This is the story of my life so far: 67 years and counting.
Prequel: A Brief History of my Family in France
As I had no means of transportation, I quickly bought a 125 cc motorbike, a Motobécane 125 LT.
Motobécane 125 LT
At this time, in France, and until 1978, if you had a car driving license, you were allowed to drive small motorbike up to 125 cc. So, I did not need a motorbike license to drive the 125 LT.
As I did not know where I would be sent for my next post, and there was a slight chance that I would be posted overseas, I decided to by a cheap used car just for the summer.
That would be my fourth car, as in Tahiti I had bought and sold two cars.
The first car I bought in Tahiti was a Peugeot 404, with a sunroof.
Then, I had bought a Sunbeam Alpine convertible.
I had sold these two cars before leaving Tahiti.
So, in July 1972, I bough for 300 francs (around US$60) a used Citroën DS 19.
It was a real piece of junk and the insurance for three months cost me more that I paid for the car.
But, it allowed me have transportation.
Citroën DS 19
In August, I learned that I was posted on a new ship that was not finished to be built in Lorient, another port in South Brittany.
I then order my next car, a brand new Renault 12 Gordini.
Renault 12 Gordini
In France, at least at this time, you did not go to a car dealer and buy a new car from his inventory.
At the car dealer, you chose the specifications of the car you want, then you order the car.
The car was built by the manufacturer, shipped to the car dealer, and then only you could take delivery of your brand new car.
So, I had to wait for three months before I got my first new car. But it was not a real problem, as I had the DS 19.
In a next post, I will describe some adventures I had with the R12 Gordini.
Several years later, after I was no longer owning the R12 Gordini, my youngest sister Nicole gave to me a model of the R12 Gordini.
I still have this model.
R12 Gordini Model
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