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    face reacted to Cavcraft in eBay tat volume 3.   
    A bit disappointing that they haven't mentioned the word 'Rover' enough in that advert.
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    face reacted to GR8 PL8 M8 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    1986 Talbot Samba Style, 46k miles, £1995, Hertfordshire.

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    face reacted to Wack in eBay tat volume 3.   

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    face reacted to SEATMad in 1998 Suzuki Swift GLS - The Green Machine   
    I've just realise something.... I've yet to show my other pride and joy to the world of AS, everyone meet little Suki, my 1998 Suzuki Swift GLS. 
    A little background to her. She was bought new in Saltash, Cornwall by my better half's grandmother in 1998 where she used it as a little town runabout until she gave it to my partner upon her passing her driving test to use as her first car in 2021. She ran it for around 18 months with absolutely no issues whatso ever. This little car was golden. We've travelled the length and breadth of the country, she completed a 620 mile round trip from Swindon to Edinburgh and back without a hitch, she even returned us near 40 to the gallon! In total Suki has completed just over 50,000 miles. 
    However unfortunately (for me anyway), while she loved driving it, she didn't feel all to safe driving it around daily, she wanted something more modern and safer. So she went out and bought herself a little twin-air Alfa Romeo MiTo (which she has had nothing but trouble with, oh the irony). This then made little Suki surplus to requirements. However, instead of of getting rid, my mrs felt such a strong emotional attachment with the it, she just couldn't bring herself to sell. Unfortunately with that being said, neither of us had the time/money to really invest into her to keep it on the road, so it has been sat in a car park, round the corner from my house for the past year. Doing nothing. 
    Good news incoming... 
    I despaired at this. I was always on her case about either doing something or getting gone. I couldn't let this car sit for any longer just rotting away. These things are getting rather thin on the ground now and she got a lot of love from people all round the car community. So I stepped in and offered her an ultimatum. I said to her, either crap it or sell it to me (scrapping was defiantly my bluff, I was desperate to save it from the crusher). So we came to an agreement and I bought it off her for the princely sum of £500 on the promise we keep her, love her and ultimately, pour money into keeping her running. 
    When I went to fully inspect the work require to put back on the road, I was absolutely amazed at the condition she was in. Bare in mind she's been living in a car park, with no cover, out in the elements for nearly a year practically abandoned and there was no sign of any rot anywhere, no mould inside, no greening (she was parked near a bush), no nothing. Hell, even the tyres were still inflated. I had bough along a starter pack, obviously expecting the battery to be goosed however there was no need as she fired up pretty much straight away. There's no way she'd be running well right? again baring in mind she's only a little 1L single carb unit? Well I was wrong again, she ran almost perfectly, a little shaky to start with but she settle down very quickly and proceeded to run as sweet as before. I genuinely couldn't believe it. My little Ibiza shits itself if I haven't started her within a week, let alone a year!  
    I had a good mate of mine who runs a small garage in the town about 5 miles away from where I live to give her the once over, like a pre MOT and he couldn't believe how well it stood up. All rubbers are good, no rust anywhere underneath, all breaks good, all electrics good, the lot!  On the drive there she ran perfectly and he said that the only thing to really look at is the exhaust, as its starting to rot away. Other than that he reckons she'll pass with a couple of advisories and advised I book it sooner rather than later.
    So that's exactly what I'm doing, and the big day is tomorrow. I'm obviously hopefully she will indeed pass however we will see. I'm expecting that exhaust might be an issue, plus that front number plate could be seen as "likely to be misread" but after seeing it all, I'm pretty hopeful. Once she's passed, then it's time to restore her to her former glory and I have a list of jobs!
    . Sort out that rough looking interior.
    . Fix the drivers window as I think the regulator is on the way out (she's got electric windows, how posh). 
    . Tart up the steelies she's sitting on
    . Remove all the tacky stickers my mrs added on
    . A good service including filters, plugs etc. 
    . Anything else I find along the way. 
    Once all that's sorted, I'll be happy. There's a lot of sentimentality with this car not only for me but for the mrs as well. so saving her is a no brainer for us. She might not be much but she's honest and we intend to keep it that way. We intend on taking her to some classic and other shite-orientated events this year work schedule permitting, so hopefully some of you guys will get the chance to see it in a better condition than how she is now.
    Anyways, apologies for the waffle, I know that was quite some read so thank you for reading if you've stuck around. Wish Suki luck for tomorrow, I'll keep you all posted on how she gets on .

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    face reacted to egg in eBay tat volume 3.   
    maybe the most beautiful car of evah? No way is the E-type better looking.

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    face reacted to 808 Estate in On a Mission - Hilux Surf - Oh no, someones stolen all the electricity!   
    Took the beast camping in the Lake District with some friends.
    The camp

    Tarn Hows

    Sensible Advice

    Walking The Hill Behind The Camp

    View From Wrynose Pass

    Cairn At Hardknott Pass

    The Beast At Hardknott Pass

    The Road Back Down

    The Steam Launch

    Passenger Lounge

    Some brave soul taking a vintage MG over Hardknott Pass.

