I feel like a spoiled youth!
I worked and saved from the time I was 12 until 16. I paid cash for a one year old Datsun with only 8,000 miles on the clock. $1,200. Everything worked. It had all its gears, including reverse, a starter, a good battery and brakes. The radio and heater worked too, even the AC.
It also got 40 MPG and at $0.25 cents per gallon I could fill it up for $2.50 and drive for a week.
We passed that car around the family for 10 years. I taught both my younger brothers to drive in it. My Dad refused to let it leave family ownership and "bought it" from the youngest brother when he graduated to hot rods. Dad drove it for its last 100,000 miles and my little sister finally totaled it.
There was a Nissan product in Dad's driveway from the time I bought that ugly doodle bug in 1965 until he passed away in 2007.