In 1974, I was at a wedding reception at a trailer park clubhouse about 5 miles from GM’s Milford proving grounds. Across the street, under an awning attached to a single wide trailer, was a bright yellow mid engined car. I thought it was a Pantera. Drawn to it like a moth to a flame, I trespassed to check it out. It said AMX lll on it. I knocked on the door, but no one was home. I saw a neighbor outside and asked him about the car. He told me that the guy was a truck driver, and bought the car from a company that hired him to haul it. Over 40 years later, I still remember the kind of 3 pronged knife edge front end and how the roof wasn’t even up to my chest! It made a lasting impression.
A year later, while at Michigan State, I used to go out of my way to stop by and see the 2000GT the Toyota dealer west of campus refused to sell. Another lasting impression!