Interesting cars owned by family members.

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GBt
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This is my namesake Uncle, sadly no longer with us but a bit of a character. He flew Hurricanes, then DC3 in Burma in the War and got a job with Scandanavian Airlines after.

I have seen a picture of him some 20 years before with a Swedish plated ZB Magnette Saloon, however thereafter he aquired a volvo 122S- I have a picture of this, again with an S sticker, with an identical Red and cream whitewalled tyred one, and his young family.

(I cannot find it though).Anyway he and his then Scandinavian Air Hostess (sorry flight attendant) wife, as they were still called in the fiftees, were featured on a Volvo promotional advert with possibly a Douglas DC8 in the background.

By the time I went for a visit in 1963, via a nice French Caravelle Jet, they had had the 122S replaced(by Volvo) due to some fairly serious rust issues, which the replacement 121 succumbed to later -by this time the 121 lived in denmark outside Copenhagen which is the location of the 1975 MGB and Uncle shot.

also -sorry to Volvo fans but I briefly worked as a valleter in a Volvo garage-having a break from the sea to sort out a crashed Vitesse, whilst I was away,

One day they asked me to follow another guy delivering a new 144 to a customer, so I went in a recently part exchanged 122S which was very skittish on Cinturato tyres and a dog to drive generally not being up to the sporty handling and drive I was expecting.. Also the other valleter hadnt bothered to pass on a message that later a prospective customer was coming to look at that same 122S, which for some reason had little spots of white spray on the dark grey bodywork-by the time the salesperson came to look at progress it was too late to t cut all the spots off.

I had rebuilt the Vitesse and the Seamans pool office in LeMans ST wapping were pushing me on a decision about my future at sea, so perhaps being given the push from that Volvo Emporium-the first and last time I got sacked,even a week before Christmas, was a blessed relief.Going away on a oil bulk ore carrier signing 2 years ships articles leaving bremahaven dead on 1200 new tears eve was less thrilling.

my eldest sister later married the owner of said Garage which also didnt fill me with joy, and had a couple of 145 estates but I have never had any liking for them, since. To the extent i could have bought an 1800s for 1800 in 2000 but actually had to sell 5 old cars when i downsized- and avoided the only type i would be tempted by.

As for MGBs never owned one, likewise never had a strong urge to own one.However neither would I turn my nose up at one.

Any other tall ships tails of relatives cars of interest now regarded as classics?

Chris Martin
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I don't know where I got the bug from because there were no such interesting cars in my family when I was a wee nipper. Growing up in Arkley, Dad had a 1960 Hillman Minx but didn't like driving anyway, so Mum usually drove it. That was replaced in '73 by a new Citroen Ami (no idea why) and followed by a Vauxhall Firenza which I guess was a mid-life shot at something groovy now the kids had grown up. She followed that with a Sierra but at eighty does not drive any more. My favourite back then was uncle Steve's red 105E Anglia DeLuxe, but even that would be only a borderline classic now. Next door one side had a roundback Vanguard, and Frank on the other side was a bit more flash with his Rover 2000, but I was more taken by his wife's Isetta bubble car.

Chris M.

 

Chris Martin
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I forgot, Uncle Jim had one of those MK1 Cortina estates with the fake wood on the side. When was the last time anyone saw one of those? And how much would that be worth now?

Chris M.