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Spiny Norman last won the day on October 26 2013

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  1. One of the first ones that caught my eye as a kid when I saw it in Dad's Autocar magazine was the Giugiaro Ace of Spades, especially as it was based on the then new Audi 80 rather than being some low slung supercar like the Countach had been a couple of years earlier. You can see bits of all sorts in there, Scirocco, Esprit and of course the VWs that shared its sharp angular lines.
  2. No idea, inconclusive thread about it here too. https://www.reddit.com/r/whatisthiscar/comments/xlqv00/from_the_80s/
  3. Excellent! Always love seeing an engine fire back into life after a long slumber, top work.
  4. Be very wary of any car presented with sheafs of paperwork for previous servicing, recent clutch, brakes, battery, timing belt, exhaust, tyres etc because it's obviously a money pit and is best avoided. You want a car with no condemning evidence of any expenditure at all to guarantee you safe economical motoring.
  5. niCe mOndEO m9....😛 Seriously though, I like these and that looks just the exact spec I'd have myself. 3 litres of wafty V6 goodness and a nice old slushmatic box. Bonus points for not having the beige leather/orange wood combo that afflicts most Jags. Hope you enjoy it.
  6. Going back to the pets in rented properties thing, our last two tenants had a rabbit and a small dog and neither caused any problems. To me, a good tenant will take care of the property regardless of whether they have pets or children and a bad tenant will destroy it on their own without assistance.
  7. Jings! Exeter to Oban that's some hike but I can't think of a better car to do it in. Well bought, and well played getting 30mpg from what I'm assuming is a 5 litre V8. 😎
  8. Don't know if you've found a result for this but my old Volvo Amazon had quite a few of these in the throttle linkage assembly, being a similar age they might work? I imagine Amazon parts are reasonably easy to come by in Norway.
  9. Depends how you define worst I guess. I've had some pretty snotty old shitheaps but when you pay a couple of hundred quid what can you reasonably expect? For me, the worst car is defined by expectations not being met, something I thought would be really good which turned out to be anything but. A VW Jetta taught me that VW reliability was a myth, a Rover 600 turbo confirmed my suspicions that the last good Rover was the P6 and the Volvo C70 was so shit whether it was working or not it destroyed my faith in the whole brand. The Jetta went to auction with the bill for its new (and also fucked) engine in the glovebox and at least returned the cost of the engine if not the car itself. The tinny, torque steering Rover I hated so much when the new Land Rover spec head gasket went pop I insisted I got to watch as it got fragged despite the car being in almost perfect condition, and the Volvo went to a dismantler for £1500 less than I'd paid for it 3 months earlier from someone I thought I could trust.
  10. Innocenti Mini. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innocenti_Mini
  11. As far as the Montego was concerned, the fact that it still existed largely unchanged from launch by the time they rebranded it as a Rover (or not, I can't ever remember seeing one with a Rover badge either) was the problem. Typically for BL, when it came to do a new model they raided the corporate piggy bank, went through the pockets of all their trousers, dug down inside the couch and found the budget would stretch not to an entirely new model, or even a decent sheetmetal reskin, but only to some new wheeltrims and lamps. The Montego was a pretty good car when it was launched in 1983, it compared well to the Sierra and Cavalier Mk2 but by the time it finally died in the mid 90s it was hopelessly outclassed compared to the Mondeo and Mk3 Cav, not to mention the Primera, Passat, Accords of the day.
  12. Three amigos parked up together opposite a bus garage in Glasgow.
  13. Print media in general is on its very last legs. The only people who want to read magazines these days no longer have the eyesight to do so. I treated* myself to a sub for the once great CAR at Christmas last year and to say I was shocked at how the quality has plummeted is putting it mildly. It's a comic, printed on bog paper with photographs of a quality you could take with a 10 year old phone. I cancelled the recurring sub the day the first issue arrived and I haven't even bothered opening the last couple, binning them when they come through the door like junk mail. Sad.
  14. I was expecting this to look like a hazmat scene but it's got to be a grand's worth as a beaker if nothing else?
  15. I handle lots of cash every day and while the new plastic notes aren't impossible to counterfeit they're not easy to do convincingly so if you're handed a pile of new currency it should* be kosher and you can usually feel the difference. Bear in mind the old marker pens don't work on the new notes though. That said, the last half dozen car transactions I've done have been online transfers which I think generally are safer and less hassle.
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