luxurious interior, turbocharged four-cylinder, six-speed manual, all-wheel drive).
That car went to my other half in 2008 after our 2005 PT Cruiser GT Turbo started getting buggy, and I leased a new 2008 Volkswagen GTI two-door. Bright red, plaid tartan seats, DSG, and a heap of fun. That GTI was replaced by a 2010 four-door GTI in charcoal gray about a year ago.