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Brian Ellis
13th June 2003, 23:35
What were the first vehicles you owned?

My first bike was a 1932 250 cc BSA, with hand gear change on the right side of the tank and girder forks. It was a good machine with one weakness: the push rod for the clutch wore quickly: needed changing every 5000 miles and adjusting every 1000.

My first car was a 1936 Hillman Minx with a 1200 cc side valve engine. The max rpm was 2500 rpm! I once got it up to 60 mph going downhill and a following wind on the Military Road between Carlisle and Newcastle (old Roman road following Hadrian's wall, with several dead straight stretches).

Those were the days when motoring was an adventure! Wish I still had those vehicules!

Fat Tone
14th June 2003, 01:32
1984 Vauxhall Nova, 1.2L. Probably felt slower than your Hillman Minx :D

I can't complain - it was a gift!

Now: 2000 Mondeo 16V 2.0 - way faster & a lot more toys :)
(a damn sight more to insure too!)

14th June 2003, 03:11

1971 Ford F100 4x4 with a 360ci and 1982 Bronco Lariat limited edition with a 351


just my trusty 1.8L 81hp 1990 vw Fox GL
(many clutch, transmission, strut assembly, and axel replacements later, I'm slowly coming to terms with the fact that maybe it's not the best choice to hang offroad with the big boys
:disapp: )

14th June 2003, 03:22
First: 1993 Saturn SL1 1.9L 85hp machine. After 311 000km I still got 42mpg+, twas a great machine, too bad I crashed it @ 160kph.

Second: 1992 Toyota Tercel, a tank but consumed oil like it was gas. Should have kept it, it didn't cost me much to maintain. :(

Now: 1994 Saturn SL2, Saturns are boring now, wish I had more money so I can get myself a VW Jetta.

14th June 2003, 03:54
first: VW Polo (1993)
second: BMW 3 Series
third: Mercedes Benz S-430 (coming soon to a GuchiGuh near you :D :up: )

14th June 2003, 05:09

There was a Go-Cart. Hell of a thing, went WAY too fast since my granddad (who was the guy who built the thing - amongst other farm vehicles and work vehicles, man was a genius with metal piping and wheels) didn't believe in speed limiters... so as fast as I could make the engine go (and we upgraded it). Thing topped out around 45mph, I think. Faster than a moped, I know that. :)

Then a moped, for the sake of mobility - since Go-Carts aren't street legal. Had to get around town... ;)

Then a Cutlass Cruiser Wagon. 1986/1987. First year they went electrical in the engine, so everything was a "module" and cost $2000 to repair. Bleh. That got T-Boned by a crazy lady in the parking lot of Micro Center and was a wash.

Moved "up" to a Ford Escort. Also a 1986. What a piece. The head gasket finally gave out, and on an Escort that makes the car "totaled".

Next came a very reliable Toyota Corolla. Also a 1986. Amazing, I stayed with cars from 1986 until I got the Volvo!

Bought Julie the Volvo after that (1995/1996 960).

Then traded the Toyota for my Brother-In-Law's Acura while he was at school. Fun little car, the Integra. Also a late 80's model. Heh.

Then I bought the Bimmer. (1993 325is).

End of story.

- Gurm

14th June 2003, 06:57
1964 volkwagon go-kart
1976 Chev Montecarlo
1988 Ford mustang lx 5.0 (still have this one - just SLIGHTLY modified)
1984 Mercury Capri RS (winter beater)
1985 Ford Ranger (winter beater- later upgraded to 5.0)
1984 Lincoln LSC (bought this for my better half)
1997 Ford F150 4x4 regular cab 4x4 off road package
1995 Tuarus SHO (for the better half)
1999 Ford Ranger 4x4 extended cab (still have this)
2001 Lincoln Navigator (still have this - wife drives it mostly)

Most fun I ever had was the 1985 ranger after I put the 5.0 fuel injected motor in it. Looked stock but many a corvette filled my rear view mirror. :D

14th June 2003, 07:03
First car was a 1986 Escort GT, unlike Gurms experance....it was great car. It was my dad's then I bought it off him for my first car. When I got rid of it, it had 140K on it. I sold it in August of 1993 right before going in the army. Fastforward to 1998, I was working part time in an auto parts store while going to school and my Old Escort pulls up...still running. The car had over 220K on it at that point in time. The guy has replaced the headgasket (thus not a kiss of death) and was pretty happy with it. It looked like crap, but then again it was over 12 years old at that point.

