What was your first car?

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  • boo 28 Jan 2013 11:25:09 11,824 posts
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    Inspired by the 'Buying your first car' thread, what did everybody start off with?

    Back in 1986, I started off with a 1979, Midnight Blue Ford Escort MkII, 1.1 Popular.

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  • Blerk Moderator 28 Jan 2013 11:27:34 48,225 posts
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    An ancient Leyland Mini, much like this one but without the stripes on the bonnet. And, if we're being fair, also without much of the floor. Made going through puddles a lot more fun.

    Edit: That'd have been 1989/90ish, I guess. No idea what reg it was, but it was ooooooooold. :)

    Edited by Blerk at 11:28:46 28-01-2013
  • Deckard1 28 Jan 2013 11:27:44 28,680 posts
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    The shagin wagin

  • Alastair 28 Jan 2013 11:28:06 16,027 posts
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    1979 'Sand Glow' Triumph Dolomite 1850HL, with overdrive! Purchased aprox. 1993 for 600.
    Like this one.


    Edited by Alastair at 11:31:58 28-01-2013
  • LeoliansBro 28 Jan 2013 11:29:14 44,503 posts
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    Brown Saab 900 GLi. Velour interior. Wonderful car.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • elstoof 28 Jan 2013 11:31:04 7,723 posts
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    2002 Audi A3 1.8, all the options ticked. Still got it, put it up for sale yesterday in fact. Got a new car ordered.
  • boo 28 Jan 2013 11:31:10 11,824 posts
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    Back in 6th form, a mate of mine was given a Triumph Dolomite Sprint by his parents. Either a birthday pressie, or a 'well done' for passing an exam or something.

    Fabulous car! Styled like a brick - went like stink!

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  • robthehermit 28 Jan 2013 11:31:14 4,146 posts
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    My first car was a decrepit Mk 1 Astra. It was orange and horrible, and cost me 300 to buy and 500 to insure.

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  • quadfather 28 Jan 2013 11:32:27 12,859 posts
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    Brown Mazda 323 hatchback, W reg (bought around 1990). Was amazingly reliable. Or at least, more reliable than the shitbuckets I've had since

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  • Alastair 28 Jan 2013 11:33:12 16,027 posts
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    boo wrote:
    Back in 6th form, a mate of mine was given a Triumph Dolomite Sprint by his parents. Either a birthday pressie, or a 'well done' for passing an exam or something.

    Fabulous car! Styled like a brick - went like stink!
    I loved my Dolomite. We had them growing up, so it was nostalgia too. Some lovely, incongruous styling touches inside too. :)
  • boo 28 Jan 2013 11:33:45 11,824 posts
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    Aah! Overdrive!
    My second car, a 1978 MGB GT had overdrive - it was a little switch on the gearshift, and it worked, most of the time.
    Occasionally I'd hit fourth, flip the switch and then look 'not very cool' as I whacked the switch with my fist until it clicked over!

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  • teamHAM 28 Jan 2013 11:34:03 3,037 posts
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    H reg (1991) Mk3 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0D. Given to me by my grandfather after I passed my test. A real tank it was too. No power steering so as a skinny 17 year old it was a proper chore to haul around!

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  • Tryhard 28 Jan 2013 11:34:48 4,127 posts
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    Mark 2 Escort. I remember driving to work the last day I was going to work as a Postman,came around a corner and hit diesel on the road.The car smacked into a tree making a U bend in the front of my car writing it off.
  • Murbal 28 Jan 2013 11:35:26 22,352 posts
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    Passed my test in '91, bought my first car in '99...



    Horrible thing it was.

    I'm still only on my second ever car which I've had for 9+ years.

    A car's a car innit.
  • S.J.Rogers 28 Jan 2013 11:35:57 3,557 posts
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    Blerk wrote:
    An ancient Leyland Mini, much like this one but without the stripes on the bonnet. And, if we're being fair, also without much of the floor. Made going through puddles a lot more fun.

    Edit: That'd have been 1989/90ish, I guess. No idea what reg it was, but it was ooooooooold. :)
    Me too...

    It lasted about a month before i ended up in someones living room after going through their fence, garden, trees, over their pond, up the patio and through their french doors..! I also knocked over a concrete lamppost at the same time.

    That was an EXPENSIVE evening, especially at the tender age of 17..! :(
  • Alastair 28 Jan 2013 11:36:53 16,027 posts
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    boo wrote:
    Aah! Overdrive!
    My second car, a 1978 MGB GT had overdrive - it was a little switch on the gearshift, and it worked, most of the time.
    Occasionally I'd hit fourth, flip the switch and then look 'not very cool' as I whacked the switch with my fist until it clicked over!
    Mine would occasionally cut out while cruising at 80mph on the motorway..!
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  • Maturin 28 Jan 2013 11:37:19 3,094 posts
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    In 1990 a 1973 vomit yellow Ford Capri 1600. Great engine in that. I could hardly see over the bonnet though.

    Later I had a metallic green Ford Sierra Ghia 2.0. I think it was a 1984 model. I had it in 2002-2003. Cost me 300 and I did 30,000 miles in one year with no trouble. The lack of four-star petrol availability eventually killed it as I kept putting unleaded in it. Wore the valve seals out. But had great value with it. Drove all over the country in it. A few prangs, but at 300 I didn't care.

