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snowbirds
08-08-2012, 18:48
Hi all

What was your first car, price and what year, we Bought a 1946 Austin ten for 10 pounds in 1965 and the friend garage owner insisted on a head rebuild in the price a side valve engine.

Snowbirds.:cool1::cool1:

Funky Farmer
08-08-2012, 18:56
Mine was a Standard Vanguard phase 1. Cost me 20 in 1961. It was a bit of a humped back beast but never let me down in the two years I had it.

n brown
08-08-2012, 19:15
bedford dormobile,50 never knew what gear you were in at the lights till you let the clutch out.as for parking,people in the queue i'd caused would come up and try to find reverse,but they had as much chance as me.

Beemer
08-08-2012, 19:26
A Hillman Imp much the same as the photo.
Used to practice driving round the army camp in Germany, in 1979.
7256

snowbirds
08-08-2012, 19:34
Hi N brown,

I bought one on my return to motorhoming about 12 years ago and rebuilt it to show, CF MK 1 Dormobile Landcruiser had a lot of fun for 11 years' what a great engine we took it over the rhineose pass in the lake's pulls like a train.

Snowbirds.






bedford dormobile,50 never knew what gear you were in at the lights till you let the clutch out.as for parking,people in the queue i'd caused would come up and try to find reverse,but they had as much chance as me.

Deleted user 21925
08-08-2012, 19:41
Triumph Spitfire Mk111 with Ashleigh fastback - bought in 1977 a couple of days before I passed my test. Loved that car!

fishy & Nina
08-08-2012, 19:48
1962/3 Triumph Spitfire IV.
Reg: 2326 KV
Purchased 1973 ended its life in 1974!
Super little car....

CharlieandGrace
08-08-2012, 19:55
Ford Cortina RYP 292E. Bought it for 150 at an auction in 1974. Immaculate condition. Great car and had some great holidays in it.

donkey too
08-08-2012, 19:58
Mine was a Standard Vanguard phase 1. Cost me 20 in 1961. It was a bit of a humped back beast but never let me down in the two years I had it.

I well remember them, the engine was also used in the little grey Ferguson tractor.

I had so many cars, some part owned by my brother and I. 38 Austin was the first. then a Jowet Javelin and a Jupitor, also had a Moggy traveller whivh was my first wild camping car and in fact I lived in it for 13 months after my dear wife of 8 months was killed in a road accident. that was 13 months of no contact with other humans and living completely off of the land.
Had a David Brown 5 that was the one that my wife was killed in. went on to own others includuing a Spitfire, a CF dormobile, brilliant on a summers day as you could drive with the sliding doors open. VX Vectra and a Victor. I only sold my moggy two years ago and it is now in Ireland looking like new. My Spitfire is now owned by my daughter who is rebuilding it.
Memories.... WOW!

n brown
08-08-2012, 20:00
Hi N brown,

I bought one on my return to motorhoming about 12 years ago and rebuilt it to show, CF MK 1 Dormobile Landcruiser had a lot of fun for 11 years' what a great engine we took it over the rhineose pass in the lake's pulls like a train.

Snowbirds.

oh we had fun in ours all right,in fact i later bought another,but you have to admit there was an awful amount of room for play on the gear linkage !

Neckender
08-08-2012, 20:06
Brought my first car in 1968 which was a 1961-- 3x2 Reliant Regal, I blew the engine up on the M6 working away from home.

John.

Kontiki
08-08-2012, 20:08
My first car was a 1950 Mk 1 Ford Zephyr 6 OLY770 which I paid 27 10s, this must have been around 1965. It had a Crawfords biscuit tin pop rivetted covering a hole in the wing (I knew this 'cause it had the letters embossed on it) when I got to around 70 with all the windows open to prevent suffocating it would then start to misfire. I used to have a stock of spark plugs which I would change when I found out which one had oiled up, these were just screwed in finger tight as I had to swap them all the time. I tried to put the spare wheel on once as one of the 'slicks' had canvas showing but gave up as the bodywork started to lift off the springs. I would regularly go out with a crowd of about 7 of us (4 in the front & 3 in the back) too much weight in the back caused the tyres to rub on the wheel arches. All this was before such things as MOT's. It was still a car though & I got my first taste of freedom.

ellisboy
08-08-2012, 20:25
Mk1 Escort 2 door. :banana:

Oasis
08-08-2012, 20:34
Orange Mini, cost 50.00 in 1973. It was fun dipping the head lights as the switch was on the floor by the foot pedals!!

