What Did You Pass Your Car Test In, Pictures Please.

Discussion in 'Triumph General Discussion' started by David Cooper, Jul 24, 2019.

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  1. Cyborgbot

    Cyborgbot Guest

    Some might use the word ‘immature’...
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  2. Baza

    Baza Elite Member

    Jul 25, 2020
    Home of Amazing Grace
    I passed my car test in a TRIUMPH Herald like wot u c below. They were very popular with driving schools because the had a 22’ turning circle. (6.7m) in new money.

    The car below was not even built when I passed my test.

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    Note the stylish fins, wow.

    As for bike tests your examiner was on foot having instructed you to circumnavigate a block a number of times whereupon he would observe your road positioning, giving hand signals and general awareness of other road users. The test would be brought to a finish with the examiner stepping out into the road holding up his clipboard thereby indicating for you to execute an emergency stop.

    When one of my mates took his test he turned into the road where he knew the examiner would be and in the distance there appeared to be a number of pedestrians on the carriageway. Evidently the examiner had stepped out in front of the wrong bike. o_O You can just imagine a Python sketch with Cleese, clipboard raised, on his back on the road being ridden over by Idle, with Cleese muttering “you’ve failed”.
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  3. Fork Lock

    Fork Lock Elite Member

    Feb 5, 2021
    South Jersey, The 51st State
    Neither of these are the actual vehicles but are identical to the real McCoys. The 1960 Chevy I took the driver's license test in was stolen while I was at a movie theater with a girl, but mine was in as good condition as this one. I was furious and wished every evil imaginable on the cretin who took it. It was my 17th birthday present from my parents in 1969. My friends called it the Red Menace. It was never recovered.

    The Honda is what I took my M.C. test on.

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  4. Ge-Minigun

    Ge-Minigun Active Member

    Sep 20, 2021
    Virginia (USA)
    Learned to drive in ’71 Ford Econoline Van (three on the tree) and a motorcycle with a Honda CL100. Turned 16 and took the written test for both, failed the vehicle, but passed motorcycle. Dad gave me his bike (Honda CB 550 Four) that I drove for the next 3 years before going back to take the vehicle test, at which point I drove the van for a couple years until I got a car. Would still like to have all three, but such is life…

    Neither of these are/were mine...found on the net

    Ford Van.jpg

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  5. andypandy

    andypandy Crème de la Crème

    Jan 10, 2016
    That car is an absolute stunner !
  6. TonyG

    TonyG Noble Member

    Dec 1, 2016
    Spitfire, sadly no pictures. About 1979 I think, couple of years after bike test.
  7. Havit

    Havit Admin
    Staff Member Subscriber

    Jul 17, 2015
    Nissan Cherry , Not seen one for years.
  8. andypandy

    andypandy Crème de la Crème

    Jan 10, 2016
    My Dads Fiat 124s
    This is not the actual car.


    Looks very much like the later Lada's
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  9. sprintdave

    sprintdave Nurse,he's out of bed again

    May 25, 2014
    Passed my car test in 1983 in a 1979 Austin mini similar to this one. My test was the first one on Monday morning and on Sunday night I was woken by my instructor who told me her car had broken down but she had another instructor friend who had a mini and I would be taking the test in that. On my pre test lesson I found that the wipers and indicator stalks were on the opposite sides so every indication i made i had to think first and I prayed it didn't rain.
    I did pass. 280px-1976_Mini_1000_Front.jpg
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  10. Iron

    Iron Elite Member

    Dec 29, 2021
    Bob Ross Studios
    #135 Iron, Jun 2, 2023
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2023
    One of these

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    and one of these

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    then one of these - a cream coloured one


    and then, one of these


    a rubbish green one - in the pouring rain, in the days when the tester used to jump out on you from behind a car.
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  11. Baza

    Baza Elite Member

    Jul 25, 2020
    Home of Amazing Grace
    I remember them well. :joy:
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  12. steve lovatt

    steve lovatt Something else

    May 12, 2014
    North Yorkshire
    Passed my test in one of these in 1976
    Not the actual car but same colour

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  13. Rooster

    Rooster Grumpy Member

    Sep 14, 2015
    Droitwich, Worcestershire
    Mk1 Ford Escort 1100. Not mine in the picture but looks the same. I took 10 lessons and then passed first time in 1975.

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  14. andypandy

    andypandy Crème de la Crème

    Jan 10, 2016
    Funky green :)
  15. Pegscraper

    Pegscraper Elite Member

    Jun 12, 2020
    I also passed in a Viva just like that one in 1978, courtesy of a 2 week driving course with the company I worked for followed by the test.
    Then "progressed" to driving one of these....

    .......I still have nightmares.

    This is/was my first car, 1975 Capri 3000 GT. I really wanted a Mk1 GXL but good ones were quite scarce even back then....

    Scan 1.jpeg

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    I sold it in 1980 for the XJ12.
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