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Grampa

RDQ2 - what was your driving school car?

Leading on from Michael's RDQ - what was your driving school car?

Mine was an Allegro - in fact 2 - the instructor bought a new one every year and it was changed during the time I was learning.  He liked them because the hydrolastic suspension meant the rear raised a little when the clutch start to bite if the handbrake was still on, so it gave an extra indication for a new driver to develop their clutch feel.

I have to say, for a learner it was a very easy car to get to grips with so not such a bad choice - easier to drive than the Mk3 Cortina and Hilman Imp which were my 'home practice' cars at the time.
Twelfth Monkey

Metro.  Yummy.
Bob Sacamano

Mine was a gold Mk.1 Ford Fiesta 1.3 Ghia. T Reg, I think. Pretty handy really as I was also learning in my mum's car which was a 1.1 Fiesta L.

I still remember the instructor, Mr. Murphy, an ex-army type who always wore a jacket and tie. He was quite strict and at my first lesson he produced a clutch assembly from the boot, proceeded to explain how it worked, and warned me about burning his out.
He was pretty good though as he took me, my brother, and my sister and we all passed first time.

His son took over the business and ran a number of XR2s as the learner cars.
Michael

Peugeot 205 diesel. I seem to remember it had ABS which made the emergency stop a bit easier.
Grampa

Bob Sacamano wrote:
His son took over the business and ran a number of XR2s as the learner cars.
- I like his thinking - I'm a bit old to have learned in an XR2, but a car like that would have propelled him to number 1 choice for me.
Martin

A white Nissan Sunny hatchback
Bob Sacamano

If you were a driving instructor you'd want Chris as a pupil - he'd be paying you to wash your car before and after the lesson!
Scouse

Vauxhall Nova
Frank Bullitt

Vauxhall Nova 1.5TD Merit+
JohnC

Only had 3 lessons in my own car, so I could find out where they did reverse round a corner and emergency stops etc and get some tips - that was in a very old VW Beetle!
PG

A Mini. Which was good as I was also learning in my mum's Mini Traveller.
PhilD

Martin wrote:
A white Nissan Sunny hatchback


I'm struggling to remember if mine was a Sunny or a Cherry. I do think it was a Datsun not a Nissan though  
Martin

That's a good point, I bet mine was a Datsun....
Nice Guy Eddie

I had lessons in and around having a few quid to spend on them therefore went though a number of cars and instructors.

106 XND
Polo 1.4
Nissan Micra
Golf 1.4 Match
205 GTD
Passed in a BSM Corsa

I really should have more love for the Corsa. I remember the BSM instructor teaching me how to smoke and drive as he said it was a useful life skill.
Racing Teatray

I was taught to drive by the Merritt School of Motoring in Wokingham!

My mother chose them because they had the instructor with the largest car - a silver K-reg Proton Saga 1.5 saloon!

Her logic was that at the time she had a Volvo 940 estate and my father had a Range Rover LSE, so she didn't see the, ahem, merit, in learning to drive in something tiddly like a Fiesta.

It was a very crap car. I remember the rear-view mirror falling off during one lesson.
TreVoR

Nova 1.2 Merit. I did a week intensive course - started on the Monday and passed on the Friday.

I did my HGV test in a 16T Ford Cargo flatbed.
Tim

1986 Nissan Micra 1.0.
The town where I took my lessons/did my test had a very steep hill and occasionally the instructor would make you do the hill start there, it required 1st gear until the top of the hill!
Boxer6

Mk.2 Escort 1.1 Popular. In red. Hateful car.
Grampa

Racing Teatray wrote:
My mother chose them because they had the instructor with the largest car - a silver K-reg Proton Saga 1.5 saloon!


Although there is already some worthy competition, I think you take the award for crappiest car so far!

Learning in a second-time-round prefix K reg is making me feel old though the aforementioned Allegros that I was learning in when they were brand new were R and S reg suffix style.
Stuntman

Had my first few lessons in a Mini, and then had a different instructor who had a Vauxhall Nova.
gonnabuildabuggy

Only 4 proper lessons, in a bright yellow MK2 Escort 1.1/1.3L.

I mainly learnt in my own Chevette or my Mum's orange Toyota Starlet. I took my test in the Starlet.

