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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 21 Sep 2017, 18:15

I saw a couple of nice vehicles today. I saw an old, split screen Land Rover, registration (if I got it RIGHT!) 972 GOR (no pictures, as I was driving), and this little beauty at the westbound Rownhams Services;
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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 21 Sep 2017, 19:31

Nice Yellow Alvis, but it does look older than the 1949 the reg number enquiry shows

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 21 Sep 2017, 19:39

The Saab to its' right has been abandoned there. According to the staff it has been there for two years, and (because it is private land) the police have no interest.

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by bobins » 21 Sep 2017, 20:39

Saw a crippled dark blue Jensen Interceptor at the side of the road yesterday. The front left wheel was in a different location to the rest of the car and there was a gouge in the road and two blokes scratching their heads. I don't know if it was just a simple case of loose wheel nuts or something more serious #-o 8-[

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by CitroJim » 21 Sep 2017, 20:40

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
21 Sep 2017, 19:39
The Saab to its' right has been abandoned there. According to the staff it has been there for two years, and (because it is private land) the police have no interest.


How odd... It does no look a bad car either...

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Re: Classic car Autumn/Winter collection-2017/18

Post by CitroJim » 14 Oct 2017, 16:38

Two great spots on my epic bike ride today...

The first one was as rare as they come... A Vauxhall PC Cresta :) Not seen one for as long as I can remember...

I saw a couple of Morgans and another unidentified big pre-war saloon but for me the best one was a Ferguson TE20 tractor... I followed it for a bit, albeit slowly, as it was toddling along at no more then 15mph. It was in gorgeous condition, obviously loved and cherished, and the greatest thing for me was that it was running on TVO (or rather the nearest you can get to it these days). The exhaust smelt simply wonderful and that smell just took me right back to my childhood when the smell of TVO exhaust was commonplace. It took me to some very happy memories too ;)

Made my day. The bike ride was great too. A 55 mile jaunt around the periphery of Milton Keynes...

I did pass the Fergy in the end and at some speed too - relatively speaking :lol:

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Re: Classic car Autumn/Winter collection-2017/18

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 14 Oct 2017, 18:09

CitroJim wrote:
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Two great spots on my epic bike ride today...

The first one was as rare as they come... A Vauxhall PC Cresta :) Not seen one for as long as I can remember...


You must know your Cresta's Jim, mention a Cresta and I get a picture of those lovely two-tone jobs, but no the Cresta C is a later incarnation. Simon Cars as ever has a nice bit of background on the Cresta with lots of pics. Fair old straight 6 lump under the bonnet too!

What colour was "yours" Jim?

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Vauxhall Cresta PC de Luxe 3294cc February 1971 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], by Charles01 (Own work), from Wikimedia Commons

and here's one from tthe rear, should you spot one while on a bike!

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Vauxhall Cresta PC registered August 1967 3294cc rear three quarters [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], by Charles01 (Own work), from Wikimedia Commons

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Re: Classic car Autumn/Winter collection-2017/18

Post by white exec » 14 Oct 2017, 18:17

I remember those well. Used acres of almost flat sheet steel, before a Ford (forget which) did the same.
Think the PC had Powerglide, which slushed its way between just two gears. With 3.3L you can do that.
Room for several mechanics to stand in the engine compartment, iirc.

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Re: Classic car Autumn/Winter collection-2017/18

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 14 Oct 2017, 18:40

...forgot to put up the link to Simon Cars on the Cresta

http://www.simoncars.co.uk/vauxhall/cresta.html

and one of those FCF random links, the grey Cresta C from the wiki photograph is parked infront of the Police Station at Ongar. Which co-incidentally received a reference on the FCF on POTD thread earlier this month, in connection with the Epping-Ongar rail/former tube line.

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Re: Classic car Autumn/Winter collection-2017/18

Post by CitroJim » 15 Oct 2017, 05:26

The one I spotted was a silvery grey one...

Its exhaust stank to high-heaven so it must have been the 3.3 :twisted:

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Re: Classic car Autumn/Winter collection-2017/18

Post by RichardW » 15 Oct 2017, 20:44

Saw a bright green Trabant in Kirkwall on Orkney today - amusingly, it had an Isle of Wight number plate on it - couldn't be further away really!!

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Re: Classic car Autumn/Winter collection-2017/18

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 15 Oct 2017, 22:23

RichardW wrote:
15 Oct 2017, 20:44
Saw a bright green Trabant in Kirkwall on Orkney today - amusingly, it had an Isle of Wight number plate on it - couldn't be further away really!!


Extra points if it was an estate!

http://www.simoncars.co.uk/trabant/slid ... 20side.jpg

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Re: Classic car Autumn/Winter collection-2017/18

Post by RichardW » 17 Oct 2017, 07:49

I think it was, Neil!!

Saw an R4 yesterday - on an F plate, so that would be 1988 - didn't realise they were still making them then!

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Re: Classic car Autumn/Winter collection-2017/18

Post by CitroJim » 17 Oct 2017, 08:50

RichardW wrote:
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I think it was, Neil!!

Saw an R4 yesterday - on an F plate, so that would be 1988 - didn't realise they were still making them then!


That is late! Was it a left-hooker? I wonder if it was a grey import and one originally made under licence in some other location besides France...

I believe many of the smaller French cars ended up being produced long after in some so-called 'under-developed' territories...

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by Gibbo2286 » 17 Oct 2017, 12:20

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
21 Sep 2017, 19:39
The Saab to its' right has been abandoned there. According to the staff it has been there for two years, and (because it is private land) the police have no interest.

They'd be interested if someone hinted there's a body in the boot. :-D