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    Bren got a reaction from Crackers in The new news 24 thread   
    Gave the BM a wash
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    Bren got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in Your least expensive car?   
    £50 for an SD1. A 2300 with solid body but as usual borked 2300.
    I also paid £125 for a sierra XR4i. Not the V6 but the 5 door with the i4 twink.
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    Bren got a reaction from Ted Eggs in Your most expensive car?   
    My 545 cost me £4350. I have spent over half that again on servicing / repairs and some paint that was not really necessary. If it was a four pot petrol or diesel I would have bailed out but the anonymous looks and the V8 lump make it ( to me anyway ) still something a bit " special."
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    Bren reacted to Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    Haven't seen The Trainer King around for several weeks now, as it happens... not sure if he's also given himself a metaphorical tummyache too, from guzzling too many diecast goodies, and has now put himself on a strict Dinky-free diet - or if he's been stricken with COVID-19, and is currently at death's door.
    I know he annoyed me a bit at times, but I deffo don't wish that on anyone.
    As it happens, I was at the market last week, and this week too - last week because I had a flu jab booked at the pharmacy on the corner, and today cos I had a bit of time to spare before attending a funeral. I wasn't there for early-early doors, but headed in around 8.30 or so (usually the time when The Nemesis was still nosing around).
    You may be relieved to learn that you diecast-crazed cats haven't missed very much: there's been no 50p tat box lately, and in fact no old toys anywhere to be seen. Just some giffer-magnet Days Gone, '80s Corgi Classics, and Matchbox MoYs.



    Is anyone's pickle particularly tickled by this lot?
    No, I thought not.

    It's possible that this blurry snap of a boxed Siku airport fire appliance and a Sapeurs Pompiers water tender by Solido might have garnered a flicker of interest - but not at £10, I wouldn't have thought.
    This piece of retro gaming was quite nice, though I didn't open it to see what was inside.

    Some great box illustrations, anyway.

    No diecast of interest on any of the other stalls, so could it be that Tat Friday has naturally run its course in Belfast, anyway?
    It's possible.
    But... I did buy something.
    Something with wheels.
    Something which I'd been semi-jokingly threatening to buy for years now - pondering aloud on occasion about exactly at what point I'd finally crack, and open my wallet for a Matchbox Model of Yesteryear.
    Friends, today was that day.
    But be sure, it wasn't just a lightly chipped metallic peuce Daimler, or a zingy yellow Spyker (with all the plastic seats fallen out).
    Nope, this was something I'd secretly coveted for a long, long time.

    Look at that. Special Edition and all.
    I know.

    Not just a model - a legend.
    Ringing any (fire) bells?

    That's right, it's this monster.
    It's from way back when Matchbox (under Tyco's leadership) decided that selling models in shops was old-hat, and in future they'd offer their collectables via mail order instead.
    Around this time, the impressionable teenage DC would receive bumf through the door every few weeks, extolling the exemplary virtues of Matchbox Collectibles' latest 'Beers of the World' collection (various old castings hacked into brewer's drays and vans), or their 'French Heritage' collection (the same Citroen Type H van with different logos like Yoplait, Président Brie and Taittinger Champagne - cruelly press-ganged and painted up at the last minute from what should have been a Matchbox Dinky collection model - the missing DY-34).
    And then there was the Fire Engines Series.
    Now, as a general rule, I'm not particularly interested in fire engines.
    Which makes it all the more perplexing that I can't seem to stop buying the fuckers.
    But even then, back in 1994, the sight of the flagship model from the MoY Fire Engine series, the Ahrens Fox Quad, atop the marketing guff with all its breathless sales patter, was quite enough to make me want to toddle down to the TSB and empty out my meagre PassBook funds, in order to write a very large postal order for the entire series. Just so I could have that one model.
    I didn't, though. Sensibly*, I waited a few years before liquidating my assets in order to buy a fucked MkV Cortina with no floor.
    Ask me about my Dogecoin investments.
    But I never stopped wanting the Ahrens Fox Quad, for reasons that still aren't really all that fathomable.
    So today, a 27-year old dream came true.


