Cars you grew up with as a kid but too young to drive .

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by thunder58, Oct 29, 2019.

  1. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Those deluxe phaetons are a rare and spendy model. Your nephew has good taste. Yeah, a Model A requires all five senses to drive, and modern traffic can terrify you. Beautiful cars, though.
  2. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
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  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    That's your next car buddy ;)
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  4. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Some very cool cars here guys!:cool:

    Dad never bought a new car in his life,nor i for that matter,here is what he owned ,all used;
    50's Ford Anglia
    60's Mini
    Late 60's Skoda Rapid
    Early 70's Morris 1100
    73/74 Vauxhall Viva
    Mid 70's VW Passat,this was terrible,it got written off,i still have the badge that was on the front!
    70's Peugeot 204,well i think it was ,it was small .
    Late 70's Vauxhall Chevette ,this was also terrible.
    70's Ford Cortina ,the body was rotten and the insurance company wouldn't insure it,so off it went to the scrapheap,but he got a few quid for the engine as it was a Capri Gold Seal or something.
    Early 80's Mini Metro
    Mid 80's Maestro ,this got stolen and burnt out,he got half of what he paid for it,he owned it for 6 or 7 weeks.
    Edit;I forgot his last car,1989 VW Polo,i ended up with this wee car,and it was brill,slow,but brill.

    I had zero interest in any of these cars,cause all i wanted was a General Lee ,or Starsky's Grand Troino,Jonathan Hart's Dino,Magnums 308GTB,The Bandit's Trans Am,Miura SV's,2.8 Capri's ,Fiat x19's,V8/V12 Jaguar's ,Rover SD1 V8's,V8 Triumph Stag's,DeLorean's..
    The Lamborghini Countach LP400/400S/500/5000QV is what i dreamed of and had all over my bedroom walls.

    During the late 80's/early 90's i got really into 50's American stuff but never owned any,couldn't afford them ,and had no garage even if i could.
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  5. Cassotto

    Cassotto Gretschie

    Jun 16, 2019
    Oh, this looks like the Volkswagen model that was called Golf over here... One of those models that have gone through several reincarnations along the years. I've always wondered why they carry on using the same name when the car no longer resembles its original version. Anyway, this photo is what will always come to my mind when thinking of a Golf. I had never seen an orange one, though.
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  6. Cassotto

    Cassotto Gretschie

    Jun 16, 2019
    Another car I've always wished I had was a SEAT 600. As with the 1500 model I mentioned in an earlier post, this was a copy of an Italian Fiat car.


    The parents of a friend of mine had one in this shade of blue (though theirs was a later model with the door handles in the other side of the door). It was a tiny car, but somehow they managed to carry five or six children at the back and between the two of them.

    Favourites of mine when I was a child were these two:

    Renault 4 (already mentioned):


    One of the most common variations was the 4L, which people called "cuatro latas" ("four junks").

    And the other car I loved was the Citroën 2CV, though I'd only accept it in one of these three colours;:

    (If I'm not wrong, this -resembling a trainer- was only made in Spain to commemorate the 1982 soccer world championship.)


    And my favourite:


    I don't know whether it was the same for all models, but the one I used to ride in -a friend's- was hell if you had to sit in the centre of the back seat. The seat felt as if it were a long piece of cloth hung between two iron bars at the ends, with an extra bar in the centre. Sitting on top of this narrow bar meant you felt every little irregularity in the road, and I remember walking funnily for a while after a ride there.
  7. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    My first car was a Model A 5 window. The chassis /running gear had been derusted and painted. But there was no wiring and the fenders were in the trunk and cab. I got it wired up and enough stuff done to drive it. Not for long though. I learned a ton from doing it though.

