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Old 14-05-2019, 22:40   #1
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Smile A brief history of car ownership - What is yours?

Below is my car ownership history - excluding company vehicles after 1979/80 two car family.

1) June 1965 Triumph TR2 Black ex-Lord Scarsdale it was a one owner 60k mile vehicle. It had some bodywork done to the sills when I bought her. I hated it as it was a terrible ride on Long Lane and seemed a cold draughty thing. Drove it for a week before it was sold at a small profit.
2) 1965 MG Y type Saloon Green running boards & semaphore indicators. Had built in 4 wheel hydraulic jacks attached to the chassis!
3) Vauxhall two toned Victor F type in Maroon and Cream. 3 speed column change, bench seat. Rear tail pipe came out of bumper cone.
4) Vauxhall two tone Victor F type 3 speed column in Battleship Grey with steel exterior sun shade / visor.
5) Vauxhall FB Deluxe 4 speed floor shift with individual front seats!
6) Circa 1966 Renault Dauphine Red met its end when I rolled her on Radbourne Lane.
7) Circa 1967 Mini 850 saloon Red later had Gold centre paint work (SFA 782).
8) Circa 1969 Bond Equipe GT 1300 cc in red (EWE 276C).
9) Morris Minor 918 cc (think district nurse) 2 door Black jumped out of 3rd gear.
10) Circa 1969 Alfa Romeo Guila Sprint GT 1600 sprayed from original white to gold.
11) Austin 1100 Dark Green enough said.
12) Bedford HA Van red part exchange when 1100 sold.
13) Circa 1971 Morris Cooper 1275 S in Rootes Metallic Lagoon Blue.(DJC323E)
14) Circa 1972 Opel Rekord 1900 Coupe Automatic grey metallic paint.
15) VW Beetle 1300 blue 6 volt narrow track model. 1974
16) Austin Mini Cooper 998 originally battleship grey re- painted in Goodwood Green Metallic (LOV378F) later converted to full 1275 S specification.
17) Circa 1983 Opel Kadette RWD Coupe 1100 cc horrible lime green hand painted red.
18) Circa 1984 Opel Ascona 1600 saloon originally metallic blue hand painted coach enamel in red.
19) Circa 1078 Austin Mini Cooper 1275 S (LOV378F) at 16 returned to me after divorce and re-built and painted in tri-colour Blue/Yellow/Red top.
20) Opel Kadette 1300 FWD in metallic bronze.
21) Circa 1984 Vauxhall Astra Mk 1 1600 SR in Gold with black lower half. Only ever new car .
22) Circa 1987 Vauxhall Cavalier 1300 L FWD in White. 1987
23) Vauxhall Cavalier 1800 CDi in factory ordered SRI paintwork. Light blue upper, dark grey lower half.
24) Opel Manta GTE Hatchback in Gold metallic.
25) Vauxhall Carlton 2 litre CDi Automatic in Grey metallic anthrasite.
26) Toyota MR2 T bar Mk 1 White.
27) Austin Mini Cooper (LOV378F) at 16 bought back from a mate and re-built & sold after about 4 months at a small gain.
28) Riley Elf in light green re-built and sold to a mate.
29) Mercedes 230 E Automatic W124 series in silver.
30) Mercedes 230E Manual W124 in red.
31) Mercedes 26E Sportline Auto in mid-blue metallic,Pimp my Ride oversize alloys.
32) Circa 2003 Mercedes SL 500 auto R129 in Green metallic. (Still have this)
33) Mercedes C class 250TDi Estate Auto in Turquoise.
34) Mercedes 300 TE 4-Matic Estate in light grey-brown metallic.
35) BMW Mini Cooper 1600 auto in Silver.
36) Import wide bodied Nissan Terrano r3mR 5 door auto 4x4 in blue.
37) Chrysler 300 CRD Estate in metallic black.
38) Hyundai Santa Fe V6 petrol in light grey. (written off dont ask)
39) Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ series 2.7 diesel auto in grey metallic. (Current 4x4)
40) BMW 325 SE auto in a pearlescent grey.
41) Jeep Grand Cherokee WK series 3.0 CRD (Current 4x4)

