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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by MikeyBikey » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:11 pm

Good comments about the P6. I had one for 10 years. Every bolt on panel was perfect. The core shell became so rotten she had to be scrapped, despite welding welding welding.


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by thomast » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:36 pm

The Kitten is a nice daily driver but I really prefer my Fox. It has everything my Kitten has plus more interiorspace, headroom, legroom etc. and is far more practical. How come they only sold about 400 of them?!? I will be selling my Honda tomorrow after 7 years of ownership and 200.000 km without any problems. One new timing belt and a driveshaft and that's it. My Scimitar will now be my daily driver and I'm shure it will give me lots more trouble then the Honda but I think it will be worth it driving around in style. Must be possible as my dad did use a Scimitar as a daily driver from 1978 to 1992 or so. Fingers crossed!
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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by tanuki » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:41 pm

Thanks guys for all those comments & advices ... much appreciated 8)
It's a shame that I cannot answer to you right away ... I am having a busy weekend and need to drive down to Lyon tomorrow
- father is checking in at the hospital on Monday to receive a pace-maker ... - I will get back to you asap, most probably on Monday evening :wink:
In the meantime keep posting, it will give me a lot to think about :D It does already ... I forgot about the Kitten :mrgreen:
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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by Elizabeth's dad » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:45 pm

Don't forget a Rebel, or if you could find one an Anadol.


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by 747PETE » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:49 pm

I too can vouch for the P6,my late father had a 2000 then a 2000TC then a brand new 3500S :D ,that was a fabulous car.It came with a few factory fitted mods,Konis,Moto-Lita,Leather Intrior,Sundym all round,looked great in Monza Red,in fact it was identical to this.
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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by Elizabeth's dad » Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:17 pm

Just thought, as you are including Jap stuff, we've got a Toyota Sera, brilliant little car but might be a bit new (ours is only 24 years old).


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by Scimher » Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:51 pm

....I guess I should promote the little Triumph Herald, having run one on a daily basis for the last 6 years. It has lived outside all that time & with the exception of an errant fuse (non standard, that age of Herald were unfused..) & running out of petrol..(my fault due to inoperable fuel gauge..), she has been incredibly reliable over that time covering over 22,000 miles..
Marvellous to park in town with a 25 feet turning circle.
A saloon version tends to be cheaper than an equivalent conditon Morris 1000 but is pretty much on a par, fuel-economy-wise...(Good engine bay access/ easy servicing & well catered for by the trade....)



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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by peter freeman » Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:28 am

The Vitesse is a better car Scimher - that straight six engine is great and I got better mpg with my Vitesse than I did with my Herald - comes down to the right foot to an extent I suppose. Worst job on a Vitesse/Herald changing the back spring. Easy to replace the clutch as the gearbox comes out from the inside of the car so no need for a sunny clear day.



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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by greeny » Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:29 am

Having used scims for years my little triumph acclaim is doing a great job and the bonus is it was cheap!!!!!!!


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by dt4 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:54 am

I guess we all have our favourites, my current daily driver is a 20 year old Merc sl320, my restoration project is a same age (1994) Celica ST205
Depending on if you consider a 25 year old Toyota a classic, a gen 5 or gen 4 celica could serve you well if you chose well in the first place



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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by DARK STAR » Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:33 pm

Our daily driver and removal van is a 1992 Opel Calibra, a fantastic workhorse and very beautiful but not interesting to drive.


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by reliant-reviver » Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:48 am

I've been looking longingly online at Sierra estates this week. I think agreeably they fall into the category of Retro rather than Classic , but they are disappearing fast and the appeal and values is sure to continue to rise.

Would really like an early one as the first generation styling is pretty iconic - any one else spare some love for the jelly mould?

Think we should all have learnt by now that RWD Fords, no matter how unappealing at some point, will always be looked upon favorably down the line.

Not a MK1, but I could make exceptions for something like this -
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TWIN-TURBO-TE ... 35dde55736


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by Nick » Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:06 am

Never took to the jellymould. Also wandered about in cross winds............

All Mondeo's are much better cars. Later Granada's are excellent, looks a mater of taste.


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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by Miles Burnett » Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:11 am

As well as a Discovery we have a Renault 4Gtl, Rover P4 95 and of course an Se5. All are used throughout the year no matter what the weather and are totally reliable and have a grin factor :D



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Re: How about a classic daily driver ?

Post by Corky » Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:17 am

reliant-reviver wrote:I've been looking longingly online at Sierra estates this week. I think agreeably they fall into the category of Retro rather than Classic , but they are disappearing fast and the appeal and values is sure to continue to rise.

Would really like an early one as the first generation styling is pretty iconic - any one else spare some love for the jelly mould?

Think we should all have learnt by now that RWD Fords, no matter how unappealing at some point, will always be looked upon favorably down the line.

Not a MK1, but I could make exceptions for something like this -
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TWIN-TURBO-TE ... 35dde55736
I remember when they were launched. It's probably hard to believe now, but they were such a radical design for the time. Like nothing we'd seen before. Having said that. I remember watching all the TV adverts before the launch and thinking how fantastic they looked, only to be disappointed by those I saw on the streets after launch that all had that horrible grille. They'd used the Ghia model for the marketing of course.


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