Which classic car would you have?

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I've seen an advert for a Cosworth at £80k

I sold my RS Turbo for £800 just to get it off the drive when I needed something more reliable. Mint bodywork as well.

Now they are going for 10-15k!!
 
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I sold my RS Turbo for £800 just to get it off the drive when I needed something more reliable. Mint bodywork as well.

Now they are going for 10-15k!!
Often the way. I had a Lancia once that I really wish I'd kept. Mind you, got to know all the Little Chefs on the route back home while owning it - good place to break down and be able to stop in the warm with a cup of tea, while waiting for the RAC breakdown driver, some of whomI ended up on first name terms with!
 
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Think I'd vote for me 1967, but with me around 8 years advanced of what I actually was.

Edit. To TGP.
 

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It would have to be a Ford Prefect. I learned to drive in one of these back in 1965 (I was about 12 at the time!)
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I sold my RS Turbo for £800 just to get it off the drive when I needed something more reliable. Mint bodywork as well.

Now they are going for 10-15k!!
@Nick, I had the most fabulous old car back in the early 1980's A Vauxhall Cresta. Column change gears, leather bench seats, overdrive. She was a beauty! But, the gears started slipping and it needed a new clutch. Couldn't afford it at the time so sold it for about £200. Gutted! I still have a memory of it though.
Me polishing the hub caps.....
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@Nick, I had the most fabulous old car back in the early 1980's A Vauxhall Cresta. Column change gears, leather bench seats, overdrive. She was a beauty! But, the gears started slipping and it needed a new clutch. Couldn't afford it at the time so sold it for about £200. Gutted! I still have a memory of it though.
Me polishing the hub caps.....
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Wonderful old barge. Mate of mine bought one to learn in and asked me to pick it up for him. I'd only just passed my test in a 100E Pop (all I'd ever driven) and promptly ran over the kerb on the first two corners. It felt effin' huge!
 

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@Nick, I had the most fabulous old car back in the early 1980's A Vauxhall Cresta. Column change gears, leather bench seats, overdrive. She was a beauty! But, the gears started slipping and it needed a new clutch. Couldn't afford it at the time so sold it for about £200. Gutted! I still have a memory of it though.
Me polishing the hub caps.....
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My dad had a later model cresta & me and my 2 brothers loved it because we could all sit in the front!!
 

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I love these, rare as hen's teeth nowadays. I borrowed a mate's 2.3 Viva for a while, even rarer, but basically the same car.

If you get a chance, have a look on YouTube for Gerry Marshall. I never knew much about racing, but he used to drive these sideways for a living before drifting had even been thought of... :)
Gerry Marshall raced a Triplex Capri in the 70s and his main mechanic, John Westwood, lived just up the road from us. My brother went with John loads of times to watch them, I went once to Silverstone once and couldn't believe how loud the racing was.
 
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And for classic cars, in this order please I'd have:

Mk2 Jag - Just the most beautiful car ever built, imho.

Mk 1 Escort - So simple, so pretty, so much fun to drive.

Mk 3 Cortina - Because it's the one that sticks in mind as having the most laughs in when I first started to drive. They still look cool to me. They used to be so cheap!

Extra call out for any Series Landy, as long as you're not in a hurry!

If anyone here has contacts in South Africa, I'm considering buying and importing some of the above whilst they're still alive and affordable. Seriously, there are still some good ones out there...
 
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I think the E type looks are overrated and the MK1 & MK2 Jags are beautiful.
I completely agree, but as with all things it's each to their own I suppose.

Big flashy sports cars always feel a bit ostentatious to me, but I've always liked understated fast saloons.

Jag, imho, were the kings of this for a while... I'd still have an E-Type if one was forced on me of course. :)
 
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I completely agree, but as with all things it's each to their own I suppose.

Big flashy sports cars always feel a bit ostentatious to me, but I've always liked understated fast saloons.

Jag, imho, were the kings of this for a while... I'd still have an E-Type if one was forced on me of course. :)
I purposely didn't pick a Mk1 or Mk2 Jaguar as they are too obvious, as is an Aston DB6, and I was hypothetically keeping to a budget of up to £30k. Would I have a Mk1/Mk2/DB6?, too bloody right I would 😁
 
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Can you throw an Austin Apache in the container while you're at it..?

So first instincts were right.
Loosely based on the 1100/1300 .
Running gear, chassis , cab.
Triumph dol/2000 boot light cluster's etc .
Restyled front, similar to the Allegro.
 
