Jump to content

Welcome to Autoshite

Welcome to Autoshite, like most online communities you must register to view or post in our community, but don't worry this is a simple free process that requires minimal information for you to signup. Be apart of Autoshite by signing in or creating an account.
  • Start new topics and reply to others
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Get your own profile and make new friends
  • Customize your experience here
Guest Message by DevFuse


What cars did you drive before you were old enough to legally drive?

  • Please log in to reply
55 replies to this topic

#1 OFFLINE   doobietoo


    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 2,063 posts
  • 5 thanks
  • LocationDeepest Darzet
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 02:37 PM

Following on from comments in the old chod when you were young thread where several people admitted to driving before they were legally allowed , what did you drive in your "early" teens.

 Two mates and myself bought an old, no mot, no tax, rotten as a pear Anglia in the same hue as the Harry Potter version which we used to blat around the back lanes of Hampshire right up until one of my mates totalled it into a tree one sunny lunchtime, He was trying to get us back to school in time for afternoon lessons after a couple of pints in a local hostelry where the landlord would turn a blind eye to our obvious lack of facial hair.....

  • cms206 and Captain Furious like this

1964 Austin 1100      ...shell in storage

1977 VDP 1500         ...rusty barn find...work in progress

1959 Austin A35        ...started weldathon / brakeathon / electricathon

2000 Saab 93            ...engine donor

2003 PT Cruiser       .... petrol  weekend toy

2003 PT Cruiser       .... diesel work van

#2 OFFLINE   John F

John F

    Rank: Yugo 65

  • Full Members
  • 5,596 posts
  • 15 thanks
  • LocationLugbúrz
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 02:42 PM

Mk 1 Cortina, Daimler 4.2, S II SWB Land Rover, some sort of a coach, lots of tractors...

Never knowingly under-ambitious


'97 Land Rover Discovery 300 TDi

'94 Vauxhall Calibra V6
'91 Maserati 222 SE

'86 Honda CBX 750F
'82 Suzuki GSX1100SZ Katana

#3 OFFLINE   sierraman


    Rank: Lancia Gamma

  • Full Members
  • 5,198 posts
  • 25 thanks

Posted 16 February 2017 - 02:54 PM

Rover 214SLI

#4 ONLINE   Tickman


    Rank: BL Wedge

  • Full Members
  • 926 posts
  • 4 thanks
  • LocationDundee
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 02:58 PM

Either over in southern Ireland or on building sites:

Renault 21, Massey Ferguson tractor (one of the old ones that would be collectable now) JCB 3c, various Transit vans and a Morris Ital van (I think) 

1968 Morris Minor 1000

1957 Morris Minor 1000

1968 Land Rover 

1985 Reliant Scimitar SS1

1972 Triumph Toledo

1986 Talbot Express Camper

Some other stuff that I will add at some point...

#5 OFFLINE   bub2006


    Rank: Lancia Gamma

  • Full Members
  • 7,030 posts
  • 4 thanks
  • Locationderbyshire

Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:00 PM

I've drove volvo estate autos and granada autos on campsites when I was in my early teens. I've been very naughty and driven illegally too when I was over the age to drive.

#6 OFFLINE   Parky


    Making Horse noises

  • Full Members
  • 3,484 posts
  • 5 thanks
  • LocationWith you pair of Pilchards
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:02 PM

Dads Renault 12 under his supervision. Aunts old Ford Anglia under her supervision, and a 1978 Mini with a 16 year old mate around the local area with no supervision whatsoever. God that was a rush!
  • alf892 likes this

#7 OFFLINE   Longblackcoat


    Rank: BL Wedge

  • Full Members
  • 858 posts
  • 5 thanks
  • LocationSunny Hertfordshire-On-Sea
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:03 PM

Princess 1800, Zephyr, Carlton. All on farms and an old airfield, so legal. Ish.

#8 ONLINE   Supernaut


    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 3,274 posts
  • 3 thanks
  • LocationLurking.
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:08 PM

An old Ferguson tractor, and a 1975 Land Rover series 3, 88" safari door.


