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Fox-

11,555 posts

134 months

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When I began looking for a 335i in March last year a BMW dealer in Bournemouth had the most apalling spec 335i Coupe I've ever seen - a 2008/08 with 40k miles, cloth seats, no nav and the only option being a towbar. It was £26995. At the same time, high spec 08 plate cars from other dealers were at around £22-24k. I bought a 58 for less.

It finally vanished off the BMW AUC site in DECEMBER - last advertised price £14995 with a 'Free leather interior and portable satnav'.

I'd imagine anyone offering even £20k for it over the Summer would have been laughed out of the showroom.

Fox-

11,555 posts

134 months

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Had to see if these guys were still around - often used to chuckle at seeing an advert for them in the paper when I was up in Portsmouth.

http://www.daron.co.uk/used_ford_for_sale.htm

Check out some of the used prices! £11k for a 2 year old Fusion, nice. 7 year old Mondeo £6k, even an 02 plate Mondeo for £3695..

Ray Luxury-Yacht

8,201 posts

104 months

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forzaminardi said:
I was vaguely interested in very nice dark green late 90s Merc SL500 that was on sale in a garage in Paisley about 4 years ago. I would log on every now and then to check it out over a period of about 2 years but never really got round to doing anything about it. Strangely enough, a new job with a significant pay rise and no need to commute prompted me to enquire further and I phoned only to be told it had been sold the previous week. I was a bit gutted at the time but on reflection it probably saved me a lot of expensive heartache...
I had one of these a few years back, for about 2 years.

You're right - it DID save you from a lot of expensive heartache!

For a supposedly quality top-of-the-range Merc, it had an amazing and breathtaking amount of things go tits up.

I think that for a car conceived well over 20 years ago, it carried a lot of technology on board, most of which gave me massive grief and hassle.

Luckily I repaired everything myself - parts were expensive enough, it would have bankrupted me if I'd been paying a mechanic to do all the work!


CoolHands

3,200 posts

83 months

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no specifics but this garage on the north circular (london thread) never seems to sell anything. Just has these dusty old motors outside. There's nothing about the place that would make you want to stop and go in... I might have a look tomorrow and compare their stock with the google pic

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=elm+way&ll=51....

forzaminardi

1,287 posts

75 months

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CoolHands said:
no specifics but this garage on the north circular (london thread) never seems to sell anything. Just has these dusty old motors outside. There's nothing about the place that would make you want to stop and go in... I might have a look tomorrow and compare their stock with the google pic

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=elm+way&ll=51....
Bloody hell, something makes me want to find out how much that blue Nissan Bluebird is.
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CoolHands

3,200 posts

83 months

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lol I'll see if it's still there tomorrow & let you know wink

pistonring

97 posts

84 months

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I went to look at an ERA Mini Turbo at GC Motors in Swanley in 1999 and it was up for £8000 but they wouldn't give me decent money for my part ex. I went back in 2008 and the same car still unsold was up for £8995. I offered £8000 and they turned it down so walked away, two weeks later it sold for full asking price.

wildcat45

3,939 posts

77 months

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There was a corner garage with a little showroom near our house Round 1980 they got a blue S Reg Opel Manta in, and about the same time an early model Chrysler Alpine.

We moved away in 1981, and when we went back there to visit in 1984 both cars were still there.

DukeDickson

3,573 posts

101 months

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IIRC, this may well have been up for a wee while. Not sure quite how long that wee while is, but it immediately popped into my mind when I started reading this as it seems to always have been there.


http://pistonheads.com/sales/2491626.htm

VumGarda

2,395 posts

63 months

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forzaminardi said:
CoolHands said:
no specifics but this garage on the north circular (london thread) never seems to sell anything. Just has these dusty old motors outside. There's nothing about the place that would make you want to stop and go in... I might have a look tomorrow and compare their stock with the google pic

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=elm+way&ll=51....
Bloody hell, something makes me want to find out how much that blue Nissan Bluebird is.
I may well have had several shandies this evening, but you mention the North Circular/London and the link says Shorpe...? I don't live in Shorpe but I was in that very neck of the woods today - I wish I'd have known about it!

eta: hehe @ swear filter

Dapster

1,164 posts

68 months

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forzaminardi said:
Bloody hell, something makes me want to find out how much that blue Nissan Bluebird is.
If you zoom out and click forward a frame you'll see it's up for a bag.

