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Some excellent stuff above. I have a few, in no particular order......

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Triumph 2000 Mk1, Woodham Walter early 1980s by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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1962/63 Jaguar Mark 2, mid-late 1970s by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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1984 Austin Metro Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

These belonged to grandparents on my dad's side. Wish I had a photo of the E-Type he owned alongside Gran having the Mark 2 - it was a tatty coupe which got used for taking hay down to the horses. In the past I believe he had all sorts of interesting/sporty stuff. Metro van was a gift to them after their succession of older heaps, they had it from new until it rotted away.

My other Grandad was no car enthusiast, as I think will be evident from photos below, but he did take a few photos so I've been lucky to acquire a reasonable record of what he had.

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Grandad's Austin 12/4 (?) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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1965 Morris Oxford at 21 Runsell View, Danbury c.1970 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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1972 Morris Marina 1.3 Coupe (#1) + Farina + Horse by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

Rubbish photo of the Marina - the first of four - but it's the only one I have.

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1974 Morris Marina 1.8 Saloon (#2) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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1974 Morris Marina 1.8 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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1977 Morris Marina 1.8 Special (#3) at Mexborough, late 1970s by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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1979 Morris Marina 1.7 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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Marina, Wolseley and Talbot Alpine at Attleborough 1980? by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

The Wolseley belonged to an uncle, it was part-exchanged against an FSO and DVLA says it's on SORN.

Haven't been unable to unearth photos of the Astra estate and pair of Orions which followed the above, but a later Sapphire makes an appearance:

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Sierra Sapphire at Bicknacre, 1991? by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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Sierra Sapphire at Runsell View, Danbury, Essex 1991? by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

He was never going to go anywhere that day, but still cleared the driveway and got it out of the garage.

An early one from my dad:

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Ford Anglia 100E, Essex c.1967 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

Possibly his first proper car after scooters and an Isetta.

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I had a chance to raid the photo albums today, so here we go.

Dad started off with a Suzuki Sierra:

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Which he rolled, it was replaced with a Toyota 4Runner (pictured with Banjo the Golden Retriever):

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Which he rolled, it was replaced by another 4Runner (pictured with his mate Phil driving):

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Phil rolled this one, so Dad bought a 4x4 Mitsubishi Express:

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He nearly rolled this one. At this point he decided this off roading lark wasn’t for him and bought a Mazda 121.

Mum on the other hand went full shite and got a Daihatsu Handi:

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The engine blew up, it was succeeded by 2 Daihatsu Charades.

This photo was in the box, no idea who they are (Great Grandfather?), but they had a Holden.

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But the real star of the show is my Grandpa. He was always a car man and had many fantastic cars over the years, so many that there are no photos of them. But his favourite car was photographed, His Cortina:

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Grandpa (on the right, with Grandma) hotted it up in full 70s fashion and could be found hooning along the streets of South Sydney.

Naturally, he binned it, at which point he borrowed his brother’s Escort Van.

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Phwoar.

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Havn't got any pics of my dads metro, renault 5, mk2 escort, mk4 cortina, mk1 sierra (B583HVV) no idea how i remember that, escort eclipse (H751XFL)

But i have got a poor picture taken on a rubbish phone of a photo taken on a disposable 90's camera of his crapi (C370MNV) and one of the cavalier (H???DNV) that replaced it.

Also have a pic with my gramps nova photobombing, he bought it brand new and traded in his viva he bought new in the 70s, then traded it in for a brand new corsa in 98 which he gave to me in 06 when i passed my test as he was too ill to drive.

My other grandad had a mk3 cortina estate then a mk2 cavalier

 

 

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Mr 500tops asked me (pm) about my 2cv6 which I owned in the 1970s.  I replied and said I would find an appropriate thread to include more of the circumstantial history.  It fits this thread if you imagine that my son has forced me to divulge the reasons for my car lunacy. And I'm a parent. And my Dad's cars get a mention.

Here goes:

