You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

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You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby vietnammer on Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:26 pm

Renault 5, column-change 100 quid in 1984. 'Reliably' informed that it used to belong to Eddie Grant (of Electric Avenue fame) so, stardust, I bought it. Piece of **** never made it to the next MOT. He was probably in an open-top Merc by then. Further, while at school a mechanically-minded mate bought a fossilised Ford Anglia from our art teacher for 5 quid. No-one expected him (with me helping) to get the bloody thing on the road, on which the police quickly nicked us for having no licence/insurance/MOT/being 15 and everything. Later in life, I 'inherited' a 1976 Ford Escort automatic, apparently a bit of unique museum piece so I spent money on it. Electrics broke down continually. I left it on a farm in Cornwall when I went to the Scillies, but a scrap dealer mistook it for an old wreck the farmer owned and dumped a defunct tractor on top of it when clearing land.

After years of driving 50-quidders, I've (recently!) joined the human race and buy new-ish cars with servicing and warranty (and direct-debits).

(now me missus is in management, she's talking 24 grand for 4WD - I'm just allergic to that!)

Motors you've had?
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby Puff Daddy on Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:10 pm

First car was a Hillman Imp Californian in 1970. The biggest,( or smallest) whichever way you look at it, pile of crap on the road at the time. Continually let me down every time I took it out. Got utterly ****ed off with it blowing head gaskets, of which they were notorious, if I had lived near cliffs, I would have pushed it off them. Complete and utter pile of ****. Second, was VW Beetle, the best car I've ever head, wish I still had it. Sold it for a ****ing Skoda Estelle. What the **** :oops: Next was a Citroen, can't think what type though, another absolute ****ing pile of ****, purposely wrote that one off and then got the architypal Essex wide boy's car, a Ford Capri, loved that motor and it's true, you could pull any bird you wanted, with a Ford Capri. Next was a whole series of Rover's had about 4 of them, Inc a few Executive models, then a company Beamer. Current motor is a Volvo 4x4, classy thing
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby southbrishammer on Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:20 pm

Of all the boring middle of the road cars I have owned, the only one I ever loved was an Alfa 147. On my 40th birthday I traded it in for a 3 year old diesel Ford Focus.

Middle age could not be represented any more starkly.
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:21 pm

My very first car wa an MG Midget - I wasn't looking for one as such but I needed a car and a man who worked with my sister at the Nat West Bank wa selling his and it just so happened to be an MG - it had an 8 track stereo fitted in it along with a sports steering wheel , it cost me all od £400 and I loved it . I ended up trading it in for a Morris Marina .
First car I ever drove on the road was an Austin A30 - it didn't have an MOT , I wan't insured and I hadn't passed my test , I took 3 of my friends out in it for a joy ride while my parents were out at Bingo . :oops:
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby Toulouse_Iron on Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:45 pm

Blue Mini Metro that cost me a pint!
I was carless at the time and a colleague was gong to scrap his Metro, having bought an Escort. said "Don't scrap it, I'll buy it off you." He refused and said he'd give it to me. I said I'd not take it as a gift and he said "OK, buy me a pint, then." . The deal was done and I drove it for over a year.
It was a navy blue pile of poo but it was MY pile of poo. Bought and paid for......
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby Bend it like Repka on Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:45 pm

Hmmm, let me think, from aged 17 - 30

Mk II Cortina (Nicked)
Mk IV Cortina (Sold I think)
Cavalier SRi (Sold)
Rover 216 GTi (Written off on M25 in 70mph crash)
XR2 (sold)
Rover 220 Coupe (sold)

Then went travelling and didn't have a car for a few years, came back to live in Romford

Ford Fiesta (Nicked)

Then moved to Brighton where don't really need a car. Eventually succumbed to getting cheap runabouts that I can literally throw away if they go wrong

Another Fiesta - Cost £300 lasted about a year, scrapped
Vauxhall Vectra - Cost £800, ran into ground, sold for scrap £180
Ford Cortina - Cost £200 (yes, I upcycled my car for a net cost of £20 :tune: ), sold for scrap £60
Now in VW Passat - Cost £300. Still going strong 3 years later. Been Devon and back 3 times, never missed a beat. Only major complaint is the driver electric window is jammed.

Think that's the lot.
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby Patito on Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:52 pm

Blue Citroen Saxo like the one from Gavin & Stacey - brother wrote it off
Silver Peugeot 206 - brother wrecked it
Blue ‘56 plate Fiat Punto - brother not allowed near it
Black ‘18 plate Kia Ceed GT - superb motor
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby delbert on Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:59 pm

My roll call:
Cortina MkIII Estate. I can't think of a more stupid first car, but it was given to me.
Capri MkII 2.0 GT. Cornering like a shopping trolley.
Escort MkI 1300 GT. Gutless, Daytona Yellow but with a purple boot.
Escort MkI 1100. Drum brakes all round, wouldn't stop in reverse.
Austin Princess. Probably the worst car I've owned. Appeared in Beadles About because the suspension had collapsed and they couldn't move it out of the way for filming.
Cortina MkIV. Had a couple of these, one got nicked and the other one bangered.
Montego. Another punt at a BL basket case, I bought another one for spares but ended up keeping that one and stripping out the original. However, despite virtually following each other off of the production line no two parts were the same.
Escort MkIII. So bland I can't remember what I done with it, it was blue.
Sierra Ghia. All the bells and whistles, lovely motor. Auto box went and I lost reverse gear, made parking interesting.
Escort MkIII. Again, this one was red.
Granada Ghia. Cost a bomb to run, got nicked over Christmas.
Focus. Really nice car, fuel injection pump eventually went bang.
Megane CC. Mid life crises convertible. French so naturally unreliable.
Pulsar. My current ride, leased........
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby Samba on Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:58 pm

