Paul Guinness of 'Classics World' laments the demise of the dad car…
"I’m sure I’m not alone in having fond memories of one particular dad car. For me, out of all the vehicles my parents drove during my formative years, the Austin Princess stands out as my personal favourite. And there’s every chance you have a stand-out car from your own childhood, a machine that performed the role of dad car equally brilliantly. Whether a Cortina, a Marina, a Minx, a Dolomite or a Victor, it’s fondly remembered for transporting your family on local trips and two-week holidays alike, filling your mind with happy childhood memories to be treasured all these years later.
No matter how different your own dad’s car might have been from our Princess, the one thing it almost certainly had in common was the fact that it was a saloon. Or maybe an estate at a push. If you were born in the 1960s or ’70s, these were the cars you grew up with; your dad would almost certainly have had a saloon of some description, unless a particular need for extra carrying capacity necessitated the choice of an estate version. The family car market was so much simpler back then."
The article above made me think of my own personal favourite 'dad car' which was a black 1965 Mk3 Ford Zephyr 4 with red vinyl interior, bench front seat and column gear change, there was often a bit of a fight with my brothers to get the best seat in the middle of the front bench seat next to dad (no seat belts or child seats then!) and he would occasionally let you have a go at helping to change gear!
Z-Cars was a popular BBC Police series on TV at the time using Ford Zephyr 6 as patrol cars. (The six had a larger straight six cylinder engine and at the top of the range was the Ford Zodiac.
Theme music and cars from the highly successful BBC series Z-Cars
Let us know if you too have fond childhood memories of a favourite 'dad car'........
Edited by mab01uk, 31 December 2017 - 10:36 AM.