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Nigelp

Your ordinary motors. Days gone by.

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Fiat 131 mirafiori .....1300....what a gutless rust bucket........moved on  to  2 litre twin cam still rusting but it could go a bit

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40 minutes ago, BondandBigM said:

And anyone have one of these Fiat 131's

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Didn't they make an Abarth version for Group 4 ?

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23 minutes ago, bridgeman said:

Fiat 131 mirafiori .....1300....what a gutless rust bucket........moved on  to  2 litre twin cam still rusting but it could go a bit

I'd put my lifes saving on an alfa sud rusting quicker than any car, ever

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1 minute ago, Turpinr said:

I'd put my lifes saving on an alfa sud rusting quicker than any car, ever

Strongly advised brother in law not to buy one,did he take any notice? He certainly wished he had when tried to sell it

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4 minutes ago, Turpinr said:

I'd put my lifes saving on an alfa sud rusting quicker than any car, ever

Nope. 

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6 minutes ago, Turpinr said:

I'd put my lifes saving on an alfa sud rusting quicker than any car, ever

my dad had one of those loved it but it went so rusty the front window fell out into his lap!:laugh:

swapped it for one of these!

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2 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

Nope. 

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try one of these for rust!

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mine had been welded more times than soft mick by the time i was 22

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30 minutes ago, Nigelp said:

my dad had one of those loved it but it went so rusty the front window fell out into his lap!

Jesus Christ, i didn't know they were that bad :sign_what:

32 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

Nope. 

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Same sh1te Italian steel no doubt. They have it at work because it's cheap. Even Chinese steel is better

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4 hours ago, WRENCH said:

Remember the stylish A40 Farina ? Hatchback before its time.

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My Dad had one of those in pale blue. Must have been 50 years ago(ish). Strangely, I can still remember the registration number - 1992 VX. 

23 hours ago, WRENCH said:

Nothing wrong with a droop shoot

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Or the HB gt.

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Did my apprenticeship at a Vauxhall dealer. Used to love the old droop snoots, especially the 2.3's

That HC Must have the wrong plates on it - they definitely weren’t out in ‘65

 

This was my very first (legal) car - Austin 1100. Cost £37.50 as it had a knackered gearbox. I fixed it myself with bearings from a scrap mini gearbox and the only part I had to buy was the oil sealing 'O' ring between the box and the engine. Cost me 19p! I remember the reg too DSF725C

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Heres me fixing it in about 1976!

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That HC Must have the wrong plates on it - they definitely weren’t out in ‘65

steve is that not a Hb like wrench indicated ( a GT) I also remember there being a "brabham " version

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Oops! Typo. Of course, it’s a HB. Cant edit it now though.Yeah, prob a GT - 2,000cc I think. It looks like it’s got a gloss black bonnet too. That’s wrong - they were Matt black. When the first one was delivered to our dealership for sale, the PDI guys spent half a day mopping and polishing the bonnet up because it looked dull! It had to be sent away to be resprayed matt again! 

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First car I remember being in at over the ton. Me and two of my mates watching the Speedo creep past from the back seat on The a A9 heading South from Wick.

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Vanden Plas Princess 4-litre R.

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1 hour ago, BondandBigM said:

The modern version of the Princess. 

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They were actually OK. Huge floor area between the front and rear seats, and well carpeted with no transmission tunnel to spoil a comfortable sleep when pissed. :laughing2dw:

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I had one of these as my first car back in 81' bought it off a mate, crap but it was mine!

Nige' I had a Fuego I have a pic somewhere so will attempt to dig it out.

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This was my first car (except without those nice wheels) 

1.3L on a T plate

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Back in the late 70's I tooted around in one of these, it wasn't mine but I had the occasional use of one. 

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And if you weren't high enough up the ladder at work to get a Solara you got one of these. 

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12 minutes ago, BondandBigM said:

Back in the late 70's I tooted around in one of these, it wasn't mine but I had the occasional use of one. 

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And if you weren't high enough up the ladder at work to get a Solara you got one of these. 

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Talbot Horizon! When I was at a loose end during the long 18 week summer holidays from Uni and My Dad was on Maintenance at a mill called Hollin Bank in Brierfield, he got me a job labouring in conforming bandages. The mill belonged to the big Smith & Nephew group. I actually really enjoyed working there and was better paid than after I graduated and went into the NHS! I got £115 a week tax free! Which was fab in 1992 for a 19 year old.

