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Everything posted by AnthonyG

  1. That’s proper NOS, probably been in a warehouse for 40 years! I’m surprised Cibie bothered to make parts for Triumphs but their factories were probably a lot less strike prone than Lucas’s…Maybe they were a premium upgrade for your Toledo/Allegro/Avenger when the PoD ones died after two years!
  2. A lot of the stuff at Cannock was pretty close to ‘End of Life’, so a lot of things of the equivalent ‘quality’ will just get scrapped now. IIRC Sloth did an ‘still on the road?’ analysis using one of his old catalogues, only about 5% of the cars were still Mot’d and taxed 12 months after going through the ring. Cannock didn’t have many main dealer part-ex’s, I suspect a lot of it was probably going from one trader to another until the MoT ran out. The row of ‘quality’ newer stuff was always good to check out just how shagged out ‘premium’ German cars could be at 7 or 8 years old. There was a dire example of a Mercedes CLS which looked like it had been through at least 5 - consecutively less successful - drug dealers in the last decade, it would have been a perfect example for someone looking for one to know what to avoid!
  3. I did think that Covid might have killed it off, it was hardly the sort of place to embrace doing things online. I’m up for Leominster Car Auctions but it’s Thursday evenings isn’t it?
  4. If you have any of the following I’d be interested: Dinky Holden Premier, Humber Hawk, Austin A105, Ford Corsair, Singer Vogue, VW 1500, Volvo 122S. Corgi Austin A40 Farina, Jaguar E type.
  5. If you can afford the road tax, which will likely be around £500 a year, something late noughties with a large petrol engine? Jaguar XF 3.0? BMW 325? What petrol engines did the Bangle era 5 series come with? Almost anything petrol post 2006 can be used in a ULEZ. But after about 2011-12 many manufacturers stopped selling anything with a petrol engine larger than 2 litres in the U.K. market, so there’s a sweet spot of about 5 years duration to choose from.
  6. By the state of the fuel filler door, I’d say that Celica is really rather crusty underneath.
  7. It’s a little better in the metal, but in a photo it does look like that aftermarket stuff you used to be able to buy in rolls.
  8. 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!
  9. The Jag is much closer to Nightfire Red. Amaranth is a wacky purple if memory serves….
  10. If you have the money buy it. Chances like this don’t come up that often!
  11. 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.
  12. 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 😀…
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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’
  23. Re the mushroom lorry I think this design started out badged as OM, then Fiat, then finally Iveco in about 1980. They were quite popular with small fleets as they were a) cheap and b) easy for a driver not used to ‘proper lorries’ to get the hang of quickly. This cab design was also used on a (very large for its time) panel van. Edit: by the magic of wiki I bring you the Iveco Zeta series: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iveco_Zeta
  24. As @Andyrew once memorably said, Mazda MX5s are water soluble, so will be bringing the Jaguar. And an umbrella! See you all tomorrow
  25. A Peugeot 304 cabriolet stored on wet grass is not going to end well. The regular models weren’t exactly very long lasting, but these were horrendous for rot. Most were scrapped by the mid 1980s (or given a quick ‘restoration’ and then scrapped in the early 1990s).
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