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keyboard flier 19th Mar 2021 12:11

First one I remember was mk 1 cortina estate, then it was a moskvitch followed by: Austin Maxi, Princess, Mk 2 Granada, Sapphire before I left home.

ZFT 19th Mar 2021 12:27

Originally Posted by Effluent Man (Post 11012056)
A trade term for a vehicle that is past it's first flush of youth and may be modified by the popular ferrus oxide lightening process.

Thanks. I've learnt something today.

Imagegear 19th Mar 2021 12:33

Originally Posted by Effluent Man (Post 11012056)
A trade term for a vehicle that is past it's first flush of youth and may be modified by the popular ferrus oxide lightening process.

More like a "heap of corrosion".


Ninthace 19th Mar 2021 13:02

My dad had an 850 side valve Morris Minor with split screen. I was occasionally allowed to drive it on old WW2 airfields in return for cleaning it. At first, he had to do the roof as I wasn't tall enough.
We used to go on holiday to the south of France, camping en route, in the pre autoroute days following printed strips provided by the AA. One year we burned out the side wall of a tyre on the Route Napoleon going over the Alps and had to go as far as St Raphael to get a replacement. The car had Town and Country tyres on the back with mudflaps made from old inner tubes. It was two and a half days there and two and a half back and Dad only got a fortnight's holiday!

wowzz 19th Mar 2021 13:20

"about it was the floor mounted starter switch."
I had one of those in my first car, an Austin Mini Traveller, built around 1964.

UpaCreak 19th Mar 2021 13:28

Dad's first car was a Morris 10, Reg No BMU 156, it was his fathers before that. I was always intrigued by the rad thermometer mounted on top of the radiator so that it could be seen from the front seats.

spekesoftly 19th Mar 2021 14:09

One of my late father's early cars was a Ford V8 Pilot. As a youngster in the 1950s, I was impressed by its hydraulic jacking system operated by a hand pump in the engine bay, and a three-way valve to select front, rear or all. Much easier to change a wheel than using a conventional screw jack.

ShyTorque 19th Mar 2021 14:13

If I copied my father's car, I'd be walking...I was the first on his side of the family to buy one.

Ninthace 19th Mar 2021 14:17

In my first tour in the RAF at Halton, the gliding club kept its MT next to the Motor Club behind the workshops, On Wednesday afternoons (remember those?) I used to pick up the tractor on my way home for lunch as my MQ was next to the track down to the airfield. Since the tractor was a devil to start, I used to leave it running when I parked it on the driveway while I grabbed a bite and changed out of uniform. My daughter, who was toddler at the time, found this puttering beast fascinating and probably explains why her first word was "tractor".

paulc 19th Mar 2021 14:58

I know my dad had Ford Classic mid 60s followed by a mk1 Cortina, followed by Mk2 then 2 Mk3 then 2 mk 4 one of which was stolen off our drive.(TDL 104S) These were all company cars and his final company one was a Sierra. (MOT 496Y) A Nissan Bluebird and Jag S type followed on retirement.
My mum had a more varied list Ford Anglia and Escort with a Nissan Sunny, Renault 12 and 5, 2x Nissan Micra and a Peugeot 205. Final car was a Fiesta.

Out Of Trim 19th Mar 2021 15:14

My Father’s first car that I remember in the early 60s was a 1930s Austin10. We sometimes borrowed Grandad's Austin A55 for holidays down to Mevagissey in Cornwall. The next car was a 1963 Morris Oxford he kept until around 1982. Good times and no seat belts! :eek: Then a new Peugeot 305 Estate. Finally a Peugeot 405 Estate.

Ancient Mariner 19th Mar 2021 15:20

Originally Posted by ShyTorque (Post 11012145)
If I copied my father's car, I'd be walking...I was the first on his side of the family to buy one.

Me too, my father never owned a car, diabetes prohibited driving.

oldbeefer 19th Mar 2021 15:22

Originally Posted by rogerg (Post 11011718)
My dad could never afford car but he did have a push bike with an engine in the rear wheel to take him to work.

