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Your First and Favorite Car

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Watched part of a C5 programme about british made cars,which got me thinking.

What was my first car and which was the one a liked most.

First car we bought was a Ford Corsair 3 speed Automatic  ,bought second hand  the dealer offered us a free gear box if it went wrong ,it never did ,my Father in Law bought it from us and it was around 20yrs old before being scraped.

Favourite was again a Ford but a 1600 Capri red with a black leatherette roof ,really loved that car  ,My wife decided she wanted to learn how to drive so we had to part ex it (Not A good Car to learn in) In fairness I paid for it in a private deal and got a very good part ex against a new car.

Have you any fond memories of your cars...Davybe 

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My fond memory was not my 1st car but the 1st car I could remember as a child, my dad had a dark blue mark 1 ford escort and locked us out of the car in the middle of the Peak District. Ah the days when you had a button you could press down to lock the door and a key to open it!!!

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My first car was a Ford Escort, old pool car from my husbands work needed some work, but got me out and about, my favourite car has to be my Audi A4 Cabriolet, dark blue with cream leather interior. Loved it!!.  Now I drive Land Rover.

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I vaguely remember the car my dad had when I was little. It was black & had sliding windows that I managed to get my head stuck out of which caused a bit of a panic. Don't know the make but can remember the number plate - ARM 468. 

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The first car I drove was my Dad's Wolseley 16/60.  He actually bought it for me to drive and he didn't pass his driving test until a couple of years after me.  Beautiful two tone bodywork in beige and cream with red leather upholstery - oh the tales those seats could tell!!!

First car I bought was a Fiat 124 Estate.  Fabulous engine with an alloy head but an absolute rot box.  Remember seeing all the rust underneath as it was being hoisted onto the deck of the Newcastle - Esbjerg ferry in a cargo net (before the days of a RORO ferry on that route) in the summer of 1973, yet the car had only been first registered in 1969.

My favourite car is my current BMW 5 Series GT.  Bought it new in November 2010 and have yet to see anything I would rather drive.

DavidH

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My first car was a Morris Minor, bought in 1964 but I think it was 1958 vintage and already rusting badly at the time.

Favourite car like Davybe was a Ford Capri, ours was a 2000 GT in metallic Gold with a brown leather roof, it had a twin choke carburetor and had acceleration to die for, but lousy fuel economy of course, but with petrol at well under £1 a gallon it hardly mattered.

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My first car was a Morris Minor, 1953 version.  I learned to drive when I was seventeen, paid for my lessons by taking a Saturday job in a cake shop, but my father would never let me drive his car.  He bought me the Morris for my 21st birthday.  It was old, but very low mileage and in excellent condition.  It served me well until it was written off in an accident six years later.

After I was married I stayed home to raise our sons, and had my husband's cars  passed on to me when he bought new ones.  My favourite car was the brand new Honda Civic I bought for myself when I went back to work.  It was a sporty two door version and I kept it until the first grandchild came along.  It isn't easy to load a baby into a baby seat in the back of a two door car, so I changed to a four door version.

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My first car was a Mini - 850. With the help of my dad we took the engine out and replaced it with an Austin 1300 GT which made the wheels spin if you tried to set off in firdt gear. I had transfers from the magic roundabout on the doors! Not sure which was the best as every time I buy a new one I think that is the one until the next one comes along.

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Mine was a Citroen AX - it cost £1000 that I borrowed from my nan (paid her back in installments)

The door could be opened without using the key lol!

I had a small bump coming off  the A64 near York in the first week I had the car!

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My first car was definitely not my favorite. It was a '49 Ford with a moonshine tank installed in the trunk. I was only 14 when I traded an old Cushman motor scooter for it. It took me about a month to get it running. I drove it in the country only because it smoked to bad to drive it to town. Besides that I had no drivers license because of my age.

My favorite was a '60 Pontiac Bonneville that at the age of 16 I souped up on my own as a drag car. It had a 389 cube engine, 4 on the floor and racing slicks for the rear tires. I had it about a year until I blew up the engine.

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18 hours ago, DavidH said:

The first car I drove was my Dad's Wolseley 16/60.  He actually bought it for me to drive and he didn't pass his driving test until a couple of years after me.  Beautiful two tone bodywork in beige and cream with red leather upholstery - oh the tales those seats could tell!!!

First car I bought was a Fiat 124 Estate.  Fabulous engine with an alloy head but an absolute rot box.  Remember seeing all the rust underneath as it was being hoisted onto the deck of the Newcastle - Esbjerg ferry in a cargo net (before the days of a RORO ferry on that route) in the summer of 1973, yet the car had only been first registered in 1969.

My favourite car is my current BMW 5 Series GT.  Bought it new in November 2010 and have yet to see anything I would rather drive.

DavidH

I to bought a Fiat as you say a rust bucket ,the doors were so flimsy ,it was like driving  biscuit tin on wheels.

The worst car we bought was a Renault  Megan Classic, which suffered with an engine management problems ,It stop dead on the motor way ,locked my wife out ,she needed the car to do her job,  It spent as much time in there garage as mine some month's ,I use to go into their reception and referred to the car as "Frank Sinatra " making another come back ,lost money but so glad to get rid...Davybe

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I think we all remember our first car with fond memories, often forgetting the trials and tribulations that went with them. My first was a 1948 light blue Hillman Minx convertible with a dark blue hood. Although purchased in 1961, 56 years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday. I passed my test in a 1950 Vauxhall Velox.

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16 minutes ago, Oldworldtraveller said:

I think we all remember our first car with fond memories, often forgetting the trials and tribulations that went with them. My first was a 1948 light blue Hillman Minx convertible with a dark blue hood. Although purchased in 1961, 56 years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday. I passed my test in a 1950 Vauxhall Velox.

Hi OWT,

My Uncle had a Vauxhall Velox when I was so young I had to sit beside him on a cushion to see over the long bonnet.  My steering wheel with column change, stuck on the dashboard by a sucker, gave me early practice.

Couldn't happen these days, of course.

DavidH

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14 hours ago, The Pesky Pirate said:

Can you remember when ford meant fix or repair daily.....

The US version was "Found on Roadside Dead" 

My Mother bought a 3 geared Popular which was a good start to learning practical mechanics , Such a bad states that the Circlip  kept breaking on the starter motor , I could do it blindfolded eventually.Air wipers which stopped or slowed down when you overtook , and no washers.

Today the cars may be lacking character but they are pretty reliable compared to those in the 50s and 60s.and we have the foreign manufactures to thank for that ...Davybe  

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