- 'Everyday' cars you miss.
1994 (L reg) Volvo 440 GLT. Paid £1k for it in 2004.
Frickin’ indestructible, comfortable, heated seats, fast as pants, nice looking motor (or so I thought) and a beautiful Renault engine.
I had it for years, only foiled by all calipers needing replacing at an MOT.
Memories, good and bad, but did a lot in that car. A LOT. I think once you have to sleep in a car, you develop a bond.
Rip L468 FTAPosted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
First car that was actually mine:
Simple, cost £400, loads of space, huge fun to drive, handled superbly and never broke down.
Killed by rust, eventually.
Was given it by a relative – looked like it had rolled end over end down a hill, smelt of Um Bongo & crisps.Posted 4 years ago
Slow, tatty, ugly, reliable, simple, thrashable & very cheap to run.
Took me and her, plus bikes & camping gear all over the UK.
Was called Shedric.
Eventually blew up spectacularly, boiling it’s water & pissing oil all over the road, right outside my favourite pub.
God, I miss that car.khaniMember
😀 it did have a few things done to it, heads, cams, exhausts, shocks, and a slippery diff out of a special, but totally standard bodywork with pepperpots.. Fond memories of the diff exploding at an indicated 140mph, looked like a hand grenade had gone off inside it..Posted 4 years ago
I miss it even more now… 😥NorthwindSubscriber
My dad had a company Cavalier, a CDX I think, but for reasons unknown it had a redtop in it- partsbin special we thought. Was a lovely bit of kit- well bolted together, went like stink while not looking like it should, and had a really nice grey/green pearl colour that was almost like a very subtle flip. It got written off by a truck, when we went to pick out the replacement it was parked round the back and I’ve never seen such a sad sight, wheels pointing in all directions and it was covered in dust, all the shine gone from that lovely paint. Sad.
I got quite attached to my horrible Focus, it had the worst engine and absolutely no optional extras other than a surprising amount of rust, and it ended up being a money pit, but still it was a very friendly car.
My grandad’s ridiculous old Cortina is still running about, now that was a car. Blown up the engine? Just hammer in this v8 we’ve got lying about. Chassis rusted through? You need just need a gallon of isopon and a load of coathangers. Exhaust was a scaff pipe. He spent the war doing much the same thing to hurricanes and didn’t realise you’re not really supposed to do it with cars. Poor sod that bought it thought it’d be a quick project. But from the outside, it was just a well used 1.8LX, not a shrine to madness.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
I’m very fond of my Passat, although I’m not allowed to be. You form a relationship with your car as it ferries you through life’s ups and downs.. well at least I do. That car was with us on some great adventures.. then there’s that battered grey Prius.. brought both my kids back from hospital in that.. ok so kid 2 ‘s first trip was actually TO hospital… 🙂Posted 4 years ago
This thread got me thinking:
We’ve had threads before on cars we’ve lusted after, and I’m sure plenty of people have had head-turning motors, but I was wondering what ‘normal’ cars we had in days past that we look back favourably on.
Two jump to mind for me. I had a 91-plate Vauxhall Cavalier 1.6GL hatchback which I absolutely adored. Beautiful, supremely comfortable, loaded to the gills (for its age) with toys, handled like a dream. Wonderful car. I loved it so much that it was my go-to marque when I needed a car in a crisis; followed it up with an SRi and a 1.8CD both of which cost sub-£500. Last decent car Vauxhall ever made, if you discount Holden.
The other was the froggy Ford Scorpio. Spent a grand on something which I thought was the best of a bad bunch at short notice (ie, I needed something right now), despite hating the look of the thing. The single most comfortable car I’ve ever owned, proper driver’s car with a seat like an armchair, absolutely ate miles. Ugly as sin outside but lovely inside, and what do you look at when you’re driving it? A little tail-happy but that kept you on your toes (-:
What do other readers think?Posted 4 years agoWoodySubscriber
Like luffy105 I loved my Renault turbo. It was a ‘Le car 2’ and looked like a standard Renault 5 but went like stink. Unfortunately I bought it off a ‘mate’ who forgot to mention that he had spanked it up and down the A1 from London to Aberdeen on a regular basis for 2 years without getting it serviced or even an oil change.
Everything that could have gone wrong, did, and I had to flog it for next to nothing after 6 months.Posted 4 years ago
My mini. I loved that car. It was awful, but I loved it.
1275GT, smoking a bit when it came into my hands so bored out to 1300. Stage 2 head, Dellorto carb. 40, maybe. Big huge tyres (12 inch!). Worst brakes ever on earth, ever.
It leaked through the sunroof, ate radiators, had rotten sills and I loved it.
It went like stink in a straight line but it was the corners where it came alive. Like on rails. Ford Xr3i’s were great for a laugh, the owners always reckoned they’d win a race and in a sprint it was roughly evens, I’d usually be a bit quicker but as soon as the road got twisty they’d disappear in my mirror. Cosworths were better and certainly quicker flat out but again, the corners showed them who was boss.
I part-exed it for an Xr2 which blew up within a month 🙁Posted 4 years ago
Good point v8.
My dad had an old Mazda one day and came back with an RX7 the next. I got the impression it was just an impulse purchase that didn’t go down too well with my mum.
I was like a god in school. Whenever my friends were at our house my dad would deliberately nail the car away from the house with screeching tyres. They frown on that sort of thing nowadays.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Family cars.. we used to have Nissans in the 80s so the Rover 216 we got after those seemed really plush. But the 214 that replaced it, that was lovely.
The last Nissan was a Stanza. Dull even for a kid but that thing gave is the best years of our lives. So many experiences started and finished with it.. it never once went wrong in any waymore in almost 100k and many years.Posted 4 years ago
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