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Audi Bairn

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Back on car history, here’s my “mixed” history

Young free and single days

Ford Cortina 1.6GL Mk5
Ford Escort Mk4
Ford Fiesta SX
Vauxhall Corsa SRi

No longer single (wife’s car added)

Peugeot 306 XRd (company car) / Metro
Peugeot 306 XRdt (company car) / Vauxhall Corsa
Ford Escort 1.8td (company car) / Mazda 323 (comp. car)
Peugeot 406 2.0HDi (company car) / Vauxhall Vectra SRi (comp. car)
Audi TT Mk1 / BMW 320d
Audi A3 1.9TDi (8L) / BMW 320ci
Jaguar S Type 3.0
BMW 320ci 2.2 / BMW 318ci
Audi A4 Black Edition (B7) / Audi TT Mk2 2.0TFSi
Audi A5 Coupe Special Edition 2.0TFSi (B8 PFL) / Audi TT Mk2 TDi Black Edition
Audi S5 Sportback Black Edition 3.0 Supercharged (B8 FL) / Audi A4 Black Edition TDi (8K)
Audi S3 Saloon (8V FL) / Audi TT Mk3
BMW X3 M40i / BMW M135i
 

BarryG79

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They where ****** AWESOME cars back in the day....nothing came close to Ford Motorsport they rooled the da Hot Hatch world....XR3i where my favorite cars of my beloved father he had...3 in total always wanted him to get the RS Escort ye know that one that only came white...lol l remember he got his first XR3 in Silver and chose the optional extra electric windows....lol black cloth seats....with widely spaced red horizontal stripes across them ....next one was in Caspian Blue....fully loaded sunroof...and central locking ....front driving lamps and headlight pressure washers....tinted glass ......silver XR3 decals bit like the stripe down the side of the Starsky and Hutch Ford Torino but far slimmer ....my dads car looked similar to this
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Dad had a Y plate xr3i in black from new, remember collecting it from dealer with him at just 4yrs old. Unfortunately it wasn’t the guards red 944 that he really wanted as mum wouldn’t let him lol, closest he got was the test drive. I loved the xr3i though, until it got stolen and not recovered while he was working in Whitley Bay. But the Saab 900 that replaced it was much better in my eyes, as it has a big Turbo badge on the wing


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Audi Bairn

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Dad had a Y plate xr3i in black from new, remember collecting it from dealer with him at just 4yrs old. Unfortunately it wasn’t the guards red 944 that he really wanted as mum wouldn’t let him lol, closest he got was the test drive. I loved the xr3i though, until it got stolen and not recovered while he was working in Whitley Bay. But the Saab 900 that replaced it was much better in my eyes, as it has a big Turbo badge on the wing


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I had a head on, low speed, crash with a brand new XR3i when I was driving my Cortina up the back roads behind Stirling.
Hit it dead centre of the wrap round bonnet buckling it beyond recognition.
Mine cost £300 to fix, his was £3k :tearsofjoy:
Those Cortinas were made of cast iron lol
 

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I used to really enjoy installing a sound system in my cars, not really an option these days.

I even had a mini disc headunit at one time, really do miss a couple of 12” subs in the boot.:tongueout:
 

Snake Pliskin

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Cassette tapes are making a come back . Maybe an optional extra on future a3's? lol

Perhaps there could be an option to integrate them into the lambo vents :tearsofjoy:
 

Snake Pliskin

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I used to really enjoy installing a sound system in my cars, not really an option these days.

I even had a mini disc headunit at one time, really do miss a couple of 12” subs in the boot.:tongueout:


OMG yeah ... I remember getting my 1st really decent system professionally installed on my Ford Orion Ghia.
Pioneer unit and the front came off and as you say a set of quality speakers and sub ... awesome :)
 

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Meanwhile back at da ranch my Matrix oled rear tail lights eventually arrived today had to pay another £50 to "HMRC" over and above what l had paid the seller for the items plus his delivery charge...so they've become a wee bit expensive. But l aint stopping there, same seller has a brand new 2021 TTRS rear spoiler for sale but before l gave him an offer he was already waiting on a reply from another punter so if he doesn't hear from him by tomorrow its mine then l just need the gloss black emblems jobs a good un
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@jassyo06 - That is so far off topic I nearly fell off my chair laughing lol
Thats even bad by your standards mate lol
Get a new thread started FFS!