I have not listed my Moped/Scooter/Motorcycles owned but it ran into double figures!
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Old 15-05-2019, 22:39   #2
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First car: 1962 Morris minor in 1988
Then;
1977 Mk2 Ford capri 1.6gl, ended up as 3 5v8s
Then in no particular or complete order...
VW beach buggy
Ford Capri 3.0s w reg
SAAB 900Turbo
Morris minor Traveller ( deposit for house)
Nissan bluebird 1.8gl, upgraded to Ford Essex V6
Hilman minx
Oh yeah... Grandads 1.6 cavalier sports hatch 2 door coupe
Mini traveller
Mini van ( ex police )
Mini 25 silver
Beige fiesta 950mk2
Maestro 1.3 - beige
Maestro 1.6 efi blue
Capri mk 3 1.6
Capri mk3 2.0
Lotus Excel 2.2
Mitsubishi Signum 3.0 24v auto 4ws x2
Citroen XM 3.024v mental machine
BMW 530i tourer, just like driving grandads living room but very quickly.
Audi A6 Avant 2.4
Vauxhall Insignia Sri estate
Audi a6 allroad 2.7t quattro auto, it did like a drink.
Currently Volvo v40 51 plate 90k on it and 45 mpg anywhere with dogs n trailer.
Oh and the toy dept;
First 4x4 Toyota hilux POS, nice but usual head gasket probs
1st Troll 4.2 petrol auto - yes I'm hooked but not at 20mpg
2nd Troll 4.2 d Auto loved the veg but no different lock n a bit of rust, sold to a Jewish gent and shipped to a mine in Africa
Current Troll 4.2 auto monster fuel guzzle.
Oh company transport...
Merc Vito
BMW 320i sport auto75mpg
Ford ranger Thunder
Merc a 180 Amg
Current Ford Mondeo tit anlyum.
Lease cars;
best ever Merc 350 CLS coupes
Jep thingy
Think that covers most of them
Oops missed out the merc 300TD parked up for the engine done for the Troll....
Merc c220cdi
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Old 15-05-2019, 22:56   #3
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Maestro 1.3 - beige
Maestro 1.6 efi blue

1.6efi Maestro, was that a mod as I had an auto 1.6 carb, and there was an MG 1.6 twin carb then 2.0efi.

seem to think there was a rover 216 with 1.6 efi.

follow a maestro/montego fb page and despite in 4x4s would love an AR MG.
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Old 16-05-2019, 00:45   #4
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Personal:
Renault 5
Ford Escort MkII (suspected ex-plod).
Driving ban.
Ford Escort MkII (1760 plus other stuff that I can't metion until statute of limitations is up)
Cortina MkIV
Escort Mk3
Spitfire 1500
Sierra Mk1
Lada Niva
Peugeot 206
Terrano

Company.
Escort MkIV
Escort Mk V
Escort van
Astra MkII
Mondeo MkII
Peugeut 208 x8
Honda Jizz x5
Hyundia i30 x2 or 3
BMW 318i saloon
BMW 318i Touring
Hyundai Tuscon x 2 or 3
Ford Kuga x2
Audi A3
Volvo V60.
Volvo V40

