I suppose I could give this a try. I would like to nominate my first-ever real GT, my 1971 Bolens 1254.
The story behind the 1254 was a lazy Saturday morning. We were doing nothing that day, and I asked my Dad what his plans were for the day. He showed me an auction bill just a few miles East of our place. "There looks to be some nice garden hoes and such. Even a lawnmower" Looking farther down, I said to my Dad, "that ain't no lawn mower, that's a Bolens GT! Dad, when are we leaving??" So we went to the auction, I got really exited when I saw her sitting out in the open with the tiller mounted on the back. I immediately went over to it (casually, so as not to show my interest. despite my efforts, I think I failed at that). I was out of my mind of how heavy-duty the thing was. It came with a Tiller, snowcaster, and deck. AND the original owner's manual and engine manual. Knowing it was a gamble, not running, and looking in rather rough shape, I set my limit at $200.
Before the bidding, we met a friend and local farmer, who had hired me for mechanic work and such. We got talking about me plowing for him. And eventually we talked about what he was looking at, and then what I was looking at. I showed him the GT, and he asked me what I was gonna pay for it. Note that he's kind of a cheaper guy, and not the mechanically savvy guy, that's why he hired me to work on his machinery. I told him, $200. "What?! 200 bucks! It ain't worth that, I'd give a hundred" I was kinda like, okay then, but it's worth more than 200.
When it came time to bid on it, I got like I always do when I want something at an auction, jittery and exited. I was going to lean on a pontoon that they were selling and tap my Dad's shoulder to bid. So the bidding started and I was having a heart attack! I stayed in through the whole thing and won it at the end (betcha you didn't guess that!). My Dad says to me, "what shoulder were you tapping on?" I told him the right one. He said, "I think Jim (the farmer) was also bidding it up, as he was standing on my left side!"
It was all in good nature, as he knew my high bid.
As always, there was Charlie's Lunch Wagon at the auction. I asked my Dad and Jim if they wanted a brat, I was celebrating. So, I went and got 3 brats to celebrate my first GT. That's better than a horrible-tasting diet A&W for celebrating getting my Snapper
I mainly use it as an all-around machine, mostly because my Snapper LT12 is undergoing a repaint. I plan to use it mostly for tilling and heavy work where my Snapper can't compete.
And that's the story of getting my first GT. Good luck to everybody!