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#1 OFFLINE   P304r5

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 07:50 PM

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Haven't posted on here for a while but was told to post a couple of pictures of the car I was given in November! Its a Princess 1700 HL that was off the road since the early 90s before I got it through the MoT! Its got the engine out currently as my Dad and I are replacing the clutch. Wish I could drive it but unfortunately the insurance for me is £2500 as I'm still 17...! Hope I've uploaded the photos properly, if not here is the link to my Flickr that has a couple of photos on!

 

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 07:55 PM

Wowzers!!


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#3 OFFLINE   tommotech

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 07:56 PM

That looks cracking.

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:01 PM

Cracking car

Wow, £2500 Insurance is brutal, makes you wonder how anyone is supposed to get on the road.

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:03 PM

Cracking car

Wow, £2500 Insurance is brutal, makes you wonder how anyone is supposed to get on the road.

thanks- my Mk1 Focus insurance was £1100 which is probably the cheapest I could get! Hoping at age 18 the price will come down a lot! 


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:06 PM

It helps to bring the price down if you can put your parents on the policy as named drivers and go with a tracker policy.  


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:07 PM

Cracking looking car by the way.



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#8 OFFLINE   P304r5

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:08 PM

It helps to bring the price down if you can put your parents on the policy as named drivers and go with a tracker policy.  

the £2500 quote is with that, without it was about £9000 I think!


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:14 PM

Any car clubs you could join with insurance discounts?



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:15 PM

welcome, and nice to see another local Shiter, I'm just up the road in Fareham. We'll arrange a get-together when the weather cheers up a bit - Eddy is planning a meet a Mick's on Portsdown Hill in April, would be great to see the Princess there if you can make it!


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#11 OFFLINE   P304r5

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:15 PM

Any car clubs you could join with insurance discounts?

part of leylandprincess club already! 


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:17 PM

good looking cars these :)



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:17 PM

I was going to suggest a speed limiter but it's a princess , have you tried a classic policy with your parents as named drivers

Odd as it sounds when I tried insuring my Range Rover the quotes were over £350 with just me, I added my wife and new companies quoted which got it down to £190

Try a broker that specialises in young drivers , online quotes aren't always the cheapest , insurance is like anything else, the more you buy the cheaper it gets , a broker that specialises in certain types of driver gets a better rate

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:19 PM

I was going to suggest a speed limiter but it's a princess , have you tried a classic policy with your parents as named drivers

Odd as it sounds when I tried insuring my Range Rover the quotes were over £350 with just me, I added my wife and new companies quoted which got it down to £190

Try a broker that specialises in young drivers , online quotes aren't always the cheapest , insurance is like anything else, the more you buy the cheaper it gets , a broker that specialises in certain types of driver gets a better rate

tried everything, seems no company is interested until I'm 18. Gives me 2 months then to properly sort the car out at least! 


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:22 PM

Bloody nora, what a gem! Any ideas on its back story prior to being laid up?
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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:23 PM

Good to see ya! Car looks even better with bigger pics!

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:26 PM

Bloody nora, what a gem! Any ideas on its back story prior to being laid up?

it was first a company car and covered 50k miles in the first three years, then was sold to the family I got it from. They used it for holidays in their caravan as it has a towbar. I think they then upgraded to a Montego but wanted to keep the Princess as everyone loved it so it went into the garage and stayed there for 20 years! 


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:31 PM

Welcome back. That's some transformation. I love the number plates.

 

I think your sensible approach is right. Clock up a year's motoring in the Focus. Manage that accident free and the premium should start coming down again hopefully. I utterly destroyed my first car (also a Ford) so it perhaps pays to get some more experience in something you don't particularly care for.


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:39 PM

At your age what made you pick a Princess?

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:40 PM

Welcome. Your Princess is absolutely lovely!

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:41 PM

At your age what made you pick a Princess?

I saw a photo of one when I was really young and then saw the feature on Top Gear and decided I wanted one! 


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:45 PM

You.... You..... You.... OKKiller!

Only joking. Looks lovely!
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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:48 PM

You.... You..... You.... OKKiller!

Only joking. Looks lovely!

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:54 PM

Top shiteing; does AS have a youthful enthusiasm/stupidity award? You've probably won it.


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:07 PM

Cracking car.
Nice and original too.

I'm not a BL licker in the least,but there is something special about these.

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:09 PM

Yes!! This car is utterly awesome.  Well done for choosing something utterly unconventional!


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:12 PM

You.... You..... You.... OKKiller!

Only joking. Looks lovely!

just to clarify I didn't break that car, it was already in parts and obviously I'm going to buy them off that than pay like 100% more for new reproductions!! 


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:13 PM

Wowzers!!

 

Pretty much what I said.


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:15 PM

My ambition has always been to drive a car older than me - you've absolutely nailed that aspiration.

 

Top chodding, sir, she looks a beaut.

 

Hope you can find some reasonably priced insurance cover soon, you must be itching to drive it.

 

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:21 PM

Welcome back to the forum.  What's that, 5 Princesses on here now?  One Ambassador too, at least.






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