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Mr Laurence

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  1. One of my favorite films too - seems like the 2cv looks pretty different these days though in 2003: and in 2012: (presumably it still looks like this)
  2. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202206106674717 I’ve checked and somehow that’s not a typo; 214,000 miles in an Elise(!)
  3. An update from a few months ago. I didn’t seem to do all that many miles over lockdown, but it’s starting to creep up now. Still running just as well as it did when I bought it though and I can’t see any reason why it won’t make it to 200k
  4. Right, it’s been over a year since I last updated this, but after a bit of a break from posting on here I think it’s time to come back. Here’s a brief update of the last year and a bit: Mini Still looking pretty much the same as it did last year, with the addition of some extra rust. A bit more digging into the idle issue found that the plastic housing had been broken by the engine rocking into the bulkhead; the engine mounts were replaced not too long ago, and the garage that did the work forgot to put one back in, so there was a LOT of play. Sorted now and the car seems noticeably better than before. The high idle on startup still persists, but it settles within 5 minutes or so. A bit more investigation is needed I think. ~£300 in welding saw it through another MOT in December, but really it’s reaching a point now where it either needs selling on or a proper restoration. I feel like I’ve had my fun with it now and I’d rather move onto something else, so I’m leaning pretty heavily towards selling. MX5 Now at nearly 170,000 miles and still going strong! Since last posting I’ve fitted a front lip, spoiler and a set of Tein coilovers. It sits a little bit lower and feels better round corners now, but thankfully not at the expense of comfort. Otherwise just little maintenance jobs here and there.
  5. £11,000 for an 80’s Mayfair(!) These prices are before ACAs fees as well aren’t they?
  6. That looks great! The matching hardtops a great bonus too. how does the 90hp 1.6 compare to the one in your last mx5?
  7. You could still get one of these on a J reg?!
  8. £50 Mk1 Punto https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/731406330851243
  9. I’ve never driven a mk3, but the general consensus is that they’re more liveable than earlier cars. Ignore any ‘comedians’ calling them boats. They’re barely any heavier than Mk1s or 2s. I think that the engines in a mk3 are more prone to failure though. On the flipside, you’ll get a newer car without as much rust to contend with. I personally don’t like the idea of buying a car as an investment, but Mk1 prices are rising fairly quickly without any sign of slowing down. Even rusty MOT failures are starting to make actual money now, so a solid one might make you a profit when you come to sell. Mk3s don’t quite seem to have reached the bottom of their depreciation curve yet. They’re still comparatively quite a modern car. Take a look at both and see which you prefer before commiting to buying either. In many ways they’re very similar cars, but depending on what you’re planning on using it for both have their benefits.
  10. Did comforts ever get offered as a civilian version, or were they just sold to buisnesses/governments? I think I’ve heard of a hot TRD version, but every one that I’ve seen has been a cab
  11. The rear wings look so unusual on this that I didn’t even notice the metal roof until I read the description. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/160642035868317
  12. That’s the first one I’ve ever seen in that colour I think. compulsory @Motownand @Lord Sterling tag
  13. Just echoing what everyone else has said already - PD engines are really good. And if you’d exude you don’t like it, the colour concept interiors seem to make pretty big money on eBay. You’d probably get half of your money back just from selling that and swapping in cloth seats from a scrapyard
  14. It’s a shame, but as @gmsays, they all go like that. It’s definitely worth saving. Early unmolested Mk1s are rare now, and most will need the same work doing as yours sooner or later.
  15. You know, they suit it quite well I think
  16. After the Castle Gresley one restoring this should be a walk in the park: it already looks lovely! How many 800s do you own now?
  17. That looks like it lived a pretty hard life. It’s done well to survive until now, but hopefully it can donate a few bits to keep others going.
  18. The Baur-Kohl Coupe was a coupe conversion of the E30 3 series with a huge rear window. They weren’t just a one off, as there’s at least 3 left. I can’t find much about them, but they seem to be a Baur convertible with a solid metal roof; the rear quarter windows look like they’re the same.
  19. £2400 What a total crock of festering old dogshit begging to be put out of it’s misery https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2843041455961941
  20. Wow... I’ve only just caught up with all this, and I don’t think there’s much more I can add really. I took a break from the forum to focus on other stuff before modgate kicked off, so I don’t really have any memory of it, but I do remember that when I came back early last year I did notice that a lot of the frequent posters I could remember were gone. Seeing bollox go is a real shame; his writing style and threads were some of my favourites and knowing there won’t be any more horse box updates is gutting. I wouldn’t consider myself to be a particularly big contributor to this forum and I still see myself as a bit of newbie, so I don’t have any way of keeping in touch with bollox, nor any of the other members that left while I was gone, whose posts I used to enjoy reading. I’ve always tried to steer clear of making any political posts. At the end of the day I’m here to look at and talk about old cars, but that doesn’t mean I’m against others having those discussions, even if they differ from my own views or occasionally leak into threads about cars. We’re all adults here, so hopefully we’re all capable of talking about these things and accepting that we can’t always agree on everything. The diversity and range of opinions and interests is what makes this place special, and it seems a shame to lose that.
  21. Just a routine reminder of my borderline obsession with Fantasia Green Lupos. Not only does this one have the correct typeface number plates and a full Webasto roof, it’s also (relatively) local to me. I really am running out of excuses... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2001-Y-VOLKSWAGEN-LUPO-1-0-E-3-DOOR-HATCHBACK/294011135521
  22. Congratulations on getting the MOT! For a 30+ year old car, that isn’t a bad fail list. Every time I see this thread it reminds me how much I’d like an E30. It looks nice on the steels too
  23. Lovely little Hillman Imp But wait, it gets better... As far as I'm concerned, this is evidence that time travel is real. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/5211688008848863
  24. £3000 https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/467456940950476
  25. I had no idea they were that cheap now. Am I right in thinking that they’re just a Punto pulling a funny face? They can’t be that scary or expensive to look after if they are
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