Open to the vote
Do I delete it or not? ;):D
 

BarryG79

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OMG yeah ... I remember getting my 1st really decent system professionally installed on my Ford Orion Ghia.
Pioneer unit and the front came off and as you say a set of quality speakers and sub ... awesome :)

Spent my student loan on Sony face off head unit with boot mounted multi changer (x10) and steering column joystick. 6x9’s for the parcel shelf and 15” alloys. Happy days!
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Some different ones in my car history - i order as much as my memory allows -

Chrysler Avenger 3 door
Mk 3 Ford Cortina 1600XL
Mk 3 Ford Cortina 2000E
Austin Allegro 1750 SSS
Mini 1275GT
Mk2 1100 Ford Escort estate
Hillman Hunter 1750 GLS
Vauxhall Viva
Mk1 Ford Fiesta 950 L
Mk3 Ford Escort 1100 L
Mini Metro 3 door
Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 5 door
2nd gen Ford Fiesta XR2 (the one with the pepper pot alloys)
Series 1 Ford Escort RS Turbo
Vauxhall Astra 1400 5 door LS
Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V
Citroen ZX 1400 5 door
BMW 316i SE 4 door
BMW 318i SE 4 door
BMW 318iS 2 door
B6 Audi A4 SE saloon
B7 Audi A4 S-line saloon diesel
B8 Audi A4 S-line saloon
B8.5 Audi S4 saloon
SEAT Leon 300 Cupra hatchback
BMW 20d X3

I know my wife's car history too as we've been together since we were teenagers -

Datsun 100A Cherry
2nd gen Ford Fiesta 1100 L
Fiat Panda
Citroen AX 3 door
Citroen AX 3 door
Citroen Saxo VTR
Peugeot 206 1400 5 door
Mk 1 Ford Ka
Peugeot 207 CC
R56 MINI Cooper
Vw Fox
R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
Fiat 500 Abarth
Mk 2 Ford Ka
R56 MINI JCW
Mk 2 Ford Ka
R55 MINI Cooper S 5 door
B8 Audi A4 Avant diesel
Renault Captur
Vw up!

Some interesting, not so interesting & horrors in that lol lol
 

Snake Pliskin

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Some different ones in my car history - i order as much as my memory allows -

Chrysler Avenger 3 door
Mk 3 Ford Cortina 1600XL
Mk 3 Ford Cortina 2000E
Austin Allegro 1750 SSS
Mini 1275GT
Mk2 1100 Ford Escort estate
Hillman Hunter 1750 GLS
Vauxhall Viva
Mk1 Ford Fiesta 950 L
Mk3 Ford Escort 1100 L
Mini Metro 3 door
Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 5 door
2nd gen Ford Fiesta XR2 (the one with the pepper pot alloys)
Series 1 Ford Escort RS Turbo
Vauxhall Astra 1400 5 door LS
Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V
Citroen ZX 1400 5 door
BMW 316i SE 4 door
BMW 318i SE 4 door
BMW 318iS 2 door
B6 Audi A4 SE saloon
B7 Audi A4 S-line saloon diesel
B8 Audi A4 S-line saloon
B8.5 Audi S4 saloon
SEAT Leon 300 Cupra hatchback
BMW 20d X3

I know my wife's car history too as we've been together since we were teenagers -

Datsun 100A Cherry
2nd gen Ford Fiesta 1100 L
Fiat Panda
Citroen AX 3 door
Citroen AX 3 door
Citroen Saxo VTR
Peugeot 206 1400 5 door
Mk 1 Ford Ka
Peugeot 207 CC
R56 MINI Cooper
Vw Fox
R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
Fiat 500 Abarth
Mk 2 Ford Ka
R56 MINI JCW
Mk 2 Ford Ka
R55 MINI Cooper S 5 door
B8 Audi A4 Avant diesel
Renault Captur
Vw up!

