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  1. VERY early Skoda, a 440, on the extreme left. RARE!!
  2. EPIC!!! This ticks more boxes than there are in a Sainsbury delivery! I would willingly surrender my Subaru Forester if I could drive that!
  3. On a rarity scale of 1-10, where 1 is "common" and 10 "rare", this vehicle is an 11, without a doubt! I only ever seen one in the flesh, although I do have a "Motoring Which" report from January 1963, which said it was economical but slow, and uncomfortable, although the sliding roof was a great feature for summer days. The "suicide" doors, that were hinged at the rear were considered very dangerous, particularly as they kept flying open......
  4. if I'm not mistaken, that's the Cross Keys in Great Missenden! Blimey, I've "sunk a few" in there over a few years!
  5. I hope your hand is O.K! Clean up the injury and dab some TCP on it, just to be sure. As you say, it's so often the "bloody obvious" that's the problem! Good to meet again and I'll keep an eye out when I pass that way, which is almost daily.
  6. I just LLOOVVEE that Commer Cob van! If memory serves, Hillman made an estate car version of the Imp, based on it, or was that the other way round....?
  7. The top car is a Skoda and the advert was a dig at the "other" Czech car manufacturer of the 1930s! Plus ca change!
  8. That sounds like a complete nightmare! I suppose there weren't that many vehicles around during the 1930s, so maybe not too bad!
  9. I, too, would strongly recommend this company for refurbishing starter motors, dynamos and alternators. They've sorted out numerous items for me for many a strange and weird car, as well as more conventional stuff for customers of mine.
  10. Not really a "spot", as I've been asked to do some work on it, so it's currently in my lock-up. It's a Standard Eight convertible/cabrio/open tourer, depending on one's age! 6 volt battery that's knackered, so I'm starting there! It really is a very pretty little car!
  11. I don't know why, but I find a Post Office van bearing the initials of a major competitor somehow strangely funny....
  12. I've come late to this thread, but would just like to add that my Xantia, an earlier one that yours ("M" reg) was simply the most comfortable car I've ever owned. I did over 250,000 miles in it, including numerous trips all over France. Believe me, these cars are built for French Autoroutes and for transporting industrial amounts of wine from French vineyards to England (customs regulations not withstanding!) I've an off-side fog light unit that's yours for the postage, and a drive shaft (I'll have to check which side) if they're of interest. I fitted air horns and yellow French-style H4 lamps to mine, to give it that "French" look. Mine was an automatic and benefitted from regular ATF changes, so perhaps a gearbox oil change would smooth the changes? I used a firm in Cambridge called Pilades (I think) who are Citroën specialists to change the spheres & L.H.M. when necessary. ALWAYS use the genuine L.H.M., as it really does work better! They're truly great cars, with a HUGE range of over 400 miles on a full tank and my automatic returned over 40 M.P.G. on a run. If you need more information on their strange eccentricities, DM me!
  13. Just spotted this little beauty in my High Street this afternoon Sorry they came out upside down-they don't normally!
  14. And I used to buy parts from them! Later they became a Land Rover dealership. Now a block of flats! My daughter lived just up the road for a few years, in a flat above a curry restaurant called "Tandoori Nights":-small world!
  15. Come back Peter Falk, all is forgiven! That's SOME car!!
  16. Yes, you're right! I read somewhere that parents love their children, but are in love with their grandchildren! I agree, it's a s-l-i-g-h-t-l-y different relationship.
  17. Thanks you for bringing back a family memory! My Grandfather used to keep a bag of mint clarnicos with him and it was treat for me to have one when I saw him! It's fummy how these memories stick with you, even after some 60 years! Somehow I can't see my daughter allowing me to give my grandson a mint clarnico-too much sugar!
  18. She's welcome to fiddle with my big end anytime........ 😄
  19. Continuing our holiday in north Devon I came across this in Appledore. Although the plates weren't original, I think the dealer sticker (Associated Finance Group [A.F.G.]) in Bradford is. The car is in excellent condition, too!
  20. I'm lovin' this little thing! "Mighty Boy"-a great name for a tiny pick-up! If memory serves, Reliant produced a Robin pick-up a few years ago, named the "giant", which was perfectly designed to slide a pallet onto its rear space. I suspect its weight limit may be easily exceeded, though.......
  21. Spotted in Bideford this morning. I had a long chat with the owner, who said it’s his daily car! Top guy!
  22. I could ask next time I'm there & will report back. it's not one of my regular destinations, so don't hold your breath!
  23. .......And the strong black coffee & croissants!
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