    Well, kind of.
    Is it as good as I'd hoped?
    Of course not. I mean, it's detailed and all, like the marketing flyer assured me, but the interim decades of collecting Vanguards has kinda pushed the envelope a bit for what 'detailed' looks like - and it's a bit beyond a separate steering wheel and chrome-effect handbrake, these days.
    Still, it is very nice, and genuinely pristine - not a mark or even a speck of dust on it, so it's clearly been kept boxed all these years. All the hoses and pressure valves seem a bit fragile, so for this to be fully intact is a bit of a bonus.
    I'm sure I'll grow bored of it, but at least it has the all-important Certificate of Authenticity. So that collectors know it's the real deal, authentically mass-produced in a Chinese sweatshop, and not something I've cunningly whittled in my shed.
    Maybe I'll make my tenner back one day, maybe not. But I'll enjoy fondling this one later, for sure... when Mrs DC's not around to become irked at the sight of it.
    A very good Friday, to one and all.
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    Bren got a reaction from Low Horatio gearbox in Your most expensive car?   
    My 545 cost me £4350. I have spent over half that again on servicing / repairs and some paint that was not really necessary. If it was a four pot petrol or diesel I would have bailed out but the anonymous looks and the V8 lump make it ( to me anyway ) still something a bit " special."
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    Bren got a reaction from Yoss in Your most expensive car?   
    The mercedes is a thing of beauty.
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    Bren got a reaction from RayMK in The new news 24 thread   
    Gave the vectra a clean. It still looks good for it's 14 years. Had the other two tyres replaced on Thursday so it has a full set of boots. I need to get a can of lacquer for the headlights as they are a funny shade of yellow. I am not buying new headlights.
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    Bren got a reaction from spike60 in Your most expensive car?   
    The mercedes is a thing of beauty.
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    Bren got a reaction from Rusty_Rocket in The new news 24 thread   
    Gave the vectra a clean. It still looks good for it's 14 years. Had the other two tyres replaced on Thursday so it has a full set of boots. I need to get a can of lacquer for the headlights as they are a funny shade of yellow. I am not buying new headlights.
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    Bren reacted to spike60 in Your most expensive car?   
    1985 Mercedes 500 SEC Lorinser which I still have, paid a whopping (to me) £7250 to scratch a 30 year itch on NYE 2018. It's in good 36 year old condition but has a list of jobs as they tend to, I don't use it a lot as it's 3rd car. Keep threatening to sell but do nothing, it was bought when I have no dependants or debt and a good wage. At last!

    This was only slightly more expensive than a 1993 BMW 540i I paid £7150 for in 1999, fabulous car compared to what what I'd owned before but not a clever buy when I had young kids, a mortgage, credit cards, a not marvellous wage. I'm pretty sure quite a few of you recognise that situation!  I owned it for 8 years in two spells, it tried it's best to skint me but no regrets, sold the second time for £650 in 2010. I'd buy it back in a heartbeat. 

     
     
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    Bren reacted to stripped fred in Your most expensive car?   
    I paid £5500 for a 2001 Audi A4 1.9tdi Avant in 2006 at an auction. Two owners and fsh. Put 100k on it. Looked after it. Serviced at an independent specialist. Engine went pop at 201k 7 years later. Still worked out good value, dependable, practical but a bit uninspiring. Just right for me at the time though with a young family.
    I decided to make some money back by stripping it for parts. Only time I've ever done this. Hard work and took me months to sell the bits but I made about £800.

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    Bren reacted to anonymous user in Your most expensive car?   
    Don't really want to say, but wasted far too much. I've had new cars which depreciated to a third of their purchase price by the time they were three years old. I've had sheds that I have spent many times their purchase price on, before finally giving up. I've bought things back for more than I sold them for and sold things cheap (with an honest description) to see them flipped for a lot more by someone else.
    I have skewed priorities and magpie tendencies, so if I liked the look of something, or felt sorry for it, I bought it. I have learned the hard way that running old cars is not always the cheapest option, especially when you hang onto them too long. It's not all about money though as if I really like a car I tend to forgive it for being a bit needy.
    Current car is a Fiat Panda, bought new last year for just over £13k, I would probably get about £9k for it now with near 18k miles on it. I have paid more and lost more, it's my money I can be as stupid as I like.
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    Bren got a reaction from stripped fred in Your most expensive car?   
    My 545 cost me £4350. I have spent over half that again on servicing / repairs and some paint that was not really necessary. If it was a four pot petrol or diesel I would have bailed out but the anonymous looks and the V8 lump make it ( to me anyway ) still something a bit " special."
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    Bren got a reaction from stripped fred in Your most expensive car?   
    The most I have ever paid for a car was £5k for my audi a6. It was a lot ( at the time) for an 11 year old audi with a petrol engine - but it only had 50K and two owners. It didn't really float my boat and I am glad I never paid any more.
    I am not really comfortable with spending large sums on a car knowing it will depreciate and cost you a lot to keep on the road. I am mindful that my 545 is 17 years old and I cannot work on cars like I used to - age, lack of time and family being the main factors - at some point it will have to be replaced and I am mindful I will probably need to spend more than £5k on its replacement.
     