I then drove said Land Rover for a year after getting my licence. It was the farm workhorse, then dad sold it once it failed one MOT too many for rot.

#9 OFFLINE   saucedoctor


    Full Metal Jackie

  • Full Members
  • 3,065 posts
  • 4 thanks
  • LocationNorthern Ireland, United Kingdom
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:14 PM

Mini 850, Mini 1000, Triumph Dolomite 1850HL, Renault 12, Fiesta mk1 1.1, Fiat Strada, Fiesta XR2 mk2, early Rover 213, various Maestros and Montegos, an Ital, a Lada 1500 estate with a Pinto in it, couple of Capris, a blue Marina, Granada MK3 2.0 GL auto. Bound to have been others.


My mates Dad fixed cars, and bought and tarted up a few cheapies. We used to drive up and down the (then) unadopted road beside their house, about a quarter of a mile long.


We definitely didn't drive that brown Mini 850 to the Abbeycentre when we were 14. No way. Not us.

  • doobietoo and chodweaver like this

Fearne Cotton smells rotten

#10 OFFLINE   NorfolkNWeigh


    Rank: Lancia Gamma

  • Full Members
  • 5,722 posts
  • 5 thanks
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:24 PM

Land Rover Series 1 from about 11 on farm tracks, in fields etc. Various Fordsons,Fergies and MF 13/65s and the high spot was from when I was 14 being allowed to drive the hay bale collection vehicle during hay making - a 1968 Ford D Series, that was usually used for delivering coal.
When I was 16 I worked in Birmingham during the week and travelled to mid-Wales at weekends. My Dad worked in London and would pick me up in either his Triumph GT6 or whatever company car he'd blagged that was full of fuel. He'd let me drive once we were past Builth Wells which meant across the Abergwesyn to Tregaron Pass, a proper single track mountain road. As it was after midnight by the time we got that far we never saw another car, much less a copper. My favourite was a brand new at the time 604 DTurbo- it was gold with TRXes on steels and one of only 2 in the country in such a high spec,because his boss had personally imported 2 at the same time as 4 505s and 10 305s- I never drove a 505 but the 305s were great on the windy lanes.most of the time it was knackered end of life rep cars so Marinas, Cortinas, Avengers, R12s and 16s, a Datsun Bluebird and an Ascona19SR which was a highlight.

#11 OFFLINE   Rave


    Rank: Austin Maxi

  • Full Members
  • 368 posts
  • 1 thanks
  • LocationSE London
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:26 PM

Only my mum's 2CV, which I learned to drive in the paddock behind my grandad's house when I was 12. 9 months later she bought me an old Honda MT5 as a field bike as well! :)


We still had the 2CV when I turned 17 so on my 17th birthday I got in it and drove us all to school. I'd been riding an AR50 on the road for a year by that point, though.

#12 OFFLINE   eddyramrod


    The Crimson Avenger

  • Full Members
  • 10,951 posts
  • 8 thanks
  • LocationTiny terraced hutch in a cramped street
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:26 PM

1965 Cortina (2 doors, bench seat, column shift) on Southport beach

1962 Austin A60 Cambridge on a campsite

Both under close supervision.  And that's it.

Since passing my test of course, I've driven literally everything I could get my paws on.



That Cortina would be worth a good few US road trips now if I still had it...

The Blob: 2007 Chevrolet Tacuma (wheelchair bus)

Giffer: 1995 Rover 820Si

Huggy Bear: 1973 Cadillac Coupe de Ville




Mr ramrod is the nicest person in the world  (Chompy_snake, 2015)

Eddy is the finest fellow you will ever meet,  FACT (Djimbob, 2017)

#13 OFFLINE   Breadvan72



  • Banned
  • 6,853 posts
  • 15 thanks
  • LocationOxfordshire Shire
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:26 PM

I first had a go at driving in a yard in a Morris Traveller, aged about ten or so.


I boringly didn't drive on the road before I had a provisional licence.  I drove my Mum's 1985 Metro Van den Plas on my own a bit before I passed my test, and also drove around Scotland in a hulking 1980 ish Toyota Carina Estate, but that was with my then girlfriend who had a full licence.

