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Classics left to die/rotting pics

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skoff

1,327 posts

131 months

Thursday 6th January 2011
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Nothing other than an old Merc, and rotting to nothing. a few pictures from a few years ago, car didn't move in the 5 years or so I lived nearby, I suspect it will eventually dissolve into nothing.



another year or so later:


Shame really.

Trommel

12,832 posts

156 months

Thursday 6th January 2011
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andyh68 said:
AndrewW-G said:
Balmoral Green said:
Not too sure it's been left to die/rot, but spotted this in a car park in the City last week, it didn't look like it had moved in a long time.

I know its rather low brow BG, but if you see it again, could you pop a note under the windscreen smile
I saw it being driven near Harrods in the summer, so it can't have been parked up for too long
It's certainly not neglected and it does move.

P.S. The City appears to have moved 4 miles to the left. wink

4rephill

2,356 posts

75 months

Thursday 6th January 2011
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Surely one of the most famous cases is the guy in the states who owns the original Bullitt Mustang that Steve McQueen drove in the film.
Rumour has it that it's sat in a barn somewhere rotting away and the owner has refused some serious offers to sell it.
I read somewhere that many years back Steve McQueen himself tried to buy the car back but the owner was asking such a ridiculous price at the time that McQueen decided it wasn't worth it.


This highlights a bizarre quirk when it comes to these cars and that is that in the vast majority of cases, the owners have no intention of putting the car back on the road ever again or doing anything with them and at the same time, they staunchly refuse to sell it to someone who wants to restore it to it's former glory!.

williamp

13,205 posts

170 months

Thursday 6th January 2011
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I remember an interview with (I think) Quentin Willson about this car. he said the same thing: the car used, complete with camera mounts, is "known" in the industry but the owner refuses to show/sell/let anyone see the car.

A205GTI

365 posts

63 months

Friday 7th January 2011
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RichB said:
A205GTI said:
Yertis said:
Gallen said:
The vehicle details for SIJ 3000 are:
Date of Liability 01 03 2011
So it's taxed and was at least recently MoT'ed? confused
No Sorn is only if you taxed your car after 2000ish I believe if it has not been taxed before the date sorn came in, it does not have to be sorned as not on their system. If that makes sense.
NOt sure that's right. My Griff is an 03/99 and gets SORNed, I read that as meaning it is taxed to March 2011.
Sorn came into effect 31st Jan 1998 (Not 200ish) any vehicle not taxed at any time between 1998 and 2010 will come up as Sorn not due. There thats a better explanation.

So this car has been there prior to 1998 which means a minimum of 13 years sat up.

coley20

2,118 posts

88 months

Friday 7th January 2011
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Liking this thread

Twincam16

27,646 posts

155 months

Friday 7th January 2011
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4rephill said:
This highlights a bizarre quirk when it comes to these cars and that is that in the vast majority of cases, the owners have no intention of putting the car back on the road ever again or doing anything with them and at the same time, they staunchly refuse to sell it to someone who wants to restore it to it's former glory!.
There was a profile of a serious weirdo in Germany in Practical Classics a few months back who buys cars with the intention of leaving them to rot as some kind of big art installation/statement. There are some seriously desirable classics in his 'graveyard' too - Merc SLs, Citroen Traction Avants etc - that he just left there with the intention of watching them rot. Curious, but IMO painful.

andyh68

731 posts

70 months

Friday 7th January 2011
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Trommel said:
andyh68 said:
AndrewW-G said:
Balmoral Green said:
Not too sure it's been left to die/rot, but spotted this in a car park in the City last week, it didn't look like it had moved in a long time.

I know its rather low brow BG, but if you see it again, could you pop a note under the windscreen smile
I saw it being driven near Harrods in the summer, so it can't have been parked up for too long
It's certainly not neglected and it does move.

P.S. The City appears to have moved 4 miles to the left. wink
Here you go:



Apologies for moving off topic: here's something to make up for it...

Elderly

2,138 posts

135 months

Friday 7th January 2011
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This is part of the 'Memorial' at Oradour sur Glane but if they deteriorate at the rate they are, what's going to be there in the future?


Trommel

12,832 posts

156 months

Friday 7th January 2011
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Kefalonia last year:


austin

890 posts

100 months

Friday 7th January 2011
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Dunkerque, 1940 by henryharris, on Flickr

Dunkerque - 1940

Austin 7 Military tourer on the right.

Lucas CAV

1,309 posts

116 months

Friday 7th January 2011
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RDMcG

9,514 posts

104 months

Friday 7th January 2011
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Here are a few pics I have taken..not sure if they qualify as classics:
Arizona:


Marfa Texas 2009













Jamestown, Western NY




















vixen1700

8,713 posts

167 months

Friday 7th January 2011
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Interesting to see that old Saab Sonnett.

sumlin

281 posts

79 months

Friday 7th January 2011
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That countach is a write-off in an insurance yard. You can buy bits of it from Eurospares.

vixen1700

8,713 posts

167 months

Friday 7th January 2011
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^^^

eek

AndrewW-G

11,968 posts

114 months

Friday 7th January 2011
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sumlin said:
That countach is a write-off in an insurance yard. You can buy bits of it from Eurospares.
When did Euro open a US yard?

MadRob6

3,497 posts

117 months

Friday 7th January 2011
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Looks like a UK plate to me, also looks like a Vauxhall Cavalier in the background.

And here it is http://www.eurospares.co.uk/breaking2.asp?page=43

Not sure where you got US from there.

Alfa numeric

2,740 posts

76 months

Friday 7th January 2011
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That Lambo from another angle:



Sobering...