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    TZers and their bygone Motors

    Not my idea but seemed like a good one, so I'll start it off:

    Me and my 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 taken in North West Arkansas 1993.

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    My motors are bygone even though I'm still using them:


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    First car...



    My thoughts on the genius of choosing an English classic built by the famously motivated skilled artisans of the 1970s may be found here

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    I'm looking forward to some nostalgia here!

    Me in 2000 with our first car in Qatar - ex-police Landrover Disco, V8, manual box. Great fun. Until it wasn't.



    Then a little earlier? 1998? My wife's 320i. Straight six engine was a peach. I loved its slack, loose nature.


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    ^^^ I'm also looking forward to some more motoring nostalgia, I very much enjoyed this post:

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    It's been 5 years since I sold it, but there are still times when I miss my Noble P4 replica.

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    Sometime in the late 80s, in Wales with my Caterham 1600 Crossflow, twin Weberís sticking out the hole in the side of the bonnet!

    Loved it - however I could actually get more luggage on my motorcycle than I could in the boot of the Caterham!

    Itís long gone, as is the moustache, and most of the hair... only thing still with me is the Sub 16800 on my wrist!


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    In roughly chronological order. Missing a Mercedes CLK & a VW Polo, maybe others, because I can't find any photos

    My grandmother's car which I inherited on my grandad's death in 1985.
    1955 Series II Morris Minor. My dad failed his first driving test in this. Won't ever get rid of this one.



    My first car bought circa 1980 aged 17. Austin 1100. Cost me £100


    Second car, mark 1 Ford Escort, (hand-painted with a brush) £200


    Mark 3 Ford Escort bought after University in 1986


    Datsun 280ZX, 2-seater


    BMW 325i. One of my favourite cars that I have owned.


    Toyota Celica GT4


    BMW 3-series estate. Not sure of the model. Nothing special.


    Mercedes C-Class Estate.


    Mercedes SL500....lovely but made me too anxious to own because my son had a tendency to wash cars
    using half a brick rather than a sponge. Also, as the speedometer needle rose, the fuel guage went in the
    opposite direction. Had 17K on the clock when I sold it. Regret selling :-(


    From the SL500 to the Nissan Micra. First time my son saw this he called it the 'Monkey car'. I can see his point.


    Skoda Octavia Scout Estate


    Skoda Kodiaq...worst car I've ever owned. I felt that the car was driving me rather than me driving it. For example
    slamming the brakes on because it thinks I'm about to hit the car in front, doing the same when I go around a left hand bend,
    radar picks up a wall or a hedge & presumably thinks I'm going to go off at a tangent, usually with no car in front. Parktronic
    being set off by its own exhaust fumes. Never went out in it without calling it a 'stupid car' at some point. Decided that I needed
    something retro which did what I told it & didn't have alarms going off all the time.


    Hence....Land Rover Defender from the last year of production. 7800 miles on the clock. Planning on keeping this for some time.
    Brings a smile to my face on every outing.

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    Great idea. Not sure I have many pictures of my cars from back in the day though.

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    I've had quite a few cars over the years, all were the usual family-orientated fare but when the time came for us to have two cars, I bought my first Land Rover, a 90. Flat as the proverbial but had some great days out in it. Then a newer one, in Rioja red metallic came along. Had it for 16 years and it was incredibly reliable. I only changed it when the dreaded chassis rot took hold and it was cheaper to buy one which already had a galv chassis conversion. I still miss it and kid myself that when I win the Lotto, I'll get it fully restored. That's Mrs Sish in the hat, in case anyone was wondering...



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    My 1st car
    Celica by biglewie, on Flickr

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    Good grief, a Rover Vitesse, what happened to all of them? I had a "C" reg silver one, had a rudimentary trip computer, worst MPG away from lights a bit sharpish was .5, best was backing off after coming off the Orwell bridge from 140mph + at 199! Cheers, John B4

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    Quote Originally Posted by TKH View Post
    Two of my favourites both missed ....
    My goodnessÖIíd appreciate seeing some photos of all three of those cars. That Countach spoiler looks like itís come off a Handley Page Victor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TKH View Post
    Two of my favourites both missed ....
    Lovely pair, and lovely colours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewie View Post
    My 1st car
    Celica by biglewie, on Flickr
    I had the same car in bright yellow,
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TKH View Post
    a better pic of the Vantage


    Countach wings are humungous in a laughable way...but for me an essential part of the package..
    A full review / comparison of the cars would be most appreciated! They are two of my favourite cars.

