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1976-81 BMW 520 (E12) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1976-81 BMW 520 (E12) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

This mouldy old 520. Looks solid enough under the green though. Sported this dealer sticker:

 

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BMW Interservice sticker by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Which looked distinctly non-French. Any clues?

 

Isn't that Greek?

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Looks it doesn't it?

 

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Mazda 121 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Real one, not a Kia.

 

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Lancia Delta 5dr by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Looks to have sat for a bit.

 

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Peugeot 403 pickup + 309 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Unusual pickup bed on this 403.

 

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MGB GT by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Not often you'll see an MGB on this thread.

 

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Renault 25 V6 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Renault 25 V6 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

The different lights etc on the V6 look great to me.

 

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Citroen LNA by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

How can the pretty little 104 have been turned into this?

 

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Renault 25 Turbo DX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

This later 25 about as good as the later one gets.

 

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Seat Ibiza GL 1.2 5dr by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Forgotten Ibiza.

 

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Suzuki Wagon R 'Woody' by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Amusing.

 

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Renault 21 saloon by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Another slightly older, not particularly special car that someone obviously still cares for.

 

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Multicar fire engine, Ile de Brehat by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Comically small fire engine used on an island where there are no cars (if you can imagine such a terrible thing).

 

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Renault 9 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

OAP's off with their shopping.

 

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Microcar Lyra TRS by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Another small car.

 

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VW Passat estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Don't recall seeing any evidence of the VW scene in France. Just some oddly-modified 405s.

 

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Early Citroen 2CV by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Loads of Dolly-mobiles around still of course, this the oldest I saw.

 

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Citroen LNA 11E by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Didn't look great, but was still in regular use.

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Toyota Landcruiser breakdown vehicle by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Looks purposeful.

 

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Nissan Sunny 1.4SLX saloon (N13) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Did actually see another of these, but like the Micra they seem rare in France.

 

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Rover 218GSD by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

The French seem quite partial to Rovers.

 

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VW Polo Fancy by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Fancy that.

 

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Seat Marbella by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Regurgitated Panda.

 

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Renault 25 oddity by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Is turning a beaten-up 25 into some kind of wedding chariot a common custom in France?

 

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JDM X5 microcar by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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JDM microcar badge by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Different sort of JDM.

 

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1981 Citroen Visa 11 Club 'a vendre' by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1981 Citroen Visa 11 Club 'a vendre' by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

This was for sale at 1000 Euros :? Another for the AS racing beige team anyway.

 

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Austin Metro Sprite by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Austin Metro Sprite by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Dear old Pogweasel (RIP) would have loved this.

 

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Peugeot 403 saloon by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Posh 403. In the rain.

 

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Lada Niva by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Rather straighter Niva.

 

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Mercedes Benz W115 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

The French do seem to like a bit of beige.

 

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Citroen Traction Avant by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Long Traction Avant.

 

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Citroen Visa by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Ex-utility company?

 

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Citroen C35RD camper by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Citroen C35RD camper by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Very French.

 

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Opel Kadett 1.3 Silver 5dr by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Rather better condition than most Mk2 Astras on the road here.

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Renault 18 estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Renault 18 estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I think I utterly confused the poor old chap slowly backing out of his driveway. Worth it though, did see a couple of later 18 saloons but nothing else quite like this.

 

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Mercedes Benz L206/L306 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Saw one or two camper versions of this.

 

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Citroen Visa 11RE by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Another Visa, this one looks to be expired though.

 

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Ford Escort Mk4 1.8D Ghia by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Don't think we got such a high-spec diesel in the UK did we?

 

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Ford Mustang by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Doubt this Ford is a diesel.

 

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Renault 5 5dr by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

As with last year's holiday in France, these seem to be getting relatively scarce nowadays.

 

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1988 Toyota Carina II XL saloon by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Dutch tourists heading for home. Probably the most interesting/unexpected foreign car I saw was a Belgian-registered Dolomite.

 

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Jaguar XJR (XJ40) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Unexpected sight.

 

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Ford Sierra 2.0 Ghia by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Seen more of these as a diesel than the petrol which this Ghia seems to be.

 

And finally...