    We crossed Wrynose & Hardknott Passes in both directions. By the time we got to the bottom of Wrynose the second time, the brakes were smelling smoky and had the consistancy of a large marshmallow, despite being in low gear. Admittedly, we were 4 up with 2 dogs on board.
    During the week there, the Toyota averaged 22 mpg. We were driving almost always on small backroads and did a couple of minor offroad tracks. On the motorway there and back, I averaged 31.9 mpg.
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    face reacted to jakebullet in 'just bloody scrap it' - the eBay 'fuck me, what were they thinking' thread   
    Q plate RS turbo*, no keys, little bit of rust, Bradford innit. £5000

    Bonus lols of a video walk round:

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    face reacted to Madman Of The People in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    For a brief period in the late 1970s and early 1980s, diesels experienced a boom in popularity in America.  This accelerated in the wake of the second Arab oil embargo in 1979 combined with instability brought about by the overthrow of the Shah of Iran.  America's short lived love affair with diesels coincided with Peugeot's most successful years in the US, peaking at just over 20,000 units sold in 1984.  Nearly all Peugeots sold in America during this time were diesels.  The same can be said for Mercedes-Benz, too.  The Volkswagen Rabbit (Golf Mk I) diesel was a big seller, and nearly every manufacturer selling cars in the US offered diesels in their range.  But Americans soon soured on diesels, thanks mostly to GM's catastrophically unreliable 5.7 litre diesel V8 tarnishing the reputation all diesels in the eyes of consumers.  The return of cheap petrol by the mid-1980s hastened diesels fall from fashion .
    Those New York Peugeot taxis were part of an effort by the late 1970s to find a more efficient alternative to the aging  Checker Marathon taxi, which was over 20 years old by this time.  But is was the Chevrolet Caprice which became the preferred model of taxi companies going into the 1980s, no doubt due to taxi mechanics familiarity with the engines since the Checkers also used Chevrolet engines.  The Caprice, however, was a lighter and more modern body as opposed to the 1950s era Checker body, which gave the Caprice an advantage in terms of fuel economy.  The Caprice would remain an American taxi mainstay until the model went out of production in 1996, effectively ceding the taxi market to it's arch rival, the Ford Crown Victoria.
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    face reacted to Dick Longbridge in Imagining cars that dont exist using AI...   
    Alison Hammond Reliant Sandwich van
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    face reacted to wuvvum in Imagining cars that dont exist using AI...   
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    face reacted to MiniMinorMk3 in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    Fiat 147, built in Brazil with both petrol and diesels.
    Pre-Face lift

    Face lift badged as 127 Diesel in Europe.

    They also did a Panorama version

    Finally the 127 Rustica

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    face reacted to timolloyd in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    Just let them do their thing for the next 10 years, until everyone else realises this SUV thing is a fad.
    Then at least we’ll still have Lotus as a brand. It’s the same with Porsche and the Cayenne.
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    face reacted to Bfg in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    And now for something completely different .. if you'd forgive a slightly lateral step on the theme of this topic ..for although I knew of the vehicle - I neither knew the name of the man behind it, nor did I realise just how long ago such a motorised vehicle able to carry four persons ..and draw 4 tons along the road, was designed, built and tested.

    Nicolas Joseph Cugnot (engineer) - (French. b. 26 February 1725.  d. 2 October 1804) invented and built this steam powered Fardier à vapeur (..a fardier was a massively built two-wheeled horse-drawn cart for transporting very heavy equipment, so in essence a 'steam-powered flat-bed' haulage tractor) 254 years ago  ..yes Two-hundred and fifty-four Years ago.!
    The tractor unit was articulated to the trailer (surely an idea that would never catch on !? ), and it was built to a military specification ; to be able to carry or draw along four tons and cover two lieue (7.8 km, or 4.8 miles) in one hour.  It never achieved that specification but it did drive under its own power.  In 1770, a full sized Fardier was built and it travelled at a speed of 4 km/h (little over 2mph) with a running time of fifteen minutes, before its relatively small boiler need to be refired and the steam raised again.
    This was a decade and half before higher pressure steam engines were fervently opposed by certain persons British history better remembers.. Messrs James Watt and Matthew Boulton
    < more here > and < here > with < video here >. And for those interested in the history of steam road vehicles < here's > another Wikipedia link.
    And here was I thinking 'motor vehicles that ran on the open road ground (ie., not along rails / tracks) before WW.1 were really old'.  
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    face reacted to LightBulbFun in The "WTF is that?" thread   
    just being apt at internet sleuthing  (when you have lived on the internet your entire life pretty much you learn how to find things etc on it!)
    in this case I reverse google searched the image 
    found one the results which was from this reddit thread https://www.reddit.com/r/WeirdWheels/comments/djsvbm/this_is_awesome/
    which  in turn linked to the original place the photoshopped picture was from
    as such also contained the original picture as well
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    face reacted to martc in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    The GAZ GL1 from 1938 which broke several Soviet speed records.
    Lots of info here -https://dyler.com/blog/453/the-gaz-gl-1-a-soviet-speed-record-holder

