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3 hours ago, bunglebus said:

I managed to save my mum's Dolomite from a similar fate - she left me strapped in my car seat in the back while she popped into a shop. Either didn't put the handbrake on or not well enough as it started to roll towards a wall. Managed to get my straps undone and dived into the front to yank the handbrake on. Can't have been much older than 6 or 7

That was smart of you to do.  Someone I knew at school had a similar experience but didn’t manage to get to the hand brake.  One of my teachers managed to knock the hand brake off his uncles bakery van & it rolled into a motorbike & sidecar before hitting a wall.

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My uncle remembers when a Volvo managed to get stuck on the level crossing in Oakham & was hit by a train, I presume the occupants got out in time but the Volvo was a complete mess unsurprisingly.

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Less than a fortnight after changing the damned clutch, drilling out all the exhaust manifold studs to finally get it to seal, a diesel tanker decided not to give way at this cross roads.  I ploughed into the nearside front corner of his cab at pretty much 60.
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The car span three full revolutions before stopping.  I felt slightly less cheated later on when I discovered that I'd also left the chassis of the (merely weeks old) tanker shaped like a banana.
Given the reputation, I thought she stood up remarkably well... especially given how much you tend to see cars of the period desintegrate in the 30mph offset crash tests...
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There literally was not a spec of rust on that Estelle and she drove ten times better than any other I've touched since.
That Estelle looked fantastic. I'd a 120L 5 in the late '80s but had to get rid as it wasn't expensive enough to qualify for the company car allowance.

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I've never had one while driving, touch wood, throw salt, black cat etc etc. Only proper one I've ever had was when I was 16 on my way to work experience in my dad's Marina, he overtook a few queuing cars to turn right and met an S reg Skoda turning left out of the junction. Horrible noise. Impact had pushed the wing onto the wheel so the Marina wouldn't move.

Coppers came and sorted it out and we were towed away by an elderly Land Rover.

Marina was repaired after a lot of umming and arring, 9 years old at the time. It soldiered on for another 7 years to the ripe old age of 16. I hated turning right for a while after.

Dave

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Only a couple from me. I passed my test and tooled around in my parents cars for a couple of years, then went to uni without a car so I'd had a licence for about 4 years before I had my own car and was driving regularly.

I managed to stuff a Skoda Felicia estate into the back of a Vauxhall Insignia in 2011 on the M27. Traffic suddenly slowed and a combination of me being distracted as I was on the way to a job interview (which i didn't get) and appalingly shit tyres on a wet road (I was too close) meant I rear ended the insignia. The front of the skoda was fucked but amazingly the bonnet stayed shut and the rad hadn't sustained any damage so after exchanging details I drove to the interview in the wreck of the skoda - about 40 miles up the M3 in Basingstoke. I really shouldn't have done that as the bonnet could have flipped up at any point. The guy i driven into was very calm about it, but had to go through the insurance as it was a company car. He'd only had it back a week after the last person had done exactly the same thing to him!

I drove the skoda straight to the bridge the next day as i was broke at the time and didn't want to even bother having it assessed for repairs. I think I had a £1000 excess and even if it could have been fixed (whole new front end) it would have cost me more than I paid for it. its a shame, but totally my fault.

My almera was in two accidents. I was rear ended by a nice lad in a VW Polo on black ice. part of my commute was down a narrow road with passing places. I gave way to an oncoming car but as I came to a stop noticed it was mega icy. He didn't realise until too late and slid into the back of me at about 20mph. The almera had wrinkled paint on the bumper but the towbar punched a hole in his rad. he was incredibly apologetic and we settled on a payment of £75 to cover a rattle can and some sandpaper for me to fix* the rear bumper.

I had another moment in the almera when my foot slipped off the clutch at traffic lights and it jumped forward into the car in front. The driver was miffed but after her husband decided that it was basically just trading paint nothing more was done about it.

Mercifully I've had no more incidents since, and none of the accidents have been particularly bad.

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2 hours ago, 5speedracer said:

That Estelle looked fantastic. I'd a 120L 5 in the late '80s but had to get rid as it wasn't expensive enough to qualify for the company car allowance.

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She was a 130GL.  So basically a 130 Rapid spec-wise in everything aside from the 4-door body (hence the dash etc).  26K miles, enthusiast owned for its whole life, not a spec of rust anywhere, and drove spot on.  Pretty sure the engine had had work done as it was silky smooth and pulled like a train far higher up the rev band than you'd expect.  Only faults were that the vinyl roof needed redone (was booked in) and I had a grumbling wheel bearing...which I was on my way out to collect when the incident happened!

Still had to pay for the damned bearing too as it was a special order!

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 A questionably fun* fact about the estelle 2 is that the bonnet was redesigned for a 2nd time after having reduced the panel thickness between mk1s and the super estelles to allow it to crumple up rather than break free of the rear most latch and spear through the windscreen which it looked like it worked as required although tbf I imagine most early mk1 bonnets would merely ride up the windscreen rather than through.