Known as a Cyclemaster. I had one when I was about 12 which I used to 'race' around the local fields with no silencer!

clareprop 19th Mar 2021 15:28

Austin FX3 and Austin FX4

osborne 19th Mar 2021 15:38

Here's my Dad's Vauxhall Victor that I learned to drive on during the harsh snowy winter of 1962/63.

American styling, three-speed column shift, and valve radio for the Great 208. What more could I ask for? And I passed.


Effluent Man 19th Mar 2021 15:41

Austin Metropolitan?

ex82watcher 19th Mar 2021 16:03

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.

Kiltrash 19th Mar 2021 16:09

Best car Grandad had, to a wide eyed 6-7 year old was a Ford Consul. Noted for a V4 engine. Worse car was previously noted Rover P1. Where presumably due to aerodynamic pressure the metal sunroof would fly out the roof at speeds over 50. Needless to say we went everywhere at 45. ...
While teaching us to drive he would get out at hill start time and put a box of matches behind tbe wheel and if box got crushed the lesson was over.
He never passed a test as between thr wars they just gave licences away as he was in the Army and home Guard in WW2. The stories he would tell for Grenade practice. ...

KelvinD 19th Mar 2021 16:14

When my Dad finally finished with the Navy in the Korean War, he had a succession of motor bikes, some with side cars. Then he decided he would need something with a bit more room, presumably after driving from the Wirral to Pwllheli with my sister and I knocking lumps out of each other in the sidecar. His first adventure was a Reliant 3 wheeled van (pre-Del boy). He had discovered that he could drive this on his motor cycle licence (gained at Taranto courtesy of the RN during WW2) as long as the vehicle was not capable of reverse. Someone sowed him a wheeze, using a plate in the gear box that theoretically blanked off selection of reverse. Theoretically doesn't always match reality so, while he could satisfy police etc that reverse was blanked off, he knew how to select and use it anyway!
I don't remember the order in which he had his later cars but one do remember very fondly was a Triumph Renown. He didn't have that one too long but I remember as a kid doing a tour around Scotland in it. Really spacious for us in the back. I am not sure if the dog liked it as much as we did. While driving along through Scotland one afternoon, with my rear window half open, the dog decided to leg it, presumably after some sheep, and leapt through the open window. Luckily, I had been holding the dog with his lead and collar on so, despite having gone wind surfing for a number of seconds, slapping against the body work, I was able to wind him in safely.

ex82watcher 19th Mar 2021 16:18

Kiltrash,your mention of the Ford Consul reminds me that as a nipper,I always admired the now very rarely seen Consul Capri.With its rakish lines and wings at the back,It looked to me then, like 'Supercar' from the TV puppet series.

Effluent Man 19th Mar 2021 17:01

Originally Posted by ex82watcher (Post 11012205)
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.

osborne 19th Mar 2021 17:19

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.

DType 19th Mar 2021 17:42

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.

stevef 19th Mar 2021 18:24

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.

NutLoose 19th Mar 2021 19:06

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.

Fareastdriver 19th Mar 2021 19:29

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.

colinwil 19th Mar 2021 22:26

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 :)

Mr Mac 19th Mar 2021 23:48

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:rolleyes:
Mr Mac

CoodaShooda 20th Mar 2021 01:23

FJ Holden, Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire, Renault Dauphine (for a family of 6!), Pontiac Chieftain, EJ Holden, Toyota Corona, Datsun 180B; at which point I left home.

ex82watcher 20th Mar 2021 01:41

This was my Golf on 6th December 1986.

ex82watcher 20th Mar 2021 02:05


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

ChrisVJ 20th Mar 2021 03:21

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.

ExSp33db1rd 20th Mar 2021 08:29

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 )

ShyTorque 20th Mar 2021 08:45

Originally Posted by ex82watcher (Post 11012476)

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

Did all your cars end up on their side? :p

ex82watcher 20th Mar 2021 08:51

I'm working on it.:-)

Fareastdriver 20th Mar 2021 09:18


This was my Golf on 6th December 1986
You must have lived near Liverpool. The wheels have been nicked.

Kiltrash 20th Mar 2021 09:43

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

Cornish Jack 20th Mar 2021 11:17

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 :eek:), 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 !:{

pulse1 20th Mar 2021 11:56

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.

gerry111 20th Mar 2021 12:43

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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