Big little GBB had lessons in a Mini which worked well with driving ours too. Litttle Little GBB starts learning in just over 12 months!
Grampa

Boxer6 wrote:
Mk.2 Escort 1.1 Popular. In red. Hateful car.


I considered buying one after I'd passed my test - couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding and had awful drum brakes and 12" wheels - the 1.3 had servo disks and a lot more power (relatively speaking!) was like a different car altogether.
Roadsterstu

A white MG Metro.
Bob Sacamano

Grampa wrote:
Boxer6 wrote:
Mk.2 Escort 1.1 Popular. In red. Hateful car.


I considered buying one after I'd passed my test - couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding and had awful drum brakes and 12" wheels - the 1.3 had servo disks and a lot more power (relatively speaking!) was like a different car altogether.


My 1.3 had 48bhp - it was like a dragster in comparison.
BeN

It was a......Mitsubishi Lancer.

Trust me, it had no bearing on my choice of car later on in life...
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Bob Sacamano wrote:
If you were a driving instructor you'd want Chris as a pupil - he'd be paying you to wash your car before and after the lesson!

hah ! I don't recall washing my learner car once....

I learnt in BSM Guildford's first Ford Fiesta in 1977, only took me 39 years before I bought a Fiesta of my own.

My instructor's name was "Jesse" James (although he didn't wear a stetson or have a gun slung round his waist - at least not during the lessons!  I suppose he could have used the 10-gallon hat to hold water to wash the car with.....)
Grampa

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Grampa wrote:
Boxer6 wrote:
Mk.2 Escort 1.1 Popular. In red. Hateful car.


I considered buying one after I'd passed my test - couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding and had awful drum brakes and 12" wheels - the 1.3 had servo disks and a lot more power (relatively speaking!) was like a different car altogether.


My 1.3 had 48bhp - it was like a dragster in comparison.


If memory serves me correctly mine (I eventually got a 1.3 van) had 63hp - I swapped the diff to a higher ratio and it would cruise at 80 quite easily.
Chip Butty

Rover 114i

At the time, a pleasant little car which, if memory serves, was the best example of a zero to hero facelift/update.

I think the metro to Rover 100 update happened in 1991 and the car went from dog turd to superstar in one fell swoop (What car - car of the year ?) - mainly down to it's new K series engines and chassis balance.
Blarno

An N reg Fiesta Mk3 1.1. Some kind of run-out special edition. No PAS, no ABS, no FG.
boc70

Racing Teatray wrote:
I was taught to drive by the Merritt School of Motoring in Wokingham!


If only they'd used the billy-basic trim of Nova, they could have saved on badges.

F-reg Renault 5 diesel here (apart from the first lesson which was a Fiesta diesel - we didn't go daft with fancy-dan motive power up north)
Racing Teatray

Chip Butty wrote:
Rover 114i

At the time, a pleasant little car which, if memory serves, was the best example of a zero to hero facelift/update.

I think the metro to Rover 100 update happened in 1991 and the car went from dog turd to superstar in one fell swoop (What car - car of the year ?) - mainly down to it's new K series engines and chassis balance.


In 1991, the Metro got the major facelift you are referring to and became the Rover Metro. It was very well-regarded at the time (crash-testing still not being a big thing back then).

In 1995, it got a further nip and tuck, including a Rover-style grille, to become the Rover 100. Sales never quite recovered after a truly dismal NCAP showing in 1997 where they crash-tested one with terrifying results.

I know this because my first car was a M-reg Rover 115SD, which was a year-old ex-Rover fleet car complete with Longbridge-area registration and in exactly the same shade of blue as the example destroyed by NCAP...
Andy C

Honda Jazz
Roadsterstu

Tim wrote:
1986 Nissan Micra 1.0.
The town where I took my lessons/did my test had a very steep hill and occasionally the instructor would make you do the hill start there, it required 1st gear until the top of the hill!


I did my test in Barnsley and there was a steep hill the examiners used for the emergency stop. Starting at the top... There were plenty of tyre marks down that hill as this was pre-ABS on anything but very expensive cars!

My examiner turned out to have been my mum's instructor from years back. Discovered after the test, not before!
Bryan M

A white j reg rover metro gti, the most 'interesting' learner car in the area. He was an older chap who taught you how to drive, not just pass a test. A very good driving instructor for boys (both my brother and I passed first time) but was reportedly a bit too touchy feely with the neighbours daughters....he never offered to put my seat belt on for me......
PhilD

Bryan M wrote:
A very good driving instructor for boys (both my brother and I passed first time) but was reportedly a bit too touchy feely with the neighbours daughters....he never offered to put my seat belt on for me......


