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n5gooner
20th March 2009, 15:33
Mrs gooner and I are planing a driving trip round northern Italy and the Alps this summer as part of our month off.

I want to buy a TVR to do it in, but she's heard there not that reliable and wants something differant......what do people think ? Is a TVR a good car for this, or is there something else I should be looking at ??? We'll be doing about 3000 miles.

Looking to spend about 10k

ThomasSoerensen
20th March 2009, 15:38
Mrs gooner and I are planing a driving trip round northern Italy and the Alps this summer as part of our month off.

I want to buy a TVR to do it in, but she's heard there not that reliable and wants something differant......what do people think ? Is a TVR a good car for this, or is there something else I should be looking at ??? We'll be doing about 3000 miles.

Looking to spend about 10k

a 20 year old Alfa should do the trick.

Ruprect
20th March 2009, 15:39
This bad-boy is a bargain:

http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk/www/cars/advert+search/Ne-2-4-5-6-7-8-27-44-49-53-61-64-67-103-133-146-236,N-9-13-57-240/advert.action?R=200912330785684&distance=169&postcode=se13+5sq&channel=CARS&make=&model=&min_pr=1000&max_pr=2000&max_mileage=&vehicleYearOfManufacture=1998&vehicleRegLetter=S

Mich the Tester
20th March 2009, 15:39
a 20 year old Alfa should do the trick.He says he wants to drive 3000 miles, not 3.

DimPrawn
20th March 2009, 15:40
Luggage space?

2 seater or 4 seater?

Fast or frugal?

n5gooner
20th March 2009, 15:41
Luggage space?

2 seater or 4 seater?

Fast or frugal?

2 seater, need enough space for 2 suitcases.....

denver2k
20th March 2009, 15:42
This bad-boy is a bargain:

http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk/www/cars/advert+search/Ne-2-4-5-6-7-8-27-44-49-53-61-64-67-103-133-146-236,N-9-13-57-240/advert.action?R=200912330785684&distance=169&postcode=se13+5sq&channel=CARS&make=&model=&min_pr=1000&max_pr=2000&max_mileage=&vehicleYearOfManufacture=1998&vehicleRegLetter=S

Recession Proof......

original PM
20th March 2009, 15:42
TVRs are apparently very unreliable.

look for BMW Z4, Merc CLK, Honda S2000 you may even get an old but well maintained Boxter for that money

DimPrawn
20th March 2009, 15:43
2 seater, need enough space for 2 suitcases.....

Not many 2-seater convertibles can swallow 2 full size suitcase.

TykeMerc
20th March 2009, 15:43
Mrs gooner and I are planing a driving trip round northern Italy and the Alps this summer as part of our month off.

I want to buy a TVR to do it in, but she's heard there not that reliable and wants something differant......what do people think ? Is a TVR a good car for this, or is there something else I should be looking at ??? We'll be doing about 3000 miles.

Looking to spend about 10k

A TVR is probably more reliable than your English......

You're probably far better off looking for rental agencies in Italy/France/Switzerland that will supply a suitable car. Shop around and you can probably pick and choose the make and model.

With a rental reliability isn't an issue and you will have the entertaining drive without the tedious drive to the Alpine region as you can just fly there and spend the extra time in the areas you want to visit.

Fishface
20th March 2009, 15:44
Mercedes SL 320 or 500 if you can afford the gasolina.

'94 or '95 - for 10k

comfortable and fast

Mich the Tester
20th March 2009, 15:44
Why not hire something when you get there? (http://www.powerservicenoleggi.com/catalogo.php?par=0409113716)

n5gooner
20th March 2009, 15:48
Why not hire something when you get there? (http://www.powerservicenoleggi.com/catalogo.php?par=0409113716)

we want to drive through France as well, so will be driving all the way....

badger7579
20th March 2009, 15:51
You want this

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/driving/jeremy_clarkson/article4873574.ece

Mike Hunt
20th March 2009, 15:56
http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk/www/cars/PORSCHE+BOXSTER/Ne-2-4-5-6-7-8-27-44-49-53-61-64-67-103-133-146-236,N-57-87-169-240-4294966163-4294967131/advert.action?R=200847323875208&distance=22&postcode=se13+5sq&channel=CARS&make=PORSCHE&model=BOXSTER&min_pr=8000&max_pr=12000&max_mileage=&vehicleYearOfManufacture=2001&vehicleRegLetter=51



Try that Gooner

DimPrawn
20th March 2009, 15:56
http://www.pistonheads.com/SALES/700141.htm
http://www.pistonheads.com/SALES/927493.htm
http://www.pistonheads.com/SALES/914554.htm
http://www.pistonheads.com/SALES/937999.htm

milanbenes
20th March 2009, 16:01
one of these...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1983-A-Mercedes-Benz-380-SL-3-8-AUTOMATIC-2-doors_W0QQitemZ380098647495QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAuto mobiles_UK?hash=item380098647495&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A3%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318


classic car insurance with a max mileage of 5k for the year

sell it when you get back for what you paid for it

or something more modern, there are zillions of the 90's version for less than 10k

Milan.

