What did you drive in the 80s?

What did you drive in the 80s?

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66mpg

550 posts

71 months

Sunday 28th February
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I learned to drive in 1981 so I started with my instructor’s Mazda 323 (rwd hatchback). My first car was a very rusty Triumph Herald 13/60 estate, bought (and scrapped) in 1982.

After a spell at university without a car I worked for my parents, who owned a shop. We had a clapped out 1971 Ford Transit (1.7 V4). That was replaced with the hot rod, a 1972 Transit 125 (swb van with 2.0 V4, six stud hubs and Salisbury axle from lwb but with single wheels).

A lack of junk Transits for sale in the area resulted in buying a new van in 1985, a Renault Master T35, which was traded in two years later for another one.

I stopped working for my parents in 1988. My first vehicle after that was another Transit, bought for £10. This was a Kent-engined 1.6 swb box van with a knackered body. I scrapped the body and built a drop side on it. This was sold in 1990 for £350.

1989 saw me lose it slightly and buy a pretty dreadful, and overpriced 88in Land-Rover Diesel which I drove for two years, stored for a year, and loaned it to my brother for a year, but that takes us into the nineties.

Mr Ian

40 posts

102 months

Sunday 28th February
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I loved that car , had it for years, it did obviously rust !
This was the final time I repaired the bodywork , I didn't replace the Martini stripes on this occasion.
Regarding the skinny wheels' it came with metric Cromodora TRX rims , tyres were hard come by, changed them for identical looking imperial , still skinny though !
I'm trying to find a photo of the dash, LED/Neon bar style gauges, before they changed to needles !

davejones

103 posts

198 months

Monday 1st March
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I've just realized what an eclectic mix of cars I have had over the years and how other purchasing decisions have influenced my driving experiences..!!

Ford Escort Van 1100
Ford Escort 1300 - (converted into "Mexico" 1600 rally car spec with type 49 big wing shell - kept getting stuck in reverse gear!!)
Hillman Minx - (bought to commute to first real job)
Mini Cooper 1275S - (converted into a rally car)
Hillman Husky Van - (to tow Mini Cooper)
Ford Escort Mk3 1.1L (first brand new car)
Vauxhall Astra Mk1 GTE
Porsche 944 Lux
Mini Metro City (bought to commute in, as Porsche upset my clients!)
Mini 850 race car
Hillman Avenger (bought to tow the Mini)
Ford Escort XR3i - (sold the Porsche to buy a flat)
Maserati biturbo - (lasted about two weeks)
Alfa Sud Sprint - converted to road saloon racer
VW Golf GTI Mk2
VW Passat - (bought to tow the Golf once converted into race car!)
Audi 80 Quattro
Audi Quattro UR
Rover 800 - (Quattro sold to finance house move)
BMW 318 - company car

Sandy59

2,547 posts

175 months

Sunday 7th March
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droopsnoot said:
It's still around, apparently last seen in a warehouse in 2012, so at least it's keeping dry.
Cool, still in Aberdeenshire do you know ??

RDMcG

16,274 posts

171 months

Sunday 7th March
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1980:


s m

20,635 posts

167 months

Sunday 7th March
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1984 - from previous year’s 45bhp Mini to 300bhp Ford


droopsnoot

8,623 posts

206 months

Sunday 7th March
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Sandy59 said:
droopsnoot said:
It's still around, apparently last seen in a warehouse in 2012, so at least it's keeping dry.
Cool, still in Aberdeenshire do you know ??
Somewhere in that area I think. The post I read was quite vague, not unreasonably.

OverSteery

3,137 posts

195 months

Sunday 7th March
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A coupe of my daily drivers from the late 80s.


Build like a tank, I'm pretty sure JBY 58J is still going out there somewhere - I hope so. Does the current owner know that one sill is in fact from an alfa sud?




Alas rot killed this one long long ago

PeterGadsby

1,205 posts

127 months

Sunday 7th March
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s m said:
Mr Ian said:
HF Turbo cool

My friend had a red one then went to the later injection version

Really liked both of them
Skinny tyres for a hot hatch as well - used to 4-wheel drift in very fast bends
I had an H reg HF Martini Turbo IE ... Had the full martini stripes & white alloy wheels loved that car.

