View Full Version : Ah, those were the days...

03-03-2007, 07:51 PM
I'm cleaning out a lot of old stuff around home, and I found this picture of me with my TR4A. It really took me back--I think it was taken around 1967 or 68. The TR4A is a 1966 model, with IRS. I now have a bugeye sprite, no Triumph, my hair has all migrated to the bottom of my head (with a little diverted to ears) and, on the whole, I'm a lot uglier. But, boy, were those the days.

1960s: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

03-03-2007, 09:09 PM
Yes, they were the days...sigh.........lucky to have grwon up in those times. Far more innocence then.

Say, who lived next door, Wally and the Beav? Looks like a TV Land neighborhood.

03-03-2007, 09:12 PM
wow great pic
I was only 7 years old in 1967


Don Elliott
03-03-2007, 10:29 PM
The girl next door was Betty. You know Betty, the daughter in "Father Knows Best" played by Dr. Welby with Jane Wyman.

03-03-2007, 10:31 PM
Great picture!!! That is a great memory!

03-03-2007, 10:55 PM
I got my license that year and drove my first Triumph. A white TR3, with a red interior. Never forgot it.

03-04-2007, 12:06 AM
Actually, the LBCs, in those days and in that neighborhood, were really popular. The guy next door, about a year younger than me, had a green bugeye Sprite and an MGB at various times. A friend down the street had a bugeye, which needed quite a lot of work. I helped him tear down the transmission--don't remember much about it, except for a nearly infinite number of needle bearings and my first view of those incredible graphite clutch release bearings!

Yes, in many respects, it was more innocent, but also a disturbing era, with many great social upheavals. Thus my quote from "A Tale of Two Cities," applied perfectly, I think, to the 60s. I do believe that it fits, and I do feel fortunate to have grown up then. I view all the good and bad aspects of that era as a worthwhile experience. And, especially, the prevalence of fast, cool, British cars.

03-04-2007, 01:04 AM
Makes me want to jump in my '66 TR4A, top down, with Zepplin on, "Going to California."

There wasn't much traffic on the interstate back then. We could head past Yuma with hardly a car on the road, and LBCs were all over the place. The car I own today is simply the materialized version of some old dreams. Why did you have to post that . . .

[I hope future generations will have old sports cars that they can tinker with]

03-04-2007, 08:27 AM
Number 4 son was born in 1967, of five boys he is the only one with oil in his veins. Yes I agree, your quote is very accurate for those times. I was doing the night school thing at the University of Houston at the time and saw some of the upheaval up close and sometimes personal. You know though we survived and are probably stronger for it.

Thanks for the look back it was great!


03-04-2007, 09:07 AM
1967 sure brings some memories back here too.

Meet my first car:


My parents had promised that if I were accepted into an Ivy League school, they'd get me a Jaguar. I got accepted to Dartmouth, and they kept their part of the bargain. It was already 10 years old, but it started my life-long fascination with "real cars".

Of course it was a bit inconsistent to drive my MkVII up to the Financial Aid Office.


03-04-2007, 09:50 AM
<span style='font-size: 17pt'>OMG !!

What a Beautiful car!!!</span>

03-04-2007, 10:15 AM

My first car was a ragged out 1959 Hillman Minx that
cost me $200. All I could afford in those days.

Difficult to start in snow storms but it never left
me stranded on the side of the road.

Mine was two tone red and white.


03-04-2007, 10:31 AM
My '67 GT6 and I taken by a girl I was court'n taken across the street from where she lived. My first LBC was a 64 TR4 which I traded for this car.


BTW - It was a successful effort and Shirley and I have been married since November of 68 and in many ways still very much like the kids we were. Also she still loves LBC's.

03-04-2007, 10:37 AM
Were there really LBCs all over the place? I had a picture of it being like that but my dreams were dashed by a friend who said that although there were a lot of LBCs exported to the States they only made up a very small percentage of the cars on the road. [censored] it, I gave up working on my time machine because of what he told me!

03-04-2007, 10:47 AM
Nick, I lived in Arizona in 1967, an area perfectly suited to year round top down motoring, and there was indeed an abundance of LBCs'. I lived in Phoenix, and there was a full compliment of British dealerships.
I drove a '59 TR3 at the time.
Don't give up on the time machine. I've got an extra flux capacitor if you need one. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

03-04-2007, 11:13 AM
All I know is this: the TR4a looked great then, and it looks great now. I wish us all that same outcome.


p.s. Tom - that Jag looks pretty good too!

03-04-2007, 12:12 PM
The girl next door was Betty. You know Betty, the daughter in "Father Knows Best" played by Dr. Welby with Jane Wyman.

