Fond memories triggered by this thread
GBJ 604J (no records of it on DVLA so clearly long since dead) was a Zephyr V4 in a lovely fetting shade of dark metallic brown was purchased new by father BC when I was only just old enough to ride up front - that bonnet and the target sights to line up victims was fantastic to me. Not quick but a lovely ride and it was huge!!!!
It was however only in the family for a short while as it was the unluckiest car in the world
Accident Number 1 - Parked at the bottom of the corn exchange car park in Ipswich a USAF serviceman failed to engage the handbrake properly in a big old yank tank - it rolled fairly slowly down the hill before stopping against the Zephyr but not before it had damaged all of the Passenger side - rear wing, both doors and front wing.
It was fully repaired (whole passenger side of the car resprayed) but the metallic colour match wasn't perfect so the repair shop had mixed up enough to do the whole car if Father BC wasn't happy (Apparently these "new-fangled metallic colours" were a bugger to match) - he wasn't but decided to delay getting it done because he was fed up with the loan car (Austin 1300)
Accident Number 2 - Waiting to turn left at a set of lights a lorry going straight on made an error of judgement about nearside clearance and ran his trailer down the drivers side. He was eventually stopped by plod near Colchester he was oblivious to the accident apparently but the brown smeared paint stripes on his trailer were a bit of a giveaway.
It was fully repaired (whole drivers side of the car resprayed) and now both sides matched and looked good the repair shop had enough left to do bonnet, roof and boot lid at a later date - Father BC decided this car was quite unlucky and he was sure something else would happen so the body shop gave him the rest of the paint
Accident number 3 - Driving along a main road a ball bounced in front of the car - Father BC braked hard and a teenager rolled over the bonnet and up over the roof - no broken bones but the bonnet and roof weren't in the best shape
Replacement Bonnet and a bit of filler went in the roof and all that remained of the paint went on that - the boot lid at this point was now the only thing not replace or painted.
The car got sold - Actually purchased by a private buyer who chipped Father BC for a few quid because of the accident damage on the boot as it was clearly a poor colour match to the rest of the car Father BC said that was the trouble with "new-fangled metallic colours"