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  1. Back in around 1994 on holiday in the USA I had a Dynasty as a hire car. Previously I’d mostly had GM hire cars such as the Pontiac Grand Am which always drove fairly well. The styling of the Dodge sets the scene for something that ought to handle like a battleship but actually I thought it drove very well. The (4-cylinder in this case) engine was refined and torquey while the handling was fine on US roads.
  2. I had a new non-turbo MG Metro back in the day and it was great fun to drive on any road apart from the motorway where an Astra 1.3 beat the pants off it. As already said, those bad-mouthing the Metro either haven’t driven one in good shape or have no sense of fun. Despite all this, £7k for a car needing engine work and paint is far too much. If you really really want it, then it’s your money, spend it. I would have thought £3k tops.
  3. Velour for me instead of leather every day of the week. I used to examine the company car list like a hawk, and at the time of this car I’m pretty sure that leather was standard on the CD but you could get it deleted for a £1000 credit. This would probably have helped company car taxation based on the list price, although I can't recall 30 years on whether the taxation at this time was based on engine size or list price.
  4. The black car is a Tatra T613: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatra_613#/media/File:1976TatraT-613-rear.jpg The beigecar appears to be an NSU Prinz 1000 like this one: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NSU_Prinz_1000_at_Schaffen-Diest_2018_-_Copy.jpg
  5. Window shape and curved front bonnet look to me like a Vauxhall Victor FD. Hard to tell on this obscured view.
  6. Interesting topic. I can’t think of any ways in which a current car is noticeably better than my 22 year-old 406. While built-in satnav is very good, a phone with nav app is almost as good. Comparing the 406 to a car 20 years older there are so many ways that it’s better: fuel injection. Driveability in all weathers transformed ABS. climate control. No more overheating of the driver and the ability to clear a steamed-up car in the winter Air bags if the worst happens Power steering (which a modest car would not have had in 1980) Autobox has 4-speeds with lockup. These only really appeared in the mid/late 80s. Good fuel economy given the performance on offer
  7. Regarding the CF problem, I don’t know much about C6s. CF cards and similar are more my area. As the C6 is ancient in IT terms the hard drive or CF-equivalent replacement will need to bear that in mind and use similarly old technology. Keep the size of the CF card to be around the same as the old hard drive and also use the same file system. I’m going to guess the next bit – that the hard drive is less than 2 GB in size and uses FAT16 file format - whereas if you were putting in a CF card today it would be much larger and therefore use FAT32. I could be wrong on this but it’s worth checking if you have the tools. The Wikipedia page on CF cards is worth reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CompactFlash Good luck. Love reading about your adventures with this fine French machine.
  8. Any news on the Horsebollox ? Meanwhile here's a recent roadside spot from Princes Risborough.
  9. For me Astra Mark 1 1300. The engines on these were so far ahead of the competition that it was the dawn of a new era. Possibly an Allegro as the road behaviour on these was pretty good although the engines were slow. Wildcard would be a Vauxhall FE Ventora – always wanted to drive one of these with the 3.3 L six. On the Vauxhalls rust would be a major potential problem.
  10. In my SRi the ride quality was good while the handling was just about OK. There’s not a lot of feel through the steering so it didn’t inspire a great deal of confidence. The 406 V6 that followed it is in a different league for handling. I borrowed a Vectra GSi when I was choosing a replacement for the SRi and it was appalling. The ride was so jolty that it gave me lower back pain and I had to stop driving it. No other car has ever done that.
  11. Lovely engine in these. I had an SRi V6 back when P reg was current. Powerful, smooth and pretty economical unless you're very heavy with the right foot. Engine built in the Ellesmere Port factory too.
  12. For me it’s late 90s to early 2000s. By then the rampant rusting of the 70s had been tamed. Engines ran so much better with fuel injection and computer control. No more faffing with a choke and worrying if the car would start. It did. On the nose. Every time (*). Most cars had ABS and airbags to improve safety. Reasonable quality FM radios across the board. Crash worthiness was much improved but cars weren’t all 2m wide (exaggeration but close). Later cars (early 2000s on) have better diagnostics via OBD port Before the ridiculous fad for leather seats. Who wants to sit on what feels like a sheet of plastic that gets baking hot in summer, cold in winter and makes farting noises as you move around. Before the stupid fad for big wheels and tyres as thick as a sheet of paper. Before ride comfort on mainstream cars degenerated (better handling innit). When the windscreen pillars weren’t 6 inches thick and a danger to seeing other cars. When 6 cylinder cars weren’t crucified by tax structures and could still deliver decent MPG.
