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  1. Nothing yet, but it's on my mind as my eldest is 17 next year. I think she'd like to give the '88 Sunny a go, but I'd prefer her to have something bit more robust and disposable like a Yaris as a first car.
  2. The journey home begins. Spread over a couple of days and taking a slightly different route, just in case.... Simca 1000, Saviem SG2 and Renault Goelette by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Citroen 2CVs by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr I'd caught sight of this place on the way down and made sure I was prepared to stop on the way back. 1975 Renault 16 TX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Apologies, this is probably the greyest photo in the world but it's only a 16 TX. Citroen BX 19 RD Evasion by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Just an everyday example. Peugeot 309 GLD by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Not much older stuff on the autoroute, it was good to see this one providing family transport. 1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr 1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Saw this one and thought Barrett would approve. Nearly 100 years old and still doing its thing. Spent half of that time in storage according to the Bonhams sale listing: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21902/lot/344/?category=list BMW 520i by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Even when bit tatty like this one, these always have the look of something that would be fun to drive like a bit of a loon, smoking the tyres at every opportunity. Aixam A540 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Watch out for that pigeon! Lady driver and her child was following her other half with another kid in his sans-permis microcar. Nissan Sunny 2.0d SLX (N14) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr We didn't get this combination of diesel and high-spec SLX trim level. Peugeot J9 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Six-wheeler probably on its way back to the farm from a Saturday morning at the market. 1998 Lancia Kappa Coupe 2.0 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Don't recall seeing a coupe version before, an odd-looking thing around the back end. Look at those autoroute fuel prices..... French Autoroute driving by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr In previous years I've tried to avoid the autoroutes as much as possible, but it has to be said when they're like this and the cruise control is set at 80-and-a-bit they have their own pleasure. VW Jetta and others by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr VW Scirocco by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr VW assortment by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Back up in Normandy, there was a theme in what this person had neatly assembled. Nissan 100NX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Seen a handful of these in France over the years. Peugeot 309 GLD by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Looked good on the open steels. My last decent French spot. 1982 Ford Fiesta 1.3 GL and 1974 VW Transporter by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr 1978 Mercedes 200 (W123) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr 1923 Bentley 3 Litre by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Seen back in the UK on the final push homewards. Had seen the Bentley at the Eurotunnel terminal at the end of its own trip to France. There is one final car to post, which I've deliberately left to the end: Renault 14 GTL by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Renault 14 GTL by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Blimey, a 14 just sat there. Had walked down this street a few days before but didn't get quite this far. Don't know if it was a cherished classic or just someone's normal transport, but a fantastic thing to find even if I missed out on a few other Renaults. That's it for my 2019 trip.
  3. Ta. Sadly no coupes seen this year, although I saw all of the other basic 504 variants. And apparently the cab used on the Ford Transcontinental, which I didn't realise until relatively late in my life. Finally finished my Flickr uploads and I can draw this saga to an end. To start with, I'm going to step back a day or two to the Sunday events I got to: Sunday Meet assortment 1 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Sunday Meet assortment 2 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Citroens Traction Avant and 2CV by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Mercedes 250SL by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr These from a monthly Sunday morning meet-up. I'd been hoping for a bit more once-common everyday bilge but it was still good to see these in such an attractive setting. Dutra UE-28 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Aebi AM90 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr 19?? Citroen by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr 1954-59 Panhard Dyna Z Cabriolet by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr 1954-59 Panhard Dyna Z Cabriolet by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr 1955-58 Simca Aronde Grand Large Special by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Renault Dauphine by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Renault Juvaquatre by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr A local show/demonstration of old agricultural machinery also had a few cars in attendance. Fancy versions of both the Simca and Panhard new to me. Back to the 'everyday' stuff now: Citroen Visa Super E Cabriolet by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Citroen Visa Super E Cabriolet by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Very smart. I bet it would have been a very enjoyable thing to drive around the area we were in. 1989 Renault R385 Tractor Unit by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Later version of one of those Renault camions. 1984 Volvo 760 2.4 TD by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr A surprising find. Peugeot 309 GL Profil by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Rather battered but definitely still in use. Isuzu Trooper LWB by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr These less common than Land Cruiser, Patrol or Pajero. Fiat 126 BIS by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Bibendum helpfully points the way to a yard with a few interesting things: Renault 11 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Toyota Liteace by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Renault 6 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Third of the three 6s I saw, and an early one at that. Citroen C35(?) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Only one of these I saw this year. Lexus LS400 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Rubbish dashcam shot, but it's a Mk1! Must be very rare in France. Peugeot J7 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr I recently saw one or two of these in London as food vans, but it was good to see one in its natural habitat and in that classic beige colour. Les Compagnons de la Chanson by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Majorette assortment by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Boot sale purchases. Now for the journey home.....
  4. Probably still Howes & Sons at that time. Is that because you think it has a YDX plate? I initially read it as that, but I think it's a Midlands YOX-reg? My Sunny could be bought for not much more than the start on that blue saloon.....
  5. Glad to see you've found it, it's a great place. If you visit that area there's also a very good motor museum at Valencay. Just looked back at my photos from 2015, they had a good range of Panhard and Citroen stuff plus R16: http://www.musee-auto-valencay.fr/#Accueil.A
  6. I saw a Joustra Rancho at a French boot sale a few years ago, they certainly are big: Talbot Matra Rancho toy by Joustra by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr By neat coincidence, later in the day I saw real ones at the Matra Museum. They had a good selection of model versions there as well:
  7. I'd imagine it's pretty much the former, I doubt they're coming into the yard at £2500. Maybe high mileage/tatty trade-ins that no one wants to sell on, or insurance write-offs? As you say, sell bits off them and it's probably cost neutral.
  8. Banger World Final achieved. Mild disappointment with the sound of a lot of the cars, due the widespread fitment of the Ford 2.3 '4', just not right in some big old American barge. It's interesting to see what they move onto as the years go by, I was surprised to see a couple of Jaguar XFs: Cheapest I could find on AutoTrader were non-runners at around £2500.
  9. Sounds like a perfectly sensible upgrade. Fit the 4-speed knob and who'd know the difference..... No temptation to fit a 2.8/2.9?
  10. Wonderful to see it get to this stage. With the skills you've learnt through this project as well as all the NOS parts you made exactly the right decision. I'd forgotten that it was a non-UK GL originally. Is the original 2.3 going back into it?
  11. Always pleased to see magazine content. What was the verdict?
  12. Unlimited Banger World Final at Ipswich today. Doubtless there'll be some bonkers/saddening stuff being raced. Car park always worth a look around too.
  13. That Manta B is delightful. I was surprised how much old stuff I saw in Switzerland on a brief work visit a few years ago.
  14. This could also be in the late registration madness thread, a Bluebird on a K-reg?! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nissan-Bluebird-GSXi-injection-automatic/143393063533 Bonus Wolseley landcrab in the background.
  15. As it's Matchbox Cortina show and tell day, here's mine: Survived the years remarkably well, but then I must have been at least eight when I got it and I was being a bit more careful with them by that time. My dad had what I think would have been a Venetian Red 2.0GL Mk4 in 1979, so it's a nice reminder of that car even if the colour's not right. Cortinas and Civic in the snow, Boxford c.1979 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Mk4 was the first car I remember with a distinctive, designed-in front spoiler, I remember asking about it as we walked through Sudbury car park one day.
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