When I was out of the Army, I got a 1998 Mustang GT. Not a bad car, but I just got tired of it...it was unconfertable to drive for long distances (my commute to work is about 40 minutes or so) and the Insurance sucked on it. I got rid of it last year and got my current car.

My current car is 2002 SVT Focus. I really like the car....its confertable to drive and has about 85% of the same performance that my Mustang had, but with worlds better handeling and I dont have that OMG I'm gonna die feeling when it snows out like I had with the Mustang ;)

No idea what I want to get next though...the Mazada 6 looks nice, though Ford is supposed to come out with car based off it in a couple years and it looks pretty good so that might be an option. If I dont change my mind before then :)

14th June 2003, 07:18
@gt40: what a collection!!! :up:

Brian R.
14th June 2003, 07:35
Now I see why I get confused. There is a gt40 and GT98 here. Never seen them both in the same place before.

First car was a 1976 (->1966<-) Chevy Caprice, a hand-me-down from my parents.

Went in the service and bought a Honda 300 rebuilt it and crashed it.

After that, bought a 1968 Z28 Camaro from a friend and put in and modified a new 350 solid-lifter Vette engine (LT1). Serious hp! Never found the top end of that car. These were the good old days when cars were cars and men were glad of it :)

Bought a 1973 454 Chevelle new and added hp to it until it broke the chassis. Bad car. The muffler and the tail pipe fell off the car as I was leaving the dealership. The 454 made the front end wallow like an old Cadillac. Needed to put oversize springs on the front and Koni shocks all around to get it to handle. Took everything off that car that wasn't necessary for the engine to operate.

Went through a series of Hondas until now when I just purchased my first 4x4, a 2000 4Runner (3.4 L) with 30k miles. Great vehicle. I keep getting the urge to put a Toyota supercharger on it. :)

14th June 2003, 11:10
1. 1967 Chevy Biscayne (stripped down no frills Impala from a highway patrol auction).
2. 1978 Honda Hawk motorcycle (in storage).
3. 1971 Camaro (hopeless rust-bucket but I loved that car).
4. 1979 Malibu (bought from mom).
5. Second 1978 Honda Hawk for parts (also in storage).
6. 1987 Taurus (given to me by sister-in-law's husband just to be rid of).

Wife's cars:

1. 1968 Buick Special (bought from parents).
2. 1980 Honda Twinstar motorcycle (didn't need but had to have).
3. 1978 Pontiac Sunbird (POS but fun to drive).
4. 1983 Pontiac 1000 (Chevette clone).
5. 1986 Taurus wagon (finally starting to go to pieces on us).


14th June 2003, 13:23
ooops forgot my 1965 289 mustang notchback - just needed to much TLC, and I didn't have the time or place to keep it. :(
Had to part with it for a song. :(
gt98: before I bought my 88 stang I called the insurance co to
see the diff between the LX and the GT. the GT was almost double :eek: .
The LX had the same suspension/drivetrain and was 300 lbs lighter and therefore quicker.
So I bought the LX. :)
As for handling, if you can get a copy of 88 road and track it listed the mustang as the second quickest vehicle through the slalom.
In second gear at almost redline, you could use the power to steer the rear end through the corners.

14th June 2003, 13:26
ford fiesta 1.0 '84 :)

14th June 2003, 14:25
Originally posted by ZokesPro
Second: 1992 Toyota Tercel, a tank but consumed oil like it was gas. Should have kept it, it didn't cost me much to maintain. :(

That IS the time to sell it ;)

14th June 2003, 17:17
Originally posted by Brian R.
First car was a 1976 Chevy Caprice, a hand-me-down from my parents.

Can this be correct? According to your birthdate, your first car was built when you were 23 years old, your parents drove it awhile before giving to you as a hand-me-down?

As it happens, my first car was a 1976 Chevy Impala (practically the same car) which was a hand-me-down from my parents as well, but I'm ten years younger than you are. :)

Brian R.
14th June 2003, 17:34
Sorry, should be a 1966 Caprice...:)

That's what will happen to you in the next 10 years... You lose track of what decade you're talking about.

