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What did you learn to drive in?

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by MOO, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. MOO

    MOO Keyboard Hero

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    I saw on an earlier post that James said he learned to drive in a Zephyr 6 with column change and I wondered what type of cars you learned to drive in. I learned in my dads 1969 Austin 1800, it had great big seats and was like sitting on a settee. We often used to forget to take the keys with us when we went out so we kept a screwdriver on the dashboard that you could stick in the ignition and turn to start it. It had the handbrake in the floor at the front so you had to lean forward to pull it on. It also had no second gear as it kept jumping so we used 1st, 3rd and 4th only. I loved it :):):up:.

    I also remember he had a Morris Oxford and when collecting me from school one day it wouldn't start so he got the starting handle out and was turning it over in front of the school. Not good for a teenage street cred in those days :D:D
     
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    Oh,,,... happy days,.. learning to drive!!!!!!!!!
    I had all my lessons in an Austin Allegro,...... then on my test day, another student smashed the car, and my instructor managed to borrow a Mk3 Cortina for me to take my test in!!!!! 1971, if I remember correctly...

    And my driving has steadily degenerated, since!!!!!

    Cheers, Fred
     
  3. a1gunner

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    Fiat Punto grande and van woo FTW:D:up:

    The grande is great real good acceleration and good tourque:D
    Pull out of a junction in front of anything it gets away in no time:D
     
  4. 12BoreMax=P

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    im lernin in a new cleo . its crap :down:
     
  5. andyhawkx3

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    I pasted in a Metro 1.1 and the misses pasted in a Micra:D
     
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    a metro diesel.in 1992
     
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    Jeepers Fred,in1971 I was 4!:p and was cleaning chimneys:eek::D:D!.
     
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    LOL!!!! soon as you are old enough to drink, let me know, I'll take you out for a beer,....... {If I'm still hanging on my perch.....}:D:D
     
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    I learned to drive in my first car A mk1 Cortina,exactly the same as this one :up:

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  10. i8allthepies

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    I learned to drive in my Dad's Ford Consul 375, my first car was a 1964 Vauxhall Victor Fb exactly like the one in the picture, bench seats and three-speed column change.
    View attachment 1403
     
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    Bench seats and no gear stick to get in the way,nice those were the days :D
     
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    HHmmm,,,,,, Just who was your front seat passenger???:D:D
     
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    I forget the name of Rockabillys first car,but when the price of coal went up he reverted back to his trade bike.Mind you he did look a sight in those goggles and scarf blowing in the wind as he careered up the road at 7 MPH.:cool:
     
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    cor that takes me back a bit:eek: a 1954 ford pop in black and ,and !!!! it
    cost me £6 .10 shillings .Damm rod breaks ,6v lights(candles:eek:) and no winkeys just a thing sticking out ths side,I forget what it was called,senafore or something like it.:D
     
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    I remember those sticking out indicator things.....they either stuck in or out :cool:
     
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    steve i had the 1500gt cortina inn racing green,what a lovely styled car that was in its time mate,i still have fond memories of driving it
     
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    For the first time in a very long time mates,I feel young (41!):D
    Cheers for that lads:up:
    I learned to drive in a mk1 diesel astra.
    Am I modern or what;):p.
     
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    I did 2 years driving around in a 3pin plug ( yup reliant rialto estate )
    as soon as i passed my test i got a 1959 standard vanguard estate 1 of only 6 left as i found out , was a lovely car to drive with its 2.1 ltr 4cyl engine , same lump as the tr 2 ? sports car AND fergusson tractor !! believe it or not , tho the tractor obviously utilised a few diff components,

    then i got a couple of mk2 consuls and the last classic i had was a mk2 zephyr with a 2.1 ltr straight 6 engine , as you say , bench seats front and rear , column gear change ,and huge steering wheel ( as the size of the steering wheel used to match the size of the wheels ... 13" on the mk2's & 16" on the vanguard....
     
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    I started in a Mini Clubman estate. Passed my test i9n London in a Nissan Sunny. First car was a Vauxhall Chevette saloon - not much of a 'looker' but held the road like nothing on earth. After that I had a Mk2 Escort, Mk5 Cortina 2.0GhiaX, Mk3 escort estate, Rover Metro Gta, Mini City, Lada Niva, Sierra 1.8LX, MIni 25, Rover Mini Cooper, Mini City auto, Renault Savanna, Seat Alhambra, Suzuki Jimny, and now another Ahambra and still the Jimny#Lots of these we had at the same time (never more than 2 at a time though) especially the Mini's
     
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    Oh gawd, all sorts of stuff as I had only just passed out of training when Gulf War one kicked off and I was out there. A case of needs must, get in it, see if you can start it and drive it. Anyway, on return I was finally sent on a driving course and took my test in a very battered Air Portable Land Rover. Its gear box was Censored so you had to double declutch, indicators done their own thing, sounded like there were a couple of ball bearings loose in the engine and gears. The Clutch was horribly sharp and the accelerator was hyper sensitive. Oh and it constantly veered to the left, apart from when braking when it veered even further!
    It was to put it mildy a complete heap of shoite!

    Test was 1600 in Hook, Hampshire in a Friday Afternoon rush hour. Thankfully I passed first time!:D
     
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