Michelle Herbert’s First Car….

Not Michelle's exact car but one very like it

Not Michelle’s exact car but one very like it

What was your first car and why did you buy it?
A black Datsun Cherry F11 Coupe. It looked like a Beatle. The engine was mint sadly the body was not up to scratch literally jagged doors from rust.

What did you pay for it?
It cost me £300 and I bought it from a guy Jim I worked with.

How did it change your life?
It was a two door and I was 21 living the dream in England in 1992. It was the beginning of my freedom. I grew up in Ireland and the only women who drove were rich. I thought it was an unattainable as a teen in Coolock to drive but I set out to change that.

What was the longest trip you ever took in the car?
The big road trip I took in my coupe was to Leamington spa with some friends.

What was your best memory or most memorable moment in the car?
I thought I was deadly. Despite spending more on keeping it going than I should have it genuinely have me a sense of achievement and freedom. I felt I could go anywhere and achieve anything. It was a new found independence that has stayed with me for the last 20+ years.

Did you still think of your first car?
I have a love of cars and have been fortunate to go onto to have luxury vehicles but I hold the memory of my first car dearly in my heart.


Michelle Herbert

24th February, 2015


Author: wheelsforwomen

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