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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 7:39 pm    Post subject: Your first car Reply with quote

My first car was a Hillman Sunbeam Stiletto - in 1975!!!!! I thought I was the 'bees knees' driving around in that car. It was like 'doodah' off a shovel. It was was very similar to this piccy!!!!



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VW Polo for me. Which was a great little car, until ploughed into the side of it. Rolling Eyes That would be about 1991 - the car circa 1982.

Second car was a little Polo, too. That one wasn't quite so great...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing wrong with VW's............gotta Golf now.....as you have seen James!!!

Another good car, believe it or not, and one that I did not want at all, but turned out to be fantastic was.....a FIAT Punto.... Shocked Stuck to the bends really well.........and it was quite sporty too!!!

Another car I always wanted though is an - Alfa Romeo Spider. New model or old - I don't mind!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No no, nothing wrong with VWs at all. High quality brand - well, all brands from VAG are of high quality now, really. (VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda... and probably more)

That second Polo though, was an odd one - it had had its gearbox replaced, and the one that was taken out had some kind of economy thing on it. The new one didn't really work quite as well. Oh, and the engine wasn't particularly good... twisted its manifold somehow. Confused

Keep in mind, these weren't new vehicles at all; I imagine the problems I had with it, were about par for the course for vehicles of that age.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ford Escort MK1 back in '77
Needed a lot of work...the MK1 front wings, sills and inner wings were susceptible to rust
Ran like a dream for 4 yrs and sold it for what I paid for it.
At leat in those days you could work on your own cars.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Wolseley 15/60, painted matt black with flames on the bonnet. Brought it for 100 NZ dollars on Friday night at the pub, got it stuck on triple jumps at the local motocross track on Saturday, trying to impersonate the Dukes of Hazard, then rolled it Sunday afternoon doing some "off-road" racing on a local 4x4 forestry track.

Great while it lasted...

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I've already confessed to my Morris Marina in FF's thread, but after that cathartic experience I feel ready to share the details of my second car...

A 1978 S reg Vauxhall Cavalier 1600. A complete heap of s**t but I enjoyed it, even when the alternator started to go and I could make the whole car shudder just by flashing the headlights. I sold it to a guy in SE London and even saw it a couple of times driving around when I was at work.

Of course, that went when I got the Ford Capri... Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Morris Marina!!! Crikey!!! What a car. It would look soooo boring now, wouldn't it?

As for the Ford Capri - trendy in it's day!!! The programme 'Sweeney' had the Ford Capri in it!!! My parents had a yellow Capri with the black vinyl roof!!!!!

After my Sunbeam Stiletto days, I went on to buy a Ford Escort Sport (with the black vinyl roof) ...........strange days weren't they Shocked Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We used to have a Morris Marina van at work. Didn't they have the ignition key hole on the left of the steering column quite high up.

Anyway, my first car was a 1981 X Reg Vauxhall Astra in two tone green.
The majority of the car was shiny green and the drivers door was a matt green.

I agree about VW's, I now have a VW Passat diesel, wouldn't change back to petrol now.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first car back in '89 was a blue Ford Escort Mk3 1100 Popular.

A bit nerdy! But me and a mate drilled through the boot and installed an XR3i spoiler. And bolted some XR3i style driving lights on the front (but they wobbled a lot so you couldn't really have them on). And installed some XR3i style alloys. Wow, super nerdy now!!!

But the piece de resistance was a "TURBO" sticker. Once installed, the police pulled me over most evenings if I was out after 11pm.

Then someone slid into it in the snow (whilst I was sat inside it with the engine switched off!!!) and that was the end of that!

Looked a bit like this (but a lot more dented!)



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was that car - the MAXI!!! Built, and driven, like a German tank!!!! I think it may have been a Hillman. Had the unfortunate experience of 'looking after it' for some poor ol' soul who had had a nervous breakdown (not surprised seeing as he owned the MAXI!!)

Hey Rotorcraig. Nothing wrong with an Escort. I have been the proud owner of a couple of Escorts in my past life!!!! They served me well!!! Reliable, cheap to run, easy to service....no, I don't mean men Wink Wink

And then, for my sins, I ended up with a Metro Confused Someone kindly gave me a 'Cosworth' sticker for the back window Embarassed

Now, thank goodness, I have redeemed myself Cool I am now driving my second VW Golf Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ford Orion back in 1997

After that it was a a Vauxhall Cavalier and then a Rover 400. Never really gone for the expensive types - needed to save the money for flying!! Very Happy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Maxi was an Austin CW..

There was a longer version (it had a boot) - the Wolseley something or other - the Maxi looked like a Manx Cat by the side of it!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, FF!!!! The one that was parked on my drive for yonks had a boot. It was a 'posh' looking old-fashioned frumpy sort of tank-like car......if a heat-seeking missile hit it I don't think it would have suffered too much damage!!! It was like 'one of those old dames with the rolling pin standing at the door' type of vehicle!!!! Shocked

Crikey Shocked And a boring colour to boot!!!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first set of wheels was this 1962 Mini (850 body with Cooper S running gear including the rubber cone suspension). It was originally a crappy white colour, we had it stripped and resprayed, and had the motor rebuilt and bored out to 1327cc, hot cam, tuned length extractors and straight through exhaust:





Dad bought this car for me, and my sister now drives it. The first car I bought was the polar opposite of the Mini - a 1969 Buick Riviera, a massive 2-door boat with a 7.1L V8 and an interior that would look at home in a 70's porn flick. Laughing

Thar she blows:



After I bought that, Dad caught the Buick bug and I've since sold mine - he now owns three. Shocked
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