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7 hours ago, castros_bro said:

Sachs B-805 (not-a-car).

No 138 of 150

 

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Love those. Rode a standard cooking one, my brother worked at a bike shop that sold them. Lovely soft power delivery, great handling, so much nicer to ride than the VX800 Suzuki that supplied Sachs the engine. 

7 hours ago, inconsistant said:

924 World Champion edition, commonly referred to as the 'Martini'  is a pretty much standard car with a paint job and unique interior, and is very desirable and sought after. This was available in 1977 when the 924 launched in the UK, I think they made 100. 

 

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Yamaha produced an XS1100 Martini bike. Not sure how many they made, but few left now.

3 hours ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

Don’t forget the one above the Holland and Holland, the Linley. Only 10 made and an extra £35k over the H&H. Maybe Viscount Linley handmade the wood trim, he was a furniture maker, after all.

I seem to remember that the Linley cost £120,000 brand new. I have been in one, and all I could see different was the very intricately inlaid wood on the rear picnic tables and door cappings. Maybe it had more, but it didnt hold much appeal for me.

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29 minutes ago, Dick Longbridge said:

We had a loan Cavalier Commander in 1985 when the family Orion had some issues. Lovely looking car and felt so much better than a Ford of that era. I still occasionally see them appear for sale, but they're ultra rare now. Only produced in 85 and 86 iirc. Unique trim, graphics and SR steels as standard. They were all silver too. 

 

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Found a bit more on them from a thread I started on the blue years ago:

Commanders ran from 1985-86
Only 1600cc available
3600 hatches and 2400 saloons made
Only in silver
Black painted SR type wheels.

And a Commander from Brassed Off in 1996. Bear in mind the car would only have been just over 10 years old at the time. Mk2s deteriorated pretty quickly...

 

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9 hours ago, cort16 said:

The chasseur is the one that sticks in my head

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That and the Orion 1600E.  Just an Orion but with a posh interior. I always really wanted one of these for some reason.

I think they're a bit more desirable but I don't think anyone will pay 20 grand for one

Orion 1600E for sale in UK | 33 second-hand Orion 1600Es

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I actually owned a Chasseur for a couple of days about 25 years ago, it even still had the fitted luggage. I swapped it for a W116 Merc 350SE with a banger racer, sorry.

The 1600E was trimmed at Tickford in Newport Pagnel , I had 1.6i Ghia Orion company car when they came out and was very envious, although the wheels look a bit shit now.

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4 hours ago, Mr Laurence said:

Love this photo; is there a higher quality version of it anywhere? I think it would make a fantastic poster

Personally I’d love a J or an R Limited, but I’ve not had much luck finding either. They don’t seem all that common any more :(

I'm afraid not, If I found a decent copy I would have it as a garage poster too :( 

recent imports are still available if you have deep pockets, check out goodwood sports cars up in Berwick, Steve usually has a few tasty mx5s, some fresh off the boat

 

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The rumour with those Cavalier Commanders were that they had all lain in a damp field somewhere (possibly Wales, can't remember though) before eventually being sold. They rusted like there was no tomorrow and suffered comedic electrical problems, a good one was a very, very rare thing.

 

The Calibres were magic, extremely rare now and also (sadly) suffered rot problems underneath the skirts. Well, mine did anyway! 500 made, only 17 on an 'F' reg, iirc.

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45 minutes ago, I_am_Diesel said:

Back in the day I seem to remember Peugeot 205 ‘La Coste’ and 106 Quicksilver Limited Editions. 

Quiksilver special editions also available on the 206 and 307 - I raided bits for my 206 SW off a Quiksilver model in the scrapyard.

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12 minutes ago, Cavcraft said:

The rumour with those Cavalier Commanders were that they had all lain in a damp field somewhere (possibly Wales, can't remember though) before eventually being sold. They rusted like there was no tomorrow and suffered comedic electrical problems, a good one was a very, very rare thing.

 

The Calibres were magic, extremely rare now and also (sadly) suffered rot problems underneath the skirts. Well, mine did anyway! 500 made, only 17 on an 'F' reg, iirc.

Someone commented on my thread about that back in the day. He also owned a Calibre. Hang on, are you Harold? 🤣

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2 hours ago, Cavcraft said:

Those late 'Mexico' ones were risible.  We had a few through the auctions, seem to recall they (and one or two other 'limited edition' Escorts had that horrible spine on the right hand side of the driver's seat. The cloth wore through in about 2 minutes flat and left the metal bar exposed, plus they were really uncomfortable at the best of times. The Ghia ones of the same vintage were a much nicer place to be inside.

Those late Escort Mexico’s were pathetic, think they were a 1.6, same for a lot of the Mk6 Escorts, all show and no go. 

The ones that stick in my mind for Escorts were the Bonus 1.0, Eclipse, Tennis Cabrio, Cosmopolitan, Finesse, Flight.

Don't know if they counted as a special edition but the Orion 1600E was a nice motor, used to work with a bloke who had one, they had the RS multi spoke alloys and full leather trim by Tickford. At the time like a lot of these things they weren’t worth any more than a 1.6 Ghia Injection but I’d imagine now one would be worth a few quid.

