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#1 OFFLINE   BorniteIdentity

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 06:33 AM

Hello.

 

Clearance granted from management for the purchase of another POS.  I've had one of these and quite fancy another.  Mainly because they're a nice blend of classic and modern, they feel like an occasion and some of the early cars really are very handsome.

 

I'm after something a bit special.  No silver kettles with charcoal cloth and trims.  I'd like something in a typical cowley colour (primrose yellow, steel blue, dorchester red, pewter, maybe even arran white) with either leather or cloth personal line inside.

 

I know a few of us have these cars and might know of one or two that might be for sale.  I've seen that blue one on the tat thread which is of interest, but wedgewood wouldn't be my first choice .

 

Specific and fussy I know, but if anyone knows I'd be grateful.  Finders beer available.

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 07:28 AM

Speak to Mr eddyramrod regarding my old raffle one he now has. Not a bad old bus.
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#3 OFFLINE   shumarialto

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 08:50 AM

Personal line is for winners. Will keep eye out for you  :-D


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 10:22 AM

Seeing as this is, unfortunately, out of my grasp right now due to money & logistics I may as well post it here...

 

It's a Japanese spec Rover 75 Connoisseur SE in Dorchester red with Aubergine personal line interior. It's been owned for a long time by a club member. It's the 2.5v6 and has had the belts done (a while ago, but you won't have to worry for a bit).

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...p4AAOSw-0xYZNHL

 

You aint going to get much more special than that.

 

Otherwise if you want to buy my early Longbridge example so I can buy this you're more than welcome :P


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 10:26 AM

Nice. But nobody will give £1800 for a Y reg 75 - no matter how special it is.
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Posted 04 January 2017 - 10:28 AM

Nice. But nobody will give £1800 for a Y reg 75 - no matter how special it is.

 

I would for that one.

 

Probably am a bit of an idiot though! You could pay £1k for an ordinary example, but it wouldn't have the belts and suspension work done.


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 12:31 PM

Nice Dorchester yo.

Just went and drove a 2.5 that was local to see if I could enjoy one.

I could enjoy one. They really do make a nice sound eh? Auto box was smooth and it was a nice place to sit. As an occasional car, would. And will.

Just to find one now!
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Posted 04 January 2017 - 12:39 PM

http://www.countrycl...lub-1999-v-reg/

 

What about this one?

 

 

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 12:45 PM

I would for that one.

Probably am a bit of an idiot though! You could pay £1k for an ordinary example, but it wouldn't have the belts and suspension work done.

+1 really...
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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:19 PM

http://www.countrycl...lub-1999-v-reg/

What about this one?


I posted that in the tat thread at the end of 2015 😁

It's nice but I worry it falls short of the special mark. Personal line velour is rare but I think I'd like more toys in the cupboard to play with / break.

Definitely shortlisted tho.
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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:22 PM

I will keep looking  :mrgreen:



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:26 PM

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This doesn't look bad for £640 and it's an early one with black sills with little mileage and running on a set of Michelin's so I would say it's a looked after example.
Just a shame it's resale silver.
https://www.ebay.co....tm/252602093954

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:39 PM

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This one has only done 46000 miles and early for under £600.
I just found my dream car... Search for yours via Auto Trader #DrivenByMe
http://www.autotrade...201606225159490
And a six pot to boot without a hint of charcoal or resale silver about it.

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 02:00 PM

I know its not an early one, but for £500......V6 Connoisseur....With Sunroof aswell.

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...hYAAOSwopRYbLWy

 

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 02:15 PM

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This one has only done 46000 miles and early for under £600.
I just found my dream car... Search for yours via Auto Trader #DrivenByMe
http://www.autotrade...201606225159490
And a six pot to boot without a hint of charcoal or resale silver about it.

 

I actually wanted to test this one today, but no answer on the mobile.  He's clearly a micky mouse trader with a couple of cars on the go from home.  Sadly, I've had a cloth/manual one already.  I'd really like this to be a bit special.  Thanks nonetheless. 


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 03:08 PM

Ha ha I missed out on a primrose one on the 75ZT forum this week. I will try not to outbid you on anything. I am casually looking for a cheap one locally.

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 03:45 PM

Ha ha I missed out on a primrose one on the 75ZT forum this week. I will try not to outbid you on anything. I am casually looking for a cheap one locally.

 

Yes, just saw that.  I work in Kettering too - literally 30 seconds from where the dude lives.

 

I'd love a primrose one, but I'm not sure I could deal with being a poor man's ESSDEEWON


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 05:58 PM

Cor they look stunning in white/cream as above.  Funny how certain colours really make this car, silver does nothing for it, and that Dorchester (red?) just looks dull.

