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  1. Apologies for such a boring post, but can anyone out there help with some horsepower. 0-60 times and top speed figures please? The vehicles are the 1256cc Bedford HA, the 2-litre petrol Mk 1 Ford Transit and the original Leyland Sherpa. It's for an article on 10 famous TV vans (Postman Pat's HA, the numerous Mk1 Trannies from the Sweeney and the James Bond Sherpa that Jaws attacks. Your help is greatly appreciated.
  2. Thank you very much for the suggestions.
  3. Do you remember Chippy Minton from Trumpton? Well I'm trying to work out what he drives. It's for an article I'm working on for Commercial Motor magazine. Here's a link to a picture: http://www.pierschristian.co.uk/harrop/ ... k/cg90.jpg It's definitely got a hint of 1950s America to it - and isn't that bullet-type nose a bit Studebakeresque? Unusual to have suicide doors on a truck! Any advice/guesses/opinions will be greatly appreciated. And while we are on the subject, anyone care to guess what Postman Pat drives? http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Um9_ooyeJVU/S ... an-Pat.jpg Thanks for your help.
  4. Thanks for that. By the way, do you reckon that's a Consul behind the yellow Fiat?
  5. I’ve just returned from a week-long tin hunt in the USA – searching for abandoned American cars for my page in Classic American magazine. While I was out there I also spotted this collection of old Japanese and European shite. I have to admit that I’m not great at identifying the Japanese stuff, so I’m probably going to need some help. This Renault 16 was found in Montana. You don’t see too many Vauxhalls in the US. Am I right in saying this is a Toyota? This Civic ‘Woodie’ was just hours away from being crushed in this Idaho yard. Is this a Mazda? It’s got a Dodge badge on the back, but it looks remarkably similar to the car above to me. So what Renault is this then? This shite brown Accord was within a stone’s throw of a Nevada brothel. Here’s another one that was about to be crushed. Scrap metal is fetching $300 a tonne, and the crushers are working overtime. Definitely the first 18 I’ve ever found over there. 12’s and 16s are both incredibly unusual in the US. These 16s are part of the same collection. This 505 was pictured in a Washington yard. Sunbeam Alpine is in perfect condition. Is this a 120Y. It was parked outside a Washington salvage yard. Porsche is living on borrowed time. Land Cruiser is sitting uncomfortably close to the mobile crusher in this yard. Opel Manta on top, and is that a Renault 10 below? I’d choose the 300ZX every time. Fiat was remarkably sound. Plenty of 70s and 80s Hondas still kicking about. More japs What Subaru is this then? I haven’t seen one of these Subaru pickups for a while. Is this a Datsun pickup? http://www.roadtransport.com/blogs/big-lorry-blog/zHerald.JPG Triumph Herald not looking too healthy. http://www.roadtransport.com/blogs/big-lorry-blog/zzAlpineandFiat.JPG Fiat on top, and is that another Sunbeam below? http://www.roadtransport.com/blogs/big-lorry-blog/zzzVolesandMyst.JPG That’s a pair of Volvos closest to the camera, but what is the blue car behind? It’s got twin headlights if that helps. And it's definitely not a 504.
  6. Thanks for your comments.I've been to Shamrock Texas recently, but don't remember seeing any yards. They've probably closed down. It's the same story everywhere over there. Scrap metal prices are of course at an all-time high - and salvage yard owners see dollar signs flashing before their eyes. As of last year scrap cars were fetching £100 per ton, compared with just $7.50 a decade ago. To put this into perspective, a truck loaded with 18 crushed American cars from the 60s and 70s is worth over $2,500 today, whereas it would have fetched £175 in 1996. Add to this growing environmental pressures and it's easy to see why yards are closing.
  7. Anyone out there interested in knackered old hearses? Over the last decade I've been travelling around the the States searching for them in salvage yards, fields, barns etc. Anyway, if you're interested I've posted a decentselection on my blog. http://www.roadtransport.com/blogs/big- ... arses.html Nick - very sorry I lost your address so never got to send you the book I promised for winning the van identification blog. Drop me an email and I'll promise I'll post it asap.