Ruprect
20th March 2009, 16:02
On the other hand if you really want to be covertable for the summer you might want to consider www.ninjacloak.com

badger7579
20th March 2009, 16:03
http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk/www/cars/PORSCHE+BOXSTER/Ne-2-4-5-6-7-8-27-44-49-53-61-64-67-103-133-146-236,N-57-87-169-240-4294966163-4294967131/advert.action?R=200847323875208&distance=22&postcode=se13+5sq&channel=CARS&make=PORSCHE&model=BOXSTER&min_pr=8000&max_pr=12000&max_mileage=&vehicleYearOfManufacture=2001&vehicleRegLetter=51



Try that Gooner

I quite fancy that one myself :smokin

scooterscot
20th March 2009, 16:08
Used to drive a Fiat 124 spyder (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/Fiat_124_sp_v_sst.jpg) - 'Fix It Again Tommy' was the nick name it got since maintenance was a bit of an upkeep but a small price to pay for the pleasure it brought me.

You can pick one up for about 5K these days, if possible get one from a Germany owner and avoid US imports.

DimPrawn
20th March 2009, 16:09
If you are after a Boxster, go for the post 2005 model. Looks better, and improved engine and suspension.

milanbenes
20th March 2009, 16:11
are you speaking from experience or have

you been reading what car in between houses websites ?

nice weekend,


Milan.

scooterscot
20th March 2009, 16:12
If you are after a Boxster, go for the post 2005 model. Looks better, and improved engine and suspension.

Here's a nice convertible for the DP (http://www.boatshop24.co.uk/VldUTTAxLTEwMDMyflZXVE0wMQ==-Dutch_Open_Sloepen_Launch_Interboat_650_Luxury_Edi tion.html#top)

swamp
20th March 2009, 16:18
Hair dressers' car, but how about MX5? Great on the twisty stuff and save lots of money over the other roadsters.

n5gooner
20th March 2009, 16:19
Hair dressers' car, but how about MX5? Great on the twisty stuff and save lots of money over the other roadsters.


yea MX5's are very good, had one last year.....

TykeMerc
20th March 2009, 16:32
one of these...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1983-A-Mercedes-Benz-380-SL-3-8-AUTOMATIC-2-doors_W0QQitemZ380098647495QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAuto mobiles_UK?hash=item380098647495&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A3%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318


classic car insurance with a max mileage of 5k for the year

sell it when you get back for what you paid for it

or something more modern, there are zillions of the 90's version for less than 10k

Milan.

If I was in the market for a second car (parking space is limited here) I'd be very tempted by that myself, it even has the hard top for winters. I'm not a great fan of convertibles, but that model Merc has always looked nice to me.

Not convinced about their assertion that it will appreciate in value though.

expat
20th March 2009, 16:37
Covertable for the summer


Mrs gooner and I are planing a driving trip round northern Italy and the Alps this summer as part of our month off.

I want to buy a TVR to do it in, but she's heard there not that reliable and wants something differant......what do people think ? Is a TVR a good car for this, or is there something else I should be looking at ??? We'll be doing about 3000 miles.

Looking to spend about 10k:spel

Covertable Convertible
planing planning
there they're
differant different

Pinto
20th March 2009, 16:42
A TVR is probably more reliable than your English......

You're probably far better off looking for rental agencies in Italy/France/Switzerland that will supply a suitable car. Shop around and you can probably pick and chose the make and model.

With a rental reliability isn't an issue and you will have the entertaining drive without the tedious drive to the Alpine region as you can just fly there and spend the extra time in the areas you want to visit.

:spel choose

Gravy Train
20th March 2009, 16:48
I quite fancy that one myself :smokin

I have one and it is truly a sublime car and unbelievable value for money.

I would highly recommend it however, if you have to leave it parked in the street, look out for chav dog owners allowing their dogs to piss all over the wheels !!!