 

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Compare... by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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and contrast! by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Two different sorts of driving encountered in the same day on the way home. How is it possible to get stuck on the M25 at 10.30pm on a Sunday?...

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I enjoyed them, thanks for sharing SL, No Kadett B's this time then?!, Still you truly are a continental shite spotting connaisseur!

 

It's strange that we never had a diesel engine in the Ghia spec Escorts over here, We got a "X" model at the end which was a bit like the Eclipse and Equipe with all the goodies chucked.

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I enjoyed them, thanks for sharing SL, No Kadett B's this time then?!.....

 

Frustratingly I did actually see one, a 2dr just like yours but in blue, it went over a crossroads just behind me. Looking back I could've turned round and given chase, but we were on our way somewhere and the family are very patient with me as it is...

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SL'S BACK IN THE GAME!

 

So good to see this thread at the top. As I'm sure I said before, this is is the thread that brought me to Autoshite and the world of spotting in 2007.

 

Gah! ... Imageshack ... useless

 

I feel your pain, brother. Photobox similarly screwed me over.

 

*Update eagerly awaited*

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Welcome back! Now just to entice Brammy back, too. I'm an occasional lurker of spotted threads on Flickr and I think you, Brammy, Barrett and NZcarfreak have got the game pretty much sewn up. Oh and that fella Martin Perry that lives in NZ/UK who loves lorries and coaches - his thread is amazing, too.

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SL'S BACK IN THE GAME!

 

So good to see this thread at the top. As I'm sure I said before, this is is the thread that brought me to Autoshite and the world of spotting in 2007.

 

 

I feel your pain, brother. Photobox similarly screwed me over.

 

*Update eagerly awaited*

 

 

Cheers! Given time and a dredge of the memory banks I could probably replace some of those Imageshack photos, as I have subsequently put a fair few of them onto Flickr. Interesting to think what were daily drivers then that are now so much rarer, and by contrast what I'd have completely disregarded then is worth a photo these days.

 

Thanks also for your words Jon.

 

Somewhat confusingly, but perhaps appropriately, it's going to be easier for me to update this going backwards in time. At some point I'll meet where I've got to above, I don't know what will happen then, it'll be like one of those time travel conundrums. Here we go then with a heavily edited selection from what I have on Flickr:

 

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1986 Fiat Panda 45 Super by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Earliest one of these I've seen in the UK for some time.

 

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1988 Renault 5 GTX 1.7 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Apparently now a rather rare model.

 

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1965 Wolsely 1100 ADO16 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

This was getting along at a fair old lick.

 

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1984 Mercedes 508D by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Neat combo.

 

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1978 TVR 3000M by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

This poor thing has been sat here for several years now.

 

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1989 Austin Metro Mosaic 1.0 + 1990 Rover Metro Clubman 1.0 L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Metro mania.

 

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1975 Ford Granada 2500 L auto (3.0 manual) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1993 Ford Mondeo 1.8 GLX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1994 Ford Mondeo 1.6 LX Estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Finally for tonight, this lot all seen in the same Lidl car park. I think one of the very first posts I made included stuff at Lidl, it's still where I will invariably see something worthwhile.

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I can't begin to imagine how painfully slow a 508D must be when dragging an E9 behind it on a trailer. :?

I'm sure you've been involved with some equally miserable towing experiences....

 

 

Nice to see you back on here SL, keep those updates coming!

Good to see you here too, given what else you currently have to deal with. I'm afraid I won't have anything you haven't already seen on Flickr.

 

A few more:

 

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1985 Peugeot 205 1.6 GTi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Apparently been off-road since '94, though Streetview suggests it hasn't been here for all that time.

 

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1987 Nissan Sunny 1.3 L 3dr (N13) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Some years ago there used to be a 120Y where this now sits.

 

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1990 Citroen BX16TGS auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Moderately regular local sighting.

 

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1987 Nissan Bluebird 2.0 GL Auto Estate (U11) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

At the banger racing. Looks like it should be a good while before this sees the track though.

 

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1978 Toyota Hiace Motorhome by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1978 Toyota Hiace Rio Camper by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

By neat coincidence, both these seen on the same day. The newer-gen model I've seen around elsewhere.

