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Re: Classic car summer season-what have you spotted?

Post by myglaren » 29 Aug 2015, 02:06

NewcastleFalcon wrote:....re yellow SAAB 900 Convertibles.......there's one for sale in Cardiff for £399 :!: on gumtree

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You can still get a lot of car for a little money.

regards Neil
That is identical to the one my youngest daughter had, her second 900. Hers was an 'R' too and there was another in Barley Mow, near Birtley. Just on the changeover to the 93.
We used to swap cars a lot as she used my estate C5 quite a bit. I loved driving her 'bananamobile' as she called it.

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Re: Classic car summer season-what have you spotted?

Post by CitroJim » 29 Aug 2015, 04:36

All these lovely yellow cars... I'm in heaven 8-)

To me, any car looks good in yellow....

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Post by addo » 29 Aug 2015, 12:00

Even a SsangYong Stavic? :shock:

Spotted another old Benz today, '64-ish 230SE convertible - "Automatic" it proudly declared. And another slightly older Benz rag-top yesterday (W198). Both well-cared for. A mate spotted a working Commer lorry, but wasn't sure if it were a knocker or not.

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Re: Classic car summer season-what have you spotted?

Post by CitroJim » 29 Aug 2015, 14:46

Should have said most yellow cars Adam!!! There are exceptions to every rule :wink:

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Re: Classic car summer season-what have you spotted?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 29 Aug 2015, 22:17

Addo-Can't quite nail your Mercedes 1964 ish Cabriolet. 230SE?

This is a 300SE of appropriate vintage, very long and has some style about it

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The 280SE has a rear like this

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An the 230 SL a rear like this

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Post by addo » 29 Aug 2015, 22:21

Maybe a 280SE then. Had those vestigial fins. Very fetching period correct blue metallic.

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Re: Classic car summer season-what have you spotted?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 29 Aug 2015, 22:34

....the ssangyong stavic may appeal to lovers of beige interiors...

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Post by Stickyfinger » 29 Aug 2015, 23:10

lovers of beige interiors........and the obvious disbelief in birth control :)

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Post by Deanxm » 29 Aug 2015, 23:16

Who needs birth control when you own a, coach?

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Post by Stickyfinger » 29 Aug 2015, 23:47

Don't drive it near the French Ports, that could be 45 grand fine if you go over empty and come back full.

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Post by Zelandeth » 30 Aug 2015, 00:08

Well compared to the interiors of many a 10 seater minibus (LDV Maxxus anyone?) it doesn't look that bad to be honest...I have seen some of Ssang Yong's creations though, so am not going to go looking for photos of the exterior...

This is actually on my wish list for people movers. We had quite a large group in tow last time we were on holiday in the US between us and our parents who were with us, so it was handy that our hosts had planned ahead and picked this up.

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Seated seven plus driver if I remember rightly. Interior was a vision in grey velour, but was incredibly comfortable.

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You sank down about three or four inches into the driver's seat. I basically fell in love with the thing from square one - especially once I drove away and heard the lovely gargling exhaust note. Over here that would be a 2 litre four pot turbodiesel (not that I have anything against them - I love my XUD9TE in my Xantia), what does this run? Oh, just a 4.6 litre V6 petrol...It's a stupidly long-stroke engine as well so it's all mid-range torque. Doesn't half make a lovely noise though when you do get some revs on it - only really got a chance to put my foot down once sadly, but don't let the US clone of a Transit looks fool you - that thing will go like a scalded cat if you want it to...Just make sure you slow down before encountering any corners as it goes around them, well...like any softly sprung van would be expected to.

I am still half playing with the idea of getting one imported someday. Most of the ones over here are the "Day-van" style ones, wheras I would actually prefer the more standard van like we had - far more practical a beast, and more of an oddity to see here.

Now, back more on topic...

Sadly I don't own this one any more, but here's one for the yellow cars theme.

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I later found based on the chassis number that this was most likely a pre-release press photography car which ended up spending a long number of years with a dealer up north, which went a long way to explain the very low mileage and the generally stunning condition. The only bit of rust on the whole car was the visible bit on the wing, and was very easily sortable in the grand scheme of things. Subframes were absolutely perfect and were virtually dripping with what I think was Dinitrol.

Sadly I sold it in a fit of common sense a good few years back - would be worth a few quid now too I imagine.

Never really rated the facelifted Metro (1986 I think), but have a big soft spot for the first gen cars. They handle like a go-kart, go pretty well for the power output (the fact that they weigh as much as postage stamp helps - just avoid the low compression versions, which *are* pants), and make a fantastic noise. I had two, and despite all the horror stores I've heard from everyone about BL cars, they were both utterly reliable. Yes, even when wet. The only workaround needed was that the first one I had (which was a shed), required a clothes peg to hold the choke control out, or it would randomly snap back to the open position - usually right as you were trying to pull out of a junction.

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Post by addo » 30 Aug 2015, 00:43

You should look into a Honda Oddity. Get one cheap out of Oz, no rust.

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Re: Classic car summer season-what have you spotted?

Post by Stickyfinger » 30 Aug 2015, 01:03

Ahhhhh.....Austin choke cables and pull knob locking (not).....ohhhhh, the fun days.

Memories of driving one handed and wiping condensation, holding open the choke and changing gear with the other 6 hands , whilst looking thru a half ice half glass windscreen....ahhhh the good old days of Mr Austin, Mr Morris and Mr BL (Red) Robbie

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Re: Classic car summer season-what have you spotted?

Post by CitroJim » 30 Aug 2015, 04:33

That yellow Metro has what looks like MK1 MG Metro pepperpot wheels on it... I had a MK1 MG with those wheels in Cyprus and descending the mountain under heavy braking the wheels heated enough to pop the centre inserts out... Used to see loads of Metros with those inserts missing...

I had five Metros over the years, the aforesaid MK1 MG, a MK2 MG, a MK2 MK Turbo, A Vanden Plas and finally a K series'd Metro.

All shared one thing... Shocking build quality...

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Re: Classic car summer season-what have you spotted?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 30 Aug 2015, 09:40

CitroJim wrote: All shared one thing... Shocking build quality...
If "how many left" is anything like accurate there were only 525 metro's licenced in the UK in Q1 2015.

Cant remember the last time I saw a metro "on the road". So.....

.....special "Bank Holiday" promotion...for any genuine on the road or in the car park spot of any metro with a pic to back it up :!:

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regards Neil