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Yet Another Year In The Life of a Car Spotter: October 2019 + November Pt.1

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Well, I'm glad somebody got a photo of that 305. I've had sleepless nights thinking about how one day it will disappear before I could do my duty... There's a nice 70s Mini at the house opposite, too.

 

That'll be this one; with bonus Alfa 33 Sportwagon for Italian rarity points. I'm not one for door-knocking but this guy/guyess appears to have eclectic automotive tastes and may well be amenable to a chat.

 

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July: a lean month due to busy-ness and stuff; handy for the purposes of this thread as the bumper crop of September spots are gonna take a while to upload.

 

4-pot Granada Ghia.

 

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200 Avant Quattro Turbo. A rocking horse may have pinched this out.

 

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Carina II.

 

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Mouldering Matiz.

 

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An herpetic Metro.

 

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Oh baby.

 

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August: school's out and we're off to Pembrokeshire for the annual family trip.

 

Daewoo delight.

 

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Mileage >200K E36.

 

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If I ever got around to producing a 'Shite Spotter's Calendar, this would be in it.

 

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406 Exec with leather and lacquer peel.

 

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Building site 'shite; a relic from the '60s in a garage of ceased trading. I've got as far as Case 530CK for the ID but if there are any experts on this sort of thing, please let me know if I'm right or wrong.

 

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WOOFWOOFWOOFWOOF x eleventy (pant soiling narrowly averted when the leash didn't snap).

 

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Orion Equipe.

 

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Sherpa home away from home.

 

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Land Cruiser with super specialer number plate.

 

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Tenby has a nice beach. While the family were busy building sandcastles and arguing, I went hunting for Range Rovers.

 

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A couple of entrants for the Fantasy 'Shite Spotter's Calendar.

 

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Capel Classic Car Show: AS appropriate highlights.

 

Britain's equivalent of those weirdo Zimmer things.

 

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Astra GTE.

 

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Earlybird Senator B.

 

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Not one but two (!) beige Acclaims.

 

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It doesn't get much better than this.

 

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Oh, it just did.

 

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Boot Sale time again; A Belgian Korean In (the vicinity of) London.

 

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Vans in Reliant and JDM flavours.

 

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Is "Envoy" a spec that's equal to or slightly greater than base? Wheels, bumpers and white suggest so to me.

 

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I quite like these OE wheel covers. Don't recall seeing them that often or indeed ever.

 

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Oh, what's that over there? Yes, it's that Husky again. This time, almost parked next to a Morris of very similar vintage.

 

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So many estates yet so few saloons.

 

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TD Sapphire; another rocking horse stool. Badges may or may not be OE. Help?

 

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Mk4 Cortina estate in beige. When I find myself questioning the idea of lugging a D-SLR camera around, just in case I see summat interesting, yeah?, I think about this car and indeed a few others. I also think about saving monies to buy a pocket-sized compact.

 

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Some street spots to conclude the August installment.

 

Steelies on a Streetwise.

 

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Are these OSF yet? It might be gorn, dead in short time.

 

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Mahindra Indian Chief. I've seen and heard this on the road a few times and it's quite noisy; nice to hear and see.

 

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R21 Savanna.

 

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Maestro camper. Found on an industrial estate with impressive MOT failure sheet.

 

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Reason(s) for failure

  • Nearside Front Brakes imbalanced across an axle (3.7.B.5b)
  • Rear Brakes imbalanced across an axle (3.7.B.5b)
  • Exhaust emissions carbon monoxide content excessive (7.3.B.1a)
  • Exhaust emissions hydrocarbon content excessive (7.3.B.1b)
  • Rear fog lamp not working (1.3.2b)
  • Offside Headlamp aim too low (1. )
  • Nearside Stop lamp not working (1.2.1b)
  • Offside Stop lamp not working (1.2.1b)
  • Steering rack insecure (2.2.B.1a)
  • Nearside Front Track rod end ball joint dust cover excessively damaged so that it no longer prevents the ingress of dirt (2.2.C.1c)
  • Offside Rear Brake pipe excessively corroded Main Center to Load Compensator Valve (3.6.B.2c)
  • Brake load sensing valve seized (3.6.E.3)
  • Offside Front Lower Suspension arm ball joint dust cover excessively damaged so that it no longer prevents the ingress of dirt (2.4.G.2)
  • Nearside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded Chassis Rail (2.4.A.3) Dangerous
  • Offside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded Chassis Rail (2.4.A.3) Dangerous
  • Offside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded Outer Sill (2.4.A.3) Dangerous
  • Nearside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded Inner Arch (2.4.A.3) Dangerous
  • Nearside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded Inner sill (2.4.A.3)
  • Offside Front Suspension component mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded Inner Sill (2.4.A.3) Dangerous
  • Nearside Front Seat belt anchorage prescribed area is excessively corroded Inner Sill (5.2.6)
  • Offside Front Seat belt anchorage prescribed area is excessively corroded Inner Sill (5.2.6) Dangerous
  • Nearside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded Shock Absorber Mount (2.4.A.3) Dangerous
  • Offside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded Shock Absorber Mount (2.4.A.3) Dangerous

