The first car I ever owned by georgieboy98
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I was proud as punch of this car! I bought it in 1950 when I was demobbed from the RAF. It was a 1932 Standard Little 9 and cost me 45 pounds! In it I went all over the place – every weekend I would take a flask of drink, some sandwiches and a map and just wander the highways and byways of Surrey. Everything that could possibly go wrong with a car did so with this one but I loved it dearly. It had a sliding roof that leaked so if it was raining I literally had to cover myself with an umbrella – can you imagine that!!!! Think what the police would do to you today if they saw you driving whilst holding an open umbrella over your head!!
If I was going downhill with the wind behind me I could get 50 mph out of this car and once won a memorable race with an office friend who had an equally ancient Austin 7. For a bet we raced from Croydon to Brighton one Sunday and after an adventurous drive by both of us I beat him by less than 5 minutes!
Those were the great days of motoring which, alas, we shall never see repeated.

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Comments

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 1 year ago

    This reminds me of our first car , it wasn’t the same make I can’t remember what it was , but it was a 1939 car we got it second or could have been 5th hand , it was a death trap we paid £7 for it , but we had some fun in it , if there where 4 people in it they had to sit close to the doors as the weight made the body grind on the crankshaft ( think that’s what it was called ) it went down the centre of the car .It had no brakes you had to pull the handbrake on to stop it or stick your feet through the holes in the floor hahaha .
    Gosh they where the days .

  • That is a hilarious description of your first car Irene! But it’s so true. If I was reversing on a downslope and pressed the footbrake the car would come to an abrupt stop with a jerk that sent any passengers hurtling forwards! All my potential passengers soon got to know this and would jump out of the car until I had completed the manoevre!! Happy, halcyon days!! Thanks for a lovely comment Irene.
    Hugs
    Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...over 1 year ago

    So how much did you pay for it.

  • Hi Warren and very many thanks. From memory (it was over 60 years ago after all!) I paid 45 English pounds. It was a one owner car and had been laid up for the duration of the war and for a couple of years after.
    Cheers
    Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 1 year ago

    Memories are made of this Peter. My first was a 1948 Austin 10 that I had the misfortune to crash into a police station. They had the nerve to try and nick me for parking on the pavement! LOL

  • Thats a good one David! I think everyone would have memories of their first car, probably more so than memories of their first girl friend, although………………………….

    – georgieboy98

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 1 year ago

    What a fantastic looking car Peter – great image. Love your description – what memories you have ! My Mum had an Austin 7 as a District Nurse during the war. No, not the Boar War but WWII ! She said that she had to wear wellies on wet days as the floor leaked……lol !

  • Hi Roy and thanks for the visit and comment. I chuckled about your Mum having to wear wellies because I had to do likewise on many an occasion! Ah, they don’t make ’em like that any more!!!

    – georgieboy98

  • rightasrain
    rightasrainover 1 year ago

    This is a great photo, Peter. So many memories. I have my own car now – 4 years ago this year…I think. It’s such a special thing to own your own car, and yours is like back in the pioneering days. Fantastic!

  • Thanks Hillie. I can well remember what a treat it was to finally be independent of having to ask Dad if I could borrow his car every time I wanted to impress a girl or something! Happy days!
    Take care
    Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • rightasrain
    rightasrainover 1 year ago

    Peter, for me it was independence from my husband so I didn’t have to use our car (which was really his) lol…It’s so good not to always have to fit in with other people.

  • Similar stories in other words!

    – georgieboy98

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 1 year ago

    Good story & capture of this classic.

  • Very many thanks Warren. I had many unforeseen adventures in that car but it was a wonderful learning experience!

    – georgieboy98

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    Great memories great work.

  • Sure is! I had so much fun with that car and a lot of the lessons I learned the hard way have stayed with me! many thanks indeed Julie.
    Take care
    Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • teresalynwillis
    teresalynwillisover 1 year ago

  • WOW Teresa, what can I say? Other than thank you very much indeed because I certainly would never have expected this!
    Take care
    Peter

    – georgieboy98

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