 

Looks like I've reached my holiday shots now. France again, still astounding me with how much there is to be seen:

 

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Renault Alpine GTA by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Renault Alpine x3 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Brown sportiness, at a specialist's.

 

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1980-84 Datsun 280C Diesel (430) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

That 280C again. Best find this year, parked-up at a brocante/boot sale thing.

 

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Rover 213S by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

This was at the same place. I had a very limited conversation with the owner who was curious about me taking photos of his car.

 

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Peugeot 204 Estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Peugeot 204 Estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Peugeot 504 SR by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Action shots.

 

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Citroen CX 2400 GTi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Sad CX.

 

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Valencay Motor Museum - Panhards by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Matra Motor Museum by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Went to a couple of museums, both recommended if you're in the area.

 

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Ford Sierra 1.8L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Rover 825SD by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Obviously I don't know if it's still there, but this was in a yard just outside Dieppe so well within reach of southern-based people needing bits.

 

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1981 Mercedes 200D W123 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I attempted my best French when I spoke to the owner of this, only to discover he was an ex-pat. It's done something like 300k kms, he was travelling from Bordeaux up to Dieppe then getting the ferry back to the UK for a few days.

 

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Peugeot 305 GR by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Peugeot 504 Pickup by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Peugeot 403 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

More Peugeot goodness.

 

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Mazda 323 LX 1.3 saloon by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Renault/Saviem SG2 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Rural new car dealerships seem to have a quaint habit of having old things lurking about. These were at a Citroen garage.

 

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Audi 80 CL Diesel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I'll leave things for now with this Third World taxi-look 80.

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Wow. That brown A310 1600 is amazing! That's the dream right there. I see you went to the Matra museum. There's some fantastic stuff on display there isn't there? Esp the Bagheera U8.

Yup, the Matra Museum definitely a good place. I do have more photos from there that I might sort out one day. Have a better shot of that A310 in the meantime:

 

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Alpine Renault A310 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

 

Nice to see you back again Nigel, I love your spotted threads. :)

Cheers Mike. One that you'll recognise:

 

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1986 Honda Acty Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Some more:

 

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Toyota Camry V6 LE by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Simca Aronde by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Cars from quite a few other countries to be seen, but these more interesting than most (and if you don't think Camrys are interesting then you are wrong).

 

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Innocenti 990SE San Remo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

A few oldies in this yard, this the best of them.

 

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Ford Taunus 17M by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Probably the first time I've ever seen one of these. Wouldn't have seen it at all had I not been following the beige 504 above.

 

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Rover 2600 SD1 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

By coincidence, MrLobster got a photo of this just a week or two beforehand.

 

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Suzuki Maruti 800 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Didn't know they sold these Marutis in France.

 

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Talbot Matra Rancho toy by Joustra by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1968 Peugeot 404 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Renault 18 GTD Type 2 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

More things in and around the boot sale. Rancho toy seen the same day as 1:1 examples at the Matra Museum.

 

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Ford Escort XR3i Mk4 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

One of the best of these I've seen for a long time.

 

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Peugeot 202 Camionnette by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Peugeot 104 GLS by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Sorry if I'm boring you with the Peugeots. I saw a remarkable spread of them this year, only really missing out on 505 and 604 (there was a 304, but as a Cabriolet it hasn't made this heavily edited selection).

 

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Renault 25 V6 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Renault 25 V6 and Renault 30 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

These were at the Alpine specialist's, presumably engine/transmission donors? Streetview shows that there had previously been a 604 there, but sadly that had gone.

 

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Renault 25 Phase 1 (x2) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Luckily here's one (or two?) escaping that fate. Apparently a V6 Turbo, for added fragility.

 

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Kia Besta by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

The family do love my carefully-planned journeys across rural France, looking out for stuff like this (with the added bonus of barking dogs when I stopped for this one).

 

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SImca 1501 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Ford Taunus 1300 L Estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Wouldn't have seen these had I been on the autoroute. It turned out that Barrett saw the Simca earlier in the year and another Flickr contact knew of the Taunus.

 

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Lada 110 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Frightening. Imagine what these would look like if they hadn't put swage line in the side....

