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Ironhead



Joined: 28 Mar 2010
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Location: Leicestershire

PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:40 pm    Post subject: A40 Farina Reply with quote

just wondering if anyone still use's one for 'everyday' driving? just never see any on the road nowadays Sad
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Calum



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Location: Midgley, W Yorks

PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, I do! During summer anyway. I used to use it through winter as well, but it just gets used as my everyday and holiday car in summer now, usually doing upwards of 1500 miles a week when I am on holiday!

However, in my 3 1/2 years of having it on the road, I have never come across another on the road, only at a few shows, and mainly; A40 club meets!! The club did an enquiry to the DVLA who if I remember correctly it claimed in 2007 that only around 5-600 were on the system; of which only around 150-200 were actually taxed and on the road.
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Rick
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed it's a long time since I saw one on the road. I found a Mk2 deposited in a driveway approx 4 miles from here recently, I spoke to the lady of the house, it belongs to her stepson (I think), it's not for sale and is just left outside and visibly deteriorating. I don't think it's been on the road for a few years.

Mine is undercover and not been on the road since the early 1990s, if I could find one or two good steel front wings, it'd then make resurrecting it a lot easier as I've already got the other bits it needs.

RJ
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Richard H



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's one not far from here, it's used occasionally although I've never seen it move. It is very original and has a very low mileage, about 34,000 I think. The lady at the house said it belonged to her son, who was given it by someone (lucky %$%$!) It has a Basildon Hospital staff parking permit in the windscreen.



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photos RH, it looks like it wants catching soon and preserving before the tinworm gets a proper hold.

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Calum



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen those pics of that car before, Richard, but I forgot how nice it was! Looks remarkably solid and is crying out for a good clean and polish! Lovely colour scheme, that one - possibly my favourite for a mk1 car. Black over Farina Grey with the cream-piped red vinyl; lovely!
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Ironhead



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the replies,glad there's still 1 or 2 knocking about.had 3 on the road years ago,but the last time i seen one being used in anger,was 3 years ago on the I.O.W,a red one with a lady driver.not seen it since.
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Keef



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Location: Sheerness Kent UK

PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine is taxed n' insured all year round, but I tend to use the Riley more ATM.



http://howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/austin_a40_farina says licensed on SORN
38 22.
http://howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/austin_a40#!years says
1958 10 0
1959 76 11
1960 101 39
1961 86 26
1962 76 25
1963 81 22
1964 33, 12
1965 32 5
1966 30 9
1967 32 19
http://howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/austin_a40_countryman#!years says
1960 8 1
1961 9 6
1962 9 2
1963 7 2
1964 8 1
1965 6 0
1966 4 2
1967 3 3

So looks like 649 licensed and 207 on SORN (end of 3rd quarter 2011)
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Ironhead



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice A40 Keef,and thanks for the info. Smile
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