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Old 09 August 2007, 04:29   #1
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Post your favourite forgotton 70/80's car when you were younger!!!

Post your favourite forgotton 70/80's car when you were younger!!!

I'll kick things off my childhood dream -
Renault Alpine GTA


Citroen CX GTi


Rover SD1 v8
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Old 09 August 2007, 07:23   #2
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My first ever car was a Rover sd1 vitesse. Last of them - twin plenum model - they only built about 200. It was D reg bright red. Loved the car to bits. Bit of a handfull for an 18yr old!!! I later changed the suspension for the British touring car spec - cost me £2,000 - more money than sense in those days.

They used to call it the poor mans Aston and it was an awesome car despite the people who knock them. The car as standard was wider than a Trans Am and lower than a mini - no wonder it handled so well. An no it never broke down or rusted either.

My next car was another Vitesse as i wrote the other one off(not my fault). Then I had an Alfa 75 which I also loved.

Of course I have had a passion for all Land Rovers since I was about 5 yrs old - living in Africa and Yemen probably helped.

However the car I ALWAYS lusted after was the Aston Martin V8 Vantage - the hand built proper one. Good for 180mph and what an engine - 432bhp quad cam V8 - a true muscle car!!!
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Old 09 August 2007, 19:45   #3
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Im lucky (or sad), ive got my favourite 70's/80's dream car.....im still trying to find the button for the '007' submarine mode & have an Exige 2 for a track car, im a Lotus devotee. The wife dont like um but she has no taste she drives a Cayenne S.
My first car in 1986 was a
1970 Triumph Herald cab paid £50,
Then a 1974 Triumph Spitfire paid £300,
Then a 1978 Triumph Dolimite Sprint paid £650,
Sad i know.........
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I had one of these. rebuilt a couple of times but it was the UKs first proper car. Not heavy and bulky like the BL crap but big and smooth and looked stylish. (IMHO).

Blew mine up racing a Triumph. But at least I was in comfort doing it. And it didn't cost a fortune to get a new engine. I also had a new gearbox, rear diff, engine. And one day I found that after washing it with a high pressure hose that the doors and bonnet were all different to colours to the main body.

I think it cost about £800.

Oh and the gear lever used to come off in your hand.

And I must admit that (My dad) we owned the Granada (The car below) that was used in the Sweeney. God how I wish we had that car now. That was very fast and very smooth. But it drank fuel. It looks very cool now. Wonder if its still around.

And the last picture is one of the Opel Rekords we had chasing the Soviets in Germany. Fun days.

This thread reminds me that I must go through all my old pics one day and get them digitised.
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Mine was a 1966 Lotus Elan S3 with Special equipment ( SE) Had CR gearbox elect. windows etc. Which I bought in 1971 for 600 pounds. Sorry no pics. Amazing I did not kill myself. Even had a tow hitch fitted for my matching(white) 14ft. Fletcher with 50 Merc. yes I was a poser then. That was a pretty rig. Oh, happy days when you could waterski on the Hamble above the bridge, go up to the Horse and Jocky for a pint, and then scoot over to Cowes for another at the Three Crowns, Just outside of Groves and Gutterage. Someone told me that the 3 Crowns is now closed??? I have many storys to tell about that pub, including being put in a bath upstairs with a box of Radox during Cowes week.
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Im lucky (or sad), ive got my favourite 70's/80's dream car.....im still trying to find the button for the '007' submarine mode & have an Exige 2 for a track car, im a Lotus devotee. The wife dont like um but she has no taste she drives a Cayenne S.
My first car in 1986 was a
1970 Triumph Herald cab paid £50,
Then a 1974 Triumph Spitfire paid £300,
Then a 1978 Triumph Dolimite Sprint paid £650,
Sad i know.........
I had an Excel SE for a while - really miss it - was forced to sell it as broke - not nice!!! Would love an Esprit.