 

So, that's France out of the way.

 

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1990 Ford Escort 1.3 Bonus 90 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

This Escort looks somewhat smarter than when I first saw it back in 2014. My barge in the background.

 

Maybe get some more on here tomorrow.

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I'm sure you've been involved with some equally miserable towing experiences....

Now that you mention it, towing a Daimler Conquest Century back from London behind a non-turbo Daihatsu Fourtrak probably wasn't far off in terms of misery...

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There some fantastic spots in this thread. Those Lada 110s look a bit like poorly scaled plastic toys. I drove past an abandoned Lada dealership a few years ago somewhere between Reims & Paris that had a couple of those outside.

 

 

There some fantastic spots in this thread. Those Lada 110s look a bit like poorly scaled plastic toys. I drove past an abandoned Lada dealership a few years ago somewhere between Reims & Paris that had a couple of those outside.

Had everyone left in disgust at two of them being there?

 

Loving the trimz on that black Innocenti. 8)

 

Didn't realise you were rolling in a Lexus these days!

Natural step up from a Camry V6 isn't it?! At some point I'll do a thread with an update on the fleet, had a couple of interesting additions in the last year.

 

Right, where was I?

 

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1983 Bedford CF2 2.3 diesel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1980 Triumph Dolomite 1500 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1976 Ginetta G21 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

This trio seen within a few miles of each other on the same journey.

 

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SCCON Midsummer Classic variety by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1980 Austin Morris Mini Clubman Estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1968 Ford Zodiac Executive by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I managed to lower the tone on a 'proper' classic car event.

 

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Ford Fiesta 1.1L Mk1 project car by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I was probably the only person on it who stopped and took photos of things like this.

 

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1976 Enfield 8000 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Electrathon 86 and Eastern Electricity Economy 7 stickers by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

In the holding area for a town centre show. There used to be one of these outside a house in Lavenham, Suffolk back in the late '80s.

 

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Austin Seven Special (at Portsmouth) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

My daughter is getting in on the act too, she took this for me on a school trip.

 

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Zoom Shot 1: 1987 Renault 11 Auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

And my son got this one.

 

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1985 Renault 4 F4 Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Fairly recent import.

 

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1992 Fiat Panda Selecta by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Two for the price of one. The Panda was super-clean and Calibra seen again since at Snetterton.

 

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1995 Hyundai Lantra Jura Auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1996 Rover 111 SLi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1960 Vauxhall Cresta PA by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Action shots. RoadworkUK will probably recognise the location in Colchester, the Hyundai something of a contrast to the Ferraris, Porsches on a forecourt behind me. Great to see that Cresta out and about.

 

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2002 Mercury Sable 3.0 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I'd love to have an American car one day. Sorry, not this one though.

 

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1960s/70s Raleigh RSW Bike by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Great to see, in proper use for shopping by an old chap.

 

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1989 Nissan Sunny Van (B11) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Owner apparently bought this last year.

 

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1986 Skoda 120L - SALT 9 2015 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1959 Tatra 603 - SALT 9 2015 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

The SALT tour visited Norfolk this year so I popped along for a look as they were staying just up the road from me.

 

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1992 Alfa Romeo 75 TS 2.0 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

A challenging use of lines and angles on these.

 

That'll do for now.

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I kid you not, one of the teachers at St Benedict's High School in Bury S Edmunds is using a blue Renault Alpine as their daily driver. Sadly It's in a position that is hard to photograph when I'm at work. 

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tatra ooft

 

the four door renault van ZOMG!!!!

 

 

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never seen an oval light one thats not fooked saw one this colour in lobbach in july along with all the other shapes of taunus cortina shaped and not :D

 

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not as nice as that tho

 

just plotted a course to see where the two museums were and head straight east from them and you fall into the lap of schlumpf and the peugeot museums

 

tried to do them and lobbach and porsche all in one week but couldnt so thatll be next year :D

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I kid you not, one of the teachers at St Benedict's High School in Bury S Edmunds is using a blue Renault Alpine as their daily driver. Sadly It's in a position that is hard to photograph when I'm at work. 

