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Old Jan 30th 2014, 7:58 am
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First cars, eh?

I did my driving test late (22) so I was already working when I bought my first car and I didn't get the rite-of-passage of dealing with a 2nd hand Cortina or something like that.

No, I had an '02 Vauxhall Corsa, base trim, 1L no bells-and-whistles, tape deck, 3-doors et cetera. Was nothing special but **** it, it was mine. No low-mileage lease either, which was nice.

It had the most inaccurate speedo in the world though. That or I really did have it up to 115 on a run back home from Dublin
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Old Jan 30th 2014, 8:23 am
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First car - Mk1 Escort 4-door. I had to put an engine into it - a 1300 pushrod powerhouse! I found a lightened 1300 Sport flywheel and carbs along with a set of rostyle wheels - it was pretty sweet as you can imagine.

I did have a little 1000cc Mini for a few months (girlfriends car but in my name) - felt like a go-cart.
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Old Jan 30th 2014, 8:35 am
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First car I had use of was an L-reg Escort 1300XL (Mum's) and the first car I owned was a D-reg Austin 1100 (with no brakes! )

Paid a hundred quid for it, and that was 99 too much!!
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Old Jan 30th 2014, 8:39 am
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First car I owned was a 2002 Clio 1.2 16v 3dr. Great wee car to throw around country roads.
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Old Jan 30th 2014, 8:56 am
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Mine was a basic 1964 Austin Mini -- which some bright spark had painted to look like a Cooper from a distance! How I loved that car -- I can still remember its number plate, but I haven't a clue what the plate is on my current vehicle!
Floor starter?
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Old Jan 30th 2014, 9:21 am
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My first car [not my parents] was a 1968 Volkswagen Type I beetle -- 1500 single port engine. On the option levels, it did not have a sunroof, or pop-out rear windows. It did have an am-fm radio. [Also, did not think about the so-called "automatic stick-shift"]. I later put on a camber-compensator since 1968 was the last year of the swing-axles.
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Old Jan 30th 2014, 9:29 am
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My first car was a Morris Ital estate. I paid, £800 for it, but it was in fair shape, at least until someone ploughed their mum's Renault 5 into it, ..... 48 DAYS after I bought it. It bent the floor pan of the Ital, but the Renault 5 more or less disintegrated. He must have been doing close to 40, in a 30, when he swerved across the road and into my parked car, which moved about 10 feet along the road (despite the hand brake being on, and the car left in gear) and a foot sideways up a vertical 8" stone kerb! (Hence the bent floor pan.) ..... Actually, he probably did me a favour!

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Old Jan 30th 2014, 9:37 am
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Floor starter?
No, I recall it as a pull knob on the dash.
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Old Jan 30th 2014, 9:41 am
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Originally Posted by Nutmegger
No, I recall it as a pull knob on the dash.
Fancy.

Mine had a pull-choke on the dash, with a floor mounted push start switch.

All the talk of these cars is a lot of fun. More interesting than a lot of the new stuff.
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Old Jan 30th 2014, 9:47 am
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Originally Posted by Nutek
Fancy.

Mine had a pull-choke on the dash, with a floor mounted push start switch.

All the talk of these cars is a lot of fun. More interesting than a lot of the new stuff.
Never had a floor start, but, my Brother had a floor-mounted Dip/Dazzle button for his Headlights, on his 1970 British Racing Green Morris Oxford.
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Old Jan 30th 2014, 9:49 am
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Never had a floor start, but, my Brother had a floor-mounted Dip/Dazzle button for his Headlights, on his 1970 British Racing Green Morris Oxford.
Oh, i remember those!
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Old Jan 30th 2014, 10:44 am
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First car was an H reg Fiesta. 999cc of badness. Burnt a piston out on that car.
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Old Jan 30th 2014, 11:00 am
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My first car was a 1950 Ford flathead V8, bought for $50. Probably weighed more than all of your wee ones put together.
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Old Jan 30th 2014, 11:24 am
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Blimey...you all had nice cars.

I learned to drive in one of those crap, small Rovers that AA used...then drove my mum's car which was a crappy Nissan Micra, the square, naff one.

My first car was a pile of crap Renault 11...bought it because it had a massive boot and was likely to get all my shit off to uni in. It was mine, paid for with my own money, with enough money left to put in a semi decent head unit and shelf speakers.

Which when the car died in my final year of uni, were probably the most valuable thing on the car, along with the full tank of petrol in the tank, because this car set the trend of shitting the biscuit minutes after getting a full tank of petrol, which has happened pretty much to every car I've owned since.
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Old Jan 30th 2014, 11:32 am
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My (aftermarket) sunroof leaked and a wire clothes hanger was used to get enough tension in the release mechanism to get to te rear seats.

That car had 4 gears, no rev counter and would not do above 88 on the downhill bit of the A34 heading south past Newbury.
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