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  1. Someone actually taking bits off a dumped car! I haven’t seen that for absolutely ages. The fact it’s a Ford isn’t a surprise, as Escorts/Cortinas/Sierras were always the first to be taken apart by scavengers. Anyone remember Phoenix Nights? There was a Granada Mk2 in the club car park that slowly disassembled itself over the course of the series!
  2. The Jag is much closer to Nightfire Red. Amaranth is a wacky purple if memory serves….
  3. If you have the money buy it. Chances like this don’t come up that often!
  4. Of all the things mentioned on here so far, the most realistic has to be the Mercedes W123 or Volvo 240. Something like an Allegro or Dolomite would need a garage to live in, and if you can afford a house with a garage in the ULEZ zone, you ain’t going to be worrying about ULEZ charges. Or 40 year old cars. You’re just going to be stressing about the plebs opening doors against the flanks of your new F-pace or XC90 in Waitrose car park. Actually, you’re not, because you use Ocado.
  5. Is the little green diecast a Matchbox? I only ask because it seems such a poor effort. I know they went downhill quickly after production moved to Macau, hadn’t realised quite how quickly though. The front end is really rather shit. Hard to believe only a few years earlier Matchbox were at the level of detail where they did the actual rear badges you could get on a Mk4 Cortina 1.6 GL. Or was it an L, I must go and check 😀…
  6. I guess another outlet for sales, and more guaranteed volume for the SEVEL JV/factories that built them. No idea what Alfa’s market share of the Italian LCV market was, but even if they only shifted 5000 a year it’s worth tooling up for the grille, badges, and maybe some odd plastic ‘Alfa’ bits like a steering wheel centre. Fiat didn’t buy Alfa until about 86/87, so at least the bottom two would have been the result of an agreement/contract between two separate companies, although I can well expect Italian govt involvement in the arrangement. Lancia built commercials as well, and I think that bit was bought by another truck company when Fiat purchased the cars business in the late 1960s.
  7. One of them, imported and put on an ‘75 N plate or similar, with that silly little green bit at the front, would be just brilliant. I wouldn’t be able to go very far in it, obviously. I expect going over 25mph gave you a range of about 7 miles.
  8. Apologies if this is a stupid question, but could you hire a car? I guess it’s not the £40 or whatever the daily cost is, but all the deposits etc they would require of you that might an issue. I should add I haven’t hired a (non-classic) car in the U.K. for about 15 years now…. I suspect you need a credit card now for a start.
  9. That Clio is in such a 1990s colour. Everything was briefly colourful in the mid/late 90s before the onset of The Silver Overlords. Hopefully colours will return when everyone has to work out which Tesla Model 3 or VW ID4 of the 300 of each in the car park is theirs. I’ll take my Tesla in 1996 Rover Amaranth please.
  10. First car I remember was my dad’s Austin 1800, it seemed enormous to a toddler but no doubt would look quite small parked next to a ‘supermini’ these days. For a few years my dad had a Austin 1800 MkII whilst my mum had a Wolseley 18/85, in 73-77 or about then the Greenwoods of Billingshurst were a two Landcrab family!
  11. I saw a Lancia Appia (mid 1950s saloon) drive past me when I was out walking last weekend. To say I was surprised was an understatement! Lovely condition too, obviously well looked after.
  12. This reminds me of the early Minder episode where Arthur starts a minicab firm using Terry and cast-offs from Des the mechanics’ garage. Terry ends up with a very shonky grey A60, he is refused a yellow Mk3 Cortina on the grounds that it is ‘sellable stock’. There’s a gangsters/protection racket storyline going on as well, one minicabber doesn’t pay out and gets his Mk4 Zephyr burnt out with a petrol bomb as a result.
  13. I don’t think Mini’s will depreciate as I know several ‘millennials’ who want one, or are restoring one. I still see Minis on a regular basis, far more than, say, original Beetles. Granted most are 80s/90s examples, but they are generally in good nick. I do wonder about older Land Rovers as @motorpunk said above, anything pre 90/110/Defender is a very agricultural experience to drive and the original engines fitted to the Series ones are (nearly all) awful - gutless AND thirsty. I think the mint and/or very original examples will keep their value but the middling stuff will start to fall. This doesn’t apply to decent Defenders, whose values will remain stable, or even rise for a while longer yet. There isn’t really a replacement for them out there, despite what JLR product planners and/or Jim Ratcliffe think.
  14. Is that Sebring a US import? I only ask because I’m sure they officially imported RHD ones around the time they did Neons and Voyagers (i.e. before all that ghastly Dodge shit like the Caliber/Nitro). Of course, these may all be extinct now. There is a later generation one (‘08 plate) locally.
  15. You are recreating a loyal Rover buyers fleet circa 2004. Nice diesel estate in a sober colour for the golf club/angling/garden centre trips and a little Metro for the wife. ‘Oh, they’ve stopped making Metros now have they? Better get one of these then’
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