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    Bren reacted to Gerrymcd in Your most expensive car?   
    2015. £7500 on a 58 plate Mazda 3 MPS.

    Lovely car but didn't have it long, it went back to the Mazda dealer 2 months later.
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    Bren reacted to PrinceRupert in Your most expensive car?   
    28k on the tvr. I justify it by saying it shouldnt depreciate and the other cars are dirt cheap...
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    Bren reacted to JJ0063 in Your most expensive car?   
    Just shy of 10 grand for an 18 month old 1.7 CDTI Astra J. Shithouse of a car. Luckily the receptionist broke data protection and gave all my contact info out to the bloke who bought the Vectra  at auction that I’d part ex’d so to prevent me taking it further they took the Astra back and gave me a 3 year old BMW 320D. I did very well out of their blunder.
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    Bren got a reaction from RichardK in I have done something silly. C6 content.   
    Beautiful. Now get yourself one of these -
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    Bren got a reaction from myglaren in Your most expensive car?   
    No such thing as a cheap CX. I remember 40 years my mate's parents having a P reg one in a copper colour. I saw a majorette one the same colour and bought it. Sadly that is as close as I will come to owning a CX.
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    Bren got a reaction from warch in Your most expensive car?   
    My 545 cost me £4350. I have spent over half that again on servicing / repairs and some paint that was not really necessary. If it was a four pot petrol or diesel I would have bailed out but the anonymous looks and the V8 lump make it ( to me anyway ) still something a bit " special."
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    Bren reacted to Dyslexic Viking in Your most expensive car?   
    I had a few years of impulsive car buying that messed things up a lot. And that led to the most expensive car purchase 2011 VW Caddy van bought when was 4 years old owned it for a year but had to sell since is modern VAG so there was always something and the car was far too unreliable. Will not talk about the money hurts too much. But it took 2 years to financially recover from it. But was an educational experience and is the reason why I have a Hyundai i10 now as I will never want to experience anything like it again. And that episode intensified my dislike for almost all modern cars.
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    Bren reacted to artdjones in Your most expensive car?   
    €6000 on a 4year old Mègane Estate in 2017, which I think was an ex Chubb UK service engineer's vehicle.It had 188k km on the clock and the EML on. The owner told me the light was caused by the glow plug relay not working, which I knew was unlikely to be true. However, it ran so well and was so cheap it was worth a punt . It turned out to have a faulty exhaust air flap. What's that?, you may ask. It's a throttle body in the exhaust which when closed still allows some gases through, but helps the cat to warm up. It stays fully open most of the time the car is running. I got the relevant exhaust part from a low mileage car for €120 and turned the light out. It's done over 80k Kms since and all that's been replaced, apart from routine items, is front shocks, one top mount and the rear number plate lights.It does 1000-1100 kms to a tank and has turned out a good buy, which is a relief,as it cost nearly twice the previous car, and four time the one before that.
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    Bren got a reaction from Shite Ron in Your most expensive car?   
    My 545 cost me £4350. I have spent over half that again on servicing / repairs and some paint that was not really necessary. If it was a four pot petrol or diesel I would have bailed out but the anonymous looks and the V8 lump make it ( to me anyway ) still something a bit " special."
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    Bren reacted to Shite Ron in Your most expensive car?   
    The most I have paid for a  car for myself was £10,000 in 2001 for my TVR. This was an exception though as I had a  Cortina Ghia that cost me £180 which had been my daily for 3 years at that point, I had just finished refurbishing my house and realised I had spent more on unimportant things around the house than my car which is the most important item we purchase. This was a one off though as I always try to buy cars for less than a weeks wages. I have had to stretch to a bit more in the last ten years for the Cortina’s and Granada’s but not over £4,500 which seemed extravagant.  For the first Mondeo I bought for work I paid nearly £8,000 for a Ghia estate, partly as I was not sure of the rules for opting out and partly as I wanted to soften the blow of not driving a Cortina daily. Although it seemed a ridiculous amount the Company car allowance replenished me in full over the four years it lasted before major engine failure. For the replacement I went more downmarket and bought a Mondeo Zetec hatch from Blackbush auctions for £6,000 which was dull but faultless for over 4 years until I left the company so although expensive it more than paid for itself. I am a skinflint but also prefer driving older cars and not having to worry if they get scratched etc. also insurance and service parts are cheaper.
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    Bren reacted to Tadhg Tiogar in Your most expensive car?   
    The CX, by a long way.....and that's before you add on the cost of the repairs / rectification that were subsequently needed.
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