    Edited by Maturin at 11:39:20 28-01-2013
  • DUFFMAN5 28 Jan 2013 11:38:04 14,952 posts
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    Pasted test in 1989. first car 1976 1300 sky blue 2 door MK II Escort...and I fookin loved it. Everyone had MKI or MKII's back then...how times have changed.

    "Duffman the grey is thrusting in the direction of the problem! Oh, yeah!"

  • Blerk Moderator 28 Jan 2013 11:38:32 48,225 posts
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    S.J.Rogers wrote:
    Blerk wrote:
    An ancient Leyland Mini, much like this one but without the stripes on the bonnet. And, if we're being fair, also without much of the floor. Made going through puddles a lot more fun.

    Edit: That'd have been 1989/90ish, I guess. No idea what reg it was, but it was ooooooooold. :)
    Me too...

    It lasted about a month before i ended up in someones living room after going through their fence, garden, trees, over their pond, up the patio and through their french doors..! I also knocked over a concrete lamppost at the same time.

    That was an EXPENSIVE evening, especially at the tender age of 17..! :(
    I bow before your driving awesomeness! :D
  • Blerk Moderator 28 Jan 2013 11:40:38 48,225 posts
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    While we're on the subject, I lament the loss of the 'banger'. Kids these days don't know they're born with their fancy "cars that actually work". Where's the fun in the damn thing starting, driving in a straight line, being able to do more than 35mph without shaking itself apart, and not cutting out at every set of traffic lights, eh?
  • DUFFMAN5 28 Jan 2013 11:41:22 14,952 posts
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    My first "real" car after the MK II was a D reg silver 325i sport and it started my love affair with BMW...which I still have to this day over 20 years on.

    "Duffman the grey is thrusting in the direction of the problem! Oh, yeah!"

  • L_Franko Moderator 28 Jan 2013 11:42:18 9,694 posts
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    I had a black and silver D reg mk1 Nissan Micra for my first car about 12 years ago and it was terrible. Also the only car I have ever been caught speeding in.
    I was not sad to see that thing go. I hear that shortly after some friends of the family bought it for their daughter it was nicked. Stupid criminals.

    Edited by L_Franko at 11:42:54 28-01-2013
  • S.J.Rogers 28 Jan 2013 11:42:34 3,557 posts
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    Blerk wrote:
    S.J.Rogers wrote:
    Blerk wrote:
    An ancient Leyland Mini, much like this one but without the stripes on the bonnet. And, if we're being fair, also without much of the floor. Made going through puddles a lot more fun.

    Edit: That'd have been 1989/90ish, I guess. No idea what reg it was, but it was ooooooooold. :)
    Me too...

    It lasted about a month before i ended up in someones living room after going through their fence, garden, trees, over their pond, up the patio and through their french doors..! I also knocked over a concrete lamppost at the same time.

    That was an EXPENSIVE evening, especially at the tender age of 17..! :(
    I bow before your driving awesomeness! :D
    :) Thanks...

    I have the photos of the poor mini at home, i should scan them in and put them online. It was quite a mess and the amount of Police cars, Ambulances and Fire engines that turned up was impressive..! Until i got the bill for them too... I did not know you had to pay for any you don't use and as i crashed on a housing estate EVERYONE there call the emergency services and they ALL turned up in droves...
  • consoledelight 28 Jan 2013 11:43:19 159 posts
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    E Reg Ford Fiesta 1.4 Sport in red (Plus the bright yellow stripe alonf the side that i added)

    Blew an Escort XR3i at the lights, great car.
  • billythekid 28 Jan 2013 11:46:22 11,195 posts
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    A 1979 MkII Escort with 1300 of the finest cc's and in a rather fetching shade of beige.
  • billythekid 28 Jan 2013 11:48:30 11,195 posts
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    Blerk wrote:
    While we're on the subject, I lament the loss of the 'banger'. Kids these days don't know they're born with their fancy "cars that actually work". Where's the fun in the damn thing starting, driving in a straight line, being able to do more than 35mph without shaking itself apart, and not cutting out at every set of traffic lights, eh?
    This! I regularly had to push start mine due to a dodgy starter motor. It made parking it a pain as you had to make sure it was facing downhill if possible.
  • consoledelight 28 Jan 2013 11:50:39 159 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    Blerk wrote:
    While we're on the subject, I lament the loss of the 'banger'. Kids these days don't know they're born with their fancy "cars that actually work". Where's the fun in the damn thing starting, driving in a straight line, being able to do more than 35mph without shaking itself apart, and not cutting out at every set of traffic lights, eh?
    This! I regularly had to push start mine due to a dodgy starter motor. It made parking it a pain as you had to make sure it was facing downhill if possible.
    Do they even kno what a "Choke" is. Sitting for 20 minutes in your car in the cold trying to start it and trying to use th choke without flooding the engine. Hard times indeed.
  • quadfather 28 Jan 2013 11:52:46 12,859 posts
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    I see no-one has had the mispleasure of owning a dogshit coloured Talbot Horizon...



    The pinnacle of bollocks.

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