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#1 OFFLINE   uk_senator

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 09:22 PM

Got offered this today, I`m not in a position to have it, so I thought I`d see if any of you lot want a piece.

Its a 1976 1100 DL, 25,000 miles (done less than 1000 miles in the last decade, but he`s still kept it legal throughout), 2 local OAP owners from new, current owner (in his 80`s I reckon) has had it since 2001. Very original, not far off a minter.

 

Located in Barnet area of north Londinium, he wants 1500 knicker.

 

He also has 3 more, only one of which he really uses (one of the others is its spares donor, but he mostly uses his L-Plate Polo) but he`s also thinking about selling his beige Vanden Plas (which needs sill & floor welding & probably more, but is also low miles & late, on a W plate).

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 10:17 PM

Very economical to run. The 1100 engine is fine in these cars and mine gives 47 omgmpg on a motorway run. Very reliable but has the annoying recurring fault of the exhaust joint to the engine constantly blowing. 


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Posted 22 November 2017 - 10:27 PM

Agree, these aren't a bad steer - not fast by any stretch but a much better bet than the later 998cc cars.

 

I still baulk a bit at paying a bag and a half for an Allegro mind - I paid £45 for mine (although admittedly it had no test and nearly twice the mileage).


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Posted 22 November 2017 - 10:37 PM

Very economical to run. The 1100 engine is fine in these cars and mine gives 47 omgmpg on a motorway run. Very reliable but has the annoying recurring fault of the exhaust joint to the engine constantly blowing. 

He said he finds them economical (the main one he uses is a 1300), but this one, being an early base model, is much noisier that the S3, which is why he`s opted to let it go first.

 

Agree, these aren't a bad steer - not fast by any stretch but a much better bet than the later 998cc cars.

 

I still baulk a bit at paying a bag and a half for an Allegro mind - I paid £45 for mine (although admittedly it had no test and nearly twice the mileage).

I do too in a way, my Equippe cost me about the same as a tank of petrol (when petrol was about £1.75 a gallon & 20 Silk Cut were £1.79), I still think about Escorts & Capri`s in the same way. But I do accept it`d be almost impossible to find one as original as this, & with that mileage, so fair do`s to the bloke.

White room it on ebay with a load of irrelevant crap copied & pasted from Wiki & you`d probably get £3995..


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Posted 22 November 2017 - 10:54 PM

Very economical to run. The 1100 engine is fine in these cars and mine gives 47 omgmpg on a motorway run. Very reliable but has the annoying recurring fault of the exhaust joint to the engine constantly blowing. 

Both the ADO16 and Metro A series did this - permanent fix was to weld in a flexi pipe at the 2 into 1 branch.

 

Later K series cars came with a flexi pipe at this point as standard.


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Posted 22 November 2017 - 11:09 PM

Both the ADO16 and Metro A series did this - permanent fix was to weld in a flexi pipe at the 2 into 1 branch.

 

Later K series cars came with a flexi pipe at this point as standard.

Couldn't you also get a beefed up mounting on the gear linkage like you could for the 1275GT Mini?


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Posted 22 November 2017 - 11:19 PM

Lovely colour is that blue.
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Posted 22 November 2017 - 11:24 PM

Annoying. I've decided I really want another Allegro, specifically a series two, and that does look like a nice example, but this is definitely the wrong time for me.
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Posted 22 November 2017 - 11:43 PM

It does look nice , Mothball the bugger and watch the value go up , :-D

What is the deal with the 2 S3 Aggros on the drive ?


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Posted 23 November 2017 - 08:09 AM

Annoying. I've decided I really want another Allegro, specifically a series two, and that does look like a nice example, but this is definitely the wrong time for me.

Tis always the way..

 

It does look nice , Mothball the bugger and watch the value go up , :-D

What is the deal with the 2 S3 Aggros on the drive ?

Exactly! Maybe do a bit of film/advert/worst-car-ever feature work to get some extra bunce on the side!

Theres three S3`s there, a good, legal one, a rusty spares one & a semi dismantled VP that wants some metal replacing on the O/S sill & floor.

 

Lovely colour is that blue.

Its a nice, strong blue, one of the nicer agro colours.


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Posted 23 November 2017 - 08:32 AM

Its a nice, strong blue, one of the nicer agro colours.


Well. Disagree.

