Monday, September 4, 2017

Day 2879 - My First Car

How memorable was your first car?

My car looked something like this
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The first car I ever had was a little rust red Suzuki hatchback that my parents bought for me to use at uni.   

It was a 3 cylinder 2 seater that took around $12 to fill.  It was flimsy and light and was basically made out of recycled Coke cans.  

It was so small that the guys at uni would pick it up and move it to places where I couldn't find it.   Yep, it only took 2 or 3 of them to lift it and carry it away.  Which happened often.  

One day I went to the service station and as I paid for my petrol they carried it away from the bowser and placed it in a rockery garden.  Not happy.

That car had a hell of a personality.  

"Though she be but little, she is fierce"
- Shakespeare -

My Dad called it Pharlap after the "Red Terror".  It was a good name as the car was around the size of Pharlap's heart.

My friends would call it the XPT.  Not because it was as fast as the train, but because it was an "eXtra Powerful Trolley".

I guess that's what it was.  A motorised shopping cart.  

Do you know how many people you can fit in a shopping cart?  With only two seats the correct answer should be two.  But where there's a will there's a way.  

With me being one of the very few people to have a car at uni, I was of course in high demand as a taxi driver.  The lack of seats didn't perturb anyone.  With one in the driver's seat, one in the passenger, another sitting between their legs on the floor and four sandwiched into the back we turned Pharlap into a 7 person people mover in no time.  

As you can imagine my Pharlap wasn't quite as competitive as the race horse.  With only 3 cylinders it had about as much grunt as a ride-on lawn mower.  

Driving from Canberra to Goulburn around Lake George could be hairy, particularly in the wind.  You could feel every bump and rattle as it whirred along at it's all time maximum speed of 100. 

But it was a good car.  In fact, it was a great car.  It was the perfect first car with all its quirks, challenges and memorable stories.  

How memorable was your first car?

Anyone else have an XPT?

Can you imagine being able to fill your car for $12?



  1. My first car was/is very memorable, as I didn't get my licence until my early 30's. I was always afraid to drive up until then, and when I finally got my licence, my husband bought me a brand new Mazda 3, which I still own and love!

  2. This is a hilarious post! How did the XPT even move with that many people wedged into it? I know it wasn't funny at the time, but I had a bit of a laugh at your mates picking it up and moving it around.

  3. My first car is my current car! And when the fuel prices are down at the more humane levels, I can fill it for about $30-35. Love it!

  4. I had a 3 cylinder Daihatsu as my first car - it sounded like a lawnmower but I loved it to pieces. We wouldn't have those great memories if our parents had indulged us like a lot of parents do today - no stories to tell of near misses and cross-winds :)

  5. Lol. I love it!! I had a similar looking car. It was a maroon honda civic. It used to be my grandmother's car. My brother gave it the nickname Happy Meal because it looked like a shitty toy you get out of the McDonald's happy meals :) #teamIBOT

  6. Ha! We had one of these when I was in highschool! It really was so flimsy - we used to refer to it as the 'tin matchbox'. My brother eventually wrote it off - on a tiny sapling... Fortunately he was ok. The car - not so much!

  7. What a sweet story. I remember when I was a teen getting 2 shillings worth of petrol LOL!! Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 34/52. Next Week's prompt: LTW is ONE!

  8. My girls are starting to look at there first cars. I'm a nervous wreck, thinking about it. Can hardly remember back to my first car. I'm pretty sure it was a lemon.

  9. I had to laugh at your comment about it costing $12 to fill. I remember at Uni we used to know all of the late night service stations that took $2 notes as I'd almost run out of petrol A LOT. And $2 was a lot in those days.


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