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Old 5th July 2017, 05:50 PM
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Default Vauxhall Carlton 2.0 CDX!

Yet another classic presents itself to us!
First car I went over 100mph in! My friends Dads company car.
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Old 5th July 2017, 07:57 PM
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Yet another classic presents itself to us!
First car I went over 100mph in! My friends Dads company car.
haha. Yeah I remember them well. They were pretty stable at high speed too.

At the beginning of the 90s, aged around 20, I was working for a small Audio Visual company, mainly workshop-based as an electronics design engineer. My two bosses both had Carltons -- pretty high-spec they were too, complete with fitted car phones.

Whenever an urgent job came up, and all the site engineers were out (in their vans) working on installations, it usually fell on me to go to site and fix any problems. The inconvenience of having to drop everything and go was somewhat alleviated when I asked the boss "which vehicle should I take?", knowing full well that all the vans were out, and trying not to grin as he passed me the keys to his brand new Carlton.

I remember how driving at 120mph+ seemed so effortless and luxurious. Though to be fair, compared to the banger I had at the time (a Morris Ital), anything was an improvement.
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Old 5th July 2017, 08:11 PM
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That reminded me of the first car I drove "quite quickly", a P6 Rover 3500. The infamous 4-door 2-seater.

Took it down to Cornwall in that baking summer of 1976, the only problem was finding the 5-star petrol it demanded.

Pretty sure it didn't have aircon, we just drove around (from stone-walled pub to stone-walled pub as they were cool) with the windows all down. Some pubs ran out of beer!

Soon after that I bought a brand new Dolomite (1850 not Sprint) and that was pretty sprightly too!
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Old 5th July 2017, 08:32 PM
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Old 5th July 2017, 09:13 PM
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Great cars. Step Dad had a Carlton and a Senator with the 3.0 straight six. The Senator had great spec, great smooth silky and powerful engine but GREAT amounts of rust. Was a shame to get rid of it.
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Still have fond memories of my 1988 Senator 3.0 CD. I miss the dark blue sort of puckered up velour seats. Way more comfortable than leather in hot or cold weather. Excellent stereo, ate the miles in comfort. And visually.... similar to a D3
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Old 6th July 2017, 06:30 AM
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Still have fond memories of my 1988 Senator 3.0 CD. I miss the dark blue sort of puckered up velour seats. Way more comfortable than leather in hot or cold weather. Excellent stereo, ate the miles in comfort. And visually.... similar to a D3
Everytime I saw one of those on the road I slowed down... plod favourite!
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Old 6th July 2017, 08:02 PM
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Everytime I saw one of those on the road I slowed down... plod favourite!
Maybe that's why it felt faster than anything else on the road
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Old 13th July 2017, 08:51 AM
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I still have a Carlton 2.6i Diplomat Auto, with working AC (hence user name)
It is incredibly stable at speeds well over 100mph. It averages over 30mpg too, although around the town that goes to 23/24. I'd recommend them as a good daily runner, except when I last looked there are only 5 roadworthy 2.6 Diplomats available.

To me, the point of a Carlton is that they don't cost any more to run than a Fiesta, except fuel. Parts and any job you could ever tackle are all incredibly simple.

I'd put some pictures up, but the Photobucket account has suddenly decided they want to charge me.
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