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  1. I’m with the seller. The buyer either needs to look for cars that are Buy it Now so he can drive 7 hours, view and buy, or for auction cars that are not 7 hours away. The buyer wants it all their way and is struggling to understand that their ambitions are not important to the seller. The seller can choose to sell or not however they wish. In recent years people have been encouraged to become too precious about their own needs and wants. This thread is fab fun because of this!
  2. Nice! From the era when top of the range meant velour, not leather.
  3. I think our dads might have been separated at birth, mine had a B reg Orion which he replaced with an F reg Orion. Both were 1.6 Ghias, we had them both for 4 years. Here's the first one, which I also learned to drive in: Unfortunately I couldn't say whether that's the original tailpipe or not. Equally unfortunately this is the only photo I can find of our second Orion 1.6 Ghia: The first Orion replaced a 1980 Ford Cortina 2.0GL and I reckon my Dad was exactly the conservative buyer Ford were targeting with the Orion, as he didn't really want a (poxy) hatchback. It was a company car, so he had the choice of a Sierra 2.0GL or an Orion 1.6 Ghia, he was swayed by the luxury of the Ghia. It was really well equipped and felt very special compared to the Cortina... rev counter, digital roof mounted clock, tilt/slide sunroof, 4 speaker stereo cassette player with joystick for balance, electric windows, rear headrests, remote boot release. We loved it. The replacement, an F reg facelift model was totally stripped out compared to th B reg one and very disappointing. It didn't feel special at all, certainly didn't feel like a top of the range model. Can't remember exactly what was missing but it was the combination of lots of minor details like no storage pockets on the backs of the front seats for maps, no rear courtesy lights, no tiny torch on the key fob, etc, etc. Its saving grace was that it was a much nicer car to drive, firmer, faster, wider tyres and felt more surefooted. The earlier one was very soggy and floppy. If I could be bothered I'd go through the Ford catalogues and list all the minor stuff missing from the spec between them but there was loads. Anyway, glad there are others here who experienced the awesomeness of the Orion, for such a mundane car I think it was quite handsome and to me looked very different to the Escort it was based on to the extent it felt like a car in its own right and not a booted conversion. I don't think that was the case with the ones based on later Escort models.
  4. Add the Porsche 924 to the list for both of these. They even continued the pfennig pinching for the updated 924S from 1985-88. And the early 944s.
  5. This looks like a cracking V70 for reasonable money given the current market. Would be buying this if it was closer. £2300, 160,000miles, PURPLE!!! Alfreston. Someone buy it then sell it to me in a bit tacheersthanks. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144546408149?hash=item21a7a326d5:g:QjMAAOSwTb1iSX6Z
  6. Potentially interested in boxed cars but would need photos & more details about condition, and couldn’t collect.
  7. The 1980s What Car? long term facts storage and recollection part of my brain thinks the Stanza was the last Nissan sold in the UK as a Datsun. Why do I think that several decades later, is it true?
  8. An oaky bouquet with a complex, earthy finish
  9. That's disgusting. Red wine in champagne flutes? Nice caravan though.
  10. Gutta-percha is a sort of plant based natural rubber, used to coat early transatlantic cables etc, so I doubt it would be used for a car body, as too heavy and not structural enough. Pre ww2 Henry Ford was exploring ways to combine agriculture & chemical industries, he developed a ’bio-plastic bodied’ car, actually a mix of I think flax fibres, (EDIT: soybean) and thermoplastic, something like phenolic resin. He made a couple of prototypes, then war broke out, then he died, and the project disappeared. There are vids/photos online of him hitting the bodywork with a sledge hammer and it bouncing off. But then I remember when CDs were launched seeing them on tv smeared with jam and still playable but that didn’t make them indestructible like we were told at the time. Edit: More info here: https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-resources/popular-topics/soy-bean-car/
  11. https://classicretromodern.com/shop/easter/
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