Don, don't forget "Betty's" TR2 connection: The movie Girls Town!

03-04-2007, 12:23 PM
Since it was brought up, let's have a moment of reflection for Jane Wyatt. She passed away just a few months ago at nearly 100.

03-04-2007, 12:39 PM

I grew up the mountains of western Pennsylvania, actually within 40 minutes of the Roadster Factory (it wasn't there then, Charles was in college at the time). I can remember seeing every type of British (and foreign ) car made, even the occasional Rolls. The Hillman, Vauxhall, Triumph, MG, Morgan, Jag, Mini and all other brands were extremely popular in the 50's and 60's. So were the Simca, Peugeot, Renault Dauphine, Citroen, Saab, Volvo, BMW Isetta and on and on.

Those were really fun days. Cars were simple and life was simple, at least until November 1963. Then the world began to change and not for the better, I'm afraid to say. Once Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. were killed all innocence was gone.

It seems that we lost a lot of our civility towards one another at that time also.

Maybe that's why this forum is so popular. It's a step back to the way that things should be and the way that people should treat each other.


03-04-2007, 12:41 PM
Maybe that's why this forum is so popular. It's a step back to the way that things should be and the way that people should treat each other.



03-04-2007, 12:50 PM
Ditto on the Agree.

When I first started teaching in south Texas in 1970, my kids (elementary, jr hi, sr hi) would say "Good morning sir" when they came into the room.

No one would ever have even thought about needing metal detectors and security officers in schools. Don't like your teacher or some of the other students? Just bring a sawed off shotgun. But don't take away the makeup, jewelry, ipods and cell phones that students so desperately seem to need.

As the material "stuff" in our lives piles up, civility and personal responsibility seem to disappear. Thinking about how our actions (thoughts, deeds, etc.) have a positive or negative impact on others is a dying trait.


03-04-2007, 01:13 PM
Oh well I guess I'm a newbee, this was my 1st Triumph I bought in 1978 fresh outta high school, lotta great memories thou!

1973 GT6 MKIII

03-04-2007, 01:36 PM

I learned to drive on a Simca. My best friend,
one year older, taught me.

A nice comfortable car for double
dates in high school.


03-04-2007, 01:51 PM

There really WERE a lot small european cars
around in the sixties.

For us poor guys they were a real blessing
because they could be purchased used for
$100 to $300. They were easy to repair and
parts were cheap.

When I was in high school there were many
Hillman, Vauxhall, Minis, Simcas and every
type of cheapo Fiat known to mankind. A few of
the "richer" poor kids drove Ford Cortinas.

The really rich kids drove American cars
or TRs, MGs or Sunbeams!! I got to drive a
Sunbeam Tiger once in high school. AWESOME power
for the day.


03-04-2007, 03:29 PM
Wow. I really need to get that time machine finished. I have always joked to my friend in PA that I want to travel back to CA in the early 60s. (Of course I was too young to know about cars in those days!)
Part of me wonders if things really were better then (at the time). Maybe we can look back now because we are still here, but at the time there were worries such as the possibility of nuclear war, etc.
But the stories of all those cars sound great and certainly I think there were better moral values in those days.
Having said that a colleague is researching a disused railway here that closed in the 60s. You would be amazed at the stories that she is being told by people who were kids when the trains were still running. Makes today's youngsters seem quite innocent!!

03-04-2007, 03:35 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:] A nice comfortable car for double
dates in high school.[/QUOTE]

Translation: I got the nice big back seat!!! /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/banana.gif

03-04-2007, 04:06 PM
I agree that it was really something to live through those days of college in the 60s.

If I knew then, what I knew now.....
(and I'm not talking about cars)

Anyway, here's the car that replaced my TR-3. I put on a set of old tires (on Bugeye rims) just for this event to "save" my good tires. This was taken in '69 at an autocross in Neshaminy Mall in Pennsylvania (no helmets required!).
This was my fourth street car: the first an MGA and later, a VW bug (which I rolled and totaled).
It was a relief to have a "nice" Sprite after the TR-3. The TR had a terrible starter, so I usually parked on hills or used the crank handle (really!).

I bought this '67 Sprite (for $850) from a girl I knew who was going back to S. Africa after completing a degreee at Princeton.
But that's another story...... /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif


My *first* car. Not street legal and bought at age 15 for $20. I still have the snapped con-rod that was ejected through the oilpan after a year of spirited "woods" driving behind my parent's house.

