Best smoker barges 1-5 large [Vol 17]

Best smoker barges 1-5 large [Vol 17]

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alec.e

1,363 posts

82 months

Saturday 17th October
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r129sl said:
There's fk all else to do. I'm not sure how legal it all is, what with me living in a Tier 2 area (FFS). We will spend Saturday buffing up the motor (think we'll bring the G-wagen) then drive down late afternoon. Supper at the George of Stamford and then roll down to some cheap Travelodge within spitting distance of Duxford. Sunday we will spend at the museum and then head north on Sunday late-afternoon. I haven't been to Duxford since I was 5. There is a nice picture of my brother and me on the steps of the Concorde, I shall have to dig it out. Dad had a Capri 3.0 S back then. I just hope it isn't spoiled by dick splat Covid nazis.
Please do bring the G wagon, haven’t seen them much up close, apart from the incredibly ostentatious Mansory edition I sat in owned by the seller of my CL.

swiveleyedgit

2,094 posts

227 months

Sunday 18th October
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21st Century Man said:
I thought it was Sunday? I can do Saturday. Wasn't there a poll or summat?
'kin hell only just noticed myself, will try and get there on Sunday if I can tie it in with dropping my stabby blonde (formerly redhead) off at her mother's the other side of Cambridge

paddycam

68 posts

83 months

Sunday 18th October
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Non-barge related again I'm afraid, but I collected the 986 Boxster yesterday from just outside Reading (Rindt Vehicle Design were the sellers, my car was a trade-in for one of their updated 912's, they were absolutely fantastic to deal with) and people asked for updates.
After 2.5 years in the X350, the drive home from Reading to Gloucester was a stark reminder of how cosseting barges can be, particularly with regards to noise. I spent the whole journey worrying about every slight creak or squeak (surely that is something failing?) until I left the motorway/dual carriageway for the Cirencester-Stroud stretch. After that, the car was a revelation. The engine really comes alive after 4k rpm. My normal barge-y driving style has me changing up way before then, so consciously keeping my foot in was difficult at first, but the noise it makes from 4.5k to 6.5k is so infectious (red line is 7k, but I struggled to let it run to that). It has such a confidence-inspiring handling balance I was chucking it into corners with some abandon very quickly. It is only the basic 2.7, but it doesn't feel like it lacks power, the steering (after the Jag) is an absolute revelation and the general feel is of a quite old-school mechanical device.Today, we went up to Caffeine and Machine (should definitely be a future barge meeting place) and an extended trip home (about 60 miles) and not only do I love this car, Mrs cam has declared it her favourite car ever apart from a 1934 Bugatti Type 59 an elderly chap once tried to woo her with. It was slightly over thread budget at £7k, but has had a pleasing amount of preventative maintenance done over the last 5 years. Early days as yet, but if this is the last ICE car I buy I don't think I'll be disappointed. Again, apologies for the non-barge pic from C&M today, there was a stunning Rolls Royce Dawn convertible but the pic I took of it has come out dreadfully, I thought this Pagoda would be most barge-like of the rest.


John Locke

1,064 posts

10 months

Sunday 18th October
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flatso said:
0a said:
These w221's seem to be aging extremly well.
Indeed, not always the case with MB; the CLS for example, I thought fantastic when it came out, yet now they seem as frumpy as great Aunt Maud.

Sterillium said:
A handsome old bus, only 34,000 miles and a fresh MOT, £3995.

I love the retro dashboard in these.





https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202009143...
Not just retro, but classy and informative, unlike those from the X308 onwards.

I had a 4.0 litre one with ten times the mileage, and infinite quantities of rust, yet it still did the job perfectly.
Actually, I want the XJR6 parked next to it.

Back in the 21st century, is there a specific time and meeting spot for Duxford next Sunday? Mrs Locke has been softened up for me abandoning the new home to meet you lot just two days after moving. cool




LetsTryAgain

1,689 posts

31 months

Sunday 18th October
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If I had to guess, and put some money on it, I’d say that’s a lower model X300 with the XJR wheels.

TyrannosauRoss Lex

25,741 posts

170 months

Sunday 18th October
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Just had my car insurance renewal through, it has gone down but, oddly, there's no way of being able to pay it annually online, so I need to phone them to stop it just being a direct debit (and costing an extra £58!). Oddly.....I have just tried Go Compare again and no quotes! Not a single one will insure me!? WTF? I don't understand that. 10 years no claims, no convictions, no claims.....Strange, no?!

edit - just gone to Confused.com - £343 with a few extras like windscreen cover etc. I'll take that biggrin

Edited by TyrannosauRoss Lex on Sunday 18th October 09:02

martin mrt

3,346 posts

159 months

Sunday 18th October
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I’m in Aberdeen, but may need to travel to Newcastle to pick my son up next Saturday, if that’s the case I may well make the effort to carry on to Duxford as I’ve never attended a PH meet, and I’m sure my son will appreciate a car and plane day with his dad.

Not in a proper barge, but I will have my non tinted window C63 Estate if the logistics work in my favour

ian316

1,794 posts

63 months

Sunday 18th October
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r129sl said:
We're hoping to come down win Saturday and stay over. I'll definitely have one boy, maybe both and maybe also wife.
We're booked in at the holiday inn coldhams park only £55 for the night with breakfast (grab and go not normal service)

windymissile

231 posts

87 months

Sunday 18th October
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stickleback123 said:
It does look good doesn't it, particularly given how poor the W220 usually looks, but I can't help but wonder if the interior is really that immaculately clean or if there is some creative photo editing going on. None the less spending more than a couple of grand for a W220 doesn't make a lot of sense to me, however clean, unless you truly cannot stretch the budget to the much better in every way W221; it's not like a 7 series where you can clearly see why you'd get an E38 over an E65, or a Jaguar X308 over the X350.
I need to sharpen my barge knowledge, as the dark grey and cream interior 221 posted looks much better. 👍

nobrakes

1,561 posts

156 months

Sunday 18th October
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stickleback123 said:
Macron said:
The 5.5 E class estate has dropped another few quid, now only 3* thread.