Some interesting, not so interesting & horrors in that lol lol



Wow some absolute crackers in there mate especially this period:

2nd gen Ford Fiesta XR2 (the one with the pepper pot alloys)
Series 1 Ford Escort RS Turbo
Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V

If only you had those now !

Some howlers too though :)

Allegro & Viva OMG !
 

BarryG79

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Some different ones in my car history - i order as much as my memory allows -

Chrysler Avenger 3 door
Mk 3 Ford Cortina 1600XL
Mk 3 Ford Cortina 2000E
Austin Allegro 1750 SSS
Mini 1275GT
Mk2 1100 Ford Escort estate
Hillman Hunter 1750 GLS
Vauxhall Viva
Mk1 Ford Fiesta 950 L
Mk3 Ford Escort 1100 L
Mini Metro 3 door
Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 5 door
2nd gen Ford Fiesta XR2 (the one with the pepper pot alloys)
Series 1 Ford Escort RS Turbo
Vauxhall Astra 1400 5 door LS
Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V
Citroen ZX 1400 5 door
BMW 316i SE 4 door
BMW 318i SE 4 door
BMW 318iS 2 door
B6 Audi A4 SE saloon
B7 Audi A4 S-line saloon diesel
B8 Audi A4 S-line saloon
B8.5 Audi S4 saloon
SEAT Leon 300 Cupra hatchback
BMW 20d X3

I know my wife's car history too as we've been together since we were teenagers -

Datsun 100A Cherry
2nd gen Ford Fiesta 1100 L
Fiat Panda
Citroen AX 3 door
Citroen AX 3 door
Citroen Saxo VTR
Peugeot 206 1400 5 door
Mk 1 Ford Ka
Peugeot 207 CC
R56 MINI Cooper
Vw Fox
R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
Fiat 500 Abarth
Mk 2 Ford Ka
R56 MINI JCW
Mk 2 Ford Ka
R55 MINI Cooper S 5 door
B8 Audi A4 Avant diesel
Renault Captur
Vw up!

Some interesting, not so interesting & horrors in that lol lol

Series 1 RS Turbo

Would be worth a few pounds now, hindsight eh!


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Digging deep now!!! Before I ran off to scour CHINA for components (1985) for a joint venture diesel engine manufacturing facility in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, I used to run/maintain - though did not own - a few Lotus Elite 501 cars (for others): cars were always left in my care for 'evaluation'!!!, lol :thumbs up::racer::yahoo::superman:: just sayin'
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Note #1: our Lotus Elan Sprint and Lotus Elan Plus 2 in the garage - an Esprit and/or Elite were never allowed in, neither would they fit - just like our SQ5... :sadlike:

Note #2: The Elite was a superb mega comfortable 4-adult-seat-car that would motorway-run-and-run-and-run ALL day long, and for sure wasn't so bad around the twisty bits, either...

 

NevMan

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So here is my history going back to 1st car back in good ol' SA:

1. Alfa Sprint 1.5 Twin Cam - Red.
2. Opel Kadett 1.3L - Cream.
3. VW Golf GTI 1.8 8v (Mark 2) - Red.
4. VW Golf GTI 2.0 16V (Mark 2 FL) - White.
5. Ford Explorer 1.8 Pickup - Metallic Blue.
6. Toyota Corolla RSI 1.8 16v - Gunmetal Grey.
7. VW Jetta 1.8 (Mark 3) - Maroon.
8. Opel Astra 2.0 Turbo - Metallic Teal blue.
9. Ford Fiesta 1.1 Popular - Baby p** brown.
10. Vauxhall Corsa 1.3L - Blue.
11. VW Golf GTI 2.0 (Mark 4) - Similiar to Turbo Blue.
12. Audi Allroad (B8 I think) 2.5 TDI - Highland Green.
13. BMW 323i 2.5L - Light Met Blue.
14. BMW 320d 2.0d - Metallic Black.
15. VW Golf GLS (Mark 3) - Silver.
16. VW Golf GTI (Mark 5) Metallic Grey
17. VW Polo 1.0 - Black
18. Toyota Verso 1.8i - Black
19. Ford S-Max 2.0 - Metallic Blue
20. Ford S-Max 2.0d - White
21. Audi Q5 S-Line Plus 2.0d (Dieselgate 8R) - Moonlight Blue
22. Audi A6 Avant S-Line 2.0d - White
23. Audi Q5 S-Line 2.0 - Mythos Black
24. BMW X3 M40i 3.0 - Carbon Black

