Hillman Hunter 1967
Lovely old car, long-legged Holbay 1725, reliable to boot.
Hillman Avenger 1975
Disgusting black pvc interior, needed a HG every few thousand. Would not go a smidge over 80, but would do it all day with no complaint.
Vauxhall Viva HC 1970
Swapped a half-smoked pack of B & H for this. Still think I was ripped off.
Morris Marina's 1972, 76, 78
Woeful handling (until upgraded). Otherwise reliable, characterful cars, with all those low-buck hop ups for the A series applying here. Some of these, esp. the 1.8 TC's are now making some serious money.
Leyland Sherpa Van 185, 1976
1622 B series. Ex- Rediffusion (remember them?) Bought to move house, as was cheaper than hiring a van for a week. Enjoyed it so much, kept for over a year. With people borrowing it, etc, paid for itself 16 times over. Front drum brakes were er, interesting when a load was carried, however.
Austin Ambassador 1981
1.7L. In a long distance relationship, so needed something to swallow the miles. Still the best ride quality of any car I have driven.
Viva HB,Renault 9,Datsun Violet,Mk1 Granada,Fiat 131,
Minor pickup,Hillman Hunter,Princess 1800,Chevette
Mk3 Escort,Mk1 XR2,Orion,Fiesta si,Montego efi
Mk3 XR3,Nissan Sunny,Rover 216 Vitesse,MG Maestro (x2)
Rover 820e,Peugeot 309,Rover 216 Gti,
As you can see, i liked to chop & change in my yoof!
There may be others but i can't remember 'em all!
When i look i can't believe how many fords i've owned!!
Remember driving the granada round town humming the theme from "The Sweeney!"
Mini 1000 x 2
Mini 1275 GT
Mini Cooper x 2
Triumph Spitfire x 2
Triumph TR7/8 DHC
Triumph TR7 V8 FHC
Triumph Dolly Sprint
Ford Capri 2.8i (German?)
Vauxhall Astra 2.0 GTE 16v
Vauxhall Cavalier V6 Cesaro
Vauxhall Vectra V6 SRi
Rover 214i (new shape)
Rover 75 2.5 Con
Rover 200 BRM
MGF Trophy 160
Mits EVO VI/VII GSR
MG ZED TEE 190+
MB CLK30 Coupe
MB ML320 (sold to buy the R75 - naffed off with the Germans)
If we are including models then,
Austin: A40, 2 x Allegro, 2 x Maxi, Metro, 2 x Mini, 1300, A60,2 x Montego, Maestro.
Jaguar: S-type, 3 x XJ6.
MG: Metro, Montego Turbo, 3 x Maestro EFi.
Morris: Minor, 2 x Mini, Cooper, 2 x Oxford, 1300GT, 7 x Marina, Ital.
Rover: 3 x 2000, 3500SE, 2 x 827, 216, 620.
Triumph: 6 x 2000, 2 x Vitesse, 2 x Spitfire, 1500, Toledo, Dolomite.
Vauxhall: 3 x Victor, 4 x Viva, Chevette.
Including foreign, 95 cars.
hillman Avenga 1500
ford capri 1300 (saarlouis)
ford capri 1600 (saarlouis)
metro 1.0 L
MG metro turbo
MK2 fiesta XR2(1860cc yank block) (valencia)?
ford escort rs turbo (saarlouis)
I think their just a little peed off being forced out.
they had been working single shift for quite some time on basic money so many of them had no choice but to take redundacy of up to 50k.
a new container port is going to be built down the road so many should have no trouble getting jobs.
One of the sight that bought a lump to my throat during the rally to save Longbridge at Cannon Hill Park, Brum, was the coachload of Dagenham workers that turned up unannounced to offer their support. A week later, they heard that they were out of a job, too.
Good luck and God Bless lads. The best Fords were always the British ones, and you built us some legends.