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  1. Doesn't surprise me at all about no service history. At the garage I work at, I would say 50% of the part exchanges we take in over 5 years old have a major fault. Engine management lights on, completely shagged pads and discs, airbag lights on etc. People seem to spend the absolute mimimum on maintaining their vehicles these days until they get a ridiculous estimate to put everything right and then try and fob it off to a dealer. We now do a mimimum 2 mile test drive of every part ex before we give a price.
  2. And he still bought one? I have the original sales invoice in my grubby mitts as we speak. Looks like he ordered the car on 18 Nov 1978 with a £100 deposit from Castle Autos Chrysler Main Agent in Benfleet, Essex, but didn't collect it til 1st April 1979. He part exchanged a 1976 Hunter Super LEV341P for £1700 against a price of £3458.18 for the new one. He obviously asked for the car to Ziebarted at the garage before collection, as this was done according to the guarantee on 21 Feb 79. He also had three Ziebart maintenance checks done in 1981, 1983 and 1985 at their centre in Westcliffe. Seems a bit odd then that he was having to replace so many panels in the early years (see earlier). Looks like he ordered the same colour as the brochure model. Bet the colour choice was piss poor. Red white or blue probably.
  3. Aye. I remember nicking a set from an Alpine on a used car forecourt years ago. Undercover of darkness wearing a borrowed balaclava.
  4. I'm sure I read somewhere in the classic car press that once a car was on SORN you no longer have to annually confirm it unless there was a change of status. Hence my surprise when I received a SORN renewal V11 form for the Simca 1100. Did anyone else read it or am I just turning into a doddery old giffer?
  5. Yes. It has a silver sticker saying almost exactly that. Mr G Talbot was indeed the first owner. I didn't buy from him...the car was put into storage in 2004 and bought and re-commissioned last year by the seller I purchased from. Mr T was quite an eccentric by all accounts? I had a Hunter GLS years ago , a 75N in pale blue metallic. Unfortunately I can't remember the reg number but it was in good nick so is hopefully still with us.
  6. AUTOSHITE NEWS: The disappointed seller of a late 1970s saloon car has revealed today that despite it's being advertised on a well-known classic car website for several weeks, he received no communication or interest whatsoever from one of Britains top pop acts, The Cheeky Girls. Cheeky Girls say 'No' to classic car ownership The shocking revelation, that has left both the pop and classic car world stunned, comes just days after it was revealed that a former neighbour of 'Birds Of A Feather' star Lesley Joseph once scrapped an uneconomical to repair Riley 4/72 in the early eighties, and has fuelled fears that many of our top paid entertainers have a complete disregard for the classic car movement in the UK. A source close to the Cheeky Girls, who had a string of chart toppers in the early noughties with "Bum My Cheeks" and "Hooray! Hooray! It's A Cheeky H-reg Proton" has confirmed that due to an extended summer season at Butlins in Minehead and a general disinterest in classic cars, it was unlikely the duo had ever seen the advert. A spokesman for the classic car movement, Lord Greville Plumworthy speaking to reporters earlier, expressed his disappointment in the girls, claiming it to be a 'kick in the teeth' for all those who endeavour to keep Britains motoring heritage alive. However, in a happy ending to the story, it can be revealed that Hertfordshire resident 'boobydoo' has come to the rescue and recently added the car to his fleet. The car in question is a 1979 registered Chrysler Hunter Super, thought to be the only '79 model still in existence, this being the final year of production. Extensive research by the new owner, involving looking in a mag, has shown that only 1,176 Hunters were registered in the UK that year. 