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I was pondering this the other day.

 

1st 1938 Morris 8 S2 4 seater Tourer - Morris as a brand departed the scene with the demise of the unlamented Marina.

2nd 1953 Fiat 500C Topolino - amazingly Fiat bough back the exact model name and it has a canvas roof identical to my old one.

3rd - 1963 Ford 105E Anglia - I suppose, at a stretch, the ancestor of the Fiesta or Focus, but they haven't resurrected that iconic but irrelevant backward sloping rear window.

4th - 1964 Morris 1071cc Mini Cooper S - the recent Mini dwarfs the original and the engines are much bigger but another match for my first four.

 

So out of the first four cars I ever owned two still continue, albeit in updated form.

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There's a medical name for that!   My grandsons keep taking the mickey out of my Alzheimer's - wont be so funny when they wake up on Christmas morning and there's no eggs under the bonfire !!!!

As I buy a new car every year I believe my Mulsanne is still around. It must be awful being poor and having to buy secondhand.

Funny how you can remember trivia from way back. I can remember my eight figure army number from nearly 70 years ago whereas now I can hardly remember what I had for breakfast. ..

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Of my first four cars:

 

the first, a Mini Cooper does indeed have a modern 'equivalent' with the same name

 

the second, a Peugeot 106 has a direct replacement (the 107)

 

the third, the Mitsubishi Colt has been replaced by the Mirage

 

and the fourth, the Suzuki Jimny, is still on sale.

 

Cars 3 and 4 are still on the road

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My first three cars were classic Mini's a traveller 1000 and 850 (which I swapped a 1000 into and then a year old 1000 to which I added Nudge bars Mini light wheels (copies) and screw on wheel spats.

 

So yes to the first three.

 

Fourth car was a 1. 3 mk3 Escort which was actually the first car I ever towed with. I suppose the equivalent today is a Focus.

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First car -- Morris Oxford.

Second -- Wolsey 1660 (same shape and style as the Oxford)

Third -- Hillman Minx, (Hunter shape)

Forth -- Wartburg, two stroke three cylinder engine . banned from UK in mid seventies due to emissions.

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1964 Austin 1100 - no more! Practical big brother to the Mini, sharing the transverse engine layout.

1967 Austin-Healey Sprite - no more! Mazda can still manage to sell a good open-top 2-seater for a reasonable price but nobody else appears to.

1968 Triumph TR5 - no more! Lovely car but they hadn't got the bugs out of fuel-injection.

1970 Lotus Europa - the brand lives on thanks to far-eastern investment!

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My first three cars were made by The Singer Motor Co. which eventually joined Sunbeam, Humber and Hillman forming The Rootes Group. My next two were Ford Transits which are still in existence. In 1990 I became a Citroen fan and bought a BX-TZD turbo estate which was the overall winner of that years Tow Car of the Year. The XU diesel engine and hydraulic suspension with periodic tweaking is still the same in the present C5s.

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1976 Mini 1000 - Does a BMW manufactured modern Mini count as "still around", I guess so.

1980 Mini 1100 Special - as above, I guess so.

1984 Nissan Micra (type K10) - still around, now type K13. (first new car, cheap as chips, brilliant)

1986 VW Polo MkII (type 86C) - still around, now MkV (type 6R) (second new car, hewn from solid rock, brilliant)

 

So four out of four

 

Then company cars and toys started coming along, and things got interesting.

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1956 Hillman Minx with registration NEW 56 chassis broke in half!

1959 Hillman Minx. Deposited in scrap yard because of rust.

1965 Hillman Minx with registration OAP 65 -- gave it away!

Daimler SP250 Sports -- obviously not now built but still running in Phoenix, Arizona.

Wish I still had it!