1975 Triumph Dolomite Sprint 1979 Lancia Beta 1600 Coupe (work in progress) 1980 Yamaha RD125 DX1981 Austin-Morris Sherpa 2.0 Autosleeper1982 Moto Morini 350 Strada1983 Rover SD1 2600 SE1992 Jaguar XJS 4.0 (work not in progress)1994 UMM 4x4 Alter II - Phase 3 - 2.5D<p>1998 Honda CG125 CDI

#14 ONLINE   Capree


    Rank: Citroen Ami

  • Full Members
  • 1,360 posts
  • 2 thanks
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:38 PM

1970 Imp, damaged Datsun 120Y, rotten Escort 1300 Mk2 2-door, early 70s Mazda pickup, Mini 850 with front-hinged gullwing driver's door (seriously rotten A-posts), Capri Mk2 1300 round the moto-X scramble track, ex-taxi Cortina Mk3 1600GXL.
All early to mid 70s cars, every one rotten by 1984 or 85. The Mini was only 7 years old and totally fked.
And a gold Fiat X1/9 1300 which an apprentice mechanic mate bought to re-engine, it had been leaking oil and run dry. An R-reg I think.

Another mate had 2 well-dodgy Rover p6 3500 autos which used to apparently move about all by themselves during the night, although I didn't drove either of those.

All ended up in the local friendly breaker's yard, traded for an engine or whatever bits and bobs was required for the next heap. Used to spend hours and hours in that yard just sitting in the cars and rummaging about.

#15 ONLINE   beko1987


    Shonky old Citroen

  • Full Members
  • 10,725 posts
  • 18 thanks
  • LocationThame, Oxon

Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:42 PM

Landover series 3 109" 2.6 pez. Drove it once, it was utterly fucked, sold it for spares for a huge loss after a few years.

Shame really, if I'd known this place back then I could be a completely different person and own a lovely land rover rather than a modern French car...

2005 Gooner2 2.2dci Auto ex taxi (apparently) (Ex Kiltox)

2008 orl Vauxhalls r Shit Zafira 1.8 SRI 140 (Hers)

#16 OFFLINE   anonymous user

anonymous user

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 4,079 posts
  • 4 thanks
  • LocationAbject Poverty
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:48 PM

Learned to drive on farm on a grey Fergie. First car driven round the garden an A40 Somerset ( given to my brother and me by a friend of parents). Then drove Mk1 Cortina on old runways and farm lanes after my brother passed his test and would let me have a go. Then got my A35 when I was 16, again a round the garden car.

#17 OFFLINE   inconsistant


    crude by today's standards

  • Full Members
  • 2,172 posts
  • 1 thanks

Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:55 PM

Sunbeam Tiger

Talbot Horizon

Ford Orion Ghia

924: Likely to dislove a bit slower than anything elas on my chod for a gran list


"It did indeed require a certain, not too small, amount of social courage to be seen riding this unconventional bicycle. One could be sure that everybody would be looking, some with great amusement."


"The problem with the automobile today consists precisely in the fact that the automobile is not a problem... Love only rarely listens to reason." Wolfgang Sachs, 1984


#18 OFFLINE   flat4alfa


    Rank: Lancia Gamma

  • Full Members
  • 5,683 posts
  • 5 thanks
  • LocationFar too close to Gunsmoke Luton to feel safe
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 04:00 PM

You bunch of yobs and crims, the lot of you   :-P



I was a good boy


Living in a massive town with Plod everywhere (those were the days), you didn't even think about it.

  • Twiggy and doobietoo like this

Vauxhall FB VX4/90, Alfa 33 Mk1 Gold Cloverleaf, Rover 420 SLi, Rover 418 GSD, Alfa 156 derv Wagon, funny face Multipla derv, Honda Aerodeck
Daimler XJ40AvantimeX1/9Alfa 146 boxer, Acclaim, XM veg, Maxi, Alfa 6, Alfa 33 QV, Alfa 155, TreviBeta SaloonsLandcrab, P6BRover R8 dervs, FuegoAlfasuds128, 131 and everything else

#19 OFFLINE   Andy the tyre man

Andy the tyre man

    Rank: BL Wedge

  • Full Members
  • 705 posts
  • 0 thanks
  • LocationNearly there
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 04:03 PM

'74 M reg mini 1000 in 50 shades of black, bought off a workmate for £100.

