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    What was the car you first drove that blew your socks off, power-wise?

    My wife had to hire a car for a work trip many years ago and the rental co delivered a brand new Vauxhall Omega 2.5, 6-cyl.

    Of course, I had to have a little go! I remember the pull, the luxury, the toys and the effortless power.....
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    1. My first Jaguar interior mods: http://www.jaguarforum.com/showthread.php?t=77370
    2. 2007 X-Type 2.5 Estate - written off by a kid in a Fiesta: https://i.imgur.com/vbmT78y.jpg
    3. Current: 2003 XJ6: https://i.imgur.com/hDL5ycD.jpg

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    A Mazda RX7 in the mid seventies, cr*pped myself when the alarm went off on hitting the rev limit
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    An Alfa spyder that my late mum ran in the mid 1970's....it's 'natural' cruising speed on the motorway was 85mph! I was added to the insurance policy as my 25th birthday pressie....excess for the parents was£25,but £100 for me.....
    2000 S Type manual(now sold and replaced with a Transit Connect that ate it's engine in Spain and replaced with another Connect known as the Micro Stealth Camper) BMW E30 cabbie in the very rare neon green colour and a Nissan Micra for 'er indoors!

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    In 1965, I bought a 1959 Riley 1.5, mainly to be respectable for the IAM test.
    That would then enable me to get insured for a sports car, before 21 years of age.
    The Riley was sumptuous (wood and leather and carpets) and drove beautifully in a straight line, but cornering was not its forte, having torsion bar suspension that wound itself up.
    It would do over a ton and for its day got there fairly quickly, but might be measured in minutes rather than seconds.
    It drank fuel at an alarming rate with twin 1 1/2 inch SUs sucking away.
    Stopping, as with all the pre-disc drums was a bit teeth-gritting at times.
    But, it was my first classy motor and I felt like a dog with two wossnames.
    The dollies quite liked it too!

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    A friend of my father used to turn up to visit us in all sorts of exotic machinery. My earliest recollection is of his Facel Vega HK500 in the 1960's. That car had a glorious V8 rumble - not that I knew what a V8 was at the time. It had TWIN electric aerials too and that was just the last word.

    Many years later, the car that most impressed me was his XJS. I could not believe that something that big could be so agile, quiet and fast. My own car at the time was a Cavalier 1.6L and in comparison to that, the XJS was sublime. I had the chance to drive it and the smoothness of that V12 and the pace it could attain was just magnificent. I've never owned an XJS, but it remains one of my all time favourites.
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    My Sons Ferrarri 430 Scuderia which is awesome both for power and noise.. Next to that a Jaguar F type down the straight at Gaydon reaching over 150 MPH and the instructor telling me not to brake yet when I could see a corner at the end fast approaching. Frightening!! Coming back to earth my XK is fast enough for me in my old age!
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    Fiat Mirafiori - I could never get it to go where I pointed it.
    Great off road which was just as well.

    Alfa Romeo gt junior....nardi like steering wheel and more rust than steel.
    This Jag is a 56 plate X-type 2.0d Sport manual with parking sensors, 18” Aruba wheels, midnight pearl metallic paint, warm charcoal leather seats, grey interior, piano black dash and a Bury CC9060 ​Music Bluetooth unit.
    My other Jag is a ZX-7R

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    The Mercedes 300SEL 6.3; a mechanically injected V-8 from the late 1960s with 400+ ft/lbs of torque at around 2K RPM as I recall. I wish I had mine back!
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    My Mk1 Escort Mexico for handling, for sheer power a quick blast in a colleague’s UNO Turbo.
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    Previous: 3.0D 2009 (59) XF Luxury, 2002 (52) S Type 3.0 S

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    In my early 20's my first 'BIG' car was a 1970 Ford Mustang convertible - 5.7 v8 with sidewinder exhausts, magnificent sound; many good cars in between but in the 80's I bought myself a 1987 (1 yr old at the time) Porsche Carrera 3.2 wide body convertible - best car I'd had up to then.

    Always dreamed of having a Jaguar and in 2010 Bought my first one, a 2004 S-type v8 4.2, then another in quick succession and finally and more recently my dreams were realised when I bought a beautiful 2008 Jaguar Sovereign lwb diesel - for me, a magnificent car.

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