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Aug 15, 2011 11:27 AM CST
Name: Pat(rick) George
Finland (previously England)
My first car was a 1934 Humber 12. I bought it in 1955 from a friend for the huge sum of 10 UK pounds. During the war it had been used as a chicken coop. The laminated windscreen was so yellow that at night it was easier to drive by leaning out of the window. It had, of course, a crash gear box; so you had to double declutch to change gear - a lost art nowadays. It had Bendix self-servo brakes, which didn't work backwards , so I carried a brick to put under the wheels when parking on a hill. Stuck in a slow moving traffic jam on a steep hill once my friend had to walk behind and lean on it every time we stopped to avoid it rolling backwards. You had to start it by cranking a handle at the front. Of course in those days there were no road worthiness tests.

On one occasion I approached it in a car park very nervously, as parked next to it was a police car, with two very glum looking cops leaning on it. I undid the padlock on the driver's door, reached in for the starting handle, and walked round to the front to start it. As I inserted the handle one of the cops said "starts easily does it ?" Heart in mouth I said "yes". He sniffed. "More than our b***** does" he said. "We're waiting for a tow truck to take it away!"

I sold it for twelve pounds and bought a 1936 Vauxhall 13 with the cash.

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