I was watching a TV program the other day and I spotted the first type of car I can remember being driven in. It was the Rover 90. I cannot remember how old I was but I can remember being allowed to occasionally change gear using the long gear stick.
I am thinking this would have been in the late 1950's or early 1960's I also learnt to drive in 1975 in a Triumph Herald. I can remember doing my driving test in this car and being asked to do a three point turn, (do they still do that?, but the Triumph had a turning circle similar to a taxi cab and the examiner was not impressed when I did a U-turn in quite a narrow road. He passed me by the way though I had to do the turn correctly.
Not the first I was in, but I remember at about 5 years old when my dad got a brand new Vauhall 101, that was the one with the inverted T rear light lens and it was in one of those popular '60s pastel colours, pale blue.
The first ride in a car was with my pal in his father's Lea-Francis 14hp Four-Light Saloon click here in 1956. It was massive and I felt like a V.I.P. and started waving to all and sundry!
I remember my pal's father, he was the local bank manager, was not amused by all this as it attracted too much attention and he was quite a private sort of person. I also remember him telling me that the car was solidly built and didn't have a chassis, it had two railway lines instead as it was so heavy and robust - I believed him for years!!