When I was born my mum had a poo brown Allegro 1750 Sport or something - I don't remember this as by the time I was using my brain it had been traded for a bronze Chrysler Sunbeam - AFM 441S. This had its fair share of problems and more than once I was given some crudely drawn bits of paper with "Brake", "Left" and "Right" on them and told to hold them up in the window when my mum shouted instructions. It seems electrical faults were a speciality, and another journey ended at the Little Chef on the A17 just past RAF Cranwell with an AA man trying to make some of the lights work.
It also had a dented bumper. This is relevant because I came to the conclusion that every single Sunbeam had a dented bumper, I never saw one without.
Elsewhere in the family, I vaguely remember my grandma's light blue Morris 1000, their Mk3 Cortina in metallic green on a M plate (last seen brush-painted red and owned by the electrician working at the house next door to them) but these were only vague memories before a Cortina '80 appeared when I was three. Also, my uncle had loads of company cars around the time I was a nipper - white Mk2 Carlton estate was the first one I remember I think.
Even at that age I was an automotive enthusiast, we used to sit in the Ci Sprite caravan on the outskirts of Skegness (we weren't the type of people that stayed IN Skeg) and I'd watch all the comings and goings on site.... one year I got all excited because there was a Rover SD1 on the pitch next to us and the boot lock was, like, underneath the bootlid. Yeah, I was that sad. Whilst we were there we'd be visited by some elderly relative in his Moonraker Blue Montego VP and he'd give me loads of Civil Service Motoring club magazines.