So, last weekend when luckily it was great weather Iwan and Patrick came over from Holland and we went down to see Datman.
Nice sight on entering his yard.
For obvious reasons, this late Laurel (C230 model) was of interest to me. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a late one badged as Laurel, not 240L, and hubcaps not alloys. Manual too, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d imagine quite rare, and same colour as my old 240K (which I saw later in the day). Quick trundle up the lane showed it to be a lovely drive, and as a bonus I saw thisÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
900 saloon in his neighbourÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s farmyard.
WillÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s yard a bit congested, not helped by the static caravan now in there. This 260Z 2+2 being broken.
As was this 100A.
This facelift Sunny B310 had just come in, a few bits of grot but basically clean. HavenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seen one of those conversion stickers for a bit. He only advertised this Friday night, people came when we were there on Saturday and bought it.
Late 280ZX also due to be broken.
One of two 720 pickups there.
This Sunny coupe donated its sought-after 1.5 engine and 5-speed to a 120Y I believe. Those Ã¢â‚¬Ëœboxes are worth Ã‚Â£Ã‚Â£Ã‚Â£Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s to Spridget and kit car people, why didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t I buy a complete similar car for Ã‚Â£100 off an exporter a few years back?...
Edit: 100A pic deleted.
I used to own this 240L! Exchanged this and an earlier C130 200L for a 300C off Will. The 240L came off the widow of the original owner for Ã‚Â£100, had sat in a car-port in Ipswich for some years and I was told about it by the local Toyota dealer. Will got it on the road for some time, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s now sat there awaiting being sorted (not broken, fortunately).
620 pickup! Of particular interest to me as a) it was originally from Norwich, same garage as my Bluebird and
I sometimes used to get taken to school in one back in the day.
This 200L the same as the one Will had from me (that one now in Scotland), even the same colour. It started after not being touched for six months!
Patrols do rust. Will has the answer to this, as heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s creating a hybrid Range Rover/Patrol.
Datman is also, to a limited extent, Pugman! Both these estates are turbodiesel, 505 a recent acquisition.
Big brown wagon is a Plymouth, very rusty so going to be broken (Will also has a Fury convertible). Was impressively monstrous, however.
Stuff in the barn. Roof fell in on this some years ago, squished a lovely 180B he had then. Was repaired with new roof skin and other panels, though now lost track of and feared dead.
Fairly tidy late Violet belonged to people whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d come to view the beige Sunny. Chap also owns a 510 Bluebird.
R-R/OJC regular Johnnysomersett also visited in his substantially lowered, Stag wheel equipped 100A (F10).
Another CF camper, seen on the M25. Also spotted a Pony pickup and one or two other things, on IwanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s camera so those to come.
Ending a splendid day out, we visited Stuyizz on the way home. Got to see his Sapporos as well as my old 240K, a Celica and an Avenger also in his wonderfully located farmyard workshop. And I picked up a bag of old magÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and brochures which came from Seth (thanks Seth!).