  8. I found an old Commercial Motor from 1973 with 25 old vans - some of which are in my opinion virtually impossible to identify.I'm running a competition on my work blog to see if anyone can identify them - and thought if anyone can do it, it will be one of you lot. http://www.roadtransport.com/blogs/big- ... s-and.html
  9. I sure you are probably all very familiar with the shite at the Gaydon Heritage Centre – but here it is again for the few people who might not be familiar. The first Carina E off the line – and the only Jap on show The legendary TR7 estate – the Lynx Famous Maxi One of the first Metros Last Montego off the line Some sort of Rover estate – the forerunner to the Range Rover Rover SD1 estate – if only! Interactive shite Top Trumps Viva HC How many Wolseley wedges are left?
  10. I just bought myself one of those too. It's a 1989 535 with all the 'M' bits 'n' pieces. It's done 250,000 miles but is in mint condition inside and out and drives like a new car. I picked it up for the bargain price of £400 - which is about what it costs me to fill it up! Lovely car but not sure how long I'm going to be able to afford to keep it.
  11. I got this press release from Audi this week - if you are interested this is what they had to say about the quattro on the programme: Priceless Original Last-Of-The-Line Audi quattro Is Stored In Secret UK Location Fame has returned to the sought after original Audi quattro thanks to its starring role in the new BBC TV drama series Ashes to Ashes set in 1981. The most priceless example of this legendary sports car that pioneered four-wheel-drive for production road cars, is Audi UK’s own unregistered car with zero miles and will never be put up for sale. So rare is this car, the last right-hand-drive quattro sports car ever made, that Audi is forced to keep it in a secret location and stored in a sealed, dehumidified environment. Similar to the TV star example seen nationally each week from Thursday (7 Feb), the as new, just as it left the line Audi-owned example even shares the same bright red paint colour. An untouched and as new car could actually be worth an unlimited sum to an enthusiast Audi collector . “We would never be able to replace this car and its value to the brand is inestimable†said Jeremy Hicks Director of Audi UK. “Whenever we have exhibited this car, we have received a succession of surprisingly high offers, but sadly this particular car, the quattro that started it all for the company in the early eighties, will never be for saleâ€Â. In the final twist to the tale, experts have spotted that the model featured in the TV drama is actually a 1984 model year quattro identified by its single headlamp binnacles which, say the pundits, was not yet on sale in 1980. At that time, the first quattro launch in March 1980, featured twin headlamp lenses on each side. Hicks added: “The unprecedented exposure emerging from the TV programme has thrown the spotlight back onto the original quattro for the first time since production ceased almost twenty years ago. We are seeing renewed interest in our classic cars and we fully expect demand and prices of the first Audi quattro to rise dramatically this year. Audi has just launched the latest manifestation of the quattro line with the 580ps RS 6 quattro Avant priced from £77,625 on the road and capable of up to 174mph. The RS 6, the most powerful Audi roadcar ever made, arrives with the first UK customers in May. Intriguingly, Audi has always spelt ‘quattro’ with a lower case Q. -- ends --
  12. Fantsastic. Thank you all very much.
  13. Sorry to have to ask such a boring question, but some advice would be greatly appreciated. At the moment I only have two shite cars - a Ford Scorpio and a 1983 Mercedes W123. Both are insured with Elephant and I pay about 350 for the Ford and 300 for the Mercedes (both third party). Anyway, I have been offered a Peugeot 504 and I'm about to buy a van too (a Leyland Daf Pilot of course). My question is how do I insure them. I certainly don't want to pay another two lots of 300 quid. What do people do who have three or four vehicles on the road. Is there some sort of multi vehicle cover available and can anyone recommend a company. Thanks for your help.
  14. Yes, both the Polonez were spotted in Krakow, Poland. The police were using them too, but I wasn't quick enough to get the photo. And on the subject of shite police cars - I saw this in Cuba
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