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Ford Capri was love of my life!

Diana Hunt fell for the charms of a red Ford Capri. Picture: Diana Hunt

Diana Hunt fell for the charms of a red Ford Capri. Picture: Diana Hunt

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It was love at first sight when Diana Hunt’s boyfriend surprised her with a red Ford Capri... and she still misses her first car!

My first car was the love of my life!

In the early 1980s, after a failed marriage, my New Year’s Resolution was to pass my driving test. It wasn’t easy. I had to rely on British School of Motoring and a one-hour lesson a week.

My personal life was turned round by a new boyfriend, who was no slouch when it came to repairing cars – a thing a lot of men did in those days.

Picture a cold dark winter evening, when I was asked to accompany my boyfriend to his workplace, as there was something he had to do. On arrival, the workshop lights were switched on and there, lit up like a car in a showroom, was this gorgeous red Ford Capri.

And I was informed that I was it’s new owner. It belonged to me!

Well, talk about love at first sight – the boyfriend wasn’t bad either – it seemed like Christmas and birthday rolled into one. I was thrilled.

I bought car wax and seat covers for this beautiful car and lovingly looked after it. And, when I eventually passed my driving test, words can’t describe the lovely feeling I had when I could drive this car anytime I wanted to.

The tax disc I have for it reads £46.75 for six months.

When the bonnet was raised for the usual inspections – water, oil etc – it was a standing joke around the (male) workforce that I should look for a “dipstick” not a “lipstick”. We didn’t take ourselves so seriously in those days!

I owned the Ford Capri for a few years but things don’t last forever and, sadly, it had to go – along with the boyfriend.

I have owned many cars since but my first love was the lovely Ford Capri.

Tell us about the adventures you had in your first car – email your memories with a picture of the car to motoring@archant.co.uk or post it to Andy Russell, Archant motoring editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE.

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