Hand painted it with a 4in brush fire engine red then hand painted a union flag on the roof.

Scrapped it just before I passed my test in 1990.
  • Supernaut likes this


#20 ONLINE   Supernaut


    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 3,274 posts
  • 3 thanks
  • LocationLurking.
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 04:08 PM

An old Ferguson tractor, and a 1975 Land Rover series 3, 88" safari door.


I then drove said Land Rover for a year after getting my licence. It was the farm workhorse, then dad sold it once it failed one MOT too many for rot.


Thinking back to this, I remember why I was driving that Land Rover at 15 years old.


I was dragging around a contraption of my dad's invention, for levelling mole hills in the fields. It was a railway sleeper with a big chain that went over the tow bar. Then, attached to the railway sleeper were 3 metal rims from old cart wheels. The railway sleeper sat across the width of the vehicle, with two cart wheel rims attached to it, then the third rim was attached to the other two rims, so it formed a triangle sort of layout. It worked rather well too!


While clearing mole hills, I also learned basic car control in a big, wide open space, while mastering turning round and heading back along the field in as smooth an arc as possible.

#21 OFFLINE   anonymous user

anonymous user

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 4,079 posts
  • 4 thanks
  • LocationAbject Poverty
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 04:08 PM

You bunch of yobs and crims, the lot of you :-P

Excluding me I hope, I was very well behaved and was quite legal on private land. I accept that making my own explosives to blow holes in the ground could have been classed as a little bit naughty.
  • Twiggy, flat4alfa, mercrocker and 2 others like this

#22 ONLINE   Dirk Diggler

Dirk Diggler

    Rank: Austin Maxi

  • Full Members
  • 259 posts
  • 3 thanks
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 04:13 PM

Talbot Alpine with windscreen removed and a, b and c pillars and roof cut off, rallied to death in a rutty field by 11 and 12 year olds, a 15 year old brother the only nod to safety was the first

Then thick and fast through the early to mid 90s with everything imaginable, often things that have gained enough value to make me feel very stupid.

From the usual Fiat 127s, 128s and Unos, an early 126, many Ladas, FSOs, even a rear engined Skoda, 2 Renault 4s, too many mk1 5s to count, 12s, 14s even a 20. But it was old Carina's and Bluebirds that we're so common, fast, tough and cheap because they were less than 10 and rotten as fuck; less said about how disposable 50 quid back wheel drive starlets felt

It's depressing to realise how much old escorts have appreciated; we were responsible for the death in the woods of a few; a memory etched in my mind is the duck egg blue 2 door mk1 that had been parked because of perished brake hoses, bought from an old gent for £100, and rallied to death in a fortnight; tbh it was a clean old thing, but tragic to drive compared to what else was available; I remember driving it and thinking it was shit; if only I'd known then what I know now

#23 OFFLINE   Twiggy


    Rank: Citroen Ami

  • Full Members
  • 1,852 posts
  • 3 thanks
  • LocationSouthampton
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 04:22 PM

1. Standard 8 round my uncle`s farm in Shropshire age 10...(me not the farm). Not the actual cars though !





2.  Ford pop, same place, aged 13





3. Vauxhall Wyvern, round Worsley, age 14





4. Daimler Conquest Century, Scotland, age 15, passed my test in a car like this in 1963





Rover p4, Scotland, age 15:




I`m sure there were others, but I canna remember them !  Photos courtesy of car clubs and car and classic.

  • alf892, mercrocker and saucedoctor like this

#24 OFFLINE   Junkman


    Totally and properly Renault R16!

  • Full Members
  • 36,669 posts
  • 16 thanks
  • LocationStockport, England
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 04:44 PM

The very first car I ever drove was a BMW Baroque Angel that ended up in Rauscher's scrapyard courtesy of the 1973 Fuel Crisis.

