Best and Worst car your parents owned?

#1
Inspired by "Unusual items your parents hit you with?" thread it got me thinking about some of the cars my dad owned.

When he wasn't hitting me with a wet fish he was out buying dodgy motors.

There were some true shockers.

Worst by far was a DAF 44 Variomatic



Best was a Triumph 2500 PI




Some of the others were shocking too: a Datsun Cherry, Morris Oxford and an Austin Maxi to name but a few.

What cars were you embarrassed to be transported in as a child?
 
#4
Talbot Horizon in dissentry brown.

Hillman Avenger GT in white with vinyl roof.
 
#5
Worst was the Austin Maxi; best probably the Jag XJS.
However, as my grandfather worked for Rolls Royce, as a kid got to travel in a range of Rolls Royce and Bentleys.
 

the_boy_syrup

LE
Book Reviewer
#7
Don't know about best or worse but we went from a MK1 Escort in 1978 to an Austin Princess
As a young kid what a car
Nice and high on the back seat comfy suspension and ahead of it's time
Nothing ever went wrong with it either (amazingly for BL)

As an aside in those days my dad was like an one man Grand Prix team I remember engine changes on the Escorts (a MK 2 aswell) just done on the drive

Plenty of cars and plenty of scrappies by the time he gave it to me it was like triggers broom
 
#8
Parents didn't own a car,neither drove.So imagine my delight when my sis got one of them blue invalid cars.

They regularly broke down and I had to go and fetch it back home for her,fcukin great fun,all at the age of 15.

The co-ordination you needed to drive them was incredible,Steven Hawkins would never have got off the fcukin start line if he'd had one.
 
#9
not only did i have to put up with the shame of my dad driving one of these lumps of crap,



but on my 16th birthday he threw me the keys and with a 'like your present???' as he was just heading off in the range rover he just got himself...........

christ i still fekin hate him.

but at least it was a deposit on a V8 holden :)
 
#10
Dad was a company director at rolls royce cars in Crewe so had loads of lifts in rolls royces and bentleys but the first company car i remember him having was a princess when he was a manager, wrote the bugger off on a holiday both front and rear!!
 
#14
Best Hunter GT so good I took it over when he upgraded.

Worst motor bike and sidecar combo, not one of those dangerous looking coffin shaped sidecars but more like a fecking great plastic greenhouse.
 
#15
I looked through the posts first and thought fcuk me ... parents owned them? I've owned some of these my worst being a Mk3 Cortina followed by a blue Avenger with black vinyl roof to my best being the current XJS.

But the best car my parents owned was either the brand new Zodiac that my sister took the rear door off in the first week (opening it before the car had come to a stop or, more importantly, before the car had passed the lamp post) or it was the succession of Moggy Minor estates which still make me smile when I see them on the road. His worst is probably the 20+ year old Sierra estate which he still drives ... and goes on and on and on and on ...
 
#16
blindfire said:
a shittey brown coloured Austin Allegro...oh the embarresment :(
Van den Plas - just like the ex-wife's.

One ex-burd had a Vauxhall Chevette and another had an original Mini decked out inside in rabbit (coney) fur - mental. :D

My worst for MOT's etc was my old Volvo 340 and my best was my Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 litre.
 

the_boy_syrup

LE
Book Reviewer
#17
If it makes you feel better I had an Avenger aswell
 
#18
I never realised what a gem of a jam-jar my Da had until years later. It was an Austin 16 and because he was a mechanic and driver in the British Army (RAOC), he used to do all the repairs and stuff himself. I can still remember how sad I was when he fitted front and rear indicators to it, and disabled these weird little illuminated wing thingies that used to flip out of the top of the centre pillar between the front and rear doors.

The jam-jar could also be started in any weather by using a starting-handle (remember those?) and when the wiper motor jacked it and he couldn’t find a replacement, he simply tied a big sponge to a two-foot length of broom-stale and used to give the front windscreen an occasional wipe by sticking his arm out through the front quarter-light.

Pioneering days, fellas. Every drive was an adventure.

I was very disappointed when he finally swapped that lovely crate for a Standard Vanguard.

MsG
 
#19
k13eod said:
But the best car my parents owned was either the brand new Zodiac that my sister took the rear door off in the first week (opening it before the car had come to a stop or, more importantly, before the car had passed the lamp post) or it was the succession of Moggy Minor estates which still make me smile when I see them on the road. His worst is probably the 20+ year old Sierra estate which he still drives ... and goes on and on and on and on ...
The Zodiac had a bench seat in the front if I remember correctly. Nice car, that was my grandfather's run-around when not borrowing Rollers from work.
 
#20
the_boy_syrup said:
If it makes you feel better I had an Avenger aswell
My very 1st car was an Avenger Estate fitted with a 1780cc Holbay engine.
Seemed so damned fast when I was 17 :D didn't last long before the welding gear couldn't keep pace with the rust
 

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