03-04-2007, 04:36 PM
can i add a back in the day pic? mine is much more recent since im only 22.....mine is from wayyyyyyy back in 05 lol. my first tr6, the green one and the newer one which was in better shape but is still apart being restored. i sold the green one a few months after this pic.......ive seen some comments about the older demographic of the forum so i figured this is the perfect time to add this pic in /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif


Geo Hahn
03-04-2007, 05:14 PM
On my way to the Disco (circa 1972)...


03-04-2007, 05:50 PM
Wow! I never imagined I'd kick off a thread this long. I'm really enjoying the pictures of other people's cars.

I should have mentioned--I live in California now, but grew up outside of Philadelphia (Drexel Hill, to be precise.) The picture was taken there. And, yes, there were quite a few LBCs around in those days. You could get a decent TR3, maybe 5-6 years old, for about $500 then. Quite a few T-series MGs were still around, too; they were quite cheap, as I remember. I'd always wave to the driver of any oncoming LBC, and inevitably, he'd wave back. We knew they were special then, too.

03-04-2007, 06:33 PM
WoW; Those Truly were the Good Old Days, For Sure! In `66; A letter from Uncle Sam! In `67, Off to "Nam"! In `68, Back Home & Bought My Very First "New" Car; `68 Firebird 400 Conv! What a Sweet Car: Absolutely No Problems: Watched All the College Kids (Monmouth College down the NJ Shore) driving their LBC`s and I said; That has to be a Blast! Bought My 1st. MG Midget Used, Cost="Not Much"! It fell apart in 2mo.!! I got Super Smart (I really did Enjoy the Midget) and Bought a "Brand New" Midget! That was the Beginning of the End for Me with LBC`s! "I was Hooked" & Here I am 40yrs Later & Nothing Has Changed; Relative to LBC`s That Is!!

Welcome Back Home to All the Vets!!


03-04-2007, 06:59 PM

What ever happened to the Firebird 400?

03-04-2007, 07:14 PM
Hi Paul: At the Time; I Happily Traded It for that "Used Midget": Regretted It for a Short Period of Time: The College Girls Loved LBC`s: Despite the "Midget" leaving Me Stranded on the Road; More often than Not; I found Her to be More Fun than I ever had in the "Firebird" with Perhaps the Exception of Drag Race or Two! The "Firebird" cost Me $3300.00-New: The "New Midget" I bought cost Me $2500.00: Boy; Those were the Days!!!!

Regards, Russ

Don Elliott
03-04-2007, 08:00 PM
In 1956, two years before I bought my TR3A, my older brother had bought a new 1956 Nash Rambler by American Motors. It was the one with the wrap around windshield front and back and had a sort of "basket handle" that went up over the roof just ahead of the rear window.

It must have been in '56 or '57, he asked a girl out on a date. When she asked what kind of a car he had, he replied that it was a Rambler. She replied, "Oh, that's the car that when you get tired, you put the seats back up!". He never told me the rest of the story.

03-04-2007, 08:04 PM
in the early 60's my dad had a little sedan. I don't even remember what it was. It was very small, is there a 10? Anyway, in Wisconsin deer hunting is a big thing and somewhere I have a picture if his LBC loaded down with three nice bucks that were taken up in the north woods, north of Tomahawk. It was a sight to behold.

03-04-2007, 08:05 PM
Back in my high school dating days, I had a '57 Pontiac, and convinced my parents that I would rather take their Rambler on dates because it got much better gas mileage! /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/devilgrin.gif

Don Elliott
03-04-2007, 08:13 PM
Oh Yessssss ?

03-04-2007, 09:55 PM
I grew to driving age in the late 1980s, well past the age of interesting cars. Learned to drive in my mom's 85 Chevy Celebrity wagon, (4 cylinder, auto) and dad's similar vintage Ford Escort wagon (5-speed). Memorable for being my first drives, but I'm not sure I even have a picture anywhere. That's probably for the best. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

03-05-2007, 08:17 AM
Wow, truly awesome photos gentlemen. I was only born in 1967 :-0

This is my first LBC, a 79 Spitfire circa 1984 in Stone Harbor, NJ. Just bought one that is pretty much identical. Wonder if those are TR4 hood stripes?


03-05-2007, 01:37 PM
..I have a picture if his LBC loaded down with three nice bucks that were taken up in the north woods, north of Tomahawk...

Hey, that's my neck of the woods - born in Rhinelander. If I ever get my TR4 roadworthy enough I've always wanted to get it up there - maybe even during hunting season!


03-05-2007, 08:22 PM
They were north of hy 8 by the old Mc Cord School area. You are probably much too yourng to remember Old 8. I've got to search through the old pictures and see if I can come up with it. It was pretty funny.