I was nine.

  • mercrocker and Partridge like this

1967 Renault 16 TL............................................now with floor and MoT

1971 Rover 3500 Series 2...........................................almost not fucked
1971 Mercedes 280SE............................................................fucked

1974 Ford LTD................................................The Green Lean Machine
1979 Mobylette AV89............................................................running

1997 Peugeot 405 2.0 Executive Estate.................now with aircon and brakes

#25 OFFLINE   red5


    Rank: Citroen Ami

  • Full Members
  • 1,691 posts
  • 0 thanks
  • LocationSunny Bewdley
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 04:54 PM

Ford Cortina Mk1

HA Van 

Cortina MK4 1.3ohv

Granada Mk2 2.8 GLi Auto Estate

Lada 1600

Marina 1.3 SDL Coupe

Chevette 1.3 L 3dr

Corolla Liftback 

Tredia 1600 8speed

Celeste 1400

Celeste 1600

Lancer 1200




1995 2.8 Fronterror LWB

2001 Vectra B 2.2 Estate


Living the dream.




#26 OFFLINE   Stanky


    Forum Bursar

  • Full Members
  • 1,624 posts
  • 40 thanks
  • LocationFareham
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 04:57 PM

Good post, I managed to drive all of the following on private land (my parent farm/smallholding) before I had a provisional licence. Its a pretty shite list:


1983 Ford Fiesta pop which died massively as it would always stall when changing gear so was driven in first everywhere. It was purple and had a brown door.


1992 Fiat Tempra saloon


1986? Volvo 340 DL with no back window and flames spraypainted up the bonnet badly


2000 Skoda Felicia Fun pickup


1998 Skoda Felica hatchback


Some kind of moped, possibly a mobylette. Year unknown


1989 Ford Sierra Sapphire hatchback


Great days, driving on the road was pretty easy after those.

  • mercrocker likes this
1996 Nissan Almera GX (departed)
2003 Toyota Yaris
2004 SAAB 9-3

Posted Image

#27 OFFLINE   reb


    Rank: Austin Maxi

  • Full Members
  • 254 posts
  • 0 thanks
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 05:02 PM

I now feel very young. First car I drove unsupervised was my scout leader's Clio when I was 15, in the car park behind the scout hall. Then a Citroen C5 out of a garage.

Also various cars at Crail, but I was 19 and had a provisional by that point. Some say the £8car's clutch is still smoking to this day.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#28 OFFLINE   Mally


    Rank: Citroen Ami

  • Full Members
  • 1,004 posts
  • 7 thanks
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 05:46 PM

Dad never had a car until I tought him to drive.
Have sat on a few motorbike tanks and worked the controls though from an early age.
First field bike at around 10 was a 350 Enfield. Also had a 600 16H Norton, but was a bit heavy for me.
First car was when a local vicar let me drive his moggy 1000 without a licence.

#29 ONLINE   Brodders


    Rank: BL Wedge

  • Full Members
  • 552 posts
  • 1 thanks
  • LocationStowmarket
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 16 February 2017 - 06:11 PM

Over in the Republic of Ireland, my grandmother has a farm, which meant that from the age of 10, when we went over there to visit in the summer, mum would let me have a go in her 1997 Fiesta Ghia (which was recently sold to a local lad who had only just passed his test, so it is nice to know it is still going strong).

Other cars I got to drive before I was 17 included a 2004 Opel Astra saloon and a 2011 Peugeot 207 diesel, which are far less interesting than any of the other cars here.

2001 Rover 75 1.8 Connoisseur SE

#30 OFFLINE   hairnet


    Rank: Organisation

  • Full Members
  • 6,948 posts
  • 4 thanks

Posted 16 February 2017 - 06:15 PM

^^^ much like this


uncle shays 56 fergie


morris marina cix 838 :D


peugeot 504


the old mans mk3 tina estate when i flattened the battery in tipperary aged about 11 listening to and underslung tape player :D - learned how to bump start going backwards :D

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users