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#1 OFFLINE   Tonka

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:27 PM

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My Civic still has it's original dealer plate on the rear and although it is showing it's age I have resisted fitting a new one, ironic I know after all the major changes I have done outside but over these last 4 years I have always said one day I would go back to the garage that supplied it and take a picture in front of their sign.

 

We were at a Jap car meet in Mansfield and I thought its only half an hour out of our way why not.....

 

So I pulled onto the forecourt and wandered into the showroom and asked the salesman if it was OK to take the photo as the car was supplied new from that site, he walked towards my car, looked at the front plate and said "it's Mrs Moseley's old car....lovely lady she kept bringing it back to us for a while for it's servicing and MOT"

 

He started working there in 1977, however  a year after my car was sold in '85 they lost the franchise to Gordon Lamb in Chesterfield and ever since have been a used car specialist, he went on to explain how they were only allocated 60 cars a year out of the 16000 quota allowed into the UK  and many of them were immediately sold at a premium to other dealers who were desperate to satisfy orders, only 2 years ago they cleared out the remaining stock of parts including body panels, as  a dealer they were expected to carry far more than in reality they would ever need.

 

He was more than happy to pose with the car and approved  of what I have done to it !

 

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The "service" and the name is the original signage, all in all a fascinating and quite surreal experience which adds a little more to the history of the car.   


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#2 OFFLINE   omegod

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:33 PM

Cleared out all the parts...hopefully not into skips ?



#3 OFFLINE   Tonka

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:37 PM

No all taken away in a Luton van by an enthusiast, and I think they may still be in that area if it's who I think it is.....


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'76 Datsun 120Y    -  Redundancy gift to myself- collecting parts for full rebuild

'78 Honda Civic      - Wrapped up warm in the garage awaiting fettling
'85 Honda Civic      - Restored as a Spoon Sports Replica

'86 Jago Samuri      - Wife's slow kit car undergoing Pinto conversion

'87 Jago Geep        - My quick kit c/w tuned 1700 x-flow

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 09:03 PM

Brilliant. If you do have to replace the plates, DMB Graphics will be able to sort you out with exact replacements. Highly recommended.


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 09:28 PM

Is that the original colour?


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 09:37 PM

Great story! Very nice!


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#7 OFFLINE   Tonka

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 09:43 PM

Is that the original colour?

 

No this is what it used to look like

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'55 Morris Minor     - Owned by our family from new, been hibernating since 1981 - Retirement project!  
'76 Datsun 120Y    -  Redundancy gift to myself- collecting parts for full rebuild

'78 Honda Civic      - Wrapped up warm in the garage awaiting fettling
'85 Honda Civic      - Restored as a Spoon Sports Replica

'86 Jago Samuri      - Wife's slow kit car undergoing Pinto conversion

'87 Jago Geep        - My quick kit c/w tuned 1700 x-flow

'97 Nissan Stagea  - My torment a Chav machine/Winter workhorse

'01 Discovery TD5  - Needs the gearbox sorting

'01 Nissan Cube     - The boss's daily  


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Posted 16 October 2016 - 07:09 PM

Great story, the longer we leave stuff like this the harder it is to do it! 

 

I took my Cowley back to its supplying dealer 60 years to the day it was put on the road.  Needless to say there was nobody still working there then!


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Posted 16 October 2016 - 07:18 PM

I know that garage, never realised they were a main dealer though. 



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Posted 16 October 2016 - 08:40 PM

Great story, the longer we leave stuff like this the harder it is to do it! 

 

 

Aye, it's sad that so many brands have died over the years. Rover, Saab, Vauxhall....


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Posted 16 October 2016 - 11:00 PM

No all taken away in a Luton van by an enthusiast, and I think they may still be in that area if it's who I think it is.....


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Posted 16 October 2016 - 11:10 PM

What a heart warming story and what a formidable specimen of the fast disappearing species of real gentlemen.


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Posted 16 October 2016 - 11:55 PM

Love a story like this  :D

Even better that the saleman worked then during the time it was sold at the dealer! 

 

I hope to take my LS400 back to Lexus Glasgow on it's 20th Birthday. (Need to find out if it's the original site/dealer) 


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Posted 18 October 2016 - 05:48 PM

Slim or Jay?

Jay, I met him on Sunday and he recognised the guy in my pic as the one he dealt with. 


'55 Morris Minor     - Owned by our family from new, been hibernating since 1981 - Retirement project!  
'76 Datsun 120Y    -  Redundancy gift to myself- collecting parts for full rebuild

'78 Honda Civic      - Wrapped up warm in the garage awaiting fettling
'85 Honda Civic      - Restored as a Spoon Sports Replica

'86 Jago Samuri      - Wife's slow kit car undergoing Pinto conversion

'87 Jago Geep        - My quick kit c/w tuned 1700 x-flow

'97 Nissan Stagea  - My torment a Chav machine/Winter workhorse

'01 Discovery TD5  - Needs the gearbox sorting

'01 Nissan Cube     - The boss's daily  


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Posted 18 October 2016 - 05:56 PM

I thought it would be one of them two, he's a good bloke Jay and his Civic is gorgeous.

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 06:55 PM

Love a story like this  :D

Even better that the saleman worked then during the time it was sold at the dealer! 

 

I hope to take my LS400 back to Lexus Glasgow on it's 20th Birthday. (Need to find out if it's the original site/dealer) 

 

I can 100% guarantee it wont be. I dont know who the dealer was in 1996 or even how old your car is but can tell you that Arnold Clark had the "Lexus Glasgow" franchise from 1999 at 163 St Georges Road, Charing Cross (site still there, was originally a bus depot I think, then an Arnold Clark Vauxhall-Opel dealership from 1984-1999 then became Lexus Glasgow) they lost the franchise in 2010 and it became a Lexus service agent/Arnold Clark Prestige and Performance used car sales place then Arnold Clark Vauxhall again briefly, as the HQ for Arnold Clark Finance was in the upstairs part of the building it was open until fairly recently (2015) but that moved to Hillington with Arnold Clarks other retail dept HQ so is just lying empty.

 

Eastern Western took the Glasgow Lexus franchise over in 2010 at 20 Kennedy Street, Townhead (former Murray Volvo site) however they relocated to 100 West Street a couple of years back to what was their Alfa Romeo and Saab dealership when they stopped selling new Alfa and a couple of years after Saab went bust so the whole site was rebranded to Lexus. Hope that helps.


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Posted 18 October 2016 - 08:40 PM

Great story.

 

My old man had a P100 (Cortina shape) which he bought from the original owner, he'd kept all the original bill of sale including the business card from Cuff Millers with the salesman's mugshot on it. Fast forward a few years and I'm working on a local farm and take our Escort van (Bub shape) into Millers for a service. Who should greet me but the same bloke, a lot greyer since his 1983 photo but recognisably the same fella. I related my story and he was very polite but I'm sure in hindsight he (rightly) thought me a right dweeb.






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