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Not usually a fan of French stuff , but here’s a couple.

This Duane was loads of fun and we used it all the time in the summer of 96, bought it from the original owner for about £300 and sold it when winter arrived at , I seem to remember, a small profit0816778B-6A51-4709-B706-4555C7EFD59E.thumb.jpeg.62fee08f98c04a4900b782dbce5ca795.jpeg01370D69-4FBD-426D-824B-A7B71B8F66E2.thumb.jpeg.ff805274929b34ce8de9147ff43a0825.jpeg

The 505 was a petrol auto Family that I bought the week before my 4th daughter was born, along with the VdP Montego parked in front of it and a rare factory 7 seat Audi 100 Avant, nothing like being prepared. That 4th daughter is stressing about finishing her final dissertation as I type.

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This is an Fplate 1.9 GRi company car and that caravan was a heavy son of a bitch, a Bessacar with solid wood fixtures and fittings, the previous owner towed it with an old Range Rover, I used this then a BX TZi estate, both a little light but plenty of poke.

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3 hours ago, lesapandre said:

I had a 2.8 XJ6 MkI in about 1988. Manual gearbox with overdrive. I really like it - rust really killed it totally. It was a nicely old fashioned car - they were never quite like that after.

We just didn't take random pictures mostly - it was an expensive process in those days.

Yes, that was exactly the same spec, I loved it and bought an even rustier 4.2 Daimler ,intending to swap the engine. Never did as it went so well and I sold it to builder who thrashed it about loaded with tools until the back axle fell out.

The 2.8 I swapped for an S reg Audi 100 GL5E, why? I’ll never know , the follies of youth.

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51 minutes ago, The Mighty Quinn said:

 

The 180's were epically underrated cars. You could pick them up in the late seventies at five/six years old for 6-700 quid. Like the Princess they were basically good cars but almost unsaleable. Think of a big five year old Peugeot now.

Originally designed to be a Humber I think.  With a bit more bling and wood they might have done better. Very popular in Spain as taxis - they did a diesel. I can remember loads of them in Barcelona in the early 80's.

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1 minute ago, lesapandre said:

Originally designed to be a Humber I think.  With a bit more bling and wood they might have done better. Very popular in Spain as taxis - they did a diesel. I can remember them in Barcelona in the early 80's.

 

Dad loved our 2-litre. I remember it particularly fondly because it came along when I was getting seriously into music, and it was the first car we'd ever had with a stereo cassette radio!

 

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My parents, brother and I with my fathers new company Morris 1100 on holiday in Germany 1963.

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My brother and I on the driveway at home with my dads new 1965 company Victor 101 estate behind us.

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A little later, early 1970s and my dad fixing a holed piston on the 3.8 S-Type, this is how I learnt to fix cars. The car was still in the family when I came to driving age and if all the stars a lined I used to get to take it to collage. Oh I wish I had keep this car when my dad had finished with it.

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4 hours ago, strangeangel said:

My Dad's PA Cresta, North Wales:

 

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I wanted one of those as my first car in 1972 but the one I knew about was £60 and I

only had forty so I ended up with a 1959 Consul instead. I was disappointed.

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I’ve posted these pictures of my Grandparents before, but Grandpa was very proud of his hot Cortina, circa 1971.

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Grandma’s parent’s Holdens in the background as these pictures were taken at their house in Murwillumbah.

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Grandma said it took 6 hours to drive there in the Cortina from their house in Sydney, it is a 9.5 hour drive there nowadays if you obey the speed limits...

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6 minutes ago, MorrisItalSLX said:

Grandma said it took 6 hours to drive there in the Cortina from their house in Sydney, it is a 9.5 hour drive there nowadays if you obey the speed limits...

When I started my first job after leaving school my boss reckoned London was about 4 hours away (from Glasgow) travelling through the night in his Fiat Supermirafiori TC,

Pre speed camera days, obviously.

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You know I said I don’t really do French cars?  Perhaps I’m just trying to fool myself.

Mrs N loved her 21 Savanna and had it for about 4 years , there is a picture of it somewhere at TheCotswold Wildlife Park, but I can’t find it.

Anyway, on the strength of how good that was I paid £9,000 for this  W reg 2.2 Dti ( luckily) Alize in 2003. I wanted a fancy DCI in Grand lwb spec, but couldn’t afford one, 

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The only picture I found, this is July 2005, MrsN and daughter no.3 at the Father-in-law’s wedding. Me and the rest of the girls were halfway to Estepona near Marbella . He was having a second wedding down there the next day and moving out to live. I drove down in my 6 month old Galaxy, which had the highest spec ever,  cream leather, factory dvd etc. I had it for a year and put over 100k miles on it , can’t use that lease company again!

Because of our experience with that Espace, in 2007 I hunted down a mk4 LWB with the fancy DCI engine...

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Easter 2008, Disneyland Paris. I think it made it there and back without locking the handbrake on or breaking down at all- the one and only journey it ever managed that.

What did happen was that I ran it out of diesel on the M20 at 1 in the morning! We left Disney at about 10am , went into Paris and got stuck in traffic later in the evening , then stopped for dinner...

