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Old 6th Aug 2008, 22:49
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Hey that's my old car!

'Hey that's my old car!' Is what I said to myself, when sitting in the barber's shop chair in town one Saturday morning, as my first ever car drove past.

Where have you seen one of your oldies before?
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Old 6th Aug 2008, 23:53
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No, but I've seen the opposite. I once saw my (back then) own car on TV, staring at me through the open door of a cottage during an episode of Inspector Morse.

My first motorbike, a 1964 BSA 250 is still around, according to the DVLA, as is my first car, a 1967 Singer Gazelle VI but I've never see either for over 30 years.
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Old 6th Aug 2008, 23:57
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At a show a year or two ago.

The owner offered to sell it (1967 Morgan + 4 Tourer) back to me. Not a chance! Not a chance! That heap must have cost successive owners a multiple of perhaps 10 times its original purchase price in tolls paid to Ray R****** Auto Care to keep it going. Ray has long since retired, mainly I believe on the proceeds of that Morgan. Gotta tellya: The Chev Caprice two-door hardtop V-8 307 with automatic and air was a FAR better car!
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One of my 'old cars' is presently in an on-line auction though one would hardly recognise it from the glowing description given by the hopeful vendor!



Almac TG Roadster 1989 for sale - TradeMe.co.nz - New Zealand

".....professionally built....." Yeah, right!

"32,000Ks"? Uh? I did 120,000 in it myself!
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Old 7th Aug 2008, 01:30
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As some guy in Arkansas told me one night in a bar in the hotel.


What? You get rid of your old cars!
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Old 7th Aug 2008, 02:25
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Yes, con, when I lived out West I had a client who had six cars in his barn .... his current BMW plus its five BMW predecessors, all of them 7 series, as I recall.
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Where I grew up each farm retained all the machinery that was ever purchased, every make and model of tractor imaginable parked under the macrocarpa hedges and a row of harvesting machinery back to a Cyrus Hall McCormack original!
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Old 7th Aug 2008, 04:01
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I saw my Lotus Elite, (original fiberglass monocoque model circa 1960), for sale years after I sold it. It had been repainted from the BRG to red and the original Coventry Climax engine had been replaced with a Datsun 510 engine. This was because a piston had broken and I am guessing that the owner could not get a replacement.
I had just bought a boat so did not have the cash but that car has always had a place in my heart even if it was the most prone to breakdown car I ever owned. It should only be owned as a part time toy.
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Old 7th Aug 2008, 07:41
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I would love to have said I've seen this beauty,which was the greatest fun but I've only come accross a J2 version. If anyone has seen it I love to hear from them

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Old 7th Aug 2008, 07:43
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My brother once went on one of these rally car experience days - he was given his old 1300GT Escort to drive!
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Old 7th Aug 2008, 07:44
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Is that an Allard?
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ShyTorque, your pm
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Old 7th Aug 2008, 09:04
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For the past ten years, my first car has been spotted in the London to Brighton race, apparently it is owned by an old bloke with ear muffs and a woman wearing a funny hat.
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Old 7th Aug 2008, 09:49
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I saw my dad's old (1977) Austin Allegro in a Tesco's car park, some 150 miles and twenty years after he first drove it shiny and new from the showroom. (And no, I've no idea know what must have possessed him at the time...)
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Funny, had a call yesterday from a guy who had bought my 2000 LR Disco and wanted to know if I was still in the possession of one of the rear folding seats. Answer no.
I owned that car for three months, not the biggest piece of crap ever, that honouur belongs to the previous car, a 1998 LR Disco, but a good second.
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Often wonder what happens to cars that I've traded in. First one was an Allegro though I traded that in in Coventry the day before I moved back to Manchester It was a rusty heap, so not surprised I never saw it again, though having paid 270, and got 800 trade in 18 months later I can't complain even if it did use a pint of oil every 100 miles if it went over 40mph.

Subsequent 3 cars have all been traded in in the area I was living, so you would think there would be a fair chance of seeing them around after they had been sold, but never have. Do car dealers send trade ins to the other end of the country to avoid subsequent embarassment?
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Old 7th Aug 2008, 11:04
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Gannet Fan:

Your Allard (or more accurately, one rather like it!) was very nearly mine in 1962. It was a type K1, I think, and it looked great in the window of a now-defunct sports car dealer in New Cross, London. Price on the windscreen was 150, which I could just afford, so in I went. The salesman advised me to get a few insurance quotes first, sensible man.

Premiums were sky-high, of course, for a 23 year old without any insurance history...... So I bought a 1949 Hillman Minx instead, with full-width front bench seat and steering-column gear change, and insurable for about 15 or so. Had great fun with it, but I still hanker for that Allard!
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Allard

603DX, I've PMd a fuller history!
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Gannet Fan: Thanks. I've replied.
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Old 7th Aug 2008, 13:32
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I sold an 18year old Marina which I hadn't driven over 55 mph for years as it shuddered violently. A couple of weeks later it overtook me on the M27 and I accelerated to see how fast it was going. I gave up at 90 mph. The next morning it overtook me again, just the same. I never saw it again.
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