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    Seems shallow reminiscing about overindulgent past 'motoring' loves is not to everyones taste on a watch forum and hence I have removed content to prevent any further offence to a fellow member..
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    Quote Originally Posted by TKH View Post
    Seems shallow reminiscing about overindulgent past 'motoring' loves is not to everyones taste on a watch forum and hence I have removed content to prevent any further offence to a fellow member..

    Donít let a lone voice put you off. The chances of me ever owning a Lamborghini or Aston are slim, but I still love looking at them and hearing peopleís experiences of them. Itís what car enthusiasts do.

    Iím even less likely to ever own a mil sub but that doesnít stop me enjoying Mike Woodís company!

    Wait until Nicky discovers what some folk spend on a watch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TKH View Post
    Seems shallow reminiscing about overindulgent past 'motoring' loves is not to everyones taste on a watch forum and hence I have removed content to prevent any further offence to a fellow member..

    Pandering to one who's offended, at the expense of others. Sad times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed335d View Post
    Pandering to one who's offended, at the expense of others. Sad times.
    haha very true ...welcome to 2021!

    ironically have just bought a 335d Estate ...what a fab thing...

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    One of the many I should not have sold - 1968 Lotus 7 series 3 with 1700cc all steel BDA engine - what a noise!



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    Quote Originally Posted by TKH View Post
    Seems shallow reminiscing about overindulgent past 'motoring' loves is not to everyones taste on a watch forum and hence I have removed content to prevent any further offence to a fellow member..


    Please put the pictures back up, I didnít get to see them whilst they were visible.

    Like others here, I would never be comfortable spending the sort of money cars like that cost, but Iím glad other people are. If it werenít for the people prepared to spend the money, these cars wouldnít exist for the rest of us to enjoy looking at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stiglet View Post
    One of the many I should not have sold - 1968 Lotus 7 series 3 with 1700cc all steel BDA engine - what a noise!



    Fabulous! My Caterham was an ex-hillclimb car, with a 1.6l Kent crossflow, built by Oselli. I really enjoyed that car, and used to take it to work occasionally, a 40-mile round trip involving some fantastic A and B roads in the Meon Valley. I'll try and find some photos.
    Although no trees were harmed during the creation of this post, a large number of electrons were greatly inconvenienced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TKH View Post
    haha very true ...welcome to 2021!

    ironically have just bought a 335d Estate ...what a fab thing...
    Very capable cars!

    This was my old e92 (the 335d):



    Not me driving BTW and taken just before it was taken into a gravel-trap, sideways.

    It was displaced by this:



    Which I had for about 7 years (went 5 years ago) and absolutely loved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TKH View Post
    Seems shallow reminiscing about overindulgent past 'motoring' loves is not to everyones taste on a watch forum and hence I have removed content to prevent any further offence to a fellow member..
    Given this is the G&D, you might want to remove the post capture due to some of the wording.
    When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks long into you.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caruso View Post
    Who's was the X1/9 in the background, had one as my first car.

    Managed to write it off as the steering snapped going round a bend, did a 360 airbourne, landed on kerb stone that edged someones drive, still suffer from the damaged back

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick67 View Post
    Who's was the X1/9 in the background, had one as my first car.

    Managed to write it off as the steering snapped going round a bend, did a 360 airbourne, landed on kerb stone that edged someones drive, still suffer from the damaged back
    In the Ď80ís I did 2 consecutive trips to Le Mans in an X19 - a blast but boy did I have a headache 🤕

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed335d View Post
    Very capable cars!

    This was my old e92 (the 335d):



    Not me driving BTW and taken just before it was taken into a gravel-trap, sideways.

    It was displaced by this:



    Which I had for about 7 years (went 5 years ago) and absolutely loved.
    Great pics and nice to see a 335d being a track menace !

    fabulous engine pulls like a train...and nearly 40mpg loving it ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    Please put the pictures back up, I didnít get to see them whilst they were visible.

    Like others here, I would never be comfortable spending the sort of money cars like that cost, but Iím glad other people are. If it werenít for the people prepared to spend the money, these cars wouldnít exist for the rest of us to enjoy looking at.
    better than a picture Dave...


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    Quote Originally Posted by TKH View Post
    Great pics and nice to see a 335d being a track menace !

    fabulous engine pulls like a train...and nearly 40mpg loving it ...
    That's a good looking estate!

    There was only one track menace that day, behind the wheel







    That's not dirt...


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    Quote Originally Posted by TKH View Post
    better than a picture Dave...

    Thanks, love the colour and Iíve always preferred the later ones with the wheel arches.

    Looks like you were all having fun, but not too much to attract unwanted attention!

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    Love the dark blue.

    Was it an Anniversary?