There is a veritable smorgasboard of nastiness on sale there. White Cav Estate anyone? Another Bluebird in the showroom, a Montego Estate and that first shape red C class up for 5 grand!!! Either the pic was taken 12 years ago or he needs to put the top back on the bottle of turps....

sdmurray

451 posts

63 months

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When I bought one of my cars I was digging into its history but could find nothing for the last 15 years. I met the dealer that had it and asked where it had been for those years only to be told that it was in the dealer's showroom for all that time!

Panda76

1,377 posts

38 months

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PaulB81 said:
Theres that dealership, I think its in a America that was abandonned in the 60's with all the cars still left in it. I think the owerner died and his wife kept it preserved exactly as it was

Actually, just found it and pretty much every one of my facts above was totally wrong

here http://jalopnik.com/5632032/the-mystery-of-flickrs...
There is a place similar to this close to me,it's been locked up for as long as I can remember.
There used to be another VW Beetle in there but it looks like someone local managed to buy it and do some restoration work.


http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=church+gresley&amp...

Edited by Panda76 on Friday 13th April 07:22

Bibbs

2,846 posts

98 months

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forzaminardi

1,287 posts

75 months

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Dapster said:
If you zoom out and click forward a frame you'll see it's up for a bag.

There is a veritable smorgasboard of nastiness on sale there. White Cav Estate anyone? Another Bluebird in the showroom, a Montego Estate and that first shape red C class up for 5 grand!!! Either the pic was taken 12 years ago or he needs to put the top back on the bottle of turps....
The pic must be newer than that, Google Streetmap hasn't been around that long - and there's a Prius and Mk2 Focus in the same shot.

les3002

330 posts

85 months

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These three E36 M3s have sat at this dealer in Wigan for a good few years, they were overpriced to begin with but even more so now. All three are in pretty good condition but being convertibles, SMG and now starting to compete with E46 prices I can see them being there a while.

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3059558.htm
http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3059536.htm
http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3059527.htm


Blayney

838 posts

74 months

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mat777 said:
When I was in year 10 of school I remember reading through the classifieds of a classic car magazine and seeing an AC427 "Continuation" advertised by Rod Leach's Nostalgia (tied in with that lot that sold the Superformance Coupes and now do "new" GT40s). It was listed as immaculate and having featured in "Clarksons Car Years", and looked stunning in that metallic blue with white stripes and while knock-on Halibrands.

I am now in my second year at University. I opened the latest issue of Classic and Sports Car last week, and guess what car is at the top of the full-page Nostalgia Advert? biggrin

If I had a spare 100k or so I'd have it instantly
Came in to post Rod Leach.

I seem to remember him having an "ex-midnight club" RX7 : "does over 200mph" apparently, for a very long time as well.

VumGarda

2,395 posts

63 months

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Bibbs said:
Any idea what happened to that car in the end?

CoolHands

3,200 posts

83 months

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forzaminardi said:
CoolHands said:
no specifics but this garage on the north circular (london thread) never seems to sell anything. Just has these dusty old motors outside. There's nothing about the place that would make you want to stop and go in... I might have a look tomorrow and compare their stock with the google pic

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=elm+way&ll=51....
Bloody hell, something makes me want to find out how much that blue Nissan Bluebird is.
Well I went and took some pics. It's quite sad really a bit like that american flikr garage thread looks abandoned even though it's not - I think I saw movement inside (probably wondering what the hell I was doing taking pics). Having said that, the stock (on the outside) seems to be different from the google images so they do seem to sell stuff. It just doesn't look like it! The cars inside mostly had flat tyres etc












Edited by CoolHands on Friday 13th April 12:09

Robb F

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No wonder they aren't selling, look at them prices eek
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