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As there are a real mix of ages on here I thought it would be interesting to see what peoples' first cars were. I know there is another thread regarding previous cars, but let's have a look and see what was your very first P&J.


Mine was an X-reg 2.0 Capri which taught me a lot about rear wheel drive, especically when going round wet roundabouts when the rear tyres were far from their best
 

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Renault 5TL, 1976 P reg, in Bronze with go-faster stripes and alloys.

Went like a bomb for 25k miles or so, until it blew up near Leominster after an energetic early-morning sprint from Aberystwyth..


Some of the point-to-point times I recorded in that car were simply amazing - I've struggled to beat them in much faster cars. You just cranked it up, kept your foot on the floor and didn't slow down for anything - which meant for some crazy cornering angles, but the roadholding was unsurpassable. And all with a magic carpet ride.


Pity they rusted to b*uggery. Found this pic of the interior - the corrugated plastic dash seemed quite stylish at the time...


http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/329/renault5gtlcrdinterior0fp0.jpg/
 

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My first car was an 88 wedge shape civic 1.4 gl hatch. It was made from *** papers and cello tape so was extremely light and with 90bhp it was an absolute scream to drive. This is what created my love of all things jap.

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1984 Ford Fiesta XR2. Not sure how I didn't kill myself in that thing at 17 considering my mate had one two..... and you know what that means!
 

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tank commander said:
the vauxhall chevette,its whatever you want it to be,mine was a pile of sh*t.

lol. I learned to drive in my brother's Chevette hatchback, and then <ahem> had use of it while he was at work to drive my g/f to school & back.


Lots of steamed-up windows at going-home time, as I recall, and far too many scary moments in the wet (that live rear axle was downright uncouth). Pity the 1256 OHV engine was such an old nail.
 

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Started out with a 72 beetle, lowered, and painted opel pastel blue... scary car.. with all of 34bhp... hehe, but damn fun car, cept a pain int he winter to deice the inside of the windows while driving.. :D
 

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My first car was a MK1 Golf GLS of 1979 vintage that I bought from my aunt and saved the money from working in McDonalds every evening and weekend. It was a 1.6. I wanted the GTI but couldn't afford it when I was 17. This was 1989.

The car inevitably blew it's headgasket and the head was resembling a bit of a banana after I'd overheated it countless times. I got a ticket when the backbox fell off on the way to work one day. Anyways we skimmed quite a bit off the head and I fixed it myself thanks to the help of a GLC (remember them?) garage you could go to and fix your car yourself with the advice and tools of some mechanics.


The electrics seem to catch fire and I had terrible problems with the ballast resistor. Still, I learnt a lot on that car I guess!


I then managed to stick it sideways into a tree, which was ironic as now the head was no longer a banana, the car was fast resembling one. No matter we jacked it roughly straight with an acro and shoved a new cill on. I ended up selling it after that, which was a relief!


It's only saving grace was that it was faster than all my friends 1.3 Astras and Fiestas and it didn't handle too bad for what it was.
 

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1988 F reg Fiesta XR2, didn't take my car test until 1994 when I was 31 as didn't see the need for more than 2 wheels as a yoof, as you got a lot more performance for your money.

Liked the XR2 (although the wife didn't like the lack of power steering when her Astra GTE got nicked) only got rid as I got a new Rover 200vi as part of a work car scheme (one payment, covered car tax, insurance servicing etc).

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Mine was an early Beetle with a 6 volt electrical system given to me by my Dad. Most dangerous car I have ever had. You turned the lights on and it got darker!!!! Very interesting rear wheel drive action in the wet with roundabouts too.
Moved up to a Mk 1 Escort 1100 after a year or two (about 1983). This was the first car I actually bought (£50 off a mate). I loved it and all Mk1 Escorts.

 

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E reg .899cc fiesta. Felt like a ferrari at the time though
 

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hillman avenger 1700 payed the handsome sum of fifty quid for it,had it sitting in my drive waiting to go when i got back from my driving test,it was a lot easier to pass in 1979,driving instructor was sitting in his car shaking his head as i reversed out the drive and flored it away.
 

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Mine was a 1979 Mk1 VW Golf in Mars Red...I fitted it with driving lamps and it made it look very like a GTi!

Bad news was the camshaft and front shocks were knackered and I had a bill for £1100 just 2 months into ownership (Warranty = 1 Month!
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But after that the car was swapped between me and my Dad 3 times and never cost us another penny in repairs... Most durable, cheap-to-run, and reliable car v. Cost ever !

Really great and memorable machine!
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Talbot Samba 'S' with a fast road cam, lightened and balanced engine internals, Michelen MXVs on the front and remoulds on the back. Considering it was FWD, it over steered as much as my AE86 did!! I haven't had a car since that had as good brakes, but it weigh only 800kg or so.
 

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ShinyBRZ said:
Talbot Samba 'S' with a fast road cam, lightened and balanced engine internals, Michelen MXVs on the front and remoulds on the back. Considering it was FWD, it over steered as much as my AE86 did!! I haven't had a car since that had as good brakes, but it weigh only 800kg or so.
that engine sounded like shaking a bag of tin around if i remember right.
 
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