I can do what my parents owned from the 1980s. This economical Horizon 1.3 LS replaced a fabulous but thirsty Vauxhall Royale 2800 so naturally I disliked it:
1980 Talbot Horizon 1.3 LS by Matt W, on Flickr
In 1988 we become a two car family. My dad bought this:
1983 MG Maestro 1600 ERW 333Y by Matt W, on Flickr
Horizon was sold and replaced with this fun thing in 1990 that dad used:
Suzuki ST 90 K pick up by Matt W, on Flickr
The Suzuki didn't stay too long unfortunately so it was just down to the MG 1600. However, in 1993 it was replaced by the navy blue Carlton 2200i CD. It wasn't as tidy as the Royale but cheaper to run. I passed my driving test in January 1995 and so I was lucky to drive it several times and I loved it.
1986 Vauxhall Carlton 2200i CD by Matt W, on Flickr
The Carlton was replaced in 1997 by the damaged repaired mark 3 Astra 1.4 (60 bhp) California. This spec didn't have power steering (an important requirement) so it was retro fitted to the car when it was repaired. I was a bit snobby about this Astra like I was about the Horizon as it was a low spec smaller car but it provided great service. Here it is with some awful wheel trims my dad thought would make the car look nicer:
1994 Vauxhall Astra 1.4i (60PS) California by Matt W, on Flickr
Astra was sold for a Renault Megane Scenic 1.6e RT, which was replaced by a Scenic 1.6 16v Sport, replaced by a Focus C-Max 1.6 diesel. I didn't like that one much because it had too much nasty vinyl inside. After my mum passed on it was briefly replaced by a Peugeot 308 1.4 Verve which my dad didn't gel with so then replace with the 2007 Merc A150 Avantgarde which will be his last car.