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Vectra - No. It's an SRi Turbo-diesel and quite a fast thing with alloys and tinted windows.

BMW - Probably not far off. It's fairly base-spec with very few nice options. Engine is a mid-range 1800cc petrol thing. Colour is a nice deep dark Blue. There are a few around my area and others I've seen on the road in said colour.

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I would have said the Maxi was grandpa spec but a self-respecting grandpa was more likely to run away from all that advanced technology and buy a Marina instead.

Interesting comments on the demise of cloth trim. it's something I can see making a comeback with the rise of veganism, animal rights and all that cruelty-free stuff.

 

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My BMW is definitely grandad spec, 16", basic trim with few options, grey, silver paint, 2.5na, estate.

I love it!

However my grandad had a 2.8i Capri then a Nissan Bluebird 2.0 turbo.

Make of that what you will!

I think, as a forum of chod-lovers, Grandad spec is a real winner.

Partly because simple tech lasts longer, maybe?

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I was watching that video thinking I recognised the black Dutton phaeton s2 behind the beige mini. I did. Was at a show in the West Midlands a few months ago. Epic. 

 

And yes, grey, cloth seats and no added extras means I’m giffa spec. Lovely 

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I disagree that base spec = “grandpa spec”.  Giffers (including me, since I was about 28) love chrome and velour and trinkets.

Also, if dull colours are so uncool, why is every sports-effect Audi/Merc/Porsche/etc black, white or grey?  (BMW has Estoril blue and Alfas are sometimes red. Whoopee, how hip and happening.)

Plus pastel metallics or Nightfire Red are the ultimate giffer colours, aren’t they?

 

I didn’t warm to that YouTuber at all, for what it’s worth.  It struck me as an unbearably smug, unoriginal, overlong voiceover to other people’s pilfered uncredited footage.  I had to stop halfway through.  Each to his own though, clearly it works for some.

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7 minutes ago, Skizzer said:

I disagree that base spec = “grandpa spec”.  Giffers (including me, since I was about 28) love chrome and velour and trinkets.

Also, if dull colours are so uncool, why is every sports-effect Audi/Merc/Porsche/etc black, white or grey?  (BMW has Estoril blue and Alfas are sometimes red. Whoopee, how hip and happening.)

 

I didn’t warm to that YouTuber at all, for what it’s worth.  It struck me as an unbearably smug, unoriginal, overlong voiceover to other people’s pilfered uncredited footage.  I had to stop halfway through.  Each to his own though, clearly it works for some.

I agree about the You Tuber, its all a bit bland and talking to people into fast cool cars. I did find this one interesting though!

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14 minutes ago, Skizzer said:

 

Also, if dull colours are so uncool, why is every sports-effect Audi/Merc/Porsche/etc black, white or grey?  (BMW has Estoril blue and Alfas are sometimes red. Whoopee, how hip and happening.)

 

 

This is a big thing for me at the moment. Car parks and traffic jams are full of dull boring colours that people seam to love. I can drive along and see black black black grey white black grey black silver black black black. Hell, my silver carlton was dull and boring before it was cool. 

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Well my Laguna is base spec engine with auto but in a one off top trim level and in a weird violet type colour (v5 says grey...!). However its most definitely Grandad spec as ... my grandad specced it from new! The Saga Car Direct dealer sticker is testament to that.

Not top trim as that would have had leather and he is a life long vegetarian. 

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1 minute ago, sutty2006 said:

This is a big thing for me at the moment. Car parks and traffic jams are full of dull boring colours that people seam to love. I can drive along and see black black black grey white black grey black silver black black black. Hell, my silver carlton was dull and boring before it was cool. 

Indeed, solid baby-poo yellowy-brown seems to be the all-time uncool colour.

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To answer your question though...

These are all grandpa spec, being beige with brown cloth interior 702478AB-C6C0-47B3-A3B0-CCFC300F43A5.thumb.jpeg.a03a81e892a9ae925d0f911b2d3e6917.jpeg

and this

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and this

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yup, all Hondas except Type Rs are automatically grandpa spec

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Jesus, very

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oh yes, big time (although Diesel)

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And both of these, especially the BMW in Luxury trim with shiny bits instead of black. (The ungrandpalike show plates on the Audi were swiftly dispatched in favour of correct pre-2001 font ones.)

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So yes, I dig grandpa spec.

 

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31 minutes ago, Skizzer said:

To answer your question though...

These are all grandpa spec, being beige with brown cloth interior 702478AB-C6C0-47B3-A3B0-CCFC300F43A5.thumb.jpeg.a03a81e892a9ae925d0f911b2d3e6917.jpeg

and this

2C87C878-3614-426A-A2B1-E677D2723E39.thumb.jpeg.5bb972e6e55df2e0779285d15e850269.jpeg

and this

AF145BAC-50D7-4208-A40B-8B961A89DC3A.thumb.jpeg.8bacc81aab006aa56cd7a37f8a97282c.jpeg

yup, all Hondas except Type Rs are automatically grandpa spec

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Jesus, very

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oh yes, big time (although Diesel)

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And both of these, especially the BMW in Luxury trim with shiny bits instead of black. (The ungrandpalike show plates on the Audi were swiftly dispatched in favour of correct pre-2001 font ones.)

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So yes, I dig grandpa spec.

 

And how is the victor at the mo?

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My Almera's top o'the range, so no.

However, my previous car: the stop gap Escort 1.8 L diesel, most certainly is. I think some grandpas may appreciate a naturally aspirated diesel engine if they are tight.

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Definite grandpa spec.

Awful colour, awful steelies (now long gone, replaced with alloys in pic background), 1.6 manual, as base as base spec can be (fog light blanking plates yo), handed down from giffer to giffer until it got lucky?unlucky? (delete as appropriate) landing in the hands of 18 year old me. 

It's got true old-people mileage too, having done 42000 miles before I got it (just hit 60k the other day though) and covered only 191 miles in 2016!

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Thinking about it a bit more, I don't think grandpa spec is base but exactly the opposite. Your typical grandpa probably wants a bit of luxury in his retirement but doesn't want to be spending all his pension on fuel, nor does he want to show off, so he'd choose a mundane car in a high trim level but with a small engine, something like an Escort 1.3 Ghia or Metro Vanden Plas, probably automatic as it's easier to drive.

Agree about the video, he makes some good points but the execution is lazy - just dub a voice-over onto some stolen photos that aren't entirely relevant to what you're saying and call it done. A HubNut vlog exploring grandpa spec might be fun though.

 

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Silver - check
Base spec - check, there was only one spec
Hybrid - check
Manual - no, auto
14" wheels - I think that's a check
Personalised plated - no, just fuck off, they're for twats
Cloth interior

6/7 would grandpa again.

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