The trip was saying 120 miles 70 miles from Calais, then I had to put my foot down, to be fair we did cover the last 60 miles in about 30 mins, no time to get fuel, we’ll fill up in Dover.  Everywhere in Dover shut, press on for services at Ashford. Luckily it stopped near some roadworks so I went and asked if anyone  could sell me a can of derv, a JCB driver  very kindly gave me a gallon of cherry, which saved me a bit of ear bending for the rest of the journey.

Sorry about the reminiscing, the pictures are just reminding me, I can shut up if it’s too annoying.

 

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20 minutes ago, JeeExEll said:

We found this pic only last week and I posted it in the One Picture thread. My wife's dad (right) and his younger brother in 1968 or 69 with their parents' car. Both brothers died within 6 months of each other 2015 / 16.

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Is it an Austin or a Morris?  Interesting reg number, issued locally, possibly issued new on a previous car owned by the family.  But when??  Wife thinks MSO 4 was later on a new Allegro at one point and possibly a Maxi or 1800.

That house was sold only last year when wife's gran died aged 95. Family had been in it since 1947 same month her dad was born, it still had the 1930s / 40s style kitchen.

Someone should be preserving these one careful owner houses. My wife’s grandmother died last year and she’d lived in her Hayes Council House since the day it was built , again when the Father-in-law was born in 1946. Although the council did put a new kitchen in , in about 1979. 

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12 hours ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

Not usually a fan of French stuff , but here’s a couple.

This Duane was loads of fun and we used it all the time in the summer of 96, bought it from the original owner for about £300 and sold it when winter arrived at , I seem to remember, a small profit0816778B-6A51-4709-B706-4555C7EFD59E.thumb.jpeg.62fee08f98c04a4900b782dbce5ca795.jpeg01370D69-4FBD-426D-824B-A7B71B8F66E2.thumb.jpeg.ff805274929b34ce8de9147ff43a0825.jpeg

The 505 was a petrol auto Family that I bought the week before my 4th daughter was born, along with the VdP Montego parked in front of it and a rare factory 7 seat Audi 100 Avant, nothing like being prepared. That 4th daughter is stressing about finishing her final dissertation as I type.

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This is an Fplate 1.9 GRi company car and that caravan was a heavy son of a bitch, a Bessacar with solid wood fixtures and fittings, the previous owner towed it with an old Range Rover, I used this then a BX TZi estate, both a little light but plenty of poke.

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Milton Keynes?

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I was sent some pictures from my Sister,  it looks like we were a Ford family back in the day other than my father who changed from a MK2 Cortina Estate (EBY 713J) to a Volvo 145 then to the 244 GLE  (NDJ 314W) you see below (third car back)  

This was my Sister's 2nd car EGK 50X that replaced the Mk2 escort after being written off,  The Mk2 Escort belonged to my grandmother but passed it on to my sister when she gave up driving,  before that my Grandmother owned an early  Mk2 Cortina column change in Saluki Bronze, no pictures of that I'm afraid, 

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EGK 50X came to a sticky end while it was parked up, as I remember it the car could not be moved due to the rear of the car being 4 foot shorter, 

Sister replaced it with the G reg Escort parked next to my Cortina 1600E at Carbis bay holiday park in Cornwall circa 1990 -1991,  I was the only 20 years old at the time of owning the 1600E 

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31 minutes ago, The Mighty Quinn said:

Milton Keynes?

Yes, lived in MK since 1980 , that house was on one of the first Development Corporation estates, built in 1971  ( basically council) we moved in in 87and bought it on RTB in 88 for next to nothing as by then it had an awful reputation. Some of the neighbours were a bit interesting but never had any trouble and made some good friends. 
MK council want to demolish the estate and build 5 x as many houses without all the open spaces and playgrounds but residents are obviously trying to stop this, we’re sort of undecided as we still own it although not lived there for 22 years , and a cash sale with no agents / legal fees would be an easy way out.

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12 minutes ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

Yes, lived in MK since 1980 , that house was on one of the first Development Corporation estates, built in 1971  ( basically council) we moved in in 87and bought it on RTB in 88 for next to nothing as by then it had an awful reputation. Some of the neighbours were a bit interesting but never had any trouble and made some good friends. 
MK council want to demolish the estate and build 5 x as many houses without all the open spaces and playgrounds but residents are obviously trying to stop this, we’re sort of undecided as we still own it although not lived there for 22 years , and a cash sale with no agents / legal fees would be an easy way out.

Around 2004 I bought a white 1970 Austin 1100 from one of those houses, it had been off the road for a while and he'd owned it for years. A Welsh geezer if I recall.

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25 minutes ago, The Mighty Quinn said:

Around 2004 I bought a white 1970 Austin 1100 from one of those houses, it had been off the road for a while and he'd owned it for years. A Welsh geezer if I recall.

I don’t remember that ( there are 6 streets all identical) but there always were a lot of old cars hidden on drives and in carports- you could get 4 cars on a drive. I must take a little drive around and take some pictures PCL ( Post Covid Lockdown) 

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