In fact when my brother first came to Australia from England, He use to drive, my mother in the front, me on the back seat...my sister in law...and two kids!!! Ah, 1965 you were one crazy year.
Then my son bought one in 1998, but every time he had to go over a dip, in some of the streets, I would have to get out...as (like most young men) he had it a tad low to the ground.
Now that was a red face moment for meeeee!!!
It was a red Mini too.
Totally agree with you and I'm still driving Nissans, my latest a 2014 model. As you say, they are built well and last for years. My first one was a 1969 model and whilst I've always had Datsun/Nissans the 240K GL fully imported was also as strong as my Skyline, a friend had a mini and we went to lunch. It really was difficult for me to get out of and I recall the boys at the workshop doubled up with laughter when she dropped me back at work.
Yes, helga, the 240K was the precursor to the 'Skyline'. My car's as comfy as the day I bought it! Had his engine re-conditioned in 2006, & was told it will last a MINIMUM of 20 years'. Well, I'm half-way through that, & he's still running like a charm! He's due for a normal mechanical 'check-up' at 280k, not long to go to that.
AND I'm going to get his 'bodywork' completely stripped-back, & fixed, by panel beater . Then repainted. His official colour is 'Arctic White', so he'll look beautiful again!
His name is 'The Spook', 'cos he's white, & a 'Skyline'! I love him!
He's 'one of the family', & although I've had many offers' to sell him, it ain't gonna happen!
😍😍😍 oh the happy memories. My mum had one late 70's early 80's. We got 5 adults and 3 kids in it one day. We called it sunlight because the mini was yellow and so was the sunlight soap we used to bath with. And the number plate was 'OAP'. Mini's just make me smile when i look at them. I would live to own one myself one day.
My bridesmaid had one of these and we had wonderful times in her dear little car!! In fact it was used in my wedding as the Groom's vehicle!! What a hoot,as he is over 6 ft tall!!! It did have a sun roof though,so he had as much headroom as he needed!!!! I went in a BMW,which was far more comfortable!!! When I was in my teens these were very popular cars and many friend had them as their first cars. I know how much fun we all had back then,in these little vehicles.Lovely memories!!
Oh! Jules, the 'Wedding Reception' venue we booked allowed us to avail ourselves of their silver 'Rolls Royce', as our 'car', as we were married on a Wednesday, & the only Wedding on the day!
Our BMW was also silver!! We bought it just prior to getting married and it was 10 years old but so far ahead of anything else which was then brand new on the market!! It was a wonderful vehicle which we made no loss on when we finally sold it many years later!! Being able to use that Silver Rolls though,would have been such a gorgeous and memorable treat for you!!!
Yes, it was!
It was hilarious driving from my Sister's place to Church, from one side of the City, to the other, through 'peak hour' traffic, & especially as route took me through a VERY busy 'Fiveways', with people waving to me, from busses', & cars'!
Apparently my blushing could be seen through my facial makeup, by my late b-i-l, who was with me, & then escorted me down the Church Aisle!
Yes - my husband had a British Racing Green Mini many years ago. Really cute and fun little car. They were very popular in the 60s. Were going to use it at our wedding but decided on a friend's Rolls Royce instead. We bought our son his first car - a bright yellow mini with a black smoked glass sunroof - very sporty looking. He loved it but, unfortunately, it was stolen whilst he was working in Sydney.
I think it was pale green mini my parents had in 1951.That also was a soft top. We had a photo of it, with me standing up in it, But I have no idea where that photo is now. I don't know how long we had the Mini for, if that's what it was.