Old car smell

morrisminorI went to a vintage machinery show in Manilla (near Tamworth) on the weekend. As well as a bunch of old farm machinery, they had a display of old cars. One of them was a Morris Minor 1000 (pictured), just like the one my parents had 35 years ago. I went to look inside through the driver’s side window which was partly open and was astonished to find that the car smelled exactly like my parents old car. I was astonished that a particular car/model/make should have such a particularly distinctive smell, and astonished that the memory of that smell has remained so vivid in my memory, despite the fact that it is 35 years since I last sat in a Morris Minor 1000.

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