The late 90s and early 2000s was a glorious time to be young and learning to drive.
There was no better feeling either than switching out those red L plates for the green P ones either. Once you passed your driving test, it felt you were being handed the keys to the kingdom and a wealth of extra-curricular activities.
Cinema trips, bowling and Pizza Hut were just a few of the glorious opportunities that awaited you, alongside other, more mature stuff. Once you owned a car you also had significantly more credibility as an adult in the eyes of any would-be date.
Everyone had the same first cars too, usually down to the make, model and paint job. So join loaded as we take a look back at 11 classic first cars we all drove (and loved) as teenagers.
A boy-racer classic capable of accommodating a two-litre engine for putting the peddle to the metal .
What the Polo lacked in looks it made up for with sheer reliability.
Often handed down from older relatives, this was a steady drive among teenagers and OAPs alike.
A speedy little number, especially if you happened to own the GTi version.
The Holy grail of hatch-backs and an effortless joy to drive.
Perfect for anyone seeking something a little more spacious for their mates.
Not the coolest automobile in the car park but a tough and reliable little number.
The Panda was perfect for anyone seeking a cheap car that was inexpensive to run.
A stone-cold classic. Everyone had at least one mate with a Fiesta – it was that popular!
A nice little nippy number that had us going “ooh la la!” for French cars.
Retro styling aside, the Maestro was pretty majestic. Came in beige too.
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