Patito wrote:Blue Citroen Saxo like the one from Gavin & Stacey - brother wrote it off
Silver Peugeot 206 - brother wrecked it
Blue ‘56 plate Fiat Punto - brother not allowed near it
Black ‘18 plate Kia Ceed GT - superb motor - brother not allowed within 5 miles of it
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby Samba on Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:59 pm

delbert wrote:Sierra Ghia. All the bells and whistles, lovely motor. Auto box went and I lost reverse gear, made parking interesting.

ALWAYS up hill...
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby Wembley1966 on Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:13 pm

Austin A35 van with a rear seat conversion
Ford Anglia 1200 - took 6 of us to most of the Essex away matches in the JPL on Sundays.
Mini - originally an 850 but I put an MG 1300 engine in it.
Rover 2000
MG Midget
Mini Clubman 1000
Fiesta XR2 (company car)
Alfasud (company car)
VW Sirocco GTi (company car)
Saab 900 Turbo (company car)
Saab 900 Turbo (company car)
Saab 900 Turbo S convertible (company car - which I then bought after 3 years)
Jaguar XKR (kids got too big for it!)
Saab 9-5
Kia Sportage 4WD
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby 3times on Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:11 am

Rover P6 2000TC
Mk 3 Cortina 2.0 XL (facelift with full 2000E interior & chrome rostyles)
Astra 1.3 (company car)
Morris Marina van
Granada 2.8GL
1275GT Mini
Escort 1600 Ghia
Orion 1600 Ghia
Sierra Sapphire 2.0 Ghia
RS1600i
Granada 2.8 Ghia X
Granada Scorpio
Sierra Sapphire 2.0 Ghia
Mondeo 2.0 Ghia S
Impreza WRX
Impreza WRX Prodrive
Mondeo ST220
BMW 525i SE
Focus ST3 225
Mondeo Titanium X
Jaguar XFS (current)

and bikes

Fizzie
RD250
RD400C
RD400E
long break then
FZ750
SV650
VTR1000
Aprillia Mille 1000 (still)
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby Tenbury on Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:48 pm

I once raced an air cooled RD ( a 350).....I was crap!
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:04 am

1st - MG Midget - great little car .

2nd - Morris Marina - ver reliable , loved it .

3rd - Ford Cortina Mk2 - had a dodgy bonnet that kept popping up every time I went over a bump .

4th - Morris Marina - served me well .

5th - VW Polo - bought off a ferry mate , cost me loads in bills .

6th - Morris Ital - 2nd worst car I ever bought .

7th - Morris Marina - worst car I ever bought .

8th - VW Polo - got it cheap , good runaround .

9th - Honda Civic - loved it , one of the best cars I've owned .

10th - Nissan Micra - same as the Civic , just brilliant .

11th - Honda HRV - tight seat belts at the back , otherwise a joy to drive .

13th - Vauxhall Astra - spent the last 2 years thinking it was going to break down but apart from having to check the oil regularly it hasn't missed a beat .
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby S-H on Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:24 am

The Old Man of Storr wrote:
11th - Honda HRV - tight seat belts at the back , otherwise a joy to drive .


How long are your legs TOMOS?
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:38 pm

S-H wrote:
How long are your legs TOMOS?


:)

I was fine , it was those moaning passengers in the back that complained incessantly .
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby swash on Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:40 pm

Ford Fan Boy here

Escort
Escort
Orion
Fiesta
Fiesta
Focus
Focus
Focus
Mondeo
Mondeo
Mondeo
Mondeo
Mondeo

Even the wife has had a succession of Fiestas

Did drive a Fiat rental once, it was **** :D
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby Vince on Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:47 pm

MG Midget
Ford Mondeo
Ford Orion 1.6 Ghia
BWM 3 series
Mercedes 190E
Mazda 929
Toyota 4 Runner
Lincoln Navigator
Range Rover HSE
Aston Martin DB9
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby Hummer_I_mean_Hammer on Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:11 pm

3times wrote:Granada 2.8GL
1275GT Mini


Must have been quite some transition in driving styles.
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Re: You Wanna Know How I Got These Cars?

Postby Eggchaser on Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:14 pm

Ford Escort
Nissan Violet SSS Coupe - Cheap replacement for the Escort when it died, but I loved this car.
Vauxhall Cavalier
Vauxhall Cavalier Estate - Got ripped off, boot hinge was corroded to **** but was hidden under mastic and paint.
Rover 216 - Another cheap one bought off a mate. The sunroof flew off as I drove up the A303 :lol:
Ford Mondeo. A new starter motor every January!
Toyota RAV4 AWD (MK1) Brilliant car, tough as old boots and totally reliable, got talked into trading it in for a new RAV under the scrappage deals.
Toyota RAV4 AWD (My 1st new car - written off by an asshole turning right into it as my ex as was driving it)
Toyota RAV4 AWD
Mazda CX5 NAV Sport
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