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Number 34 - a real oddball! This is a 1980 Solstad Saab Biltransport. Factory built in the early 80s by Solstad in Sweden, it was later upgraded from an 8v turbo to a full pressure 16v turbo, so produces 185bhp. They were built for high speed delivery runs across europe including the autobahns, where they were not subject to commercial speed restrictions. I bought this off a specialist (Ultimate Cars) in Stockholm where they used it to deliver Ferraris etc due to the low approach angle on the back. I drove it across Sweden the day the worst blizzards in Sweden for 5 years hit. Not fun!

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Number 34 - a real oddball! This is a 1980 Solstad Saab Biltransport. Factory built in the early 80s by Solstad in Sweden, it was later upgraded from an 8v turbo to a full pressure 16v turbo, so produces 185bhp. They were built for high speed delivery runs across europe including the autobahns, where they were not subject to commercial speed restrictions. I bought this off a specialist (Ultimate Cars) in Stockholm where they used it to deliver Ferraris etc due to the low approach angle on the back. I drove it across Sweden the day the worst blizzards in Sweden for 5 years hit. Not fun!

 

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Number 35 - a 1959 Rover P4 100. The earliest known 100 being chassis number 189. I ran this many, many years ago but was put away when the rot took hold. After about 15 years in the shed it was taken out to strip and weigh in, but I could not do it. It is not improving with being outside, so I have to decide what I am going to do with it soon.

 

 

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Number 36 - 1989 Saab 900 Carlsson. This was known as "The Rusty Carlsson" when it was still on the road about 10 years ago, and is one of the most rusty cars I have ever seen. There is even a rust hole in the middle of the roof! This has kept several Carlssons on the road, including one that the insurers wanted to write off after being rear ended as they could not source a rear bumper. Still a few bits to come off before it goes over the bridge,

 

 

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Number 42 - a very early Robin Hood S7. This was the 5th one built, but never completed. It has a space frame chassis, not a monocoque like the production models, but the frame is made of square section box tube. A few years ago I spoke to one of the engineers who worked at Robin Hood before they went out of business, and he remembered these prototypes and said they should never have been sold as they rust from the inside out. That conversation has resulted in this car never being finished and it occasionally donates bits to other projects.

 

 

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Number 44 - 1991 Saab 900 T16. This is my track car which has been on the dyno with 220bhp. Last used at Cadwell a few years ago where in true tuned Saab form, it blew the gearbox. The gearbox in the rusty carlsson is destined for this car. Awaiting its turn.

 

 

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Finally for tonight, number 45 - 1993 Saab T16 LPT Convertible. Very dead but keeping others alive. The engine is destined for the white T16 to feature here later.

 

Don't worry, there are plenty more to come yet, though we are approaching the end. More tomorrow or Sunday, or maybe both!

 

 

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Took the super reliable* P38 and trailer down to the local classic car auction, where I delivered a collectable caravan and, for once, added nothing to the collection. Of course, now I am home, I am regretting not buying a couple, but hey ho. The POS Rangie did what it does best, ran fine getting there but on start up came up with an EAS fault, and the rear suspension dropped to the bump stops, and the front went to max height. As my box of electrical wizardry was at home, 55 miles away, I had to run it home like that. True to form, it got me home and tomorrow, I have to fix it again before I an use it again. This resulted in a later home time than planned and it was full dark, so no more pictures taken but a few more tonight of those I have left on my phone.

 

Number 46 - 2001 Alfa Romeo Spyder Twin spark. Bought at auction with low miles but signs of neglect to use as a winter soft top. I fitted a new cambelt, 4 new tyres and gave it a thorough going over. Turned out to be a really decent example, but I never really gelled with it, so I have probably only increased the 50k odd miles by a few hundred. It lives inside, but was put out a couple of days ago so I could get the caravan out, but the hood is not great hence the blue cover. Now the caravan has gone, it will go back inside tomorrow. I think this is another one to go in the near future.

 

 

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Number 47 - 2004 Iveco XLWB van. Bought for transporting stuff to France, a great van, but the PO used it to transport dogs to shows. The resultant dog piss has rotted the rear floor etc, so it now needs serious welding. The rest of the van is excellent, but I have not done any welding for over 10 years, but looks like that is about to change. I have just bought a FO big MIG welder.

 

 

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Number 49 - 1972 Rover P6b 3500 Auto V8. The longest in the fleet and my first classic car having bought it in 1990. At the time I ran a 5 year old Skoda Estelle which was fine for local journeys. OK, it was shite, but OK. Then my father had a heart attack whilst visiting my brother in Kent, so I needed something for regular long journeys to see him (this was only just becoming a classic back then) until he returned home. Unfortunately he never did return, but I used the Rover for about 5 years. When it started to succomb to the ravages of time, it was put in the shed with plans to do a full restoration, but 20ish years later I realised it would never happen, and it was chucked outside to become a spares car. Eventually it will be stripped of all useful spares and it will go.

 

 

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Number 50 - the worlds worst attempt at a convertible mini! No strengthening, front subframe located by 2 x 1/2" box section tubes etc etc. It would be a death trap so is a spares car only. Waste of a shite car! Came as part of a deal, not wanted then and not wanted now. To be stripped and scrapped.

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Number 51 - and the last one for tonight. I will take pictures of the rest (not many) and the non car shite tomorrow and finish the additions (for now!) to the thread. This is a rare 1990 Saab 900 T16S 2 door. Very few were made of the 2 door with the full body kit and performance upgrades. LPG conversion but knackered engine. The engine from the scrap convertible posted earlier is destined for this one. Awaiting its turn.

 

 

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