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Old 10-08-2015, 03:15 PM   #61
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Speaking of first cars, this was mine. It had a 4 speed automatic way back in '69 that shared 8 quarts of oil with the engine. I learned the hard way to always make sure the filter was on securely on this car when I didn't and had to clean up a huge mess on parents driveway. This car was fitted with large square headrests that you needed to flip down in order to tilt up the seat (yes, the entire seat) so as to let someone into or out of the back seat. Such a joy were those pesky US safety regs in those days.
Austin A40 mk1?

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Old 10-08-2015, 03:18 PM   #62
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Earlier posted the car type I learned to drive in, the photo did not show up.
Here is another try, clicking the photo will give you the name on Wiki.

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Old 10-08-2015, 03:37 PM   #63
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I was going to say Moskvich, but that was off (I peeked- Moskvich was much more modern looking kind of like a 66 Plymouth). I might see one or two of these in Odessa at the in-laws in a couple of months. Where did you grow up, ls?
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Oh...I'll play. This was my first car. Still wish I had it!
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Old 10-08-2015, 05:00 PM   #65
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Toyota Starlet ca 1980. My first new car was an 80 Tercel and I was considering Starlet but IIRC the waitlist was longer. Yes younger folks, there was a wait list for econo cars in 1980. If you wanted one then, consider yourself lucky if you paid MSRP for one.

Starlet was the small, conventional RWD car whereas Tercel (actually Corolla Tercel) was the first of Toyota's FWD cars.

Starlet currently seems to be in high demand for some sort of performance/race/souped up deal that I am too old to understand or GAS about....
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Toyota Starlet ca 1980. My first new car was an 80 Tercel and I was considering Starlet but IIRC the waitlist was longer. Yes youngerr folks, there was a wait list for econo cars in 1980.
Yep. Mine was an 81. I loved that it was RWD and had some of the best AC of any car I have ever had.

Apparently, they have a cult following. Outside of GREAT gas mileage, I am not sure WHY someone would want it.
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I co-mangled the name of the car. It was an MG 1100 that my father had, not a Morris Minor 1100.

I looked for some pictures of this car from 1967'ish, and found this one. Unfortunately it's a little obscured by the usual snow in a Rochester, NY, winter.

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Old 10-09-2015, 12:28 PM   #68
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I co-mangled the name of the car. It was an MG 1100 that my father had, not a Morris Minor 1100.
This is a Morris Minor 1100. They were very popular in Ireland in the early 1960s and several of my relatives drove this version.

Morris Minor 1100 Photo Gallery: Photo #01 out of 9, Image Size - 600 x 450 px

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Yes, it looks like the last two shown in the "all the versions" link. Very different looking models so I can understand the confusion.

Although it's hard to tell in my snowy picture, but it has a split grill and a badge making it look more like the MG 1100 in this picture:

http://www.simoncars.co.uk/ado16/ado16g.html
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Toyota Starlet ca 1980. My first new car was an 80 Tercel and I was considering Starlet but IIRC the waitlist was longer. Yes younger folks, there was a wait list for econo cars in 1980. If you wanted one then, consider yourself lucky if you paid MSRP for one.
Oh, I can believe it. I remember those times. Mom had a '75 LeMans coupe with a 350 that, if she was lucky, would get 15-16 mpg on the highway. In 1979 we moved to Southern MD, and she got homesick so we went up every other weekend to see Grandmom and Granddad, and it was racking up the miles fast. In February 1980, she bought a new Malibu with a 229 V6 that would get lower 20's on the highway...a pretty big deal at the time for a midsized car.

For Christmas 1979, I got a Matchbox race track for Christmas, and one of the cars was a blue Chevy Monza. Mom mentioned she was thinking of a Monza when she went car shopping, and that got me all excited. As a 9 year old, I don't think I realized that the Monza she got from the Chevy dealer would NOT be as cool as the race car version!
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^I was never really that happy with the tercels mileage. It never got much above 30mpg whereas the 71 Corolla it replaced got 38, with a 1.2 liter engine.
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What is it? (identifying obscure cars) couldn't edit.

Until someone started this thread, I never knew just how rare my friend's roadster was. For those of you who are interested read this.
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