fredfox
08-08-2012, 20:37
Bought my first car in 1974, a 1960 Reliant Regal for 22. It had a sidevalve engine and crash gearbox I had to double the clutch to change gear.
Drove it on my motor cycle licence.

n brown
08-08-2012, 20:41
i bought my son his first car when he was about 11,a reliant robin,15.now that was value for money! couldn't go round a corner without falling over! clarkson didn't exaggerate,we just couldn't stop laughing ever time either of us tried to drive it,crying with laughter on our sides in a puddle !brilliant,but i had to get him a 4 wheeler to make up for it,a polo.he used to drive it over the fields at night and i'd tear after him lights off and surprise him with a pitt manoeuvre,magic

Deleted user 21925
08-08-2012, 20:46
i bought my son his first car when he was about 11,a reliant robin,15.now that was value for money! couldn't go round a corner without falling over! clarkson didn't exaggerate,we just couldn't stop laughing ever time either of us tried to drive it,crying with laughter on our sides in a puddle !brilliant,but i had to get him a 4 wheeler to make up for it,a polo.he used to drive it over the fields at night and i'd tear after him lights off and surprise him with a pitt manoeuvre,magic

You must have seen the 'Fools and Horses' RR driving around Bristol? I saw it several times when I worked down there.

caspar
08-08-2012, 20:53
1958 Morris Minor, FEY 504. Still had a crank handle, though you could turn on the ignition and pull a knob on the dash. As the mini above the light dipswitch was on the floor, as was the windscreen washer which you had to pump. Wing indicators on the side, and best of all, air con - the drivers window came down of it's own accord whenever the car was driven.

n brown
08-08-2012, 20:54
yeah,nelson mandela house was one of the high rises round st pauls i think

Toonman
08-08-2012, 21:06
I bought a Mk1 Ford Consul in 1970 six months after joining the RAF. It cost me 15 which was two weeks wages. I sold it in 1972 for when i was posted to Germany for 35 so did quite well out of it. On arrival in Germany I bought A DKW F12 junior, a three cylinder two stroke which had to have the oil filled every time I filled the fuel tank. Again the car cost 15 and when I sold it I got 25. Wish I could make the same kind of profit these days.

MORGANTHEMOON
08-08-2012, 21:34
Bought my uncles Morris 1000 van at his funeral.

Gave it a facelift purple carpet in the back. What a passion wagon.

rosies
08-08-2012, 21:58
1959 Ford Anglia :drive:

nij
09-08-2012, 00:57
1989 Austin-Rover Metro Studio2 1275cc

Firefox
09-08-2012, 01:43
Bedford Dormobile HA 1256cc in 1981 though the van was 1968 vintage. Cost about 600 in 1970. Newish motorcaravans were a lot in those days!

just jane
09-08-2012, 06:04
A Hillman Imp much the same as the photo.
Used to practice driving round the army camp in Germany, in 1979.
7256

I went to Cromford mill at the weekend and there was an owners club rally on the field next door was full of them:D

kimbowbill
09-08-2012, 06:32
I had a little Hillman Imp, bright green, used to race it a Dinnington Park race track, many moons ago, that was in my mad days :lol-053: and i used to win :wave:

herbenny
09-08-2012, 06:44
Hubby had what I call a 'del boy' car red cortina only thing that was missing was the dice hanging in the front. Thr front seat was broken and if you leaned back it would lie completely flat .........'well thats the excuse he gave me for over twenty years !!!;)

bopper
09-08-2012, 08:15
A 1956 Austin A30 KNR 296 (Funny how most people remember the reg plate of their first car) I bought it in 1964 for 60.
On my first seaside outing to Skegness with my mam and her friend in the back I spun the car around twice in the road on the way back after a summer storm. Everyone was shook up but we were all OK. I have been a very careful driver ever since.

snowbirds
09-08-2012, 10:37
Hi Morganthemoon,

I like the moves, but it's a bit near to Grave robbing?:scared::scared:

Snowbirds.








Bought my uncles Morris 1000 van at his funeral.

Gave it a facelift purple carpet in the back. What a passion wagon.

Lee
09-08-2012, 10:45
Himself had a grey A35 van when I first met him, then he bought an A35 car for 10 (RSG132) which he painted with white eggshell gloss paint and put another engine in. He followed that with a Ford Anglia which I learnt to drive in, riping the front bumper off trying to reverse of the garage....

The day after I passed my test (1st time of course) we picked up a Ford Cortina which was huge compared to the Anglia.


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