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It's a Land-Rover, of course it's rusty.  JLR are currently working on a way to make the glass rust.  They've managed to make just about every other material of construction deteriorate in one way or another, so I expect they'll be sucessful.

Side-note.. that is properly bad for a sub-5-year-old car.  Really very poor indeed.

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19 minutes ago, Talbot said:

It's a Land-Rover, of course it's rusty.  JLR are currently working on a way to make the glass rust.  They've managed to make just about every other material of construction deteriorate in one way or another, so I expect they'll be sucessful.

Side-note.. that is properly bad for a sub-5-year-old car.  Really very poor indeed.

Rust and broken electrics was why I gave up with the 2004.

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1 hour ago, flat4alfa said:

Thought I'd do a line-up for the Italoshite we've owned party too.  

Might as well write it down at same time to boost the memory cells relearning, while at it!

In sequence, starting 1988 to present day.  Some colours are matching, some are not

1976 FIAT Mirafiori 1300, in that same doom blue.  The first making out with a lady car.  1 year

1978 Alfasud 5m, a pea green sight for sore eyes.  But what a hoot to drive.  1 year.

1982 Alfasud Gold Cloverleaf, in silver.  Had electric windows, occasionally.  5 years.

1988 Alfa 33 1.7 Cloverleaf, in red.  FIAT-era so better build.  A bit.   4 years.

1996 Alfa 155 2.0 Twin Spark, in metallic mid blue.  Written-off by red van man.  8 years.

1982 Lancia Beta Berlina, in silver and LHD, now lives with Mr Bickle. 5 years.

1983 Lancia Beta Berlina, in doom blue, still a show car with cream leather seats. 3 years.

1982 Lancia Trevi auto, silver, last one left in UK, lives on with Gamma fondler.  4 months.

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2001 Alfa 156 2.4 derv saloon, deep red.  Chipped, WLF.  1 year.

1983 Fiat X1/9 1500, red metallic.  For high days and breakdowns.  Owned it twice!  3 years all told.

1984 Alfa 33 Gold Cloverleaf, in silver.  Still got it.  Laid-up on drive for now.

1986 Alfa 33 Green Cloverleaf, in red.  Rot box donor, but what a hoot to punt about before Mot doom. 6 months.

1982 Alfa 6 auto, in metallic doom blue.  A save from oblivion.  Lives on with collector. 3 months.

1984 Alfa 90, in silver.  Saved from oblivion, never got it to run, now lives on with same collector. 3 days.

2002 Alfa 156 Sportwagon 2.4 derv, mid blue metallic, dependable 190k daily workhorse, 12 years and counting.

2004 FIAT Multipla derv, in metallic blue with twin sunny roofs.  5 years happy and roffled-off on this forum.  Regret.  Should've shuck a Busso in it.

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TL;DR:  All shite but fun.  

I brought it over here as I did not want to pollute the Miniatures thread with tital tatel about Italian cars.

Fantastic selection of cars @flat4alfa always wanted a 90 and you have got me beaten with Italian cars owned, 16 for me 17 for you.

1995 was my first with the Alfetta 1.6 and the order is as we bought them. Bold type means we still have them.

1976 Alfa Alfetta 1.6 single headlight

1983 Alfa Giulietta 1.8

1981 Lancia 2.0HPE

1972 Fiat 500L

1979 Ferrari 308 GT4

1995 Fiat Cinquecento S

1997 Alfa 164 24v Auto Super

1983 Alfa Giulietta 2.0

1978 Alfa Sud Sprint 1.3

2008 Fiat 500 Sport diesel

1998 Alfa 156 TS 2.0 manual

1987 Maserati 425 BiTurbo

2001 Alfa 156 V6 Sportswagon

1978 Lancia Gamma Berlina

2001 Alfa 156 V6 Saloon

1983 Lancia Trevi 2.0

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48 minutes ago, wuvvum said:

Do Ivecos count?

I dont know, does @Mrs6C's Model 70  count if someone wanted to do an "Ferrari, Jaguar, AC" photo shoot?

I know I mentioned it before in relation to the E type, but I do still want to see that done, especially learning that well as the E-Type @Six-cylinder has a Ferrari, "yes I got the E-Type the Ferrari and the AC together for a photoshoot" and then capture peoples reactions when they see the actual Photo :mrgreen:

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11 hours ago, wuvvum said:

Saab 9000 in a Gucci suit.

It was more than that.  SAAB changed the wheelbase for a start and gave it a beam rear end.  Drove FIAT mad, going off alone on the Type-4 project and adapting what they wanted.   Very little could be interchanged with the other 3 in the end.

The Alfa, with its own front end, does drive like a different car.   But you know this 😉

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11 hours ago, Six-cylinder said:

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Cor!  I always wanted one of those, test-drove plenty.  That's twenty years ago though and they were scarce even then

Saw the 'wood' wheel and 'leccy seats and thought it must be a Lusso, but rego says Super.  I thought a Super badge would be on the rear?   Either way, it looks fantastic condition and in such a 90s colour scheme too.  WLTM.

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Alfa 164s are top of my "bollocks, I wish I'd had one when they were cheap" list. Mate's mum had a lovely black 2.0 for years, really looked after it too. Went round one day and she's got a blue Bini on the drive. "What happened to the Alfa?" I asked. "Oh, we advertised it in the local paper and it went to the first person who rang." 

At £200 with ten months ticket.. OK, this was in 2006,but still.. 

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22 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

Cor!  I always wanted one of those, test-drove plenty.  That's twenty years ago though and they were scarce even then

Saw the 'wood' wheel and 'leccy seats and thought it must be a Lusso, but rego says Super.  I thought a Super badge would be on the rear?   Either way, it looks fantastic condition and in such a 90s colour scheme too.  WLTM.

