Whoops. Xmas get thereitis takes a toll. Hilarity enhanced by Alfa 75 breaking down almost exactly opposite on the other side of the motorway. Much cheery waving ensued. His rescue truck got there first.
As for the HPE - looks bad. More info after the hols.
Me = fuckwit. When an old car, or any car, sends you a clear message to stop, you fookin well stop. I know that. It is THE LAW. Reader, I fought the Law, and the Law won.
EDIT: 1000 quid gets you a structurally sound car with a knacked engine but loadsa spares and a working supercharger. Rebuilt engine on sale in Scotland. [That turned out to be a scam, it appears]
EDIT AGAIN: Now sold to a bloke.