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First Car

Postby prophet:marginal on Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:18 pm

No, not your own, but the one you remember as the first one you rode in, as a kid, belonging to your parents.

Mine, is on the left - a J reg.:

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I can actually remember the full reg!

DOY235J

We used to go on holidays, in the 70's in it, from Essex, to places like Shropshire, Wales and even Cumbria!
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Re: First Car

Postby southbrishammer on Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:25 pm

Cortina Mk 3 - BTW381L, metallic green

One of my earliest memories was going with my Dad to pick it up from Doe Motors.

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Re: First Car

Postby DasNutNock on Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:31 pm

Dad had a mk2 Granada (company motor), Mum had a mk2 Escort popular plus reg LPH 80P
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Re: First Car

Postby -DL- on Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:40 pm

First car I remember my dad having was a MK1 Cortina Estate.
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Re: First Car

Postby Hugh Jargon II on Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:51 pm

southbrishammer wrote:Cortina Mk 3 - BTW381L, metallic green

One of my earliest memories was going with my Dad to pick it up from Doe Motors.

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I had a green GT mark III. Loved that car. 56000 on the clock. 1.owner..L reg.

It had 4.angled dials pointing towards the driver and build in headrest (like teardrop shape)


My Dads car when I was a kid was a bright orange Morris marina
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Re: First Car

Postby DasNutNock on Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:03 pm

Ford > Vauxhall.
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Re: First Car

Postby Monkeybubbles on Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:26 pm

Mk I Cortina Estate. Dark red.

Dad's work moved to Durham when I was a littlun. Only stayed a few months, Mum couldn't get on with it, so we drove all the way back down to Clapton again. Mum and Dad chainsmoked all the way, back seats down with three year old me and eleven year old sister trying to stop the fart fumes from our very nervous new puppy igniting and blowing us all to feck. It was a long journey.
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Re: First Car

Postby Algarve Hammer on Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:28 pm

The first car I remember my Dad having was a sky blue Ford Consul, UYV 909, column gearstick, bench seats front and rear and no seatbelts.

It ended it's life over Walthamstow dog track as a banger, what would it be worth today if restored?
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Re: First Car

Postby Burningaham on Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:34 pm

My dad had a dark green Wolsey 6-110
It had light green leather interior With arm rests in the front seats and fold down walnut tables in the back.
We went to Dingwall in it on holiday.
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Re: First Car

Postby Vince on Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:36 pm

My Dad had a Ford Transit. Used to sit in the back with my cousin when we was nippers sitting amongst the dust sheets and paint cans when he used to take us to the Boleyn.
Happy Days.
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Re: First Car

Postby Rowly on Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:58 pm

Fremember going out in the back seat when my uncle was giving my mum driving lessons in one of these around 1973 / 74 Image she then got one of these. Image
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Re: First Car

Postby hammerdivone on Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:00 am

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I remember sitting in the back, driving over to my Nans in Goodmayes, and sliding all over the shop on the vinyl seats.

Happy times
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Re: First Car

Postby OFT on Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:05 am

My parents did n't have a car. Dad could drive but wouldn't other than his works van and even then he'd use his Honda 90 bike when he could. Mum decided to learn to drive around the same time as I did.The first car they bought was a Vauxhall Viva, about £800 new IIRC.
The first car I remember was my Dads best mates Austin A40, Dad and his mate were joiners and used to do 'foreigners' at the weekend and I'd go with them if I could.

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Re: First Car

Postby Clucking Bell on Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:16 am

My dad was in the forces until shortly after I was born and didn't learn to drive until the age of 43 in 1969. Up until that point, he'd always had a driver :D

Not entirely surprisingly, he turned out to be a crap driver and ruined many holidays and day trips by the inordinate amount of time it used to take him to drive anywhere. We lived in Upminster and my grandmother in Holland-on-Sea yet this became an overnighter because we'd have to stop for lunch on the way. Fifty-five miles without a break was a stretch and I don't think he ever really came to grips with the fact that he was driving a car rather than commanding an armoured regiment.

When I was fifteen or so, I actually cycled to my grandmother's house in less time than it took my dad to drive there!

A further source of embarrassment was his persistence in buying British Leyland vehicles even though half of our neighbours worked for Ford and offered to get him a discount.

The first piece of **** that dumped oil all over the driveway was an navy-blue E-reg Austin 1800. This was followed by by an H-reg "70's gold" Austin 1800, an M-reg **** brown Austin Maxi and I'm sure there was something else before he got a C-reg Maestro. I think he bought another one after that.

When we emigrated, I took pity on him and gave him my six-month-old Mondeo V6 as I thought it would be nice if he finally had a car that could keep its oil inside the engine.

He was a lovely bloke in every other respect but the age of motoring rather passed him by.
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Re: First Car

Postby WHU Independent on Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:07 am

A white Datsun 120Y Sunny.

Top electrics, totally reliable, no mechanical issues. did 50K+ miles in it.

Until the bodywork corroded away to rust everywhere. Then it started to fall apart, failed an MOT and I scrapped it.

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Re: First Car

Postby jevs on Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:57 am

My dad had a beige coloured Ford Corsair which had bright red vinyl seats.....lovely on a hot day.
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Re: First Car

Postby pablo jaye on Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:31 am

southbrishammer wrote:Cortina Mk 3 - BTW381L, metallic green

One of my earliest memories was going with my Dad to pick it up from Doe Motors.

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This was mine as well - my grandad owned it and it was grey with red leather interior. As my parents didn't drive, they would drive up from Waterlooville and pick us up and take us out for picnics, or to watch my dad play Sunday league football. Happy days.

My Grandad then replaced it with an Ford Escort, and fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, was taken out by my son and his mate who has done up an old Mk2. He thoroughly enjoyed the trip down memory lane.
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Re: First Car

Postby somerset-hammer on Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:16 am

My mum used to ferry us around in a mini clubman, like this.

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Re: First Car

Postby hemelite on Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:32 am

Dormobile Van, huge great thing. Then a Viscount, stopped like a tank.
Best was a Hillman Hunter
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Re: First Car

Postby Tenbury on Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:05 am

My dad's was a Standard Companion.He eventually got a decent job @Norton Villiers,and they gave him a Triumph 2000.My first bike (@15,naughty) was a James,first car a Wolsley1500.
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