Cars I have owned since 1962 to present day

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Alastair Clements
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Joined: 2011-04-20

@Goodwood, I think I need to own a 309GTI - such an underrated car and looks bland enough that my wife might be persuaded that I'm being sensible. Plus I know of someone who happens to have an Mi16 mill sitting on his garage floor...

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Joined: 2011-06-02

Not a glamarous list but the best car I have ever owned, still used as my daily hack.

1980 I started 850 Mini Saloon Deluxe, 850 Orange Minivan, 2 x Fiat 127 Sport :D. Then from 88 a run of Company Cars Vauxhall Astra, 2 x XR2, Rover 414, Cavalier SRi, Peugeot 404 1.6, Peugeot 309 Tdi. 1994 now back to buying cars myself 1975 Triumph Dolomite Sprint (sold it in 97 its still going too), XR2, Cavalier SRi.

Then in Sept 1999 I bought DVO Lotus Elise and still use the old girl to this day to get me to and from work. Currentley at 141k miles nearly 12 years. 

To be honest not many cars around to tempt me out of it. Decent MPG, great road holding characteristics, swift and the best grin per mile you can have.

Dougal Cawley
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Joined: 2011-05-24

1974 VW Jeans Beetle

VW Scirocco (caught fire and so did my arm)

20 ish 2 litre MK5 Ford Cortina's bought for between £ 50 and £ 200 depending on length of MOT and Tax quantity of petrol in the tank could also dramatically increase the value of these cars. many snapped in half or got bent as they were used for an earlier business for pulling tree roots out of peoples gardens.

10 ish mini's used for getting wife to university, purchased on a similar principal to Cortina's. we were the envy of our street in down town Doncaster.

early 80's 2litre Vauxhall Carlton amusingly badly fitted with an Opal Manta gear stick that was possibly 18" too long. it eventuallly got stuck on a Rock.

Moggey Minor gear box snapped in 2 en route to Paris.

Daimler V8 Saloon bought to relive dreams of Withnail and I. when it was sold on e-bay the description said "Ideal car for out of work alcholic actor" it sold well.

Dorchester Limosine. My Dad raced it at Siverstone where it laped an AC Ace. However it didn't win.

Cars i still have

1928 Model A Ford Roadster. it is not a concourse car, however it has only caught fire twice, that i can remember.

1930 Model A Ford Tudor sensible family car

Renault 5. runabout for Liz

XJV12 Jaguar 1988 phwar. it has done 110mph in second gear. obviously not on the queens high way that would be a heinous crime

2 X DAF 33. you just gotta love elastic band power

Mighty Cortina 2 litre Zetech Locker diff massive skids. tastefull decked out with retro chav windscreen sticker saying "ME AARLASS" and a ferrit cabletied onto the radiater.

Piglet GN/Frazer Nash special. The best car in the world.


Dougal Cawley

Joined: 2011-06-01

Can't believe I forgot the Mazda MX-5!  Damn I loved that thing, such a sweet car to drive but seriously needed double the power,  Incredibly reliable though.

For those based in the UK, my wife drove a local (Australian) market TD Cortina (the square shaped one, not sure of the UK model) that had a 4.1 litre Falcon 6 cylinder drivetrain in it.  It was HORRIBLE, the ultimate lead tipped arrow.  The moaning aussie falcon engine was a complete boat anchor and generated about as much power as an acquarium pump.   I think in South Africa they fitted them with little Windsor V8s instead which would have at least pretended to keep the weight balance somewhat more under control.  The little 1960s era Cortinas were such sweet, revvy little cars it's hard to imagine the flabby TD came out of the same company.

Dougal Cawley
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Joined: 2011-05-24

this is the unofficial MK 5 cortina with the slightly longer bumper plasic ends and the self adjusting and self snapping clutch cable. this photo was taken prior to my fitting the ferret

Dougal Cawley

David Evans
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Joined: 2011-04-21

Nice shot Dougal! That presumably would be a special lightweight, fully homologated ferret...

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Joined: 2011-05-10

Hey Dougal have you rebodied the Frazer Nash then.....! LOL

Joined: 2011-06-02

Since passing my test in 1989, Ive owned 54 cars.

