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The idea of this thread is to amuse ourselves with our collective car histories.
Start with the first one or two cars you have owned, and we will gradually move from childhood to old age! no need to post all the cars in one hit, just feed them in as the thread meanders on. We start with our first time!


Episode One: My first car:
This was an Austin 10/4 four light, four door saloon. It was on sale in a village in Norfolk, near where we lived, and I was 13. It cost 10 UKP (say 12 US dollars today, 28 US dollars then) and I chopped firewood for my Ma until she decided she had 10 pounds worth. It had cable operated drum brakes all round, and the instruments all worked, even the clock. I raced it around on a friend's farm, and only sold it because we moved before I was driving age.
Took the head off it and decoked it (side valve, so dead easy) and started to learn the hard way about cars. Engine about 1270 cc from memory, and it pulled really well too. This is what it looked like:
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1968 humber sceptre. hunter (arrow) shape. gold with black vinyl roof .4 speed with overdrive. Absolutely full of rust, engine shot to hell but much loved. so much less vulgar than a 1600E
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1968 humber sceptre. hunter (arrow) shape. gold with black vinyl roof .4 speed with overdrive. Absolutely full of rust, engine shot to hell but much loved. so much less vulgar than a 1600E
A 1600E Ford Cortina was my first car and I loved it. That would have been about 1972 and I worked hours and hours of overtime at the then PODPS in the city.
Had to get engine rebuilt after 1 year where I watched a "mechanic" doing the rebuild while dropping "*** ash" over the work.
It was then that I realized I could do better.
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My first car... Stone me... A 1991 Volvo 960 GLE estate!

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Paid a "whopping" €450 for it. Had another 12 months TÜV (German MOT) and a mere 360.000 km. Engine ran on 5 of the 6 cylinders... Dead exhaust valve spring on cylinder number 5 on the fantastic B6304F (3.0l inline 6). Ended up taking the head off to have 2 bolts snap off in the bottom of the block. After that I ended up getting a new engine with bent valves, as the owner overdid it with ignoring the belt change interval of 45.000 km by 45.000 km... The belt snapped, the valves were bent. The pistons and rods were good.

So that wasn't my first engine out but my until then largest engine out. Of course the AW 30-43LE transmission (4 speed Toyota automatic) decided to crack it's oilpump ring gear... So another transmission... And that transmission was from a twin turbo conversion from Hausser... A German Volvo tuner (made something like 360 hp instead of 204). Body was totally sound with not a spot of rust... And that was 2004...! But then again, it is a Volvo.

Anyhow, that was my first car...

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My first car is my 1975 2CV6, bought in 1984. Still got it !

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My Dad had one, in a sort of crushed dark raspberry colour. Beautiful red leather, really well trimmed.
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1968 humber sceptre. hunter (arrow) shape. gold with black vinyl roof .4 speed with overdrive. Absolutely full of rust, engine shot to hell but much loved. so much less vulgar than a 1600E
Was that the one with the famous 3D windscreen? Top trim and spec too, if I remember?
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My first was a Chevrolet Vega. 76 and bold orange! Like this one.



75hp 140 ci 4 cyl. and a Four speed. It weighed about 1000kg and went decently but they were alluminum blocks with iron heads. I learned a lot helping my dad pulling them out to steel sleeve the block. They still would pop head gaskets pretty regularly.

It was was like a mini Camaro!
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It was top of the arrow range. 3D windscreen??. i was always finding gadgets on it that i never knew about, such as dimming rear view mirror and adjustable steering wheel. the dash warning lights dimmed also by flipping the plastic covers down but you had to do them all for dimming
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My first was a Chevrolet Vega. 76 and bold orange! Like this one.



75hp 140 ci 4 cyl. and a Four speed. It weighed about 1000kg and went decently but they were alluminum blocks with iron heads. I learned a lot helping my dad pulling them out to steel sleeve the block. They still would pop head gaskets pretty regularly.

It was was like a mini Camaro!
Weren't those the cars which were transported standing on their noses!?
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My Dad had one, in a sort of crushed dark raspberry colour. Beautiful red leather, really well trimmed.
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Sounds like the same as mine, but i expect your dad's was in better nick.

My next was a MKII 3.8 this colour.

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My first was a Chevrolet Vega. 76 and bold orange! Like this one.
75hp 140 ci 4 cyl. and a Four speed. It weighed about 1000kg and went decently but they were alluminum blocks with iron heads. I learned a lot helping my dad pulling them out to steel sleeve the block. They still would pop head gaskets pretty regularly.

