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poorcol1964



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:18 am    Post subject: size is important Reply with quote

hi , I'm planning on purchasing another classic car .

My question is : will i fit ?

I'm 6'5" and would appreciate your views on any pre 1960 saloon cars to avoid that could be a problem .

so if you have any sensible suggestions on models to avoid , let me know .

not interested in anything sporty or pre 1935 . just nice family runaround .

cheers
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lowdrag



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not the answer you want, but just illustrating a point Wink

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Rick
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum.

I would imagine that most four-door saloons (above A35 size say) would accommodate a tall frame, after all this was still the era of gents wearing hats so they'd have to fit. Are there any cars already on your radar as possible buys?

RJ
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mikeC



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's not just your height to consider - are you long-legged, or long in the body? You suggest you may consider pre-war cars; if you have long legs you may well still fit in an Austin Ruby, but if long in the body you may have to stoop to see out!
I am a long-legged 6 footer,and found there was plenty of room in my 1930 Morris Cowley ... once inside, but it was almost impossible to get in in the first place.
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roverdriver



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try a Rover P4. You have a choice of several different engines for the one chassis/body. Made from late 1949 to 1963. very comfortable and properly looked after very reliable.

They can accommodate drivers and passengers from quite a variety of sizes.
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poorcol1964



Joined: 17 Aug 2016
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

to answer some of the points raised , 32" inside leg , 6'5" 19 stone .

i prefer earlier style cars , morris 8 , early anglia/pop/prefect . gullwing type engine covers etc.
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is easier to say which cars might suit rather than rule out ones that don't.

I would consider a Ford Consul/ Zephyr or perhaps an Austin A95 Westminster.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm 31" inside leg. I've just tried adjusting the seat in my Lancia Appia, and I can set it so that I can only just touch the brake pedal, and there's still room for me to sit in the back! It's only a little car - 1100cc - but there's plenty of internal space, and being an obscure Italian car that no-one has heard of, they tend to be quite cheap, especially in Series 3 form as seen on the left:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray & Mike,

Why are you suggesting cars with crocodile bonnets when the OP wants "gull wing" type?

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Ray White



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point Peter. I hadn't made a note of that.

perhaps the Wolseley range should be considered. Plenty of head room in the ones I have encountered.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about a P3 or P2 Rover?
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poorcol1964



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks peter .

i have nothing against your conventional car shape , horizontal boot ,bonnet etc.

it's just not my thing . there are some beautiful cars out there in that style , but i don't want one .

give me the ANT HILL MOB any day !
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norustplease



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Autin 10 Cambridge (1936-ish).
Mine accomodated my 6' 5" frame well. However, my Morris 10M (1946) was quite a squeeze to get into, although not bad once in (narrow doors).
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JohnDale



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray White wrote:
It is easier to say which cars might suit rather than rule out ones that don't.

I would consider a Ford Consul/ Zephyr or perhaps an Austin A95 Westminster.



Beautiful A95 would certainly tempt me(to each his(her) own.
Perhaps a visit to the main site which contains many, many cars for ideas.
Certainly much food for thought on there,cheers,JD.
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