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CitroJim wrote: Love the Corsair in the background... Looks like a far better restoration candidate..
That went for £900 Jim.

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Theres also a light blue Lancia Beta Coupe in the background as well, rear light cluster anyway, which fetched £1500 ish. The white one with the orange seats was obviously the pick of the two at the auction.

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The body looks very straight actually. Is that a blue Alfa in front of it?

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Now that's not bad for the Corsair as it too will be quite valuable when all done...

One of my favourite old Fords is the Corsair, along with the Consul Capri - the one that looked like the Classic but with the coupe back window...

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Corsair. Possibly the worst car, handling-wise, I've ever had the misfortune to drive. As a student, and with three passengers aboard, I nearly lost one (brand new) on a dry B-road bend in Cheshire one afternoon - rear wheels lost all sideways grip, and back end broke away mid-bend. Never really investigated, but maybe poor tyres or lack of air. Quite frightening, but instructive, and with absolutely no warning; progressive it was not! :shock:

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CitroJim wrote:Now that's not bad for the Corsair as it too will be quite valuable when all done...

One of my favourite old Fords is the Corsair, along with the Consul Capri - the one that looked like the Classic but with the coupe back window...
Have agree on both counts Jim.

Had a workmate with a brand new Corsair V4 that very much impressed me at the time. He swapped a year old Mini Cooper S for it (and some cash presumably). I thought the Corsair far better than the mini.

I find myself looking rather wistfully at the Consul Capri quite frequently.

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Those old Fords were never renowned for their handling Chris :twisted: I had a MK II Cortina for a while back in the early 80s, a 1500GT no less :), and its handling was really quite atrocious... The Capri was not much better either...

Maybe I noticed it more as all the cars I'd had previously had been FWD products from BMC and Renault...

Handling, or lack of, would not stop me from having either a Corsair or Consul Capri but not ahead of a Rover P6; they, the early ones, will always be my favourite Brit...

Will be looking out for the P6 stand on Saturday when I visit the NEC Classic Car Show...

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demag wrote:The body looks very straight actually. Is that a blue Alfa in front of it?

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I think thats my Lancia Beta 2000 Coupe-the cheaper one at £1,150 , but a lovely colour`once spruced up

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If anyone's in Classic Car Auction Catalogue window shoing mood, Brightwells have another Classic Sale on 23rd November...catalogue here

http://www.brightwells.com/classic-moto ... catalogue/

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NewcastleFalcon wrote:If anyone's in Classic Car Auction Catalogue window shoing shopping mood, Brightwells have another Classic Sale on 23rd November...catalogue here

http://www.brightwells.com/classic-moto ... catalogue/

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Just a few eyecatchers from the Brightwell's list
Another Police car!
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A pair of Rover P6 2000's 1973 (auto-Lunar Grey) 1971 (manual-Cameron Green) both requiring a bit of refurb.
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Interesting to see what they go for..no reserve on either.

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Those were my last two P6's - Cameron Green ('72 2000TC) and Lunar Grey ('75 3500S).
What a pair!
Forget the Series 1, Jim. S2 better in every respect, although, like XM, hybrids are possible - and often crop up in films.

Cameron Green was a lovely variation on British Racing Green. Funny things, the P6 colours: I learnt from David Bache that Rover did experiment with a lot of body colours for P6, including some very bright ones. They found, with one or two exceptions (eg the sporty Monza Red and Paprika), that these just didn't suit the shape of the car at all, and that mucky and obscure colours were far better, and generally preferred by customers - hence Lunar Grey, Tobacco Leaf, Old English White, Cameron Green, and Almond.

In 1977, when the last of the P6's were painted and assembled on the SD1/Metro lines at Longbridge, they tried some of the SD1 colours - and interiors - on P6, including Avocado green, and Mango cloth. Disaster! and many P6 afficionados steered clear of them by a mile. The problem of these late cars in strange colours surviving was largely avoided by the paint falling off most of them. Some clot rejigged the electrostatic painting at Longbridge, so that the polarity of jig to bodywork was reversed, with the result that gas bubbles became trapped in the paint. Thousands of Mini Metros, SD1's (and a a good few P6's) were repainted under warranty. Bonnets and boots were particularly vulnerable.

In 1977, the last year of P6 manufacture, a limited Collector's edition was offered, in metallic Platinum (a rather pleasant greenish-greyish silver), and with a chocolate or a lighter brown cloth interior. A bit odd. Ironically, the last P6 to be built was a 2200 . . . Not the best, by far.

I always fancied getting my Lunar Grey 3500S resprayed into British Army Green (like the staff cars), but could never afford it. You don't get any muckier than that.

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white exec wrote: In 1977, the last year of P6 manufacture, a limited Collector's edition was offered, in metallic Platinum (a rather pleasant greenish-greyish silver), and with a chocolate or a lighter brown cloth interior. A bit odd.
The real thing...sold at South West Vehicle Auctions Poole for £24,840-loads of pics here https://www.swva.co.uk/classic-car/rove ... -vip-1976/ (edit should have read the Auction blurb...the owner of this one got it painted in this metallic blue...it is a VIP, but was originally Brazillia Brown)

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The Interior
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The model

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ps The Brazilia Brown Rover VIP would have looked something like this

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Yes, you're right, Neil. I had forgotten Brasilia.
A similar colour (Mexico Brown) had been available years before.

Rudiger's page here shows and lists the complete P6 assortment of body and trim combinations:
http://www.ruediger-wicke.de/P6%20produ ... olours.htm

The infamous Avocado with Mango interior was never a factory listed combination, but, as happens towards the end, items destined for SD1 were used to cobble together a good few very late production cars. All sorts of bits got slapped on. Rover's version of our own Series 1.5's...

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Chris, as always, I thoroughly enjoy all you write about the P6 :D Please feel free to continue any time ;)

That platinum P6 is absolutely gorgeous :D Neil, thanks so much for fining and posting it up!

£24K for a P6 though... Astonishing!

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Didn't they do a "Tobacco Leaf"?

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