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Show us your first car.

Discussion in 'Motors' started by amigafan2003, 25 Sep 2016.

  1. amigafan2003

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Jan 2008

    Posts: 17,504

    Location: Fylde Coast, Lancashire

    My Dad just sent me some photos he's found of my first car so thought it'd be a fun topic idea for the forums.

    So, show us the first car you owned (not drove - no no mum and dads car etc) and tell us a bit about it.

    I'll start:-

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    1987 Ford Sierra 2.0i Ghia Auto, converted to manual, 2.1 conversion with high torque cam. Bought when I got my first job at 19 (1997) and modded over the years to pretty much what is show in the pics. I retrimmed the rear seats myself to match the front. I did eventually find a nice set of black leather Cosworth door cards.

    As with all Fords, it was mechanically sound but the sills and bulk head ended up with more holes in them than a collander and it rotted from the inside out. So it was eventually scrapped:-

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    But not before it had donated its parts to this:-

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    So, 19 years on, I in effect still have and drive my first car!

    If anyone is interest in the westfield build, the website for the build log has long since dissapeared but some of it is still viewable on the internet time machine - https://web.archive.org/web/20140731184523/http://web.bethere.co.uk/amigafan2003/
     
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  2. chaparral

    Capodecina

    Joined: 27 Nov 2005

    Posts: 22,160

    Location: Guernsey (no lockdown)

    How much was your insurance for that at 17 ?

    That if you were 17 at the time..
     
  3. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: 29 Jul 2011

    Posts: 34,703

    Location: Sussex

    Nothing exciting to see here...

    2002 Polo 1.2 55HP (6 valve)
    0 - 60 in about 17 seconds, but it gave me my freedom.

    First handbrake turn park
    First J turn
    First 100MPH
    First oversteer
    First crash

    Also used it to practice loads of other daft things... Clutchless shifting, flatfoot shifting, double clutch downshifting, you name it... Poor car... Drove 30,000 abusive miles in it, and it is still alive to this day on approaching 160K!

    Fond memories of midnight drives and pointless journeys, not so fond memories of police/speed camera scares, ploughing it into a tree, re-building it on my driveway, and re-wiring the electrics.

    :D

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    Added wind deflectors and 'S' 14" alloys. Few random bits of silver and leather on the interior to make it look less pants (stitching had come undone on the steering wheel here hence the cable tie!) :(
     
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  4. amigafan2003

    Capodecina

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    Location: Fylde Coast, Lancashire

    I was 19 and it was £900. Quite alot as I started on £9700 in my first job!
     
  5. amigafan2003

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Jan 2008

    Posts: 17,504

    Location: Fylde Coast, Lancashire

    Haha, tell me about it - the Sierra was crashed four times - two my fault (into the back of someone at a roundabout both times) and two weren't - one a taxi pulled out in front of me - paid for the full respray - and another when a delivery driver clipped the front wing and smashed the indicator while dropping off, ironically, two clear indicators for it!


    Nice first car that Polo btw :)
     
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  6. paradigm

    Caporegime

    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

    Posts: 36,381

    Location: Staffordshire

    Can't show my first car, it was that terrible I never bothered to photograph it.

    It was however free, and as with Acme, gave me freedom, so in some ways it was a great car, just not a "great car". 1998 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 in absolute poverty spec, white.

    Couldn't wait to get shot of it, so my early memories of fondness to a car were for my 2nd one, a 2003 Citroen Saxo VTR, as terrible as it was, it was quick enough for me at 18.
     
  7. Dis86

    Suspended

    Joined: 23 Dec 2011

    Posts: 25,920

    Location: Northern England

    I've just realised I don't own a photo of any car I've ever had.
     
  8. chaparral

    Capodecina

    Joined: 27 Nov 2005

    Posts: 22,160

    Location: Guernsey (no lockdown)

    My first car looked the same as this mini before I crashed it into another car which was brand new at somewhere between 50 to 60mph...
    That was back in 1987...:o

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  9. MR_Punk

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 23 Mar 2004

    Posts: 7,935

    Location: Up t'north

    I had the exact same car as my first car in brown - got hit by a truck after 5 days and it disintegrated. I remember being over taken by a tractor, it was...shall we say tired.
     
