The best car your Dad had....

The best car your Dad had....

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E36GUY

5,845 posts

162 months

Friday 11th February 2011
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Tough to select from a pretty fine collection over the years.

Renault 4
Reliant Scimitar
De Tomaso Pantera
Ferrari 365 GT 2+2
Jag XJS
Porsche 911 SC Targa
Aston Martin V8 Saloon
Ferrari Testarossa
Porsche 928S4 x 2
Mercedes 500SEL
Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer
Ferrari 456 GT
Porsche Cayenne S (current)

And 4 x Austin Healeys along with the above two of which he still has.

I think ultimately my favorite was the Testarossa because he had that nearly new from 1985-89, I was 11 and it was the young boy's poster car along with the Countach!

Known

15 posts

102 months

Friday 11th February 2011
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54 Volvo XC90 2.9 T6 (TWIN TURBO) WITH A NICE 6 CYLINDER ROAR smile

Johnnytheboy

18,173 posts

130 months

Friday 11th February 2011
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What about your mums?

My mum ended her driving career in a (1990s) RS2000. Great car.

Opulent

10,714 posts

124 months

Saturday 12th February 2011
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I know a very posh old lady - friends with the royals type posh - who runs around in a battered old F reg Mini 1000 with bull bars on. Eccentric as anything but a very cool old bird.

CTS86

185 posts

122 months

Saturday 12th February 2011
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Had a couple of Capri's prior to it but the old man was riding around in the this when I was born (his had spotlights though). I love these...



Traded it in not long after for a more family friendly A reg Orion Ghia before going down the company car route for the next 15 or so years. Nothing you'd class as exciting in that period (although he did have one of the very first of the latest shape S40's, which coincided with me hitting 18 & being allowed to drive it on his work's policy). Hours of fun making up site visits he'd apparently been on in order to claim back on the fuel I'd gone through on weekend trips to South Wales & such!

He now has the following (with blue leather). Not my cup of tea in fairness but he's happy enough with it (when he drives it). Less than 10,000 miles in 3.5 years...


king arthur

3,433 posts

205 months

Saturday 12th February 2011
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One of these...



and one of these...



but in a sandy gold colour, and I can still remember the reg no.

Then one of these...



The last "Jag" he had, before moving onto a couple of these...



Both in S and Si form. Around the same time he also had one of these...



Doniger

1,678 posts

110 months

Saturday 12th February 2011
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One of these, just like that apparently. It was gone long before I was born, sadly.

Years of alcoholism and general fail on his part meant that the only cars I remember him having were either my uncles, or french, crap and embarrassing.

Twincam16

27,646 posts

202 months

Saturday 12th February 2011
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Annoyingly, he sold it before I was born:

One of these:



With one of these squeezed in under the bonnet:



Turned out to be an ex-factory development mule.

Of the ones I can remember, it's a toss-up between this:



And this:


Twincam16

27,646 posts

202 months

Saturday 12th February 2011
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Johnnytheboy said:
What about your mums?

My mum ended her driving career in a (1990s) RS2000. Great car.
Vauxhall Chevette with RS stripes she tried to peel off as she thought them 'too showy', a beige-with-brown Metro that fell apart on a regular basis and even when bought had mould growing in the window-runners, and a much-abused Fiat Punto. Nothing special at all.

Twincam16

27,646 posts

202 months

Saturday 12th February 2011
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Highway Star said:
This bad boy (or one like it)



I can't remember the last time I saw a 505 GTI on the road. All 140-odd bhp of V6 goodness.
There's someone living not far from me with an absolute minter in metallic gunmetal grey.

robsa

1,483 posts

128 months

Saturday 12th February 2011
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My Old Man had many great cars when I was a kid, being a true petrolhead; Lancia Fulvia, Alfa Romeo's, Golf GTi, Rover P6 3500, Renault 5 Gordini... but the one that I loved the most was a car I have never seen since on the roads, and would dearly love to own one day. When I spotted it in a traders showroom in East London, I just couldn't keep my eyes off it. The wideboy salesman was a right Delboy - right down to the greased-back pomaded hair and the pencil 'tache. My dad loved it too, although mum thought it a little bit 'loud'... it was bright orange with black racing stripes on, of course it was loud!
When my dad opened the back to look at the engine there was a bottle of whisky sitting in there! The car was, though, immaculate. I used to sit for hours in it in the garage pretending to drive up to scotland and back, snuggled into the black vinyl bucket seats - I can still remember the smell of the interior now.
It was such a bright colour and so loud, such an odd thing for my very conservative father to own, but he loved that car as much as I did. I think it finally went as a trade in on a metallic green Audi 100 GL5e, another great car. But no other car came close to the Simca... it was a kids dream!



Ours was exactly the same, down to the leaping deer on the side, and I would love to see another one day.

philmh

363 posts

115 months

Saturday 12th February 2011
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Back in the 80's my dad had mk2 granadas. My favourite was a gold 77'S reg saloon with the subtle black rubber boot spoiler, and wide wolf race alloys.

LuS1fer

35,252 posts

189 months

Saturday 12th February 2011
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robsa said:
. But no other car came close to the Simca... it was a kids dream!



Ours was exactly the same, down to the leaping deer on the side, and I would love to see another one day.
Not a Rallye but saw this on Tenerife last year



Killer2005

17,233 posts

172 months

Saturday 12th February 2011
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Aside from an old Volvo 240 GLT, I cant think of any decent cars my dad has had redface

robsa

1,483 posts

128 months

Saturday 12th February 2011
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That is a clean car! Even though they are only 1000cc, they had a very revvy, willing little engine and went well .
There are a handful of Simca Rallyes in existence, from what I can gather, but try finding a RHD one! I wonder if there is even one left? Would love to know what happened to my dad's old one. Thanks for the photos though, it's lovely to see one again.

6potdave

1,678 posts

157 months

Saturday 12th February 2011
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Either this:


Or this (which he has now):


The TVR was a bit more brutal, but the AMG does it almost as well with a touch of luxury.

jeremyc

17,708 posts

228 months

Saturday 12th February 2011
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'73 Audi 100GL was my favourite, in exactly the same colour as the picture below (though with a black vinyl roof and Webasto sunroof, natch). thumbup We always had to "hit the ton" on our annual holiday pilgrimage. smile



My uncle however, who was young enough to effectively be an older brother, had a much more interesting collection: cloud9
- Mini Cooper S
- Mk1 Escort Sport
- Mk2 Lotus Cortina

XJSJohn

15,191 posts

163 months

Sunday 13th February 2011
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Johnnytheboy said:
What about your mums?

My mum ended her driving career in a (1990s) RS2000. Great car.
My mum would always get my Dad's old car.

Dad would drive for a year - 18 months, usually lots of miles, then he would hand the car down to mum so that when it got sold on it looked like a lower milage one owner

Crafty bd hehe

twazzock

1,930 posts

113 months

Sunday 13th February 2011
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Before I was born he had a 2.8i Capri. Then a fking Orion frown, Mondeo (meh), now an E36 328i Sport, which I approve of! thumbup

traffman

2,140 posts

153 months

Sunday 13th February 2011
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The coolest car my dad owned was a lovely metallic blue Citreon CX Athena on a v reg back in the early 80s.

Loved that car , id happily purchase a gti 25 now.