My first "real" SLR was a K1000, bought shortly before I got my entry-level EOS Rebel X. I've gotten some pretty nice pics out of both of 'em, but the Pentax took more care and thought, and I ended up getting some of my more memorable shots from it.
That camera was stolen out of my van a few years later, and about a year ago I picked up a replacement. IIRC, I paid about $17 for it... and the only problem was a dying battery (replaced) and some poorly re-applied leather on the right front of the body. I fixed that too, and it's just as nice now as the one I lost.
...come to think of it... there's one more thing I need... the wind lever cover.