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cars your parents drove when you were a kid

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by gary r, 17 Mar 2008.

  1. gary r

    gary r Veteran

    Location:
    Camberley
    the ones i can remember were the following
    Ford Consul (had two tone paint & a bench seat in the front)
    Mk 1 Ford Cortina ( with the rear lights you get on ice cream vans!!)
    Mk 2 Ford Cortina 1600E
    Ford Escort estate
    Ford Capri (vinyl roof!)

    we only had fords as a kid,they seemed to be the most popular/reliable cars.& i spent many hours in the back of these cars driving on summer holidays/days out etc stuck to a sweaty vinyl seat wearing a scratchy cheescloth shirt!! The best one was the 1600e,Gold with rostyle wheels!!! Happy days!!!:blush::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  2. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts
    I thought this was supposed to be cars that our parents had ? Your list is all cars that I had !!!!!!
     
  3. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Ford Anglia (early/mid 60s)

    Ford Cortinas (mid-60s to end 70s)
     
  4. OP
    OP
    gary r

    gary r Veteran

    Location:
    Camberley
    Dad!!! what you doing on this forum!:blush::biggrin:
     
  5. ...in the early 1970s my dad was a lowly TV outside broadcast cameraman and we had:
    Triumph Toledo
    Triumph Dolomite
    Austin Maxi
    ...then my dad started his own business, did quite well for a bit, and we had:
    Ford Cortina Estate
    Ford Granada
    ...then everything went tits up with his busines so we then had:
    Austin Metro
    Austin Maestro
    Vauxhall Astra
    Vauxhall Belmont
    ...then I left home.
     
  6. The first car I can remember my parents having was a Red Toyota Estate. It would be frowned on these days but I can remember being spawled out in the boot.
     
  7. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Hillman minx, white. Stolen by IRA for gun running, with my Dad in it (He was released later, once the deal was done) Abandoned, blown up by army.

    Another Hillman minx, white. Eventually stolen by joyriders, abandoned, blown up by army.

    Once we came back to England, Mum went to work and had a succession of Mini Metros as company cars - the first was primary yellow, the second a paler yellow and the third blue. All with the acceleration, as my Dad put it, of a common or garden house brick, but they served pretty well. She bought one more metro (white) when she changed jobs, and since retiring has had a couple of Corsas.
     
  8. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Bit drastic, Vauxhall aren't that bad !
     
  9. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    an old wolsey, and a ford falcon when we lived in australia.

    in uk: a hillman avenger, a renault 4, a couple of minis.

    my mum has had a succession of ford fiestas since 1985.
     
  10. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    Ford Anglia with red trim inside. I can barely remember that.
    Ford Corsair
    Ford Cortina Estate. I ruined the paintwork, as I washed the car then threw the dirt bucket of water over the roof.
    Lime Green Ford Escort MkII. My dad's 'new' car in 1973 and my first car in 1980.
    Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1. I wrote it off whilst my parents were on holiday and then the next day I got my failed A-level results (my wife's fault).
    BMW 3 series.
    Ford Granada (stolen).
    Ford Granada
    Ford Focus. My dad's last car. :blush:
     
  11. Maz

    Maz Guru

    my parents never had a car.
    we went everywhere by bus...as a kid in 70s sheffield we went from city centre to the edge of the peak district for the princely sum of 2p.
     
  12. OP
    OP
    gary r

    gary r Veteran

    Location:
    Camberley
    I still like the renault 4,with the umbrella gear stick!! we had a couple of renault 4 vans at my first job & they were great fun to drive
     
  13. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    sheffield's subsidised bus system was legendary. when i was studying there, you could get a bus anywhere for 50p, and back home a similar trip into manchester was at least £2.
     
  14. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts
  15. red_tom

    red_tom New Member

    Location:
    East London
    Fiat Amigo Camper (like below) but in lime green! :blush: Amazingly basic - the rear door was shut by a catch that wouldn't have been out of place on a stable door.
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    VW Camper
    Varous other VWs - Golf GTI, Passats, Scirocco (My dad used to race Formula Vee so we always had loads of half dead Beetles lying around as well)