I bought the 164 from a friend who had a new car and nowhere to park the old one so offered it at a price that was irresistible.

I did not have it long because another friend wanted it badly. The reasons I parted with it were the Auto was so unsuited (not broken) to the car it was hateful . Also no leather and  a green car with blue interior look ghastly. 

Now I wish I still had it.

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This was rather special @flat4alfa

It is a wet Saturday afternoon 1st July 1998 and the best place for car ads was AutoTrader with a tiny black and white photo. We spotted an immaculate 1981 Lancia HPE for sale in Maidenhead. It was still raining and the seller could have not been more helpful taking us to town to visit two cashpoint machines!

On the way home it had wayward handling and next morning it was difficult to start. When it was dry you could see prep marks in the paint. I sorted the rear suspension alinement with a straight edge and sting and the cars handling was transformed. In spite of the flaws in the paint it still looked smart and a fiddle with timing made it start better if not easily.  

I know this was 1998 but it was a flying machine with only a 2.0 carburettor engine.  

Then it started to rust, I could not believe the bubbles that appeared on the side of the roof in less than a year. Still enjoying the car the fateful day was the 18th March 2000 when a load of timber was blow over in a storm and dented the HPE all down the drivers side, roof and bonnet. When we got it, it was put on classic agreed value insurance and I had asked that it was insured at £600 in line with what I had paid and the company came back and said I should insure it for £2,000. Come the claim £2,000 less excess was paid out with no fuss, the insurance company took it away and that was that.

I loved it and wish I still had it.

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34 minutes ago, Noel Tidybeard said:

you can't mention a ferararararri and not do pix 🙄

Bought in 2000 and unusual in being black. Very definitely Mrs6C choice and car.

It seemed quick when we got it but now 255 bhp is nothing special. It still has a charm and the ching of the metal gate on the manual gearchange is special.

Now who wants to polish it for Mrs6C come the spring............

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12 Aug 1998 I took my friend to collect his car from a local garage, the proprietor was familiar to me as a classic car enthusiast and started telling me about a Bedford CA camper he wanted to buy but had been let down selling his Fiat 500L. The conversation turned to me buying the 500 and I remember the words come into the office, next thing I know I owned a running and slightly scruffy 1972 Fiat 500L painted yellow. I liked that it had been converted to 652cc all synchro gearbox and 126 brakes.  

Heaps of Mechanical failures ensued not helped by a specialist not doing up the pinion bolts in the diff and the faults just kept coming. In spite of this I was having a good time with the car including using a twig out of the window to give it some whip.

I came home one day and said I stopped at a Zebra crossing and a group of young ladies gave me the eye as they crossed in front of me. Mrs6C pointed out it was the yellow 500 they love not you!

Mrs6C and I convoyed to an Italian car day at Brooklands, flat out 70 mph with its upgraded engine on the M25 and by the exit to the M4 the traffic came to a stop and the 500 stalled and would not restart. I pushed it to the hard shoulder across 4 traffic lanes and the exit lane with Mrs6C following. Soon identified as closed up points Mrs6C handed me tools so I could fix my car. As we finished Mrs6C said I hate this, all these people think that nice man in his Ferrari has stopped to help that poor lady in her Fiat!

It was an ownership of highs and lows and after 3 years I had had enough and sold it.

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5 minutes ago, Six-cylinder said:

Bought in 2000 and unusual in being black. Very definitely Mrs6C choice and car.

It seemed quick when we got it but now 255 bhp is nothing special. It still has a charm and the ching of the metal gate on the manual gearchange is special.

Now who wants to polish it for Mrs6C come the spring............

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Well I've already got one black car that's going to be getting a load of cleaning and polishing in the spring...

We definitely need to get a photo of this and the XJ-S next to each other...

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12 minutes ago, Six-cylinder said:

Bought in 2000 and unusual in being black. Very definitely Mrs6C choice and car.

It seemed quick when we got it but now 255 bhp is nothing special. It still has a charm and the ching of the metal gate on the manual gearchange is special.

Now who wants to polish it for Mrs6C come the spring............

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Please sir, me sir, me sir.

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5 minutes ago, Noel Tidybeard said:

it's not the prettiest version of a 308/328 but by christ is better looking than half of their modern munters

It’s my favourite classic Ferrari. The only Bertone ( probably gandini) Ferrari. About 2008 I was at Brooklands with my x1/9. A very smart lady came up and started chatting, she had a yellow ‘80s x1/9 from new and her husband had a blue gt4.

The same meeting another lady came over to chat. She’d just bought an x1/9 at auction( said she hadn’t registered to bid but they know me there !).  Said it looked so sweet she just had to have it. She appeared in classic cars magazine a month or two later with her multi-million pound collection. I can’t remember her name now, but I think she’s well known.

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25 minutes ago, Six-cylinder said:

As we finished Mrs6C said I hate this, all these people think that nice man in his Ferrari has stopped to help that poor lady in her Fiat!

 

that gave me a good chuckle, I would have loved to have seen their faces as it @Mrs6C got back in the Ferrari and not you! :) 

 

and yes I do feel a bit bad for assuming the Ferrari was yours and not @Mrs6C

but its not for those typical reasons that everyone thought the Ferrari was yours rather then the Fiat, its just I always picture @Mrs6C as the most shite-est out of you two  for lack of a better word (yeah take that out of context! LOL)

I mean I dont see you standing up for Pacers in the railshite thread now do I? so I just assumed the Ferrari was yours!

 

(and yeah it looks sharp in black I like it!)

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