The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Dec. 12/2020

Linda Hill has given us the prompt of MINI/MAXI for this weekend’s SoCS.

As I work my way through my reader this afternoon (for some reason everything stalled on my laptop for almost an hour, so I’m not half as far into my blog as I’d hoped), it seems everyone had a Mini!
I had one too, one that was hand painted royal blue, and purchased from friends up the road for £100 shortly after I passed my test on February 15th 1978.

Oh dear. This little car didn’t need the choke out to start, even on a cold morning, but should it stall, there wasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell of it starting again. It died on me one evening coming home from work, at a busy set of traffic lights (which yo-yoed between a roundabout and lights for the next ten years depending which political party was heading the council) and did anyone offer to help me push it out the way? No.
I called my BIL and he came to rescue me. Turned out the engine was terminal, so I needed another car.
He came with us, and we purchased a Ford Anglia. The old lady literally tucked it up at night with a blanket and greenhouse heater in the winter, so for £290, it was mine.
‘This’ll do you for a maximum of two maybe three years,’ he said.
That was ample time for me to get to grips with driving, and sure enough, two years later she was out of commission, and I was the proud owner of a bank loan and Renault 12.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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19 Responses to The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Dec. 12/2020

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Excellent post , the price of cars back then even second hand ones .💜

  2. Laura says:

    The Mini is such a great looking car!

  3. Marsha says:

    Even for 1978, I think you got a good deal! I think I purchased a 1957 Chev. that didn’t run very well for $350. It died on the street in front of my house – twice and was towed away – twice. The second time I left it. Later a friend felt sorry for me and sold me her Chev. Impala for $150, which I later sold to my brother, and that engine died on the Markham Bridge (a freeway crossing the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon.)

    • Best deal was buying my Peugeot 206, which I bought for £4000 in 2005. I got £400 cash back too, so it only cost me £3600, not bad at all for a brand new car worth £13,000. And the extras…………….. wow. The salesman cried.

      • Marsha says:

        You did very well. I don’t think I’ve done that well on buying a car. The one we just turned in on a lease was a Fiat, though – all electric. It cost nothing down because it was covered by government incentives. The payment was $116 a month. It took no gas, no repair bills, one tire and that was it for three years!

      • Sounds good! I should add that we had two cars to put in P/X, but I got free insurance for a year, 12 months road tax, 5 years RAC cover, air conditioning as standard (other models you had to pay extra), a full tank of fuel, and after some extra cheek, a set of mats. He forgot the cashback, so had to ring and let me know, and that was when I swore I heard sobbing.

      • Marsha says:

        LOL Next time I need a car I’ll have you fly over here and come help me negotiate.

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