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Frank Hovis

My first car

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I can't find a picture of the actual one so this is close enough.  Mk 4 Escort.

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It may have been a good car but mine wasn't. Lots of small scratches on the sides and the boot leaked so the lining smelt and I kept having to dry it out.

It was a safe car though, at anything over 65 the engine made it very clear that you were going a bit fast.  And I had the 1.3; what must the 1.1 have been like?

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This was mine. A black Fiat Panda. Mine had go-faster stripes on too.

Engine was 999, I think. Took me everywhere. Up to Manchester from Cardiff on a regular basis. Learned how to change a rotary arm and distributor cap in that time and it had a choke. Those were the days. The bloody thing was a nightmare if it rained. I kept it for about 8 years until I had to scrap it because the engine failed and it was full of rust. The police called round a few months later to tell me it had been involved in an accident. The scrappies must have put a new engine in it and sold it again. 

I've picked up a Merc this week so your thread has really made me reflect on the fun you have at each stage of car ownership. 

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Renault 5 TS. Only one titled lady owner, which was my first introduction to 2nd hand car salesman at age 19.  Two other untitled owners when I looked at the log book after I bought it.

You could rely upon it being unreliable. In particular I became a dab had at cleaning the carburettor idling jet at traffic lights and junctions. Complete PoS

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27 minutes ago, Battenberg said:

This was mine. A black Fiat Panda. Mine had go-faster stripes on too.

Engine was 999, I think. Took me everywhere. Up to Manchester from Cardiff on a regular basis. Learned how to change a rotary arm and distributor cap in that time and it had a choke. Those were the days. The bloody thing was a nightmare if it rained. I kept it for about 8 years until I had to scrap it because the engine failed and it was full of rust. The police called round a few months later to tell me it had been involved in an accident. The scrappies must have put a new engine in it and sold it again. 

I've picked up a Merc this week so your thread has really made me reflect on the fun you have at each stage of car ownership. 

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What Merc have you picked up Battenburg? We really are spoilt and kids (young adults) today they are spoilt for choice too. Ford Fiestas were the crop of out time but I had this. An E plate 1.6Sl Maestro that was built (and weighed) like a tank yet would swiftly hit 80mph with a stopping distance not dissimilar to that of a merchant shipping vessel - lethal.

 

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A Summer job working nights produced the cash to buy a Ford Anglia 100E.

0-60 in just under half a minute, 3 speed gearbox with gear change lever movement that meant your hand almost touched both doors between 1st and 3rd.

The head needed to come off for de-coking every few thousand miles but as a side valve engine this meant a couple of hours work at most and there was enough room in the engine bay to make all work a doddle.

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I had a £450 Talbot Sunbeam. I loved that car right up to the day I wrote it off.

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I've still never got my head round today's youngsters preferring to take on £15k worth of debt and pay another £3k a year to drive a brand new Citroen Saxo, but in fairness to them, there just aren't any old bangers around any more - and this was the case before the scrappage scheme.

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Citroen AX GT.  1.4 with if I remember correctly about 85hp as standard.  I made a few mods and as it weighed next to nothing it was a little flying machine.  I loved it, I washed and polished it every week religiously.

 

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I bought a 1973 mini in 1990 for £50. It was quite rusty so I just painted every bit of the exterior that wasn't glass, with black hammerite, and then I and my friends covered it in graffiti. I got stopped by the police constantly.

I sold it 4 years later for £50.

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A silver Renault 5 bought brand new in 1987 on car finance when my dad acted as guarantor, I had just started work.

What a fucking idiot I was buying a brand new car on finance! :PissedOff:  My dad should have told me where to shove it! Ah the idiocy of youth. 9_9

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36 minutes ago, longtomsilver said:

What Merc have you picked up Battenburg? We really are spoilt and kids (young adults) today they are spoilt for choice too. Ford Fiestas were the crop of out time but I had this. An E plate 1.6Sl Maestro that was built (and weighed) like a tank yet would swiftly hit 80mph with a stopping distance not dissimilar to that of a merchant shipping vessel - lethal.

