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Can you remember the first car you were in.


KRONOS the First

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I was watching a TV program the other day and I spotted the first type of car I can remember being driven in. It was the Rover 90. I cannot remember how old I was but I can remember being allowed to occasionally change gear using the long gear stick.

I am thinking this would have been in the late 1950's or early 1960's I also learnt to drive in 1975 in a Triumph Herald. I can remember doing my driving test in this car and being asked to do a three point turn, (do they still do that?, but the Triumph had a turning circle similar to a taxi cab and the examiner was not impressed when I did a U-turn in quite a narrow road. He passed me by the way though I had to do the turn correctly.

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Al94

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I was born in 1951. My father had a 1936 Austin 10 Lichfield which was bought new by his father. He sold the car for £25 in 1968 and bought a Triumph Herald. The Austin was the first car I was ever in and remember it being "laid up" on blocks for the winter, sponged and chamoised in the garage every time it was returned on a wet night and having to be regularly "decoked" to keep it running well. I also remember my father installing a heater of sorts, drawing warm air from behind the radiator via a duct to a nozzle in the front passenger foot well.Other than that, it was a rug which was bought new with the car in 1936 and is still used to this day!

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csqwared

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My first car journey was a Morris 8, FWW 178, which belonged to the shop next door to us which was a post office. I would be about 7 (1952ish) and he used to take me with him when delivering telegrams. We also went to the races (Beverley and Thirsk), him, his wife, my mum and dad,my sister and me (I??) plus picnic. How on earth we all managed to fit in is beyond me. The first car I owned was a Ford 100E side valve van and the car I always regret not keeping was an MGA Mk1 (swapped it for Zephyr Zodiac).

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