First car I ever drove was a 1954 Chevy (210?). One day my father left me alone in the car (I was 5 or 6) in a parking lot for a minute, and while he was gone I pressed the brake and it went to the floorboard - split the brake line. He was really happy that happened when the car was motionless... I was too, but I didn't know it at the time.

14th June 2003, 19:17

I'm confused. There exists a focus that's 95% of the car a Mustang is?

- Gurm

14th June 2003, 21:06
Originally posted by Gurm

I'm confused. There exists a focus that's 95% of the car a Mustang is?

- Gurm


Mustangs are overrated. They are built off a platform thats nearly 30 years old and have crappy (egonomic wise) interiors in them. My SVT Focus fills My needs better then the Mustang I had before it, all except in the insurance dept, which I'll blame the great state of NJ for. The SVT Focus (IMO) performs @ 90% of the Performance that the Mustang I had before for everyday driving to work. Plus add the Focus Interior is worlds better for fitting my 6'2 frame into, and thats another big point in my book. I barely fit into my Mustang I had before, with the seat all the way back and the seat back reclined a bit, making the backseat behind me useless.

I'm not totally trashing the Mustang...would make a great second or third car, but I dont have the cash for that right now ;)

14th June 2003, 22:17
1991 Isuzu Impulse - 1.6L 128HP. Amazing handling, but a fricken forture to fix. Traded it when the front struts died, and they wanted $600 to replace them.

1998 Mazda Protege - 1.8L 122HP. Great little car, leased it for two years.

2000 Mazda Protege - 1.8L 125HP. Even better little car. I even fit well in it, at 6'6" 225lbs. I miss it. Excellent handling, decent power, great fuel economy. Great transmission too, with short throws and a nice clutch. This one was a three year lease.

1998 Honda Accord - 2.3L 150HP. Bought this one used, with about 88,000 kms on it. Very quiet and smooth, but boring. Handles like a buick. Shoulda got a Protege5. Damn. Anyway, I'm planning on hanging on to this one until I move back into the city.

I also have a 1983 Honda Nighthawk 650. It's currently rotting in my driveway. Insurance is too expensive, and it needs quite a few repairs. I just can't justify putting a bunch of money into repairing it. Maybe I'll sell it as a fixer-upper :p

15th June 2003, 02:44
Suzuki AP50


Although mine was blue in colour.. NFL 581R was the Rego.

Also ..Got into Speedway at this time so ....I bought my first speedway bike .. A Jawa 2 valve...


Upgrading to a longtrack Weslake (Cant find a piccie)

When I turned 17 all my mates got 250cc bikes but I needed to get my Speedway bike to tracks (My dad hated bikes so I had to do "All that" by myself)

My first car ..... Hillman Hunter 1725 ... promptly blew the engine up, (as you do) so a 1725 GT & Gearbox was bought from the local scrappy. (Those were the days)


Then.... Believe it or not a Reliant Regal !!


My mates were all riding around on the "Three Chickens" So, finally I relented and bought a KawasaKi KH250 (Rego XTL 292S)

Followed by four 3 litre capris in succession.. (They were all crap!!)
I then went and bought a Vauxhall Ventora
A vauxhall Astra
A MkII 1600 Capri
A MkIII 3000s Capri
A wanked Vauxhall Astra estate ( Got married)
Ford Orion ... (Got nicked)
A Mpi Proton ...still running to this day (103K miles.) Just spent the weekend hacking the back Parcel shelf bulkhead to install some "Hunka Thumpa" Sony Xplod speakers to go with same Mp3 cd player.

15th June 2003, 03:13
Motorcycle (1985-1987): Honda Trail 90

First Car (1987): 1984 Mercury Capri Black Magic (Mustang T-Top)...that car got me laid quite a bit. Wrecked it.

Second Car (1989): 1972 Chevy Nova 350. Sold it - (Ugly Green)

Second Motorcycle (1990): 1989 Yamaha YSR50, Playbike for racing at go-kart tracks.

Third Car (1990): 1980 Ford Mustand 2.3L. Sold it - Way Underpowered.

Fourth Car (1991) 1973 Datsun B610 Pickup 2.1 Liter - Nice Pickup...drive all over the U.S. with it and it never stranded me once. Sold it.