The decision to buy a brand new 2cv6 so soon after moving to our first house was heavily influenced by man maths.  My Reliant Regal had caught fire on the way to work in 1974 or 75 and the insurance payment cleared the finance, leaving enough for a deposit on something else.  My work commute was 24 miles each way, so something economical and reliable was desired after the Reliant's labour intensive ownership.  Camden Motors in Leighton Buzzard was a regular weekend visit - they had a large showroom of new and 2nd hand cars.   Shortly after I started looking for a Regal replacement, they had their first 2cvs in stock at £1058.  Terms seemed affordable(!) and an order for a blue one was placed with delivery in 6 weeks.  This gave me time to pass my car test, which I did the week before delivery.  I collected the 2cv in September 1975 and it served reliably for over 90,000 miles in my ownership.  My work commute had extended to 35 miles each way because my wife worked in Aylesbury.  I had to get her to work before continuing to Westcott where I worked.  With a Scottish holiday and many trips to Teeside added to commuting, the miles piled on very quickly.  It was part exchanged at Shaw and Kilburn in Aylesbury for a 1976 Vauxhall Viva.  I think this was in 1977 or 78.  The Viva had OMGHGF not long afterwards, causing a downward spiral in my transport forced by rapidly increasing mortgage interest rates, my son being born in 1979 and I had to get a 2nd job.  We survived, despite having to commute to Westcott in a rough Triumph Herald estate, then a Jawa 350 combo for a while and even my Peugeot Moped was dragged back in to service when the Jawa and Triumph refused to move reliably.   Eventually, a 2nd hand Citroen Dyane saved the day.  

Photos:

1. My Reliant Regal outside Dad's house at RAF Halton.  His Victor FE and my brother's Jawa 350 also in shot.  Note that the Regal has battle damage. A Hillman Hunter rammed me in Aylesbury and the driver accepted blame, giving me cash to buy Isopon.

2. My Regal in Scotland.

3. My Regal after being 'recovered' from the fire.

4. My 2cv6 when nearly new outside Dad's house at Halton.

5. My 2cv6 in Scotland (Loch Ness, I think).

6. My Viva on the Isle of Skye. (Edit: It was missing. It's after 8 now)

 a)  Dad's first car (1933 Austin 7), bought in 1954, shown in 1959 at RAF Bicester.

7. My Dyane: The advert I responded to.

8. My Dyane at home, together with my 1995 Hyundia Sonata some years later.

I'll fill in some gaps in another post.  

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I'll edit the Dyane photos next time - they should have been about the same size as the others.  For some reason, the scanner started to object to talking to the Mac, otherwise I would have continued.  My next post will capture the faded photographic glory of Dad's 1954 Hillman Minx, 1958 Riley 1.5, 1963 Vauxhall Victor FB estate, 1966 Ford Taunus 17m estate, Viva HC estate and the last of his Citroen GSAs.  I may squeeze in with my Herald estate, a Marina 1800 hire car, my Renault 12ts, Renault 20, a couple of Volvo 66s, Citroen CX GTi Turbo 2 and a rear engined Skoda or two.  

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12 hours ago, RayMK said:

Dad's 1954 Hillman Minx (at Ashridge, at Anna Valley), 1958 Riley 1.5, 1963 Vauxhall Victor FB estate, 1966 Ford Taunus 17m estate, Viva HC estate and the last of his Citroen GSAs.  I may squeeze in with my Herald estate, a Marina 1800 hire car, my Renault 12ts, Renault 20, a couple of Volvo 66s, Citroen CX GTi Turbo 2 and a rear engined Skoda or two.  

 

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12 hours ago, RayMK said:

Continuing: my 1979 Citroen Dyane - it was rarely used by now (parked next to my 1995 Hyundai Sonata), my Herald estate outside Dad's house in Longthorpe, my Jawa 350 combo, a Marina 1800 hire car (my Renault 12ts clutch started slipping a couple of days before going on holiday. Rent a Wreck provided a solution. The Marina was fine), my Renault 12ts, Renault 20 (could not find a photo. I think they rusted away), a couple of my wife's Volvo 66s, my Citroen CX GTi Turbo 2 (2 shots, wife's Volvo 66 saloon and wife's Kia Pride background), my Escort automatic and a rear engined Skoda (son's, later mine). We had 5 rear engined Skodas, 3x Rapids and 2 x Estelles.  I've posted photos of the others on here previously.  

 

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I should chase my dad for pictures of his old motors. After having bikes for years he got a Dyane, then a succession of Estelles,  a Favorite or two, a Felicia or two, a brief fling with a Saxo then back to Skodas. 

He was also into buses and trains. You can only imagine the grief I got at school on the mid90s when they found out my old man was a bus & train spotter driving a Skoda....

Reminds me, he must have thousands of bus and train photos. 

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On 6/28/2019 at 10:14 PM, RayMK said:

Mr 500tops asked me (pm) about my 2cv6 which I owned in the 1970s.  I replied and said I would find an appropriate thread to include more of the circumstantial history.  It fits this thread if you imagine that my son has forced me to divulge the reasons for my car lunacy. And I'm a parent. And my Dad's cars get a mention.....................

What a great series of photos. Was the Taunus a UK model? Also interesting to see the Sonata, almost extinct now?

Some more from my parents.....

