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  1. So 600 miles in, and it seems to be pretty good.

    It has the feeling of a bear waking up from hibernation, which doesn't surprise me. Bits and pieces are coming to life, with use, going over bumps etc. 

    I've been using it for the commute, and it's quite a nice way to get about. I need to book it in for an alignment check (as it's a little vague around the tiller) plus the  water pump and fan replacing. Which will be done when the local garage can fit it in. It doesn't overheat, even in very heavy city traffic, sitting around 85°. The heater is slow to get warm from cold, so a thermostat will be fitted at the same time. 

    It seems to have the same effect as my old gold Jag, in that people let you out in traffic, and seem to find it quite endearing. 

    On fuel it's been surprising. I mean it's no hybrid, but it doesn't seem to guzzle a huge amount! Apparently they will run on E10 quite happily (according to folks running them in the US). 

    I've fitted a gunsight back in its rightful place. Which should help with parking. I'll just have to nose in as judging the length of it when reversing is a little difficult, as the boot is invisible. 



  2. 3 minutes ago, grogee said:

    Stamp of approval here. Can it get out of its own way with the straight six? What sort of autobox is it? 

    It's not actually that sluggish. 

    It should have had 188bhp when new. Some may have escaped over time.

    Autobox is a 4 speed old school unit. Seems to work pretty well, although it would benefit from a 5th speed or an overdrive on the Motorway. 

  3. In, what I can only consider, a moment of madness, I picked up this over the weekend....


    Its a W126 300SE, so straight six rather than V8, although it seems to go well enough. It seems solid structurally, with just a tiny bit of bubbling on the leading edge of the front wings. The previous owner made the car out to be much worse that it actually is. Mechanically it's going to need a water pump, which was supplied, as it has a very slight weep. It's done 127k which seems to be backed up by the MOT history.

    It has previously been a total loss, but has passed a VIC, so assume it was a while ago. Only evidence of damage is the front OS corner, as the bumper and trim beneath the headlight is a tad mangled. 

    Exterior has many many car park dings, which is flagging it, to me anyway, as a probable ex London car. The bonnet has bloom in the paint. 

    Panel gaps are all good.

    The interior is cloth, which I prefer, and in reasonably good shape, the rear is especially clean. There are a few bits of trim that need replacing. It's missing the gunsite, so a chineseium ebay special has been ordered. 

    It drives pretty well, in a floaty yacht like fashion. The last 'big car' I had was a Jag XJ8, and I didn't expect this to be as comfortable or planted as that. I wasn't wrong. 

    Things that don't:

    Rear Windows, They look like they probably haven't been used in a very long time, so will probably need 'unsticking'.

    Central Locking, This has the vacuum powered system, but also what is probably defuct aftermarket 'Toad' alarm. This needs investigating as it's a reach to the passenger door.


    Will I keep it? unsure. But it's been pressed into daily duties to see if I can cope with the fuel consumption, and to see if it fails to proceed. 




  4. On 8/30/2023 at 8:08 AM, cort1977 said:

    It depends on department funding though,. In rural, poor areas I think you're right but in Houston the HPD cars were all knackered whereas the Harris County sheriffs cars were new and they had fancy shadow marked Camaros and all sorts.

    There were still a few roaming about in San Francisco, LA and Mojave when I was there earlier this year. 

  5. 4 hours ago, horriblemercedes said:


    I really like this and have wanted one for years. I know there is the risk of someone poaching it if I post it, but can anyone spot any major issues? MOT history doesn't mention corrosion once.


    The DVLA has it listed as a Daimler V8 with a 6 litre diesel engine

    I'm sure someone on here had/has one of these. 

    Seemed to swallow money at a very rapid rate, and I don't mean petrol.

  6. 45 minutes ago, FakeConcern said:

    I saw this on ClioSport parking thread and wondered how I'd never heard of a Vauxhall Cascada...


    Because they only sold about 10 of them. 

    I think they were originally a Buick design for the states.

    When I worked for Vauxhall, we had one in the showroom for about 2 years with absolutely zero interest in it. They ended up pre-reg and flogging it as a used car for about 8k less than the list price. Even then it took a while to shift. 

  7. My C180K Auto does between 42 - 46mpg on a motorway run. Averaged 43mpg to and from Shitefest. 

    Most I had was a long non-stop run to Berkshire from Yorkshire at 46mpg. 

    Gets better MPGs if I don't use cruise. 

    I've new tyres all round, Michelins on the back, and Goodyears on the front. Would have stuck with Michelins all round (as was the originals) but no stock at the time I replaced the fronts. 

    Mine is on the 15' wheels and standard suspension, so it's comfortable, but certainly doesn't encourage spirited driving in any sense of the word. 

  8. 4 hours ago, Frogchod said:

    I'm now officially on holiday :)

    Midnight ferry tomorrow,  arrive 5am 😝

    One stop in Lambourn , then oop north ish and left a bit...

    ETA 3ish on Friday.

    Deffo be an early ish night on Friday...  

    I will have pastis with me ....purely as a sleeping aid... bring a glass/mug/empty beer bottle if you fancy a snifter

    Count me in for air museum.


  9. I used rental ones of these for as inter-terminal shuttles at Heathrow when they were new.

    Very capable, as we were moving kids and their luggage between terminals, the fact that you can reconfigure the seats in seconds was invaluable. They all drove well (must have had over 20 in different specs) but the TDci was a little gutless low down when laden up. 

    Comfy, and easy to jump in and out of.  I was doing 200+ miles a day without leaving the airport roads.

    It's better that they have normal doors, rather than sliders also. 

  10. On 6/26/2023 at 9:22 PM, HillmanImp said:

    Yeah a GWM Ora Funky Cat First Edition. 



    Just parked round the corner from my house. 

    Interested to see what the rear lights look like. 

    ORA Funky Cat

  11. 14 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

    Fantastic, a bit of a holy grail set from 1964 over the water they are.  Never seen one, perhaps not worth exporting to British households with tiny lounge floors as that layout is 10 feet long.  What I do know is Marx fitted a bridge rectifier into the cars, that way the turnabout line swap could be made, so the transformer produced AC.  They used trademark Electro-Matic for the technology, seen on the power pack in the ad

    The sound box was connected to the controller throttles so the pitch would raise and lower.  Again, never heard one, but Scalextric and other manufactures attempted a similar gimmick.  The throttles I assume had set notches across the throttle range to simulate gear up-shifts.  All good fun for the typical US rev-head household!  While we in Blighty apparently sat back and ate coal.

    Marx were a keen producer of 1:32 slot sets, although the scene in the US has been 1:25 scale in the main for dragways

    Clubs still doing this sort of thing in UK too


    What happens at the other end of the track? 

    I assume they have a run off, rather than a massive accident.....

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