What did you drive in the 80s?

What did you drive in the 80s?

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Bigends

4,196 posts

92 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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Mk 1 Capri gt (facelift - M reg)
1.3 Escort L FWD
1.8 CVH engined Sierra estate

AndySheff

5,949 posts

171 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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A 1972 Cortina.
GF's 79'Fiesta.
1987 Fiesta.

J4CKO

33,421 posts

164 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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HealeyV8 said:
Mk1 Capri 1600 GTXLR
And me !

1969 one my dad had owned from about 74,

Before that, a Raleigh Equipe (*2), Peugeot racing bike of unknown origin which we did up, Raleigh Arena and a Raleigh Stika, I had a Raleigh Chopper as well but that wasnt a "Daily"

Wills2

17,852 posts

139 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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Polo Mk2 and then a Nova both 1.0l IIRC preferred the Polo.


jamie w

122 posts

135 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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Had 2 of these, both very reliable over 150k, contrary to reputation. Although they did get through wheel bearings and rear exhausts...




NormalWisdom

2,120 posts

123 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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Cripes - a few

Mini 1000 Traveller (My Mum's) - UMM514F (painted with Dulux non-drip gloss - looked a treat!)
Escort 1300L - KMD 345K (broke it on a CSMA rallye)
Escort 1300GT - xxx xxxL (Bought from my boss for £135 - Written-off just one-week after ownership when a chappie pulled out in front of me)
Cortina mk3 2000e - xxx xxxM (WOW! I was just the man ;-) Managed to get this on one episode of the Professionals)
Escort XR3i - B302 FHR - First car on company lease scheme
Ford Fiesta XR2 - E224 GRK - Second car on company lease scheme
Renault 5 GT Turbo Raider - G238 BOY - st!! The brakes on this were really good.............

HealeyV8

335 posts

42 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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J4CKO said:
HealeyV8 said:
Mk1 Capri 1600 GTXLR
And me !

1969 one my dad had owned from about 74,

Before that, a Raleigh Equipe (*2), Peugeot racing bike of unknown origin which we did up, Raleigh Arena and a Raleigh Stika, I had a Raleigh Chopper as well but that wasnt a "Daily"
Yeah my 1st one was 1969, oyster gold and someone had put a black facelift power bulge bonnet on it

jeremyc

19,391 posts

248 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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A '73 Fiat 128 just like this one:



Then this '75 Ford Escort Mk II 1300GL cool



And as the '80s ended I was tooling around in this Fiesta XR2: driving


bobtail4x4

2,953 posts

73 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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for 3-4 years until I got married and took it off the road for a rebuild, still on with it,

Dog Star

12,352 posts

132 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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A Kawasaki AR50
A Yamahahahahaha RD125LC
A Ford Fiesta....



It was great. Went all over Europe with it's might 957cc. In that pic it's at Le Touquet.

Dog Star

12,352 posts

132 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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J4CKO said:
I had a Raleigh Chopper as well but that wasnt a "Daily"
rofl

Leins

7,792 posts

112 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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Mr E said:
BMX (a gold and black super burner)
Same as that, and I loved it. However, what I really wanted was the Super Tuff

Anyone remember the BMX show on what I seem to recall was ITV every summer morning? I was always glued to it, and only a severe lack of talent would have had me on there myself!




Zarco

13,721 posts

173 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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Back seat of a yellow 1983 Vauxhall Astra.

Nigel_O

1,971 posts

183 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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All my 80s wheels...

Yamaha XS250
Honda CB400
Honda CX500
Kawasaki KE175
Yamaha RD250DX
Kawasaki KH250 (x2)
Honda MTX125
Kawasaki Z650B1 (wish I still had this one..)
Mini 1275GT
Chrysler 180 (Google it... yuk...)
Kawasaki GPz550
Kawasaki GPz750
Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo
Yamaha FZ750
Mazda 626 Montrose
Rover SD1 3500SE
MG Metro Turbo
MG Montego
Citroen BX Gti

Thankfully, the pace slowed down a bit in the 90s and in the 19 years since the turn of the century, I've only had 8 more cars and a single bike.


