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Amazing, as far as I know this is the one and only surviving Penza so I'm glad it's found a good home.

I remember a South African family in the village where I went to primary school who had a Penza, probably because it was the only car from their homeland they could buy here. That's all I know about them really, apart from them being one of the holy grails of shite.

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6 hours ago, Eyersey1234 said:

Was there a Sao dealer in Humberside? (For younger readers between 1974 and 1996 the old county of Humberside covered what's now East Yorkshire plus part of North Lincolnshire) 

Any idea where? I live in North Lincs and work in Hull.

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1 hour ago, Dan302 said:

Any idea where? I live in North Lincs and work in Hull.

I'm not sure if there was a dealer or not that's why I asked. I vaguely remember a Lada dealer somewhere in Hull and the garage at North Ferriby was a Skoda dealer years ago. 

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Hull/H*mberside dealer chat - the Lada dealer was Arncliffes and the Skoda dealer was Maudsley Maudsons. I definitely remember an advert in, probably the Hull Daily Wail, for a Sao dealer; I think that the dealer dealt with another lesser known brand which was advertised alongside the Sao, it may have been Kia or Hyundai. What is ringing a bell is that Sao and brand x where both obviously Japanese in origin but from different parts of the world. The dealer may have been out in the sticks (there was a Hyundai dealer in Beeford but I don't think it was them).

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corrected Maudsley to Maudsons

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I’m a bit gutted as you’ve now broken Autoshite as it is impossible for anyone to top a Sao Penza for maximum shite points and rarity.

Even Invacars are common as muck in comparison.

That really is a great save you just have to find a low mileage mint saloon (preferably in green so you can match the brochure) now for the full set  then borrow the doctors 323 and you could remake the original  brochure.

 

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5 hours ago, martc said:

Hull/H*mberside dealer chat - the Lada dealer was Arncliffes and the Skoda dealer was Maudsley. I definitely remember an advert in, probably the Hull Daily Wail, for a Sao dealer; I think that the dealer dealt with another lesser known brand which was advertised alongside the Sao, it may have been Kia or Hyundai. What is ringing a bell is that Sao and brand x where both obviously Japanese in origin but from different parts of the world. The dealer may have been out in the sticks (there was a Hyundai dealer in Beeford but I don't think it was them).

Thanks, I didn't know there was a Hyundai dealer in Beeford, whereabouts in Beeford was it? 

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1 hour ago, Eyersey1234 said:

Thanks, I didn't know there was a Hyundai dealer in Beeford, whereabouts in Beeford was it? 

It was here... just south of Beeford. Notice the Chequered Flag sign? I'm 99% certain that that was the name of the Hyundai dealers (this was at the time when the only Hyundais available were Ponies and Stellars).

 

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Also note I've corrected the North Ferriby Skoda dealer to Maudsons, not Maudsley.  And, even more off topic, do you remember the Dacia dealer in Little Weighton?

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1 minute ago, martc said:

It was here... just south of Beeford. Notice the Chequered Flag sign? I'm 99% certain that that was the name of the Hyundai dealers (this was at the time when the only Hyundais available were Ponies and Stellars).

 

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Also note I've corrected the North Ferriby Skoda dealer to Maudsons, not Maudsley.  And, even more of topic, do you remember the Dacia dealer in Little Weighton?

Thanks, I had wondered if that was it. No I wasn't aware there had been a Dacia dealer in Little Weighton, I guess that would be what's now Station Garage? 

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1 minute ago, Eyersey1234 said:

Thanks, I had wondered if that was it. No I wasn't aware there had been a Dacia dealer in Little Weighton, I guess that would be what's now Station Garage? 

Yup, Station Garage it was, they specialised in the 4x4 models (the original Dusters) and I'm fairly certain that I saw a genuine ARO there as well. I do remember them making it into the Hull Daily Wail when they held a fund raising event for some sort of natural disaster that happened in Romania - it could have been the Vrancea earthquake of 1990.

   

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39 minutes ago, martc said:

Yup, Station Garage it was, they specialised in the 4x4 models (the original Dusters) and I'm fairly certain that I saw a genuine ARO there as well. I do remember them making it into the Hull Daily Wail when they held a fund raising event for some sort of natural disaster that happened in Romania - it could have been the Vrancea earthquake of 1990.

   

Thanks. Any idea who the FSO dealer for Humberside was? A friend of my mums ran a Polonez during the mid 90s.

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On 6/13/2019 at 8:36 AM, TheDoctor said:

I used to own a pop-up light Mazda 323 with the registration K***SKL. 

Wonder if they were sold a the same place?

Mazda UK fleet cars always used to be registered in Kent, so suspect that both your 323F and Nigel's Penza were first registered by the importer (see also most of the press photos in the thread). Could have been demos, staff cars, fleet sales to daily rental or other customers or pre-regs? I've played about with a few plates in the K716-814SKL range and all match Mazdas and Kias (also same importer at this time) fitting that theory.

Here's a press photo of a KxxxSKL Kia Pride:

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Any idea who the FSO dealer for Humberside was?

Nunns in Grimsby started off by selling FSO.
My Grandad bought one new from the in 1982.
The garage was on Rendel Street (opposite Hartford Motors/Hartwells) but they moved onto Mitsubishi a few years later.

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1 hour ago, Mad Cyril said:

Nunns in Grimsby started off by selling FSO.
My Grandad bought one new from the in 1982.
The garage was on Rendel Street (opposite Hartford Motors/Hartwells) but they moved onto Mitsubishi a few years later.

Thanks 

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9 hours ago, Vince70 said:

Even Invacars are common as muck in comparison.

 

funnily enough although sadly no barrett Minors are though to exist anymore, the last lead on one was one in South Africa, go figure :mrgreen:

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(shown is the only known surviving publicity photo of a Barret Minor)

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18 hours ago, Eyersey1234 said:

Thanks. Any idea who the FSO dealer for Humberside was? A friend of my mums ran a Polonez during the mid 90s.

On the North Bank it was this garage at Hutton Cranswick (now a Hyundai dealer), I think it's been rebuilt a couple of times since being the FSO shop and I can't remember the dealers name...

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16 minutes ago, martc said:

On the North Bank it was this garage at Hutton Cranswick (now a Hyundai dealer), I think it's been rebuilt a couple of times since being the FSO shop and I can't remember the dealers name...

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Thanks martc

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Today I managed to remember to look in my collection of brochures upstairs.  Sometime in the 1990s I visited a Sao dealer in Peterborough,  mainly out of curiosity.  I recall the whole experience as underwhelming but picked up a brochure as I left.  By some fluke I actually put it in my bag of brochures which, during my search for Sao, uncovered such delights as Saturn, Geo, Avanti, Tatra UK, and the electric General Motors EV1 amongst the more regular offerings from most of the large US, Japanese and Korean manufacturers all mostly from the  1990s.

I have scanned  the Sao brochure which is in good condition.  Nigel, assuming that you have not got one already, if you would like to have it, please pm me your address and I'll post it to you FOC.

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