I might have forgotten one or two company cars. But by far the most fun are/were the Terrano or BMWs. I really should have a Maverick.
There's a TS 50, a CB 100 and a ZZR 600 in the mix too.
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Old 16-05-2019, 17:55   #5
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First car: 1962 Morris minor in 1988
Then;
1977 Mk2 Ford capri 1.6gl, ended up as 3 5v8s
Then in no particular or complete order...
VW beach buggy
Ford Capri 3.0s w reg
SAAB 900Turbo
Morris minor Traveller ( deposit for house)
Nissan bluebird 1.8gl, upgraded to Ford Essex V6
Hilman minx
Oh yeah... Grandads 1.6 cavalier sports hatch 2 door coupe
Mini traveller
Mini van ( ex police )
Mini 25 silver
Beige fiesta 950mk2
Maestro 1.3 - beige
Maestro 1.6 efi blue
Capri mk 3 1.6
Capri mk3 2.0
Lotus Excel 2.2
Mitsubishi Signum 3.0 24v auto 4ws x2
Citroen XM 3.024v mental machine
BMW 530i tourer, just like driving grandads living room but very quickly.
Audi A6 Avant 2.4
Vauxhall Insignia Sri estate
Audi a6 allroad 2.7t quattro auto, it did like a drink.
Currently Volvo v40 51 plate 90k on it and 45 mpg anywhere with dogs n trailer.
Oh and the toy dept;
First 4x4 Toyota hilux POS, nice but usual head gasket probs
1st Troll 4.2 petrol auto - yes I'm hooked but not at 20mpg
2nd Troll 4.2 d Auto loved the veg but no different lock n a bit of rust, sold to a Jewish gent and shipped to a mine in Africa
Current Troll 4.2 auto monster fuel guzzle.
Oh company transport...
Merc Vito
BMW 320i sport auto75mpg
Ford ranger Thunder
Merc a 180 Amg
Current Ford Mondeo tit anlyum.
Lease cars;
best ever Merc 350 CLS coupes
Jep thingy
Think that covers most of them
Oops missed out the merc 300TD parked up for the engine done for the Troll....
Merc c220cdi
Wow that quite a range of vehicles !
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1.6efi Maestro, was that a mod as I had an auto 1.6 carb, and there was an MG 1.6 twin carb then 2.0efi.

seem to think there was a rover 216 with 1.6 efi.

follow a maestro/montego fb page and despite in 4x4s would love an AR MG.
A work mate had a MG Maestro boy was in quick on bends- he had issues with petrol smells on idle that were never fixed - also early digital mpg & talking dash !!
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Personal:
Renault 5
Ford Escort MkII (suspected ex-plod).
Driving ban.
Ford Escort MkII (1760 plus other stuff that I can't metion until statute of limitations is up)
Cortina MkIV
Escort Mk3
Spitfire 1500
Sierra Mk1
Lada Niva
Peugeot 206
Terrano

Company.
Escort MkIV
Escort Mk V
Escort van
Astra MkII
Mondeo MkII
Peugeut 208 x8
Honda Jizz x5
Hyundia i30 x2 or 3
BMW 318i saloon
BMW 318i Touring
Hyundai Tuscon x 2 or 3
Ford Kuga x2
Audi A3
Volvo V60.
Volvo V40

I might have forgotten one or two company cars. But by far the most fun are/were the Terrano or BMWs. I really should have a Maverick.
There's a TS 50, a CB 100 and a ZZR 600 in the mix too.
Always liked the V70 Cross Country & the XC 90 out of my budget !
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My first car was a 1968 Morris 1800 landcrab automatic. Spent 6 month getting it ready for when I passed my test, and after just 3 months on the road it had broken down so many times I scrapped it and used it to repair a 1969 Austin 1800 landcrab manual with a stage 2 tuned engine (apparently).

After a couple of years I found a Barn stored low mileage 1974 Wolseley 2200 landcrab with all the trimmings. Loved that car, but had a head on with an Allegro that failed to give way on a narrow bridge, killing both cars majorly, and doing the driver of the Allegro a powet of no- good as well.

Needed a car urgently so took my first foray into buying at auction... bad mistake... somehow came home with a 1980 florescent orange Princess automatic... nuff said.

Traded that in for a 1983 Austin Meastro 1.3. I had the only good Austin Meastro ever made and had many years and a lot of miles out of that car.

After wearing that out, traded it for a 1985 Toyota Corrola 1.3. That was another great car, but seemed unlucky, it was always being hit and repaired, but the final call came when a young girl in a Porsche 944 turned across me, at night with just 1 parking light and a low level fog light, both on the nearside. Both cars very written off, and she was uninsured.

Inherited my late dad's Volvo 245, given to me by my mum as it was too big for her.

