"In my first year at OU in 1971, I did some hitchhiking to and from Tulsa. Not too bright, but nothing bad happened to me despite the potential provocation of long hair. This practice worried my mom, and she prevailed upon my dad to pick up an old clunker for me to drive.
My new ride was a 1964 white 4-door Chevy Impala with one of the doors caved in (that's why it cost only $400.)
It got me all the way through college with very little mechanical trouble. All I have left of it is the rearview mirror which broke off at some point and was replaced. It currently resides in my bathroom drawer and serves its original function from time to time."