The Lamborghini Countach poster is always touted as the official poster for car-loving children of the 1980s. But by the time I was born in 1991, the Countach was history, and it was all about the Diablo, or "Diabwo," as toddler-me pronounced it. But the car I wanted most as a kid wasn't a Lamborghini or any other form of automotive exotica. I wanted the car on my favourite black T-shirt.
The shirt in question depicted a red 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air above a Route 66 sign with crossed checkered flags. All I knew about that red car was that it looked nothing like my mom's Mazda 626. It looked cool. Despite having the attention span of a gnat when it came to school subjects, I would go to the library and read books on classic cars for hours trying to learn more about that Chevrolet. My taste is cars seems to change every five years or so, but for a long time, when an uncle or aunt would ask me what my favourite car was, I'd answer "1957 Chevy" without a moment's hesitation.
But what about you? I think all of us can remember a "bedroom wall" car if they look back far enough. Maybe it was a Viper, or a Duesenberg or a Porsche 911. When you were a kid, what was the first car that made you step back and say, "Woah, I want that. I'm going to drive one when I grow up?"
I also published this article on Driving.ca so feel free to see what other people answered.