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  1. I love the look of these MTs, there’s a 500 and a 350 version and I think it’s only the 350 that has a disc brake up front. A friend of mine rode a few when he was in the army and apparently they were a bit crap on the handling front. So bad in fact that when one got run over by a tank it didn’t handle any worse😀
  2. Reliant with too many wheels, this is the one with the XR2 engine rather than the Nissan turbo https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Reliant-Scimitar-SS1-1600-cvh-/274986889093?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
  3. Audi coupe. Smallest engine and not a quattro, but probably why it’s affordable https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1995-Audi-Coupe-2-0E-8V-3dr-HATCHBACK-Petrol-Manual-/224613470152?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
  4. Cheap for a turbo brick, 5 speed manual instead of the 4 speed with overdrive https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Volvo-SE-Turbo-estate-/304183916789?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
  5. Have we had this White Hen 4x4 yet? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lancia-Y10-4WD-4x4-RARE-/265356987230?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
  6. I really like the look of these, for some reason they remind me of a rally car from the back, maybe because the silencer runs right across the car? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1999-Mitsubishi-Colt-1-3-GLX-3dr-HATCHBACK-Petrol-Manual-/124957225455?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
  7. Relive those PS2 games of Gran Turismo, but with more lacquer peel https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1995-Mitsubishi-FTO-GPX-2-0-V6-Mivec-Manual-/133903991776?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
  8. Wow, an Escort Mexico for 1500 quid! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Classic-Ford-Escort-Mexico-Limited-Edition-1995-37K-GENUINE-MILES-/124941558253?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0 Oh shit🙁
  9. These are quite sharp looking, I wonder if they’re any good https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Cougar-2-5i-24v-X-2000-/304137527938?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m2548.l6249&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
  10. It’s an odd choice for “this is my best side” but you’re owning it 😀
  11. Definitely not a Tatra
  12. Agree with the stuff before. I’ve found that the Japanese bikes are similarly reliable but the characters of bikes can be very different. I had a Honda Hornet 600 as my first bike after direct access and it was a hoot but the small fuel tank range didn’t fit with my commute. Some giant trail bikes were easy to ride and suited my character more than out and out sports bikes, but they can all get a hustle on if you’re even moderately skilled. Modern tyres are better than most people’s bravery. I dearly loved my ZZR1100 because it was so easy to ride; basically on the roads you’re only using 30% of its capacity so you could loaf along with very little effort. However if you need to somewhere quickly it was faster than anything except a helicopter. It always felt like a big, friendly bike and it would look after you. I also had a Honda VFR750 which everyone says was a sensible speedy bike but I found it soulless. 500cc bikes are fast enough to be stupid on and are cheaper to run. I can’t remember what bikes my instructor used but it was an aircooled twin 500 and this thing was dropped at least twice a day, had the clutch slipped all the time and was generally ridden by idiots. Yet the only tools the instructor carried to keep a fleet of three running was a spanner to tighten the mirror when it got dropped again.
  13. If an old FX4 got stolen from outside your house, you could probably stroll to the end of the street and apprehend the thief in time👍
  14. Genuine LeMans Lagonda 4 1/2 litre. £650 seems pricey… Compared to the 1930 Bentley 4 1/2 for £295. I think they’re about 2 million quid now😳
  15. 1.4 AX, non GTi https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Citroen-AX-1-4i-Forte-/144221466549?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286
  16. I really, really don’t 😳
  17. Obviously this isn’t something that normal people do, but we’re in a safe space here, right? There’s nothing wrong with my current car but if something better (or not) comes up, it’ll be up for sale faster than you can believe. Money is obviously a limit and my commute is 60 miles a day so fuel economy is important too. Let’s get on with the countdown! Honda Insight, it’s like driving the future and should be reliable too. Unfortunately the only ones for sale right now are 8 grand which is a lot for a car that only has 2 seats Maybe a little more practical and newer too is the Honda CRZ, which seems to be a good steer and I love the way they look. I went to see two the other week and 4 grand doesn’t buy you a lot. Vauxhall Ampera. I know what all Vauxhalls are, but this is quite intriguing and the fact it was an automotive dead end is appealing. Audi A2, the acceptable face of Audi ownership. I’m just not sure about the reliability but it appeals to my inner geek Peugeot 206 1.4 HDi, these do something like 70mpg and probably drive quite well too. Finding a good one could be tough and is it really special enough? Obviously those wheel trims can get in the fucking sea Peugeot 205 turbo diesel. What an absolute hoot to drive and they look great too. Fuel economy is meh but just look at it Renault Twingo, although not a posh one like this; I want an early one that’s dented and has lived a bit What’s on your list?
  18. High six😀 Does DAB work there? You might have better luck with Radio Luxembourg on medium wave
  19. I must be still missing some subtlety here… DAB radio I never use because I can stream any radio station in the world from my phone. Data is cheap. I don’t need a button on the steering wheel because I use the voice commands. It’s absolutely flippin brilliant these days, I hardly ever write text messages, just talk at the phone.
  20. There are plenty where you can get adapters which includes dashboard plastics too. I’m in my car for at least an hour and a half each day and have a Bluetooth module plugged into the aux or CD changer. Easy peasy and not expensive. Cars newer than that usually have Bluetooth built in anyway
  21. I’ve played this game for years doing 15-20k miles a year and it’s not hard, just limits your choices a bit. However piling those miles on a new car will hit depreciation massively too. Just recently I’ve had a 1999 Volvo V70 diesel (50mpg), a 2005 Honda Civic petrol (42mpg), a 2006 Kia ceed diesel (55 mpg) and a 2006 Toyota RAV4 diesel (48mpg) None have ever broken down, fuel bills have been ok, they’re all comfortable and effortless to drive and I fitted Bluetooth for podcasts and bangin choons from my phone. If I’d chosen other cars of this age I might have been chasing breakdowns and MoT failz but the ownership experience has been easy and depreciation has been as small as possible.
  22. Back when Audis were quite exclusive
  23. When shooting this advert they must have had a 2 mile run-up to film it at speed.
  24. Black cars were for taxis or funeral cars and who wanted to look like that? Then someone realised that being the bad guy was cool and the bad guys drove black cars too.
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