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  1. Now the Cambridge is cleaned up I went out for drive round the local countryside. Hope to give it a decent run soon, I was planning to do the Southend seafront show on the 27th but that has now been postponed.
  2. Spent the weekend T-Cutting and polishing the A60, the first time since 2018. The top half of the car is still the original cellulose and was flat as Lincolnshire. Also had to superglue the plastic J back on the rear number plate as it made a bid for freedom after 57 years 😆
  3. This has appeared at a garage round the corner from me. Belonged to a local old boy and was a regular at shows until he stopped driving in 2017 and sat in his garage until his death in October. Was originally up for £10,000 but they seem to have decided that was too cheap... https://www.northridgecars.com/used/wolseley/other/1660-automatic-buy-wisely-buy-wolseley/hemel-hempstead/hertfordshire/19785686/?quid=
  4. I have this Siku Mercedes ADAC Transporter up for grabs. Ramps and winch work, roof has been repainted. FREE - Just pay postage cost.
  5. I took the plunge last month and spashed out £93 (cheapest on ebay from a UK seller) for one. It's a reissue of the ERTL Christine from 2004 with a better paint finish and extra detail such as imitation carpets. Only gripe is that it doesn't have a radio antenna (featured on the original model and pivotal in both the book and film) however this is usually broken or missing on the ERTL's that come up for sale... Verdict? Pricey but should hold its money if you come to sell it.
  6. I've started a thread for my ongong diecast sale, more to be added during the week... https://autoshite.com/topic/42678-64a60s-diecast-sale/
  7. Motor Show Number, 23 October 1965. Bumper edition of the magazine with information on the 1966 models. Also features advertisements for accessories, lists of dealerships and classifieds. Yours for the cost of postage (£3.10)
  8. I decided to move my Austin A55 on. Not in the mood to deal with tyre kickers I contacted Mathewsons auctions in North Yorkshire who collected the car promptly and it went under the hammer on Saturday. The buyer lives in Horncastle, Lincolnshire which isn't far from where it was first registered and lived from 1958 until 1984. Hopefully the new owner will replace the wiring loom and sort out the few bits of cosmetic work it needed.
  9. Back on the road at last! Me and a mate decoked the Head and replaced the Gasket but I ended up having to farm the Oil change out to a garage due to the awful position of the Filter on these cars. Took it to an evening old car gathering at the pub last week where I met a couple of friends of the previous deceased owner who were happy to see it again. Plan to take it to chez @flat4alfa soon as he was ferried around in an identical example as a young un.
  10. On a local Classic Car page a request was placed at short notice inviting older cars to partake in a display for the residents of a Care Home. The residents had been at the home without many visitors due to the current pandemic, so the carers organised a day where they could be involved in something which could bring back memories and also liven their spirits. With the Farina being one of the most recognisable British cars of the 1960's I volunteered to bring my 1964 A60 Cambridge and after a word with a mate the 1950's were represented with his very nice 1956 A40. We were welcomed with open arms by the staff at the home and brought many smiles and much nostalgia to the residents with plenty of photos of them taken with both cars during the couple of hours we were there.
  11. Had this out again over the weekend after sitting since March. Sadly I've noticed white smoke when pulling away, a drop in coolant and Pancake Mix in the Rocker Cover so looks like it's off with the Cylinder Head soon. ?
  12. A 50's saloon has been on my want list for a long time- These Austins aren't the most desirable of them but cars from this era don't come up for sale often and there's plenty of bodged up crap around I could have wasted time and money viewing. This one I saw back in 2012 drew me to the A55- not perfect but it was a daily driver and used for touring both at home and abroad. Also had the rare optional Borg Warner Overdrive fitted.
  13. Thanks everyone for the advice on the drivers seat, I'd like to avoid a retrim so will look into how it could be repaired. I'm also monitoring ebay and the Cambridge Facebook group on the off chance a good seat from a scrapper comes up! It does have some bodywork blemishes up close however I'm not too fussed, I'd rather have an old car with some patina and imperfections than a minter that could only be used sparingly. With the B Series it should be easy to maintain and ideal for Sunday jaunts or Weekends away, avoiding Motorways if possible. Hopefully the past few years it's spent being religated for shows will become a thing of the past...
  14. Aftermarket, it was left to the owner to deicide on what make and model to fit. I have a receipt in the history file from 1998 for the refurbishment of a Radiomobile 20X Valve Radio like this one, however this is long gone and an unplugged 70's Transistor set is now in its place.
  15. I've had this just over 6 months now but have made few posts about it. Seeing as there is interest in BMC stuff on here I might as well create a thread and hope to update it as I work my way through the car. The A55 was an updated version of the A50 Cambridge introduced in 1957 and produced until 1959, with a restyled front and rear, enlarged rear window, 13" wheels and a high compression 1500 B Series engine. Finished in Tweed Grey with Cherry Red trim, it was originally registered KEE 389 and had three owners in Grimsby. The third owner bought the car in 1964 and kept it until he gave up driving in 1984, and it would have been an unusual sight even then as most had been scrapped by the early 70's. It then went up to Driffield, East Yorkshire then in 1990 it was sold at an Antiques Auction in Banbury. It was bought by someone in Streatham, South London who retained the plate and it was re-registered as OYM 743A- these were the days before age related plates were issued by the DVLA. After that it spent 7 years off the road when it was recomissioned by the next owner in nearby Tooting and then pressed into service as a daily driver. In 1998 it was sold again and went up to Stotfold, Bedfordshire and the new owner had the dateless plate KSJ 128 allocated to the car. The paper trail then goes cold but by 2006 it changed hands yet again, going to Bedford then to Biggleswade in 2010. In this time it received a respray, rechromed bumpers and headlamp trims. The two photos above were taken at a show at Knebworth House that year. Anyway that's enough of beating around the bush, last year I was chatting to a friend who is a member of the local Austin Seven Club about 1950's cars and he mentioned a member had recently passed away and his family had this A55 to dispose of. He had reversed it into his garage in 2017, had a heart attack shortly afterwards so stopped driving and it remained there since. He bought it in 2011 as his wife had MS and they needed a more modern and practical car for shows then their 1936 Seven Opal. I did see it a few times at some local events and remembered how straight the car was. I made an offer to his family which they accepted and a friend of the late owner freed the seized brakes off (only rusty drums luckily) and trailered it down to me free of charge. A couple of photos from before the lockdown. The clutch was replaced in March, we suspect the very worn old plate was the original. It's very peppy to drive and is content to sit at 60 all day, the Column Change is easy to use too. I would like to source a better driver's seat in time and replace the mainly original wiring with a new loom from Autosparks.
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