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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by erikscimitardemon » Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:28 pm

Current daily driver is a 24 years old Volvo. It is about to be replaced as daily workhorse by my recently acquiered Scimitar GTE se6a. The my fleet will be a GTE and a GTC. Who needs more? :D


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by tanuki » Tue Dec 23, 2014 6:58 pm

Sorry guys for the late reply ... it has been a busy week, but eventually I am now on vacation for a whole week !
Thanks a lot for all the detailed answers, sharing your experiences and showing that many a Scimitar user does also enjoy other classics ;)
As promised I am coming back to you all with many thanks and a few more comments ...

Dolomite / Vitesse / Herald / 2000

For some reason I had never really thought about Triumphs, maybe because there are too many around - TR3, TR4, TR6 and Spitfires mainly - ... but I recently saw a few ads
for Dolomites and I admit they are rather tasty 8)

Morris 1000

I looked at the prices and was surprised :shock: There are some available in France - even LHD by the look of it - but even more expensive :cry:

Rover P6

I forgot to put this one on my short list ... shame on me, as I remember it was my favorite car when I was a kid.
I sometimes look at ads and they are indeed undervalued, but also many of them are heavily rusted as you pointed out. Maybe one day ...

Volvo / Saab

Jim, Erik, I have never had any experience with any of those marks ... but from what I read on the TVR forum several guys there have Saabs and love it !
Btw I remember that when I was a kid our family doctor was driving a Saab 96 with 6 headlights - which impressed the boy I was - ...
I learnt a few years later that he was into rally racing!

VW Golf

Mikey, the Golf MK I is actually the car that I learnt driving with, way back in '80 !! Never had one in my garage, but I do remember it was really great to drive ...
a little side story here: I had never practiced driving before my first day at driving school, and on my very first hour of practice the teacher asked me
'you look confident with the driving, are you sure you never tried before ? Of course not ! OK, let's do a test'
and he instructed me to go to a local section of a main road where there was no traffic and speed limit was 90 km/h ... he actually asked me to gradually increase speed
as long as I could feel confident with the handling - no police around fortunately - ... I stayed firm at 110 km/h for about 1 km, then back to 90 - test was over -

Other cars

Anadol (?) I had never heard of this one ... so googled a little bit :wink:
The STC-16 reminds me of the good old Mitsubishi Celeste (Chrysler Lancer) that I had in Australia ... ah, nostalgia :roll:

Toyota Seria (?) Yet another discovery to me, more googling ... and WOW, that's sexy ! I love those gullwings 8)
It reminds me of the Toyota Levin that I borrowed from my brother in law to drive around Japan ...

The Toyota Celica MKI was a famous car in Australia, giving a hard time to the heavy muscle Holdens on the road :lol:
I saw one the other day at a meeting - there are not that many nowadays - and I recalled that a friend of mine had one, it was sure good fun to drive on the winding roads in the Blue Moutains

Reliant

Now for the family :mrgreen:

Crusty ... no worries, I will enjoy the Scimi to the full !!

Andy, I have been browsing through your thread about the yellow Kitten ... It's really the kind of car that I would consider using on a daily basis,
I think it complies with all my criteria ... however I wonder if there has been any Kitten registered in France (Chris ?) I foresee frustrating negociations
with the french authorities when it comes to apply for french plates :cry: Apart from this bloody administration issue, the car itself is very attractive I must admit !!

Andy, Roger, I got the message - stay with the marque - and I think I will do actually!

As a matter of fact, I do love the Caterham and the Chimaera ... so I won't sell them unless necessary or at least until I can get onboard and out :lol:
But IF I had started with a Scimitar in the first place a few years ago, things would have been different ... I would probably look for a Coupe, an SS1, Sabre or Kitten !
There is a whole family to choose from indeed :!:

Right now I am in contact with a Peter here in France ... I may well be adding a SE6 to the family early next year :mrgreen:
Will obviously keep you guys posted, and will open a separate thread when she's back home ...

Cheers & many thanks again,
Fred


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by erikscimitardemon » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:31 pm

Fred,

Volvo - Saab. The older models (anything designed pre 1980) do have a British touch and feel. It only lacks British quality :w :mrgreen:
Volvo is very no nonsense. Designed to be functional. Saab is a plane builder by heart who happens to make cars. Prefer RWD? Volvo! Prefer FWD? Saab! Both are built to last, except for a 'few' rust problems.


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by gtmart » Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:43 pm

That final addition to this post reminds me of when I worked part time after school , for a BP Garage , in 1978/9. (Yes...the Smurfs!!!!!) A distinguished local businessman , owning farms/land and estate agents came in with his pea-green (a real 70's colour!) Volvo 244 saloon. He asked me to check the oil, on which I did , and quoted "non required - she's on the max" . The gent replied , "Must be because it isn't british " (as you remember our motor industry was getting a bad reputation at the time) . But my boss , the garage owner pointed out , 80% of Volvo parts were made in Britain at the time!



