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'Inbetweener' Cars / Imminant future shite/classics


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#1 ONLINE   Matt

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 10:07 PM

Stroller113's thread about possibly refurbishing their 2005 Ford C-Max has got me thinking about the phrase 'inbetweener car' they used. As we know the value of most models is like an upside bell curve going down for about 20 years before slowly increasing. I'm sure a few people here remember when cars like the MGB and Mini's were simply old cars with little value or when cars like the Datsun 120Y actually existed in this country.

 

This thread is for cars that are in that stage of their life right now; bottom of their depreciation curve, not modern but not rare enough for people to think 'blimey I remember those'. Between modern and classic/shite (why I posted it in the open forum).

 

So what cars in this part of their life cycle do you own, want to own, think will be shite/classics or want to see preserved?



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Posted 11 February 2018 - 10:13 PM

Mk 1 3 door Citroen Berlingo

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 10:37 PM

This thing for example. Looking at sold listings on eBay there are 18 and with the exception of one that sold for just under £4k the average price is a hair over £500. A lot of people will call them hideous but you can't deny that they are distinctive and unique. Sounds like a solid collector car, on paper at least. From what I've seen of old reviews they don't sound like bad cars either.

 

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 10:58 PM

 I'm sure a few people here remember ..... when cars like the Datsun 120Y actually existed in this country.

I owned one!  Spring of 1986, it was 11 years old and already down to scrap value (the only way I could ever own most of my cars).  WYR 574N.

 

Nowadays I can't see much modern stuff surviving; it simply isn't designed to.  Now that I've owned them I can nominate the post-SD1 big Rovers though.  None of them are worth much, yet, but they will be one day, and rightly so.


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 11:25 PM

Nowadays I can't see much modern stuff surviving; it simply isn't designed to.

 

I don't really agree with that. The equivalent of your 11 year old Datsun in 1986 is a 2007 car this year. Go ahead and find me a 2007 Nissan 350Z that is worth scrap money.


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 11:55 PM

The equivalent of your 350Z would be a 240Z, not a 120Y.  The Z, of course, would lead the market then as now.  A much better comparison would be my 2007 Chevy Tacuma.  Anything expensive goes wrong with that and it's toast.


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GLWTS everyone!

 

The Blob: 2007 Chevrolet Tacuma (wheelchair bus)

Huggy Bear: 1973 Cadillac Coupe de Ville - FOR SALE

Tripod: 2014 three-wheeled walker.  Temporary I hope!

 

 

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:32 AM

What eddy said about big rovers ^

 

And fiat stilo's marea's etc spesh with the 5 pot i can see them ending up rocking horse rare, Citroen c3 with patched up sills trundled past me a few days back thats another good candidate, real horrid neo tin snail! ;)

 

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:14 AM

I've said it before, but the Series 1 Laguna has been damn near worthless for a long time - and I've noticed that they've shifted category from 'still fairly common' to 'ain't seen another one for weeks' over the last eighteen months or so. Yet they're roomy, comfortable and capable cars (and I reckon pretty stylish).

 

With the oldest survivors hitting their 24th birthday this year, maybe that's not surprising... but I reckon there's bargains still to be had. Although KGF are now trying it on with low mileage valet victims for ££££, good solid ex-giffer examples can be picked up for buttons in the classifieds. But be quick before they do a R21 and just vanish completely...

 

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 03:19 AM

My own car! There is virtually bugger all following for these around the world. There is the Geo Metro Forum and the Team Swift forum but both are pretty quiet and North American centric. Europe? Hardly anyone cares. Lacking in refinement but reliable and fuel efficient. I have alerts from eBay, Auto Trader and Gumtree for whenever a new one comes up for sale which is only once every three days or so. Not very special though so I suspect that these are quickly approaching the point of near extinction in the UK.

 

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 03:56 AM

Ive always been a fan of the above what are they like to drive? I always imagine them being quite free revving and shit as opposed to say an utterly glacial 1.0 corsa?

 

I even like the modern ones ffs and i feckin HATE new cars, The only one in your shape i see still is a pogweaseled one and it seems to get fraped! Guys a maniac! 


