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what was your first car?

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AnninGlos Report 25 Jan 2013 21:33

Ann you reminded me. Once we were driving the Ruby on Dartmoor, 1961, there was a hill and the only way OH could get the car up it was in reverse. The windscreen wipers were very iffy too.


AnnCardiff Report 25 Jan 2013 21:36

wipers!!! how lush - we only had one in the middle!!!!


VIVinHERTS Report 25 Jan 2013 22:15

I learnt to drive first in my dad's Triumph which had a large cc engine. He and I then bought a Ford Cosair Consul and I finished learning to drive and passed my test in that.
My first car that was solely mine was a Ford Anglia, then an MG 1300.
All these were very old secondhand cars
.I have driven a Mini van, Lancia sports car, Triumph 2500 PI and an Austin Maxi in my time.

When I got married my other half had a Austin 1300 GT and we both drove that. Next came an old Morris 1100, Austin Marina, Audi Avant 2.2.
Newer secondhand cars were Audi Avant 2.00, Audi Avant A6 2.6, Ford Fiesta 1.1.

I was given a very old Vauxhall Astra Merit 1.3 which I drove for several years and now I have an old P reg Vauxhall Corsa 1.2.

I really loved the driving experience of the Audis but I don't care what a car is. If it gets me from A to B safely and cheaply then I'm happy
:-) :-)


Ron2 Report 26 Jan 2013 19:17

A 1956 reg'd black VW Beetle bought in BAOR in 1960 and in which I passed my test. Semaphore signals. No petrol gauge, when it started to splutter you moved a lever near the foot controls and you then had (think) 5 litres of fuel left. Great little motor. Bought another one in 1976 here in the UK but orange this time and with a petrol gauge

Carol 430181

Carol 430181 Report 26 Jan 2013 20:47

I learnt to drive in an Austin Seven which my OH owned I used to practice on a disused aerodrome. My first car when I was 17 was a Ford Prefect which I had for 5 yrs, then when married a series of Mini's.

Carol :-D

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 26 Jan 2013 21:42

Saved up and bought my first car for £30. It was a pale yellow Mini with a white roof.
The starter button was on the floor. The dip-switch was a button on the floor. The front windows didn't wind down, they slid from side to side. The back windows didn't open at all.
The driver's door didn't open properly, the handle was broken so I had to slide back the window and let myself out by the outside handle!!
The steering wheel was huge compared to today's cars, and the gear stick seemed about a yard long!!
There was no radio so I used to hang my tranny from a button on the dash - thought that was dead cool :-D there was no heater either.
I knew every puddle between home and work because I had to avoid them or the distributor cap would fill with water and the car would stop :-S
My brother was often at home in those days and he'd spend an enormous amount of time underneath my car fixing things.
I sold it three years later for £70.
Happy Days


Maryanna Report 27 Jan 2013 13:50

My first car was a 1965, grey Vauxhall Viva HA. It was passed on to me by my Dad. The only problem was I couldn't drive then. He took me out in it for a few lessons but I found it hard to drive. By the time I passed my test a year or so later, my husband had got so fed up with it taking up room on the drive that he got rid of it.

At that time we had a Vauxhall Astra estate, actually, I think it was an Opel Kadet, and so that was the first car I actually drove.

I found I was expecting my eldest son a couple of weeks after I passed my test and so had to give up riding my motor bike and swapped the bike for the car with my husband. Easier to put the baby in the back of the car than on the back of a motor bike even though baby car seats were pretty basic affairs in those days !!!!! M


Merlin Report 27 Jan 2013 14:03

George a 1939 BSA SCOUT SPORTS TOURER,restored and in concours condition, is worth about £24.950. so it might equate to yours. **M**> Price from Classic car mag.January this year.


Robert Report 27 Jan 2013 17:26

Learned to drive on a Standard Pennant In 1950s.

First car was a Morris Minor.