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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by tanuki » Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:40 am

Hello Guys,

As you well know I had found not one, but two classic daily drivers since I created this thread nearly two years ago :lol:
The Flying Sub - aka Custard- (SE6a) and The Dark Thing (Anglia) are now sharing the job :P

Nevertheless I keep watching ads - as we all do no doubt - and sometimes run into pretty attractive girls - I mean cars of course -
Since I bought the Anglia, I have developed an interest for Fords - beside Scimitars, not to worry - hence often browsing ads
for Cortina, Consul or Zodiac. It's sometimes a bit confusing with the same name being used for a model or a special series
of another model :? e.g Cortina Consul is indeed a Cortina, Consul Capri is indeed a Consul and not a Capri, etc.
You are certainly familiar with those subtle details, but for a french guy with little experience in Fords it's a bit confusing :roll:

Anyway the funny side effect of this is that when you enter Cortina in a research you may bump into an ad for a completely
different car that just contains a reference to Cortina ... and this is what I found last night 8)

1976 Escort MK2 Van (french on classic registration)
7000 euros (I find it pricy, yet I have no clue as to the market price in France ... there does not seem to be that many in the UK either ?)
15,000 km (!) ... I assume since the engine had been rebuilt 5 years ago, otherwise it would be simply stunning !
1700 Kent (Xflow) rebuilt and 'upgraded' 5 years ago
new 32/36DGV carb
electronic ignition
oil radiator
vented front discs
new suspension, adjustable gas shocks
anti -tramp kit3.9/1 differential from a Cortina (that's why!)
+ original 1100 engine and numerous spare parts
Inside & outside in good condition (so do suggest the pics)

What do you think ?
I fancy contacting the owner, although I know it's not reasonable :oops:
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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by scimmy ben » Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:17 am

Anything Ford and slightly old is getting pricey now; if it has RWD and only 2 doors, even more so.

Most commercials are ill treated so don't survive, the ones that do can make some serious money. Original MK1 vans can make up to 15K and a Mk2 is only a Mk1 with different front wings ;)

You are right though, there don't seem to be many Mk2s around, I wonder if there was something better on the market by then or whether the Mk1s were still doing the job.


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by DARK STAR » Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:46 pm

I like the colour !!!


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by tanuki » Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:19 pm

Yes Chris,
I love the colour too ... but maybe my taste is biased now that I have Purple, Yellow, BRG, blue, white and black :lol:
Fred

[Edit] at least finding a name for the car with this colour should be straightforward ... La Pomme :lol:


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by westy » Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:56 pm

Hi Fred !
I had noticed this add on LBC yesterday. Nice car indeed.
But maybe too far away from original spec to be legally « drivable » in France. Unless all changes have been inspected & validated by local Dreal (french administration for cars aprovals) and also accepted by the insurance company. It would surprise me… :?
But at the end of the day, you’re familiar with Seven(s) and TVR(s), so I’m sure you’re perfecty aware about these issues (when you live in France).
Good luck with your next purchase ! :wink:
PS : I must admit I'm also keeping on looking at other classic cars almost on daily basis... :oops:


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by tanuki » Fri Aug 26, 2016 3:41 pm

Hello Westy ;)

The car is LHD and said to have a carte grise de collection ...
I wonder whether it's an english car imported, registered with an RTI and later converted to LHD ?
or an original french car which had an engine swap and upgrade ?

In both cases it's far from the original specs indeed, but if it had been imported and registered with an RTI
it should be 'road legal' with its current carte grise if the conversion was done prior to the registration
and has been validated by the RTI ;)
If it's a french car with papers referring to the original 1.1L engine ... and the guy had modified it after,
then it would not be road legal indeed :roll: I wonder how it could even pass through the Controle Technique :shock:

Anyway, I was just looking :lol:
Saw an original Cortina 'in its juice' as well ... the white one in Vaucluse ... no indication of mileage though :oops:

Cheers,
Fred


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by westy » Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:11 pm

I don’t want to denigrate this ad and I might be wrong, but I’d bet on an original french car, so LHD, that has been modified without notice to Dreal (now they’re refusing all these kinds of engine and undercarriage modifications), together with an indulgent CT… In other word, she looks sexy, but if I guess well, she might be risky in case of road accident mostly with injuries.
In case you’re really interested, just let us know the story after you’ve called the owner.
Now, down to the classic daily driver subject : amongst cars you fancy, nothing french ? (too common when you're driving in France, probably ?)


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by tanuki » Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:59 pm

Hello Westy,

I am not interested in this particular car ... not to worry - and it's bloody far from here anyway :wink: -
I will investigate just a little bit further to unveil the origins of the car, will let you know ...
It just popped up last evening and I thought it looked cool, not that I am looking for something but
I am always watching what's offered ... I actually have a friend who is looking for an 'unusual' english car
at the moment and I am mainly watching for him as a matter of fact :lol:

There are several cars that I would fancy ... but I confess a preference for english or japanese cars.
I like unusual cars, which goes from those that are not common in France (because they were either
never sold or for a very short period of time) to cars that were extremely common in their days ...
yet became almost extinct because people moved to new models and forgot about them in a couple of decades :roll:

Regarding french cars, I was raised in a Citroen family ... my father only had one Peugeot 203, and then only Citroens.
My grand father had several Simcas, then moved to Citroen when Simca/Talbot/Chrysler disappeared from the scene ...
I had never been attracted to Renault - except for the R16, god knows why (?) -
I had a Peugeot 305 for a long time, and a couple of Citroens of course (inherited from dad) plus the Simca 1307
(inherited from grand dad) ... but that's all my experience with french cars :lol:

I'd fancy finding a good example of one of my former cars: Ami8 break, Chrysler 1307 or Alfetta Quadrifoglio
just for the fun of rediscovering the feelings that I had driving those :lol:
And there IS one car that I would buy on the spot - even if it were not perfect - but you just cannot find any
around Europe: it's my good old Chrysler Lancer, aka Mitsubishi Celeste ... I had so much fun with this car
when I lived in Australia. I have been looking on many sites and never ran into one single example.
My only lead is a very small club in The Netherlands which used to restore some of them as it seems the
model was sold in NL at some time (!) Maybe some day I will try to contact those guys :wink:

Now for the other (non english) models that catch my eyes: old Datsuns, Fairladies or Skylines
(only the early models of course) but that's out of reach since my radar is set to 'low price mode' :lol:

And if I don't want to be banished from English Rencart, I'd better stick to english cars, my favorite :mrgreen:

Fred


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