Fifth Car (1993) 1973 VW Vanagon 1.8 Liter - Great little van...sure-footed in the snow, but underpowered. No HEAT. Sold it.

Third Motorcycle (1994): 1985 Yamaha RZ350, Toomey pipes, flatslide carburetors...fun ride. Sold it.

Sixth Car (1994): 1987 Ford Aerostar 3.0 Liter - Hey, I've got a family now. Decent little van. Lots of cross country miles on it. No legroom. Still have it.

Seventh Car (2002): 1996 Mercury Villager. Love this van...a little sluggish when in power saver mode, but very sure-footed and has GREAT ergomonics. Low ride height makes getting my kids into and out of it quite easy. Prolly will purchase a brand new one sometime soon.

16th June 2003, 02:59
Made me think hmmm lets se ..

Austin Healy Sprite
BMW 518
Beach Buggy Porsche Super 90
Porsche 924
Corvette -85
Mazda 929
Volvo V70R AWD (still have this)
Mercedes 500 SL (still have this)

16th June 2003, 03:03
got a pic of the SL, jsb?
Old or new?

16th June 2003, 04:10
Old :) 92, mint cond, dark.... grey

16th June 2003, 04:20
Firstly, what I learnt to drive in (because that's more interesting):

1) A Daihatsu Fourtrack Van.
2) A Fendt 370 GTA Tractor :).

And My first car was/is an F-reg Red Fiat Panda 1100cc. It now sits in a barn at the farm gently rotting away - last time I checked the brakes had seized :). Really must get it out of the way and into the scrapyard one of these days...

But now I work/live in London a car would be a liability. So I'm Mr Public Transport, or walk.

16th June 2003, 05:54
1987 Chevrolet Cavalier ( died in accident.. my fault :o)
1986 Mercury Capri ( temporary replacement .. died when a guy ran a red light in front of me)
1988 Chevrolet Corsica gave it away when the dealership refused to give me a trade in .. lived for another year after that.
2001 Chevrolet Impala.. still going strong :) 75000KM now

16th June 2003, 07:16
Honda CB 100cc

Man that was slow, and with a 6v battery, the engine had a habit of cutting out when you flashed someone :)

16th June 2003, 07:31
hmm, I would have thought it would have been the 'paddy' wagon. :D

16th June 2003, 07:45
nah, that's parked outside. :)

16th June 2003, 08:49
Uh first car? 72 Buick LaSabre. Was the size of a city block, and could fit 8 people in the trunk comfortably. had a 454 V8 and consumed more gas than I could afford.
Went from that to a 84' Pontiac Fiero, then a 92' Mustang 5.0lx and to now a 2002 Explorer.

16th June 2003, 08:52
Originally posted by Byock

84' Pontiac Fiero

Lucky you didn't singe a few feathers, with one of their famous
spontaneous engine fires.

16th June 2003, 10:01
No, never really had a prob with it, until it hit 140,000 miles, then it would not pass emissions. Still ran great though.

16th June 2003, 10:43
-1985 Mercury Grand Marquis (POS!)
-1996 Nissan Frontier XE pickup. Not very fun, but it was pretty damn reliable.
-2001 Mazda Protege MP3

Gurm: I'm not a focus fan at all, but GT98 does have a point. A new Mustang GT runs 14.9 in the 1/4 mile bone stock. The Focus SVT runs mid 15's. It's not that far off in straight line accelleration, and it handles better as well.

Fat Tone
17th June 2003, 05:02
Originally posted by Paddy
nah, that's parked outside. :)

A looooooooong way outside too! ;)

Paddy lives in Leicester and parks in Nottingham sometimes :D

17th June 2003, 05:11
Yeah, well would you like this (http://www.showrods.com/images/all_others/all_gallery_img/paddy_wagon_1/paddy3.jpg) parked outside your house????

*WARNING* This is a police announcement:

Look out it's the fuzz!

17th June 2003, 05:15
No thanks..:D

17th June 2003, 05:32
Originally posted by Paddy
Yeah, well would you like this (http://www.showrods.com/images/all_others/all_gallery_img/paddy_wagon_1/paddy3.jpg) parked outside your house????

