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H301 URS. Toast, I'm afraid.

 

Date of Liability 04 09 2002

Date of First Registration 01 01 1991

Year of Manufacture 1991

Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1275cc

CO2 Emissions Not Available

Fuel Type PETROL

Export Marker N

Vehicle Status Unlicensed

Vehicle Colour RED

Vehicle Type Approval Not Available

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in 1990 my mother bought a brand new metro, she opted for a run out clubman over a base new metro, 4 speaker stereo, parcel shelf and sunroof being the deal swingers. H301URS, now long dead i expect.

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See how that has the fuel filler high up on the rear three quarter panel as opposed to the usual low down position for that shape? That is because it is one of the last ones produced - they'd run out of "original Metro" panels for that side and started fitting the Rover Metro ones, confirming it is one of the last.

 

Not sure there was ever a specific "original Metro" run out model though.

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Wasn't there an MGB 'SE' final edition, black paint with big stripes down the side, around 1980 W reg?

 

Also the Princess Special Six, again black paint with the parts bin emptied upon it? Was this a run out to use up the E series 6 pot engine?

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Wasn't there an MGB 'SE' final edition, black paint with big stripes down the side, around 1980 W reg?

 

Also the Princess Special Six, again black paint with the parts bin emptied upon it? Was this a run out to use up the E series 6 pot engine?

 

The Special Six Automatic was a bid to boost sales of the six pot Princess after they had a run of trouble with the manuals eating driveshafts I believe so they had to halt production for a short period and only sell autos. I stand to be corrected but that's the gist of it IIRC.

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Hi all, first post after lurking for quite a while! :D

Was the Finesse the run-out version of the Escort before the Focus launched?

 

Yep, a mate had a black Finesse on an S plate. This one was probably built before Focus production started but Finesse models ran to X reg and possibly even Y plate.

 

Nice car it was - Aircon, alloy wheels, CD player but oddly enough no rev counter. Ford must have had a stack of instrument panels destined for the poverty Encore model to use up. :mrgreen:

 

 

My dad had a brand new T-reg 1.6 Finesse hatchback in Panther Black Metallic. It was superb and was, strangely, fitted with a rev counter. The run out was over two trim levels (Flight and Finesse), available as either a 5-door hatch or estate with the 1.6 Zetec-90 or 1.8TD mill. The Flight, IIRC, had a cassette player, steel wheels and no boot spoiler, and from memory they were both only available in metallic black, metallic silver, or metallic pale blue?

 

I've seen a few X-plate Finesses, not sure if any Ys made it out.

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I thought the Torslanda was a 240 designed for 'harsh' conditions, basic spec but with equipment meant for Cold conditions, Manual windows, heated seats etc.

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Not sure there was ever a specific "original Metro" run out model though.

There was of sorts - the automatic. It took some time for the K-series/CVT automatic to "mature" so they kept the A-series automatic going until it was available.

 

Edit: I thought the Torslanda had an LSD too? IIRC Scooters ran rings around a BMW X5 in the snow in his last winter.

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Would it be rude to suggest that the 2CV Charleston and then Dolly models were effectively run-out editions but produced over a period of several years...?? :)

Yes. It would.

 

:wink::mrgreen:

 

Thought so! :lol:

 

One I've mentioned before, many posts ago. Hyundai Stellar 'New Yorker'. The local dealer here seemed to still be registering them (mainly as private hire cabs) ages after production ended!

 

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Hyundai Stellar by Mick Travis, on Flickr

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Wasn't there quite an overlap with Escort/Focus though? I have seen plenty of 'W' reg and even 'X' reg Escorts and 's' plate Focii (sic)

 

Yep, Escort kept going until summer 2000 when Halewood tooled up for the Jag X type. This was to keep the workers in a job in one sense, but also to allow Halewood to meet orders for the van from various large fleets and to build up large stocks of the van(I've seen Escort vans on '52' plates) and also for diehard Escort fans to buy one more new car if the Focus gave them a heart attack.

 

The last Escorts had a badge on the rear door pillar (adjacent to the C pillar) which said (I swear) Ford Motor Co. Halewood, Liverpool or something very similar in old 1920s style Ford script - yet I've never seen this on an example on the road or on the street (I've started noticing Mk5/6 Escorts again after I stupidly said they were getting rare in the 'disappearing fast' thread - I see them everywhere now :lol: ). Maybe it was just the last 1000 or something?

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in 1990 my mother bought a brand new metro, she opted for a run out clubman over a base new metro, 4 speaker stereo, parcel shelf and sunroof being the deal swingers. H301URS, now long dead i expect.

6371293497_40198a297a_z.jpg

 

See how that has the fuel filler high up on the rear three quarter panel as opposed to the usual low down position for that shape? That is because it is one of the last ones produced - they'd run out of "original Metro" panels for that side and started fitting the Rover Metro ones, confirming it is one of the last.

 

Not sure there was ever a specific "original Metro" run out model though.

 

Thats some proper Metro anorak knowledge :D . Respect!

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I present you the remarkable example of shite that is the 309 Best Line.

 

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It may not look particularly posh, but AFAIK the specification was excellent, including things like PAS, aircon and electric windows/mirrors which were definitely not the norm for family cars in 1992 (unless, of course, you paid an arm an a leg to specify every optional extra available).

