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First Car

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 02 Aug 2019, 09:44

We have boxes full of photos and slides in a state which you could call practically impossible to catalogue and organise without spending a couple of centuries putting them into order. Although maybe desirable it isnt going to happen.

But occasionally you come across a random find which if you had been looking for specifically you would never find.

Yes its a picture of our first ever car.
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...and its got most of the registration on it, not that I suspect it will have survived lovingly preserved to this day, but I have always half remembered it and now I know (773 GVW). Thing is I always thought it was a 1958 car, but the reg puts it roughly JUly/August 1956 and an Essex Registration.

For those of you viewing in black and white its the bluey green car behind the small boy!

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Post by Gibbo2286 » 02 Aug 2019, 10:25

Your 'Forgot the anti freeze' story :)

One of my customers asked if I could sell his Hillman Avenger for him, he left it on my forecourt, when the weather got suddenly very cold I called him and asked if it had antifreeze, "Oh yes plenty."

A few days later a potential buyer wanted to look over it, I lifted the bonnet and could see on the floor below the engine a chunk of cast iron about four inches square. :shock:

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Post by mickthemaverick » 06 Aug 2019, 18:59

Well Neil that first car has got my memory twitching again!! Would I be right in saying that the three bar grille on your 100E made it the Anglia? :?:

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 06 Aug 2019, 19:24

mickthemaverick wrote:
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Well Neil that first car has got my memory twitching again!! Would I be right in saying that the three bar grille on your 100E made it the Anglia? :?:




Yes it was an Anglia 100E, two door and much weeping and wailing from me when we traded it in for a 1955 black Morris Cowley which was big ugly and old fashioned in comparison.

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Post by van ordinaire » 06 Aug 2019, 20:32

Know what you mean but nostalgia wouldn't be enough to get me back in a 100E again but another Cowley (the 1200 6-seater you could almost walk around in) MIGHT tempt me*, although I always aspired to an Isis - especially a Traveller (or perhaps that was only retrospectively, having been seduced by the delights of that old Austin truck engine, courtesy of a friend's Big Healey & latterly my Wolseley 6/110: still one of my favourites!)

* especially on the same "If you can get it going, you can have it" basis

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 02 Oct 2019, 09:32

Worth a digging up of this thread fromn time to time.

Autocar has a bit of a gallery of the "The first cars of famous car enthusiasts"

Some of them do appear to be a bit too well-heeled to be interesting so as an example this is from a lad from Consett. I liked James May's Cavalier as well :-D
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Post by bobins » 02 Oct 2019, 10:29

I note that they've illustrated Jackie Stewart's first car - an A30 - with a picture of an A35 :roll:

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 02 Oct 2019, 17:45

bobins wrote:
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I note that they've illustrated Jackie Stewart's first car - an A30 - with a picture of an A35 :roll:
So whats peanut? (yes thats what the owners called their little car?)
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Post by bobins » 02 Oct 2019, 17:51

Back in the day I used to own an A35. They had, amongst other differences, a bigger rear window than the A30.

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 02 Oct 2019, 18:05

More Peanut?

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 02 Oct 2019, 18:07

and finally
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Post by bobins » 02 Oct 2019, 18:12

A30s weren't exactly sprightly to start with, so I've never understood why people would want to fit an air-brake above the windscreen :lol:

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Post by mickthemaverick » 02 Oct 2019, 18:16

Wasn't that an early plan to lighten the steering :?: :wink:

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 02 Oct 2019, 18:19

In my searching the forum for "Peanut" which I photographed in Keswick a few years ago I came across this revealing assessment of the A30/A35 from the keyboard of Gibbo...
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The comments about the Morris 1000 and Austin A35 surprise me, the A30/35 was a terribly cramped car, claustrophobic and gave you a blinding headache if you drove it more that about thirty miles.

In our showroom in Birmingham we had new A35s sitting around for months waiting for a buyer at the same time as there was a twelve week waiting list for the Minor1000s
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Post by mickthemaverick » 02 Oct 2019, 18:22

The Minor 1000 was my first car, VYV 333. Very spacious compared to my mate's dad's A35. Four door model with floor operated windscreen washers, nothing but the best!!! :-D