 

 

I kid you not, one of the teachers at St Benedict's High School in Bury S Edmunds is using a blue Renault Alpine as their daily driver. Sadly It's in a position that is hard to photograph when I'm at work. 

Lucky/brave soul.

 

 

Gosh, there's so much loveliness there I don't even know where to start! That red dolly looks nice as does the Cresta, possibly near Ardleigh?

No, up here in Norfolk. Just out and about in the daytime, mid-week.

 

 

the four door renault van ZOMG!!!!

 

just plotted a course to see where the two museums were and head straight east from them and you fall into the lap of schlumpf and the peugeot museums

 

tried to do them and lobbach and porsche all in one week but couldnt so thatll be next year :D

Renault/Saviem crew-cab thing surely better than an L200 or the like?

 

Two museums on my family trip was good going. They're close enough to each other that they could easily be visited on the same day.

 

That Renault/Saviem thing the sort of commercial that could be much newer than it looks, maybe 1980s judging by the badge style? Probably not replaced until some version of the Master took over from it.

 

I did well with two car museum visits on the family holiday. They're close enough that you could easily do them both in a day.

 

Some more:

 

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1994 Subaru Vivio GLi 4wd by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1986 Nissan Cherry 1.3 3dr (N12) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1965 Hillman Minx Deluxe by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

These all at the same place, not sure if it's a working garage any more but interesting stuff seems to come and go.

 

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1982 MG Metro by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I had to go on a bit of a jog to get this photo. Worth it though....

 

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Opel Kadett by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Bonus old car garage in the background.

 

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1988 Nissan Sunny 1.6 GSX Auto (N13) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

In the early days of this thread it was rare I'd bother adding these.

 

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1983 Alfa Romeo Alfasud SC 1.5 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1972 Vauxhall Firenza 1256cc by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1972 Mercedes 220 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Another event I managed to do, the Ipswich-Felixstowe Run. Not exactly a challenging journey but with up to 600 vehicles it takes a while and whatever the weather there's always some good stuff to be seen on the run itself (above) and parked-up in the area.....

 

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1984 Talbot Matra-Murena by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1980 BMW 525 auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I particularly liked the BMW, I do have a soft-spot for the 5-Series. Ostensibly some similarities to my Laurel, but an awful lot of differences.....

 

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197? Lancia Fulvia by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

This was at an importer's depot, apparently ex-South Africa.

 

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1989 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 CDi Auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

This was a good souvenir from a day trip to London.

 

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1989 SAAB 9000 CDI Auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

More Lidl action.

 

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1987 Ford Escort 1.8D L 5spd Estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Blurry, but the best shot possible on a bleak day. Obviously any on-the-move shots weren't taken by me.

 

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1991 Citroen C15D Teilhol Pickup by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Seems to be owned by a local Citroen enthusiast. It is to my eternal regret that in pre-digital days I didn't photograph an ARNA that sat in this exact spot.

 

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1995 Alfa Romeo 155 2.0 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

More Italian angularity.

 

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1988 Range Rover Carmichael Falkland Islands Fire and Rescue by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Seemed a bit OTT for a trip to a toyfair, even if it was late January. Still, Ipswich is a fair old trek from the South Atlantic.

 

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1990-91 Trabant 1.1 Estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Non-smoky engined version.

 

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1972 Wolseley 1300 auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Had previously seen this on the road, back in 2012.

 

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1990 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 SRi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Sorry, another Mk3 but what a belter eh?

 

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1981 Ford Fiesta 1.1L £2700 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Tidy little thing for sale at a local garage. I think they put it on eBay too.

 

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1986 Ford Sierra 1.8 Laser by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I keep thinking this update is done, then I see just one more shot that I reckon is worth sharing.

 

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1978 Chrysler 2-Litre Automatique by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1978 Chrysler 2-Litre Automatique by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Blimey! I saw this on an ad in a local shop some years ago and I think it has been seen at a show more recently.

 

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1991 Mercury Tracer by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1991 Mercury Tracer by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Another one worthy of two shots. I think that really has to be it for tonight, at least I've made it back as far as 2014 now.

