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  1. I went to a toy fair! My second ever (I think I was 7 years old for the first). Just on the off chance there'd be some obscure Italian 1960s diecast going cheap...
  2. At least 70 years, yeah. It does feel good that it's getting close to the original vision now although there's a very long way to go. Funnily enough, I did think about making some Palladium Owners' Club clobber just because so few people would legitimately be able to wear it. I think an OC for a car with two survivors is a funny concept. It would also be nice to see if it was possible to make an attractive piece of car club regalia - I'm thinking a tasteful black v-neck with the Palladium logo on the breast (with owners club added round the rim of the circle) (That's off my Palladium Autocars letterhead which I use to send the few letters I write). So, joke's on you @Jon - I love a bit of POC regalia!
  3. Amazing to think it wasn't that long ago when it looked like this... It's certainly much, much closer to my inspiration photo than it was!
  4. £800 should buy you a really nice one. Phase one looks much nicer, but Phase two gives you the option of HDI engines. Obviously a rattly old XUD turbo is a great daily driver, but if you're less worried about being a fuel miser the petrol ones are incredibly refined and manuals aren't horrendously thirsty. They drive about a million times better than a C5, are more comfortable and they actually fit in parking places. They're also more likely to be rusty or have knackered bits, but I guess that's the same with any car 'of a certain age'. Dream Xant specs: very early 'sinker' SX XUDT with tweed seats, or a green VSX hatch with the green carpets and snazzy green-highlighted seats. They're all nice, though.
  5. Outside for the first time in a while, and raring to go. Looks really good with a bit of space round it (despite the glamorous backdrop) Sadly it's going to be horrendous weather on Sunday so I'm not sure I can be bothered driving it to Brooklands in the lashing wind and rain
  6. It's tat friday for me. Picked up these disgusting Spot Ons locally from marketplace Mainly as an experiment, to see whether there was any way of removing the horrid repaints and revealing beautiful mint models underneath which I could flog for ££££ on ebay. Sadly the Armstrong and Mini don't have much paint underneath, but I've been attacking the Fiat with some nail polish remover. It currently looks like this Which is certainly heading in the right direction. I need to get some cotton buds for more focussed scrubbing so I don't end up stripping all the blue paint off too. It's boring but relatively rewarding so I'll probably carry on, and get some tyres for it. No idea what to do with the other two. They also came with some slightly nicer ones. Apart from the headlamps, the Alpine is complete and in great shape, and it's one I have particularly admired in the past. The 1800 is also nice and tidy but has had some 'primer' patches over some paint chips. I'll try and get those off which should improve it massively. I paid £50 for the lot, which seemed like a great deal at first but having checked prices online perhaps the market for these things has dropped off slightly recently as 'projects' are available for a lot less than I thought they went for. I reckon £25 each for the two nice ones is probably fair enough though so I don't feel too hard done by
  7. This one was designed by Victor Bouffort, who built all sorts of unusual things over the years. Apparantly there were two, and both survive, but I've never seen them. There was also a roadster version He designed a folding scooter, which was sold in the states with a little success Which might explain this amazing picture of one of his self-built microcar prototypes on US plates There were lots of other microcars, from the 40s to the 70s, a nice 403-based roadster, military vehicles, an overland vehicle. There was a collection of Bouffort-designed stuff at Rétromobile a couple of years ago but he's still almost toally unknown outside of France.
  8. There's also a good book about the Hungarian motoring industry (in English) with details about all of these, although I can't seem to find a copy for sale at this moment
  9. I had that Burago when I was younger. It was badged MCA Centenaire, so I guess Burago thought it would be a winner and tooled up, then re-branded it to suit the change of ownership/name. I wonder which (toy) is rarer? There's a very good book (in French) about P-P which is worth having if you're interested
  10. The repaired headlamps have been put back together for the first time, looking infinitely better for it
  11. Blimey, that's the absolute twin of mine right down to the wheels (although a bit tidier). Great to see another one.
  12. Have you registered an imported car with no documents before?
  13. Famoulsy designed by Torix Bennett whilst he was in hospital recovering from an ulcer, which explains a lot
  14. Could it be as simple as the throttle cable? The clips have a habit of coming loose at the carb end causing the idle to shoot up and throttle reponse to go weird. Might be worth manipulating the throttle on the cable and see if it makes any difference? Don't try joining the AA if you've broken down. It'll be like £300, or normal price but they'll charge you a call-out fee and you have to pay for recovery by the mile. Ask me how I know.