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    face got a reaction from lesapandre in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    Sounds like one of General Melchett's Cambridge mates.
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    face got a reaction from garethj in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    Sounds like one of General Melchett's Cambridge mates.
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    face reacted to Kiltox in Idiots gon’ idiot - 2003 Audi TT Roadster!   

    Cheers @ChampionRabbit- A1 seller would practically steal car from again 
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    face reacted to Asimo in Idiots gon’ idiot - 2003 Audi TT Roadster!   
    Daihatsu Terios with a pink wrap and a full ashtray.
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    face reacted to trigger in Marina Shite (Fleet changes- beige-r than ever)   
    I had a sit in the beige Marina on Sunday and I can confirm it's every bit as immaculate as it looks in the photos in real life

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    face reacted to MarinaJosh in Marina Shite (Fleet changes- beige-r than ever)   
    The final addition of this year (so far at least) is a rather special one. After 15 years (half my life) of messing around with tatty Marinas, I finally own a decent one. I have known the car for a long time- since 2010 it was owned by a friend of mine who sadly passed away last year. After he died, I tried to buy the car but lost out to somebody else. I then saw it at a couple of shows this year and the new owner, despite loving the car, could clearly see how much I wanted it and kindly agreed to sell it to me. It arrived last Monday and I have spent all week dusting off various NOS bits to take it to the next level. It's another early Marina, built in August 1971 and in the early colour of Bedouin. Unlike most early Marinas, it has never been restored. The sides have been painted at some stage (very nicely too) but other than that it hasn't seen a welder since it left Cowley. It has covered just 44k miles, and most of those were over 30 years ago. It was supplied new by Brown's of Loughton, Essex. It then moved with the owner up to Brockdish in Suffolk in the late 1970s and lived there until the early 2000s. It then moved across the border into Norfolk. First to Norwich, then to my late-friend in Dereham, up to Sheringham and now back in Suffolk. This one will be treasured forever!

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    face reacted to MarinaJosh in Marina Shite (Fleet changes- beige-r than ever)   
    After a bit of a dry spell in 2022, 2023 got off to a flying start when back in March a tempting Ital popped up for sale on Facebook. I spoke about it with a mate and we said about going halves but sadly by then it had sold. A few days later it reappeared and before I knew it we were bound for Manchester to collect it. This was our first foray into the O series engine. The car itself is a HLS model- the top of the range with tinted glass, vinyl roof, intermittent wipers and various other decadent features. It's one of the last Cowley built cars- they lost the chrome from the bumpers, the grille and the side repeaters- before production moved to Longbridge for the final couple of years. It took quite a bit of work to get it running right but my goodness the O series is a lovely engine. After 15 years of messing around with Marinas I have been very impressed with the Itals- they are so much smoother, quieter and more refined. The anti-roll bars (introduced on MK2 Marinas) make a huge amount of difference too- I have been using the 1.7 as a regular daily driver and it's surprising what you can lose in the rear view mirror on the twisty bits.  Sadly, all of these characteristics make it not much fun as an 'old' car to use at weekends. It all feels a bit too modern/quiet. Because of this, this Ital is shortly moving to a new home.

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    face reacted to MarinaJosh in Marina Shite (Fleet changes- beige-r than ever)   
    Next in was another Morris I hadn't sampled before- an Ital. We did some welding on a friend's Ital estate (the aforementioned Moggy enthusiast who sold me the Traveller) and in return he gifted us a very early black Ital 1.3 HL. Black was a special order option on Marinas and Itals and very few are known to survive. It had been enthusiast owned for a long time but sadly he struggled to maintain it later in life and rot had started to set in. However, it hadn't been previously bodged and wore it's 90k miles very well. It has been progressing steadily ever since with new jacking points, sills, repairs to the inner sills and one rear wheel arch. The wings have already been replaced (very nicely I should add) at some point. Hoping this will be ready to hit the road next year.

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    face got a reaction from grogee in eBay tat volume 3.   
    I thank the right-honourable shiter for posting the message pertaining to this automobile, as it once again gives me the excuse to reply with this:
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    face reacted to Asimo in eBay tat volume 3.   
    50 years ago  I worked in a petrol station and one of these was the only Diesel car we ever saw.
    Want, in a sort of morbid-curiosity kind of way.
    €2900 https://www.custojusto.pt/aveiro/veiculos/carros-usados/sedan/morris-oxford-37993665

    Just 40 horsepower.

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