    I can still remember the QV engine figures from Fast Lane - 455 and 369.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaOmega View Post
    Love the dark blue.

    Was it an Anniversary?

    I can still remember the QV engine figures from Fast Lane - 455 and 369.
    Your spot on with numbers

    It was a 88-1/2 QV last before Anniversary but had Anniversary wheels - could not find any 'Tele dials' sadly...

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    My lovely 883, bought new July 1987, took it in for its first service a fortnight later after a nice little tour, and written off August bank holiday 1987 by a nice lady in an Astra who wanted to use my bit of road. One of the two vehicles I would be unable to choose between if I could only have one of my many past loves back.

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    My old Radical SR3 which was road registered and the little blue Merlyn which isn't

    Father against son that day - I would have been soundly thrashed had it not been for youthful over enthusiasm resulting in (another) snapped driveshaft on the SR3

    merlyn sr3

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    Quote Originally Posted by TKH View Post
    Your spot on with numbers

    It was a 88-1/2 QV last before Anniversary but had Anniversary wheels - could not find any 'Tele dials' sadly...
    Really? Dark blue in RHD? That is the peak for me. Amazing you had one. Can't imagine there were more than a handful of them in that spec.

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    Loved this back in the day, bit of a chick magnet too...

    69 left hooker




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    And another that I owned.



    I obviously liked red VWís!


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    TZers and their bygone Motors

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonzodog View Post


    Quote Originally Posted by Tenko View Post
    Loved this back in the day, bit of a chick magnet too...

    69 left hooker




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    lovely to see a couple of Karmann Ghia featuring here. I sold mine just 5 days ago! (Also a 69 LHD).


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    Quote Originally Posted by nick67 View Post
    Who's was the X1/9 in the background, had one as my first car.

    Managed to write it off as the steering snapped going round a bend, did a 360 airbourne, landed on kerb stone that edged someones drive, still suffer from the damaged back
    The X1/9 was also mine. It had a tuned engine with twin 40s, camshaft and exhaust IIRC.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stefaulkner View Post
    lovely to see a couple of Karmann Ghia featuring here. I sold mine just 5 days ago! (Also a 69 LHD).

    Looks a cracker that! mine went to Belgium about 30 years ago. Wonder if it still exists...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewie View Post
    My 1st car
    Celica by biglewie, on Flickr
    Did you buy it, or steal it?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caruso View Post
    The X1/9 was also mine. It had a tuned engine with twin 40s, camshaft and exhaust IIRC.

    Looks like the 1500, same as mine, mine had piper filter and custom exhaust

    Great handling car

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    I've posted this picture previously and it strikes me that I have very few pictures of my cars over the years. This is my TVR Griffith 500 and the picture was taken around 1995 of my then girlfriend (sadly no longer with us) as we descended a private road to Campbells Cottage near Plockton that we'd rented for a week.


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    A few of my oldies starting with my Kawasaki Z250 in 1982...



    After getting my car licence I paid £600 for a MK1 Cavalier 1.6L which was shortly followed by a Capri 2.0S which I bought from my brother..





    I then got a company car with my job so enter a Ford Escort 1.6LX with a Motorola car phone fitted...back in 1989 I think this would have been...



    I'd had the bug for fast(ish) Peugeot's so in 1991 and having been made redundant (I bought the Escort off the bank I worked for) I traded it in for probably the best car I've owned...a 309GTi 3 door...



    I then added a 205 1.6 GTi for my wife...no power steering so she stuggled to park it but boy what a cracking drive...



    I then had a 306 S16 (really slow) and a 306 GTi with a 6 speed gear box, plus a 106 GTI for my wife...





    After the 106GTi I went German with VW Golf's BMW's & a couple of Porsche's too...currently happy with a 2006 BMW 535d Touring and a VW Up! ... guess that's old age for you :-)

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    Ahh I am a bit of a secret petrolhead. LOVE some of the cars in this thread.

    I only have early years photos of my third car which was a 56 Oval beetle running a 1955CC w/ dual Weber 44s and straight cut gears.
    It was like a damned rocket
    Last pic was when it was unmolested in Sweden.








    upload



    I always wanted a Karmann ghia.

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    First car I actually bought - probably 1997 - a
    1990 XR3i with the Cossy alloys and the rs turbo spoiler. Was a minter when I bought it - about 30k miles.
    Think I paid £4k for it. Loved it. Could not afford to fuel it tho! Was only warning about £200 a week!




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    What a great thread.

    @Steve - love the S16. Quite rare IIRC.

    @C - love the alloys and the family resemblance to the 356 is clear. Fantastic.

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