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My first car – David Gandy: 'All my mates had posters of girls on their walls, but I had pictures of cars'

Ford Fiesta David Gandy my first car Rex
David Gandy remains very proud of the 'Ghia' trim level of his first car, a 1988 Fiesta Credit: Hannah Young/Rex/Shutterstock

David Gandy’s passion for fashion is paltry compared to his ardour for fast cars and hand-beaten bodywork. 'Handsome’ is the epithet that best describes this male model's garage, which includes Jaguars new and old and a brace of beautiful vintage roadsters.

Tell us about your first car…

It was a ten-year-old Fiesta 1.1 Ghia. The 'Ghia’ bit was important, as it came with such status symbols as four wheels and a gearbox. It had after-market electric windows added, and for these to function you had to thump the door with your fist while pressing the button. I had to have the heating on max in hot weather or else the engine overheated in traffic. That all said, it was my pride and joy.

An F-type is David Gandy's daily driver

How old were you when you started getting interested in cars?

I’ve been obsessed with cars for as long as I can remember.  However, none of my family are remotely interested.  As a kid I had to go to my friend’s...

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