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After Scotty848's successful thread it got me thinking about some of the cars from the past. Some that frighten me now to think we actually took them on the road.

1. Riley 4/72. Dads car, I can remember the smell of the leather and the wooden dash. As a lad I thought it was like a Rolls Royce.
2. Morris 1000 van with a drivers floor made of wood. Used by teenage aspiring rock band, filled with all the gear.
3. Austin A35 filled with 4 lads on a pub crawls. Oh and the brakes did not work properly. How we never killed ourselves I'll never know.
4. Ford 100E anglia. My first car. On crossply tyres I invented drifting. Understeer was so bad it frightens me now to think how many bends finished up on the wrong side of the road.
5. Audi 80. Married now, the Audi was only 4 years old but knackered. Nevertheless, it was loaded up with camping gear, 6 month old daughter and off to Italy we went. And got back!
 
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I think Im going to do this as two sets....the ones that I remember first....as In my dads first five cars I can remember. And my own first five cars (no laughing....I was poor!!)

Dads cars....they were all knocking on a bit when he bought them!
1. Early 60s MG Magnette Dark Grey over light grey with red leather (probably vinyl) seats....I was a toddler when dad had this car....but I still remember the difficult clamber up into the high seats!....and dad hand cranking it on very cold days!

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2. 1964 Ford Consul Estate....white....he had that car for years....I was young but still remember the plate ARU 421B! I remember sitting facing backwards in the boot when dad had mates the car as well....safety had not been invented back then! Dad fitted a Girling Super Brake conversion to it......and took great delight in showing how good it was by suddenly jumping on the brakes and throwing us unseatbelted kids against the back of the front seats when we were not expecting it.....dad found this hilarious!

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3. 1976 Mk 2 Escort 1.3 4 door in Venetian red. LTP281R My grandad bought this brand new from Rowes of Chichester, then it was my dads.....and then it became my first car when I passed my test....although I owned it from about 15!

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4. Mk 2 Fiesta....dont know what he was thinking really....too small for the family....so we didn't keep it long.

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5. Mk3 Escort 1.3 in blue.....boring but reliable..

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...My Cars

From the age of twenty I was selling cars for a living so used new VW and Audi.....but always kept an oldy as my own car and to keep my NCD building up.
1. See dads No 3!....I had that car as my first.......but when I sold it, it was fitted with a 3.0 V6 from a Capri.....Great fun and stock 1.3 brakes!! To be fair it stopped fine....even with tiny front discs and rear drums!

2. Mk 2 1.6 Capri....in Gold!. Honed my rear steering skills in the wet that I had learned from driving off road on the farm since I could reach the pedal of farm vehicles.

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No 3 Mk 3 Capri....obviously I didn't learn from the first one!......but I far preferred the looks of the 3. Started as a 1.6....soon gained a 2.0 pinto from a Cortina....much better!

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4. Mk 2 Golf 1.8 8V D reg....bought in a s a PX at work....so cheap I could not say no!....the car that got me modding....lowered, tuned, upgraded sound system, 17 in wheels. DTM exhaust...etc etc etc. Loved that car. Sold at a good profit even costing in mods!

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5. Another PX bought from work. 1989 F plate Audi 90 2.2 20V Quattro. 170 BHP and 4wd....Id arrived!!. Pity about the 190,000 miles.....sold for BIG relative profit a few months later! Really nice 5 cylinder warble!....and they must have some of easiest to clean alloy wheels ever fitted to a car!

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My first ALFA (a rusty Sud) came after my first few cars....so not on this list I'm afraid. I must have owned around 30 to 40 cars in my 37 years of driving.....never kept a car anything like as long as my current 159 though!!
 

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In the early 1980s, just married and potless, me and MrsDibnah #1 used a Chrysler Horizon hatchback as our daily driver for a short while which was - and I know this is an overused phrase nowadays, but in this case very justified - almost wholly made of rust.

To this day I have no idea how the rear window in the hatch actually stayed in as the gaping rust holes that surrounded 90% of it offered no support (and certainly no weather protection) at all.

I bought it with a clearly fake MOT and scrapped it 11 months later safe in the knowledge that it would never pass a real one.

Replaced it with a Mini 1100 Special (brown vinyl roof) which never had any effective rear braking despite various attempts to fix it. In the end we decided the drums had been skimmed so many times that no shoes or adjustments would ever manage to generate grip and the cost of new rear drums made repair uneconomic (I expect it had a value of <100 pounds).

Ah the good old days.....
 

