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  1. My 2.5 KV6 Rover 75 is ULEZ compliant. It is a bit odd, some seem to be compliant, others are not. None are EURO4, but I think some sneak under somewhow ...
  2. Interesting topic, as I live yards outside the South Circular and two of my three cars are non compliant (and even the compliant one is Euro 3 so potentially should not be compliant...). I was thinking a few weeks ago I might look for a ULEZ exempt classic to replace my 205 at some point. I'd probably end up with an MGB or a Midget. This one looks delightful in brown: https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1380092
  3. The Rover 75 is a bit tatty and will be upgraded in the near ish future. I want a V8. CLK55 or XJR are the likely targets. The CLK55/CLK500 seems the sensible German v8 without major engine problems, air suspension, overly complicated electrics etc. If i was allowed prior to buying a kitchen i would get this - http://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202108216500699?atmobcid=soc3 I also want a Corvette C5 at some point but cannot really justify two expensive two seat sports cars on the drive. I also really want a JDM Toyota Century, with the v12, lace curtains and proper wing mirrors. Except I think ULEZ might make that tricky. In terms of cheaper stuff, Id quite like to go pre 1981 on my next cheap project for ULEZ exemption reasons. Not entirely sure what.
  4. 28k on the tvr. I justify it by saying it shouldnt depreciate and the other cars are dirt cheap...
  5. https://forum.retro-rides.org/thread/219525/vauxhall-vectra-miles-skipton-north Tidy enough 2001 Vectra for a mere 650 quid. Seems prime AS fodder.
  6. Budget? What about a V8 XF. I think they look a bargain... Edit: Actually theyre a bit more expensive than i thought not very AS at the 8 to 10k range. Sure you could get them for 5k not long ago...
  7. I mean ICE is not a great reason for a new car. My 30yo Peugeot and 21yo TVR both have perfectly good bluetooth enabled stereos that cost very little to install (20 quid ebay job on 205 and 100 quid philips job on tvr). The 600 quid 75 has heated seats, cruise etc. Not sure auto wipers or lights are that important. Of course there are plenty of other reasons a modern car is good.
  8. I agree with this. The scariest thing one could do is finance something like this - https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202108226522156?model=RANGE ROVER&postcode=se91la&make=LAND ROVER&include-delivery-option=on&radius=1500&onesearchad=New&onesearchad=Nearly New&onesearchad=Used&price-to=15000&advertising-location=at_cars&price-from=10000&sort=price-desc&page=1 - yet I am sure plenty of people do ...
  9. I don't do many miles in my 'daily' but the 2001 Rover 75 I have had for twelve months or so has never left me stranded, has all the mod cons (heated leather, climate control, cruise control, parking sensors, rear sun blind...) - and cost 600 quid (and another 800 quid across the year to get rear brakes rebuilt, fit a couple of drop links, fix cruise and parking sensors, service, couple of tyres, exhaust heat shield for MOT). Not sure why I'd want something much more modern. It certainly doesn't feel like an old shed (although the bodywork leaves much to be desired...). Saying that there are new cars which I am sure are great fun but for me doing a couple of thousand miles a year in it I don't see the point. Plus interesting things seem to start at 30k+ and properly interesting things 50k+ (brand new) which is a lot of dough ... and if I set a budget of say 20k I would always be tempted to go for much more interesting bottom of depreciation curve 15 yo car at 20k than 5 yo middlingly interesting at 20k ...
  10. Brown and green, what an epic colour scheme.
  11. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Citroen-CX-2000-Athena-low-mileage-solid-superbly-maintained-priced-to-sell-/255111127672?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l6249&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0 Rather delightful
  12. Bit of roadside mechanics needed as it seems to have burnt through most of its oil in 150 miles 😄
  13. Couple of pics next to one of the many VW vans we have spotted on our travels
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