Wow , lots of Beetles as first timers !!
Curro, this thread actually had me sit down and start listing ALL the cars I have owned since I was able to drive (legally, as I learned to drive several years before I was of legal age), and I have had a ton of them. I finally gave up trying to remember the exact vehicle year and chronological dates in which purchased. But, throughout that tenure, I have owned three Bugs and each one marked a time when I either didn't have money, or just needed cheap transportation.
1st car VW Bug - 1963 Bug, year: 1972 /bought from my sister when I first got my license for $350.00
2nd Bug - Had recently got married and let my wife drive the "good car" whilst I drove a 1971 Aermacchi Harley-Davidson to get back and forth to work. But then I got a new job as a sales representative and needed a proper car to call on accounts. Again, we were poor, but bought a 1973 V.W. Superbeetle (yellow) in 1979 for $1600.00, that was a really nice Bug, the best of all by far.
3rd Bug - We bought our first house in 1982, by then I had upgraded to another toy, the Triumph TR-6 like fromeros. But in order to buy the house, I had to scrape up every dollar I could to get the down payment. So, I sold the TR-6 and AGAIN bought a 1961 bug in 1982 for like $450.00. That was my last Volkswagon. But of course there have been several in the family. Probably the best year that I could remember (other than the 1973 Super Beetle that I had) was a 1967 that my sister drove.
Once we got used to that house payment and my career was still going strong, I drove that 1961 until about 1983 and then stepped up again into another toy, a 1972 Porsche 911, quite a jump!