Advisory notice item(s)

  • Oil leak ()
  • Play in steering rack inner joint(s) ()
  • Exhaust has a minor leak of exhaust gases Center Exhaust Box Leaking (7.1.2)
  • Offside Front Front constant velocity joint gaiter deteriorated, but preventing the ingress of dirt (2.5.C.1a)
  • Vehicle Chassis Heavily Corroded and Holed. But Outside Of Prescribed Areas
  • Vehicle Unfit For Road Use. Dangerous

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Honda spaceship. Looks better from the rear IMO.

 

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Driven by an elderly chap who also owns three dogs. Surprisingly, Katie Price is not one of them.

 

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One of the earliest ones to not wear a Metro badge (doesn't wear a Rover badge nowadays either).

 

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Like I said earlier in the year, you'll always find something of interest at the Boot Sales.

 

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Walton Bridge Breakfast Club; 820 Coupé.

 

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Early Mk3.

 

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Reliant Middlebridge.

 

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Venturing outside the M25 again, one of my rare "on the hoof" grab shots; another 820.

 

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Fourgonette; one of my favourite French words.

 

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If the thought of tooling around in this doesn't put a grin on your face, I believe you have no soul are in a minority.

 

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This is a special place; a handful of fucked Herald estates and another handful of fucked Chevettes. Mostly estates. Unfortunately, all are hard to photograph without door-knocking slash trespassing and possibly risking the wrath of an eccentric billionaire #releasethehounds [/paranoia].

 

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Well this was different; an electric bicycle with design influences from those 1920s motorcycle board racers. Built and owned by a cool Dutch guy.

 

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Then, the rains came down. Standing in a shop doorway and oh, what's that going around the bend?

 

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By some small coincidence, I found it a couple of weeks later on it's home driveway.

 

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An electric French oddity, surely influenced by the Fiat 600 Multipla. Sadly, it didn't take off.

 

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Astra F all the way from Portugal.

 

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Hmmm. Bling* Roller

 

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Shortly after I took this photo, "For Sale" notices appeared inside the windows with an ambitious £500 price tag. It didn't sell; the notices and the car are now fading away.

 

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V8 Sherpa.

 

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Post-war Autoshite; misery points taken away due to "deluxe" spec which appears to be limited to wind-up windows. Still lacking a boot lid though and built in a time when Britain still had food rationing so misery points are arbitrarily reinstated.

 

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Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across another much posher* Standard in the same month.

 

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It has a modern* companion.

 

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Adjacently, a Herald like they was in 1982 or thereabouts.

 

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Camera-lugging justified, again.

 

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Another entrant for that previously fantasised about Fantasy Calendar.

 

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I can't keep track of Limited Editions; are they Dealer or Factory or Home Made? This "Colour" has a double sunroof and lairy seat fabrics.

 

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I drove an E32 for one day in 1991 and I liked it.

 

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Sierra L

 

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Fiesta L

 

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"Barn find".

 

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Roadside wreckage with Police Aware notices attached; nothing in the local news about fatalities so get well soon, whoever you are.

 

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A colour scheme that only the 1990s and bikeshiters could love.

 

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Early Scorpio estate.

 

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Ooh, this is nice.

 

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A limited edition with the imaginative name "Limited Edition".

 

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A trio of Citroëns: not sure why this has the word "TANK" badged onto the tailgate.

 

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Volcane essence

 

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A beige Dyane.

 

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This was going to be my "Spot of the Year" until a December find relegated it to the runner-up slot.

 

Nova 1.0 bASe

 

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