And wife's car's since we have been together (2nd marriage and all that).

1. Ford Focus 1.6 - Metallic Silver.
2. Audi A1 1.4 - Mythos Black.
3. Mini JCW - Moonwalk Grey

And our current shared car (due to mega kitchen and building works ;-)
25 / 4. Mini Cooper S 2.0 - Midnight Black

Some shockers in there and obvious "blended family" wagons

Wife just started a new job, so I may need to enter the market again soon ;-)
 

NevMan

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Wow, impressive. One thing, you saved a hell of a lot more money than me :thumbs up:
Very impressive....and me (the saving money part :)
 

NevMan

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So here goes.
1. Escort Mk1 (no MOT/TAX/Ins) and was a bad boy driving it :haudrauf:
2. Mini 1275GT
3. Escort MK2.
4. Vauxhall Cavalier MK2 diesel (biggest bag of tat ever).
5. Sierra XR4i.
6. Vauxhall Cavalier MK3 SRI.
7. Peugeot 205 1.9gti.
8. Vauxhall Astra GTE.
9. Vauxhall Cavalier MK3 4x4.
10. Ford Escort MK3 LX.
11. Ford Orion MK2 Ghia.
12. Ford Escort MK6 L.(another bag of tat)
13. Vauxhall Vectra MK1 SRI 130.
14. Ford Fiesta Zetec(wife passed test).
15. Focus MK1 LX.
16. Ford Focus MK1 Zetec.
17. Ford Focus MK1 TDCI.
18. VW Golf MK4 S.
19. Ford Focus MK1 MP3.
20. Audi A3 Sport MK2.
21. Seat Leon MK2 FR.
22. Seat Exeo Sport.
23. Seat Leon MK3 FR
24. Audi A4 Sport.
25. Audi A4 S-Line.
26. Audi S3 Sportback.
27. Audi S3 Sportback.
28. BMW X3 M-Sport.
29. Cupra Ateca.
30. ???????

Jeez, didn't realise I had that many in 36 years of driving. The most times I changed my car in one year was #8 to #11 and #20 to #25. :wtf: Probably missed one or two. Not good I know and wasted to much money on cars, but I'm not bothered.

I am the same Steve, definitely changed some way too often, but had a heck of a lot of fun looking/negotiating and buying LOL
 

wab172uk

Now in an X3 M40i And a Yaris GR-Four
1) Mk1 Fiesta 1.3 Ghia
2) Fiesta 1.4 Si (My first Brand new car)
3) Escort Si
4) Peugeot 106 GTI (Best car I've ever owned)
5) MK II Clio 172 (Worst car I've ever owned)
6) MK 1 Focus RS
7) Blobeye Subaru Impreza STI PPP

The got converted to Diesel
8) MK 5 Golf GT TDI Sport
9) VW Tiguan R 170 TDI

Realised Diesels were Sh!t
10) Nissan 370Z GT (weekend Toy)
11) Audi R8 V8 Manual (Weekend Toy)
12) MK7 Golf GTI Performance Pack (Worst experience of owning a car I've owned, and shortest time I've owned a car)
13) Renault Twingo 133 RS (still got ands longest I've ever owned a car)
14) Audi S3 Saloon manual (Best all rounder)
15) BMW X3 M40i

To be collected 1st March
16) Toyota GR Yaris (weekend toy) - Twingo making way for it.
 

pburv

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Wow some absolute crackers in there mate especially this period:

2nd gen Ford Fiesta XR2 (the one with the pepper pot alloys)
Series 1 Ford Escort RS Turbo
Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V

If only you had those now !