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1.I learnt to drive on the family Austin A60. 3 speed box, handbrake between the driver's seat and door. Someone once asked my father what he would have done in an emergency and he replied "turn the ignition off"

2. My first car was a 1959 Mini bought in 1966. Lasted three months until a Morris Minor came out of a side road straight in front of me and the evading action (which was not entirely successful) took out a roadside post and pushed the engine back buckling the body shell. I still hit the rear corner of the Moggie and spun it round.

3. Eventual replacement for the above was a Herald Coupe in white and purple (YHP 110). In about 1970 (after our parents had died) this passed on to my brother who was going round Hyde Park Corner when his passenger said (somewhat surprised) " a wheel has just over taken us!" Turned out it was the nearside rear which had parted company from the axle complete with brake assembly. Rolled to a stop and it ended up in the scrap yard.

4. The family A60 after my father died (hence the Herald going to younger brother on loan). Eventually cashed it in as finances meant I couldn't afford to run it.

5. Ford Escort 1968 (would that make it a Mk1?) This was bought in 1973 with 1500 miles. The original owner only used to go to the village shop and a lecturer in motor mechanics at the localTech put me onto it. By 1975 it need a complete respray as the rust spots made look like it had measles. This was loaned to my brother in law when I got a company car on changing jobs in 1976 and was eventually scrapped by him as needing too much attention. The leaking fuel tank was the first problem but certainly not the last.

That company car was the first of many and I did not own a car again until 1999.
 

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Haha the Audi 80 lived on for years. There were still some knocking around well into the 00s if I remember...

Only car I can say that was truly bad was the Citroen 2CV, 30mph felt like being on a boat. It was dreadful to be in and I went completely off getting one.
 

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A mix of mine, my dad's, and my uncle's

1. I have very vague recollections of a 105e but the first car I remember is a FWD Triumph 1300. He had a couple of them. The first lived behind our house for a while. I was only 3 or 4 but I put some miles in.
2. Volvo 121. Classic cars hadn't been invented in the late 70s but I loved this old thing. The engine was so knackered that he used second hand engine oil in it to costs down. He sold it for well under £100.
3. Morris Traveller. My uncle was an AA recovery driver at the time. He dragged it off the motorway with a seized diff, my dad bought it, and they fixed it. Fond memories of sitting in the boot area with our spaniel going to the park.
4. My uncle's AA vehicle for a while. A LWB Landy. When we went to their house I was allowed to play in it as long as I didn't **** about with the radio.
5. My first car was a Lada. My second was a 1979 Cortina 1.6 GL. My mate had a 950cc Fiesta that he paid twice as much for. I loved my Dagenham dustbin. Unfortunately I only had it about 6 weeks before some ******* nicked it.
Many Ford products followed. I proposed to my wife in a different mkv Cortina (or Cortina 80 to give it its proper title).

The Triumph and Landy were the catalyst to an obsession that's lasted nearly half a century.
 

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Hmmm... can't get 5 cars.. but I did have 3 and 2 family members cars added 4 to make up the numbers.. I wish I still had my 3 them all for various reasons in this order rose tinted glasses, current value, sheer beauty.

1 - 1959 Frogeye Sprite.. one of my first cars, had little or no crash protection, smoked like a 50's American movie star and leaked like a sieve.. ended up being traded for my next contender
2 - 1972 Ford escort Mexico... It was battered and barely an MOT pass when I got it in 85 and left my ownership due to rust later that same year.. as i got no3 which i thought i could save.. alas no.
3 - 1972 Ford Capri 3.0 GXL.. Underside was mainly ,made of rust..and cardboard....
4 - 1972 Chrysler Valiant RHD Aus import (My dad's daily in 73 ish) .... rotted in front of your very eyes...
5 - 1983 Beige Metro... My wife's first car but before I met her... what a shed.. it also expired due to rot
 

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I have put all my 5 on Scotty848's thread so done 2 for 1 :), however I can add:
  • Triumph 1300, belonged to my sister, who with it rescued me from various long distance path escapades with sore feet/knackered back. The rear badge now sits on her bathroom mantelpiece...
  • Rover 3500 (V6?) my father's which he had abroad and brought back with him to the UK, he loved it dearly
  • Morris 1000 which was my parents' first car, they bought it off my grandfather iirc
  • Fiat Uno, another of my sis's,used for driving practice for me in between instructor lessons
  • Fiat Tipo, another of sis's-! total shed but she loved it dearly. Had 3 iirc.
  • (and if I cheat and make it 6, a dire Hillman Imp into which my mother crammed 7 teenagers)
Funny how cars bring back particular memories that only they can trigger...
 