    I traded cars like guitars during my young years:
    Model A
    Hillman Minx Convert
    54 Ford mainline with 312 TBird engine
    58 Ford Interceptor Police Special
    55 Chevy Convert 265
    57 Pontiac 2DHT Starchief Salmon/Grey
    55 Chevy Nomad 301 V8 2 x 4bbl 4 speed
    57 Chevy 4 dr Hardtop 283
    57 Chevy Station Wagon 283
    60 Triumph TR3A
    63 Olds F85 turbo aluminum V8
    and more....
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  8. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    A guy several years older than me had a job at a gas station. He would close up at 9 p.m. and drove by my house on his way home at a pretty good clip. 1968 Roadrunner 383 like this photo:
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  9. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Would you believe I was offered the exact one(same colour too) with 2 broken axles for 200 bucks....and I declined?
  10. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    In Canada they had a lot of cars that were the same as various American models but would have French names and often wheel covers.

    Parisienne, Beaumont, Frontenac, Meteor, Acadian, Fargo, Valiant, Monarch, I think LaSalle too.

    And some British made Fords like the Cortina.

    I remember how small this car was, it barely took up all of my friend’s driveway without hanging over. You could open the door in the driveway. The wheel covers rotted pretty fast in the salt.
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  11. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    A friend had a ‘69 Roadrunner which I all but worshipped. A very cool car. 383s were a short-stroke, big bore powerhouse and with the Magnum treatment, (440 heads and a mild cam, I believe) they were astounding performers which could be had for a song.
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  12. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    I'm going slightly off the farm here, but this just floors me. It's the car I didn't know I wanted when I was young: 01-1937-talbot-lago-t150cs1.jpg
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  13. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    I’m not sure how people put giant cars in tiny garages.
  14. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Not sure what that is, but I'm guessing Bugatti. My hands-down favorite Hot Wheels car as a kid was my beloved Bugatti Type 50. Not something I grew up with in real life, but definitely a car that loomed large in my childhood.
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  15. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Golf in Europe, Rabbit in the US. I had alight blue '75---early enough to have a carburetor instead of fuel injection. Great little car.
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  16. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    It's a Talbot Lago. If you do a Google search, you'll see various versions of it. Love the Bugatti.
  17. afire

    afire Country Gent

    The residents of Madison could have heeded your advice this morning. Holy cow. I passed at least 15 derelict cars on my four mile commute to the office. Although most of them appeared to be stuck on inclines, and I suppose no amount of practice will help with that problem.
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  18. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    #1 Tires. True there's not much to be done about icing, but most winter problems come down to the tires. I put 4 snows on mt Outback every winter, which is totally unnecessary but I just like to.
    Also, one winter driving east from Hartford CT, I suddenly found myself in a black-ice situation, no traction whatsoever and I had a high-torque vehicle. Just idle along, no gas, no brakes. In a stretch of 19 miles I saw a dozen accidents including a Z-car up on the center guardrail, never could figure that one out...
  19. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Off-topic, but to answer @Cassotto my very first car just after I had my driving licence was a Dyane6, the "modernized" version of the 2CV:
    CAR7 640x480.jpg
    That blue color.
    Once I had my hair dyed in blonde that actually was pale yellow straw. And one pal told me that when he saw me coming on a sunny afternoon with yellow hair in the blue car, that was a great match! :)
  20. Zeek

    Zeek Synchromatic

    May 29, 2016
    Illinos USA
    This is a sixty-something Chevrolet pickup that belonged to my grandpa who was a farmer in the Nokomis Illinois on my mom's side. lt had a hydraulic dump the bed my dad ended up getting it, He had our name insignia painted on it and our names. We used it around our little farm for our horses. My Mom an Dad sold it. I saw it one time and tried to chase it down when I was about 19 needless to say I did not find it but all the vehicles in the entire world if I could have my choice of what I wanted it be that truck right there.
    1974 April 12 St louis Scott Jim.jpg
    The picture was taken at my Granmas house in St.Louis Mo. Here neighbor had 4 garages and rented them out, two to a doctor n his wife, They got new jags every year. I would spend the summers at Grandmas and watch them back out everyday him to work n her to golf .
    So Jag is high on my list along with..
    This could go on on n on lol , 1970's, 60's, 50's, 40's, 30's, n 20's. when car were made of steel

    My 1920's
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    and My in progress

    Steel cars, Have a crash and hose the dash off n sell it to someone else at 1:15
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