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  1. MGB - Austin Cambridge sports.
  2. Rolls Royce Silver Mist was not called mist...as it means manure in German.πŸ˜‚
  3. Monkey is singing: 🎡"I wanna break free"🎢
  4. Or PC Gussett apprehending one of the Great Train Robbers?
  5. Looking from France here are some of the reasons. Distances are often huge and a lot of people live in the countryside - a 100% reliable car is a must. Cars are expected to make 150,000km + easily. Lots of towns have lost their shops so the supermarket trip is important. There is virtually zero public transport about in many areas and trains are expensive and infrequent in the sticks. People buy cars to keep and run into the ground - they expect them to last. Things like decent ground clearance, able to stand sub-zero starts and interior space and kpg are really important too. Only middle class city dwellers and those on the Riviere buy the French fashion cars that fascinate the British - everybody else drives the basic reliable box usually with few frills. Equally - flashy cars are looked down on by most French I know something to do with the Revolution and 1968. France remains a determined Republic of equals. There is a surprisingly limited range of everyday cars bought - most people are happy to drive the reliable box without much in the way if extras. So all in all cars are seen as useful tools and expected to be 100% issue free. People are very unemotional when it comes to cars preferring to spend thir € on their families and lifestyle in general. That's why middle of the rue French cars are a good purchase avoiding the fashion cars. We will see how the latest Cactus holds up - but I'd expect to see plenty about in 10 years time with dents and the paint falling off... πŸ˜€ I remain surprised how imported cars have still not significantly go a foothold in France - its still largely Renault/Peugeot/Citroen. Dacia have made some inroads but they are seen as virtually French - Nissan/Toyota a bit..etc.
  6. It is...not to be confused with that comedian Billy Connolly tho. πŸ˜† Here is what he is up to at moment.... https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/culture/2021/oct/17/billy-connolly-it-might-be-lovely-on-the-other-side
  7. And they were very nice to drive. Those side windows - ex-police or broadcaster etc?
  8. A Stilletto - very nice. Like you I remember Imps were unreliable when a few years old - mostly not the poor old Imps fault - but previous owners who unattended clogged rads and long leaky heater pipe runs oftentimes led to chronic overheating and engine problems, underuse of antifreeze and lack of regular oil changes too - the rubber Rotoflex drive couplings failed regularly with age as well. But I don't remember them as being particularly rusty. Nice to drive - but Rootes finance problems led them to be chronically underdeveloped. Pity.
  9. The shape of these has aged very well. What a nice thing.
  10. Basically a saloon car that has the whole centre section cut out and roof cut off. What is now the door was the rear door of the saloon. Vendor fails to mention the dash looks home-made and the seats are out of a MK10 Jaguar. They never show these things with the hood up either because that is very different to get right - probably has no side windows either sir... Bet it handles like a pig now with that shorter chassis and high stance. They are offering a test drive - make sure your life-insurance covers you for that. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1936-PIERCE-ARROW-1601-/174818487366?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l6249&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0 59K...
  11. I has one of these. The 2.6 six was very sweet. They are fun to own and drive. The coolest feature was the electric rear side estate window - which was for loading groceries apparently. But... They rusted well 25 years ago. Funny someone wants that much for a car but can't be bothered to photograph it properly. Been for sale some time.
  12. Well I don't think that they are "getting rare"[er] than they were 20 years ago - in fact the increase in value has probably significantly slowed the rate of attrition. Quite a few for sale at the moment - not a particularly great steer and this one will probably need many ££'s and a large chunk of time. Frankly there are better things to do than live in the 50's...I had one years ago when they were £50 and nobody cared . The almost contemporary Audax Minx is a much better car if you fancy something from the 50's.
  13. Very nice Victorian building. Where is that? That will be by well known Victorian architect I'm guessing.
  14. Le Tropical? Le Tropic? L'Orange? Le Beachball? Le Sun? Le Soleil? L'Orangenia? Le Marmaduke? Le Marmalade Pot? Le Apricot Tart? Le Peachy? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  15. I'd say go for it. Create a 'special edition'.
  16. Rave if you can'tΒ  find a taker for this I couldΒ  come take a look. I am only in Deptford.Β 

    HopefullyΒ one of this crew will take it. Shame to see it scrapped.

    Cheers. Mark

    1. Rave


      Hi Mark,

      Thanks, will keep you informed then. I have a few other expressions of interest, and I'm still hopeful of being able to weld up my 106 on Sunday and stick it in for an MOT on Monday, which would free up a driveway space for the jag. The tightwad in me is still bridling at the idea of letting it go for scrap value when I've spent more than that on parts for it, but my rational brain is still telling me that I'll never get round to doing anything with it...


    2. lesapandre


      OK Rich. πŸ‘ I hope somebody takes it and gives it a future.

      I don'tΒ  need or want it but will act as a last resort if the scrap man beckons. I already have too many vehicles...πŸ˜‚

      The idea wd be to do a quick MoT & then roadtrip it to Spain and write it up here.Β  I need to go and this wd be a fun way.

  17. "I have long espoused the opinion that the 1995 -2003 Mercedes E Class is better than the 1986 - 1995 one". You mean the W124? I must say I like the W124 because of it's more 'old fashioned' character - they are really classic Mercedes and do survive well. Kind of chalk and cheese πŸ§€ perhaps.
  18. ARO of Romania. They went bust in 2006. Nice no -nonsense design.
  19. The 1100 tailgate is by Crayford of Westerham. The frame is so flimsy and the ratchet stays so prone to sticking that a cracked rear window would have been a near inevitably.
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