48/215 (FX) Holden complete with those chrome dome things instead of hub caps. Lever action shockers that one had to fill with oil every so often.
I still cringe at the thought of that car - it was unsafe at any speed. A heavy brake application and it would stop (eventually) but which way you would be facing was another matter altogether.
Second car was a 1970 Hillman Hunter - great simple little car - totally predictable and very comfortable I still have it in mother in law's garage with only 80,000 miles on it.
Third (is) a a 1998 Corolla which has required only one repair in 14 years - the interior light globe died.
Then a Holden Barina which was the greatest bl00dy lemon I have ever had the misfortune to own:
Speedo made loud ticking noise (0 km)
Steering jammed (that set light to the GM tail feathers) (30 km)
Ignition lock seized (2000 km).
Timing belt follower or something like that failed (50, 000 km)
Water pump failed, engine overheated, warped head (100,000km)
During above repairs found cam starved for oil (not unusual apparently) - new camshaft and 4 followers. 'They all do that was the quote'.
Running beautifully - written off by some silly 'non male person' turned right through red light in face of oncoming traffic. No one hurt glad to be rid of the bastard.
I will NEVER enter a Holden showroom again as long as I live. Even if I won a Holden I would sell it immediately. On the other hand I share my former employer's preference for EMD locos.
Needless to say I have just bought a new Corolla.