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Another Year In The Life of a Car Spotter: July 2018 Pts.2 & 3


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#241 OFFLINE   davocano

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Posted 26 June 2018 - 04:08 PM

No idea** why GM plonked a Vauxhall badge on these. Perhaps they didn't want to upset/please Les.

 

**It's them mrktng mthrfckrs again yeah?

 

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At the other end of the power/cc scale, a Microcar Virgo Prestige SE. Enormous fun or terrifying ordeal? WLD LIKE 2 KNO

 

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E280. W124. WLD.

 

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They used the cheapest available paint for the Royal Mail production run I'm sure.

 

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Oh boy, these have disappeared so fast. A work colleague of mine put nearly 225,000 miles on his before it fell to bits.

 

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I had a nice chat with the owner; she bought it in 1970 at which point it had been stored for the previous 24 years. She and her husband restored it and subsequently used it.. and still do. They drove it from London to Argyll in 1998, a journey that took 4 days; of course, no dollywobbler/catsinthewelder-stylee video footage exists. Fortunately I HAZ IMAGINATION. Unrestored since the '70s, the patina is lovely but doesn't really show in this photo, soz.

 

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#242 OFFLINE   davocano

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 05:53 PM

It's not all gravy in this spotting game; when experiencing a dry period (much like the grass in some of the following photos), keep an eye out for the more interesting cuts of cheaper meat. I was going somewhere with this butcher-based metaphor but gave up quite quickly, soz.

 

I can't imagine anyone walking into a Honda dealership and demanding a white Pan Euro; it surely must have been employed by one of the Emergency Services in the past.

 

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A bodgo repair that works well in these hot summer days but when it eventually rains again, you're gonna need stronger polythene, dude. Also, glass.

 

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Mini Mayfair with a Space Invaders motif on the roof. My next camera will have a flip-out screen.

 

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Retro-fitted chrome.

 

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Vans always, ALWAYS get beaten to death and then they are gone. Take photos of the still living ones for future 'shiters to enjoy.

 

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I don't get it. GIRLS & GUITARS? Maybe it's a BRA BUS...? Smart arse?

 

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Well this looks miserable. It's also diesel.

 

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75 from the Emerald Isle.

 

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E36 in Badermatic 316i spec.

 

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Poggy 323F.

 

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 05:14 PM

a change of speed

a change of style

a change of scene

with no regrets

 

The business of spotting can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride; after a week or so in the doldrums, a trip out into the wilds* of Hertfordshire left me feeling refreshed and invigorated. I was very pleased to find this one owner, 56,000 mile Transit with honest patina.

 

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62-year-old Bedford CA that is roadworthy.

 

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48-year-old Roller that isn't.

 

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A fresh import perhaps. I wonder what those characters on the plate are stating.

 

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A funky early '90s colour this be, IMO.

 

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Quest Plus limited edition; this may well be the only one that's still licenced if HML is anything to go by.

 

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3-door 1.3 Popular must be bASe, yeah? DVLA states colour as "Cream" rather than "Beige". Also, it's got only 18,000 miles on the clock.

 

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 05:29 PM

The only reason I parked nearby was because I had caught a glimpse of the Mk4 Escort up there. I hadn't noticed this very adjacent RHD (I can't believe I'm typing this...) Citro├źn LNA 11RE.

 

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 08:53 PM

Epic spottage, I am amazed that the Simca 1100 has survived. It must have been stored undercover at some point.
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Posted 06 July 2018 - 08:24 PM

See those drums next to the Bedford?  That's all rust prevention potions.  That's it's daily habit.


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Posted 07 July 2018 - 09:31 AM

Love the LNA!! Do those C pillar trims have any practical function?
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Posted 18 July 2018 - 04:12 PM

"Phew what a scorcher" said the Microcar.

"Tu connais rien de l'enfer" replied the grass.

 

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Estate car frenzy: Aerodeck is a very cool nom de plume.

 

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A couple of Volvo 9s; the red one is a 3-litre hottie.

 

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Huge bonnet lip makes me wonder how these Passats keep the temps down; I suspect the designer has the answer.

 

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Quite an early Ka in fetching purple and dust.

 

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An odd one to see in the UK; it's a Hyundai H-1

 

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 05:16 PM

Before the Elsie, there was the air-cooled RD. Ain't she neat?

 

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MGBs are all over the place but it's always nice to find one parked up on the street, particularly when they are limeflower.

 

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MG ZRs are all over the place but Express panel van versions are a bit rocking horse.

 

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Corolla 1.3 XLi.... om nom nom

 

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Shiny Happy Clio (since it got all the welding done underneath).

 

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It's a 1.6, it's an LX not bASe but looks like a million Zimbabwean dollars. It's already on my SotY runner-up shortlist.

 

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I'd driven past this Camry a few times over the years and always thought "I must stop and take a photo of that one day". So I did and discovered it's not a Camry; it's a Windom. This car spotting lark can be most educational.

 

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Posted 19 July 2018 - 01:34 AM

What on earth (beyond that) is a Windom?






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