- Jan 14, 2009
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Since my post I've done some web searching and it seems that the 1990s was the decade when chokes began to disappear on the majority of new cars, although some became 'chokeless' before that.I don't know to be honest my dads first car was a brand new 1963 Morris 1100 772KOP with heater extra, main requirement was he could get our fishing gear in the boot.He actually took a tape measure to the garage to check (not joking)times have changed and we had great times catching not very much.
My first four-wheel vehicle, a 1958 model Ford 100E van (185 CHT - it's funny I can remember the reg of some of my vehicles down the years but not others) was equipped with a starting handle, manual choke of course and a starter ( think it was a pull starter but can't now remember) that functioned after the ignition was switched on. The starting handle could be useful on some cold mornings with a low battery where I lived in the country, but you had to be careful it did not 'kick' which could break your wrist. There was no heater and it wasn't uncommon on very cold days for the moisture on the inside of the windscreen to freeze.