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Rootes75



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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't stand it when number plates are sold off, my 47 Minx had the plate sold off many years back. I checked a couple of weeks back and found that the original number is now on a Mitsubishi!

Such a shame.
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rootes75 wrote:
I can't stand it when number plates are sold off, my 47 Minx had the plate sold off many years back. I checked a couple of weeks back and found that the original number is now on a Mitsubishi!

Such a shame.


Agreed, CJM 357 now resides on a 2018 Merc diesel Sad

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Long-term forum-ers may remember my A40 Devon, bought in 2005 and owned for 5/6 years. At least its registration appears to still be on the car, probably due to X not being a particularly popular initial with the private plate brigade. Great old car it was too.



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely car, always had a soft spot for the Devon.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I re-discovered a few photos of my XJ12 S1 the other day, these were taken in the mid-1990s at a park in Cheadle, Cheshire. The red Series 3 was dad's XJ12 HE. It was sold 1997ish, the funds went into the deposit for our first house.





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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gone but not forgotten; of all the cars I have had in my life (and they are numerous) the one I would love to own again is the VW Jetta GLi I bought in 1982 in Inari Silver (peppermint really). A Golf GTi with a cavernous boot, 1600 cc fuel injected engine, about 110 bhp from memory, it was the perfect family car. Four doors, lively (for the day) and in its way a perfect Q-car. I looked on the "How Many Left" site and see that only two exist. Sad.

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Ray White



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lowdrag wrote:
Gone but not forgotten; of all the cars I have had in my life (and they are numerous) the one I would love to own again is the VW Jetta GLi I bought in 1982 in Inari Green (peppermint really). A Golf GTi with a cavernous boot, 1600 cc fuel injected engine, about 110 bhp from memory, it was the perfect family car. Four doors, lively (for the day) and in its way a perfect Q-car. I looked on the "How Many Left" site and see that only two exist. Sad.


The only thing I can remember about the Jetta was their propensity for being written off. More than any other car the Jetta was really accident prone. I don't think there were any inherent faults or even that the drivers fell into a particularly risky category...just a statistical quirk of fate.

Perhaps that is why so few remain?

My Brother in Law had one - and he loved it.

...and yes he pranged it!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps having a bigger bottom it was more tail happy.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray White wrote:
lowdrag wrote:
Gone but not forgotten; of all the cars I have had in my life (and they are numerous) the one I would love to own again is the VW Jetta GLi I bought in 1982 in Inari Green (peppermint really). A Golf GTi with a cavernous boot, 1600 cc fuel injected engine, about 110 bhp from memory, it was the perfect family car. Four doors, lively (for the day) and in its way a perfect Q-car. I looked on the "How Many Left" site and see that only two exist. Sad.


The only thing I can remember about the Jetta was their propensity for being written off. More than any other car the Jetta was really accident prone. I don't think there were any inherent faults or even that the drivers fell into a particularly risky category...just a statistical quirk of fate.

Perhaps that is why so few remain?

My Brother in Law had one - and he loved it.

...and yes he pranged it!!!


I loved mine too. Bought in 1992 for 100. Sold it two years later for 250!
Had it been boot-less, it would have been three times the money.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time for another addition, this time the 122S I owned on two separate occasions. Almost too shiny to live with. Oddly it has shown as SORN in recent years, I'd have expected it to still be out and about.



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The A40 was the first car I ever drove on the road as my own car, after passing my test in it, late 1987. But KED 453F was the first car I owned albeit as a wreck to begin with. It was donated to me in many many pieces in about 1986/7 but it was only in 1989 that it hit the road. It's still around and I last heard from the current owner a few years back, I think it must have been rebuilt at least three times in all so far.



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Going back to the Jetta, I advertised it for sale in the Sunday Times. I always found that was an efficient way of selling my cars back then. Anyway, I had a call from a butcher in Bromsgrove wanting to buy the car, so over I drove from Leicester and a sale was agreed. The butcher took me through the back of the shop to the cold store, reached inside a hanging carcass and produced four sealed Natwest packs of notes and handed them over! I'd heard of "hot" money but not frozen!

On the subject of number plates, my E-type still has her original one - 306 CYN - which is transferable. Not that I would ever do it of course.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first car was also a Jetta except that the J got replaced by IS. I doubt if it's still about. I got quite good at single handedly push starting it down the hill at my parents' house when the charging system was acting up. It is a little challenging though jumping in the front door of a moving vehicle!



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

peter scott wrote:
My first car was also a Jetta except that the J got replaced by IS. I doubt if it's still about ....

Peter


Still registered mind, but appears to have last turned a wheel on the road some time in 1979

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2020 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

peter scott wrote:
My first car was also a Jetta except that the J got replaced by IS. I doubt if it's still about. I got quite good at single handedly push starting it down the hill at my parents' house when the charging system was acting up. It is a little challenging though jumping in the front door of a moving vehicle!

Peter


Did you ever strip down the dynastart? As you may know the charging and starter coils are arranged alternately around the inside of the case. On my car one of them had shorted out on the case.

I remember you needed an extractor with a fine metric thread to remove the unit and I didn't have one. At the time they were pretty scarce so Dad turned one up at work. You also needed a special tool to remove a coil as they are so tight. (The normal dynamo clamp wouldn't fit).

We ended up with the unit in the bench vice with a driver clamped to the slot. Dad held the driver -attached at 90 degrees to a long pole for leverage - and I walked it round the garage. It was a sight to be seen.!

When the screw 'let go' it did so with a very loud crack! I thought I had broken something... but it was O.K.

With the offending coil checked and insulated the dynastart was re fitted and we had no more trouble from it.
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