My first car was an ‘86 Toyota Camry, very similar to the one pictured. It had a 5-speed, and was owned by a shade-tree mechanic who lived up the street from us. My dad thought it would be a good first car for me, and I bought it for $2500 (I think?) that I had saved up from my job working at the grocery store. I didn’t know how to drive a standard before I bought it; my dad took me to the church parking lot and almost immediately put me on an incline to figure out the clutch and I promptly overheated it - ha!
The car I wish I could’ve had (minus the front plate):
A close second (not the DeLorean):