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This week We were looking back at some old EBC Brake photos and brochures from 'days gone by' which then got us talking about the first vehicles we all owned (some of these can be seen in our new 'Taking a Break' YouTube series Taking a Brake with the EBC Team | Episode 1: Group CEO, James Hallett - YouTube

So, the question We have is what was the first vehicle you owned and what was so special or, not so special about it?
Was there anything 'quirky' about it? Did it have a name? Did you do any special upgrades to it?

We would love to see photos of your first vehicle and will be sending some free EBC goodies (Cap, Mug, Pen, Lanyard, you know the sort of things!) to a randomly selected forum user.

Get searching for those old photos in those attics/lofts/garages/under parent's beds or just on your phone or computer if you are from the younger generation.

We can't wait to see what you all used to drive, and I am sure occasionally push!

My first car was a Renault GT Turbo Raider with the colour coded wheels. No real modifications to be done so kept it standard, which in those days was more than enough. I wish I still had it as it would have made me a small fortune......
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I remember the first time I had a ride in an R5 Turbo, my friend who was driving was just cruising along and all I wanted was for him to get the turbo to spool up. Fun little car for sure!

First car that I drove regularly was a Peugeot 405 diesel estate as a company car, first car I bought for myself was a 1997 Renault Laguna, thought I had a picture of it but can't find one. No real modifications other than swapped the headlights to those from the later models that had the clear lens.
 

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No photos I'm afraid. It was a 1970 Mk2 Ford Cortina 1600GT. Aquatic Jade green colour with a Lotus yellow rear panel (like a Lotus Cortina I saw once). Eventually fitted with a Vulcan engineering head and cam, would well go past the maximum 110 mph speedo and 6,000 rpm tachometer flat out in 4th gear. Not bad in 1977 !
 

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1970 Mk2 Ford Cortina 1600GT.
Neat. My Uncle always had an old Cortina of some kind, mostly MkIV and MkV though, then my older brother had a few. I came close to getting a Mk1 Escort for my 1st car, but my Dad talked me out of it, explaining that a 40+ year old car with drum brakes was not the smartest first car. At the time I was not happy about it (all my plans of making it look like a rally car, gone) but as I grew up I realized it was a sensible decision!! Now I'm on the other side as my 15 year old keeps asking for cars there's no way I'd want him driving.
 

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My first car, when I was 17 in 1978, was a 1973 Porsche 914 1.7 in Signal Orange. It hadn’t been driven in 2 years because it had a major engine oil leak, and I had been parked under a pine tree. It looked like hell - pine sap all over, cracked windshield, missing rearview mirror from said windshield, muffler falling off, driver side torn carpet and torn seat, steel belts showing on the worn out & dry rotted tires, battery tray rusted out and the engine ecu under that tray had a few holes eaten in it so the engine ran intermittently. Paid $2800 and it became mine.

I had it hauled on a flatbed to the house, and I spent 2 weeks cleaning it and fixing what I could. Then had it hauled to the tire shop and had a set of Pirelli Cinturato CN75 tires installed. Drove it to the VW dealer and had the oil leak resolved and a new ecu installed. Then to the bodyshop, where they fabricated a new battery tray that was better than the original was when new, and they also glued the rearview mirror back to the (cracked) windshield. At this point I had about $3400 invested. It drove great, even though the paint still looked like crap.

So the first day I drive it to high school, when I’m leaving at the end of the day, an idiot runs the stop sign in front of the school and t-bones my car. I got out and looked at it and stood in the street and busted out crying! 😭And that damn muffler I had worked
so hard to get securely clamped back into place was laying in the street!

It wasn’t drivable, so it was hauled back to the bodyshop. The owner was a good friend of my Dad. The estimate for repairs came to $3800! 😳 He told me to not worry about anything and he would take care of it. Of course the other driver’s insurance was paying.

So it was over a month before I got the car back. I don’t know how he did it, but not only was the body and RR axle all fixed and the RR steel wheel replaced, but the car had an all-over new Signal Orange paint job, the windshield was replaced (and had a new mirror), the driver side carpet had been replaced and all the other black carpet had been redyed, the driver seat seam tear had been repaired, and it had a new full Ansa stainless steel exhaust system! It was beautiful!

I was so proud of it. But the black steel wheels with the little chrome caps over the center lug section looked so out of place now. I went back to the tire shop and perused their wheel catalogs (this was WAY before the days of the internet). I ordered a set of Western 30-fin alloy wheels. When they were installed a couple weeks later, I couldn’t even get my pinkie finger between the rear tires and the wheel well opening. The setup REALLY filled out the openings.

I drove the car for 2 more years and sold it. Not because I really wanted to, but because some other guy at college just HAD to have it and begged me to sell it to him. After a couple of months he wore me down by raising his offer a little more each time. I finally sold it to him for $8500! I think the new price in 1973 was around $5500?

Almost as soon as I sold it, I regretted it. But I was able to take my cash and buy a new VW Rabbit diesel, which got me the rest of the way through college and the first 3 years of work after college. I had done a few mods on it - a body-painted front air dam, a set of Keystone wheels, a big-ass stereo-amp/speaker system, power antenna, a custom-fabricated center console that swept down from the knee bar and around the manual shifter and then up between the seats and topped off with a padded armrest, an Ansa exhaust system (since I loved the one on the 914), & blackout tint. When I traded it in on a new 1985 Jetta, the dealer couldn’t believe how the Rabbit still looked and drove new. I kept it spotless, and before I’d even left with my new Jetta, they had already parked my 5-1/2 old Rabbit on the center of the showroom floor.

The first picture below is not of my 914 - all I have are some old faded Polaroid shots in a memento box (along with my old registration cards for it) - but mine looked exactly like this, save for the wheels.