TykeMerc
20th March 2009, 16:48
:spel choose

Sorry, typo, corrected.
Thanks for catching it, I'm slightly dyslexic and I forgot to spell check that post.

Slumdog
20th March 2009, 17:16
If you're not driving fast, the a nice Karmann Ghia to cruise those windy roads would be perfect.

http://www.karmann-ghia.co.uk/StockshtCherryRed66V.htm

OwlHoot
20th March 2009, 18:43
Mrs gooner and I are planing a driving trip round northern Italy and the Alps this summer as part of our month off.

I want to buy a TVR to do it in, but she's heard there not that reliable and wants something differant......what do people think ? Is a TVR a good car for this, or is there something else I should be looking at ??? We'll be doing about 3000 miles.

Looking to spend about 10k

Dim Prawn mentioned the first thing that also occurred to me - luggage, especially (not wanting to sound sexist here, but ..) if one of the passengers' names starts with "Mrs".

Driving through North Italy and the alps in a convertable sounds fantastic, but you need to watch out for guys with large bulldozers parked in tunnels :glasses

Grinder
20th March 2009, 19:29
Luggage space - has to be CLK in that price bracket

http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk/www/cars/MERCEDES-BENZ+CLK/Ne-2-4-5-6-7-8-27-44-49-53-61-64-67-103-133-146-236,N-24-57-88-240-4294967032-4294967227/advert.action?R=200905327916071&distance=66&channel=CARS&make=MERCEDES-BENZ&model=CLK&min_pr=9000&max_pr=10000&max_mileage=&vehicleYearOfManufacture=2002&vehicleRegLetter=02

Unless you fancy an older Jag XK8.

Anyone who posted an autotrader link - check you removed your postcode from the URL if you want your location to remain anon.

TykeMerc
20th March 2009, 20:55
Luggage space - has to be CLK in that price bracket

Unless you fancy an older Jag XK8.

Anyone who posted an autotrader link - check you removed your postcode from the URL if you want your location to remain anon.

True, from a touring with female and luggage perspective a Merc or Jag is probably the best bet. Fairly quick, decent handling, fair size boot and they are classic Grand Tourer designs that were put together for just the sort of trip you're proposing.
Some of the other convertibles are really sports cars rather than Touring roadsters so will be less comfortable over the miles and have tiny luggage space. The 911 for instance has naff all luggage space where as a Merc has a damn big boot.

A guy I worked with on my last gig had one of the Jag soft tops, XK possibly (I can't remember which one) and that would have been ideal for the trip you've described, lovely classic British sportscar lines too.

Moscow Mule
20th March 2009, 21:20
Travel light...

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/917604.htm

Travel in comfort...

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/950509.htm

Travel cheaply...

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/950009.htm

minestrone
20th March 2009, 21:35
Seen a TreVoR in a service station the other week, after filling up it took 20 seconds to start. Then it just sounded like a 250 honda with the silencer out.

Fine for the city but it would be madness taking it out the country.

lexington_spurs
20th March 2009, 22:29
Covertable for the summer

:spel

Covertable Convertible
planing planning
there they're
differant different

You might as well point out the obvious one

Gooner Aunt

Welcome back N5G btw. How was your Mews night out?

BrilloPad
22nd March 2009, 08:38
http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/relationships/article5923356.ece?token=null&offset=12&page=2

WIND CHILL FACTOR


I have just bought a stylish convertible for my beautiful wife. She tells me that she is really looking forward to the summer, when she can drive with her top down. I am a little worried that she might not concentrate properly when driving like that and distract other road-users. I wouldn’t like her to get extra points on her licence, but it is difficult for a gentleman to advise a lady on her driving, so I would appreciate your advice, as a lady of wide insight, to help her avoid getting into trouble while still enjoying the summer’s experience.


WB, Edinburgh

I wouldn’t worry too much. Yes, on the first nice day, the top will come down and she’ll be off, but she will quickly discover that not only is it always much chillier than you anticipate, but also everything flaps about in the wind. Not a comfortable experience. She won’t do it very often.

n5gooner
23rd March 2009, 13:29
You might as well point out the obvious one

Gooner Aunt

Welcome back N5G btw. How was your Mews night out?

Mews was good, if a bit on the pricy side, both of us had the 7 course menus with wine, also had champers in the bar, the total bill was circa £500 for the night, excluding taxi home. Had better, heading off to www.lindsayhouse.co.uk (http://www.lindsayhouse.co.uk) this Friday which I'm looking foward to.