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Old 19th Mar 2021, 17:01
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EM,though I don't think I've seen an interior before,the distinctive forward-leaning front pillar leads me to agree that it's a Victor.Despite the fashionable column-change,I'm slightly surprised that it doesn't have a bench-seat as in the Zephyr mk 3,in which I learned to drive.
The colour fooled me.
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Old 19th Mar 2021, 17:19
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The standard Victor had bench seats, hence the column shift and the "pull out" parking break.
Only the De Luxe had separate front seats and radio.
As an aside, it was the "Never had it so Good" postwar era. Dad ordered a new reverse slope Ford Anglia 105E
(the only new car in his life) but the delivery dates kept slipping so he got fed up and got this Victor instead. A better car anyway.
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Old 19th Mar 2021, 17:42
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Can just remember being cocooned in many layers and popped into a convertible Austin 7 for a mid winter trip from Hawick to Glasgow to visit grannie. It must have been early in the war, how my father got permission and petrol for the trip is a mystery, but I guess we went in the borrowed Austin because it was more economical than his 3.5 litre SS Jaguar.
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Old 19th Mar 2021, 18:24
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Around 1965 my father was driving a Humber Hawk. I can still remember the walnut (?) fascia and smell of leather. It was a bit of a squeeze with two adults and five kids. Somehow we were relegated to a Ford Popular 103. The bonnet spent more time open than closed and we often walked home from what was supposed to be a Sunday afternoon out. A bit later there was a three-speed Victor, which seemed to be propelled by cuss-power. I think there was an Austin A40 after that. Any one of them would fetch good money now if they weren't sixties or seventies beer cans.
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Old 19th Mar 2021, 19:06
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As an avid fan of Bangers and Cash I am surprised at how low a price some of them command today.

My mum and dad used to own a farm and back then they used to muck spread the fields with a wheelbarrow and fork! I kid you not.

First car I used to go In was my brothers Ford not so Perfect? Then his Anglia HHH 664D. He installed a stereo in it badly as I remember and was always twisting wires together to get it to work.
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Old 19th Mar 2021, 19:29
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I am surprised at how low a price some of them command today
Cars of the 1940s and 50s are remembered by today's sixty and seventy year olds. They are not in the market for cars that need constant attention. Younger enthusiasts remember cars from the 1980s onward and they are what they are prepared to buy.
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Old 19th Mar 2021, 22:26
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My father had a Hillman Super Minx. I still remember the reg. 4079KX. When my parents separated, they sold,it. My mum got a Simca 1000GL (6049PP!), and he slunk off in a Hillman Imp
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Old 19th Mar 2021, 23:48
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Earliest I can remember were US Fords in Chile. Back in UK we had Triumph 2000 PI estate , Range Rover , Saab. Volvo 240 GLT then I was away, so I seem to remember maybe some more Volvos, and then many Golfs one of which my Mum got stopped for speeding in Sainsbury's and got off ,after being followed in from the road outside
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Old 20th Mar 2021, 01:23
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Old 20th Mar 2021, 01:41
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This was my Golf on 6th December 1986.

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This is my volvo 360GLS Winter 85/86 sorry about poor quality and orientation.