Mate of mine had a Triumph Spitfire. Great car - lift the bonnet and sit on the wheel when fiddling with the engine - also had an amazing turning circle.
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Here's my favourite car of the seventies (1972).

Took me four decades before I could afford to buy it. Couldn't afford the plane unfortunately.
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205 1.9 GTi

A real 80's classic this one. My mate's Dad had one in the mid-80's and I absolutely loved it.

I bought a black 1992 1.9 GTi with my first paycheck as soon as I left university - the first car I actually owned myself. Got some great memories with that car (racing a BMW M3 down the A3 to Portsmouth / hitting the brakes for a speed camera, losing the back end and going through at right angles to the road!)

Brittle cars though - 4 years with me and it was wrecked! Nothing else quite comes close now though.
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Then there was this car - the Talbot Sunbeam. I remember drooling over one in Halfords that was on display - you could win it as a prize. What was special about it? A Lotus engine and RWD!!!

All my mates were going mad over XR3s - yuch not me!!!
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A real 80's classic this one. My mate's Dad had one in the mid-80's and I absolutely loved it.

I bought a black 1992 1.9 GTi with my first paycheck as soon as I left university - the first car I actually owned myself. Got some great memories with that car (racing a BMW M3 down the A3 to Portsmouth / hitting the brakes for a speed camera, losing the back end and going through at right angles to the road!)

Brittle cars though - 4 years with me and it was wrecked! Nothing else quite comes close now though.
I had a 1.6 and a 1.9, I also had regular use of a mate's 1.9 with a full Turbo Technics conversion with intercooler. It was around 180bhp compared to the standard 125. It was a total handful, the torque steer and lack of grip was frightening. It would put the needle on the endstop in fith which was 140mph-ish.
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[QUOTE=codprawn;213206] My first ever car was a Rover sd1 vitesse. Last of them - twin plenum model - they only built about 200. It was D reg bright red. Loved the car to bits. Bit of a handfull for an 18yr old!!!

How the hell did you insure it?! Those were the days when insurance went mental and killed the GTI's.
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My first ever car was a Rover sd1 vitesse. Last of them - twin plenum model - they only built about 200. It was D reg bright red. Loved the car to bits. Bit of a handfull for an 18yr old!!!

How the hell did you insure it?! Those were the days when insurance went mental and killed the GTI's.

It cost me about £1200 - an obscene amount of money in those days. i did get quotes for over £2k but Taylor Price and Company were by far the cheapest. Still pretty good for performance cars today.

I have to be honest the car terrified me at first - it was so wide and had so many curves you couldn't see where you were going. I avoided town centres for about 6 months. It was the only car I had driven apart from a metro and a Ford Escort that I passed my test in. Then almost a year of no driving at all - then pick up the SD1 from Lex Meade in Cheltenham.

I reckon all young drivers should start in something thats massive and powerful - they would be too scared to drive fast!!!
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I always wanted one of these when I was a Kid.

There was someone that owned a Bond Bug down my road, I was dead jealous of him!
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There was someone that owned a Bond Bug down my road, I was dead jealous of him!
Was his name Trotter ?
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Was his name Trotter ?
Nooo you Plonker

This isn't like the Reliant Robin, it's actually cool
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Oh there was of course the Outspan Orange car and Pink Panthers car driven by the little boy
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Is that cool because it didn't have proper doors or your opinion that it was cool.

I dread to think what Limey Linda is going to say about this one when he/she sees it. LOL.
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Is that cool because it didn't have proper doors or your opinion that it was cool.

I dread to think what Limey Linda is going to say about this one when he/she sees it. LOL.
I wouldn't buy one now, but at the time when I was a boy. YES it was cool, this is a 70's design icon and is up there with Commandar Strakers car with the gull wing doors. Perhaps the TR7 as it was in the New Avengers, like the Granada MK1's as in the Sweeney etc....

I was a bit of a TV addict back then too .......
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