Heard of a few of those growing up. Maybe driving instructors were like 1970s TV presenters!
Michael

PhilD wrote:
Bryan M wrote:
A very good driving instructor for boys (both my brother and I passed first time) but was reportedly a bit too touchy feely with the neighbours daughters....he never offered to put my seat belt on for me......


Heard of a few of those growing up. Maybe driving instructors were like 1970s TV presenters!


Do I need to make the obvious comment?
Bob Sacamano

Michael wrote:
PhilD wrote:
Bryan M wrote:
A very good driving instructor for boys (both my brother and I passed first time) but was reportedly a bit too touchy feely with the neighbours daughters....he never offered to put my seat belt on for me......


Heard of a few of those growing up. Maybe driving instructors were like 1970s TV presenters!


Do I need to make the obvious comment?


It did raise a wry smile with me.
PhilD

Michael wrote:
PhilD wrote:
Bryan M wrote:
A very good driving instructor for boys (both my brother and I passed first time) but was reportedly a bit too touchy feely with the neighbours daughters....he never offered to put my seat belt on for me......


Heard of a few of those growing up. Maybe driving instructors were like 1970s TV presenters!


Do I need to make the obvious comment?


I think it may have been alluded to in the other thread!
gooner

PhilD wrote:
Michael wrote:
PhilD wrote:
Bryan M wrote:
A very good driving instructor for boys (both my brother and I passed first time) but was reportedly a bit too touchy feely with the neighbours daughters....he never offered to put my seat belt on for me......


Heard of a few of those growing up. Maybe driving instructors were like 1970s TV presenters!


Do I need to make the obvious comment?


I think it may have been alluded to in the other thread!


You'd only be sayi what we're all thinking I'm afraid.

My instructor had a Daewoo Matiz. He was a friend of my Dad otherwise I would have found an alternative instructor. Weeks after I passed he chopped it in for a 206 (which was a cool car back then!)
simonp

I had two, as I gave up for a bit and then had a different instructor. First was a red Sunny, second was a dark green Shitroen AX.
canadian bacon

One of these:



1.5 turbo power, it wasn't that quick, but compared to a Metro/Fiesta etc it was a Ferrari.

The best bit was that the instructor was a 65 yr old granny.
Nelson

I went with British School of Motoring (BSM) and I learnt in a Metro....

....no ordinary Metro though. This was the VDP model with cream leather and electric front windows and a rev counter, Thought it was the nuts

I had some lessons with my Dad before and at the time he was driving a Vauxhall Cavalier 1.6L
Racing Teatray

Grampa wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
My mother chose them because they had the instructor with the largest car - a silver K-reg Proton Saga 1.5 saloon!


Although there is already some worthy competition, I think you take the award for crappiest car so far!


Crapper than Gooner's Matiz?
gooner

Racing Teatray wrote:
Grampa wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
My mother chose them because they had the instructor with the largest car - a silver K-reg Proton Saga 1.5 saloon!


Although there is already some worthy competition, I think you take the award for crappiest car so far!


Crapper than Gooner's Matiz?


That's a tough call but I reckon the Matiz is the winner, it only had a 0.8l engine.

My Dad was an instructor with BSM in the early-mid 90's and I remember him having Metro's back then. They were 1.1S models with the rear spoiler and a red go faster stripe down the side. They then took on the first batch of Corsas that Vauxhall bought to the UK in 1994. He managed to blag one in metallic dark blue (most were plain red).
Grampa

Racing Teatray wrote:
Grampa wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
My mother chose them because they had the instructor with the largest car - a silver K-reg Proton Saga 1.5 saloon!


Although there is already some worthy competition, I think you take the award for crappiest car so far!


Crapper than Gooner's Matiz?


I would say so  
tali

canadian bacon wrote:
One of these:



1.5 turbo power, it wasn't that quick, but compared to a Metro/Fiesta etc it was a Ferrari.

The best bit was that the instructor was a 65 yr old granny.


