We always use the driving school car. The teacher has an extra set of pedals. They still don‘t trust you up to the examination situation My driving test car was a BMW E21 (but a 318) like Chunky4/4Racer just freshening it up. 1977.
Loc: southwest France
My mother in law was given a driving license as a present by her mil. My mil drove a V8Pilot in Connemara. There were only two other car owners then, the doctor and the priest. I remember her saying that she was never sure that it wouldn't break down and that she became adept at using a starting handle.