My first car way back in 1965, what was yours?

Tjay

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My first car was a Hillman Husky, that last about 6 months the I bought a 4 door for Anglia 107E, it was accident damaged but as I was serving my apprenticeship as a panelbeater/sprayer did not worry me at all, took me 2 weeks to fix it up. braw car
Now have a Volvo V90, latest in a long line of previous Volvos !!
Favourite past car was my Rover P5 coupe 3500cc V8 in maroon ,reg ERA222H tried a few time to buy it back but new owner says its not for sale !!
 

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This was my 1932 (or 37) Morris 8 Tourer. Picture taken roundabout 1955. Note the protection afforded by the not too sturdy bumper.
It was the second car that I owned I don't have a picture of the first one which was a 1935 Hillman 10 Estate car. Passengers could see the road through a hole in the floor and you got it going by cranking a starting handle.
I stored it in a snug narrow lean-to corrugated iron 'garage' I knew that it fitted in when the windscreen touched a ribbon that I had pinned across the structure. I then was able to exit the vehicle by crawling out the back door. One day the cheeky son of the landlord moved the ribbon with the result that I drove in a smashed the back wall down. I moved shortly after that . I was told that, even then, it was not PC to smack a child!
 

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Daff 33 automatic. Cue laughter. I was the only one who's car would start one horrible winter though.
Ah, the little Daffodil. My late father in law offered to buy one for Sue when she started college-------------she preferred the bus and didn't take her test until she was 52, that's how long the shame must have lasted---or maybe she just got herself a chauffeur---moi
 

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Although lee had the A35 van when we first went out and then the A35 car, the first car I learnt to drive was a Ford Anglia. I managed to wrench the front bumper and grill off reversing out of the garage days before we were due to trade it in against a Ford Cortina.
 
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Although lee had the A35 van when we first went out and then the A35 car, the first car I learnt to drive was a Ford Anglia. I managed to wrench the front bumper and grill off reversing out of the garage days before we were due to trade it in against a Ford Cortina.
Oh the A35 van. Andrew had one when I was 18. He gave me a lesson in it and it broke down and was kaput and needless to say I got the blame
 
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1965 mini 850, bought in 1981 for £30 from a scrapyard, my apprenticeship included ground up restoration, ( jim in picture) wouldn’t let me drive it until everything was right in his words,
The scania UK managing director lived locally and loved the paintwork so much he commissioned a new scania to be painted the same way
The paint started off as marine blue metallic and then each time he walked round the car he added a capful if silver metallic, Jim swore at me by the time he’d finished climbing ladders to paint the truck
My mini was then featured in a scania magazine article with the new scania
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In 1968 I took delivery of a brand new Morris Cooper 1275S, it was brilliant until July 1969 when on a rally in Devon it suddeny became 3' 6" shorter when it came in direct contact with a very solid bank of trackside rock & earth!
Where did you finish the race??
 

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1968 Wolsley Hornet mk2. Wished I still had it. Leather seats, wood dash, no synchro on 1st, sliding windows, full beam switch on the floor? And the pull wire to open the front doors.

Jon
 

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Black Riley 1.5 with twin Su Carbs and leather seats (best ever) Passed Test in this
White Ford Consul with bench seat (for the girls) and column gear change (wrote it off, direct into tree and telegraph pole)
Black 1100 Morris, Twin Choke Webber Carb
Morris Oxford Estate
Austin Champ (Jeep Style) with 4 reverse gears (would out pull Landrover as it has 3 litre engine
Jaguar Mk 2 (2.8) or was it 2,4 (5 miler per gal oil)
Hillman Hunter 1725cc
Triumph GT6 (a MGB eater)
Hillman Minx Estate Company Car
Ford Capri 3 litre Company Car (blew it up at 2 years old as raked it)
Morris Minor 800 cc split screen (1952)
Bedford CF van, Mat Black with round side windows looked like A Team van
Ford Zodiac (the big box)
Ford Escort estate mk 1
Hillman Hunter 1725 again
Ford Cortina 2 litre estate Company Car
Landcover Pic Up 6 cylinder petrol Company Vehicle
Hillman Minx Estate Company Car
Ford Transit
Mini Van
Austin Princess 1800 (Wedge)
Triumph TR7
Black Mini Metro 1.3
Ford Fiests Mk2
Landcover Safari Company Vehicle
Ford Siera Estate 2 litre Company Car
Ford Siera 2 litre with boot, Company Car
Ford Escort XR3I x2 (1 Black and 1 Red)
Renault 19 Chamade
Ford Escort 1600 cc Estate
Jeep 4 litre Cherokee
Ford Mondeo Estate 2 Litre
These were just a few of many in early years
 
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1973 Hillman Imp - passed test first go as well........ soon changed though to

