SE5 for sale in France oh dear (yellow 5a)

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Re: SE5 for sale in France oh dear

Post by DARK STAR » Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:43 pm

Ah ... I had happily forgotten that one :|


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Re: SE5 for sale in France oh dear (yellow 5a)

Post by tanuki » Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:32 pm

It has been several times that some friends at English Rencart told me that they had seen a Scimitar somewhere near our place.
Eventually one guy could give me a good hint as to where the car could be, and yesterday I went for a blat in the Caterham and
decided to give it a try ... and guess what I found :roll: :lol: :lol: ... yes, this same yellow SE5a, good old PHS 966 M :shock:

The car is currently stored along a wall in front of a small car/bike workshop and has not moved for ages, it is starting to get
an even coating of mushrooms & algaes - the area is very humid, there is a river just accross the road - fortunately no grass
underneath, so for the time being it's only the body that becomes green, while the interior is not too bad. The engine bay is
another story :?

I talked to the guy who has the workshop, and all he could tell me really is that the car belongs to a friend/acquaintance
who is a lebanese guy living most of the time in England, and sometimes coming to France. The owner's name would be
Nicolas Bitard - not sure about the spelling, and no need to ask me was bitard means in french :w :lol: -
The guy at the workshop does not know what the owner plans to do with this car, apparently he's changed his mind
several times about it :roll: He did ask me how much it may be worth, I just replied 'not much in the current state',
certainly NOT the 11,500 euros or even 7,700 euros that were advertised in the past.

I did leave my name & phone number to the guy, so that he could tell the owner that the car has been spotted by
Scimitar France. I was allowed to take a few pictures of the car - but 'masking the number please' - which I am enclosing here.
Jim, I tried to find the serial number in the engine bay, no luck :evil: but it seems that you have it already in your files (?)

Cheers,
Fred

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Re: SE5 for sale in France oh dear (yellow 5a)

Post by FrenchNewbie » Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:38 pm

Fred, i do know the email and the phone number of this guy if you want it


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Re: SE5 for sale in France oh dear (yellow 5a)

Post by tanuki » Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:58 pm

Oh, if you can PM the info to myself or Chris, that would be brilliant.

Not that I am interested in the car in itself, but that would be good to keep Chris' records up-to-date ;)
(this particular car had been sort of a mystery for a while .. poping up on the net now and then :wink: )

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Re: SE5 for sale in France oh dear (yellow 5a)

Post by FrenchNewbie » Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:40 pm

PM sent !


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Re: SE5 for sale in France oh dear (yellow 5a)

Post by DARK STAR » Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:23 pm

Well done Fred!
I knew the car was in your area and that the owner's name was Nicolas, but that was all, since several years.
It's an awful shame to see a Scimitar that has been so abused.
The bumpers are already bad enough but the interior is a catastrophe.
Apart from being hideously disfigured it seems to have more switches than Dark Star (and all mine work!).
Any idea what is the metal plate in the right of the photo of the engine bay?
You're right that in its present state the car is worth not much, if anything - does it even work at all?

Philippe, I can only imagine you came across the car when you were searching to buy, bet you were really tempted :mrgreen:

PS The auxiliary carburettor is an interesting addition but may not be very effective in that position.


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Re: SE5 for sale in France oh dear (yellow 5a)

Post by DARK STAR » Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:40 am

We may have a buyer, if the chassis is really sound.
Aymeric Charbeau needs a chassis for his SE5 and lives quite near.
So, we need to establish a sensible price to offer.
I thought perhaps 1000 euros, how would this compare in the UK?
Then of course the seller would need to come down off his cloud ...


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Re: SE5 for sale in France oh dear (yellow 5a)

Post by scimjim » Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:24 am

It would probably fetch £500 for spares or repair in UK. You couldn't sell any of the interior, so the alloys and engine/transmission are the only value - chassis if someone wants one or rolling chassis for a body swap project.


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