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Here's a fun game for everyone. I'm curious what everyone learned to drive on. Should be an eclectic selection here.
 

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Austin Rover Maestro 1.3, in a nice blue colour. Very light, quite nimble but very slow!

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Driving test (in the US) was passed in an Oldsmobile something or other, a hire car, as I didn't want to have to do the manuvering portion in my parents minivan (Plymouth Voyager)

UK driving test...hmmm, instructors car, think it was a Vauxhall hatch.
 

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Well I actually took the test in my instructor’s mk4 Ford Fiesta but I did most of my practicing in my mum’s Peugeot 205 XE.

(photo from wikipedia)

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That RWD/no-weight-over-the-rear-axle beauty was a blast in the snow. I could pull a U-turn on a road only 20' wide.
 

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A, memory corner ;)

Canadian License: Beetle (Total Cost: ~100CAD). Germany: Mercedes 190E (Total Cost: 2000 DM :( )

Nice to see the 205. Owned and loved two of them, first the 1.6 GTI, then the 1.9 GTI. A bit like driving a Go-Cart :)
 

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1967 Beetle. No heat. And holes in the floorboard where water would splash in. After-market tape player and stereo from Radio Shack. Good times.
 

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I love the fact that this is a much more international forum than some others I'm on means that we get to see a huge spectrum of cars!
 

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Mazda 121. Not the good one.
I had 6 lessons, passed my test 6 weeks after my 17th birthday, then wrote my car off 6 weeks after that. 6-6-6
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1967 Beetle. No heat. And holes in the floorboard where water would splash in. After-market tape player and stereo from Radio Shack. Good times.
I bought that station wagon from the folks and tricked it out with sound equipment from Radio Shack. I recall a Jenson, under-dash integrated amplifier/tuner and some box speakers I made and mounted in the back facing forward. I also recall that I found out that you can weld with a screwdriver and mismanaged, 12-Volt, DC current.
 

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Ford Escort MK.3 1.3L

0-60 in 14 seconds!

Photo : I didn't have fog lights or those cool wheels. Plus mine was rusting on each wing
 
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0-60 in 14 seconds!

Photo : I didn't have fog lights or those cool wheels. Plus mine was rusting on each wing
Smokin'!!

Mine had about 250 hp. I have no idea what the 0-60 time was. I got it up to 100 mph in Montana once and it was floating around so much, it scared the hell out of me.
 

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Technically in the UK you tend to pass your test in your instructors car, so the car I listed was my first car about 2 weeks later ... but I have no idea what my instructor drove.
 

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My instructors car was a 1985 Mazda 323. (I passed in 1986 in that car). It was actually a nice drive compared to my dad's Ford Cortina 1978 model which I used in between lessons. The fond memories (not).You had to play tunes with the manual choke to get any speed out of it otherwise it would just chug and splutter. Used to jump out of second gear when decelerating so used to hold the gear stick to stop it doing it. The engine sounded like the anvil chorus as the camshaft was on it's way out. Dad didn't bother to spend any money on it as the car wasn't worth anything. Somehow someone managed to unlock it even though we had locked it and stole the rear parcel shelf speakers by cutting the wires. I think they were Saisho speakers from Dixons. It put me off Fords for life. I definitely knew the difference between a new car and an old car!
 

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I think they were Saisho speakers from Dixons. It put me off Fords for life.
That mention took me back to the 80's with a bang! Fitted a pair along with the matching radio cassette player in my first "real" car, a bright red Datsun Cherry FII (a sport version - not). I learnt to drive in either my mum's Renault [18??] Estate or my grandfather's 1970's Mini Clubman. That was great to learn in because he had worn the gear box down so much that it did not matter which position the gear stick was in! Also the front end lights and other essentials were held together with grey duck tape......I passed first time (more than the car did at MOTs!). I would like to think that the Polestar is built to last too!!🤞
 
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