  15. I've driven for a while with no belt. It gets very hot very quickly and I imagine it would eventually seize entirely, but you get plenty of warning when a belt goes. And in our one, it goes regularly for reasons too boring to get into here.
  16. Just realised I'm doing my 'top of head model' routine. @garethj haven't I come a long way!
  17. With £50k I could buy back every single one of my old cars except the 404, and still have change for... well, some more cars
  18. Brooklands, VSCC's Halloween Driving Tests if anyone wants to see it in the flesh! Yass, it's a 1960 Corvair 500. 25k from new, never painted etc. A lovely car. Here I am explaining the fan belt arrangement to some Frenchmen
  19. I took some detail shots... The newly-plated brightwork really shi9nes agianst the black, and the 'coined' top half is just so bonkers. Gonna try and get together with the 'other' Palladium soon for some photos
  20. As of this morning, the Palladium is now tucked up in its new home with the Riley. Haven't taken any photos as the headlamps need to be assembled and it looks a bit rubbish, but otherwise all the bodywork is done and it performed okay over the 60-odd mile journey back Otherwise, nothing really to report except this satisfying milestone in the BMW the other day
  21. It is odd, but people did build odd things. I think any unusual proportions are usually a result of inexperience in the designer/builder. The 'specials' which have survived today, or were publicised when new, tend to be on the more sporting spectrum, just because sports cars are more likely to be preserved, but there were just as many, if not more, odd little homebrew cars, or cars built by tiny coachworks, which have been forgotten because they weren't very attractive, or sporting, or well-made etc. I have reams of this shit, and the stuff I really can't identify is frustrating, but I've made my peace with it. Anyway, as a taster, when I first saw the photo in the top of this thread a few weeks ago I wondered if it was related to this, which is actually the product of a professional coachworks (although not one anyone has heard of). The general shape is very similar, but it's definitely not the case. Could be a product of the same hand, perhaps? Likewise this is a very awkward shape, and again a 'professional' job. Only because it did a couple of events was it photographed and listed at all, otherwise we would probably never know what it was This one is a complete homebrew (the bonnet is unoriginal). Not bad looking, but certainly not a typical 'special' as we think of them now This one... I mean, who knows. I don't - it's Morris-based, and it survived at least until the 80s. Otherwise a total unknown And this, another recent online mystery. Again, awkward shape, not at all 'sporty', but obviously put together with a fair amount of skill (those double curvatures are impressive). Lost entirely in the midst of time And an example of English vernacular coachwork c1955. Nice, neat, attractive but slightly 'off'. Luckily this one is a survivor
  22. No, because: Honestly. I know what every production car from every country (okay, maybe not every one from Japan) 1948-1970 is. That's not a boast, I just do. The mystery car isn't one of them.
  23. It's another home-made one-off, not a production car of any sort. Another one we'll probably never know the answer to. Don't show the Pistonheads wankers or somebody will start building a replica out of a Sunbeam Alpine...
  24. Yep, well, I'm 35 and the best car I've ever has was made in 1923. Admittedly I'm an outlier, but there are plenty of others like me - enough to ensure Vintage stuff will never be worthless for at least as long as petrol is available to private motorists
  25. They're a bit shit though, aren't they. 120s look nice but aren't very practical or particularly fast, and they're worth lots of money. 140s look shit and aren't very quick, so aren't worth loads. 150s look okay but only the S is properly fast - and they're worth loads. Annoying, as I really liked the 150S I drove (battleship grey, spats, steels, original paint and interior) but it was just a tiny bit out of budget... Also politely, XR3s etc aren't really 'the market' - the most expensive cars in the world are all 60 or more years old, often much older
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