Missing my Defender, what do you miss?

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oldtimer

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I recall with fond memories a Minivan we had in the 1960s 330CBP.It cost £300 second hand.
We went all round Europe in it, slept in it and made a life-changing decision in it while parked up off road overnight in the pouring rain outside St Ives, Cornwall in 1965.

I was constantly aware of its mechanical weaknesses and worried about the cost of breakdowns as we were so poor and travelling on a shoestring. However, it was reliable in so much as it usually had one of its frequent breakdowns when near a garage. It was towed away by police in Athens costing a week's food money to get out of the pound, used up all our holiday money on a repair in France, and carried a Greek Orthodox priest and a Greek family up a mountain track in Crete that would have challenged a Defender.

We loved that van. I hope some of its recycled scrap parts are in some vehicle carting a young, impoverished couple on adventures somewhere today.
 

MrEd

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For some reason today I'm missing my old defenders, I've not had one for about 4 years and now and then I wish I did have one, with all their faults etc I don't think I've enjoyed a vehicle more.

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Any of you that have had a passed vehicle that you wish you still had?

yeah my beetle. Same reasons as your defender, I enjoyed it for what it was and got great pleasure from it.

unless I have absolutely no choice I wouldn’t part with my defender, I would SORN it and store it.
 
my 1993 1300ccm Ford Festiva in which i drove 43000km around the country of all countries (a.k.a. "Australia" ) for two years -- it saw some amazing places incl. Wolf Creek Crater, only needed a picture of some gasoline to keep running and never let me down...
left her with some good friends who still take the old girl out on occasion :)

also missing the "Giant" touring bike i cycled for a year around New Zealand...
 

Silverclaws2

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My 1955 86" Land Rover of which I pulled apart and restored in my late teens for that job to teach me a lot of skills of which I later used professionally.

I also miss my 1977 VW 1600 Transporter with Devon '76 conversion, another rebuild,this time a rolling rebuild of which I had to sell the Series One to fund - to after ten years of use be forced to sell to end up with a boring Ford Focus, followed by a boring Clio followed by a boring Kangoo.

I hope to rebuild a 4 x 4 again someday, what, am not yet sure though there are contenders.

The mentioned 1955 Series One.
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chimpy leon

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My little Peugeot 106 Rallye.
Hugely entertaining and fun to drive and it often nipped at the heels of much more serious stuff. I love another but prices for a decent one have gone through the roof.
 

Erbswurst

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I was too young and didn't try to inherit my uncle's Daihatsu Wildcat.

That was a heavy fault.
 

Woody girl

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My old triumph trident T150v 750 cc motorbike. I had it tricked up a bit, and it was realy fast. I chickened out at 120mph, and it still had some vroom left.
I had road racing tyres on it, and it went round corners on rails.
Still feel a faster heartbeat if I hear one on the road. Very distinctive sound.
Sold it for £700. It would be worth £10,000 now.
Owch!

Oh yes I nearly forgot, my red mgb gt. Roof down, wind in the hair, bowling along the Torbay sea front . So cool in the early 80,s.
 
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BJJJ

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My Renault traffic van that I bought for taking my kayak to the coast. I fitted it out with a long bunk on one side and stacks of storage underneath. Ended up fully loaded with camping gear etc and I could just add food to be all set for a trip away.
 
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Kadushu

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I had one of these for a while. A lot of fun at the time, especially joining a Smart Roadster rally along the south coast, but I'd prefer a 4x4 now.
 

moocher

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Yep landy 90, my lancia thema ,Vw golf gti ,Mk2 , Vw T4 caravelle, and strangely the Toyota Lucida my ex wife once had that was comfortable to drive.
 

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