Thanks for the comments folks. It might take me a while to respond to some as being new my posts need admin approval first to make sure I'm not flogging fake Ray Bans. You will need to scroll up to see the pics of the next two, it puts the post up at the time I wrote it rather than the time it got approved so it may end up coming out in a strange order!
To answer a few comments- Yes the early ones don't have anti-roll bars, they came out in 75 on the MK2s. The J reg has been fitted with Ital telescopics and a front anti roll bar though. It will be coming off and I will be reinstating the infamous early suicide suspension which got slated by the press and BL promised they wouldn't fit to any final production 1.8s... but they did...
The one in Practical Classics was probably JWY 376J (nicknamed 'Joey' for obvious reasons) owned by another Marina hoarder oop north. It's still going but sadly is quite crusty underneath. It probably came from the same batch as mine, it's only 100 or so cars later.
Any pics of KPB905K? Always interested to hear of early Marinas alive or dead...
Anyway, the next few...
Meet 'Spollock'- a Limeflower coupe with Limeflower interior. My favourite BL colour. I bought this sight unseen from Glasgow for Â£800. It has been restored twice but a more recent owner used it for classic rallying and let the arches etc fill up with mud so the wing tips and rear arches have rotted again. It has an early big valve cylinder head, twin carbs, four branch manifold and an electric fuel pump. Apparently it flies but I have only ever driven it up and down the garden so far. A previous owner spent an absolute fortune totally rebuilding it and at one stage it was one of the best cars out there. Sadly it lost it's original plate of SPO 110K which sold for a fortune. It appeared as a background car in a few BBC programmes. It has lost it's slots but I have recently bought a new set. After all, who cares if the wings are falling off if it has some nice wheels?
In happier times...
We then have REW. A 1.3 base model coupe I bought out of a garage in Huntingdon. It was a one owner from new car but sadly the lady who had it had dementia setting in so her son had to sell it to stop her trying to drive it. She was a bit of a hoarder and rather eccentric. It had orange tape over everything inside, a Union Flag made of paper blu-tacked to the boot and flower stickers all over the rear end. I have done quite a bit of work to this one, and half the welding needed (it was far worse than originally thought thanks to some hidden bodges) but lost enthusiasm for it. It will shortly be going to a new home hopefully.
Next is the best of the lot, and if I was sane I would sell the others and put my money into this one. It's a 1972 1.3 DL saloon with just over 25k on the clock I bought from a lady with pink hair in 2012. Very original and up until 1998 it had only done 15k. The old boy who had it from 1974 (before that it was a company car at Mann Egerton Norwich) to 1998 only did about 2000 miles in it. Sadly most of those miles were spent crashing into things so the rear end is a bit twisted. It hasn't ever been welded and doesn't need any either. I plan to clean up a few areas of very light surface rust on the sills etc and try and sort out some dents on the rear end but otherwise it will be staying original complete with spidering paint and some areas still in primer.
Genuine BL build kwolity
I then developed a thing for Peugeot 309s (unintentionally). When I passed my test a few years ago my only car was a Marina. I then scrapped that one when I bought the DL saloon above but then found myself with a nice low mileage car I didn't want to risk ruining by using everyday. Fortunately a mate of mine in the Marina Club had a 309 sitting in his garden. He is a postman and this car was on his round, one day the old boy died so he spoke to the solicitor and saved it. It was originally a demo car for Howes of Fakenham. It was still in Fakenham when I bought it so I doubt it has travelled too far. I then did over 30k miles in a couple of years with very few problems. I did some welding, rebuilt the brakes, had a snapped clutch cable to contend with at 1AM on a bank holiday but other than that it has proved to be ridiculously reliable. I felt a bit guilty as when I bought it it was mint but as my daily commute is 30 miles each way of country roads over winter it was getting caked in mud and salt so I decided to find something else really tatty to use daily and make this one mint again. I have been collecting the bits to do it this year. Sadly it won't look quite as good as when I first had it as I did have an accident in it and had to replace a wing. I haven't touched it since June other than starting it up every now and then and hope to get it sorted next year. It has only just run out of MOT.
So as I didn't want to use that one daily I bought another one. I got this locally from someone I had been buying 309 bits from for years. He is a serial Talbot and Maestro collector and hadn't used the 309 in years. In the end he sold me a large section of his 309 spares and his 309, a 1.8 GLXDT. This was the top of the range of diesel 309s and aside from the GTis and Goodwoods was probably the highest spec model with electric windows, central locking, digital clock, sunroof, power steering etc. It was MOT'd but had only done a couple of hundred miles per year. He had saved it from the scrapyard and did shedloads of welding to it. Pretty much every panel is dented and scratched so perfect for using/abusing but the decent spec also made it attractive as a daily car combined with the diesel economy and turbo performance (goes like a rocket, when there isn't lag...). I have had to do quite a bit of work on it. Starting with a new cambelt, water pump etc as a precaution but also other jobs like most of the electrics, few bits of trim, some paint touch ups to stop stone chips turning into rust, minor mechanical bits (track rod ends, drop links etc) and the heater matrix. I have now done about 7k in it (I think, the speedo cable was broken and it was a while before I did it) since June and after fitting a replacement heated rear window the other week I think that is the job list largely ticked off for now. I do need to underseal it sometime but that will have to wait until next summer. It is a local car originally supplied by Howletts of Lavenham, the dealership is still there and trading, and I think the signage is from the 90s. I drive past it twice a day, one day I will stop for some photos. Since taking the photo below it has gained a silver Pug Lion badge on the Guttmann grille and a 'Peugeot Sport' badge for XUD related irony.
I don't think I have missed any of the current fleet...
1971 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL Saloon- Very crusty
1971 Morris Marina 1.3 SDL Coupe- Resting
1971 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL Saloon- Beautiful Bedouin
1971 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL Coupe- Luscious Limeflower
1971 Morris Marina 1.3 SDL Saloon- Quite good
1972 Morris Marina 1.3 DL Saloon- Surprisingly good
1995 Peugeot 405 1.8 GLX- Daily