*WARNING* This is a police announcement:

Look out it's the fuzz! Sure!!! That wagon kicks ass! But just so long as they gave me the keys, cause I would want to drive that beast.

17th June 2003, 05:37
I wish i had the keys... I can tell you that the view from the back isn't that great.....

17th June 2003, 06:06
You've actually been in one of those before?

17th June 2003, 06:08
nevermind :p

17th June 2003, 06:09
Haha, I get it. :D

Slight delay there. :o

17th June 2003, 06:15

2nd June 2009, 10:41
Well lets dig an oldie out of the mists of time.

It's now 6 years later and I've just bought my daughter her first car


I've still got the Proton. It's now done 133K on original exhaust/clutch etc.

Daughters got a better car than me


2nd June 2009, 13:07
1-1978 Malibu
2-1980 Camaro
3-1984 K-Car this was my sisters, but I drove it until I ruined the transmission....
4-1987 Maserati Biturbo 425
5-1991 Hyundai coup S (my wifes before we married)
6-1985 Maserati Biturbo
7-1995 Acura Integra
8-1987 Maserati Biturbo SI
9-BMW 528i
10-Subaru Forrester
The last three I currently own.

Oh and cars I almost bought but didn't work out...

1-mid 80's Lamborghini Jalpa, the price was a bit much...approx $35,000, and couldn't find a clean car.
2-1987 Lotus Turbo Esprit, couldn't fit in the damn thing otherwise it would have been sold to me.


3rd June 2009, 18:30
Gurm: I'm not a focus fan at all, but GT98 does have a point. A new Mustang GT runs 14.9 in the 1/4 mile bone stock. The Focus SVT runs mid 15's. It's not that far off in straight line accelleration, and it handles better as well.

Holy shit old posting, the Focus turned out to be a MAJOR POS and was replaced by a 06 Mustang GT :p Which has been trouble free after 3 years and just over 60K miles.

3rd June 2009, 21:27
Holy old thread batman! I started reading it without looking at the dates - and then went - WHEN THE $#@^ did KvH come back!?!?

First and only car so far - got it from my Grandfather. 1993 Ford Taurus GL 3.8 V6. 134,000km and not a single spot of rust.

My next motorized vehicle will be a boat. I am looking at used Lund TYEE 1750's.

4th June 2009, 10:34
Holy old thread batman! I started reading it without looking at the dates - and then went - WHEN THE $#@^ did KvH come back!?!?

LOL (literally)
I did exactly the same thing.

1953? VW bug with a cloth sunroof, 30ps engine, and cable operated brakes :eek:
1968 or there abouts Honda 90 step through.
1973 Suzuki TS 185 (new)
1964 VW bug painted red, white and blue and yes I had long hair to go with it ;)
1966 Rambler Classic four door
1971 BMW 2002
1982 Toyota Starlet (new)
1985 Kawasaki KDX200 (new, not street legal)
1991 Mitsubishi Galant (new)
1993 Mitsubishi pickup (new)
1987 Volvo 740 GLE
1993 Lexus GS300
1993 Infinity J30
2005? People 50 scooter (new)
2007 Honda Civic Hybrid (new)
Still have the lexus and the Hybrid

11th June 2009, 07:20
Holy thread resurrection batman!

I was thinking "Wow, haven't seen all these people on in forever!"

11th June 2009, 11:15
"Wow, haven't seen all these people on in forever!"

You resemble that comment :)

11th June 2009, 12:07
I'm here, I just don't post much. :bunny:

11th June 2009, 12:23
first car 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara 3 door in 2005 - crashed
second car 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara 5 door in 2006 - sold
third car 2007 Suzuki Vitara in 2008 so far so good over 400km per 55L E10

12th June 2009, 05:36
Renault 4 900cc (rolled it, didn't expect to survive, even at 60km/h)
Bought a VW Passat at 195000kms, still have it as backup.
Renault Clio 1.9D 2 seater commercial vehicle, sold to parents so they can trot to Uk and back no probs with a lot of luggage.
Ford Mondeo V6 2.5L Just done 100000kms, looking to keep it since the value has plummeted...
Might get a 125cc bike for the work run....

14th June 2009, 19:49
I've all the same vehicles, other than I've swapped out the v6 in my Ranger for a 5.0l v8 :)