Lancia Montecarlo...37 years and counting

Lancia Montecarlo...37 years and counting

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CallThatMusic

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585 posts

46 months

Sunday 12th July
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So after the first car - Yellow Triumph TR7 - cylinder head disaster and the second car - Orange Ford Capri 2.0 S - gearbox failure and various electrical problems - I took the safe option and bought a Silver (unobtrusive) Lancia Montecarlo in 1983.
Lusted after one for ages before I took the plunge.
A close friend had an HPE with problems (electric windows didn’t work and garage advised him to carry a house brick in the glove box...can’t see that advice given out these days..) but I ploughed on regardless.
Epic trip to London with said mate which included a visit to a soho where we country boys bought non alcoholic champagne in a dodgy cellar bar followed by a trip to a multi storey car park based garage. All high ( several floors in fact ) end stuff....
Uneventful trip back to Scotland, a huge relief, and the ownership experience was underway...
It’s been a gas !


CallThatMusic

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585 posts

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Sunday 12th July
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The Capri...

CallThatMusic

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Sunday 12th July
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The Monte with original ugly wheels.

Jimmy Recard

17,215 posts

137 months

Sunday 12th July
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Wow, what a cool car to have for so long! Very nice

CallThatMusic

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585 posts

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Sunday 12th July
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Thanks Jimmy. The interior is all original. The exterior not so much.

gforceg

3,347 posts

137 months

Sunday 12th July
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That's a SAAB behind the orange Capri, and ICMFPN.

I've found a renewed love of orange cars recently. Flat orange not fizzy.

Breadvan72

39,979 posts

121 months

Sunday 12th July
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This is beyond fabulous! Thanks for the thread, OP.

TR4man

3,854 posts

132 months

Sunday 12th July
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That interior looks so lovely. Was leather an option or standard?

geraintthomas

542 posts

65 months

Sunday 12th July
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Fantastic! I tend to get a bit itchy for a new car after about 5 years, so seeing that you've had this for 37 years is certainly incredible. It must be quite special to you.

80sMatchbox

3,758 posts

134 months

Monday 13th July
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I've always loved these. That interior looks fantastic. Interested to see how the outside currently looks. cool

CallThatMusic

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Monday 13th July
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TR4man said:
That interior looks so lovely. Was leather an option or standard?
Strangely enough it’s a vinyl like cover which is intended to look like leather.
It’s a bugger to repair.

CallThatMusic

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Monday 13th July
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I certainly have an emotional attachment but it goes beyond that.
Money.
I am so far behind the 8 ball I just keep hoping that some Italian-Scandinavian noir TV thriller will feature a gorgeous 30 something female lead detective who drives a Montecarlo and I will open a bottle of Prosecco to toast the fact I may just get some of my investment back....
I am not deluded I go to bed at night believing this can happen.
The car has been looked after and is an ongoing source of enjoyment and worry (£).
Here she is not so long ago....

CallThatMusic

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gforceg said:
That's a SAAB behind the orange Capri, and ICMFPN.

I've found a renewed love of orange cars recently. Flat orange not fizzy.
Well spotted a Saab 99 , one of several my Father owned.
I passed my test aged 17 years and 3 months in a brand new (only days) Saab 99 which swung it I think. My passing was a great surprise to my tutor who phoned up after the test to book a set of lessons...

CallThatMusic

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Monday 13th July
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Another pic from the big restoration project...

CallThatMusic

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Having looked at these photos again I will just take the basket wires out and see how the wheels look, it might work and save me some dosh.

TwigtheWonderkid

33,304 posts

108 months

Monday 13th July
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CallThatMusic said:


The Monte with original ugly wheels.
I like the original ugly wheels.

CallThatMusic

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TwigtheWonderkid said:
CallThatMusic said:


The Monte with original ugly wheels.
I like the original ugly wheels.

Yes I get that quite a lot of people do like them.
Wish I did too but despite believing that cars look best with the wheels the factory put on I just don’t like them much.
Might dig them out the garage and re-visit my dilemma.

Breadvan72

39,979 posts

121 months

Monday 13th July
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Fabby, OP. At what point, if at all, did the car transition from everyday car to groovy toy?

CallThatMusic

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Breadvan72 said:
Fabby, OP. At what point, if at all, did the car transition from everyday car to groovy toy?
I think that was probably around 1987 when I acquired my first Company Car...a Renault 18 Diesel.
From that point on there was a procession of work related cars until the taxman got greedy and I bailed out of that game.
The Montecarlo was always around through the 80’s 90’s until 2007 when I escaped overseas and it went into dry storage for almost 10 years. This explains the relatively modest mileage.

Breadvan72

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gforceg said:
That's a SAAB behind the orange Capri, and ICMFPN.

I've found a renewed love of orange cars recently. Flat orange not fizzy.
Orange cars are DA NUTZ, unless they are horrid modern chavbox RocketFords driven by Barries.


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In black and orange cars
Motoring accessory watches
Their soft tops got roll bars."

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