What was your first car?

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Can you remember the first car  that you bought, how much did you pay for it and did you give it a soppy name?

 

I'll kick off.

 

Mine was a 1964 Ford Anglia, I paid £65 for it and I didn't give it a soppy name.  It was just like this one.

 

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In 1997 I bought A240VHS, a 1983 Ford Escort 1.3 Ghia in silver

 

Paid £600-£700 for it. I found it advertised in the Newshopper a local newspaper in South-East London. The advert described the car as having "all the usual Ghia refinements". 

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In 1977, I purchased a Citroen ID19.

It cost me £25 and needed an MOT before use.

 

Rather innovative, it featured inboard front disks, hydro-whatsit suspension. Each wheel was attached with a single large hex stud. A 2ft allen key was provided.

 

Non swivelling single headlights. That would have been really something. 

 

To change a wheel, first put the car on max height using the suspension setting, chock one side of the body, then set suspension to minimum. The car happily the lifted the wheels of the chocked side.

 

Happy days til it blew a hydraulic component and my student bank account couldn't cover the parts.

Sold to a man who drove 200 miles with a trailer to pick it up. 

 

Not my picture, but shows shape of car.

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All my friends bought Minis and suggested I should do the same.

Nah, not my style.

At age 18/19 the first car I bought was a 10 year old Rover 2000 TC for 200 GBP. I sold it after 6 months for 500 GBP, the only car I ever made money on.

 

For those who don't know it here's a goooooogle

 

Edit:

Let's extend this to my private car history...

1. Rover 2000 TC

2. Ford Crappy (sorry Capri) 1.3L

3. Ford Capri 1.6 GL

4. Volvo 340 my first brand new car.

5. Volvo 360 (2 litre luxury edition and my 2nd brand new car)

6. Cavalier SRi also bought new

7. Lotus Esprit Turbo (Loadsa fun)

 

The a few company cars I won't list.

 

After a move to Germany..

8. Alfa Romeo GTV (3 Litre V6)

9. Alfa Romeo 166 (3 Litre V6 - when it comes to top speed the fastest car I've owned, I managed over 260 kph in this).

10. Clio RS Trophy from Renault Sport. A Clio with 220 PS, it may not have the top speed of the Alfa, but 0-100 it's now the fastest car I've owned at 6.6 secs, much faster than the old Esprit, but maybe not quite as much fun. this is my current car and I also bought this one new.

 

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My first car was an old VW Beetle. My uncle gave it to me, he used to put sheep in the back of it to transport them. 

 

Myself and my friends went everywhere in that car, I was the first in the group to have a car, they talked about it when we met up a couple of years ago, 40 years later. 

 

It was a great old car, such fond memories

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My brother first had a Fiat 500, like the tiny child of a Beetle. We overtook one the other day and it brought back some memories...

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First car was a 1984 Fiat Panda 34, quickly succeeded by a 1999 Fiat Panda 500 (the facelift model of the same).

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In 1985.. I passed my drivers test... in 86, I bought a Renault 12 TL... 

1400cc motor and the suspension of a canal boat...

 

Loads and loads of fun was had in that... 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mine was a VW Polo. First reg. 1977, I bought it in 1982 for 1,000GBP. It was 34 HP and not very reliable (neither was my second or 3rd VW). Some old boy with no insurance ran into the back of me at traffic lights in Leicester and despite going to a small claims court still received nothing. In the end traded it in for a Golf with the back end still crumpled.

 

@hooperski my dad once bought an Anglia estate in the late 70's, had an MOT but the front wings were about rotted through, it was gutless and was a bit smokey. My dad always bought old cars on their last legs. One winter we were snowed in and whilst everyone else tried and failed to get up the hill and out of the village, my Dad put a couple of bags of cement in the back of the Anglia and just cruised up the hill. Brain not brawn every time but he had both.

 

@Malt-Teaser My favourite car was an Alfa Romeo Giullietta, (70's to 80's version) you've not lived unless you've owned a pre Fiat Alfa, The things it could do - Engine at the front, gearbox at the back so near perfect weight distribution and the original Alfa in line 4 racing engines, I ended up having 2 more before company cars kicked in and now I can't afford them :(

 

 

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My first car I bought in 1969 for £34.  It was a 1963, orange, Mini van with splashes of blue - I don't know why they were there.  The floor on the driver's side was rusty and every time I went over a puddle, water splashed up my legs.  The gear box worked but I had to stir the stick around until it fell in the correct gear slot. Some idiot stole it! I was lucky, I got £34 from the insurance company.

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It was in 1993 and it was a 1976 Renault 4 in red.

 

Something like this:

 

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But not so clean.  To make it sporty the bumpers were removed (not a good idea), a spoiler in the back was installed and some dodgy very wide tires were the cherry in the top.

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My first car was a Ford Ka '99.  Bought it new.  I had it for 3 years and would have kept it if I hadn't moved to another country.

 

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Mini Clubman bought in S.E. London in early 1986, nicely maintained by mechanic friend - only to be stolen from in front of the house a couple of months later! 

 

We always suspected a couple of dodgy brothers who lived opposite, but never had any proof. Remember that an edition of Nikolaus Pevsner's architectural guides was also on the back seat.:wacko:

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After the Anglia my father owned a Viva HB followed by the HC and then an end of line kicker, special edition HC which I learned to drive in at age 16 (on a disused airfield only ... honestly officer).

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46 minutes ago, Malt-Teaser said:

After the Anglia my father owned a Viva HB followed by the HC and then an end of line kicker, special edition HC which I learned to drive in at age 16 (on a disused airfield only ... honestly officer).

Fond memories of my mate's Ford Anglia with red vinyl seats. 4 of us spent many nights sleeping in it at luxury locations such as Skegness!

 

My first car was a hideous frog green Mini Metro that I wrote off when the brakes failed...apparently a common fault before the days of recalls!

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I learnt to drive in a Metro when they first came out. On the day of my test, my driving instructor said the car had a gearbox problem and wouldn't go into 1st gear unless the car is rolling so I had to put it into gear before stopping if at all possible. My test was in Feb, it was snowing and it was rush hour. Some how I passed in that Metro. Never did buy a Leyland car - well, not quite, did buy a Rover 214 when it was on its last legs for less than my sister paid to have her BMW serviced. I'd lost my job, had no money and needed a car.

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My first car 1981 ( not my pic btw ) (last year of manufacture) 1959 sit up and beg Ford Pop, 1200 cc side valve, 3 speed no synchromesh gearbox , 6 volt electrics, wooden floor, no heater, no radio, 18 inch wheels, cable operated brakes throughout, driving at anything over 45 mph was terrifying as the braking distances could be measured using days of the week.     

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My first car was a Volvo which I purchased for 400 quid in Hull, the day after I had passed my test at ASMT in Leconfield. Suffice to say it gave up the ghost a week later whilst on route to Dover.

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