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Ford Cortina Mk2 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

Suffolk Free Press photo. I don't remember this car, but was probably bought from home from hospital in it.

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Very young Spottedlaurel in pedal car #2 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

Don't recall this one either, but I was pretty young.....

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Hillman Avenger 1500 G Luxe by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

First one I do have a memory of. It hung around in the village for years after we were done with it, first with long-term owners then a young lad when it predictably went downhill. Eventually sat in the corner of a council flats car park looking distinctly unloved and I'd see it every day on my paper round, before I imagine it got scrapped.

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1974 Austin Allegro 1500 (and my pedal car) c. 1974/75 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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1974 Austin Allegro 1500 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

I remember going for the test drive in this one, bought new at the village garage Riddelsdell Bros in Boxford. Mum learnt to drive at around this time and rolled the Allegro one winter, but it got repaired and seemed to live on well into the '80s.

No decent photos yet found of the beige Cortina Mk3 that came next,.

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1976 Ford Capri 1.6L MkII in Wales, 1977 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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1976 Ford Capri and Monza caravan in Wales, 1977 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

Not an immediately obvious choice of family car, but my sister and I were only young and I can't remember any issue with it. Was sold in favour of a used Cortina Mk3 as they needed to get a deposit together to buy a house, I think we only had that one for a short while and it was followed by the first of dad's company cars, a yellow Cortina 2000E. Thought that was very posh after the more basic models, sadly no photos.

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Cortinas and Civic in the snow, Boxford c.1979 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

Next came the red Mk4 in the background here, I remember picking this up from Candor in Colchester. It was followed by a couple of Alfa Giuliettas, the second of which he had for at least four years as the company seemed to be struggling by that time. No photos of them, as he'd split up with my mum.

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1986 Vauxhall Cavalier 1.6 C665VJL by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

Do have one of his later Cavalier though, another company car after he'd moved onto another job.

Mum started having her own cars in the late '70s, no photo of either of the Minis she had.

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1978 Renault 5GTL + Mini + Manta (May 1985) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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1978 Renault 5GTL (May 1985) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

This Renault replaced the second Mini, I put the Auto Performance sticker on it. After it started jumping out of gear it got replaced by.....

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1981 Datsun Cherry 1.2GL 3dr (N10) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

This. Above photo a bit of a cheat, as it's from when I owned it after she sold it to me when I passed my driving test and it became my first car. Influential?!

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1988 Mini Mayfair + 1971 Triumph Toledo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

My aunt won this in a Daily Mail competition, but as my uncle worked for Ford was never going to keep it so mum bought it off her (the timing working nicely with the Datsun becoming available for me).

Stepdad's stuff another day.

 

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The Owd Giffer's Mini 850 van DJC702E, outside 17 Clerkenwell Crescent, Great Malvern, some time during the summer of 1970.  That's me on the right.

I still have the driving light, the grille badge, and the extra instruments (ammeter/oil pressure gauge/clock) he fitted under the dash.

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What some Some great photos in here.

funnily enough I was recently going through some old photos,not all are present but  here are are few of my  grandads old cars.

like most of the era he started with motorbikes before moving on to the obligatory Austin 7 with the burden of a child.

After many years that made way for this

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Then onward through these

 

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No photos of them but the fiat was followed by a fiat croma, then a really   very nice Hyundai Stellar before a fancy Citroen bx which gave way to late rover maestro which saw him out to his final driving days.

As a bonus ,a top spec Volvo 440 loaned to my parents  by the dealership, after trading in a ropey Volvo 440  for a lovely rover 214gsi which promptly blew it head gasket.

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On 5/30/2019 at 6:57 AM, Sudsprint said:

 

My Dad's Triumph 2000 and caravan. Dad slid into the rear of a Triumph Herald on a snowy Christmas Day and it took forever for the garage to get the new overriders and badge for the front end.

He went slightly crazy with the ''going on a 1960s foreign holiday accessories'' and I remember the excitement of bolting them all on the day before we would set off.

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What on earth is the box thing above the drivers side of the screen? Some form of periscope/mirror contraption?

I’ve genuinely never seen one before, even in a period magazine.

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On 6/9/2019 at 9:33 AM, strangeangel said:

Another of Uncle George's, on a camping holiday at Jackass Mountain while he was living in Canada. I know he had a Cooper S while he was out there, no idea what this thing is though...

 

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He still had this tent in 2000!

 

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That’s a 1965 (or poss 66) Plymouth Fury, and a reasonably pov spec model as well, from the hubcaps and rear lights. I imagine a 6 under the bonnet, or at the most a single carb ‘small capacity’ V8. 

Or maybe it had a Hemi, and was a feared Q car in the area!

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