Some howlers too though :)

Allegro & Viva OMG !
Don't knock the Allegro. Lol My old man had one for a few years it was a 'Vanden plas' version white with brown vinyl roof... Very comfortable as I remember.
 

pburv

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Digging deep now!!! Before I ran off to scour CHINA for components (1985) for a joint venture diesel engine manufacturing facility in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, I used to run/maintain - though did not own - a few Lotus Elite 501 cars (for others): cars were always left in my care for 'evaluation'!!!, lol :thumbs up::racer::yahoo::superman:: just sayin'
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Note #1: our Lotus Elan Sprint and Lotus Elan Plus 2 in the garage - an Esprit and/or Elite were never allowed in, neither would they fit - just like our SQ5... :sadlike:

Note #2: The Elite was a superb mega comfortable 4-adult-seat-car that would motorway-run-and-run-and-run ALL day long, and for sure wasn't so bad around the twisty bits, either...
That's the pink panther car yeah??
 

wab172uk

Now in an X3 M40i And a Yaris GR-Four
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2) 1994 Clio 16V
3) 1993 Clio Williams (no.123)

2 cars I desperately wanted. Tried to get one of the last 16V cars on sale. My local Stealer had a Red one in (colour I wanted) and I would have stretched myself pretty thin to afford it. As it was one of the last in the UK, the Stealer wanted £2k over list for it.
 

NevMan

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1) Mk1 Fiesta 1.3 Ghia
2) Fiesta 1.4 Si (My first Brand new car)
3) Escort Si
4) Peugeot 106 GTI (Best car I've ever owned)
5) MK II Clio 172 (Worst car I've ever owned)
6) MK 1 Focus RS
7) Blobeye Subaru Impreza STI PPP

The got converted to Diesel
8) MK 5 Golf GT TDI Sport
9) VW Tiguan R 170 TDI

Realised Diesels were Sh!t
10) Nissan 370Z GT (weekend Toy)
11) Audi R8 V8 Manual (Weekend Toy)
12) MK7 Golf GTI Performance Pack (Worst experience of owning a car I've owned, and shortest time I've owned a car)
13) Renault Twingo 133 RS (still got ands longest I've ever owned a car)
14) Audi S3 Saloon manual (Best all rounder)
15) BMW X3 M40i

To be collected 1st March
16) Toyota GR Yaris (weekend toy) - Twingo making way for it.

Wayne, you have had some cracking cars, love the realises diesels were **** comment . What a shame the PP, I have a big soft spot for Golfs and may get one again one day, what was the issue/s?

Cracking little weekend toy coming
 

NevMan

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Don't knock the Allegro. Lol My old man had one for a few years it was a 'Vanden plas' version white with brown vinyl roof... Very comfortable as I remember.

PMSL
 

NevMan

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Some different ones in my car history - i order as much as my memory allows -

Chrysler Avenger 3 door
Mk 3 Ford Cortina 1600XL
Mk 3 Ford Cortina 2000E
Austin Allegro 1750 SSS
Mini 1275GT
Mk2 1100 Ford Escort estate
Hillman Hunter 1750 GLS
Vauxhall Viva
Mk1 Ford Fiesta 950 L
Mk3 Ford Escort 1100 L
Mini Metro 3 door
Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 5 door
2nd gen Ford Fiesta XR2 (the one with the pepper pot alloys)
Series 1 Ford Escort RS Turbo
Vauxhall Astra 1400 5 door LS
Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V
Citroen ZX 1400 5 door
BMW 316i SE 4 door
BMW 318i SE 4 door
BMW 318iS 2 door
B6 Audi A4 SE saloon
B7 Audi A4 S-line saloon diesel
B8 Audi A4 S-line saloon
B8.5 Audi S4 saloon
SEAT Leon 300 Cupra hatchback
BMW 20d X3

I know my wife's car history too as we've been together since we were teenagers -

Datsun 100A Cherry
2nd gen Ford Fiesta 1100 L
Fiat Panda
Citroen AX 3 door
Citroen AX 3 door
Citroen Saxo VTR
Peugeot 206 1400 5 door
Mk 1 Ford Ka
Peugeot 207 CC
R56 MINI Cooper
Vw Fox
R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
Fiat 500 Abarth
Mk 2 Ford Ka
R56 MINI JCW
Mk 2 Ford Ka
R55 MINI Cooper S 5 door
B8 Audi A4 Avant diesel
Renault Captur
Vw up!