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I think the E type looks are overrated and the MK1 & MK2 Jags are beautiful.
Enzo Ferrari called it the most beautiful car in the world..... and I agree

but, it’s all down to personal choice I guess.

you’re right that the mk1 & mk2’s are beautiful though, just not up to the e-type level of beauty 😁
 
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So first instincts were right.
Loosely based on the 1100/1300 .
Running gear, chassis , cab.
Triumph dol/2000 boot light cluster's etc .
Restyled front, similar to the Allegro.
No allegro in there but yeah, an 1100 with a boot.

No idea why they didn't import it into this country. They'd already designed it, and it looks so much better than a Marina.
 
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Enzo Ferrari called it the most beautiful car in the world..... and I agree

but, it’s all down to personal choice I guess.

you’re right that the mk1 & mk2’s are beautiful though, just not up to the e-type level of beauty 😁
Are you implying that some random Italian bloke knows more about cars than me? I'm hurt. :)
 

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No allegro in there but yeah, an 1100 with a boot.

No idea why they didn't import it into this country. They'd already designed it, and it looks so much better than a Marina.
I'd honestly never heard of these. The twin headlight version is a good looking thing, imho, kind of like a shrunken 2.5PI. I'll add it to the list :)

I vaguely recall SA and Australia did some interesting things with our motors, sticking V8s into things like Cortinas and Sierras, if I recall correctly.

I suppose it's something to do with the fact that you don't tend to get eaten by predators or die of thirst if your 1.3 leaves you at the side of the road over here.

Remember Lucas ignition components? Hello darkness, my old friend :)
 
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I'd honestly never heard of these. The twin headlight version is a good looking thing, imho, kind of like a shrunken 2.5PI. I'll add it to the list :)

I vaguely recall SA and Australia did some interesting things with our motors, sticking V8s into things like Cortinas and Sierras, if I recall correctly.

I suppose it's something to do with the fact that you don't tend to get eaten by predators or die of thirst if your 1.3 leaves you at the side of the road over here.

Remember Lucas ignition components? Hello darkness, my old friend :)
Yeah, Michelotti designed them both. I remember seeing them in Spain (Austin Victoria, there) and they do actually look pretty good.

One large engined nonsense Australia did was in the Chrysler 180 (renamed Centura). 4 litre effort in that, styling rumoured to be what it was supposed to look like when it was slated as a Humber.

BL's greatest crime of all was designing lots of different cars all over the place, and not adapting them in return for their home, captive market. Here's a monster, the Leyland P76. Somewhere, with some fine tuning and anglicising of the front, there was a big Rover in there...

 
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Yeah, Michelotti designed them both. I remember seeing them in Spain (Austin Victoria, there) and they do actually look pretty good.

One large engined nonsense Australia did was in the Chrysler 180 (renamed Centura). 4 litre effort in that, styling rumoured to be what it was supposed to look like when it was slated as a Humber.

BL's greatest crime of all was designing lots of different cars all over the place, and not adapting them in return for their home, captive market. Here's a monster, the Leyland P76. Somewhere, with some fine tuning and anglicising of the front, there was a big Rover in there...

Forerunner of the SD1 SERIES over here?
 

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Yeah, Michelotti designed them both. I remember seeing them in Spain (Austin Victoria, there) and they do actually look pretty good.

One large engined nonsense Australia did was in the Chrysler 180 (renamed Centura). 4 litre effort in that, styling rumoured to be what it was supposed to look like when it was slated as a Humber.

BL's greatest crime of all was designing lots of different cars all over the place, and not adapting them in return for their home, captive market. Here's a monster, the Leyland P76. Somewhere, with some fine tuning and anglicising of the front, there was a big Rover in there...

Another one I'd never heard of in truth. For all that BL and Rover etc. got hammered, there was a lot of talent and innovation in those companies.

My dad had a Chrysler 180, and also the slightly posher two litre. Really nice cars, rare even then in this country, I think. I haven't seen one on the road in decades.
 

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BL's greatest crime of all was designing lots of different cars all over the place, and not adapting them in return for their home, captive market.
Is that a worse crime than providing for it's home market the Maxi, Marina & Allegro whilst Datsun were exporting to us cars like the 100, 120, 160, 180 & 240?
 

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Is that a worse crime than providing for it's home market the Maxi, Marina & Allegro whilst Datsun were exporting to us cars like the 100, 120, 160, 180 & 240?
Two sides of the same coin. As per above, why bother with an Allegro or Marina, when you've adapted an existing design for foreign markets that could be tooled up as a stopgap for 3-4 years, until you've done a proper job of an 1100 replacement?

Instead, resources spread too thinly.
 
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