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This week We were looking back at some old EBC Brake photos and brochures from 'days gone by' which then got us talking about the first vehicles we all owned (some of these can be seen in our new 'Taking a Break' YouTube series Taking a Brake with the EBC Team | Episode 1: Group CEO, James Hallett - YouTube

So, the question We have is what was the first vehicle you owned and what was so special or, not so special about it?
Was there anything 'quirky' about it? Did it have a name? Did you do any special upgrades to it?

We would love to see photos of your first vehicle and will be sending some free EBC goodies (Cap, Mug, Pen, Lanyard, you know the sort of things!) to a randomly selected forum user at the end of the week.

Get searching for those old photos in those attics/lofts/garages/under parent's beds or just on your phone or computer if you are from the younger generation.

We can't wait to see what you all used to drive, and I am sure occasionally push!

My first car was a Renault GT Turbo Raider with the colour coded wheels. No real modifications to be done so kept it standard, which in those days was more than enough. I wish I still had it as it would have made me a small fortune......

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My first car was a Volkwagen 411-L in South Africa back in '87. It was a weird colour that people referrred to as "Sharki" (a cross between **** & khaki). Squishy suspension, awful body roll around corners - you could almost stick your hand out of the window and touch the ground when cornering hard! The engine was like the rest of the car - old, worn out, drank and leaked oil, there was an almost contant burning oil smell from it and a blue haze surrounded the car if you were stuck in traffic.Stopping it was a bit like trying to slow an ocean liner, however, like most young lads, my first priority was to install a new radio / tape player and some better speakers. Dad was a mechanic, so he sort of kept the car on the road. I waas lucky to have it though, as none of my friends had their own car, even a hand-me-down like this on, so I was popular and cool for a brief time.

My younger brother eventually inherited it from me acouple of years later when I "upgraded" to a '72 Beetle 1600. I've had loads of cars over the years, but won't ever forget the old Vee-dubs!
 

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My first car was a Volkwagen 411-L in South Africa back in '87. It was a weird colour that people referrred to as "Sharki" (a cross between **** & khaki). Squishy suspension, awful body roll around corners - you could almost stick your hand out of the window and touch the ground when cornering hard! The engine was like the rest of the car - old, worn out, drank and leaked oil, there was an almost contant burning oil smell from it and a blue haze surrounded the car if you were stuck in traffic.Stopping it was a bit like trying to slow an ocean liner, however, like most young lads, my first priority was to install a new radio / tape player and some better speakers. Dad was a mechanic, so he sort of kept the car on the road. I waas lucky to have it though, as none of my friends had their own car, even a hand-me-down like this on, so I was popular and cool for a brief time.

My younger brother eventually inherited it from me acouple of years later when I "upgraded" to a '72 Beetle 1600. I've had loads of cars over the years, but won't ever forget the old Vee-dubs!
That is a great story and We love to hear about the history of people's driving. Sounds like you had some great old fashioned fun in the VW and I love the 'Sharki' but not sure We will produce a 'Sharki' pad range.....
 

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1958 Ford 100E Anglia. I didnt have any photos of it because for years I tried to forget I ever owned it. It did teach me how to control a car unintentionally going sideways and understeer, that was on another occasions, not the same time, it wasnt that bad. It taught me how to change engines, I got through three and it made me vow not to buy a Ford again. That was until the 80's when the best of a bad bunch of a company car choice was a Sierra Sapphire Ghia 2.ltr. No, I still hated Fords.
 
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1958 Ford 100E Anglia. I didnt have any photos of it because for years I tried to forget I ever owned it. It did teach me how to control a car unintentionally going sideways and understeer, that was on another occasions, not the same time, it wasnt that bad. It taught me how to change engines, I got through three and it made me vow not to buy a Ford again. That was until the 80's when the best of a bad bunch of a company car choice was a Sierra Sapphire Ghia 2.ltr. No, I still hated Fords.
Sounds like the Anglia gave you some interesting drives with 'low cost' tuition ;). I did have a bit of a liking for the Sierra, always fancied a Cosworth myself.

Just for the memories, I found this for you........

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That looks like the same colour, but it also looks a bit sorted. I should have mentioned I past my test, this would be 1970, in Dec in Monmouth. I was working in Chepstow and lived half way between the two on the top of a hill. I bought the car from the garage where I was an apprentice mechanic and on the 18th Dec although snow as falling. Now that was my first lesson, driving home on skinny cross ply tyres in the snow!
 
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That looks like the same colour, but it also looks a bit sorted. I should have mentioned I past my test, this would be 1970, in Dec in Monmouth. I was working in Chepstow and lived half way between the two on the top of a hill. I bought the car from the garage where I was an apprentice mechanic and on the 18th Dec although snow as falling. Now that was my first lesson, driving home on skinny cross ply tyres in the snow!
There is no better way to learn the skills than to be 'thrown in at the deep end' or even the snowy end in your case.
 

