when you were a teen? My first car was a 1963 Impala four-door and there was really nothing I could have done to it, especially with what little money I had, to get it even on the b-list. Before I joined the Army in early 1986, I had a '78 Firebird for a while. It was a bit ratty, but it at least had a shot at being moderately cool. So, what did such a car need in the mid-eighties, to make the grade? There was a pretty long list and not all of it applied to every car. With that Firebird, t-tops would have been great. Unfortunately, it didn't have them. Next, a set of Craiger SuperSport mags, preferably with the three point spinner center caps. alas, I was stuck with the stock Pontiac Rally II steel wheels. Back then, the well dressed sporty cars were sporting bras. Remember that? The best of the bunch and the one everyone wanted was a Le Bra brand car bra. I personally thought they were silly and never owned one, but I was in the minority, on that score. Next, remember the aftermarket window louver panels that could be had for most performance and sports cars? I worked at a car dealership and I had to install those things and clean the windows under them. I really hated those things, but I had a set on my Firebird. Of course the car had to have dual exhaust and it had to have that twin exhaust tip on each side. Inside the car, you needed about fifteen pounds of crap hanging from your rearview mirror, that would define you as a person at a glance, to whomever might see the crap. Then of course, it had to have sheepskin seat covers on the front seats. Everyone seemed to have them. A bit later, everyone tossed the sheepskin covers and got those covers that were grids of little wooden balls. Remember those? That was a dad I never got. Those damned things were uncomfortable. Lastly, the car could have been running on three cylinders and spewing fluids from every oriface, but it had to have a badass stereo. As I mentioned in another thread, I was firmly in the Pioneer electronics camp. You needed a good Pioneer stereo cassette player (with auto-reverse, by God), an amplifier if you could afford it, or an EQ/amp if you couldn't and you needed a kickass pair of three-way or four-way six-by-nine speakers in the gopher board in the back window. You never placed the speakers under the perforated areas of the gopher board that the car came from the factory with. You didn't buy a set of Pioneer 6907s only to had them under pressed cardboard. You had to cut a hole through that crap and use the speaker covers that came with the speakers, so that everyone could see your kickass speakers. So, what else am I missing? What else did a teenager's car need back then to make the grade?