 

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The MG Maestro 2.0 was a seriously quick  car, even by today's standard, it might have had uprated brakes but I would be unsurprised if it didn't.

1 hour ago, Frank Hovis said:

I can't find a picture of the actual one so this is close enough.  Mk 4 Escort.

images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQiEt5XsJ4jIfOSub4T-6-

It may have been a good car but mine wasn't. Lots of small scratches on the sides and the boot leaked so the lining smelt and I kept having to dry it out.

It was a safe car though, at anything over 65 the engine made it very clear that you were going a bit fast.  And I had the 1.3; what must the 1.1 have been like?

Did you enjoy quadrophonic sound?

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3 minutes ago, JackieO said:

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A silver Renault 5 bought brand new in 1987 on car finance when my dad acted as guarantor, I had just started work.

What a fucking idiot I was buying a brand new car on finance! :PissedOff:  My dad should have told me where to shove it! Ah the idiocy of youth. 9_9

That must have been amazing. They were fantastically good cars!

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5 minutes ago, JackieO said:

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A silver Renault 5 bought brand new in 1987 on car finance when my dad acted as guarantor, I had just started work.

What a fucking idiot I was buying a brand new car on finance! :PissedOff:  My dad should have told me where to shove it! Ah the idiocy of youth. 9_9

As a new driver sounds like you weren't; idiot enough to go and prang it in short order, which is highly commendable even if the finance smarted.

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First car, Talbot Avenger 1300. Exactly the same colour as this.

talbot-avenger-02.jpg my dad bought it new in 1981, I got it in 1991 with 40,000 miles on the clock and it was rotten through. 

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16 minutes ago, JackieO said:

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A silver Renault 5 bought brand new in 1987 on car finance when my dad acted as guarantor, I had just started work.

What a fucking idiot I was buying a brand new car on finance! :PissedOff:  My dad should have told me where to shove it! Ah the idiocy of youth. 9_9

Is the photo of your actual car?

If so, I like it! I would have loved a 5 GT turbo, especially one which looked as cool as that one, I like the manky bumper and lack of spot lights too.

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3 minutes ago, Carl Fimble said:

Is the photo of your actual car?

If so, I like it! I would have loved a 5 GT turbo, especially one which looked as cool as that one, I like the manky bumper and lack of spot lights too.

I had a Renault 5 GT Raider for my first company car. Seemed insanely fast at the time although it took 8 seconds to get to 60!

 

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1 minute ago, Fossildog said:

Exactly the same as my first car, was an A reg I think so

Mine was an F-reg one, 1989 I think.

It was in really good condition when I bought it, then within a month needed an exhaust, then I wrecked it by booting the shit out of it everywhere I went, and then I put it on it's roof.

Luckily the insurance paid out the full insured value.

 

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6 minutes ago, Carl Fimble said:

Is the photo of your actual car?

If so, I like it! I would have loved a 5 GT turbo, especially one which looked as cool as that one, I like the manky bumper and lack of spot lights too.

Nope not the actual car mine was an E reg 1.0 Litre that couldn't pull the skin off custard.

I longed for a a GT Turbo though, seriously fast for the time.

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7 minutes ago, JackieO said:

Nope not the actual car mine was an E reg 1.0 Litre that couldn't pull the skin off custard.

I longed for a a GT Turbo though, seriously fast for the time.

I also longed for one of them, couldn't afford the ridiculous insurance though.

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48 minutes ago, Fully Detached said:

I had a £450 Talbot Sunbeam. I loved that car right up to the day I wrote it off.

Chrysler_Sunbeam_back_on_the_shelf_in_Glasgow.thumb.jpg.f693bfb2cdfa685ca36ae5ac95548d52.jpg

I've still never got my head round today's youngsters preferring to take on £15k worth of debt and pay another £3k a year to drive a brand new Citroen Saxo, but in fairness to them, there just aren't any old bangers around any more - and this was the case before the scrappage scheme.

My 2nd  or 3rd car was a Chrysler Sunbeam. Lovely airy car. First car was a Lada.

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First car I ever owned (i.e. name on the form) was a Rover 216i. 

Although I'd "owned" various previously jointly with the ex-wife, the first of which was an old Astra 

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