The place was like a carry on film. There were two blokes running the engineering side of thing known as Tatts and Greeny. A right pair. Both long gone now, both alcoholics proper characters. Anything that wasn't nailed down, Greeny would have. Including all the scaffolding from the front of the mill when it was being painted! He also had some of the lads of maintenance painting the working mans club he was treasurer at. It ended up in S&N corporate colours. And Greeny put in an invoice for his services. 

Tatts was his side kick sort of over all the engineering lads and lunch time was in the pub and lunch was half a bottle of whisky and a pork pie. 

One day he put his finger in a machine to remove a stuck bandage, just as the cutters came down...taking his finger off clean.

I'd to take him to hospital and we used his car. It was a red Horizon. We set off on the M65 and it rained torrential rain bouncing! I put the wipers on and there weren't any! He said 'No it doesnt have any when it rains sometimes i've to stop on the hard shoulder while it passes'...

 

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On 22/01/2019 at 20:20, Littlelegs said:

My 1st car was a mark3 1.1litre escort in red which I did Starship miles in, followed by a mushy pea green skoda Estelle which I bought for £300 and ran until it died due to the need for welding.

A mate worked for skoda at the time and got me a white version of the same model for £100 with tax and mot so it wasn't worth fixing the green one. I kept the engine out of it though and some other bits, which turned out to be a bonus as I blew a hole in the white one's engine trying to drive at 100mph when really late for work:whistle:. In my defence I had very little money and they were so basic you could fix em with a lump hammer and mole grips and where I was working you wouldn't have parked a decent car.:biggrin:

The white one I sold after 12mths for double what I paid and replaced it with a Skoda favorit 1.3gl. An upgrade as it had an engine up front:teethsmile:. I gave that to my skoda mate when I got a bit of cash and bought a mark 4 escort. He'd lost his job and needed a car but couldn't afford one and I wouldn't have got much for it anyway.

I must find some pictures. They were cheap motoring and the rear engined Estelles were great fun in the snow :thumbs_up:

my mum learned to drive in a skoda estelle a red one with big white stripes like starsky and hutch. it was 500 quid in the early 80's really solid old thing. Cut price 911. Back in the 80's a skoda dealer opened up in burnley and my dad nearly bought one new. I think they were 3 grand. He bought a Rover SDI instead for £2350. 3 grand got you the top one with the big plassy bumpers and plastic sunroof and alloys!

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1 hour ago, Boots said:

This was my first car (except without those nice wheels) 

1.3L on a T plate

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My mum had one of those after she passed her test it was a b ronze 1.3GL Auto. With vinyl roof. It was lovely when she got it in 1987 on an s reg, by 1989 it was rotten. Again worth a bit now.  

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large._20190124_150736.JPG.719729a04b141475f8eadb146a5768c1.JPGthis is the same colour as my Dad's, it's classed as grey for some reason. 

18 hours ago, Steve D UK said:
22 hours ago, WRENCH said:

 

My Dad had one of those in pale blue. Must have been 50 years ago(ish). Strangely, I can still remember the registration number - 1992 VX

Re the A40, i can remember them.

My dad had an Austin A35, got it around 1964 and i can remember the the reg. of his too, 4773E. 

A completely uncluttered dashboard with about 2 warning lights. 

We were in the Scottish Highlands going down a narrow winding road and had a head on (not very fast though) with a Mk1 Escort, brand new, they hadnt been out long. 

The Escort came away a very poor second in the damage stakes. 

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@Nigelp This is the only one of my old cars I have a digital copy of, a Rhodesian built Alfa Romeo Giulia from 1973 or thereabouts. Pictured here in 1989 somewhere in the Northern Transvaal, 1.6 Twin Cam, 5 speed box

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2 hours ago, Nigelp said:

skoda estelle

They were really nice to drive, excellent light and precise steering, and if the gearshift was properly maintained, super smooth. My mate had the "sports" (Rapide I think it was called) model, and I used to love driving it. 

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For a while we lived in Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham and my Dad worked at a factory in a place called Alum Rock! I wasn't the best of places and he was told it might be a good idea to get a little car to go to work in as the locals had a habit of nicking your wheels if you had to stop at a red traffic light! I'm going back to 1987 and he had a Daimler Sovereign 4.2 Series 3 on a 1979 V plate. He was told to get something that wouldn't attract attention so he bought one of these...on a b reg for 1600 quid with 12000 miles on the clock, he drove it down to sutton from Burnley taking a load of stuff to the new house including my Hamster. Apart from the Hamster doing a runner at the prospect of living in Brum, my dad didnt realise 70 was the top speed of the 126 and drove all the way there at 70 or as close as he could...It was really noisy. 

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Here's another odd-ball. With the Freeman Saunders/Fergie diesel. 

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