  10. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: 29 Jul 2011

    Posts: 34,703

    Location: Sussex

    Thanks. It did the job. :D

    My crash is documented reasonably well... Haha :p

    http://imgur.com/a/Stgn4
     
  11. TheVoice

    Capodecina

    Joined: 15 Aug 2005

    Posts: 21,527

    Location: Glasgow

    2002 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 SXi which I bought in November 2008. Mostly trouble-free, although I kept having issues with the EGR valve sticking towards the end. Traded it in for a 2007 Mazda3 Sport after five years.

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  12. Scania

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Nov 2004

    Posts: 24,522

    Location: On the road....

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    I had a Mk1 Fiesta like this, not a Supersport like this one in the image but it ended up looking more or less the same, it started life as a 1.1 Popular Plus and over the two years I had it it gained a 1.6 Crossflow engine and driveline from a Mk1 XR2, Supersport interior,body kit , XR2 Pepperpot alloys, K&N filter, ludicrously loud exhaust and a stereo / amp that would flatten the battery in under an hour with the engine off.

    I never bothered to upgrade the 1.1 fiesta brakes nor suspension :o which explains its untimely demise when I crashed it into the side of an articulated truck (oh the irony!) because I couldn't stop in time before I hit him side on as he pulled out of an industrial estate, I discovered brake fade with that thing and knew it wouldn't stop from much over 85, I was iirc doing ~90 when I tried to slow down, scary!

    Looking back, I'm surprised I didn't kill myself or somebody else with it, it went like a rocket but wouldn't corner nor stop.... :o
     
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  13. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 66,699

    Location: Wish i was in .Lethal's house

    Traded it in 6 months ago.

    2008 Yaris 1.8 SR

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  14. amigafan2003

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Jan 2008

    Posts: 17,504

    Location: Fylde Coast, Lancashire

    Nice repair!

    Nice!

    My wife has a 950cc Mk1 Fiesta as a first car - absolutely gutless but oddly a lot of fun - and I agree about the brakes!
     
  15. Rilot

    Don

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 20,565

    Location: Wargrave, UK

    I don't have any pics but my first car was also a Sierra. a 1986 2.0i GLS in 1993 when I was 18. Insurance was £800 per years IIRC.
     
  16. Skidder

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 28 Nov 2007

    Posts: 12,372

    No pics but it was a mark v escort
     
  17. unrealrocks

    Hitman

    Joined: 9 Apr 2004

    Posts: 854

    Location: Nottingham - UK

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    Sure we've had a thread like this previously as this was already on my webspace! 1.4 Champes Elysees edition, was a decent enough car for £450 odd off ebay. Ran it for a year and got £150 scrap for it (it really was ready for scrap!)
     
  18. Dav4

    Mobster

    Joined: 20 Apr 2014

    Posts: 2,555

    Location: Home

    Here she is in all her glory. 2002 Focus 1.6 Chic. Purchased in 2011 as my first car. Heated leather seats and heated screens. Quite a decent spec on a 2002 Focus considering some new Fords dont come with heated screens and virtually none come with heated leather apart from the ST. Never needed anything apart from a service and Mot. Loved the car it was immaculate inside. Replaced it with a 1.8 Focus then got a 2.0 and then when my insurance finally dropped a little got a ST220 then my current Focus ST. Its safe to say i like Ford's lol. [​IMG]
     
  19. paradigm

    Caporegime

    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

    Posts: 36,381

    Location: Staffordshire

    It's safe to say you've not tried anything else!
     
  20. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: 29 Jul 2011

    Posts: 34,703

    Location: Sussex

    Exactly what I was thinking. :p

    Dav4, buy a proper car and you'll feel a fool for driving naff Fords all these years! :D

    tongue firmly in cheek.