We *all* know the best colour for an Allegro is some shade of bodily fluid.

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 08:59 AM

I don’t think £1500 is bad for a prime lump of 1970s cheese. In the 1970’s didn’t they have a decent reputation for rust resistance?
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Posted 23 November 2017 - 02:05 PM

I don’t think £1500 is bad for a prime lump of 1970s cheese. In the 1970’s didn’t they have a decent reputation for rust resistance?

 

They had a reputation for the drivers seat mountings ripping through the floor.


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Posted 23 November 2017 - 02:23 PM

That's a fat slice of mega. £1500 seems reasonable too.


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Posted 23 November 2017 - 03:11 PM

Well. Disagree.

We *all* know the best colour for an Allegro is some shade of bodily fluid.

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 04:00 PM

They had a reputation for the drivers seat mountings ripping through the floor.


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Posted 23 November 2017 - 04:20 PM

Vermillion is my favourite BL colour. I do kinda regret not getting my MGB GT as it. However this colour is up there.

 

I would really like this but its a bit expensive for me. Not to say its not a bad price, especially considering the miles. About the cheapest 70s design classic car you can get.


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Posted 23 November 2017 - 04:57 PM

If I was over there I would have it. If its still around in 6 months I will be in touch


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Posted 23 November 2017 - 05:05 PM

Best colour for a 'leggy? GUSSET BROWN.


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Posted 23 November 2017 - 05:09 PM

Best colour for a 'leggy? GUSSET BROWN.

 

Nah, I prefer BABY SHIT GREEN


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Posted 23 November 2017 - 06:03 PM

anyone want an allegro?

 

oh YES PLEASE!!

 

and pageant blue is such an ace colour!


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Posted 23 November 2017 - 06:57 PM

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Actually Tahiti blue (which was replaced by pageant for 1979)

should have regal blue interior for the all-over blue effect!
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Posted 23 November 2017 - 08:13 PM

 In the 1970’s didn’t they have a decent reputation for rust resistance?

 

Yes it is surprising how well protected they were. Certainly well above average for the time.


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Squeak, rattle and roll.

 

 

Thanks restorer.

 

SAVE OUR PANGOLINS.

 

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 08:18 PM

funny how BL/ARG/Rover used the same names for colours, 

 

i had a Rover 25 bubble that was Tahiti blue too.....

 

that blue though was a metallic navy blue, this one is i what i would describe as a royal blue.

 

i got some bonus money in this months pay packet too, now just to talk kerry into taking a trip to that london.


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Posted 23 November 2017 - 10:01 PM

funny how BL/ARG/Rover used the same names for colours, 

 

i had a Rover 25 bubble that was Tahiti blue too.....

 

Yes, they were a bit unimaginative.  I've had both versions of Tahiti, first on an Allegro and second incarnation on a 420 HHR.

 

Thinking about my earlier comment about the likely interior colour, I think it could also have had Mink (beige).

 

As a long time Allegro owner I still can't get used to four figure prices, but if this one's as good as it looks I reckon £1500 is a very fair figure.  Would need to paint the 'bib' back to the correct black though; they're just wrong in body colour!


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Posted 24 November 2017 - 12:04 AM

you absolutely cannot* open the bonnet by putting your hand through the centre honeycomb in the front grille :roll:


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Posted 24 November 2017 - 11:00 AM

I dont think a bag-n-arf is unreasonable given its condition, originality & history. I had an Equipe about 20 years ago, I didnt gel with it personally, if this had been an estate (which I`ve always loved for some reason), or a (Tara green) Princess or a (Bronze yellow) 1300GT, I`d be all over it, although a GT in this condition would be at least double the price.

The fact its one of those once everywhere, now almost vanished, quintessentially British cars, means its you'd likely be able to recoup some of the purchase price in film/advert work fairly easily.

I`ll go back to get more pics & have a prod around when I can. He`s a quiet, but interesting & intelligent bloke, we were talking cars for about half an hour. 


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Posted 24 November 2017 - 11:16 AM

 

 

I still baulk a bit at paying a bag and a half for an Allegro 

 

 

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Posted 24 November 2017 - 04:15 PM

I need something like that in my life.....and the Mrs agrees!
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Posted 24 November 2017 - 05:52 PM

I'm sitting her at my desk, just 10 mins from Barnet.

 

I reckon it's unlikely to ever be just £1500 again


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