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Old 20th Mar 2021, 03:21
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First memoris. Dad had a Volksvagen in about 1947, which was strange as he had been a pilot in the war. Mum had an old MG, 4 seats, big, (I thought) and things regularly fell off.
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Old 20th Mar 2021, 08:29
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1935 Morris Eight, that I subsequently passed my driving test on for my own licence. He eventually sold it for 20. Wish I had it now. ( the car that is, not the 20 )
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Old 20th Mar 2021, 08:45
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This is my volvo 360GLS Winter 85/86 sorry about poor quality and orientation.
Did all your cars end up on their side?
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Old 20th Mar 2021, 08:51
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I'm working on it.:-)
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Old 20th Mar 2021, 09:18
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This was my Golf on 6th December 1986
You must have lived near Liverpool. The wheels have been nicked.
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Old 20th Mar 2021, 09:43
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Grandparents usual day trip at weekends was 6 up Edinburgh to the Seaside about 25 miles and after we played on the Sands and they had a flask of tea in the car we set off back home. Approaching Musselburgh the treat was Luca's ice cream. Hmm or Skinless Haddock and Chips with added salt. but I digress
Bench seat in front was Grandad and 3 children , Mum and Granny in the back,
With regard to directions and not using maps he would when in a strange place and going somewhere not the usual.place it's amazing he would not pull onto a garage or shop to ask directions but amazing how he suddenly got caught short as we passed a hotel and he needed to use the toilet. Us kids and females would stay in the car while he popped in. He would return about 15 min later , well it would be rude using their toiled and not have a sniffer. Funnily enough he then knew exactly where we were going and where we were....Alcohol obviously improves spacial awareness
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Old 20th Mar 2021, 11:17
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Dad never owned a car - transport was 'Shank's Pony', bicycle, bus or train (steam, of course!) and, on one notable occasion a irip to the beach in a pony and trap, We lived just three miles from the beach so, no problem for we kids. If Mum and Dad came along, they hired a local taxi driver (black cab style!).
My own motoring started, in Aden, with an Excelsior 150 m/c, then a scrap-heap worthy Austin 8. Back in UK, I started with a Singer 9(?) ragtop, as decrepit as the Austin and then a pristine secondhand Ford 'Pop' (pneumatic wipers ), a hired Minor 1000, then, abroad, Service provided, Morris J2, short, then lwb, Landy, (managed to destroy the front diff). Back in UK to collect my first new car - Morris 1100, followed by a Hillman Minx (both examples of British car makers 60s 'talent') then a Renault 16 (superb !), followed by a Saab 99 (clever design, rubbish cooling system), then a Peugeot 205 and a Citroen BX turbo x2, the second was my longest lasting, at 328,000 miles when moved on. Then a Honda CRV (impressive, especially when slippery), another similar fillowed by a VW saloon, a Volvo Solstice (gorgeous, vanity buy!!!) VW Tiguan, replaced by similar and, finally my Citroen Berlingo 'dustbin'- bought for utility and, particularly, easy access.
If I could justify, source and afford one, I would buy a Citroen DS 21 decapotable - dream on !
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Old 20th Mar 2021, 11:56
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This nostalgic thread is making me think a lot about the motoring adventures with my father back in the 50's. Having worked on and driven cars ever since there were any, there was very little he didn't know about it. Driving with him in floods, ice or snow in our old Austin 6 was quite amazing. On one journey with the family we were stopped by the police because the road was flooded. When the police confirmed that the buses were still going through, he told them that we would wait. The next bus arrived and we followed it through the flood water, watching carefully the depth of the water on the side of the bus. No problem. That trick saved us a 50 mile detour through mountains and who knows what other floods.

Returning home one Christmas night in heavy snow, we were stopped by a short line of cars. A telegraph pole had been brought down by the weight of snow, right across the road. A GPO Landrover drove up and went straight across the pole. Father saw this and pulled out of the line of traffic and drove carefully across the thinner end of the pole.
Even without the hazards of ice, snow and floods, driving in those days required a lot more skill than today. We used to spend our family holidays at Oxwich Bay on the Gower coast. The only roads into Oxwich were very steep, narrow an mostly edged by high dry stone walls. If you met someone as you were coming up the hill, it would require severe hill starts. Even without meeting anyone, many drivers would get into difficulties because they would leave their gear changes to late. This meant that they slowed down too much during the change and would then need to change down again. And so it went on until they tried to get into first gear with no synchromesh in those days. My father would always hit the bottom of the hill at the same speed, change into third at the bottom of the incline, and then usually go the whole way up in third gear. I learned so much from him.

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ex82watcher,
My Dad owned a turquoise blue Ford Capri (which was based on the Consul) in 1964 in North Yorkshire. It easily fitted our young family of five and we traveled a fair bit in Europe for the two years he owned it. It was registered 6666 HN which I think meant it was a Darlington car? He replaced it in 1966 with a Renault R8 Gordini which I remember had much more comfortable seats. At 92 Dad still drives his four cars in Adelaide, South Australia. His current favourite is a Mazda MX-5 that he bought himself for his 91st birthday..
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