When I went off to university (mainly to sail!) my Dad bought me a car - it was an Austin 7, 1936 vintage! He knew, as an engineer and inspired inventor (interestingly we both got to be on BBC's Tomorrow's World, a generation apart!) that if I could keep it going as day to day transport, I would learn a LOT. I had to change the head gasket to even drive to nearby London and back!!
Doing the keynote at an RM conference today in the UK's Motor Heritage Museum I took a moment afterwards to look around the exhibits - and there was an identical A7. I was amazed at how I could remember EVERY nut and bolt, every detail - even the smell. So I guess he was right!