So 1 out of 4

Alan

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1956 Hillman Minx probably should have been scrapped when I bought it but soon went that way

1970 Ford Escort mk1 1100 - unbreakable, it withstood regular flat out runs up the M6/A74/A92 without missing a beat

1967 Ford Cortina-Lotus mk2 - learnt a lot about cars on that

1967 Fiat 124 - learnt a lot on this one too

 

Then went through a period of company cars but every time I found a brand/model to relate to, it changed for the worse - loved mk1/2 Ford Escorts but the mk3 was a dog - loved mk 1/2/3 Vauxhall Cavaliers but the Vauxhall Vectra was a dog - the Hyundai Santa Fe mk2 blew it's engine but didn't like the mk3 anyway - I'm quite expecting not to like the next VW Touareg, due out next year, but happy to keep this one.

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How on earth do you remember the car years?? Years shown are when in use not year of car.

 

1. Morris Minor Black with purple pin stripe - 1959?

2. Ford Consul Black with black pin stripe - 1959

3. Austin Champ in Aden Green with camo - 1961

4. Fiat Millecinquecento??

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Morris Marina 1. 3; my cousin bought it from me and wrote it off.

86 Golf GTI; unlikely as it was on 180k when I sold it.

98 Saxo VTR; possibly but it's French so probably not.

97 Golf GTI 16v; appeared to bulletproof so possibly.

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1st 1958 CA Bedford 12 seat Workobus

 

2nd 1961 Ford Classic 109E

 

3rd 1968 Austin Princess 3. 0 Vanden Plas

 

4th 1969 Wolsley 1300, like the Austin/ Morris 1100, but more up-market.

 

All distant, but pleasurable memories now.

 

5th was a 1973 Morris Marina 1. 3 That car went on & on, just like trigger's broom!

 

5thA Wife's car 1968 Morris Minor 1000. I learned to weld on this!

 

6th 1983 Austin Maestro 1300. My first new car. Bad from start to finish.

 

7th 1982 Series III 88" Land Rover County Station Wagon 2. 25 litre petrol

 

8th 1970 Series 2A 109" 12 seat Safari 2. 25 lite petrol. I still have this, was going to be my retirement project - now for sale :(

 

9th 1986 2. 25 litre Volvo 740 Turbo. Was still going strong @ 250,000 miles

 

10th 2000 Citroen Xsara Picasso 2. 0 litre Hdi - killed it with Bio Diesel.

 

11th 2009 Citroen Xsara Picasso 1. 6 litre Hdi - 128,000 miles still using it to go to & from work.

 

12th 2015 Citroen Grand Picasso 2. 0 litre Blue Hdi - the newest, with most of the available toys - this could be my last car.

 

Happy motoring - just like the Esso Sign! ;)

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My first four cars, including registration numbers, I can remember all but one registration number of every car I have ever owned!

 

Austin A35, 99 EHW

 

Hillman Imp, ADG 493B

 

Ford Escort Mark 1. PYC 635F

 

Morris Marina SEW 617K

 

So the only company still running is Ford.

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FBE *** D Riley Kestrel 1100 Twin Carb

JFU *** P Ford Capri Mk2 1600 Velvet Purple Mettalic

SEE *** T Ford Cortina Estate Mk4

HFE *** Y Ford Cortina Crusader Estate Mk5

 

Also had over the years Ford Escort, Mini, Renault 25, Ford Galaxy Mk 1 and Mk 2, Nissan Terrano, Ford Ka, Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 207 SW, Saxo 1. 1, Peugeot 206, Toyota Yaris and currently Peugeot 5008 and Peugeot Partner Tepee.

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98 Saxo VTR; possibly but it's French so probably not.

I drive a 1998 Saxo as my daily runabout. I bought it as an ex-demo car in 1999; it's never been in a repair garage but it passes an MOT every year. A fabulous little car.

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Singer Hunter 1956 XPJ 123 Red

Ford Prefect 1954 POV 654 Grey

Ford Zephyr 1954 DFA 520 Beige/grey

Morris Traveller 1954 RAC 406 Green

Humber Sceptre 1956 675 JEA Red

Vauxhall Victor 1962 1529 WD Red

Austin Maxi 1963 22 JOJ Orange

Austin Maxi 1970 WOM 20 J Red

Austin Minivan 1967 AJF574 F Green

Austin Princess 1976 VWL 373R Red

 

. ...........etc. I must like red cars! :D

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The Android app "vehicle smart" will identify a cars tax and MOT history which will tell you it is still on the road. Full MOT history and mileage. All you need is the reg. and the make. A bit worrying the info out there.