Some interesting, not so interesting & horrors in that lol lol

Some crackers there Col
 

NevMan

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1) Mk1 Fiesta 1.3 Ghia
2) Fiesta 1.4 Si (My first Brand new car)
3) Escort Si
4) Peugeot 106 GTI (Best car I've ever owned)
5) MK II Clio 172 (Worst car I've ever owned)
6) MK 1 Focus RS
7) Blobeye Subaru Impreza STI PPP

The got converted to Diesel
8) MK 5 Golf GT TDI Sport
9) VW Tiguan R 170 TDI

Realised Diesels were Sh!t
10) Nissan 370Z GT (weekend Toy)
11) Audi R8 V8 Manual (Weekend Toy)
12) MK7 Golf GTI Performance Pack (Worst experience of owning a car I've owned, and shortest time I've owned a car)
13) Renault Twingo 133 RS (still got ands longest I've ever owned a car)
14) Audi S3 Saloon manual (Best all rounder)
15) BMW X3 M40i

To be collected 1st March
16) Toyota GR Yaris (weekend toy) - Twingo making way for it.

Wow, R8 weekend toy
 

NevMan

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Spent my student loan on Sony face off head unit with boot mounted multi changer (x10) and steering column joystick. 6x9’s for the parcel shelf and 15” alloys. Happy days!
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Haha, brings back memories Brian, I remember spending all my cash on:

- Face off Sony
- 6x9’s and tweeters
- biggest amp I could afford
- speaker cloth and wooden speaker tray.
- sub in boot
- elec windows
- custom made exhaust
- tints

This was on my 1987 Mk2 Golf GTI that was my absolute pride and joy and still one of my faves.
 

Chris4410

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Wow some absolute crackers in there mate especially this period:

2nd gen Ford Fiesta XR2 (the one with the pepper pot alloys)
Series 1 Ford Escort RS Turbo
Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V

If only you had those now !

Some howlers too though :)

Allegro & Viva OMG !

I would love a mint RS turbo, friend of mine has a mint Sierra and Escort Cosworth.
 

Bristle Hound

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Wow some absolute crackers in there mate especially this period:

2nd gen Ford Fiesta XR2 (the one with the pepper pot alloys)
Series 1 Ford Escort RS Turbo
Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V

If only you had those now !

Some howlers too though :)

Allegro & Viva OMG !
Tell me about it @Snake Pliskin
Rs Turbo was great but preferred the Astra GTE 16v altho my example was a little fragile
A 2nd child and a house move stopped any more of those car purchaser :(
That Allegro was rapid in its day 1750cc with twin webers. Weighed about as much as a bag of crisps so it was rapido :superman: - Had to sell it as I couldn't get insured on it & renewal
The Viva was the old 'coke bottle' version for any one who remembers them lol - It was a daft £50 buy and a heartbroken £30 sell lol
Series 1 RS Turbo

Would be worth a few pounds now, hindsight eh!