- Pete

pmr01

258 posts

114 months

Sunday 7th March
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share with old dear on original mini. magnum 2300 saloon. mk1 xr2. lancer 2000 turbo. e12 bmw m535i. with a skoda estelle in tandem with the bm - that was a laugh.

Rob 131 Sport

207 posts

16 months

Sunday 7th March
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pmr01 said:
share with old dear on original mini. magnum 2300 saloon. mk1 xr2. lancer 2000 turbo. e12 bmw m535i. with a skoda estelle in tandem with the bm - that was a laugh.
E12 535i. Now there is a highly desirable car back in the day, through the years and now.

jamckeown

76 posts

201 months

Sunday 7th March
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monkfish1 said:
Dolomite 1500HL

After that, Dolomite Sprint.

Then it was the 90's

Still got the sprint smile
Vauxhall Viva [terrible sold my racing push bike to fund the purchase)
Triumph Dolomite Sprint (spent so much money on this to keep it on the road)
Ford Escort XR3i
Rover 216 Vitesse
VW Golf GTI MKII 16V (loved this car)

Still got the Sprint some 37 years later!!!

lowdrag

11,316 posts

177 months

Monday 8th March
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1980 was the year my business really took off, so a few cars came my way. I started with a 1979 Manta Hatch, sold it and bought a Jetta GLi, then sold that and bought a Mercedes 280 CE W123, which I didn't like and traded it back in for a 380SL, in which I had a big accident and the car took six months to repair. So I bought a Cavalier SRi and sold the Merc when finally it came back. Then came my love affair with BMW's; a 323i followed by a 325 Sport, an M6 and very stupidly an M1. Not the ideal car for business really and since I was buying offices a Golf 16V was bought, which made so much noise (direct top, not overdrive) it went and was replaced with a 325i. After replacing the badges and having the stereo stolen several times I went sane for a moment and bought a Honda Accord 2.2. No tea leaf ever looked at that and to be truthful it was a good car and the aircon ice cold. That's it for the 80's except there are - and were - the classics too. The E-type purchased in 1982 is still with me, but the MK VIII, and the S-type are gone, replaced by other Jaguars in the 90's. I miss the MK VIII though.

s m

20,635 posts

167 months

Monday 8th March
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After the rumbling V8, started on the Escorts.

Red one that was written off by an overtaking 323i

Black RS2000 replacement in mid 80s




Bobo W

670 posts

216 months

Monday 8th March
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Triumph Mk2 2000
Ford Escort 1.3GL Estate
Metro 1.3 VDP
Renault 18 Estate
Jaguar Mk 2 2.4
Austin Sprite
Lotus Europa S2

lowdrag

11,316 posts

177 months

Monday 8th March
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Pit Pony said:
Was it the 18e engine in the SRi? From.the Astra the mk1 originally? Preface lift ? If you ever took a seat out, you would find that Recaro were the supplier. When I had mine, in 2005, the drivers seat was a right mess, but i found someone selling a full interior on migweb, and paid him.the full price and only took the passenger seat, which was perfect. Just meant tthe adjustment for back rect angle was on the wrong side. But it wasn't an issue functionally
Here was mine. a really lovely car in all respects - except for the heavy steering when parking



ukkid35

5,479 posts

137 months

Monday 8th March
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Capri 3L S in the Alps in '88, not too far from where I am now in this roly poly C3 hire car



Rob 131 Sport

207 posts

16 months

Monday 8th March
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lowdrag said:
Not the ideal car for business really and since I was buying offices a Golf 16V was bought, which made so much noise (direct top, not overdrive) it went and was replaced .
I had an E30 320i i the early 90’s that I absolutely loved with the exception of its lack of any power under 3,850 RPM. I was doing circa 25,000 miles per year mainly on motorways and considered a Golf 16 Valve as a replacement. I had no idea they were noisy, I always considered them to be quite refined. How bad were they.

StevenB

775 posts

161 months

Monday 8th March
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1966 Vanden plas princess
1978 chrysler Sunbeam S
1979 VW scirocco GLI
1975 wolseley princess
1980 Chrysler Alpine sunseeker