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What's the oldest car you saw on the road today?

  • 19-10-2013 10:30pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 2,880 Kaiser D


    Been out and about today and came across a rather quiet housing estate with some incredible examples of auto****e in almost every garden and I started thinking to myself you just don't seem to see many older cars on the roads these days. I even notice 96 reg cars are thinning out on the roads today, I'll always take notice of anything 96 or earlier while out driving.
    The oldest car I saw on the road today was a MK3 Golf.

    Older cars seem to be disappearing quicker by the day.
    When was the last time you saw a MK3 Fiesta, MK3 Astra or a MK5/6 escort?
    Even cars like the Volvo 850 or the MK3 Ford Transit are seldom seen now.

    I suppose it's partly to do with the high price of scrap over the past few years and the government scrappage scheme but before that the roads were filled with older cars.

    I guess you could argue the point and say old cars are sometimes taken off the road for a reason, but it always struck me as odd when people would scrap a perfectly reasonable 96/7 car because its failed the NCT and replace it for something new and expensive, which will most likely just cost more to own in the long run as well as buying it in the first place.

    Shame really.

    Here are a few of the cars that I saw today while in this estate. I couldn't get photos because I was being watched by people. I'll be back there, though.

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    This was next to a Renault 5 which sat under a cover in a driveway. A perfect example of someone taking good care of a perfectly good old car, I thought to myself. The Civic (85-D-1768) is still on its first owner.
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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,368 ✭✭✭ vickers209


    seen a 77 ford pickup driving down the hard shoulder on arklow bypass today looked well


  • Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 2,585 kikel


    74 Type 2 VW


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 17,738 ✭✭✭✭ corktina


    saw a mk2 transit today...Ok so it's mine but I saw it


  • Registered Users Posts: 55 ✭✭✭ Heikki


    I never look at cars on the road.. How boring


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,528 ✭✭✭ ION08


    84 merc 230d estate


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,355 Sobanek


    1992 Opel Vectra (Vauxhall Cavalier).

    Edit: Scrap that, just went out for a smoke and saw a 1990 Ford Sierra.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,995 ✭✭✭ ottostreet


    My own...97!


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,020 ✭✭✭ davycc


    a 92 carina in daily use locally--id love that civic OP


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,757 ✭✭✭ ianobrien


    I spotted a '90 Citroen BX (shining and had all original plastic wheel trims), a Mk2 Escort, Mk1 Escort, Mk2 Transit and a Hillman Avenger Tiger. No pics I'm afraid.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 890 dh0011


    OP why did you blank out most of the number plates and then type one in your post?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,794 Ded_Zebra


    ianobrien wrote: »
    I spotted a '90 Citroen BX (shining and had all original plastic wheel trims), a Mk2 Escort, Mk1 Escort, Mk2 Transit and a Hillman Avenger Tiger. No pics I'm afraid.

    Where did you see the BX? Can't remember the last time I saw one... Glad there are still some knocking around :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,880 Kaiser D


    dh0011 wrote: »
    OP why did you blank out most of the number plates and then type one in your post?

    I didn't, Google Maps did.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 890 dh0011


    aaah now i see. (I just had a blonde moment)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,991 ✭✭✭✭ dgt


    In Clonmellon at the side of a shed is a yoke from the late 30's/early 40's thats sat there since about the 60's. Thats the oldest yoke I saw today

    On the road a 1970 Ford 5000


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,020 ✭✭✭ davycc


    Kaiser D wrote: »
    I didn't, Google Maps did.

    I know that estate very well;) Artane nth Dublin

    that silver audi 100/a6 & white pug 405 are neighbours of my crazy ex :pac:

    I never noticed the 85 civic before though:confused:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,880 Kaiser D


    davycc wrote: »
    I know that estate very well;) Artane nth Dublin

    that silver audi 100/a6 & white pug 405 are neighbours of my crazy ex :pac:

    I never noticed the 85 civic before though:confused:

    I don't know the estate very well. Funnily enough, my girlfriend lives close by and I was just out for a walk this morning :p

    The Civic is close by the Renault I mentioned and a red Nissan Sunny saloon. It looks in a state to be honest.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,480 ✭✭✭ YbFocus


    A mk3 fiesta, because of the invention of rust these things seem to be like hens teeth these days :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,020 ✭✭✭ davycc


    Kaiser D wrote: »
    I don't know the estate very well. Funnily enough, my girlfriend lives close by and I was just out for a walk this morning :p

    The Civic is close by the Renault I mentioned and a red Nissan Sunny saloon. It looks in a state to be honest.