The second picture is a listing I ran across on Craigslist a few years ago. I recognized the Western alloy wheels. I pretended to be an interested buyer and went to see the car. I carried one of my old registration cards with me. The VIN was the same. I wanted to cry all over again. That car looked MUCH better than new when I sold it, but it had apparently lived a rough life after me.

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I remember the first time I had a ride in an R5 Turbo, my friend who was driving was just cruising along and all I wanted was for him to get the turbo to spool up. Fun little car for sure!

First car that I drove regularly was a Peugeot 405 diesel estate as a company car, first car I bought for myself was a 1997 Renault Laguna, thought I had a picture of it but can't find one. No real modifications other than swapped the headlights to those from the later models that had the clear lens.
The R5 Turbo made some lovely noises, not so lovely when they weren't the expected noises! Now the 405, that is a memory, friend of mine had the SRI.
 

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My first car, when I was 17 in 1978, was a 1973 Porsche 914 1.7 in Signal Orange. It hadn’t been driven in 2 years because it had a major engine oil leak, and I had been parked under a pine tree. It looked like hell - pine sap all over, cracked windshield, missing rearview mirror from said windshield, muffler falling off, driver side torn carpet and torn seat, steel belts showing on the worn out & dry rotted tires, battery tray rusted out and the engine ecu under that tray had a few holes eaten in it so the engine ran intermittently. Paid $2800 and it became mine.

I had it hauled on a flatbed to the house, and I spent 2 weeks cleaning it and fixing what I could. Then had it hauled to the tire shop and had a set of Pirelli Cinturato CN75 tires installed. Drove it to the VW dealer and had the oil leak resolved and a new ecu installed. Then to the bodyshop, where they fabricated a new battery tray that was better than the original was when new, and they also glued the rearview mirror back to the (cracked) windshield. At this point I had about $3400 invested. It drove great, even though the paint still looked like crap.

So the first day I drive it to high school, when I’m leaving at the end of the day, an idiot runs the stop sign in front of the school and t-bones my car. I got out and looked at it and stood in the street and busted out crying! 😭And that damn muffler I had worked
so hard to get securely clamped back into place was laying in the street!

It wasn’t drivable, so it was hauled back to the bodyshop. The owner was a good friend of my Dad. The estimate for repairs came to $3800! 😳 He told me to not worry about anything and he would take care of it. Of course the other driver’s insurance was paying.

So it was over a month before I got the car back. I don’t know how he did it, but not only was the body and RR axle all fixed and the RR steel wheel replaced, but the car had an all-over new Signal Orange paint job, the windshield was replaced (and had a new mirror), the driver side carpet had been replaced and all the other black carpet had been redyed, the driver seat seam tear had been repaired, and it had a new full Ansa stainless steel exhaust system! It was beautiful!

I was so proud of it. But the black steel wheels with the little chrome caps over the center lug section looked so out of place now. I went back to the tire shop and perused their wheel catalogs (this was WAY before the days of the internet). I ordered a set of Western 30-fin alloy wheels. When they were installed a couple weeks later, I couldn’t even get my pinkie finger between the rear tires and the wheel well opening. The setup REALLY filled out the openings.

I drove the car for 2 more years and sold it. Not because I really wanted to, but because some other guy at college just HAD to have it and begged me to sell it to him. After a couple of months he wore me down by raising his offer a little more each time. I finally sold it to him for $8500! I think the new price in 1973 was around $5500?

Almost as soon as I sold it, I regretted it. But I was able to take my cash and buy a new VW Rabbit diesel, which got me the rest of the way through college and the first 3 years of work after college. I had done a few mods on it - a body-painted front air dam, a set of Keystone wheels, a big-ass stereo-amp/speaker system, power antenna, a custom-fabricated center console that swept down from the knee bar and around the manual shifter and then up between the seats and topped off with a padded armrest, an Ansa exhaust system (since I loved the one on the 914), & blackout tint. When I traded it in on a new 1985 Jetta, the dealer couldn’t believe how the Rabbit still looked and drove new. I kept it spotless, and before I’d even left with my new Jetta, they had already parked my 5-1/2 old Rabbit on the center of the showroom floor.

The first picture below is not of my 914 - all I have are some old faded Polaroid shots in a memento box (along with my old registration cards for it) - but mine looked exactly like this, save for the wheels.

The second picture is a listing I ran across on Craigslist a few years ago. I recognized the Western alloy wheels. I pretended to be an interested buyer and went to see the car. I carried one of my old registration cards with me. The VIN was the same. I wanted to cry all over again. That car looked MUCH better than new when I sold it, but it had apparently lived a rough life after me.

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Wow, what an amazing story and some great detective work. You have to be deserving of a couple of free gifts, PM Me your address.
 

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I got my first car when I graduated from college. This is an old Chevrolet Camaro, which still belonged to my grandfather. At first I was not very happy with this car, but then, having acquired knowledge of car care and repair, I was able to restore this car. When I just started doing this, I did not have my own tools, but now I am a more experienced car owner and I have everything I need in my garage. Recently I received the ordered paint sprayer Fuji Semi Pro 2. I decided that it was time for my old man to refresh the paint so that he would look 20 years younger for me at once.
 

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I got my first car when I graduated from college. This is an old Chevrolet Camaro, which still belonged to my grandfather. At first I was not very happy with this car, but then, having acquired knowledge of car care and repair, I was able to restore this car. When I just started doing this, I did not have my own tools, but now I am a more experienced car owner and I have everything I need in my garage. Recently I received the ordered paint sprayer Fuji Semi Pro 2. I decided that it was time for my old man to refresh the paint so that he would look 20 years younger for me at once.
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Thank you to those of you who have shared stories and photos so far, some great memories.
 
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