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Postby Shellysowner » 06 Sep 2006, 23:35

What was it? How was it? What are your abiding memories of it?

I'll start - mine was a 1989 998cc Mini in BRG metallic with loads of chrome extras (inc. spotlamps), wooden dashboard with a full set of Smiths white-faced gauges, fancy gearknob and gear leaver gaiter, mountney steering wheel, K&N filter and a Competition Silencers RC40 exhaust on a custom downpipe.

It was so much fun in terms of smiles per mile but I had to sell it to liberate the cash for more important things and to buy something more practical.

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Postby Doive » 07 Sep 2006, 00:37

1998 Vauxhall Astra 1.4 in Metallic Burgundy. Great car that I regret selling, if I was offered it back tomorrow I'd take it. Nothing terribly noteworthy or amazing to recommend it, but still my first car - everything I've had since has disappointed in some way, apart of course from the wonderful Chevette.

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Postby kw107 » 07 Sep 2006, 08:14

My first car :lol: . 1.2 liter, V4, aircooled. The price was £30.

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Postby chris(not) » 07 Sep 2006, 13:07

1962 (8 years old) minivan (848, magic wand) with windows. (Dates me a bit, I was 17 with a shiny new DL4B driving licence- red booklet type). Lasted about 6 months ie until the MoT was due- no chance of that, with hindsight I've no idea how it had one in the first place. It cost £40 (about £600 in today's money- old bangers haven't arf got cheaper (and better!)over the years.

Main memories are that someone had used the tinplate dizzy splash guard to stop the drivers seat falling through the floor, dropping out of third gear and packing the NSR wheel out on about 3/8" washers to stop it rubbing on the shock absorber due to knackered trailing arm bushes. Also a distinct tendency to go straight on on corners courtesy bald crossply remoulds. I honestly thought that my second car (1958 series 2 Minx) handled better than a mini until I drove a reasonable one on radials some years later!

No picture.... I think the earliest for that was my fourth car (1961 400E Thames 10/12 acquired when 14 years old with 28000 miles on the clock for £5) but that's another story.

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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 08 Sep 2006, 01:01

no pictures and i can't remember the year of my first car but it was a blue 1.6 Fiat 131 Mirafiori with wider Chromodora alloy wheels on the rear and it cost me £100 (3 weeks wages...i was on YTS money!!!). it is the only car i have ever owned/been in that gave you an instant water and fuel gauge reading when the ignition was switched on. dodgy Italian electrics??? not with this one. i remember having to replace the front pipe and i ended up with a wonderful rasping exhaust note at about 2500RPM that lasted about 500 revs that was so common with Italian cars and sounded better than the radio that was one of those pull-out jobbies that you lugged about with you.
my most abiding memory though was the time i went on holiday to North Wales and i pulled two of the local ladies. we drove to Black Rock Sands for a bit of 'Hows Your Father' and when it was time to go i managed to get the car stuck in the sand so they had to push me out...ah happy times :D maybe not as i've just realised all that happened 17 years ago and it makes me wonder just where the hell time has gone :shock: cheers Ralph :evil:
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Postby CancerWagon » 08 Sep 2006, 05:30

It was a 87 vette, 170,000 kms on it, and had the engine from the cancerwagon. The wagon got it's engine back after this car literally rusted itself to pieces. I got both for free.

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Postby UpNorth » 08 Sep 2006, 10:17

Smoke blue Chevette L hatchback, RHN120X.
It went to the scrappy after I'd finished with it, however it then rematerialised driving around town - it must have had more weld than metal! :lol: :lol:
Anyone have a 6R4 for sale? Unfortunately I've only got £1K spare but I could throw in a few eggs to sweeten the deal!
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Postby 1000er » 08 Sep 2006, 20:53

my first car was a Kadett City 1,6S

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after 2 years i sold it , to buy a kadett rallye :)

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Postby BamOpel » 09 Sep 2006, 12:42

My first car was a 1968 Singer Chamois coupe which is basically an Imp with
a fastback body & some fancy trim. I think I unfortunately have no photos of it. It was a metallic bronze colour & I loved it !
When I first got it (£150 with 6 month's road tax, 12 month's MOT I think, in about 1989) it had a couple of gearbox issues. It had to be held in 2nd so if you wanted to take a corner in 2nd you needed a co-driver ! It would also only go into reverse after about 50 tries ! Luckily it was so light I could push it for 3 point turns even if I was by myself :lol: .
Coolest things about it were the shape, the ride (VERY go-cart !) & the fact you could demist the rear screen with a cloth while sitting in the front seat (not while actually driving though :) ). Oh & the black & silver rear number plate looked wicked too not to mention the wood dash with loads of guages.......
The very coolest thing was that the fuel filler was in the boot (at the front) & this was opened by revealing a lock under the hinged badge on the front of the car. This did cause me a bit of embarresment the first time I filled her up,
after 30 minutes at the petrol station looking for the filler I had to give up & go home ! :oops: :oops:
The clutch went eventually & I sold her for parts a decision I regret whenever I see an Imp. :cry:
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Postby spyke » 12 Sep 2006, 13:22

my first car was a chevette
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and if you look carefully there eas only 16 days between the pics. the first one was taken 4 days beforre i passed my test
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Postby shuvit-tim » 12 Sep 2006, 17:38

1300 MKIII escort bonus. had it 72hrs and wrote it off. bottom. it was rubbish
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Postby Shuvit-pinto » 12 Sep 2006, 19:05

Mine was a a 2 door Harvest Gold Austin 1100 MPA 32K. Learned to drive in it and passed my test in it, drove the bottom off it, put a 1300 in it, loved it and did many trips to Cornwall to see the girfriend, ( now the misses ).

After many years I tarted it all up and gave it to the future Mrs Jones as an engagment pressy. She had it 6 months before writting it of on black ice and hitting a stone wall.

Next car was a Chevette though and she was NOT to drive it.
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Postby Chevette Girl » 19 Sep 2006, 04:14

1977 Olds Cutlass Supreme, big honking old grey two-door, 13 mi/gal no matter how I drove it or what I fed it... It was originally light grey but dad sprayed it charcoal grey with paint bombs but didn't prep right so the dark grey was peeling off in patches so it was more of a dappled grey. Drove like a dream, had that old-car suspension where you just sorta floated... and passing gear worked well. Eventually. This was the first car that was "mine" to drive. Little Beast currently has the horn from that car, and the front seat is now a loveseat in my basement.

The first car that was "mine" to pay for upkeep was my red Acadian (please see the gallery, not sure where the photo's at but I'm on the hood 8) ) that I had through 4 of my 5 years at university when Dad bought his Civic.

The first car that was "mine" according to the ownership was Purple (in the North American Chevy Chevettes gallery, sorry, none of me on the hood :P )
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