My brother had one -the previous owner was called Doris..Not that quick ??-(although i guess as a learner you won't going past 3000rpm , when the action starts) my brother dished out a few bloody noses to the usual hot hatches  - although the handling was bloody hard work.
His mate thought he could teach the Cherry a lesson(pardon the pun) - he  blew his engine in his Golf GTI 16v trying to keep up
him

^^^ We've done this before, and my Yugo 65A GLX is way worse than a Matiz...

Sorry Gooner!    
Roadsterstu

him wrote:
^^^ We've done this before, and my Yugo 65A GLX is way worse than a Matiz...

Sorry Gooner!    


As at Q3 2016 - only 1 still taxed.
Grampa

him wrote:
^^^ We've done this before, and my Yugo 65A GLX is way worse than a Matiz...

Sorry Gooner!    


I would say that beats Racing's Proton too  
Grampa

canadian bacon wrote:
The best bit was that the instructor was a 65 yr old granny.


65? - she's a mere beginner - my brother learnt with this lady: http://www.itv.com/news/wales/201...is-uks-oldest-driving-instructor/
him

Roadsterstu wrote:

As at Q3 2016 - only 1 still taxed.


Matt's Dad doesn't still own his does he?

Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Vauxhall Viva - with drum brakes and crossply tyres, because my instructor thought that was what you needed to learn on.
Chocy Rocky

One of these,

BeN wrote:
Honda Insight (the five door one, not the early 2000s coupe).

I've also seen a 1990s Honda Civic 3 door hatchback learner knocking about. Something like this one:




H195YES was the reg if I remember correctly.
Chocy Rocky

And the bus on the right.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8468/28799052684_e6bea3d1fc.jpg
PhilD

Chocy Rocky wrote:
And the bus on the right.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8468/28799052684_e6bea3d1fc.jpg


How is it different from the bus on the left?
Boxer6

PhilD wrote:
Chocy Rocky wrote:
And the bus on the right.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8468/28799052684_e6bea3d1fc.jpg


How is it different from the bus on the left?


Because the one on the right is number 104 and NOT number 106. Obviously!
Frank Bullitt

PhilD wrote:
Chocy Rocky wrote:
And the bus on the right.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8468/28799052684_e6bea3d1fc.jpg


How is it different from the bus on the left?


I suspect the bus on the right is the actual one he drove!
PhilD

Frank Bullitt wrote:
PhilD wrote:
Chocy Rocky wrote:
And the bus on the right.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8468/28799052684_e6bea3d1fc.jpg


How is it different from the bus on the left?


I suspect the bus on the right is the actual one he drove!


Is that why it's going slower?
Grampa

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Vauxhall Viva - with drum brakes and crossply tyres, because my instructor thought that was what you needed to learn on.


I bet it worked too, driving a car on radials afterwards must have seemed like you were glued to the road!
canadian bacon

tali wrote:
canadian bacon wrote:
One of these:



1.5 turbo power, it wasn't that quick, but compared to a Metro/Fiesta etc it was a Ferrari.

The best bit was that the instructor was a 65 yr old granny.


My brother had one -the previous owner was called Doris..Not that quick ??-(although i guess as a learner you won't going past 3000rpm , when the action starts) my brother dished out a few bloody noses to the usual hot hatches  - although the handling was bloody hard work.
His mate thought he could teach the Cherry a lesson(pardon the pun) - he  blew his engine in his Golf GTI 16v trying to keep up


Oh no, my instructor encouraged me to drive the car to its potential, we had several dual carriage bypasses where I lived, so I was able to see what the little Cherry bomb could do, she called it practice for motorway driving...
Thomas Magman

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Mine was a gold Mk.1 Ford Fiesta 1.3 Ghia. T Reg, I think. Pretty handy really as I was also learning in my mum's car which was a 1.1 Fiesta L.

I still remember the instructor, Mr. Murphy, an ex-army type who always wore a jacket and tie. He was quite strict and at my first lesson he produced a clutch assembly from the boot, proceeded to explain how it worked, and warned me about burning his out.
He was pretty good though as he took me, my brother, and my sister and we all passed first time.

His son took over the business and ran a number of XR2s as the learner cars.



Mk1 Fiesta here too - only had 2 lessons in it though - got lucky and passed first time
garry

A brown vauxhall chevette. It was old and pretty knackered but he was the cheapest in town! It was a bugger to drive smoothly, had and engine that sounded like a bag of hammers and a gearbox that was like stirring porridge. If you could drive that, you could drive anything.

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