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202009214...
I really, really like that. Would I like it more than an S600 though?

Please can someone buy it before I find out.
It’s a beautiful car with an amazing spec, but it’s still a 10 year old motor and 15k will get you a much newer decent W212.

10years is when rubber bushes etc start to need replacing, no matter what the mileage.

Seller sights 1 owner had it for 3 years then another for 7, then him, but it’s only 10 year old?

Maybe worth 10k? Or he’d be as well keeping it for 10 years.

junglie

1,540 posts

175 months

Sunday 18th October
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Agree about the E500.

It is very niche and, for the discerning barge collector, a fantastic bit of kit.

However, it is getting on and the price is simply to high in my opinion.

Get it up for £9,XXX and it will go straight away in my opinion (I would have it!).

Biglips

909 posts

113 months

Sunday 18th October
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Also agree about the E500. Nice car but needs to be circa £10k. I would buy an e63 wagon instead at the current price

Sterillium

21,353 posts

183 months

Sunday 18th October
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Sterillium said:
A handsome old bus, only 34,000 miles and a fresh MOT, £3995.

I love the retro dashboard in these.



https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202009143...
I think if this had the twin round headlights I'd buy it.


nobrakes

1,561 posts

156 months

Sunday 18th October
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Philv8s said:
biggbn said:
flatso said:
biggbn said:
flatso said:
0a said:
These w221's seem to be aging extremly well.
I just think they are ugly. But. I like BMW X6 and Renault Avantimes, so, in the grand scheme of things, my opinions are best left unkicked, like a bike full of malevolent wasps who have neither the moral nor ethical right to sting fk out of you, but sting they will....
No worries, I am also a fan of the Avantime (even the Vel Satis looks good to my eyes), along with other examples that are widely considered to be hideous. I however draw a line by the X6...
As do many others man beer
It’s almost worth viewing just on the basis of the dealers name alone. Must be an interesting story there.
Rock up with £4900 in cash. They’ll refuse. Walk away then wait for their call an hour later.

Not sure how much more motor you can get for 5 bags.

The 500 seems like the pick. Relatively straight fwd engine.

Add a cheap private plate and the neighbours will think you’ve worn the lottery.

Macron

5,310 posts

124 months

Sunday 18th October
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nobrakes said:
stickleback123 said:
Macron said:
The 5.5 E class estate has dropped another few quid, now only 3* thread.

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202009214...
I really, really like that. Would I like it more than an S600 though?

Please can someone buy it before I find out.
It’s a beautiful car with an amazing spec, but it’s still a 10 year old motor and 15k will get you a much newer decent W212.

10years is when rubber bushes etc start to need replacing, no matter what the mileage.

Seller sights 1 owner had it for 3 years then another for 7, then him, but it’s only 10 year old?

Maybe worth 10k? Or he’d be as well keeping it for 10 years.
The seller is on MB Club. And appears to have other Mercs for sale. I don't know if that makes Mike In Wimbledon a trader, or merely a serial purchaser, but it seems many have called and no one has bought. With the desire to offload this month I'm sure there's more to come off the price.

https://forums.mbclub.co.uk/threads/s212-e500-2010...

Macron

5,310 posts

124 months

Sunday 18th October
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In other "vehicles at 3* thread" news, help settle an argument for me- just how much of a wally does a grown person look in a G4 Disco?

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2020...


Crook

5,368 posts

182 months

Sunday 18th October
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Macron said:
In other "vehicles at 3* thread" news, help settle an argument for me- just how much of a wally does a grown person look in a G4 Disco?

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2020...

Would depend wholly on geographical area of use I’d say.

Biglips

909 posts

113 months

Sunday 18th October
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Macron said:
The seller is on MB Club. And appears to have other Mercs for sale. I don't know if that makes Mike In Wimbledon a trader, or merely a serial purchaser, but it seems many have called and no one has bought. With the desire to offload this month I'm sure there's more to come off the price.

https://forums.mbclub.co.uk/threads/s212-e500-2010...
I had a few interactions with him about a s211 he was selling a few years ago. Pretty sure he is just a serial purchaser. I was in a hurry to buy, he wasn’t in a hurry to sell and so we didn’t do a deal in the end.

leglessAlex

3,669 posts

99 months

Sunday 18th October
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Crook said:
Macron said:
In other "vehicles at 3* thread" news, help settle an argument for me- just how much of a wally does a grown person look in a G4 Disco?

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2020...

Would depend wholly on geographical area of use I’d say.
I agree.

In London? A bit of a wally. In the highlands, and the car is filthy with some off road boas tyres on? Then I'd just think it was cool.

LetsTryAgain

1,689 posts

31 months

Sunday 18th October
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Biglips said:
Macron said:
The seller is on MB Club. And appears to have other Mercs for sale. I don't know if that makes Mike In Wimbledon a trader, or merely a serial purchaser, but it seems many have called and no one has bought. With the desire to offload this month I'm sure there's more to come off the price.

https://forums.mbclub.co.uk/threads/s212-e500-2010...
I had a few interactions with him about a s211 he was selling a few years ago. Pretty sure he is just a serial purchaser. I was in a hurry to buy, he wasn’t in a hurry to sell and so we didn’t do a deal in the end.
It looks really nice and is probably worth £10k of anyone’s money.
I’d think about offering him £9k maybe and try and keep it for a decade or so.
Nice E500 to smoke around in and cost you about a grand a year before repairs and maintenance.