It was so expensive to run, I traded it in for a 1989 Volvo 480. Loved that car, but it got me 9 points in 3 months... slowed down and while keeping that, got a company Suzuki Vitara 1.6 JLX LWB.

At some point traded the 480 for a SJ413 softtop. Now that was a fun toy.

Company Vitara became a 2.0 diesel.

Split with GF who kept SJ so got a Volvo 850 I could tow the caravan with.

Met new GF (Suz) who had Peugeot 306 gti? Very fast but kept goin wrong. She then had 2 480's, one of which was the 2.0 turbo Celebration.

Company car became a Subaru Impreza 2.0 sport estate. Fun but I have never had such a bag of bones and problems, luckily they were all the companies problem to pay for. That became a series of Peugeot's all of which were nasty.

Dumped company cars, traded the 850 for an 2002 Volvo V70 and used that for both personal and business mileage. That was a great car and I did nearly 300K miles in it before it was written off by insurance scammers.

Suz inherted her dads old Volvo 240. Which we both used for a while, but the fuel costs and the way it tried to kill us towing the caravan, convinced us to look for a replacement.

Got 1999 T2, and after a dodgy start, became a lover.

Suz's 240 became 1984 T1, which then became a 2001 T2.

Now we have my old T2, which I am reluctant to get rid of, Suz's T2, and my new favorite car ever, the Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0CRD Limited. Suz is already eyeing up Wranglers to replace her T2.



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Starting with car learnt to drive in but never owned myself, morris minor, had been
my grandfather's and my mum took it over on his passing. We had it refurbished
in early 80s by a firm that came with good credentials but messed it up, seems they
should have stuck to imps... later found a moggy place but writing was on wall.

Second car I learnt to drive in, the moggy's replacement a mk2 escort estate as at
time was a better long distance car., the moggy went for 200 in 1984! The Escort
was first car I drove on road, on 17th birthday drove from Bridlington to M62. The
Moggy was driven on private roads, training grounds and quiet cough industrial
estates.

Third in at time didn't own was auto Maestro which led to me buying my first
car as needed a manual, and why pay for lessons when can plough into own car.
So a further mk 2 escort estate aquired, this one an earlier one but as ex MoD
was on Y reg suffix. Got me through test second time round just before 18th
birthday.

So liking Escorts along came a 1.3 4 door ghia, which was very proud of.

Having bought a caravan and the escort not big enough took over Mum's Auto
Maestro as she got another one few years younger.

Moment of madness saw me jumping in and buying a Range Rover Classic which
was a dog and a half, much welding later to rear chassis, and sills was a runner
but had to go when bought a house and couldnt justify 2 money pits!

Having married the car ownership shared, my Mrs had a Fiat 127 which for a 1050cc
was quite a buzzy thing but didn't like starting in damp weather.

We then bought a 2 litre Sierra 5 door, though it steadily rusted away, our mechanic
sourced a new shell and switched the running gear over.

The rebuilt Sierra tried to argue with a supertram so was was written off, the car that
is so along came a late model Sierra 1.8LX, lovely car and almost as zippy as the 2L.

Next came a Daewoo Nubira estate 2L which was our first with injection, lovely
reliable motor even if lacked personality, never failed us and was very torquey, could
start in 3rd....

First Nissan was a P reg mk2 5 door Terrano, which we loved, traded in after was
written off and bought back for the Patrol which was our modern money pit. An
amazing truck for space but someone had definitely been messing with the early
ZD motor, cost us an engine rebuild and still was not right, let us down towing the
twin axle caravan over Woodhead, and an expensive tow home as highlighted the
breakdown cover hadnt renewed properly. With Trol back in garage what to do, well
how about another 2.7 Terrano?

So trade Trol for a 52 plate T2 which as they do never let us down really either,
certainly never found on back of a tow truck.

3 years ago offered a 3L T2, well vowed never to have another ZD after Trol but
realised the early issues were fixed and sure enough its been great. As per other
thread got to think about its replacement at some point.
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