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  1. Excellent progress so far👍 Your choices are always interesting so I’m keen to see what you’ve unearthed here!
  2. Except perhaps reliability? I disappeared down a particularly enthusiastic slagging match on Pistonheads about these cars and it’s not really a hot hatch so shouldn’t be judged as such. It’s a slightly savoury Corolla that goes faster past 6000 revs. That doesn’t make it a bad car
  3. Apparently the rear subframe can rust on Octavias but there’s an easy way of checking. Do the back wheels look like this? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/skoda-octavia-4x4-SPARES-OR-REPAIRS-/164969129523?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m2548.l6249&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
  4. Want something speedy yet looks dull? This Corolla makes 140bhp at 6200 rpm, but keep going to almost 8000 revs and it makes 190😳 The engine was also used in the Elise so it’s basically a 4 seater Lotus👍 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2002-Toyota-Corolla-1-8-T-Sport-VVTLi-Recent-Clutch-Tyres-Starter-Battery-/174846442878?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m2548.l6249&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
  5. Polo, mint https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/164958913330
  6. All seems well so far. How long is the journey? Assuming the heat doesn’t buckle the railway tracks or something
  7. I have a soft spot for these. With a _CY numberplate was it originally sold through Sinclair Garages?
  8. I’d say the rear brakes are, certainly without a 3/4” drive impact wrench or one of those torque multiplier things. Balancing on a scaffolding pole is no fun🙁
  9. That’s the car mine was a replica of. They changed not just from film to film but within each film too. In the staged races the car had tape on the lights in a + but for some parts they entered the car in real races to get authentic footage and the tape was in a x shape, so that’s what mine was.
  10. Christ, are we the same person?😳 How do you get in my head like that?!
  11. I built one a few years ago, got a LHD car from Sweden because I wanted it to be authentic, welded in the roof section from a sunroof car, fitted a high ratio gearbox from a 1500 but kept the narrow axles, added a camber compensator and Porsche 356 brakes too because I wanted it to be a copy of the #2 stunt car from The Love Bug which did most of the racing scenes Painted it L87 Pearl White on the outside and grey on the inside like the film cars, sourced the correct radio, aerial and even blanked off the VW badge because the 1969 film cars didn’t have it. I’ve driven all sorts of cars, several Tatras, a Ferrari… nothing made people smile like this
  12. Love the Marathon Beetle wheels! Fitted to the Marathon special edition cars when the VW passed the Ford Model T’s production record of 15 million cars in 1972
  13. It’s pretty easy if I remember right, a big wing nut on the clutch release arm which pivots on the gearbox and you just unhook it from the pedal end. Nice 1200, love the minimal headlining too!
  14. £800k but it’s also 8 litres They say you never know when you’re going to die, but if I owned this I’d know how I was going to die
  15. These old Humbers are a bit tasty. It’s a lot of metal (and Bakelite) for £1500 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/334063180875
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