 

I found for example my last car, a Mazda 6, bit the dust in 2012. Rust probably!

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I drive a 1998 Saxo as my daily runabout. I bought it as an ex-demo car in 1999; it's never been in a repair garage but it passes an MOT every year. A fabulous little car.

Good to hear! It was flimsy but an absolute hoot to drive.

90bhp sounds like nothing these days but it pushed that thing along very well. But depreciation was savage. I wept a little when I sold it; bought it new for full RRP AND on finance. I was rather naive aged 23!!

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but the Vauxhall Vectra was a dog

 

Of the 30 odd cars I have had run over the years, I have to agree.

My first one in 96, a proper V6 SRi was fine, but then they started badge engineering.

The second one, a 1. 8 SRi, was nothing of the sort and was truly awful. I had to change jobs to get rid of it.

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How on earth do you remember the car years?? Years shown are when in use not year of car.

 

1. Morris Minor Black with purple pin stripe - 1959?

2. Ford Consul Black with black pin stripe - 1959

3. Austin Champ in Aden Green with camo - 1961

4. Fiat Millecinquecento??

I can remember all the registration numbers too - BUK96H, RPX719E, ESO706F, etc

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#1 a 1961 Austin Minivan 3349 UR in pale green (always remember your first) (great for teenage romps once the back had been suitably upholstered….what a lovely gal :D ) which reached valve-bounce at around 50 in third gear, so not very quick – hence went everywhere at 50-60 just to conserve momentum, using tyres at around 5000 miles to a complete set of 5.

 

Sold to Mick behind the bar for a fiver to teach his Mrs to drive….ended up stolen and the police came looking for me to pay the recovery and storage charges because he hadn’t notified DVLA

 

#2 a 1964 blue Ford Corsair, which lasted precisely 3 weeks before rot allowed the front struts to pop up through the wings, but went very well, especially in 3rd gear, until it broke and was scrapped

 

(ignoring the consequent return to a Jawa 350 twin motorbike after the demise of the Corsair)

 

#3 a 1964 blue Ford Anglia (complete with irrelevant backwards sloping rear window!) which resolutely refused to start anytime before 0930 on any morning…. Written off after colliding with an unlit trailer hanging out into the middle of the road in residential Redhill one dark and rainy night around 0300

 

#4 a 1965 grey-with-a-white-roof Riley Elf (posh mini with a walnut dash and a boot) – commuted me between St Albans and Aberdeen every 6 weeks for 18 months and never missed a beat – except when a brake cylinder seal failed as red roadworks traffic lights appeared around a blind bend… eventually sold to my cousin when the rear swinging arm bushes wore so the tyre rubbed on the wheelarch on corners, but went to that great scrapyard in the sky when he moved up to an orange 1300GT

 

Oh happy days….

 

have several more but I thought we were supposed to stop at 4. .... :D

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Of the 30 odd cars I have had run over the years, I have to agree.

My first one in 96, a proper V6 SRi was fine, but then they started badge engineering.

The second one, a 1. 8 SRi, was nothing of the sort and was truly awful. I had to change jobs to get rid of it.

IMO, the Vectra was a big step backwards from the Cavalier mk3 - Vauxhalls were badge engineered Opels - the '70s Viva being the last Vauxhall.

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I can remember all the registration numbers too -

Funny how you can remember trivia from way back. I can remember my eight figure army number from nearly 70 years ago whereas now I can hardly remember what I had for breakfast. .. B)

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I used checked up on a few of my old cars on that MOT database recently

 

I had an MR2 GT T-Bar circa 99.

Ran it for four years, sold it just before it clocked 100k miles, during which time the only non-consumable thing I replaced was the alternator at 90,000 miles.

 

It is still going. .. 185,000 miles at the last MoT

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I can remember all the registration numbers too - BUK96H, RPX719E, ESO706F, etc

 

First 2 were VRA 436 and PGD 344. The champ plate?? and the Fiat, I really should have remembered because the plate was the only bit of metal that survived the first rain shower!

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