Wheelhouse Nottingham 1980's Supercar Dealer

Wheelhouse Nottingham 1980's Supercar Dealer

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raymondqv

47 posts

56 months

Thursday 5th March
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HLA12349 was sold by Portmans to the first owner Pollard - this info is from Portman's sales file.

Matty3

669 posts

40 months

Saturday 4th April
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Bought a Lotus Esprit from Wheelhouse back in 1988?

Remember them having a Diablo for sale - pink cam covers - from a Yorkshire Dentist - tale was that the pink was to match his girlfriend's favourite belt smile

snapper seven

672 posts

170 months

Wednesday 15th April
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Fiammetta said:
The Pink Lambo , we had it in our waiting room at our Dental practice in Barnsley .
It was the principles car .He was a highly regarded practitioner in those days and I had the pleasure to work with him for a couple of years after graduation.

The reason it was in the waiting room because of a blown the engine .Something about a duff service and hot metal getting ingested .
We used it to attract patients , bit of a talking point .
On the practice open day we shoved it outside into the shopping precinct , tied balloons on it and took pics of kids sitting in it .

The principals daily was a white 911 , Later the car was repainted white .
The clue to the dentist name is in the colour.

The reason he specced it pink was simply to stand out and be different , he like being the first and different at stuff .This contradicts his personality he was a very shy guy .

There were 4 of us young just qualified dentist working with him in the late 80 ,s all of us went on to very successful and car nuts , and on to run our own successful practices .
Hardly surprising with that car sat in the waiting room for the patients to relax looking at it .

After a few Porsche’s I ended up with red Testarossa and since a few other F cars .


Edited by Fiammetta on Saturday 29th February 21:03


Edited by Fiammetta on Saturday 29th February 21:07
How did I miss this post??!! What a wonderful story, thank you for sharing it.

I was lucky to sit in his Countach at Goodwood in the early 90s - pics on my Lambo photos from the 90s thread I started a while back - when I was a young teenager - he was very kind gent. I understand he went on to also own a very yellow Diablo but think that got resprayed a different colour at a later date...not pink though.

And the true Countach colour origin came from his wife's blue jeans and pink belt - and this has come from the horses mouth! A nice shiny smiley mouth.

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JPvanRossem

355 posts

22 months

Monday 27th April
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A bit tangential - not sure where this ad appeared, but it wasn't very effective. Only 29 were sold in the UK in six years, so I guess when the man who thought he had everything realised he didn't have one of these, he must have decided that he didn't need everything after all.

cgt2

1,637 posts

144 months

Monday 27th April
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JPvanRossem said:
A bit tangential - not sure where this ad appeared, but it wasn't very effective. Only 29 were sold in the UK in six years, so I guess when the man who thought he had everything realised he didn't have one of these, he must have decided that he didn't need everything after all.
Is that a Bitter? I've never seen one in the flesh but quite liked the design. I didn't even know they had any dealers in the UK. All LHD I presume?

Ferruccio

1,224 posts

75 months

Monday 27th April
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cgt2 said:
JPvanRossem said:
A bit tangential - not sure where this ad appeared, but it wasn't very effective. Only 29 were sold in the UK in six years, so I guess when the man who thought he had everything realised he didn't have one of these, he must have decided that he didn't need everything after all.
Is that a Bitter? I've never seen one in the flesh but quite liked the design. I didn't even know they had any dealers in the UK. All LHD I presume?
Used to be one parked in the road near where my parents lived. It was a light brown/beige colour.
Looked engaging, in a dull sort of way........

JPvanRossem

355 posts

22 months

Monday 27th April
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Ferruccio said:
Used to be one parked in the road near where my parents lived. It was a light brown/beige colour.
Looked engaging, in a dull sort of way........
Ha! Well, I think that was what Bitter was aiming for. I have one with the larger 3.9 engine, and it is quite a funky little curio. I thought its wedginess would blunt my desire for a Ferrari 400, but it hasn't. Another 6 cylinders would be just right, I think.

They made 461 of them. Only 31 were RHD, which all came to the UK, including two convertibles and the only two 4wd ones. The rest were left hookers, including I think five 4 door sedans.

Edited by JPvanRossem on Monday 27th April 11:37

The Lamborghini Life

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8 posts

7 months

Thursday 30th April
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Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to my post.

Does anyone have any Wheelhouse Lortas Road advertisments from the 1980's?

ollyh1988

669 posts

156 months

Friday 1st May
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I remember this garage well - always had some amazing cars.

I was so excited when (at the age of 10) my mum told me she was buying a car from there. Sadly, rather than a classic Ferrari or Lotus, it was a Rover 216 convertible... No idea why they had that in stock, but turns out it wasn't all supercars!

rich888

1,775 posts

155 months

Sunday 3rd May
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The Lamborghini Life said:
Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to my post.

Does anyone have any Wheelhouse Lortas Road advertisments from the 1980's?
Have you looked through the archives probably stored in the central library on Angel Row in Nottingham, well possibly after the lockdown has been lifted.

Edited by rich888 on Sunday 3rd May 23:01