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  1. That Humber collection is amazing  -  one man's work over decades.  There has been talk of the local authority acquiring the collection and opening it up as a museum but I suspect that will never happen :-(

  2. I read recently that maroon is the worst colour for depreciation, whilst white cars keep their value better.  My old Merc is maroon but given its age I doubt that this will have any impact if/when I come to sell.


    Anyway, does the trade have names for desirable/undesirable hues?  The only one I can think of is "doom blue".

  3. Thanks for the suggestions  -  I took myself off to The Range today and stocked up with microfibres,  baking soda, anti-bacterial surface spray and carpet cleaner which is meant to neutralise smells from pets' accidents amongst other things.  I've got leather cleaner somewhere and Windolene. I'm going to have a go this evening and tomorrow and see what happens.  

  4. Evenin' all.


    A few months ago I replaced the written-off Saab with a Merc CLK320.  It's a great barge that does everything I want and much more but the interior reeks of stale air freshener.  I've wiped down the leather seats, cleaned carpets, windows and headlining but it still pongs like a cheap B&B. I'm guessing that it might have been smoked in at some time and has had the car-wash 'valet' treatment a few times.  Any tips for getting rid of the whiff?

  5. After the driver unfriendly features, how about things you don't see which you miss?


    I'll start with foot operated dip/beam switch as found on early Minis


    Double sunvisors as in Saab 9-5 where you could turn one to stop glare from the side window and behind it was a second visor for the front screen. Genius.


    Side hinged opening rear windows in two door cars.


    Toggle switches on the dashboard.

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