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MK3 Cortina 

Dropped a girl off outside her house , thought I'd do a spectacular reverse round a corner manoeuvre at speed , of course it was shit , up the kerb into a telegraph pole which was considerably sturdier than the back of a rusty Cortina.

Fixed it with a lump hammer , a few months later I stopped at a roundabout and a 2CV didn't so it got fixed properly.

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6 hours ago, Tadhg Tiogar said:

I also note that Volvos don't seem to feature in this thread......

You want a Volvo crash?  Happy to oblige. 
Many years ago I bought a Mk3 Escort estate. It had seen a bit of life but was cheap. Among its more characterful aspects were a broken rear bumper, scratched tailgate and blowing exhaust. I got gently rear-ended (oo-er missus) at a junction by a very apologetic bloke in an old Volvo 343. We swapped details and his insurance paid for my car to be fully fixed. Result!

As a bonus, I was offered the choice of three bodyshops - the Ford dealer, an independent or the Mercedes dealer.  Having experienced ford panel work before I opted for option three  I recall I was lent a surprisingly nice Toyota Corolla for the week.  

 

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1 minute ago, Macscrooge said:

You want a Volvo crash?  ..... I got gently rear-ended (oo-er missus) at a junction by a very apologetic bloke in an old Volvo 343. ...

Presumably there wasn't any damage to the Volvo?

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7 hours ago, Tadhg Tiogar said:

I also note that Volvos don't seem to feature in this thread......

My dad had a 245 DL around 1994 , he stopped in traffic and felt a bump , got out and a guy in a mercedes was backing up.

He looked at the back of his volvo and no damage, probably because of the industrial towbar that was on it.

The guy denied having hit him and drove off before he could get back in the volvo.

A mile further on the mercedes was parked on the grass with steam coming out of it, the guy just getting out

Dad drove past slowly , shouting , you sure you didn't hit me mate :D

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I drove into our old driveway one day in my big bumper ovloV 244 and clipped the big fuck off metal gate post with the front bumper corner. You could clearly feel there’d been an impact but I got out to see what I’d done and the gate post was bent to fuck... no damage to the Volvo!!

Ha, ave that you twat! It created the excuse I needed to use the grinder on the gatepost and cut it down and get rid of it.

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11 hours ago, HillmanImp said:

GR was quite a nice spec too wasn't it? Nicer than my parents GE anyhow with it's itchy seats.

I don't recall it being super-plush, they were still maybe a bit tweedy but not horrific. No PAS, EW or anything else for that matter.

Next bump was this one, me driving into the back of the Fiesta in my Manta A on the day it was due to be collected by the chap who'd agreed to buy it (the Manta that is). Fortunately no damage on the Manta's pointy prow.....

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1984 Ford Fiesta 950 Popular Plus (1992) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

Two things came out of this little episode:

1) The young lady driver's mum said I had an honest face and that I could drive the Fiesta to get it repaired, and I left my car at theirs for the day. I don't think I'd have done the same thing! Secondhand bumper for £6 from the scrapyard at Assington, and £24 to the garage to fit it for me, and all was well.

2) The Manta buyer wrote off his RWD Ascona between coming to view my car and me delivering it to him a few days later. He said if he'd have taken the Manta earlier that would have been written-off instead. I might have forgotten to tell him it was involved in a skirmish during that day.....

Other incidents since then have been others doing things to me. The Camry estate got hit in the door, then a few months later it was walloped up the back and written-off (and since resurrected, twice). An old bloke drove into the front corner of my Avensis, he was driving a tatty Felicia and I was surprised and impressed to see he got it repaired and it was still going some time later.

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4 hours ago, Jikovron said:

 A questionably fun* fact about the estelle 2 is that the bonnet was redesigned for a 2nd time after having reduced the panel thickness between mk1s and the super estelles to allow it to crumple up rather than break free of the rear most latch and spear through the windscreen which it looked like it worked as required although tbf I imagine most early mk1 bonnets would merely ride up the windscreen rather than through.

Those bonnet latches are fluffing strong.

It took me and a mate about two hours to get into it after the impact to extract the remains of my toolboxes etc.

I think we wound up unbolting the latch from the bulkhead with a multitude of bendy socket extensions through the gaps from the accident.  We had both of us jumping on the end of an eight foot breaker bar and it didn't even bend the damned things!

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Aye they are clearly tough , you can defo tell where they have pinned the bonnet to the inner wing rail in the pic of your 130 from the front, it may well have been a measure to reduce the risk of catch release as a mk1 bonnet is noticeably heavier and lift up without half as much flex than a estelle 2 bonnet.

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8 minutes ago, Jikovron said:

Aye they are clearly tough , you can defo tell where they have pinned the bonnet to the inner wing rail in the pic of your 130 from the front, it may well have been a measure to reduce the risk of catch release as a mk1 bonnet is noticeably heavier and lift up without half as much flex than a estelle 2 bonnet.

There we go...had to unbolt the one, think I was then able to get hold of the linkage to pop the second one free.