'boobydoo' liked the smart look of the car in it's original Cherry Red with vinyl roof, Rostyle wheels and later Humber Sceptre style grille. The car was meticulously kept by its one and only owner for 33 years, with a comprehensive record of expenditure, until it went into storage in 2004 after being restored to a high standard two years previously. Looking through the history file that came with the car, shows the rapid deterioration in the first few years probably due to the appalling build quality these Dublin built Hunters had. Here are just a few in addition to routine service and maintenance: March 1982: New rear parcel shelf July 1982: New pedal rubbers Oct 1982: New headlights Dec1982: New front wings Feb 1982: Paint front wings April 1983: New windscreen moulding July 1983: Replacement under warranty of all 5 wheels by Talbot Motor Co. Sept 1983:Repair seat trim Oct 1983: New door chrome strip Nov 1983: Repair rear wing corrosion Feb 1985: N/S wing and O/S door repair, new door rubbers, N/S sill corrosion repair, car re-Zeibarted. March 1985: Further body refurbishment June 1985: Headlining replaced Sept 1985: Front and rear valance repair, new vinyl roof......the list goes on! Today the car looks really great with similarities in style to the Mk 2 Cortina 1600E...I think! The 1725 cc engine is nippy and the non power steering much lighter than my Alpine and Solara. The 4 speed box is nice and notchy with a precise feel. I'm not sure what Chrysler were thinking when they added this garish rear panel from '74 onwards, but I do like it! You can also just see the original mudflaps which had a 'Hillman' script across them, now sadly faded. The vinyl roof has surprisingly survived well since being replaced in 1985! For me, it is the interior of the car that is so fantastic. The original Charcoal/Red multiweave seats are excellent...they were also standard fitment on '77 model Avenger GLS and weirdly, the last Simca 1000s. The dash is incredibly dated for a late seventies car with wood veneer a-plenty and deeply recessed dials. The left hand dial has fuel and temperature guage and volt meter. No radio I'm afraid, but you can see the 'afterthought' hazard warning switch just under the dash. You may think it's a lovely bit of walnut capping on the doors...but cheap fablon only I'm afraid. Rear parcel shelf still mint! So there you have it. I had a Chrysler Hunter 1978 model about 15 years ago and always regretted selling it, particularly as it was scrapped not long after. I'm pleased as punch with this one. It's funny to think that the Hunter was launched the same year as the Mk2 Cortina yet here it is still being made 13 years later, barely changed. I can only think that the last few were sold ridiculously cheap as fleet cars to companies like Tupperware and can just imagine the salesman looking forward to his new company car and the look of horror as a wheezing old Hunter gets unloaded into the car park! Tee! Hee!
  7. Hello. My name is Cuthbert Peasbody. You haven't clarified in your advert whether it's a 'barn-find' ? If it isn't then I'm afraid I wouldn't be interested.
  8. boobydoo

    More Beige!

    I like that car a lot! Top purchase!! Yes, the log does seem a bit pointless but an interesting insight now, into the rather dull life of the previous owner. Looks like during the 90s he only used the car about once a week. I suppose if you keep the little book and a pen in the glovebox it's a ten second job to fill it in at the end of every trip. I would imagine the car was a minter before the second owner got his hands on it.
  9. OK! Who died in the following years in the cars shown. 1997: Mercedes S280 1967: Buick Electra 1998: Mitsubishi Montero 1998: Saab 9000 1971: Hillman Avenger
  10. Most mornings I find a pheasant or three scratching around in the back garden under the bird table. They must hop over from the fields opposite...and they are used to me now so don't fly away. Unfortunately I found one lying there dead this morning. At first I thought a cat or fox had nabbed it, but its neck wasn't all chewed off or anything and couldn't see any other signs of damage. I scooped it up on a spade and plonked it on the compost heap in the nearby churchyard. Couldn't think what else to do with it really.
  11. Great pics! My uncle worked for BRS in the 60s and 70s and he always used to give me BRS logo-ed keyrings and coasters and the like. He got a new company car every couple of years, although it seems that the company hadn't an allegiance to a particular marque. I used to love riding in the back of them, thinking how posh they were. Austin A60s, a Cortina Mk II, Hunters, a Cortina Mk III, Maxi, Princess etc . All lorries look the same to me now, so nice to see a few I recognise from childhood. Cresta to Viscount is easy, but Cresta to DeLuxe? Would that be two headlights not four? I hardly ever recall seeing the single headlight ones, though.
