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Funnily enough this afternoon my Father in Law had found some copies of the Sheffield Star from 1976. There was a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro in there on the classified page for £650. Christ knows what that would be worth these days. Still in 1976 £650 would still be a considerable sum. £4,500 in today’s money. 

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It wasn’t just me that imposed a self inflicted budget of £500 to buy a car in the Autotrader when I was 12 then! I remember, bizarrely, being about that age and spending hours deciding, in the real world, would I choose the E plate 1.3 Maestro with four months test or the 87’ D Hyundai Pony. I was the same with picking up copies of What Car in the 90’s. Again I had an imposed 10k budget and as far as I can remember you could just about afford a basic Escort 1.4 or an all singing and dancing Suzuki Baleno

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One striking thing for me comparedto today is how understated, unpretentious and low key the ads were; stuff that would be now “£POA” at Tom Hartley jr with a full colour splash are taken on a muddy drive with a German shepherd alongside. Originality also seemed less important (modified and tuned xk’s seemed more valuable in the ads I posted) Matching numbers? What’s that old chap it’s got the same old knackered engine?!

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4 minutes ago, sdkrc said:

Holy crap. What year is that? 1969?

XK150 estate. Never knew that was a thing. 

 

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Yeah those were 1969-70 I think. I Remember the white “fox bat” xk150 for sale in the late 90s (in classic and sports car) for about £15k - in the ad (one of those where the editorial team do a sort of road test). It said it was made out of 2 Morris minor travellers grafted on the back, had fibreglass   Rear wings and was a bit tatty.

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4 hours ago, sdkrc said:

Vauxhall Brava??? News to me

Short lived facelift KB pick up.

Quite Frontera like, Pure Isuzu.

From about the time they were also knocking out Troopers as Montereys.

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On 10/6/2019 at 9:43 PM, sdkrc said:

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The Malcolm C Elder ads were a regular feature of the classic car magazines for years and years. Always had some interesting stuff and nicely laid out ads. I think Malcolm is no longer with us - but the business may survive... but as I no longer read car 'mags' unless they turn up in a local charity shop I'm not sure.

But yes the name brought on a wave of nostalgia.

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