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I had the scanner out for something else this evening and thought I'd do a few that I had been intending to for ages.  This is then a sort of family car history:

 

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That's me on the left.  This Renner 14 was new to my parents in 1977 and their only car until a late model mk1 Golf joined it in 1984.

 

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The mk1 Golf was replaced by a brand new mk2 in 1985 and Dad traded the R14 in for a Uno later the same year.  Golf 2 proved impractical being a three-door so after a hunt for something more practical in spring 1986 we went almost to the opposite extreme.  I think the above photo was taken while waiting for the ferry to Denmark that summer.

 

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The first Prairie was of 1984 vintage with the 1.5 engine.  We kept it until 1988 (later in its life I saw it fitted with early K11 Micra wheeltrims) and upgraded to a 1.8 ex-demo.  First photos summer 1988 in France, me on the left again.  Then in Guernsey early 90s.

 

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Meanwhile Dad went from the Uno to an Escort 1.4 estate in 1989, a mk3 Fiesta 1.4 Ghia in 1990 then a Montego 1.6LX estate in 1991 and a year later the 2.0LX seen here (all youthful ex-rental cars).  He then kept this one, a late carb model I think, until 1997 which was long enough for me to get behind the wheel a few times.

 

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Prairie went in 1992 and a new AX GT took its place.  Mum had this for three years then the green Punto 90ELX took over, Dad was running his own business by this time and kept the GT as an office car.  There had briefly been a pre-facelift AX10E in that role that he'd bought absolutely dirt cheap at a few months old, like £2k in 1991 or something.

 

This takes us up to the point I hit the road in an early mk3 Fiesta but that's another story.  Dad replaced the Montego in 1997 with the Volvo 850 he still owns, which is remarkable considering that nothing previously stayed with us more than a few years (the Punto also lasted a long time with the family and was only sold on in 2012).  Hope this was an enjoyable inerlude!

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Well this is a great thread going back to the beginnings of autoshite time. And all the photos still load!

 

So how many of those cars seen in 2007/8 still exist? Will hazard a guess at 10% max! Amazing that you could buy a mini estate for 2 grand back then.....

 

Are there any R20 or R30 survivors in any of the island's?

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Sadly no way that the public can check out a registration number and see vehicle status. But yes I would say most of the spots are away now. A few will have been exported e.g. the Herald above.

 

Can't say that I've seen a single Renner 20/30 the whole time. Might be something in a barn somewhere but there's not a whole lot of space so old junk does tend to get cleared out fairly promptly. Nearest I got was the overgrown R16 earlier in the thread but I think that's also been removed, either that or it finally dissolved into the undergrowth. The Viva that was near it is still there though.

 

As an example of how registration marks are "recycled" after vehicles are exported or scrapped, our red Prairie's number plate has made a reappearance on this (which I suppose is the modern equivalent):

 

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Wow. I've just spent a fair bit of time engrossed in this thread from start to finish, some brilliant spots and a reminder that I really would like to visit the Channel Islands sooner rather than later! Funny to think that the surviving cars from the early pages in the thread are probably worth many times more now than when you papped them, the Cozzies, Integrales and Quattros spring to mind. 

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Wow. I've just spent a fair bit of time engrossed in this thread from start to finish, some brilliant spots and a reminder that I really would like to visit the Channel Islands sooner rather than later! Funny to think that the surviving cars from the early pages in the thread are probably worth many times more now than when you papped them, the Cozzies, Integrales and Quattros spring to mind.

You got that right. While not quite in the same league, I actually bought one of the XR2s spotted in 2008, for £570 I think and kept it nearly ten years. I did the odd bit to it here and there but sold it in near enough the same condition for £2700 last March.

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You got that right. While not quite in the same league, I actually bought one of the XR2s spotted in 2008, for £570 I think and kept it nearly ten years. I did the odd bit to it here and there but sold it in near enough the same condition for £2700 last March.

Slightly depressing to think that if I were ten years older (started driving 2009 at 17) I could have afforded many of the cars I would truly love to own back then! I suppose you shouldn’t wish your life away though...

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We interrupt this broadcast to bring you houseshite-related news.

 

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Finally; If Autoshite made houses. Mad. Definitely inspired me to self-build my own place with an enormous garage on the first level

 

My dream dwelling snapped (gulp) nearly a dozen years ago has unfortunately experienced an amputation of its most interesting feature:

 

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Now

 

Ah well.  Let's have some dreadful old diesel-powered toss as some consolation (I think I got busted photographing this)

 

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As you were.

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We interrupt this broadcast to bring you some dreadful old diesel-powered toss as some consolation (I think I got busted photographing this)

 

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As you were.

 

That diesel powered toss says 'Lister' on the grill, whats the story behind that? Is it powered by one of these?

 

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Not spent any time geeking out on here for ages and then one of my FAVE threads is on the front page!! GOD BLESS YOU MK2CRA1G AND THE PEOPLE OF THE CHANNEL ISLANDS

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At first glance that blue thing does look like a ‘pre-Fourtrak’ Daihatsu circa 1978 but I think it’s a some sort of kit. It doesn’t look any bigger than a Suzuki SJ yet the Daihatsu’s were larger.

 

I should imagine the Lister badge is a giffer trinket. It looks like the sort of vehicle you’d see behind a row of stationary engines puffing away.

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