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I remember around 2001 me and a mate visiting the Rover dealer in Halesowen which is now an Aldi, at the time the salesmen were doing the hard sell on the Rover 25 “Olympic” special edition which was a basic 25 but had 

side stripes and decals with Olympic script

mud flaps 

Emergency light bulb kit 

Special wheel trims 

the salesmen were really pushing the emergency light bulb kit telling potential punters you shouldn’t leave home in your car without one!

my mate went to Wollaston Vauxhall- now an Lidl and put a deposit on a 1.0 4 speed Corsa instead
 

 

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40 minutes ago, gm said:

I'm afraid not, If I found a decent copy I would have it as a garage poster too :( 

recent imports are still available if you have deep pockets, check out goodwood sports cars up in Berwick, Steve usually has a few tasty mx5s, some fresh off the boat

 

Shame! There has to be a version of it out there somewhere; if I can ever find it I’ll let you know

I’m aware of goodwood sports cars. They get some lovely cars in - top money, but probably worth every penny. North Yorkshire MX5s is closer to me, and not long before Christmas they had an S-Spec and V-Spec in, both in black and both as near as you’d get to perfect these days. The timing wasn’t quite right and I couldn’t justify it, which I’ve no doubt I’ll be kicking myself for. I’ve half promised myself I’ll buy a Mk1 this year...

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6 minutes ago, Mr Laurence said:

I’ve half TOTALLY promised myself I’ll buy a Mk1 this year...

do it ! prices are slowly on the rise for mk1's, if I see the right one, I may have to buy another :) 

Adrian at bordermx5s occasionally has nice cars for sale too, also up near Berwick  

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3 minutes ago, gm said:

do it ! prices are slowly on the rise for mk1's, if I see the right one, I may have to buy another :) 

Adrian at bordermx5s occasionally has nice cars for sale too, also up near Berwick  

That’ll be 3 if you count the Exocet won’t it? You’re worse than me haha 😂 I’ve noticed them going up too. I fear the days of picking an mot’d one up for less than a grand a behind us now.

I’ve  not heard of bordermx5s before, I’ll check out. Thank you!

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1 hour ago, Dick Longbridge said:

Someone commented on my thread about that back in the day. He also owned a Calibre. Hang on, are you Harold? 🤣

I owned a CalibrE for a short while.  Blew the engine up in the rush hour on the Runcorn Bridge.  Most of the starter motor was spread over the outside lane when a con rod attacked it. 

The dick who owned mine before me, swapped the cloth sports seats for leather seats out of a mk3 diplomat. 

I still wish I'd kept it.  It had that "look" 

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Volvo 480 Celebration (480 made for the UK at the very end of production; other markets had similar but called Collection). 
3 smart metallic colours (red, green, grey, maybe white), new wheels, soft leather interior.

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Volvo 480 GT (250 made for (I think) UK only near-ish the end of production. Two colours similar to above (red or green), very nice wheels, mental leather interior.

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Volvo 480 Two-tone

1992-ish to see out the 1.7 engine before slightly bored out 2.0 came out in UK. Green on top; silver below and nice ribbed seats in leather and velour

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Volvo 480 Paris

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My Dad bought an Astra mk1 celebrity brand new in 1984. It was a 1.3L with two tone black and silver body with red coach lines and a sunroof. Perhaps a radio/cassette over the L model too. I reckon my rover fenlander is a dealer limited edition to shift cars that weren't selling. I would say it's a standard 218D with a coachline, a fenlander sticker and an aftermarket sunroof. I also had a peugeot 806 aquamarine. It was a basic 806 1.9td, painted a really bright metallic blue with a few aquamarine stickers a sunroof and denim upholstery.

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There’s a 2 tone Volvo 480 in those pics- k160hau. My dad had k135hau. Another special edition- although not a Volvo but a Sierra azura hatch (moon dust silver If memory serves) stingy on kit- massive clock and no tacho, keep fit windows all round.

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I think if there’s anything to learnt from this is that a special edition really isn’t special at all. It’s the base spec with a few stickers on and some shit accessories that really didn’t warrant another £500 on the list price. All the usual suspects like a Britax sunroof or some bumpers ‘colour coded’ at the garage over the top of the usual grey textured jobs.

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I like the 1979 Mini 1100 Special. The only non Clubman Mini to have a factory 1098cc engine. It came with alloy wheels and a 1275GT instrument pack and a central console. Metallic paint with a vinyl roof.  I nearly bought one unseen about 8 years ago, but chickened out. Saw it later that year in Newquay on the Riviera Mini Run and instantly regretted not buying it. 

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My Y10 Fila is a good example of how cynical special editions can be. Cheapo white paint and black plastic interior, red cloth and a few stripes and stickers. In a way I'd rather have a stock Y10 as the stock item would have a nicer alcantara interior. But use a sports brand to justify the white paint and the nastier interior to offset the cost of whatever extras were thrown at it. 

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