White Honda Civic - which turned brown.........
Holbay Hillman Hunter GLS
Mk 2 Cortina 1600E - lotus engined
Morris Cooper 1275S bored to 1360 and race tuned to 200 hp - my favour car. Sad end though as sold to an american serviceman who couldn't handle power and hit a tree killing him............
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Sunbeam Imp Sport
Mk 2 Ford Capri 2.0 GL
Mk3 Ford Escort 1.3 GL
Volvo 340 1.4GL
Volvo 340 1.7GL
Volvo 440 1.7i GL
Volvo 740 2.3 GLe Estate
Volvo 740 Turbo Est GLT
Saab 9000csi
Saab 9000 CSE Turbo (Abbott tuned)
Saab 9000 CS Aero 2.3 (Abbott tuned to 250hp)
Saab 9-5 SE Estate 2.3 (Abbott tuned to 275 hp)
Saab 9-5 2.3T Aero Estate (Abbott tuned to 300 hp) Ludicrously fast!
Saab 9-5 2.2 TiD Estate
Saab 9-5 1.9 TiD Estate (Abbott tuned to 150hp)
Subaru Legacy Estate - lasted 3 months when gearbox went pop - got money back + compensation
VW Passatt 2.0 Sport Estate - hated as so uncomfortable - lasted 6 months.
58 Reg Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero Estate - absolutely superb fast comfy estate with 200 hp. Kept for 3 years to 195k miles
Current for last 14 month 2011 Nissan X Trail Tekna - loads of goodies, Celtic tuned to 221 hp and goes anywhere - literally. Makes these big 4 x 4's look useless!

Sorry quite a list but doesn't include my current T5 camper soon to be replaced by a VW California when I find right one for right price :)
 

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Huh Teenage drivers !
I managed to spin mine 180 on a very wet road...but no damage (except to my pride) and no collision
Mine was 1968 but wasn't rallied but had loads of work done to it............was 1275 bored to 1360 fitted with high lift cams and 2 twin choke webbers plus big valves etc. Jack Knight race gearbox, huge cooper works exhaust a potato would fit, twin cibie lamps, wood and pickett interior, webasto sunroof, wolfrace super slots, corbeau ralley seats and harness with full roll cage. And of course twin big fuel tanks all in flame red. It went like absolute stink with 200 hp recorded on rolling road. Nothing took it at traffic lights and did 60 in about a sneeze! Loved it to bits but had to sell when moved to London and a USAF guy from nearby Mildenhall bought it. I explained never to hit the loud pedal going into corner - only out. Sadly he did opposite and wrapped it round a huge oak tree ending his life - very sad as he also hadn't re-registered it so police called at my home........................ :(
 

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My first car was a "Davies Sports Special" LDE 565 that I didn't build but bought second hand.

The fibreglass body sat on a Ford chassis with an 1172 side valve engine running on twin SUs with a standard three speed gearbox. I drove it with the hood permanently down because I had a full head of hair in those days. :cry:
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My first car was a Standard 8 (radiator grill and opening boot not included as they were optional extras). I bought it for £15 (had to borrow £10 from my brother) and sold it 2 years later in worse condition but looked good because I had hand painted it, for £25. Never did pay my brother back come to think of it so I hope he doesn’t read this.
My main car now is a Tesla Model X - how times have changed!
 
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Mine was 1968 but wasn't rallied but had loads of work done to it............was 1275 bored to 1360 fitted with high lift cams and 2 twin choke webbers plus big valves etc. Jack Knight race gearbox, huge cooper works exhaust a potato would fit, twin cibie lamps, wood and pickett interior, webasto sunroof, wolfrace super slots, corbeau ralley seats and harness with full roll cage. And of course twin big fuel tanks all in flame red. It went like absolute stink with 200 hp recorded on rolling road. Nothing took it at traffic lights and did 60 in about a sneeze! Loved it to bits but had to sell when moved to London and a USAF guy from nearby Mildenhall bought it. I explained never to hit the loud pedal going into corner - only out. Sadly he did opposite and wrapped it round a huge oak tree ending his life - very sad as he also hadn't re-registered it so police called at my home........................ :(
Sorry Jim, but how on the eart did you ever fit 2 twin choke webbers onto a 5 port head? For that reason the works cars were sometimes fitted with a single 45 dcoe webber and the highest ever power that anyone ever achieved out of an 'A' series engine was at best 150 bhp.

I do of course realise that some of the works cars were later fitted with 8 port heads, but very few of these were ever put onto the open road because they cost a fortune as indeed they do these days if you buy one from the likes of MED Engineering, but the head alone before you even start thinking of the exhaust or carbs costs an eye watering £2,500. So by the time you have tuned an 'A' series engine with one of these when fitted to a Mini, then along with a Jack Knight gearbox, the exhaust the con rods, the crank and everything else the engine and transmission build alone would come to well north of £7k.
 
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Yet again the bloody post did multiple reply........................ fortunately 2cv came to the rescue.
 
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Yet again the bloody post has been multiple replied........................ come on Phil what is wrong with the software?
Very strangely it only seems to affect a small number of users. Could it perhaps be browser related?
 

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My first car way back in 1965 was a Heinkel 175cc bubble car, slow as a snail but good on fuel and I could drive it on my provisional motorcycle licence with L plates and without a passenger!

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in the Early eighties a then fledgling punk rock group produced their first album and I drive a red one of these with the guys playing their instruments etc out of the sun roof etc for the Album covers photo shoot.

My parents had a Messerschmitt.

My first was a Reliant Regal Van which amazingly in those days did not come fitted with Diesel heater or Sola!
 

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