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Old 15-03-2021, 10:28 AM   #1
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What was your dads motor ?

So, following on from the Top Gear thread and a brilliant first episode last night of the new series, it got me thinking about what car sums up your dad...

Mine was Citroen, he had a few and they were all great, but the one that sticks in my mind was the big CX...

It had the rotating drums for speedo and rev counter Oh and my favourite a twin horn - quick press "beep", long press air horns kicked in - as a young lad, awesome

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Old 15-03-2021, 10:32 AM   #2
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Although my dad had a few cars in his time, the one that sticks out for me because it was the first car I remember:

Mk2 Ford Granada 2.8 Ghia X. Metallic Green with Cream Leather interior.

This was followed by a Sierra XR 4x4 which got Stolen.

Edit: What is funny, is I love old Fords. I detest anything newer from the Blue oval after that period. Bizarre I know but it must be due to fond memories of my Dad.

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Old 15-03-2021, 10:57 AM   #3
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My dad had loads, a black Audi 80 auto was a favourite but if there was one particular car that you could point to and say that was dad, would be a Mk3 Cortina. He had at least 4 i think and the last one was a dark blue that ended up with rotten wings - a Mk3 'tina common fault - and he replaced them with fibreglass wings but never painted them.
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Old 15-03-2021, 11:18 AM   #5
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Assorted sierras, and cavaliers. Also a maxi, and a countryman. His favourite was a 405.
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My dad had an assortment of cars, before he passed he had owned a few Volvo estates obviously for his caravan but before those I remember a
Mk1 Cortina estate,
Datsun Sunny,
Mk1 Escort,
Mk1 Granada Estate
Humber Hawk
Mercedes 220s
60's Chevy day van
Loads of old 50's motors that I can't remember the names of but had running boards on them.
In the 60's it was my memory that he seemed to have a different car every week.
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I thought last night's Top Gear was one of the best episodes I've ever seen. Really well put together and lovely to see them getting emotional about their Dad's cars!

My dad was a Ford man when I was a nipper. He had a Mk1 1300L Escort for my first 11 years, that he had bought from new. He replaced that with a Mk4 Cortina 1.6L Estate that was nothing but trouble, but that didn't put him off - he bought a Mk5 1.6 Crusader to replace the Mk4.

I inherited that Mk5 when I started to drive in 1989 because he was offered a lease car from work. I think I got the better deal. He got a 1.6 Montego
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The car my dad had the longest which I always think as "Dad's Car" was a Silver MK2 760GLE Volvo (he had it nearly 20 years), however he had no end of cars whilst I was growing up as he had a taxi company so usually we had new cars before they went onto being taxis.

Stand outs I can remember (which weren't taxi's) are: Gold Opel Manta, White Citreon CX Pallas, Green MK1 Granada & a Gold SRI 130 MK2 Cavalier

Mum always had a little Renault like a 5 or a Clio then a 205 etc.
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My dad had loads of random cars when I was younger. The one that sticks in my mind most was the Volvo 240. We seemed to have that a long time and I can remember going on family holidays to Butlins with it.

I also remember it had a sunroof. My sister and I used to stand up on the back seats and hang out of it. Health and safety really didn't exist back then.

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My dad worked in the motor trade (truck and then car) so had plenty of different cars, from MG Montego Turbo, to Jaguar S-Type, Lexus IS-F, and a V8 Range Rover, but I'll pick out just two:

Morris Ital - I remember it had an LPG conversion which was pretty unique back in the 1970/80s. We used to go out on a Sunday afternoon to fill it up at LFE Services, that was the only place which stocked LPG. Dad always used to get some sweets as a treat for the journey back.

Land Rover Freelander - nothing special in this, it was green with cream leather interior, but it was the last car he bought before he passed away. I can still remember the Land Rover salesman driving it away.................
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