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My father had some nice cars

A Riley 1.5

A Jensen Healey

An Auto Union - I bloody loved that 2 stroke car

A sit up and beg Ford Popular

A Merc 450SLC - still have the car in a garage in Spain (both parents now deceased). Must get around to selling it because it does nothing for me



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Whilst we're being nostalgic, this is my dad with his first car in 1960. It's an Austin A40 Devon and he bought it not long before the MoT test was introduced. Not that he was bitter.
 

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Being a youth of the 80's. In no particular order I have gone for

Peugot 205 Gti 1.9
Mk1 Toyota MR2
Audi 100 Coupe Quattro
Renault 5 Gourdini
TDR ( Terry Dury Racing) Alfa 33 Green Cloverleaf in red thats where the love affair started.

I just realise I might have gone a little bit French with 2 out 5 😳 but really its just a trip down memory lane when small hot hatches were the thing to have. I never got the VW Golf GTI thing.
Feel I should have found a spot for an XR2 too.
 

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1. Learned to drive on my Dad's ten-year old 1955 Vauxhall Velox. You changed gear by stirring the sloppy steering column gearchange. There were only three gears so it didn't matter much which one you ended up in. It was best to hang onto the steering wheel so as not to slide across the bench seat. Here's one:

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2. My own first car was a 1957 Ford Squire with cardboard interior trim and vacuum-operated wipers which stopped when you accelerated to pass someone, which admittedly wasn't often. Learned a lot in that car. Thank you, Elaine, wherever you are now.

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3. Had a period with no car, but in '71 bought a 1965 Triumph Vitesse. Loved its six cyl 1600 engine, even when the plugs whirred out of their holes then hit the underside of the bonnet. Lethal swing-axle rear suspension. Went everywhere in that car. Wore out the roads across London, as I lived in Hammersmith and my girlfriend was in Barnet. Discovered the backbone chassis frame (with passengers dangling unprotected either side) was filled with Isopon or Plastic Padding - discovered when the surrounding frame disintegrated.

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4. Needed a sensible, newer and more reliable car, but in 1973 bought a 1965 Triumph TR4A instead. Designed so that when a spring collapses it truncates the brake pipe. (No dual system here). Discovered this at the top of the Honister Pass in Cumbria. Quite fun driving down on the handbrake. Crank broke at 5 mph on a garage forecourt. Car had a Targa top, and towards the end of my ownership I kept it bolted on as it was holding up the boot which would sag otherwise.
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5. My next car, an MGB, was too safe and reliable to qualify for this thread. Sold it because of an expensive woman (my daughter, then aged 0) and bought a white Vauxhall Viva, with a huge dent, and painted (on that side only) with Dulux.

Clutch packed up and it stalled near the five way intersection on the A23 Purley Way. The queue from the local chip shop push-started me, and I drove off - leaving them in the middle of a frantic junction just as the lights changed. No idea if they survived.

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Clearly, I am rather privileged. My grandad had impeccable taste and demonstrated it with things such as an AC, Studebaker, Lea Francis and Jaguar. However, it was my mum who knew Alfa Romeo was the way to go when she saw a Giulietta Sprint.
 

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1. Learned to drive on my Dad's ten-year old 1955 Vauxhall Velox. You changed gear by stirring the sloppy steering column gearchange. There were only three gears so it didn't matter much which one you ended up in. It was best to hang onto the steering wheel so as not to slide across the bench seat. Here's one:

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2. My own first car was a 1957 Ford Squire with cardboard interior trim and vacuum-operated wipers which stopped when you accelerated to pass someone, which admittedly wasn't often. Learned a lot in that car. Thank you, Elaine, wherever you are now.

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3. Had a period with no car, but in '71 bought a 1965 Triumph Vitesse. Loved its six cyl 1600 engine, even when the plugs whirred out of their holes then hit the underside of the bonnet. Lethal swing-axle rear suspension. Went everywhere in that car. Wore out the roads across London, as I lived in Hammersmith and my girlfriend was in Barnet. Discovered the backbone chassis frame (with passengers dangling unprotected either side) was filled with Isopon or Plastic Padding - discovered when the surrounding frame disintegrated.

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4. Needed a sensible, newer and more reliable car, but in 1973 bought a 1965 Triumph TR4A instead. Designed so that when a spring collapses it truncates the brake pipe. (No dual system here). Discovered this at the top of the Honister Pass in Cumbria. Quite fun driving down on the handbrake. Crank broke at 5 mph on a garage forecourt. Car had a Targa top, and towards the end of my ownership I kept it bolted on as it was holding up the boot which would sag otherwise.
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5. My next car, an MGB, was too safe and reliable to qualify for this thread. Sold it because of an expensive woman (my daughter, then aged 0) and bought a white Vauxhall Viva, with a huge dent, and painted (on that side only) with Dulux.

