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What Do You Drive? What Would You Like To Drive?


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19 hours ago, Craftycockney said:

I have just driven back from Swindon picking this up.

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It's very nice, but it comes as something of a shock to learn estate cars still exist! Living over here, you just don't see them.

Under duress, I have been looking at new cars and considering the MG HS, Mitsubishi Xpander Cross, plus another smaller SUV that is so new here, I haven't got the details yet, but the garages first one arrived 2 weeks ago. The Toyota Corolla Cross, which seem hard to find, the Mazda CX5 (pricey) and have already eliminated their CX30 - looks good, but the rear is very cramped and the boot is too small. 

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What I want to know is where all these super low mileage cars that are being advertised these days are coming from. 

https://www.kgfclassiccars.co.uk/

Most of the ones listed here are run of the mill stuff that back in the day were nothing special and run into the ground, even the RS Focus's, I guess as prices rise there is the temptation for a bit of licence with mileage and descriptions. 

 

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1 hour ago, BondandBigM said:

What I want to know is where all these super low mileage cars that are being advertised these days are coming from. 

https://www.kgfclassiccars.co.uk/

Most of the ones listed here are run of the mill stuff that back in the day were nothing special and run into the ground, even the RS Focus's, I guess as prices rise there is the temptation for a bit of licence with mileage and descriptions. 

 

Interestingly, a close friend, who has proven to "get it right" over the years, who has the wherewithal, and space, has stocked up on decent Audi TT's, and others for breaking. They will sit in storage until the time is right.

Who would have thought these would now be making upwards of £13k. (twin wheel diesels, more) There's a guy near me specialises in restoring these things, and he's jammed with work. 

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8 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

Interestingly, a close friend, who has proven to "get it right" over the years, who has the wherewithal, and space, has stocked up on decent Audi TT's, and others for breaking. They will sit in storage until the time is right.

Who would have thought these would now be making upwards of £13k. (twin wheel diesels, more) There's a guy near me specialises in restoring these things, and he's jammed with work. 

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I don't know why but that Tranny pickup is just... lovely.

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2 minutes ago, Biker said:

I don't know why but that Tranny pickup is just... lovely.

I had a LWB twin wheel MK 2 like the one above, and it was a great thing to drive, and totally reliable. Liberal use of "Aberdeen overdrive" gave good mpg as well.:laughing2dw:

 

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10 minutes ago, Biker said:

Back in the olden days, I always quite fancied one of these..

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I got a new one in 1983 that very same colour. It was a great truck. Made by Ford South Africa, but it was a rot box. The last one in good nick I saw belonged to  General Accident in Perth. 

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16 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

I got a new one in 1983 that very same colour. It was a great truck. Made by Ford South Africa, but it was a rot box. The last one in good nick I saw belonged to  General Accident in Perth. 

Had a new works one back in about 83/84 but my memory of that Cortina based P100's was spending a lot of time sat in it waiting for the AA to turn up. It did everything except go. 

 I had a CF it was better but had a couple of gearboxes go on it and it had the same issue as the VX cars with that slant 4 1800,2300 engine where the bolt that held the alternator bracket to the engine used to shear off and was a bitch to get at especially in the Victor but it was a nice torquey engine and had a bit more grunt than the Ford. 

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1 hour ago, BondandBigM said:

It did everything except go. 

Only bother I ever had was the points shoe used to wear quickly on them, so I'd carry a spare set. The later ones had that horrible variable venturi carburettor on them, and they wouldn't start once they got worn.

 

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16 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

Only bother I ever had was the points shoe used to wear quickly on them, so I'd carry a spare set. The later ones had that horrible variable venturi carburettor on them, and they wouldn't start once they got worn.

 

Yep it had one of those VV carburettors, but one we had was trouble right from day one till the day they got shot of it. 

4 minutes ago, Nigelp said:

Ok seriously? What would I want to drive? Probably a brand new Bentley saloon and a vintage Blower. However thats not going to happen....but but but 997's are looking cheap. ..

Lambo Contach

I remember years ago getting tickets for getting the press day of the Scottish motor show, the cars weren't all roped off and I managed to get a seat in one, bright red with the big wing on the back. Awesome looking thing, nothing really like it back then. 

For a modern car 

Not sure to much to choose from but I'd probably start with a new 911 Turbo while I made my mind up. 

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9 minutes ago, BondandBigM said:

Yep it had one of those VV carburettors, but one we had was trouble right from day one till the day they got shot of it. 

Lambo Contach

I remember years ago getting tickets for getting the press day of the Scottish motor show, the cars weren't all roped off and I managed to get a seat in one, bright red with the big wing on the back. Awesome looking thing, nothing really like it back then. 

For a modern car 

Not sure to much to choose from but I'd probably start with a new 911 Turbo while I made my mind up. 

:)

That Joel Mutton mate...that Ferrari eh?

Id rather have a 400i or 412 than the lambo....didnt that singer have one? What was his name?

Peter string fellow he had one too

 

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I told you I'd change my mind.

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The earlier original black and gold Bandit 77/78 Trans Ams always takes the glory but I have a soft spot for the slightly later 79's. I had three a white one, a nice blue one and a gold one all were T-Top cars. 

This looks a bit nice, a modern update on a rarer hard top. 

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https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1979-pontiac-trans-am-62/

 

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33 minutes ago, BondandBigM said:

I told you I'd change my mind.

:laughing2dw: :laughing2dw:

The earlier original black and gold Bandit 77/78 Trans Ams always takes the glory but I have a soft spot for the slightly later 79's. I had three a white one, a nice blue one and a gold one all were T-Top cars. 

This looks a bit nice, a modern update on a rarer hard top. 

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https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1979-pontiac-trans-am-62/

 

Thats a very nice looking engine. 