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Gone but not forgotten

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2002 MG ZR td - Scrapped :(

1999 BMW 740I Individual - Sold- still taxed and mot'ed it seems

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1991 Mercedes 300e-24 Scrapped :(


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 05:05 AM

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:05 AM

This thing for example. Looking at sold listings on eBay there are 18 and with the exception of one that sold for just under £4k the average price is a hair over £500. A lot of people will call them hideous but you can't deny that they are distinctive and unique. Sounds like a solid collector car, on paper at least. From what I've seen of old reviews they don't sound like bad cars either.

 

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Not a bad car at all. Especially compared to modern shite that is massive outside and tiny inside like BMW X4.


Far too much shite including a steam loco.....


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:19 AM

My own car! There is virtually bugger all following for these around the world. There is the Geo Metro Forum and the Team Swift forum but both are pretty quiet and North American centric. Europe? Hardly anyone cares. Lacking in refinement but reliable and fuel efficient. I have alerts from eBay, Auto Trader and Gumtree for whenever a new one comes up for sale which is only once every three days or so. Not very special though so I suspect that these are quickly approaching the point of near extinction in the UK.

 

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This is mine. One old giffer owner, 50k miles, history, dealer trade car £300 well spent. Absolutely love it. Goes well, comfortable and doesn't use much juice. Can't fault it. Makes nice noise too IMHO.

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Far too much shite including a steam loco.....


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:22 AM

Ive always been a fan of the above what are they like to drive? I always imagine them being quite free revving and shit as opposed to say an utterly glacial 1.0 corsa?

 

I even like the modern ones ffs and i feckin HATE new cars, The only one in your shape i see still is a pogweaseled one and it seems to get fraped! Guys a maniac! 

 

Mine goes like stink. Happy on motorway at 80mph, revvy and pulls remarkably well to say it's only rated at 50 BHP. Buy one before they all go.


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Far too much shite including a steam loco.....


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:28 AM

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:37 AM

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:51 AM

Not really an inbetweener but the BMWZ3. Prices are all over the place. Unlike the Mercedes SLK or MX these look really good when seen on the street - retro without being old-fashioned. I've not driven one yet but I think I'm going to buy one.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:55 AM

What’s the going rate for a Z3 now?
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:56 AM

Quite a few at around £1500. They look very good and any car in a Bond film (Goldeneye) be it 2CV, Sunbeam Alpine, Leyland Sherpa or that sports car from Newport Pagnell (DB something?) have got valuable).


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:59 AM

Kinda open top car a late middle-aged man like me could be seen in without looking a total t***er. SLK would not look right I'm feeling.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:09 AM

Ive always been a fan of the above what are they like to drive? I always imagine them being quite free revving and shit as opposed to say an utterly glacial 1.0 corsa?

I ran my 3potta 1.0 3dr when I did contracting, installing corner shop energy top-up boxes all over the place, and it was GR9 :)

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Wallsend?.....it's not the End of the Walled ;<)

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:14 AM

Ford Puma?

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:17 AM

Puma definitely- I thought that was a given. Buy now!


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:31 AM

Bizarrely the 1996-2002 Fiesta. Rot is killing them off at a heck of a rate and it's quite easy to find an OK looking Zetec or Ghia for less than £500.

You know they are going to be run on a shoestring until the wishbone bushes or corrosion sends them off to the washing machine factory in the Eastern sky.

Having had one I can say that they drive brilliantly, are cheap to service, and are pretty practical. Folk moan about the lack of interior space but if you need to transport four adults and their luggage you would buy something else.

In fact any Ford of this era is worth saving. I will throw in another vote for the Puma and also add the KA.

Mk1 Puntos, early Clios, and any Pov spec Renault 5 are worth saving.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:32 AM

Citroen Pluriel? First gen Citroen C4 in the more quick types - VT?



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:33 AM

fiat seicento, if it follows the pattern of most small Fiat's.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:35 AM

Those C3 Pluriel things will die out quickly and with good reason. Horrid horrid roofs
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:50 AM

Quote from internet: "Just about everyone I know with one ,wants to sell it"


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:52 AM

I spose the answer would be to throw the roof away and just use as an open pick-up.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:57 AM

Rig up some kind of hillbilly hardtop with plastic sheeting for when it rains - a few dents and set the right tone.

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