A visit to a Colchester charity shop (after all my whinging the other day) finally yielded Stuff I Couldn't Not Buy, so I came to own two items.
Dinky Hillman Imp. Plenty has been said on here about this delightful little casting in the past, so I'll just say that I really like it. This one has survived for nigh on sixty years relatively intact. Some of the decals are peeling at the edges and it's lost an offside headlight jewel, but the glazing has survived and the paintwork has just the degree of patina it deserves.
I spent five quid. Absolutely no idea if They Saw Me Coming, but it's for charidee like.
Back in the olden days, when I was forced off to Sunday School at the weekend (presumably so my parents could do stuff that I didn't want to know about), I used to get a lift with Brenda. That meant my ride alternated between a Hillman Imp and an Austin FX4 black cab. This was circa 1985/6.
Second of my wise investments is this:
I've really liked this since @junkyarddog picked one up aaaages ago, so this one was a must buy. It's just adorable. It's a shame the glazing has a crack in it, but that and a slightly askew lower 'hydraulic' spar are pretty much all that's wrong with it. I'm sure that can be bent straight and the plastic cherry picker platform can be persuaded into shape with a bit of gentle heat application.
I absolutely love how that parallogram mechanism works. In fact I've just sat here doing lots of up and down movements while I frankly should be getting some work done.
Actually, I've just decided that I like every single thing about this Corgi and it makes me very happy indeed. £2.50 that I couldn't have spent more wisely if I tried.