Edited by Nigel_O on Thursday 21st March 15:12


Edited by Nigel_O on Thursday 21st March 15:13

Tannedbaldhead

2,714 posts

96 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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Talbot Avenger (Banger)

Alfasud 1.3TI 1st new car. Wrote off after two years.

Polo MK2 (breadvan) 1.3CL. Brilliant old school over engineered VW.

Golf MK2 1.3C. Very slow, very basic, very dull.

Panther Lima. Bought it in London, brought it up the road to Scotland and six months later while in a specialist garage getting serviced someone saw it and offered me £1000 more than I paid for it. (The one and only time I made money on a car).

Reliant Scimitar SS1. 1.3. A hoot.

Mazda RX7 mk2.



Labradorofperception

2,005 posts

55 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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MKIV Spitfire - first car: big ends went

then a 1977 Honda Civic, - rusted to nothingness

then a 1979 Honda Accord - fell apart as I looked at it

then a Citroen BX with a dicky engine

Dusted off the Spitfire and ran that until my ponytail was long enough and sold it to buy E's.


LordGrover

32,169 posts

176 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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Started out with my 1960 F-type Victor after I passed my test. Bench seats, 1.5l, 3-speed column change goodness.
Then Fiat 850 coupe.
Not quite sure of the order of the rest but included Capri 1.6L, Humber Sceptre, Jaguar XJC, Rover P6 3.5 and Lotus Elite II. There may've been others - it was a long time ago.

Not included company cars which took over mid-80's ish

85Carrera

2,626 posts

201 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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FWIW said:
Got any pics?

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I'll see if I can dig any out. Mine was a 4 door HC. It started life gold but was a rather unpleasant st brown colour by the time I got my hands on it and T-cut was unable to restore if to its former "glory" ...

I seem to remember it used to get through water pumps quite often (think I fitted 3) but there was a scrapyard not far from me so used to be able to pick them up for about a fiver a pop.

j4r4lly

281 posts

99 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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Several car's during the 80's starting with a Chrysler Simca 1000 GLS in 1982 when I passed my test.

Also had:-

Ford Capri 2000 GT Mk1 X2
Ford Capri 1600 GT Mk1
Ford Capri 1600 XL Mk1
Ford Capri 1600 GL Auto Mk2
Daimler Sovereign 4.2 LWB
Vauxhall Nova 1.0 3 door
Vauxhall Nova 1.2L 2 door
Ford Cortina 1600L Mk 3
Ford Cortina 1600 GL Mk 4
Audi 100 GLS
Bedford Astravan 1.6 Diesel
Bedford Astramax 1.6 Diesel
Austin Metro 1.0 HLE
Ford Fiesta 1.1 Ghia
VW Golf 1500 GLS
Ford Granada 2.0 LX

Nothing very interesting but I did like my Capri's, the Audi was very nice a quite rare in those days, the Daimler was great when it went (which wasn't often) and cost a fortune to run and the Metro was terribly dull but lasted 5 years without ever letting me down.



Edited by j4r4lly on Thursday 21st March 15:25

Magnum 475

2,278 posts

96 months

Thursday 21st March 2019
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A somewhat modified Triumph Herald - uprated from the standard 1147cc engine to a very highly tuned 1296. Didn't idle well, had no power below 3000rpm but made about 125bhp @7,500 rpm. Surprised quite a few people with that car smile

Upgraded from that to a Triumph GT6, then Daimler SP250, and then to a Sunbeam Tiger. The Tiger is still one of the most amusing cars I've ever had (especially my Dad's remark when I bought it: "You'll kill yourself in that!").

And then the 80s ended, the 90s started, and things got even more entertaining smile