Clutch packed up and it stalled near the five way intersection on the A23 Purley Way. The queue from the local chip shop push-started me, and I drove off - leaving them in the middle of a frantic junction just as the lights changed. No idea if they survived.

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Sterzo, you need to provide more detail of what you claim was going so slow you would have been able to overtake in your 100E, clearly you were doing something as the evidence of the wipers stopping proves. :ROFLMAO:
My 100E wouldnt overtake anything.
 

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Sterzo, you need to provide more detail of what you claim was going so slow you would have been able to overtake in your 100E
My Ford Squire travelled from parents in educated Cambridge to my home in Westminster (which is not a village) on Sunday evenings in 1966. This involved following 30 year-old East Anglian dung lorries up slopes on the A10, as they wheezed smoke at 15mph. Occasionally I'd close my eyes and pull over to the right. Cars passed me too, for example a Cortina driven by a nun.
 

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My Ford Squire travelled from parents in educated Cambridge to my home in Westminster (which is not a village) on Sunday evenings in 1966. This involved following 30 year-old East Anglian dung lorries up slopes on the A10, as they wheezed smoke at 15mph. Occasionally I'd close my eyes and pull over to the right. Cars passed me too, for example a Cortina driven by a nun.
I believe you! :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:
 

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My father had some nice cars

A Riley 1.5

A Jensen Healey

An Auto Union - I bloody loved that 2 stroke car

A sit up and beg Ford Popular

A Merc 450SLC - still have the car in a garage in Spain (both parents now deceased). Must get around to selling it because it does nothing for me


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What condition is the SLC in? Is it the one in the pic? I think they are loveeeerlee :)
 

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Are we adding our cars here or ‘rents cars or both?
 

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Here's my five:

1963 Vauxhall Viva HA.

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In this car I took my first-ever girlfriend out on our first-ever date; we' ve been married 52 years. The relationship with the car didn't last that long, though! Some time in 1970 I was jacking it up in preparation for yet another attempt to fix a blowing exhaust. I wondered why it didn't seem to be rising like it should. . . the jacking point was rising, the car wasn't!

So, needing a cheap car in a hurry I found this Mk1 Cortina GT:

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Not a pretty sight, but structurally sound, mechanically good & with a long MoT. Hit a bump while accelerating hard & you got a vivid reminder why later GTs had rear axle anti-tramp bars!

After my BMW1800TI was written off, another distress purchase, this Mk2 Cortina GT:

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A local dealer who I'd known for years said "I've got just the car for you!". It was lurking at the back of his lot, looking scruffy & uncared for - rust holes in the front of both wings, rusty bonnet front edge, wheels that had been painted a weird maroon colour, an interior that made it very obvious that the previous owner had been a VERY heavy smoker. Even taking all that into account his price was very low. Why? An engine that was using more oil than petrol!

I suppose I sort of took pity on it, but it had the makings of a good car. A few evenings with fibreglass, filler & rattle cans sorted the front wings, bonnet pins made the bonnet safe & a bit of silver paint sorted the wheels. A reconditioned engine restored its performance.

In my fruitless search for a bonnet (eventually solved by buying a fibreglass replacement, as seen in the photo) I saw an ad from a scrappy who had a 1600E. His reply when I asked him what the bonnet was like was: "it was fine until it hit the tree!". However, my car had a wood-rim steering wheel which was not as dished as the OE wheel & the fixed backrests made it difficult to get a comfortable driving position. To cut a long story short, in two weekends I transformed my blue GT interior into a black 1600E interior.

Another fun Ford, a MK1 Escort Mexico:
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Ford's little homologation er, tweak, worked to my advantage. To allow it to compete in the 1600-2000cc class they homologated it at 1601cc. It was actually a standard 1599cc Kent engine, but by calculating it capacity using top limits rather than nominal dimensions for bore & stroke they came up with just over 1600cc. That meant that on the rare occasions when I used it for business trips I could claim the over-1600 mileage allowance! I'm pleased to report that it's still on the road.

Now, the best car I've ever owned (although the current DS3 is making a strong bid for that title!), my Peugeot 405SRi:

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The best-handling car I've ever driven, with superb steering feel & just a hint of lift-off oversteer to add to the fun. Not just best-handling, best-riding too. I had 70,000 miles of fun in that!
 
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