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@BarryG79 - Tell me about it :(
Some crackers there Col
Cheers @NevMan :thumbs up:
 

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Someone mentioned cars you learned to drive in
My Dad was the Sales Manager at a main Ford Dealer & my brother was a Salesman in the same garage at the same time (idiot!) in the late 70's early 80"s

I was fortunate to learn to drive in a number of new Rs 2000's, Granada 2.3 V6's, Mk2 Capri Ghia's, mk1 3 litre V6 Capri's. My brother had the 1st XR3 (non injection version) in the Uk as a demo - I remember the XR3 feeling a bit weird to drive after the Rs2000 he had before it (obviuousley the FWD compared to the RWD) - my brother always said it looked hilarious a RS2000 with L plates on lol

Ended up passing my car test in my Mam's green Fiat 126 - don't ask! lol
 

Chris4410

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Chris4410

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Someone mentioned cars you learned to drive in
My Dad was the Sales Manager at a main Ford Dealer & my brother was a Salesman in the same garage at the same time (idiot!) in the late 70's early 80"s

I was fortunate to learn to drive in a number of new Rs 2000's, Granada 2.3 V6's, Mk2 Capri Ghia's, mk1 3 litre V6 Capri's. My brother had the 1st XR3 (non injection version) in the Uk as a demo - I remember the XR3 feeling a bit weird to drive after the Rs2000 he had before it (obviuousley the FWD compared to the RWD) - my brother always said it looked hilarious a RS2000 with L plates on lol

Ended up passing my car test in my Mam's green Fiat 126 - don't ask! lol

I learnt to drive, and even did my test in a cavalier SRI 130. It was my grandads car and after I passed my test I drove it almost daily, I use to get stopped by the police at least once a week with the usual “is this your car sir”

My grandad was a brilliant mechanic and we used to work on it together, If I ever found a decent one I would buy it just for the memories of those Sundays working on it together.
 

wideboybloke

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Mine will rather betray my age:
1. Morris Minor (split screen 803 cc)
2. Austin A30
3. Ford Anglia 105E
4. Mk 2 Cortina 1300
5. Mk 3 Cortina 1600
6. Vauxhall Chevette
7. Capri 1.3 litre
8. Mk 4 Cortina Estate
9. Mk 2 Vauxhall Carlton Estate
10. Renault Savannah
11. Renault Espace
12 Mk 1 Seat Alhambra
13 Mk 2 Seat Alhambra
14 Seat Altea
15 8P A3 Sportback
16 8V A3 Sportback
17 A4 Avant
18 Yet to happen - wavering between Volvo V60 and XC40.

The types of car trace my growing and then contracting family. Switch to hatchbacks when we got a dog and then estates followed by people carriers as the children came along. Then back to smaller cars as they flew the nest. 12 onwards were all bought new - expensive, but it’s been trouble-free motoring ever since. One day I’ll write the book...





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45bvtc

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Mine will rather betray my age:
1. Morris Minor (split screen 803 cc)
2. Austin A30
3. Ford Anglia 105E
4. Mk 2 Cortina 1300
5. Mk 3 Cortina 1600
6. Vauxhall Chevette
7. Capri 1.3 litre
8. Mk 4 Cortina Estate
9. Mk 2 Vauxhall Carlton Estate
10. Renault Savannah
11. Renault Espace
12 Mk 1 Seat Alhambra
13 Mk 2 Seat Alhambra
14 Seat Altea
15 8P A3 Sportback
16 8V A3 Sportback
17 A4 Avant
18 Yet to happen - wavering between Volvo V60 and XC40.
The types of car trace my growing and then contracting family. Switch to hatchbacks when we got a dog and then estates followed by people carriers as the children came along. Then back to smaller cars as they flew the nest. 12 onwards were all bought new - expensive, but it’s been trouble-free motoring ever since. One day I’ll write the book...
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WOW:
1. Morris Minor (split screen 803 cc)
2. Austin A30
3. Ford Anglia 105E

What our younger (fuel-injection era - post 1993 ) brothers just don't get is that there was now't on the road back then so you could easily 'BALLS-OUT' a 'technical term' of course a Morris Minor (split Screen) Ford Anglia 105E and/or Rover 60 - mine! - anywhere and everywhere, great FUN... :thumbs up:

PS: the 105E Anglia block (plus Harry Mundy twin-cam head) was the base for the 60's/70's Lotus Twin Cam motors that led to many if not ALL FORD 4-pot derivatives! Just sayin' :thumbs up:

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Happy days... :racer:
 
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Chris4410

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The type of car I learnt to drive in. Loved it.

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