Classics left to die/rotting pics

Classics left to die/rotting pics

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nicanary

8,240 posts

118 months

Sunday 3rd March 2013
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ATTAK Z said:
Believe me they weren't that good to drive ... the steering wheel was connected to the front wheels with rubber bands ... it was like driving a boat in moderate seas !!!
Most 50s saloons were like that. Young people today have no idea just how bad they were. Anybody who crticises the Morris Minor for being boring needs to compare its steering/roadholding with something like a Cresta PA.



ATTAK Z

7,179 posts

161 months

Sunday 3rd March 2013
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nicanary said:
ATTAK Z said:
Believe me they weren't that good to drive ... the steering wheel was connected to the front wheels with rubber bands ... it was like driving a boat in moderate seas !!!
Most 50s saloons were like that. Young people today have no idea just how bad they were. Anybody who crticises the Morris Minor for being boring needs to compare its steering/roadholding with something like a Cresta PA.
agreed

Mercky

614 posts

107 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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[quote=ATTAK Z]
agreed[/quote Yes, they were terrible, and so were were Morris minors.

Maybe we should all drive new Mondeos. They drive really welllaugh

Cliftonite

7,835 posts

110 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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Mercky]TTAK Z said:
agreed[/quote Yes, they were terrible, and so were were Morris minors.

Maybe we should all drive new Mondeos. They drive really welllaugh
And what exactly was "terrible" about a Morris Minor (in the standards of the time)?

Have you ever driven one? What's not to like??




RichB

46,162 posts

256 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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Mercky said:
ATTAK Z said:
agreed
Yes, they were terrible, and so were were Morris minors.

Maybe we should all drive new Mondeos. They drive really welllaugh
Contrary to what you may think Morris Minors had rack and pinion steering and drove pretty well for a small, cheap car.

MontyC

531 posts

140 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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Not sure If you would class this as a classic, but still a sad sight!

nicanary

8,240 posts

118 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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RichB said:
Contrary to what you may think Morris Minors had rack and pinion steering and drove pretty well for a small, cheap car.
Absolutely - that's why I picked it as a comparison. They're a real hoot to drive, and can easily cope with modern traffic. Issigonis at work.

jimbob82

690 posts

106 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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nicanary said:
Absolutely - that's why I picked it as a comparison. They're a real hoot to drive, and can easily cope with modern traffic. Issigonis at work.
i remember seeing one that had a fiat 1600 twin cam engine in it. went like a rocket, all the suspension and drivetrain were standard too, made for "fun" sunday afternoon roundabout trips. just drive around to find the best roundabout to drift round...smile

M3DGE

1,969 posts

136 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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Mr. Magoo said:
JimmyJam said:
Salt flat rat said:
I was once talking to a guy in a West London pub when he said he was was fan of Iso Leles/ Grifos etc. I told him that there was a very interesting car under a tarpaulin in the front garden of a house near Watford station. I had lifted up the rear of the tarp a few days earlier. The car had Swiss number plates , was silver and the boot badge said " OSI ". It was obviously something quite exotic. He immediately asked me to draw a map and took my phone number. He then went out into the Shepherds Bush Road and disappeared off into the night having summoned a cab. A few hours later I got phone calls every twenty minutes or so, until eventually he found the bloody thing, got the owner out of bed, did a deal and had it transported away. It was a very rare Grifo once owned by Peter Sellars. The then owner had put the boot badge on back to front. I got two dozen bottles of Chrystal champagne for my help. And all because I asked a chap for a light for my
Montecristo.
Great story
That really is a cracking story. My dad once passed a vintage 3 Litre lagonda carting hay about in a field in the late fifties. My dad was doing his apprenticeship in the Faversham dockyards at the time and didn't have much money. He did however enquire in the local pub about who owned it and the landlord said the local farmer who usually gets to the pub about 7pm.

My dad waited for him to arrive and asked him how much he wanted for it, the farmer said £60. My father said no and but offered £50. The farmer couldn't agree so my dad came back the next evening and offered him £55 and they shook. The farmer asked his farmhands to go back to the farm, pump up the tyres and put a gallon of fuel in. When they got back with the car my dad handed over £55 and drove off home in the dark with a 1929 3 litre Lagonda with no lights or reverse gear and only 1 seat. And here it is....back in the day...




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What a great story - and pic. The car still shows up on Car Check & TFL, although MID says not insured. Hopefully awaiting restoration!

dycecooper

632 posts

180 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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dycecooper said:
Several people have emailed me about this car and rather than email all the individuals at this point I thought it easier to post here for now.

The car is at a friend of mines, I enquirer further about it but it does not belong to him, I know who owns it but I have not spoken to him yet due to work but when I do I will let you all know.

jimbob82

690 posts

106 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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dycecooper said:
Several people have emailed me about this car and rather than email all the individuals at this point I thought it easier to post here for now.

The car is at a friend of mines, I enquirer further about it but it does not belong to him, I know who owns it but I have not spoken to him yet due to work but when I do I will let you all know.
Great stuff. Look forward to hearing more smile

Mercky

614 posts

107 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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Cliftonite said:
And what exactly was "terrible" about a Morris Minor (in the standards of the time)?

Have you ever driven one? What's not to like??
I just don't like Morris Minors! I have driven a few in my time and I just think they under powered bimbling old ladies cars that look st. I particularly dislike the pedals sprouting from the floor!

I would rather drive a Cresta.

Hooli

32,278 posts

172 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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MontyC said:


Not sure If you would class this as a classic, but still a sad sight!
The only thing sad about that is it's still saveable, hateful horrid cars them.

Yertis

16,472 posts

238 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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Hooli said:
The only thing sad about that is it's still saveable, hateful horrid cars them.
Really? I like to think of them as among the last proper Citroens.

I like Moggies too and recently have thought about getting another, but then I think about getting another, different classic nearly every day.

Hooli

32,278 posts

172 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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Yertis said:
Hooli said:
The only thing sad about that is it's still saveable, hateful horrid cars them.
Really? I like to think of them as among the last proper Citroens.
Just my opinion. Your probably right about the last real citroen, but to me that isn't a good thing.

RichB

46,162 posts

256 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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Hooli said:
MontyC said:
Not sure If you would class this as a classic, but still a sad sight!
The only thing sad about that is it's still saveable, hateful horrid cars them.
One man's meat is another man's poison but I tend to agree, dreadful cars hehe

Yertis

16,472 posts

238 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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Hooli said:
Just my opinion. Your probably right about the last real citroen, but to me that isn't a good thing.
It's all opinion isn't it. smile

Rollcage

11,326 posts

164 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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Surely the XM is the last of the "proper" Citroens?

MarkwG

3,361 posts

161 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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Humbug...the DS was the last of the real Citroens wink

Yertis

16,472 posts

238 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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Rollcage said:
Surely the XM is the last of the "proper" Citroens?
Yes, hence my 'among'. Personally I think of the Xantia as the 'last' proper one, but they just fizzled out didn't they. I think the CX is the last proper, proper Citroen...

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