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Yep, Escort kept going until summer 2000 when Halewood tooled up for the Jag X type. This was to keep the workers in a job in one sense, but also to allow Halewood to meet orders for the van from various large fleets and to build up large stocks of the van(I've seen Escort vans on '52' plates) and also for diehard Escort fans to buy one more new car if the Focus gave them a heart attack.

 

 

Can't quite do a 52 but this lives round the corner from me.

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51 plate by Tayne, on Flickr

 

It has special decals, but they're not related to Escort production.

They advertise Bob Ross painting courses.

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6371293497_40198a297a_z.jpg

 

See how that has the fuel filler high up on the rear three quarter panel as opposed to the usual low down position for that shape? That is because it is one of the last ones produced - they'd run out of "original Metro" panels for that side and started fitting the Rover Metro ones, confirming it is one of the last.

 

Thats some proper Metro anorak knowledge :D . Respect!

 

I knew that :D

And here is a 1989 G plate with the fuel filler in the low down position...

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Yep, Escort kept going until summer 2000 when Halewood tooled up for the Jag X type. This was to keep the workers in a job in one sense, but also to allow Halewood to meet orders for the van from various large fleets and to build up large stocks of the van(I've seen Escort vans on '52' plates) and also for diehard Escort fans to buy one more new car if the Focus gave them a heart attack.

 

 

Can't quite do a 52 but this lives round the corner from me.

4739984060_c8cc6c033f.jpg

51 plate by Tayne, on Flickr

 

It has special decals, but they're not related to Escort production.

They advertise Bob Ross painting courses.

 

 

Still see plenty of ex Royal Mail vans around on 51 plates. I know they made the passenger version alongside the Focus for a few years, but God knows why anyone would have bought one over a Focus

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AAGH! There was one of those Escort's on my parents' street for YEARS and I never photographed it. The old fashioned script was on the black plastic triangle at the back of the small window on the back door. It said "Ford Motor Company, Halewood, Eng.". It's not long been replaced, either by a fatarse Scenic.

 

 

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Yep, Escort kept going until summer 2000 when Halewood tooled up for the Jag X type. This was to keep the workers in a job in one sense, but also to allow Halewood to meet orders for the van from various large fleets and to build up large stocks of the van(I've seen Escort vans on '52' plates) and also for diehard Escort fans to buy one more new car if the Focus gave them a heart attack.

 

 

Can't quite do a 52 but this lives round the corner from me.

4739984060_c8cc6c033f.jpg

51 plate by Tayne, on Flickr

 

It has special decals, but they're not related to Escort production.

They advertise Bob Ross painting courses.

 

 

Still see plenty of ex Royal Mail vans around on 51 plates. I know they made the passenger version alongside the Focus for a few years, but God knows why anyone would have bought one over a Focus

 

I guess a similar situation applied post-1989 after the Concerto-based Rover 200 hit the market. The Maestro was effectively repositioned as a bargain-basement alternative, since the 200 was initially being pushed as a cut above. I guess the early Focus was pitched at a couple of grand at least above the Escort with equivalent mechanical spec.

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Wasn't there an MGB 'SE' final edition, black paint with big stripes down the side, around 1980 W reg?

 

Just googled it, MGB 'LE', various colours but big stripes

 

I thought it was Pewter (metallic grey) or another colour with the stripes - most were Pewter - but could be totally wrong on this :) ! There's one like this on an E-prefix plate (Ennn WTT from memory) that has attended Pride of Longbridge in the past...

 

(I should post this in the late registration madness thread as well, I guess.)

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I am liking this thread. Those Dolomite SEs look bloody ace for an end of line model.

Incidentally, I just discovered that what is basically a pug 309 was still (until a few years ago) made as the Dacia Nova.

 

 

Seems not - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacia_Nova

Urban myth in Romania suggests that it was a version of the Renault 11 or the Peugeot 309 which is incorrect. The Nova is a 100% Romanian design, started in 1983 and the only part of the car of Renault origin are its Cléon OHV engines. Whilst the styling is not dissimilar to the Peugeot 309, there is no commonality between it and the Nova.
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AAGH! There was one of those Escort's on my parents' street for YEARS and I never photographed it. The old fashioned script was on the black plastic triangle at the back of the small window on the back door. It said "Ford Motor Company, Halewood, Eng.". It's not long been replaced, either by a fatarse Scenic.

 

 

Escort%20Halewood%20.jpg

 

The T-reg. Escort Finesse estate I recently bought for my nephew had those stickers on the rear window triangles! I thought they'd been added as 'bling' by a previous mong owner :lol:

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I am liking this thread. Those Dolomite SEs look bloody ace for an end of line model.

Incidentally, I just discovered that what is basically a pug 309 was still (until a few years ago) made as the Dacia Nova.

 

 

Seems not - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacia_Nova

Urban myth in Romania suggests that it was a version of the Renault 11 or the Peugeot 309 which is incorrect. The Nova is a 100% Romanian design, started in 1983 and the only part of the car of Renault origin are its Cléon OHV engines. Whilst the styling is not dissimilar to the Peugeot 309, there is no commonality between it and the Nova.

 

Hmmm...Romanian wikipedia says it was 'inspired' by the 309....

 

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fro.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FDacia_Nova&act=url

 

I expect it was 'inspired' in the same way the Talbot Alpine inspired the Moskvich Aleko.

 

/pedantry

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