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1976 Ford Escort 1.3L four door in Venetian red...just like the one in the pic below...I even fitted those alloys to replace the Rostyles it originally had. It was my grandfather's from new, then my dads, then me, then my sister. Reg was LTP281R.....funny how you remember this stuff. It was only 56 horses but it was very light and rear wheel drive...so a proper car!
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My first car was a '99 Fiat Coupe 1.8. She was a bit of a disappointment at first sight as the car was dirty, the right front tire was empty, the battery was connected to a charger and the oil level was right below minimum. She wasn't quite dent and rust-free as advertised either, but still fairly clean. But I bought her anyway and took good care of her for nearly 3,5 years. Really a reliable car for me, only had to replace the rear suspension arm bearings besides regular maintenance.

After a couple of years, I started to feel like I'd want to try something different and perhaps more powerful, so the Alfa fever struck me. First I was looking at 159s but dad got me interested in GTs. After all, GT was the logical upgrade after the Coupe. (GTV would've been a kind of funnier "upgrade", but I wanted to go for a newer car with more features) After over a year since I let her go, I am kinda missing the looks. In the end, I am glad that she found a good new home from a Fiat enthusiast.

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Here's my first one, couldn't afford a real 1.8 16v "valver" I always wanted so did the next best thing and modified a low rent 1.2 Clio Oasis to look like one. Full valver front end and laguna splitter, Baccara leather interior with phase 1 16v steering wheel body coloured rear bumper and de badged boot lowered all round and sat on polished turbines. Being young and foolish I fitted a huge outward rolled peco exhaust
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My first was a 1.3 1973 version of this:

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35 years later and I still love coupes with my recently acquired GT being my first Alfa - should have done it years ago!
 

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1976 Ford Escort 1.3L four door in Venetian red...just like the one in the pic below...I even fitted those alloys to replace the Rostyles it originally had. It was my grandfather's from new, then my dads, then me, then my sister. Reg was LTP281R.....funny how you remember this stuff. It was only 56 horses but it was very light and rear wheel drive...so a proper car!
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Great memory of a classic car. It is funny how We all remember the most random of facts but can never remember the important stuff!!
 

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Here's my first one, couldn't afford a real 1.8 16v "valver" I always wanted so did the next best thing and modified a low rent 1.2 Clio Oasis to look like one. Full valver front end and laguna splitter, Baccara leather interior with phase 1 16v steering wheel body coloured rear bumper and de badged boot lowered all round and sat on polished turbines. Being young and foolish I fitted a huge outward rolled peco exhaust
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My first car was a '99 Fiat Coupe 1.8. She was a bit of a disappointment at first sight as the car was dirty, the right front tire was empty, the battery was connected to a charger and the oil level was right below minimum. She wasn't quite dent and rust-free as advertised either, but still fairly clean. But I bought her anyway and took good care of her for nearly 3,5 years. Really a reliable car for me, only had to replace the rear suspension arm bearings besides regular maintenance.

After a couple of years, I started to feel like I'd want to try something different and perhaps more powerful, so the Alfa fever struck me. First I was looking at 159s but dad got me interested in GTs. After all, GT was the logical upgrade after the Coupe. (GTV would've been a kind of funnier "upgrade", but I wanted to go for a newer car with more features) After over a year since I let her go, I am kinda missing the looks. In the end, I am glad that she found a good new home from a Fiat enthusiast.

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A friend of mine had one of these, At the time I thought how cool He was (I amnot saying he or the car are uncool now!!)
 

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My first car was a Volkwagen 411-L in South Africa back in '87. It was a weird colour that people referrred to as "Sharki" (a cross between **** & khaki). Squishy suspension, awful body roll around corners - you could almost stick your hand out of the window and touch the ground when cornering hard! The engine was like the rest of the car - old, worn out, drank and leaked oil, there was an almost contant burning oil smell from it and a blue haze surrounded the car if you were stuck in traffic.Stopping it was a bit like trying to slow an ocean liner, however, like most young lads, my first priority was to install a new radio / tape player and some better speakers. Dad was a mechanic, so he sort of kept the car on the road. I waas lucky to have it though, as none of my friends had their own car, even a hand-me-down like this on, so I was popular and cool for a brief time.

My younger brother eventually inherited it from me acouple of years later when I "upgraded" to a '72 Beetle 1600. I've had loads of cars over the years, but won't ever forget the old Vee-dubs!
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Here's my first one, couldn't afford a real 1.8 16v "valver" I always wanted so did the next best thing and modified a low rent 1.2 Clio Oasis to look like one. Full valver front end and laguna splitter, Baccara leather interior with phase 1 16v steering wheel body coloured rear bumper and de badged boot lowered all round and sat on polished turbines. Being young and foolish I fitted a huge outward rolled peco exhaust
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My first was a red Daihatsu Charade GTti.

3 cylinder twin cam 12v turbo. Or half a Porsche as some would say:D The worlds fastest and most powerful 1.0 at the time, and embarrassed quite a few other ‘performance’ car drivers.

Very rare back in the 90’s when I had it, and even rarer now. Brilliant first car. Only managed to get it as my dad thought it was a turbo diesel!
 

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My first was a red Daihatsu Charade GTti.

3 cylinder twin cam 12v turbo. Or half a Porsche as some would say:D The worlds fastest and most powerful 1.0 at the time, and embarrassed quite a few other ‘performance’ car drivers.

Very rare back in the 90’s when I had it, and even rarer now. Brilliant first car. Only managed to get it as my dad thought it was a turbo diesel!
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Great stories and memories, loving the photos too. Thanks for sharing.
 
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