What Was The Most Embarrassing Car You Ever Owned?

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Re: What Was The Most Embarrassing Car You Ever Owned?

Postby Phil T » 15 Apr 2017, 14:56

None of mine have been embarrassing, but Ruth had an old model Ford Ka, in a kind of a blueish purple colour, a little like this one:
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It had a 1.1L engine and was embarrassing to drive. On the days when my car was being serviced or repaired, I'd have to drive it to work, in Sheffield.

After Ruth died, I sold it to my cousin Paul, who mostly being a big motorbike fan, wasn't really that interested in cars per se and only bought it out of necessity to ferry his family around. He ran it for years until it finally died last year.

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Re: What Was The Most Embarrassing Car You Ever Owned?

Postby Phil T » 15 Apr 2017, 14:59

clive gash wrote:American cars are fucking great aren't they?


I've been watching a box set of the original Mission Impossible tv series recently and been marvelling at the size of US cars, in the mid to late 60s.
They seemed to be the size of small aircraft carriers and probably had a similar fuel consumption.

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Re: What Was The Most Embarrassing Car You Ever Owned?

Postby sloopjohnc » 15 Apr 2017, 15:43

Quaco wrote:Toby has the right idea. The old, cheap cars were what we could afford, nothing embarrassing about that, plus they had interesting design. It's only a more modern generically aerodynamic fiberglass car that's embarrassing.

I've driven (and killed) the following:
Ford Maverick
Oldsmobile 88
Cadillac Sedan De Ville
Plymouth Valiant
Mercury Cougar
Honda Prelude (x2)

Now driving a '91 Toyota Corolla, and it's the best car I've ever driven. 320,000 miles on the original engine.


As a teenager and early '20s, I drove the following.

'70 Ford Pick up truck
'69 Plymouth Valiant
Ford Pinto station wagon
Ford Pinto hatchback
Ford Courier Pick up (first car I bought on my own)
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Dodge Colt (second car I bought)
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Re: What Was The Most Embarrassing Car You Ever Owned?

Postby Deebank » 16 Apr 2017, 11:25

I can't say that I've ever been embarrassed by any cars that I've owned.

Planty of people probably think I should have been by my faithful old Fiat Multipla:

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But it was a fantastic car. Pedestrians did used to laugh as we passed by with my self driving and my two young daughters in the other two front seats.

It's binacle was something of an avant garde work of art:

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Our first car was a Morris Ital - "British engineering with Italian styling!"
It was a thoroughly shit car, the weight of a tank with a piddling 1.1l engine. But it did the job (except on cold damp mornings) and we got it for free from my father in law so it was the means by which we explored our world. Great times!

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Re: What Was The Most Embarrassing Car You Ever Owned?

Postby sloopjohnc » 16 Apr 2017, 18:37

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I had a friend who had a '55 Chevy that looked almost exactly like this. Made my cars look even worse.

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Re: What Was The Most Embarrassing Car You Ever Owned?

Postby Toby » 16 Apr 2017, 21:11

Deebank wrote:I can't say that I've ever been embarrassed by any cars that I've owned.

Planty of people probably think I should have been by my faithful old Fiat Multipla:

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And they were right.

That's truly hideous.

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Re: What Was The Most Embarrassing Car You Ever Owned?

Postby PENK » 16 Apr 2017, 21:35

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Wouldn't have been too bad except for the old git in the red hat who kept cadging lifts and cramping my style.
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Re: What Was The Most Embarrassing Car You Ever Owned?

Postby K » 16 Apr 2017, 21:47

sloopjohnc wrote:On the opposite end of the spectrum, I had a friend who had a '55 Chevy that looked almost exactly like this. Made my cars look even worse.

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Utterly beautiful.
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Re: What Was The Most Embarrassing Car You Ever Owned?

Postby sloopjohnc » 17 Apr 2017, 00:18

Toby wrote:
Deebank wrote:I can't say that I've ever been embarrassed by any cars that I've owned.

Planty of people probably think I should have been by my faithful old Fiat Multipla:

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And they were right.

That's truly hideous.


The driver area looks like a big, inflamed, gray boil.
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