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How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by tanuki » Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:16 pm

Cheers all !

Guess what ? ... the purchase fever has struck me again after missing Dave Speed's Ti last week !
Why does it have to be in winter I don't know ... but the Ti certainely did sparkle this new fever burst :lol:
I know that I promised my daughters to remain quiet - furtunately no missus around ... but daughters
could be as good/bad when it comes to refrain a purchase fever :roll: - so here's the new excuse that I came up with:
how about getting a classic daily driver which would allow to save my current Lexus some miles,
so that I could keep it as long as possible ?
I am no longer interested in modern cars and I doubt that I will get another one soon,
since my Lexus is only 10 yo (and 70,000 km on the clock) I'll probably keep it until I retire
and I am sure it could live through another 200k or even 300k km more (!)
Using a spare daily driver during the next 10/15 years - who knows how far the retirement age
will be by that time :oops: ! - would enable to spare it whilst enjoying yet another classic car :)

So here are the parameters of the equation:
- the new daily car should be cheap to buy & run, since the family is quite large already
and I have no clue when I would be ready to part with any of them ... well at least as long
as I can get onboard and out :lol:
- it should be ready to drive (almost) daily around town to go to work, and sleep outdoor
at night - I know ... it's tough on her :? - ... no roadster, but it's OK I still have two to
play with.
- it has to be english ... or japanese - I would not mind a Datsun or a classic Toyota 8) -
- preferences for 'unusual' cars

So far there are a few models that I think about:
- obviously another Scimitar: I am pretty sure that I could get an SE6 to fulfill the job
- a Ford Capri or Ford Cortina
- a Triumph Dolomite
- a Rover SD1
- ???

Hence my questions to the Scimitar community, seeking advice from those who may have
experiences with one of the above:

- do you think I am crazy - probably ! - ?
- do you have any personal experience with any of those ?
- would you recommend another one ?

Nothing urgent as you can guess .. hopefully my fever will go down again when springtime
comes up and I can make full use of my current toys ! It would just be interesting to get
your advice :wink:

Cheers,
Fred


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by peter freeman » Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:24 pm

I had a couple of Dolomites - good engine, gearbox general mechanics - nice and easy to drive - but they do suffer from rust which is why I changed to Scimitars. My favourite Triumph was a Vitesse of which I also had two - same comment as per engine etc but the better part is I still think you can buy all the body panels as they come as individual pieces and not a whole car.



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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by speedy555 » Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:27 pm

If its an easy life, economy, reliability, and parts availability you need then a little on the common side admittedly but a morris 1000 is a safe bet :)


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by AJL Electronics » Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:45 pm

Stay with the marque. Lots of choice from the SE6 onwards, through the SS1 variants and then the small models like the Kitten and Rebel. Even the three wheelers maybe.


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by b.c.flat hat » Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:58 pm

Hi Fred. You're a nutter! You've got it already, I've had my Racy Red Bakery Truck for 23 years, it's done everything including hauling a trailer full of rubbish to the recycling, monthly shopping, holidays, sprinting and hill climbing. You and I sound the same pedigree so maintenance should be no problem, except the PITA jobs which your known garage can be trusted with.
The only modern car I ever had was a hire car after my 5a was crunched on a motorway and needed a new nose. I didn't like the modern at all.
Enjoy the Scim to the full!
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Post by AJL Electronics » Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:00 pm

There is a tiny chance that I might sell my Kitten to the right potential owner.


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by Marmaduke » Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:04 pm

I agree with AJL Electronics post As a round town daily driver the kitten is a nice car. I've used mine for 3.5 years as this and it's been great - an econom!ical, unusual little car that has a fantastic turning circle for parking - what more can one want for a daily classic ;-)


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Post by peter freeman » Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:38 pm

I wish I had not sold our Kitten - loved it and wolfies looked good on it.



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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by MikeyBikey » Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:48 pm

i have my 5a as a daily drive - fantastic

I also have two mk1 golfs- both convertibles but I would buy a tin top. Fantastic cars.

All three are daily drives, cheap as chips to run, insure , maintain. We actually sold a modern Peugeot to get the second golf. And we drive from cornwall to somerset (300 miles round trip) very regularly in any of them


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by 747PETE » Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:10 pm

Though not a daily driver,most certainly a weekly one (80 miles give or take),all weathers,a snap (albeit a grotty one) from a 60 mile run out this afternoon....45 years old now :D :D .Once I retire she will get far more use too,not long now :D :D :D
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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:15 pm

I'd agree with the preceding comments - my cars in my signature strip below, are my only cars, and that's been the case for the last 12 years. For the 19 years before that I ran first the one, then both the GTEs, as my daily drivers, except for a couple of interludes when I also had first a Mk2 Capri and then a Mk2 Escort as a daily hack. There are a range of Reliants to choose from, depending on your needs and your budget - I find the SS1 is my main "daily driver" these days, as it's more economical than the GTEs :)


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by Elizabeth's dad » Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:23 pm

Not British or Jap, but if I was looking for a classic daily driver I'd think about a Volvo Amazon (or 144) or a SAAB 95/96 or a 99/900.


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by FrazzleTC » Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:52 pm

I reckon that classic-wise, an SE6 makes as much sense as anything, as a daily drive, perhaps with the possibility of an LPG conversion, if you'd like to greatly reduce running costs. I used mine daily until last month, from June, and it was absolutely brilliant, covering the miles with ease, and requiring nothing other than a new distributor, outside normal maintenance.

I have run the SE6A, a Rover P5B, and a Rover 2000 (P6) as daily drives. The P5B was a lot of fun, but mine hadn't been used regularly prior to my ownership, and being just 20, I couldn't justify the enormous bills associated with running such a car properly, so, it was sold. I used the 2000 as my only car for over a year, and, in terms of ease of use, it was brilliant. The most comfortable classic I've ever encountered, with truly brilliant seats, a lovely ride, a supreme feeling of quality, outstanding brakes (discs on all four), and fun handling. Mine being a 2000 auto has a prodigious thirst for a car with relatively little performance, but, once wound up, will sit at 80 plus, quite happily (particularly with the V8 diff I have fitted, combined with a 2.2). The only massive failing of a P6 is its complexity, and the fact that a lot of parts are only relevant to the P6. As a result, many cars have suffered at the hands of owners who didn't realise what was involved, and also, due to the fact that every panel, including the roof unbolts, they can look lovely, but be utterly rotten. In a fairly dry, non-coastal environment, I would highly recommend a P6, or, if it is wet, and salty, keep it very well protected. If you do, you'll have an extremely underrated car, with an amazing club (The Rover P6 Club), and decent parts support. Manual cars aren't that thirsty in terms of 2000s and 2200s. V8s are lovely, but I feel that the four cylinder cars are a bit more checkable.

A few of my friends have used their MGBs as only cars, at various points, and have nothing but good things to say. Morris 1000s are fun too, with great parts supply, and ready availability of cars, though they leave me a bit cold.



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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by piman » Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:36 pm

Hello Fred,

a couple of Triumphs have been mentioned but the best and largely ignored is the 2000 saloon range. Generally not expensive to buy although prices are starting to rise. You can have a variation of the gentle 2000 to the rorty 2.5 P.I., four doors, five seater, good handling and that lovely smooth straight six engine, coupled with an overdrive gearbox gives nice relaxed cruising.

I'm not really biased, only been running them for about thirty years. My mildly tweaked Mk1 2.5 P.I. is quicker and better handling than my standard SE6A.

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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by Elizabeth's dad » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:47 pm

Always fancied a Rover or Triumph 2000.


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