It was was like a mini Camaro!
Am I the only one to notice the absolutely lovely girl in the Chevy shot?
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My first car, a 1984 Citroen CX 2.0 Reflex. Great machine! Pic not of my actual car, but same colour and model.
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my 1st car a 1934 Ford V8 , roadster with rear rumble seat.

owner wanted $20.US, all i had was $18. dollars, he said OK its yours.

1949 yr , i was 15yrs old and NO drivers license, didnt know i needed one? DUH.

it became an American Hot rod, stripped the front mudgards off, and running boards, dual exhaust pipes, and some tuning mods,( help from dad), like more ignition timing USA fuel had much higher octane than before the WW2.
removed the engine air filter and added a downdraft velocity stack.

truth be known , i had no idea what i was doing, but did it anyway, never thought that it would set me up for the rest of my life , i'm now 83 yrs young, just yesterday, was out
with the V12 driving some back roads, testing some changes in the FI/ MAP fueling with my adjustable ECU, yes, no problem with 6500+ revs, and listening to the HOWLING of 12 cylinders screaming, open exhaust!

you only live once, enjoy every minute, and wake up some of the neighbore hood. LOL.
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Cars I have owned, hmmmm not sure I can even remember in order but here it goes.

1965 Mustang 3 speed straight 6
2 1966 Dodge Darts 3 speed slant 6's
1970 Ford LTD auto V-8
1968 Oldsmobile 442 4 spd 400... this was a fun car
1974 Gremlin auto straight 6
1976 Ford F-250 4 spd 360
1981 AMC Ambassador auto V-8
1974 F250 4x4 4 spd 360
1972 Oldsmobile 442 4 spd 455... this was even more fun
1980 F250 4x4 auto 400
1979 Z-28 4 spd 350
1980 Trans Am auto 301
1999 Dodge Ram 4x4 auto V-8
2000 Dodge Ram 4x4 2500 auto V-10 488... pulled like a freight train
2 1996 XJ6
4 1996 XJ12's
1996 VDP
6 1996 XJ12's
2014 F150 auto V6 twin turbo
2007 XKR... best car I have owned to date. I still smile after 21,000 miles.
2003 Ford Explorer 4x4 auto V-6 one of the worst vehicles I have ever owned

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This came after my MGB, '84 Charger, and '88 Mazda MX6 but I don't have pics going back that far
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I think every kid should get their first car the same way I did. My father was carpooling to work with a coworker in a silver colored 1979 Honda Civic. They had a wreck on the way to work one day and the insurance called it a total loss. It was still a late model car at the time but didn't take much damage to total a car that was cheap to begin with.

Dad made arrangements to trade something for its remains, trailered it home and presented it to me with the following statement: "Son, if you can fix it, you can drive it." Dad's help consisted solely of driving me to the library to check out the Chilton's manual and other auto repair books or driving me to the salvage yards to scrounge for parts as I wasn't even old enough to drive yet.

Little did he know what he had started. I had it looking like new again in a few months. Of course a Honda Civic just wasn't cool enough so I quickly sold it and moved on to more sporty models, beginning more than 30 years of car projects.

Today's kids know nothing of what happens under the hood of their car and are ill prepared to deal with even a flat tire or jump start. Most don't even have any appreciation for the physics of safety while driving. And they're all doomed to be totally at the mercy of unscrupulous mechanics who will be able to get away with telling them anything to make an extra buck or thousand. If they were forced to start with a non-runner and make it go, it'd be an incredibly valuable lesson even if they never picked up a wrench again.

And whatever happened to the little Civic? Could it be?

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1964 Karman Ghia. Total rust bucket, 50lbs of bondo. Gave the guy 50 bucks and it was MINE! Cut me a little slack I was only 16. Wasn't road worthy, so I slid it around the back yard till I slung all the oil out of it and threw a rod. Then a 1961 Chevy pickup, put a clutch in it during a blizzard. Stood sheets of plywood across the front, and along the sides. Then I piled snow against them to hold them up, cleaned most of the snow from under the truck. Then took a small table top BBQ grill, and filled it with charcoal then lit it and put it under the truck after it burnt down, and the flames went out. About half an hour later it was warm enough to work under the truck without gloves, it was 15 degrees F, outside and my dad said I was nuts, but I changed the clutch! Then sold the truck before I could ever drive it. The First car I ever owned and got to legally drive was a 1971 Chevy Vega That my Dad was driving to work and burnt out the throw out bearing so I did another "clutch job" all by the age of 17. It only gets crazier from there!
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