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About Insideimsmiling

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    cheap to run old cars (British manufacturers)that have some character. An unhealthy lifelong obsession with MG & Rover,flirting with Reliant,Triumph,Jaguar & Austin. A kitcar history featuring GTM,Moss & Rickman, with some French & Latin influences at times.
    Other than things petrol engined other interests exist, so relatively balanced andnot a complete car nerd really!- Thismay be a lie???


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  1. I would be happy just having this parked on my front lawn, enjoying the view myself and annoying my shitty neighbours. It suggests a kind of faded grandeur a d slow decent into decay that matches my house, other cars and indeed my general look.
  2. Spoke to the seller a couple of days ago and he is looking for £450 however it is due to be MOT'd in the coming few daysbandvso this is with 12 months ticket included - still very tempted but travel plus selling Volvo are a consideration. Said I would ring again after the MOT just to know if anything is thrown up so buy it before I do as I have run out of off road parking.
  3. Actually if this all goes to plan then you will soon see the Volvo making an appearance on here, so watch this space.
  4. I really don't need a fourth car at the moment but I do have a thing for old french fancies having owned 2CV's, a Visa Convertible & a Saxo with a full webasto sunroof. My last Citroen was a Xsara 3 door that was replaced by a Renault Megane Convertible with the rare storage box replacing the rear seats to give a roadster look and to also make it less than practical. I am running a big Volvo estate at the moment as my practical car as I sometimes need a 4 seater and also a hatchback for wheelchair space and so this could be an interesting and practical replacement. Could you give me the sellers contact details as I am definitely interested in this car and would give it a good home ( also ensuring that if sold it would be offered back here on Autoshite first ).
  5. Will someone please buy these books and give me the space to buy more. I am in Lincolnshire but over the holiday period I will be down in Salisbury and so anyone living in that city can have a special delivery at no added cost. The single malt this evening is clearly melting my icy heart - don't thank me, thank Laphroaig!
  6. Free Longbridge metal reproduction sign as a bonus!!!
  7. A collection of motoring books for sale. These are copies that I have doubled up on and so are surplus to my needs, featuring single marque books as well as books in topics such as classic sports cars. Rather than list them individually I have included acouple of photos and it is more about having a clear out with them going to an enthusiast than maximising the money from them. So a dining tables worth of books for the first person to come over to Lincolnshire ( Gainsborough ) with £35 in used notes. Either add these to your motoring library and/or sell them on at a profit. Just call me shite Santa.
  8. Had a couple of these over the years, really rather a good looking compact convertible and were fun to drive. In fact I wish I had kept one now that they are so hard to find and so expensive for a running example compared to the cost when I owned them. Good luck with the restoration, its worth it.
  9. cani have a random please, promised i would not buy a car in 2018 so winning a raffle is the only thing that will keep me sane.
  10. WANT - but cannot afford and do not need. However the E36 coupe is in my view one of the most attractive Beemers made.
  11. Sold to the guy who drove it off my drive stopped up the road to chat with his mate and locked himself out of the car. Much cursing and head scratching observed from my window before a sheepish returning to my door to ask if I have a spare key. Strangely I do not keep spare keys for cars I sell so they borrow a brick and smash a window before going on their merry way with o e more task to the to do list. Bye bye Beetle, with that much rot it could have been a real one! And hello Honda ( but that's a different story )
  12. Thanks for sorting out the For Sale tag & yes it is in Lincolnshire and is the ex-PBK Bug, I didn't expect VW to have built these to the same original standard as the real thing but surprisingly they do rot in the same way. I went to my local scrapyard looking for bits for this prior to the MOT results and the two Bugs they had in there were equally rotten but actually looked better on top than this one. I do love the idea of wood panel effect vinyl wrapping to the car as suggested by Ghosty, I saw a few woody's ( Now that does sound wrong ) at car shows over the summer, old Royce etc, and really love the look. The shape of the Beetle lends itself to this and if it had been in better nick that is the route I would have gone down. Still you win some and lose some, Jaguar XJ6 bought recently from Cheezey is a beauty and the drive back from Scotland was enough to make me fall in love with it. He gave me an honest and full description before the sale and if anything overplayed the cosmetic issues, it was a pleasure to buy from him. The only problem was it was my mate who bought it and all I did was tell her about it and offer my services to collect. Anyway moving forward and at a recent car show I got talking to a TR7 owner and was saying how I considered buying one but missed the boat so instead of being under my self imposed limit of £1000 ( imposed by poverty ) a decent one is £6000, so when I saw another car I had thought about in the past and seemed to have missed out on , well I had to look. It is the Honda CRX Del Sol, a two seater semi sports car with a targa top. Most have now been customised and so a stock one is hard to find and as the rice rocket fans love them they are all over a grand or very rusty. A black one came up locally on Face ache and so I took a look. It turned out to be a dark blue and in overall good condition for its age, a P plate. It had the automatic roof which is worth seeking out on You Tube if you haven't seen one in action as it is far more complex than anything I have ever seen. A quick test drive and a chat with a very friendly and genuine owner ( sale due to retirement ) was followed by me putting in an offer just under the asking price for a recently MOT'd Del Sol, with a genuine mileage of 217000 miles. Probably the highest mileage survivor in the UK for this model - what could possibly go wrong. So goodbye Beetle hopefully as I am also going to list it on Facebook just in case you are all too sensible to buy it and when I collect the Del Sol in a couple of weeks I will let everyone here see my next moneypit - well you can't take it with you!
  13. Not showing in the sale section - please advise, help, etc. Sod it off to the pub!
  14. For Sale: VW Beetle in metallic grey its a 2002 car with the 1600cc engine and has done a total of 129000 miles. It runs fine and is good inside however the bodywork lets it down with dents, scuffs and keying to the sides and bonnet. These were previously wrapped but this was removed from the car by the last owner who kept the car stored and allowed the MOT to lapse. I bought this and took it for an MOT which it failed due in the main to rust underneath the car, so quite how it got its last MOT who knows. It cost myself £245 from this very parish however now I know the extent of the work required I would say that £195 is a fair price for a running but tatty Beetle that needs welding for an MOT along with some other things - NJ52CHD, look it up for the fail sheet! There is no log book as the previous owner lost it but a receipt will be given, along with blessings and a lucky rabbits foot. So plastidip it, spray it, wrap it or sticker bomb it, just bloody buy it!
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