    Sweet Ill be in Dublin again next week & have a nosey at the Civic & see if its for sale at all..

    good to see some people have the sense to not replace a perfectly fine older car just to keep up with the reg plate snobs next door(my ex is one lol)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,880 Kaiser D


    davycc wrote: »
    Sweet Ill be in Dublin again next week & have a nosey at the Civic & see if its for sale at all..

    good to see some people have the sense to not replace a perfectly fine older car just to keep up with the reg plate snobs next door(my ex is one lol)

    I was just walking through the place and had about 10 eyes on my the whole time. The people there don't seem too friendly - I wouldn't dream of knockign on the door of a house there!


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,020 ✭✭✭ davycc


    Ha it takes more than a few northsiders to put me off!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,830 ✭✭✭ RandomAccess


    There's a mint 92 Mazda 323 saloon in grey running around donnycarney/fairview area. It's a shame older cars are being scrapped, more need to be preserved, could be useful to period setting of movies and tv too.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 53,069 ✭✭✭✭ whoopsadaisydoodles


    Days 298 wrote: »
    Saw and heard and old black mustang today on my way home. Don't know what year though. Had a ZV reg. Wish more cars sounded like it!

    Was that in south Dublin?

    Didn't catch the reg but saw one the other day. Beautiful car.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,989 ✭✭✭ BeepBeep67


    Seen a nice old black Porsche on the N11 yesterday between Greystones and Wicklow. Didn't get a proper look as I had a car full of kids and it was sandwiched between a few cars. Possibly a 356, didn't see the reg.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,627 ✭✭✭ cletus


    Work colleague has an '83 Granada as his daily driver


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 58,878 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs


    Sobanek wrote: »
    Edit: Scrap that, just went out for a smoke and saw a 1990 Ford Sierra.
    Wow I haven't seen a Sierra in yonks. Rust seemed to be a real issue with them and worse it started to eat away from the inside, so you'd not notice until too late.

    Outside my door is my late 90's car. My next door neighbour has a 94 Starlet, another across the road has a 90's Fiesta. There's an 85 Ford Capri I see regularly enough(wish I still had mine). There's a Ferrari 308(I think) that's local, but not a daily driver I'd imagine. Yesterday I saw a Toyota Twin Cam in great nick, didn't get the exact year, but mid 80's anyway. Cracking car them yolks.

    There are quite the number of older cars around. The idea that old cars get scrapped more quickly today I think is a little inaccurate(or ye're much younger than me:)). Yes the scrappage scheme and the boom did take a lot of perfectly good cars off the roads, but go back further and old cars were much less in evidence. When I was growing up in the 70's and 80's a 5 year old car was already old and a 10 year old car was positively fossilised. Today you see a LOT of 5 and 10 year old cars on the roads today. In most peoples heads an 03 reg is not that old, but it's a decade old. Driving around in say 1983, you'd be waiting a good while before a car from 1973 would pass by, now it's like every second or third car is ten years old.

    Rejoice in the awareness of feeling stupid, for that’s how you end up learning new things. If you’re not aware you’re stupid, you probably are.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,541 ✭✭✭ dylbert


    I often see a 91 Hi ace knocking around, I'd say there a few miles on it.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,795 ✭✭✭ Red Kev


    1990 Golf Van
    1988 Pajero
    1991 Escort
    1995 Escort
    1986 Fiesta (one of the very last cars registered under the old system, registered just before Xmas '86)

    All of the above I see most days, all daily drivers, Fiesta & Golf are first owners, Pajero was imported here in '92 and has the same owner since.


  • Registered Users Posts: 227 ✭✭ Andrew_Doran


    Regularly see two auld fellahs using these as daily drivers:

    1986 Ford Sierra
    1988 Volvo 340DL


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,318 ✭✭✭ Mycroft H


    Neighbour has a Opel Kadette E in daily use. I think it's 84 but I'm not sure as it's a pre 85 registration.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 657 ✭✭✭ Moomat


    Have a mint '95 3.1 Trooper which I gladly see every day! Only 80k miles on it so another 500k to go :D Wouldn't swap it for some of the modern rubbish going around... Has everything you could possible need, heated Recaro seats, panoramic sunroof, heated and foldy in mirrors, digital AC/climate control, even has them lights that light up around the corner when you put you indicator on... Ahh you've got to love the Japs!


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