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I can't quite remember where you live, other than somewhere in the south but I'm always pleased to see how much older stuff tends to be knocking about in comparison to northern parts of the country. Having been back to the UK 3 times in the past 5 years and having ventured no further south than Manchester, I reckon a similar thread of yours if you were living further up the land would be a lot more difficult to achieve.

 

Please tell me you'll make a thread of your latest fleet acquisition too!

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I can't quite remember where you live, other than somewhere in the south but I'm always pleased to see how much older stuff tends to be knocking about in comparison to northern parts of the country. Having been back to the UK 3 times in the past 5 years and having ventured no further south than Manchester, I reckon a similar thread of yours if you were living further up the land would be a lot more difficult to achieve.

 

Please tell me you'll make a thread of your latest fleet acquisition too!

Well, neatly answering your question I was up north last weekend and I didn't see a vast amount (though admittedly we were in quite tourist-heavy areas).

 

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1981 Ford Escort 1.6 Ghia Mk3 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1981 Ford Escort 1.6 Ghia Mk3 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

This splendid thing was seen on the A1 last Friday morning, somewhere in Yorkshire. Even in grim conditions at 8am it was getting along nicely, I followed it for a fair few miles.

 

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1992 Fiat Uno ie (999cc) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Another exciting action shot.

 

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1990 Cadillac Seville 4.5-litre by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Challenging looks.

 

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1993 Fiat Ducato 1.9TD Murvi Mallard S+ Camper by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1991 SAAB 900i 2dr by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Who was buying these in low-spec, 2dr guise by this time?

 

There were others, but they're the most notable.

 

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1986-90 Ford Orion Mk2 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Back in Norfolk, this was rotten.

 

Right, continuing my backwards journey....

 

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1979 Mercedes 300SD by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Unusual.

 

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1991 Ford Escort 35 1.4 petrol van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Young-ish lad owned this one.

 

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1988 Nissan Laurel 2.4 SGX auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Delightful. This one on Trigger's manor, apparently the price came down to significantly less than £2k later on.

 

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Nissan Laurel SGL (C32) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Another one! I think it's been there for some years, was sharing the driveway with this:

 

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Nissan Laurel, Rover P6 and Washing by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Good day for getting the washing out.

 

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1984 Nissan Cherry Turbo (N12) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Poor old thing. Apparently off-road since '99.

 

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1984 Mercedes 190E 2.0 auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Austere.

 

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Tantalising Glimpse No.2 - Touring Garage AG by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Mercedes Unimog S by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Rover 200 Coupe by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Quick work trip to Switzerland, I was surprised to see a reasonable amount of old stuff on the road there.

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Thanks. Apparently those Murvi campers were high-spec and expensive back in the day.

 

Another couple from Switzerland:

 

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Bucher KT 10 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1986 Bucher TR 2400 KS by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

The factory I went to had an excellent museum displaying some of their older products.

 

Back to the last week or two:

 

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1998 Toyota Camry 2.2 Sport Auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Never seen this around before, a Sport just like my old one (except mine was manual). They've done well to keep it on the 17's, hope they haven't suffered too much damage from potholes....

 

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1988 Nissan Sunny 1.6 GSX Auto (N13) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Another one I haven't seen in town before. Where have they been hiding? There's a G-reg Rover 213/216 I got a glimpse of recently as well.

 

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1988 Mercedes Benz 500SEC by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Saw this on the road (well, in a car park) a few years ago. It's now languishing at the back of a used car forecourt that mainly sells 10-15yr old bilge.

 

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1987 SAAB 900i Auto 4dr by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Protected by Simba by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

And this was there too, watched over by Simba. Price just dropped from £1695, was apparently unsold at an ACA sale earlier in the years with a guide price of about the same amount.

 

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Old House and Mouldy Transit by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Shame the vehicle wasn't more interesting. Transit has been off-road since 2010.

 

Busy weekend, better go.

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Wow, a 3dr Mk3 Ghia! Double points for spotting one working for a living, too. 

 

Interesting you mentioned the sanity of someone buying a low spec 2dr SAAB 900 so late in the run; I thought just the same about the L reg Murvi just below it, as I didn't know they were offered during perhaps the whole run of the Talbot Express run.

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