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Still remember the insurance assessor commenting that he was astonished at how well the far had stood up to the level of impact involved.  As he said, it looked like a text book 30mph offset crash test really...not double that.  Which he confirmed it was based on the state the truck (which he had also inspected) was in.

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my first was in 2017, driving back from a night shift, got T-boned on the A15 whilst doing 60 MPH, for a peugeot the car did very well and walked out without a scratch. if im honest i felt for the lad in the other car. was almost brand new. his insurance probably went through the roof. I got paid out £600 straight away as he admitted fault. 

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14 hours ago, Spottedlaurel said:

I don't recall it being super-plush, they were still maybe a bit tweedy but not horrific. No PAS, EW or anything else for that matter.

 

I do remember dreaming of my parents getting one of them rather than the povvo spec GE with a picture of a Lion where the rev counter should be. They couldn't even put a clock there, that was for the GL, just a big round space with Peugeot lion laughing at you for being poor. 

Wikipedia says:

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I've swapped the paragraphs round as that seemed to make more sense . 

Looks like the 1st owner of yours was just tight on the options. 

I bet they were pretty grim compared to the Maestro HLE inside though. Looked better outside though, although thats subjective innit. 

 

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Considering I've been driving since 2005... none!

The only accident I've been in was as a passenger in a 2002 Punto that was the sort of family pool car at the time. One of my older brothers was driving. We were sat in the queue at the Haudagain roundabout and a Mercedes went into the back of it at slightly more than walking pace. The guy in the Mercedes ran a garage, so gave us his details and said to take it in to get sorted free of charge. No insurance fuckery. All the Punto sustained was a small crack in the bumper and the very trailing edge of the spare wheel well needed a tiny bit of re-shaping.

 

I've had a few near misses. Most memorable was on a back road after leaving a classic car show. I was in the Xantia at the time, with 17-Coffees of this parish in the passenger seat. I drove round a corner at about 40mph to be faced with a queue of stationary traffic from the T-junction about 200 yards up the (normally very quiet) road. There was nothing coming the other way, so I slammed on the anchors and aimed for the gap. My front bumper ended up roughly level with the back seats of the E46 estate in front / next to us. The Xantia's brakes were very good! The front end didn't even dive. It was like deploying a parachute out the back.

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Metros seem to be mentioned a few times in this thread. My first crash was in this,

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I was 20 and it was my first brand new car, it was only about 6 months old at the time. I was travelling along a local road when a car slammed it's brakes on (to let another car out of a turning). The car behind that also braked hard, and I ran into the back of that one.

My fault, luckily it was a fairly low speed crash and no one was hurt. The Metro came off a lot worse (surprise surprise) than the Cavalier MK3 it hit, mainly because the Cav had a towbar. So the front of the Metro got well V-shaped, the bonnet, bumper, panel behind the bumper, and radiator all had to be replaced. The Cav got away with a damaged rear bumper.

The Metro got repaired at the main dealer, and I traded it in for its later cousin, a 100.

I crashed that as well, but it was a write off that time...

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When I was about 3 years old, my mum managed to drive a week old vauxhall viva into the back of a quarry Lorry at a junction. The Lorry started to move and stopped but she was looking at the cross road and thought the truck had moved. 
Due to the high safety standards of those days, I was stood in the back, one foot in each footwell, peering between the front seats. At least that’s how I started. I ended up mangled in the dashboard!

Fast forward 14 years and I managed to get caught up in a car chase. A stolen Mk1 escort full of swag from two house robberies overtook a car on a blind bend - only to find me coming the other way. The deafening crunch and slow motion was pretty amazing. Watching the escort driver come through the windscreen and crumple into the front of my car, while his passenger tried to do the same but got his feet caught up in the dash.  

My insurance was only 3rd party fire and theft and obviously he had no insurance. The escort was third party, so only got a small payment for injuries from the insurance fund.  In my 50s now and can still see the damage from that crash on my shoulders. 

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My first was a weird one, a woman in a colt went around my Capri through a bus lane and hit me. She claimed off my insurance, it ended up going to court where I lost (being 17 with a Capri was enough guilt for the middle aged female judge), she had also claimed for far more damage than had been caused. My insurance paid me for some reason and I had to pay her, which I did, she claimed she hadn’t been paid and I was threatened with court for fraud. You really couldn’t write this shit, thankfully the bank had details of the cheque and my insurance company went to town on her and I ended up back in court but as a witness. It turned out the meek mild middle aged woman was an insurance scammer and she got 6 months for several offences of a similar nature. That was 1989 and the term crash for cash didn’t exist as far as I am aware but people were up to that even then.

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1 minute ago, bunglebus said:

Surprised the previous case wasn't re-tried in light of that evidence 

I don’t remember exactly what the arrangement was, the first case was seen just by a single judge who made the decision. It was held in Derby court rooms with the three of us around a table. I know my insurance wiped the claim against me which was all that mattered to a 17 year old.

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