theduisbergkid

Tell us what your first car was - and win your choice of retro t shirt

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It's all on that FB thing here https://www.facebook.com/motorpunkmag/posts/702685323150266 and if you don't do FB just leave a comment on the bottom of this page on MotorPunk http://www.motorpunk.co.uk/articles/competition-your-first-car-shame/ . Easy easy.

 

Share your shame with us, you might win your choice of a decent retro t-shirt from HotFuel. Tipex won't win with his Alfa, we want to hear about your 'orrible snotters! :)

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I never owned a horrible snotter, I went straight in to hot hatches, cost me a fricking fortune in insurance but I managed it!

Surely having a cool first car makes me the winner, not the loser! ;-)

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I didnt really have a shit first car either. '77 (i think) Mk2 Escort 1600 Sport in white.

I rolled it after 12 months :(

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Oh lordy.  Painful memories. 

 

I think I've mentioned it before.  It was a metallic silver 1984 Montego 1.6L, which I bought in 1991 purely in order to do the 360 mile round trip to see the future Mrs P every weekend.  Here's a picture of someone else's:

 

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Mine never looked that good.  Mine usually had a brown go-faster stripe along the lower sill.  From time to time I'd sand it back, Hammerite it, and re-spray it, but it always came back.  It never made the car go any faster, either.  You could do 85 in it on a clear motorway, but you needed a good run up - so basically that was ok for the M4 but not a shorter motorway like the M25.  Drop below 70 in fifth gear and you would need to change down to get back though. 

 

I can safely talk about doing 85, because I've had the chat with the nice lady police officer who pulled me over and pointed out that it was not a sensible speed to do with a marked police car behind you.  Sadly, (a) she was a real police officer, not a strippergram and (b) it didn't occur to me at the time to use that possibility as an excuse for not noticing her.  Mind you, if it had, then I probably wouldn't have got off with just a stern frown, a fingerwag, and a telling off.

 

Reliability was perfect.  You could always rely on it to start and to get you there.  Except on two occasions.  The first was the day i moved out of my flat; with all my possessions stuffed in the car, with the key left on the mantelpiece as agreed, and with the door pulled shut behind me, it refused to start.  Absolutely, categorically, flatly refused.  With no mobile phone then, I was a bit lucky that a flatmate let me in to use the phone and call the AA.  No, I didn't have Homestart.  I pleaded with them, though, and the nice lady on the phone suggested that as I was moving out, would I like to update my address on the AA's records?  Yes I would, said I, and - bingo - I was no longer at home and the AA man was sent on his way.

 

The second time was on my wedding day.  No, I'm not making that up.  Having been checked, serviced, tried out in advance, and generally looked after, the fecker decided to have a hissy fit while I was sitting there in top hat & tails.  Many imprecations were uttered.  Many threats were issued.  But it was the explanation of the gravity of the situation, whispered urgently at the dashboard, that finally persuaded the damn thing to start moving and let me head for the church to marry a nice lady.

 

As you can see from the thread running through all these stories, the one thing you can say about it was that it was definitely a car that the ladies liked... or maybe it liked the ladies.  One of the two. 

 

I got rid of it by taking a car off my father-in-law that he was going to trade in.  I paid him the difference between the two trade-in values and we gave the Montego to the garage instead.  A week or so later, the garage called my F-in-L with one brief question: "This Montego.  What's the trick to starting it, then?".  We just laughed.

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I never owned a horrible snotter, I went straight in to hot hatches, cost me a fricking fortune in insurance but I managed it!

Surely having a cool first car makes me the winner, not the loser! ;-)

 

Ditto - 205 GTi was the first car in my name.  :)

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F reg xr3i cabriolet was my first car ..... in red of course! Think the insurance cost pretty much the same as the car, was stolen one night in 1996, never recovered! Barstard insurance company took six months and the ombudsman to be involved to pay out (can't quite remember the details now). I loved that car, wore a lot of red lipstick in those days and had great fun hooning about playing music so loud I now on reflection feel a bit sorry for the then neighbours +++

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If/when I buy my first car I'll let you know  :wacko:

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Ford Fiesta 1.1l, 1987, in red. Loved that car. It eventually had a stereo from a Bentley in it and huge speakers. Serviced it myself so it had Bosch Super 4 plugs in it which made all the difference. On a cold morning it was an art balancing the choke so it didn't stall.

Was written off in Bristol one Sunday morning by a van pulling out infront of me.

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Lol at super 4 plugs, I also tried those I think, and the ones with 3 prongs, and I think Splitfire with 2 prongs.

All utter, utter crap, simply because it wasn't possible to set any gap on them!

Back to standard NGK's it was!

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