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  1. Hello all, This one started as a pub conversation, something along the lines of 'can you still get a rare MOTd 80s motor plus tax and insurance for under £1k?' That then led to lots of ebay, gumtree, marketplace scouring which then led to a bid or two. Admittedly a number of those bids were made after a the odd rum and coke.Then one Friday evening, whilst in the pub, I threw in a bid for this and won. Great I thought, at first. Then I thought… How am I going to get it home? Where am I going to store it? How am I going to let the wife know? (when I already own 3 other cars)Anyway, I arranged to collect it the following weekend from East London, turns out it hadn’t been used for 18 months (which was not stated in the advert!) other than a trip to the MOT station.The old boy I bought it off was a lovely chap as was his son (turns out he has a couple of R11s himself, more on that at some point later). It had been in their family for 18 years, they told me about trips to France and the memories they had shared in the car, so it just had to come home with me to start another chapter of its life.So onto the car.Here’s the advert…1987 Renault 11 TL .I have owned it since 2004 & sad to see it go.. 181000 miles, I have regularly serviced it, so the engine and gearbox are in excellent condition.Being a 34 year old car, there are things that will need doing. It has dents & the lacquer on the roof & bonnet it showing its age. Feel free to view or ask any questions. It has been 1 of only 2 TL models left in the UK.And the pics… And my first impressions…Wow, it’s dirty inside! Looks like it’s been used for runs to the tipBodywork is scruffier than the pictures make out, dents in drivers door and rear boot/bumper, front OS wing crumpled and corroded, front panels round grille corroded, roof and bonnet have serious lacquer peel with the paint having cracked, various small repair patches here and there. All that said, it looks pretty solid.God, it really is dirty inside.Drivers door closes occasionally but mostly bounces back open.Engine is dirty but looks like it’s been well maintained.Is that mould on the switchgear??But all that said, after speaking to the old boy I bought it from, there was no way I was not taking it home. It drove back the 161 miles to South Staffordshire without missing a beat and of course I ended up loving the little thing. So that’s the start of the R11 adventure, more to follow soon.Shaun
  2. Well I've been meaning to sign up here in forever, but kept forgetting. Thanks to someone over on another forum I frequent poking me about it recently the subject was forced back into my very brief attention span for long enough to get me to act on the instruction. I figure that my little varied fleet might bring you lot some amusement... So...we've got: 1993 Lada Riva 1.5E Estate (now fuel injected, as I reckon the later cars should have been from the factory...). 1989 Saab 900i Automatic. 1987 Skoda 120LX 21st Anniversary Special Edition. 1985 Sinclair C5. 2009 Peugeot 107 Verve. Now getting the photos together has taken me far longer than I'd expected...so you're gonna get a couple of photos of each car for now, and I'll come back with some more information tomorrow when I've got a bit more time... Firstly...The Lada. Before anyone asks - in response to the single question I get asked about this car: No, it is not for sale. Took me 13 years and my father's inheritance to find the thing. Yes, it's got the usual rusty wings...Hoping that will be resolved in the next couple of months. Next, a proper old Saab. One of the very last 8 valve cars apparently, and all the better for it. I've driven two 16v autos and they were horrible - the auto box works sooooo much better with the torque curve of the 8 valve engine. Just wish it had an overdrive for motorway cruising... Next up a *real* Skoda...back when they put the engine where it belongs, right out the back. In the best possible colour of course...eye-searingly bright orange. Seat covers have been added since that photo was taken as it suffers from the usual rotting seat cloth problem that affects virtually all Estelles. Then we have possibly the world's scruffiest Sinclair C5... Realised when looking for this that I really need to get some more photos of the thing...I use it often enough after all! We have a dog who's half husky, so this is a really good way of getting him some exercise. Finally - again, I really need to take more photos of - we have the little Pug 107. Included for the sake of variety even if it's a bit mainstream! First (and probably to be the only) new car I've bought, and has been a cracking little motor and has asked for very little in return for putting up with nearly three years of Oxford-Milton Keynes commuter traffic, before finally escaping that fate when my housemate moved to a new job. Now it doesn't do many miles and is my default car for "when I've managed to break everything else." I'll fill in some more details tomorrow - I warn you though that I do tend to ramble...
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