Im not going to list them all but noteables were....

E28 BMW 528i Shadowline

Fiat X1/9 1500

VW Type3 Variant

Mercedes 300SE

E30 BMW 325i Touring

Porsche 944 2.5

Volvo 850 T5-R

Mitsubishi FTO GPX

E23 BMW 735i

Saab 9.5 Aero HOT 

The most hateful vehicle ive ever owned was a 2001 Range Rover DHSE

And the vehicle I fell in love with (but sadly parted) was my Mercedes 560SEC

James Butler
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Joined: 2011-04-19

Not the most exciting of lists to say the least, but im only a youngen and in six years of motoring I have owned;

Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 (First car)
Peugeot 106 Quiksilver
Peugeot 106 Rallye 1.3 S1
Peugeot 106 Rallye 1.6 S2
Peugeot 106 Rallye 1.6 S1 (Track car)
Volkswagen Golf GTI 1.8T Mk5
Peugeot 206 2.0 GTI
Renault Sport Clio 2.0 172 Cup
Eunos Roadster 1.6 (Track car)
Volkswagen Golf GTI 1.8 16v Mk2
Volkswagen Golf GTI 1.8 8v Mk1

redranch's picture
Joined: 2011-06-02

Good post...I had to think hard and long about all the cars I've owned since my first around goes.

1948 Chevrolet Bus Coupe
1950 Mercury Coupe
1950 Mercury Coupe
1950 Landrover Series I
1952 Ford Consul
1953 Studebaker Champion
1953 Pontiac Star Chief
1950 Chevrolet Pick Up Truck
1954 Lincoln Capri
1954 Lincoln Capri
1955 Ford Thunderbird
1955 Rochdale Olympic
1956 Buick Roadmaster
1957 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
1959 Lincoln Premier
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
1959 F100 Pick-up Truck
1960 Cadillac Sedan de Ville
1963 Volvo Amazon 121
1963 Rover P4 Sedan
1963 Triumph Herald
1963 Landrover Series II
1964 Ford Galaxie 500
1964 Volvo Amazon 121
1964 Ford Thunderbird
1965 Mercedes 220 SEC
1965 Ford Cortina Estate MkI
1965 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
1965 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
1965 Pontiac Bonneville H/T
1965 Volvo Amazon 122s
1965 Jensen CV8 MkII
1965 Jensen CV8 MkII
1966 Dodge Charger
1966 Dodge Charger
1966 Ford Mustang Coupe
1966 Ford Zodiac
1966 Ford Mustang Coupe
1966 Aston Martin DB6 MkI
1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible
1967 Volvo Amazon 122s
1967 Volvo Amazon 122s
1967 Volvo Amazon 122s
1967 Volvo Amazon 123GT
1967 Volvo Amazon 123GT
1967 Volvo Amazon 123GT
1967 Chrysler Newport Convertible
1967 Volvo Amazon Estate
1968 Volvo Amazon 123GT
1968 Pontiac Bonneville H/T
1968 Volvo Amazon 123GT
1968 Pontiac Firebird
1968 MGB Roadster
1968 Pontiac Firebird H/T
1968 Oldsmobile 88 Convertible
1968 Volvo Amazon Estate
1968 Jensen Interceptor MkI
1968 Dodge Coronet 440
1969 Volvo Amazon 123GT
1969 Volvo Amazon 131
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
1969 Volvo 144 Sedan
1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 Convertible
1970 Volvo Amazon 131
1970 Volvo Amazon 131
1970 Mercedes 3.5 Coupe
1972 Jaguar XJ6 Series 1
1971 Jaguar E-Type S3, V12
1973 Jensen Interceptor MkII
1973 Jensen Interceptor MkIII
1973 Chevrolet Impala
1973 Jensen Healey MkI
1974 Ford F150 Pick up Truck
1974 BMW 1602
1974 Ford F100 Pick up Truck
1975 Jensen Healey MkII
1978 Jaguar XJ6
1978 Rolls-Royce Camargue
1979 Ford Granada
1984 Daimler Sovereign Double 6
1984 VW Golf
1992 Jaguar XJ6
1998 Jaguar XJ8