  13. Black was very common on cars from the 1900s through to the late 50s and I suppose the disappearance of it as a popular colour was a reaction to this. In much the same way bathroom suites were always white up until the 1960s when every colour of the rainbow started to be used (cue the avacado bathroom) and continued up until the end of the 1980s when white took over. These days you can't buy any bathroom suites that aren't white. In the same way, with cars you generally can't buy the standard rainbow colours, just shades of white, blue and grey (there are exceptions, naturally, I'm generalising).
  14. Interesting feature on Invacars on the BBC News Channel this morning. It appeared in a piece called Witness History about 745am. Likely to be repeated again and maybe on the IPlayer.
  15. These are my Dad’s cars, a mix of privately bought and company cars. You’ll see a pattern developing. 6 HK. 1957 Vauxhall Victor F series in Horizon Blue. His first car, bought new. Eventually rusted away No car at all for about 3 months while waiting for… DEV 111G. 1969 Vauxhall Victor 2000 FD with overdrive in peacock blue WHK 111L. 1972 Vauxhall VX4/90 FE in a beautiful Ferrari-like red. Stunning looking car. TVX 339N. 1974 Rover 2200TC in pale yellow / beige. Always felt a step back from the VX. The first of his cars that I drove and felt sophisticated although undergeared YJN 388S. 1978 Rover 2600 Mk 1 in maroon. Developed scab like rust patches after two years and the paint flattened terribly. Always thought these felt crude to drive although a good cruiser BAR 814X. 1981 Rover 2600 Mk 2 in pale green metallic. Engine self destructed one day at about 3 years old. The only bad FTP he ever had. D225 PWC 1986 Rover 825 saloon in metallic grey 1990 Rover 827 fastback in white. Lovely smooth Honda engine 1993 Rover 620 in metallic red 1998 Rover 75 in pale blue What do you get after Rover went down the pan ? 2007 Jaguar X-Type in silver. FTP’d last year when the fuel pump failed Dad and the 2007 car are still going, just. After that lot I still have a love for pre-2000 Vauxhalls but don't care particularly for Rovers.
  16. 406V6

    Austin Maestros

    Great pic. With three Maestros on the drive and three garages behind, what delights are stored in the garages ?
  17. What a lovely old car. Regarding the indicators I can remember riding in the back of a car when I was very young – about 3 years old – and my parents pointing out the semaphore indicator arms popping out and lighting up. Memories. You’ve mentioned removing the (normal) flashing indicators on this so presumably leaving just the semaphores. From a safety point of view I’d politely question the wisdom of this. Nobody on today’s roads will be looking for a semaphore and I’d hate this lovely old car to get hit by an impatient Audi or BMW driver when you’re about to attempt a manoevure. Then there’s you, the driver, without a seat belt liable to be thrown all over the place if the car gets hit. On Autoshite we care.
  18. Ford brought this on themselves by making each generation bigger than the one before. Now it’s simply too large a car for the majority of drivers. The original Mondeo’s natural successor is the Focus. A current Focus hatch (4378mm long) is almost the same size as the Mark 1 Mondeo (4481mm) and the Focus estate (4669mm) is actually bigger than the Mark 1 Mondeo estate (4631mm).
  19. Great to read about your adventures again including LMC Cars. There must be a story about the 407 coupe on the transporter.
  20. Great work on the new panel pieces and welding. Such a shame that the engine has blown. What do you think has happened and can it be rebuilt ?
  21. Thanks for posting this. Found that my 406 scrapes into compatibility by a few weeks although I'll still avoid E10 where possible and continue using Super Unleaded.
  22. I'll just leave this here, bought by me in 1984 and unused since 1988. What's one of these worth if it works ?
  23. I'm proud to have owned some unfashionable cars which I liked at the time - and still like in the case of the 406: Allegro 1300 MG Metro Vectra SRi 406
  24. Back in 1985 I had a couple of these as hire cars – one a Ford Escort and the other a Mercury Lynx which I think were both 1984 model year. Easily the worst new cars I’ve ever driven. Both had auto boxes – they were hire cars after all – and there was little power available for acceleration. When the A/C was on they struggled to move at all. The interior was horrible with wall to wall ugly coloured plastic – red in the case of the Escort I had. Utterly shit cars which should be avoided if you want to drive anywhere. Best left parked where you can just laugh at them A work colleague actually paid his own money for a 1985 model Escort with manual box and this was a lot better than the ones I had. The interior was more pleasant and it did at least accelerate reasonably. These were the days of the universal 55mph speed limit so they didn’t need to be fast.
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