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8 hours ago, Zelandeth said:

In my experience so far with mine, it would be only slightly irritating if the De Dion tube across the back didn't preclude just slipping under the car from the back.  So you absolutely have to jack up and support it or get it on ramps to have any hope of getting to anything.

Guessing that's Arctic White?  Pretty sure that's the colour that mine was when it left the factory before being repainted in a warmer white at some point.

How many P6s do we have on here now?  At least three or four if I remember right.

I still have mine

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First longish trip ive done in it- Shitefest first leg Tavi to a gloucestershire hotel

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Had a great cruise up the m5, feels very directionally stable and relaxed on the motorway, which I suppose it was made for. Yes that OSR door bottom is full of WOB

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Some reading material whilst having refreshments.

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Im blown away by how capable this p6 is. Decent ventillation, wonderful ride and sweet handling. And this was launched in 1963 (!) Where did it all go so wrong?

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edit- looks like a supermini!

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1 hour ago, HMC said:

Im blown away by how capable this p6 is. Decent ventillation, wonderful ride and sweet handling. And this was launched in 1963 (!) Where did it all go so wrong?

That's very much been my impression even from the relatively few miles I've done in mine so far.  The overall driving experience feels so utterly competent even by today's standards.  It really feels like a car that you could absolutely use a well sorted example of as a daily driver without having to make any real compromises.  I really don't think there can be all that many 50 year old cars where you can honestly say that.  Certainly in terms of mass market examples anyway.

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Really the only thing for me that properly gave away the P6 as an "old car" is that massive thin-rimmed steering wheel.  Everything else could quite easily have been a '70s design and is really not at all discombobulating coming from a modern car.  Apart from the wipers being on a rotary switch rather than a stalk.

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@HMC Do the intermittent wipers work on yours?  I've only ever had one P6 where they worked properly - one they sort of worked but only on one (short) delay setting, one they worked for a day then gave up, and the others they didn't work at all.

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10 minutes ago, wuvvum said:

@HMC Do the intermittent wipers work on yours?  I've only ever had one P6 where they worked properly - one they sort of worked but only on one (short) delay setting, one they worked for a day then gave up, and the others they didn't work at all.

Mine worked...once.  Then have refused to delay again.  That's on the to investigate list - however it's down somewhere around item 948467589.2 on the list.

The only control which tripped me up initially was scaring the living daylights out of myself when checking the headlights for the first time and I pulled the indicator stalk towards me and sounded the horn.

Guess wipers being not on a stalk is a bit unusual, but there have been at least a few more modern cars which did different things with the wipers.  Frontera, Uno, original Proton, pretty sure I remember at least one Subaru with buttons for them, and it definitely wasn't that unusual on cars in the US to have a switch or knob on the dash rather than a stalk for the wipers until more recently than over here.

Give it a couple of years an I'm sure VW will want us to use gesture control on a touchpad in the middle of the steering wheel to pick the wiper speed at this rate.

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2 hours ago, Zelandeth said:

That's very much been my impression even from the relatively few miles I've done in mine so far.  The overall driving experience feels so utterly competent even by today's standards.  It really feels like a car that you could absolutely use a well sorted example of as a daily driver without having to make any real compromises.  I really don't think there can be all that many 50 year old cars where you can honestly say that.  Certainly in terms of mass market examples anyway.

P6, DS, & R16. Maybe a Grandad at a push. Excellent.

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