 

My ideal spec would be 2.5 V6 auto with cloth, roof and cruise.  I've had two of these and didn't click with either so why do I keep lusting after them?  I think it's because, whilst not a particularly rounded car, they just do some things so well.  Like the sense of occasion, the looks of the thing and its fabulous ride quality.  You won't get suspensions like that any more, more's the pity.


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 07:38 PM

 

My ideal spec would be 2.5 V6 auto with cloth

Mine too.  I've had a 2.5 ZT and now have a 2.0 75, both with the learner box.  Those V6s do make a lovely sound!  The interior and suspension on the 75 suit me much better than they did on the ZT.

However:  like the Ford Granada that I complained about at length, WTF is the point of making a luxury car with a DIY gearbox?  Worse, and just like the Granada, one that's heavy and hostile in use!

Having said that, if anyone wants to pre-empt the sale/roffle thread I'll be posting when the tax comes due, feel free to come and make me an offer.  What can I do, take the bacon butty out of your mouth?

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 09:36 PM

What does "Personal-Line cloth interior" bring to the party?

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 11:17 PM

There is a Cowley one in midnight blue with a Neptune blue (personal line) leather interior that I see pretty much every day in Bury St Edmunds.

 

Do you want me to put a note on the windscreen and have a proper look around when I next see it? 


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 12:20 AM

To be fair they are a lovely car and probably better than an S or X type jag. Prices are rock bottom now which makes hard to justify paying much above book for one.
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Posted 05 January 2017 - 12:57 AM

What does "Personal-Line cloth interior" bring to the party?

 

Standard interiors were beigy blacky or greyish in cloth or leather.  Personal line brought exotic seat colours like green, blue and aubergine.  I am fairly sure they got the idea off BMW (along with most of the electrics, brake and suspension parts and the derv engine).


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 05:51 AM

Had a chat with the bloke about this wedgewood blue Rover 75 last night.  

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...KAAAOSwj85YQCqZ.

 

It was looking very positive, as it was his parents car AND the belts have all been done in the last 12 months.  Wife likes it enough, so was about to talk money when I asked him about the "new front bumper on the insurance which I suspected was "dealer spiel" for Category D. V411 HEV is actually a Category C write off.

 

Not the end of the world at this end of the market, but you have to accept that you're probably going to be the last owner of a car like this.  Unless he'll sell it at about half of his asking price, the search continues.


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 09:18 AM

I was wondering why that apparently nice looking example had hung around so long.

 

I remember seeing some very dire pictures of "repairs" to a front chassis leg on one of these on the 75/ZT forum - of course it could be fine, but by the time you've taken the bumper off or had a crash to find out, it's a bit late.


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 09:26 AM

Seeing as this is, unfortunately, out of my grasp right now due to money & logistics I may as well post it here...

 

It's a Japanese spec Rover 75 Connoisseur SE in Dorchester red with Aubergine personal line interior. It's been owned for a long time by a club member. It's the 2.5v6 and has had the belts done (a while ago, but you won't have to worry for a bit).

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...p4AAOSw-0xYZNHL

 

You aint going to get much more special than that.

 

Otherwise if you want to buy my early Longbridge example so I can buy this you're more than welcome :P

£1360

 

That's a very good price.

 

Wasn't to me though.


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 12:39 PM

i paid £400 for my starlight silver ZT190 with ten months MOT, 89k and belts done.

Bargains are out there. The scrapyards are absolutely full of them at the moment so in Joe public's eyes they are worthless.

there's a lovely ZT-T in u pull it at the moment. facelift 05 plate x power grey with the MOT til sept 2017 sat on the seat.Needed a clutch apparently - what a waste. The owner probably got £50 if he was lucky from cartakeback.

Keep your eyes peeled and be prepared to travel for the right car and you'll find something great.

they're fantastic cars.
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Posted 05 January 2017 - 02:04 PM

Cheers, Dave.

 

The white one that was also on the short list was sold yesterday to a gent from Oireland for asking price.  Fair play, that sounds like a good deal all round to me.

 

If the price is right on the Wedgewood, then I'd be tempted.  But I can see him having a mental block at anything sub £500.


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 02:09 PM

Probably not helping that they are featured in Practical Classics this month as a "buy now before prices rise" pick. 


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 02:23 PM

What does "Personal-Line cloth interior" bring to the party?


A trouser bulge for Alexg, AMCRebel, Mr Bollox etc, etc......
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