  12. At first I thought how desperately sad that someone should live like this....then I remembered a similar old chap who lived in an equally dilapidated house at the end of the street where I used to live. However, he was an obnoxious, rude, little bastard who actually seemed in perfect health, so one can only assume that it was pure laziness that got the house in the state it was. Can you imagine if his brother came over to thank you for the help and said "Oh, there's an old Hyundai Stellar in the garage that he's had from new. Looks in good nick. Could you get rid for us?"
  13. I used to sell Carismas new back from 96-98. They did a GL, GLX and GLS in saloon or hatch in the most dismal range of colours imaginable. It was quite difficult to enthuse about them to prospective customers, I have to admit. Luckily most people who bought them were 50+, who had no concept or interest in having a 'stylish' car. They sold on the perceived reliability image of the Mitsubishi brand. The Galant , on the other hand , was a lovely looker...but I think I only sold one new one in 2 years!
  14. I can't say I've noticed any increase in aggression particularly, but I agree it's the slow, dithery drivers that irritate me somewhat. On Wednesday, in the OMG!SNOW CHAOS! early morning, it took me 1hr 10 mins to do a journey that normally takes 15 mins. Yes, there was light snow, but the roads were clear.... yet a handful of people decided is was only safe to do 20mph everywhere, causing ridiculous congestion.
  15. ^^^ Sorry Trigs, but you put this in the wrong thread...... viewtopic.php?f=1&t=13440&p=353147&hilit=protons#p353147
  16. Blinkin' marvellous! The beige one, in all its grimness, is a joy to behold. The later Caros were quite a nice looking car I always thought...certainly no worse than the equivalent Nissan Sunny or Hyundai X2 . Topness of purchase, Sir!
  17. Excellent spottage! Never see anything like that round at my Morrisons, mores the pity.
  18. The usual sub-standard effort from Legs & Co , Top Of The Pops October 1980. I only hope the waft of sweaty flange didn't discolour too much of the paintwork on the sparkly new Delta!
  19. An excellent purchase. It's even got proper FSO mudlaps. I do like a nice mudflap on a car...adds a genuine touch of 'gifferdom'. When I had SLK company cars I always had a lovely set of flaps put on....everyone thought I was a right tosser.
  20. I had an aunt who wasn't really an an aunt...just a friend of a real Aunt . But we always called her Auntie Jeanne. She was a spinster and had the same butch haircut that Julie Andrews had in 'The Sound Of Music'. She always had Mini Clubman estates in various shades of beige but couldn't drive for toffee. I don't recall her once taking the cars out of second gear....fragging along at 30mph to Kwik-Save and back, gearbox screaming like a howling cat. When I passed my test , my parents tried to fob one of her knackered cast-offs on to me. Feck off.
  21. Couldn't agree more....but in my opinion no more dull than any other Japanese family car of the era. Take off the badge and it could be any old nineties Mazda/Toyota/Nissan generic crud. Even in another 20 years I can't see myself getting excited over seeing one.
  22. A kid stood on your bonnet?!!! I'd have gone absolutely mental. Any Cortina Mk1 'Woody' Estates there, Trig? My favourite Ford of, like, EVAH!
  23. Some of you may recall a year ago, I bought a nice Solara off old Mr Ingram. Haven't used it at all this year, but did get the towbar removed and replace the worn door mirror. Although the bodywork is excellent, the Willow Green metallic paint had faded quite badly so have booked it in for a proper 'trim off' respray next week at a bodyshop in Cheshunt, recommended by a friend of mine. It's going to cost a couple of grand which I know I'll never recoup back, but the car will look the nuts afterwards. Getting quite excited already!
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