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My first car was a 1979 Mark 2 Escort 1.3L Saloon which I bought in 1986, a few months after starting my first "proper job" after leaving university as I was getting fed up with the unreliable bus service (prior to this I used to drive my mother's car for social use so had no real need of my own car).

There was always something that needed fixing on the Escort and, while it often failed to start, it never left me stranded anywhere except for the 2 occasions when it was stolen although both times it was recovered with no major damage.

I liked the Escort so much that in 1988, with a payrise burning a hole in my pocket, I traded it in for a Mark 3 Escort 1.3L Hatchback which I thought would be more of the same, but only better, but which in reality was a heap of junk in comparison and so was itself traded in a year or so later.

So what was your first car?
 
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Mine was a V Reg 1979 MkII Ford Escort 1.3L Saloon (2 Door) in Midnight Blue.
Will have to dig out a picture or two, I'm sure I've got one of those old paper type photo thingies somewhere and scan it in.
£400 it cost me back in 1989 and boy did I bat about in it. Amazing rattles could be felt at around 70MPH :lol:
Stuck a CB radio in it and a DV-27 aerial and screw mount onto the bootlid. Happy days!! :D
 

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My Dad bought me my 1st car, £60 reg no 124 AFR it was an 850cc Mini and it spent the first month of it's life in my possesion upside down on my ma's back lawn while i welded the floor pan back together and fitted a new subframe, then when back on 4 wheels it got a paint job with a brush and masking tape, it became my daily drive to college and work even though i was only 16, i bet kids of 16 couldn't get away with that theese days, to many ANPRs.
 
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My Escort was a 4 door reg no. EDV473T in a sort of metallic red colour :). It cost me rather more than yours, clix, £1100 of my hard earning savings.
 
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Maroon Mini Clubman Estate - after the footbrakes failed on the rust bucket ('P' plate suffixed) i never went near it again and bought a suffixed 'V' reg 1000 brown Mini (nicknamed the Bomber)
I would still love to own another classic Mini - if only for a few months. Superb cars.
 
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My first car was a van, a Vauxhall Chevanne to be precise ! I didn't pass my car test until I was 24 and being self employed at the time (plumber by trade), I needed something more workmanlike than a normal car. Therefore my next vehicle was my first proper car and it was a Ford Fiesta. It was the biggest (or smallest) pile of poo I ever owned up to that point and I only kept it for about 6 months. It broke down four times and had to be brought home by the RAC each and every time. I think I may have been responsible for the RAC changing their policy on how many times you could break down before they'd start to charge you !!!!
 

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First car I bought was a MkI Lotus Cortina. Can't remember exactly how much it cost me - I think it was around £150 - how much would it be worth if I'd kept it? I only bought it because I needed to tow boats around, and you couldn't do that with the bikes I had. I had to get rid of it due to the damage that the glovebox handle was doing to my boom holy.
 
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My first car was a Hillman Avenger 1.3 - Tahiti Blue. Purchased around 1978 I think. I serviced it and maintained it myself. Kept it for a long time and did many miles. Was starting to get rust holes so patched it up and sold it to my brother. He had a small bump in it and all the plastic filler fell out turning it into a colander. I think it went to the great scrapheap in the sky after that. My brother still talks to me - but not about cars!
 

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this (and I took the photo so am not one of the models)


brilliant car, took it round the clock, had it for years, lots of fun, the kingpin went on the roundabout blocking one exit to the fire station at the end of the Aston Expressway in Birmingham, that was a challenge to slot it back in, wire it up and drive it home.
Did a head decoke etc on a main road, when yhe car was as you see in these pics, a local bobbie stopped in his panda car and told me to move the car off the road, yeah, thats easy to do in this state!


such fun eh!
 

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My first car was a 1994 Ford Fiesta 1.4si in ash black, which i brought in 2001 for £2200. I think i spent around £4k on modifing it. It had the works, alloys, full body kit etc. Would take me to long to list what i did to it but i loved all the attention it got and it was also a show car for Carisma Style in Worcester.:thumbsup:
 

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My first car was a beautiful "B" red Mini Mayfair called Joseph. He got his name as the first time I washed him when I got him home, he turned out to ave a coat of many colours- his wing being slightly orangey red under a very thin top coat. remember nipping down to halfords for an aerosol can to get him back to the right colour! Those were the days!
He was my baby. Bought for £300 by my dad, and cost £1000 to insure as a poor 17 year old. Remember sobbing at the quote as there was no way I could afford it. bless.Still, went and got a job working nights, which I carried on doing for 6years whilst doing my a levels and degree. Modded him considerably with cooper grille and many, many spot lights. Engine blew great oils screens out of the back, so bought myself a racing tuned head- didn't help, so ended up putting a metro engine in it. Man but that car went. Hugely fast, mostly reliable lol. It once cut out on a huge steep hill (Furnace Hill in Halesowen for anyone local) and I had to roll it down. I tried to fix it and couldn't, and no one would help. So i kicked him square on the bumper in frustration and his lights came on, so realising it was a wiring problem, I fixed him up with a roll of insulation tape and drove him home!! His main shaft in the gear box snapped halfway up Mucklow Hill one day, and that was another major fix. Such a gorgeous car, and we got into quite a few scrapes together as I thought I was reliving the Italian Job. He was faster then anything else on the circuit. Sadly Joseph was written off one day.
His Metro fast engine went into my sisters V reg clubman!!!
I replaced him with Apollo "c" reg Mini City in Moonraker Blue (metallic) and although he got pimped too (Cooper grille- spot lights, square front fog either side of number plate, new interior and walnut dash) he was never Joseph. Got rid of and bought a Metro (no name). Souless that, although it got me to university. First month of a full time job I traded him in for my gorgeous Rover 25. I only parted with him just over a year ago. bless. So Rover was so lovely an reliable rather then replacing him, I added to my family by getting Eric :)
 

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Ok will got from the top.....

1 Saxo VTR (new) in yellow with OZ wheels real boy racer :roflmao:
2 Ford fiesta Zetec S (new) Good little car big sound system boy racer style again...
3 BMW Mini cooper s Works (new) with everything sat nav the lot smashed up on boxing day :cry:
4 Ford Focus Zetec S crap car everything went wrong with it :stomp:
5 MX5 best car to date more fun than the mini ;)
 

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Safaristu, your list looks good. I had a Xsara VTR which I loved.
Unfortunately, I started with a 1959 Renault Dauphine which I loved but now cannot believe how bad it was.
 

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I've had fun in all my cars but the most is Storm plus my mini(no2) and my AX GT
Would love a few more months in an AX GT.... would be a hoot :cool:
 

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Austin maxi, sandglow colour lol

My dad gave it to me , she was named betsy
 
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Austin maxi, sandglow colour lol

My dad gave it to me , she was named betsy

Almost bought a Maxi but was about £400 too expensive, ended up shelling out £2205 for a brand new Inca Yellow Austin All Agro - and it was a disaster, very typical of British Leyland (lack of) quality and reliability. You wouldn't believe (actually I think you would) what went wrong with it from gearbox replacement, hydrogas suspension replacement, water leaks, holes pierced through the floorpan both sides, brake replacement, etc etc, was in the garage for over 6 weeks in the 1st year!!!!! Sold it a couple of years later for £800. Nice colour, crap car!
 

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Mk1 or II???
 
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