I actually fancy an e30 325i chrome bumper. Its a car that has stuck in my mind from my early teenage years. 

Long story short, my dad was being made redundant in 1987, so accepted a transfer to Birmingham and he and mum bought a home in Sutton Coldfield. The couple selling it wanted the contracts signing asap and because we were 120 miles away he drove up with them.

My dad had a 1979 Daimler Sov 4.2 at the time and it used to be at least a 2 hr drive.

I always remember the story as dad couldnt believe it. 

The bloke rang up and said he was on his way. Just over an hour later he was parked outside my grans in Nelson about 120 miles in about an hour that was going some in 87.

He had a brand new D reg champagne 325i saloon. And it made the old jag look a hundred years old. 

 

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3 hours ago, Nigelp said:

Thats a very nice looking engine. 

I actually fancy an e30 325i chrome bumper. Its a car that has stuck in my mind from my early teenage years. 

Long story short, my dad was being made redundant in 1987, so accepted a transfer to Birmingham and he and mum bought a home in Sutton Coldfield. The couple selling it wanted the contracts signing asap and because we were 120 miles away he drove up with them.

My dad had a 1979 Daimler Sov 4.2 at the time and it used to be at least a 2 hr drive.

I always remember the story as dad couldnt believe it. 

The bloke rang up and said he was on his way. Just over an hour later he was parked outside my grans in Nelson about 120 miles in about an hour that was going some in 87.

He had a brand new D reg champagne 325i saloon. And it made the old jag look a hundred years old. 

 

Back then I had a girlfriend who worked in a car hire office, the main yard was a five minute drive away from Edinburgh Airport and they had a desk in the airport terminal. All the usual Ford/VX/BL stuff of the day but due to their location they also had a small fleet of BMW/Merc/Jags/Range Rover on offer for the more well heeled tourist, usually Americans. 

She was allowed to take a car from the yard at night so we got to flash around in new cars although the main contributing factor on choosing one was a decent amount of petrol in the tank so as likely to be an Escort as a Beamer. I remember her having a couple of those E30's nice motors and quick but even for the time brutal fuel consumption and dodgy handling, if you got it wrong they were well scary. 

As I've previously mentioned my old wide boy boss managed to write off an E30 M3 by putting it on its roof. 

That being said if you can find a good one I can still see the attraction of them today especially a convertible. 

 

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17 minutes ago, BondandBigM said:

Back then I had a girlfriend who worked in a car hire office, the main yard was a five minute drive away from Edinburgh Airport and they had a desk in the airport terminal. All the usual Ford/VX/BL stuff of the day but due to their location they also had a small fleet of BMW/Merc/Jags/Range Rover on offer for the more well heeled tourist, usually Americans. 

She was allowed to take a car from the yard at night so we got to flash around in new cars although the main contributing factor on choosing one was a decent amount of petrol in the tank so as likely to be an Escort as a Beamer. I remember her having a couple of those E30's nice motors and quick but even for the time brutal fuel consumption and dodgy handling, if you got it wrong they were well scary. 

As I've previously mentioned my old wide boy boss managed to write off an E30 M3 by putting it on its roof. 

That being said if you can find a good one I can still see the attraction of them today especially a convertible. 

 

I can well believe the scary handling, my dad gave me a 1980 BMW 635csi a in 1990. When I passed my test. I took it to uni in 1991 to 1994 and it was powerful for its time infact i rarely had anything beat me, but the handling was lethal even in the dry on the back end. It was too light i think on the rear. It taught me over steer opposite lock. I will find an old pic of it. Dad bought it in 89 for 5 grand and i sold it in 1995 when i started work infact i part exd it for a v12 87 xjs and got 2500 quid against the jag at 4. To be honest i was not happy after the novelty wore off. Loved that 6 even if it was a pain in the arse for trx tyres exhausts and rust. Id just got it looking good and sold it. Kashmir gold with brown velour very 70s:biggrin:

27 minutes ago, BondandBigM said:

 

 

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Thats me with it in summer 1995 when i went back up to Leeds uni for the graduation ceremony. By that time id put new front wings on it and sprayed them myself in the garage at home, done the cylinder head and just got it the best i could... 12 months later after law school i let it go...go figure as the yanks say. 

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On 25/03/2021 at 18:12, WRENCH said:

Interestingly, a close friend, who has proven to "get it right" over the years, who has the wherewithal, and space, has stocked up on decent Audi TT's, and others for breaking. They will sit in storage until the time is right.

Who would have thought these would now be making upwards of £13k. (twin wheel diesels, more) There's a guy near me specialises in restoring these things, and he's jammed with work. 

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Bought my first Transit diesel tipper new in 1988, had many more since and took delivery of my new Transit in January , gone through various engine variants all diesel and all including the new one with a smaller 2 litre engine have returned  an average of 22mpg , so much for technology and more efficiency 

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3 minutes ago, Hotbulb said:

Bought my first Transit diesel tipper new in 1988, had many more since and took delivery of my new Transit in January , gone through various engine variants all diesel and all including the new one with a smaller 2 litre engine have returned  an average of 22mpg , so much for technology and more efficiency 

I had a 1987 100 LWB 2.5 DI chassis cab with a beaver tail body, and it could manage 35mpg unladen. I also had a 1978 D series 7 1/2 ton 6cyl, and it averaged around 18 mpg. Nobody else ever drove them, so they weren't hashed, the Transit had over 350 K on it when it went away.

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Talking of Transits did anybody hear the story of the fleet that used to work in the Cheshire salt mines?

I have not bothered looking it up but from memory these Transits started life by being cut in half so that they could be lowered into the mine and were then put back together down below. It was said they survived well, reasonably unaffected by the salt because of the environment underground. 

They were subject to the same inspections and maintenance programmes as other mine equipment so remained in good order.

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