Driving to work thinking it was running a little strange to find the distributor had self destructed. The auto electrician next door could not believe it had run at all!
Selling it at a car fair to someone who worked only a few buildings from where I worked. We'd never met, on the test drive he said I want it as a second car, that's my Alfa there. We passed a Alfasud Sprint that looked familiar, I drove past it parked on the roadside everyday!
My second car, did many Km's in the bright orange 128. It went well and was great fun to drive, then the rust got it...
A trip to the Hokianga, playing rally drivers on km's of empty gravel roads, covered in dry summer dust. I got pulled for speeding on the way home near Ruakaka:
"Do you know how fast you were going Sir?"
"The speedo needle was just below 120 but I doubt it's very accurate, maybe 110" (in a 100km/h area)
After checking the warrant, rego, tyres, lights - I'm sure he thought he'd get me for those as the car looked like a wreck thanks to all the dust - which were fine he said;
"118, it’s more accurate than you’d think, I'll let you off but take it easy"
I remember a Primary School teacher who had a 128 and replaced it with a 131 sedan (base model). Later he sold that and went back to a 128 as preferred it. As a kid seemed odd to trade down to a smaller car but then, years later, I drove the 128 and knew why
This is very possibly the worst car I've ever driven. The sort of product that made the British motor industry what it is today...
I learnt to drive it in and it was a worry. I'd only ridden bikes, or little motor bikes but feared I'd never get the hang of driving.
The steering didn't seem to control the car, half a turn before anything happened and no feedback as to what the tyres were doing
The gearbox (manual) seemed to have gears loosely arranged. Moving the stick sometimes found a gear, occasionally the one you wanted, while the clutch did something, not sure what, as it had no feel either.
The Brakes hardly impeded the motion of the car, not that there was much of that. Why fit a rev counter to monitor this engine, you could hear it's struggles plain enough...
Then I drove another car (the, not that great as far as Fiats go, 132) and realised the problems were the car not me!
Dull, last time I drove a Corolla it was a rental in Queenstown. Went from there to Wanaka, Clyde and back on some awesome roads I'd enjoyed thrashing the Uno on in 2004. The Corolla managed to make them dull.