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47 minutes ago, sierraman said:

That’s a South African built 318is. They used to rot like fuck compared to the German ones. 

when i was in security the was one of these, we watched it rot away then it dissappeared and we assumed it was scrapped, then it reappeared all welded and painted... must of cost more than value of the car

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The MoT tester who dealt with my CX yesterday told me about his earlier life working for Perry's Ford when they had a dealership in Whetstone. A Mk.2 Escort was brought in, requiring some attention, and the plate it carried was a 1984 "B"-prefix. There was some head-scratching about this as the Mk.3s had been launched in 1980/81.

Story was that this 1.3L 4-door saloon had sat in a corner of the compound at Perry's, unwanted and unregistered for five years after it was built. When the car's owner, who worked for Perry's, found out and asked if he could buy it and register it even at this late stage, apparently it wasn't a problem!

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I thought the Citroen GSA was replaced by the BX but here at the same show as A and B-reg BXs is a C-reg GSA. Built in Spain in July 1984 but not registered until September 1985, it was thought to be the last one registered but there are actually a handful of C-reg, all Cornflower Blue and built on the same day, a couple of which were registered several days after this one. Allegedly a couple of D-reg GSAs exist too, which must have hung around for ages.

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Also, did anyone notice the P-prefix 2CV in dollywobbler's microcar rally video. I wonder what the story behind that is.

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On 8/20/2019 at 4:25 PM, Tadhg Tiogar said:

The MoT tester who dealt with my CX yesterday told me about his earlier life working for Perry's Ford when they had a dealership in Whetstone. A Mk.2 Escort was brought in, requiring some attention, and the plate it carried was a 1984 "B"-prefix. There was some head-scratching about this as the Mk.3s had been launched in 1980/81.

Story was that this 1.3L 4-door saloon had sat in a corner of the compound at Perry's, unwanted and unregistered for five years after it was built. When the car's owner, who worked for Perry's, found out and asked if he could buy it and register it even at this late stage, apparently it wasn't a problem!

Basically the same story as the Opel Manta on a J-plate (latest were on a G).

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1 hour ago, chaseracer said:

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Scally Rally, 2006.

Rotten as a pear even then, but it lives on in a shed near Northampton...

 

That one's a fair bit later still. C409 PPJ = 11 Sep 1985, C722 BHA =  11 Feb 1986. That last batch of blue Spanish-built RHD cars certainly hung around for a long while.

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3 hours ago, quicksilver said:

 

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Consecutive registration madness that I didn't notice until I started sorting the photos. What are the chances of two consecutively-registered 35-year old cars not only surviving but appearing at the same event? Sadly they didn't get together as the 2CV was only there yesterday and the GSA today.

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5 hours ago, Adrian_pt said:

Denems on a D plate ... who'd have thought? It took seven months and £700 off the initial price for the first one to sell. The second _could_ be as late as an E... Both estates in the Aberdeen area. ....

I didn't know that a Dacia "12" could command as much as three bags back then. Every day is a learning day.

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14 hours ago, BoggyMires said:

Here's an interesting story....

http://www.bavarian-board.co.uk/forum_posts.asp?TID=11682&title=another-h-reg-635-long-with-pics

The dates, mileages and even the model number don't add up but it's about still.

the 2 short registration numbers have defo been transferred 

but H844KFH shows up as a 1990 BMW, curiously on the MOT checker with a date of first registration as 31st Dec 1990, which makes me wonder if it was some sort of import

 

 

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On 9/15/2019 at 4:42 PM, Snipes said:

Basically the same story as the Opel Manta on a J-plate (latest were on a G).

Last manta’s were on F plates. There’s never been a G. But there is one J plated manta somewhere. I think it’s being restored. I’ve never seen it and I’ve been round manta’s a fair few years now. 

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On 9/16/2019 at 4:48 PM, Tadhg Tiogar said:

I didn't know that a Dacia "12" could command as much as three bags back then. Every day is a learning day.

Never mind that - 79 rs2000 for 2 grand. £2600 less than an orion ghia. If only you could go back in time and buy cars up 😂

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51 minutes ago, sutty2006 said:

Last manta’s were on F plates. There’s never been a G. But there is one J plated manta somewhere. I think it’s being restored. I’ve never seen it and I’ve been round manta’s a fair few years now. 

That j-plate has been restored at least twice now iirc. Really can't recall the guys name.

I think I saw it at billing once but  going back a few years now. 

 

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IIRC I remember reading that during the 1980s and before

imported cars or old cars being registered for the first time like ex MoD stock

would get a registration plate based on the date of first registration NOT the date of manufacture

which means you get fun things like an X Reg Traction avant etc

On 10/29/2018 at 11:01 AM, Ghosty said:

Lakeland Motor Museum has an X-reg Traction, thanks to how the DVLA used to handle imports. 6ab7a63e908775ab6586af8d9b9ea664.jpg

im not exactly sure when the practice stopped

but I do wonder how would such a vehicle work if you wanted to transfer a cherished registration to it?

would it have to be an Age less plate because the car is from 1953, or could you transfer another Y reg or Older suffix reg to it because it was originally issued with a Y reg?

 

(most curiously that traction avant apparently originally wore the plate YEY257W, I wonder how they transferred an X reg plate onto it given that X is after W!)

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21 hours ago, martc said:

Shamelessly knicked off Brownnova's periodically updated interesting cars thread...

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And what does the DVLA say? Ex MOD stock?

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Simply transfer the registration mark to an Austin Ambassador and receive a free age-related, dateless replacement mark. 

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