Leeds nostalgia: My dad drove one of those

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Petrol shortages, driving without seatbelts and double declutching were once all part of everyday motoring.

Exploring a strange area before the modern wonder of sat nav meant using extremely basic tools of navigation. These were likely to be an AA handbook, an old ordnance survey map and a copy of the Yorkshire Evening Post.

1975: Austin Princess outside the showrooms of Lookers of Leeds.

1975: Austin Princess outside the showrooms of Lookers of Leeds.

Pulling over to ask a stranger the way would have been much more commonplace then than it is now and the pinnacle of in-car technology would have been the possession of a cassette or eight track stereo player.

This was an era when computer assisted vehicles were still just a Hollywood dream and car types looked much more distinctive in the days before technological streamlining made them begin to look the same.

Distinction, some would say character, marks the cars in our photographs.

Driving them was certainly a more challenging and often quite less comfortable experience than it is now but at least then there were far fewer of them on the roads and certainly many more places to park them.

Now send us YOUR memories! To feature on this page email your pictures with accompanying caption to david.clay@jpress.co.uk

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