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suityou01
7th May 2012, 08:05
Not being impulsive, honest. :D

I've kind got the bug since dicking about on that Moggy. So, mini, moggy, bug?

5K budget.

Suggestions?

oracleslave
7th May 2012, 08:08
Not being impulsive, honest. :D



Go for it (http://mberke.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/quit-smoking-burning-money.jpg) - With a 5k budget it won't even look like a mid-life crisis.

suityou01
7th May 2012, 08:10
Go for it (http://mberke.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/quit-smoking-burning-money.jpg) - With a 5k budget it won't even look like a mid-life crisis.

Zactly! :D

5K buys more than you'd think, especially if you don't mind doing a bit of tinkering. :)

eek
7th May 2012, 08:11
Not being impulsive, honest. :D

I've kind got the bug since dicking about on that Moggy. So, mini, moggy, bug?

5K budget.

Suggestions?

Best place to get a Morris Minor is Morris Minor Owners Club • View forum - Cars for sale (http://www.mmoc.org.uk/viewforum.php?f=7)

and given the money I would look at Morris Minor Owners Club • View topic - LOVELY 1971 MORRIS TRAVELLER IN RARE LIMEFLOWER GREEN £5200 (http://www.mmoc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=44594&sid=df6394ead58bd33172cc79d7062cd3ba) I would consider it myself if I had the time.

oracleslave
7th May 2012, 08:15
Slightly over budget and needs a bit of tinkering but could set you on the path to living the dream.

1968 MGC 3.0 Restoration Project Convertible - Complete with For Sale on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C285513)

fullyautomatix
7th May 2012, 08:21
Mate of mine bought a Midget convertible for about 3K. Nice car but a pain to maintain. Something or other needs fixing now and then. But it holds its value.

suityou01
7th May 2012, 08:22
Slightly over budget and needs a bit of tinkering but could set you on the path to living the dream.

1968 MGC 3.0 Restoration Project Convertible - Complete with For Sale on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C285513)

Needs t-cutting. :rolleyes:

suityou01
7th May 2012, 08:24
Mate of mine bought a Midget convertible for about 3K. Nice car but a pain to maintain. Something or other needs fixing now and then. But it holds its value.

I was looking at MGs. Midget looks nice, and some MGs, but I'm fussy. I wanted spoked wheels and chrome bumpers, not plastic bumpers.

Bacchus
7th May 2012, 08:52
I was looking at MGs. Midget looks nice, and some MGs, but I'm fussy. I wanted spoked wheels and chrome bumpers, not plastic bumpers.

I'd go for an MGB rather than a C, roadster for me but the tin top is probably more practical

you will enjoy cleaning wire wheels only once!!

something like this? (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C300269)

Midgets are great fun, but they are tiny and you need to have a vet's hands to work on them (c:

Or go the whole hog and get an alfa spider? beatiful beautiful car and you will just love the sound of the engine when it's on cam! (unlike the roar of an MG and the distinctive fart of a moggy)

Also if I recall there are some tax advantages to using a pre-73 vehicle as a company car, the accountants on here may be able to help with that

suityou01
7th May 2012, 09:03
I'd go for an MGB rather than a C, roadster for me but the tin top is probably more practical

you will enjoy cleaning wire wheels only once!!

something like this? (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C300269)

Midgets are great fun, but they are tiny and you need to have a vet's hands to work on them (c:

Or go the whole hog and get an alfa spider? beatiful beautiful car and you will just love the sound of the engine when it's on cam! (unlike the roar of an MG and the distinctive fart of a moggy)

Also if I recall there are some tax advantages to using a pre-73 vehicle as a company car, the accountants on here may be able to help with that

That's the car!!!!!

Or this one (http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3854854.htm)

<swoon> :D

doodab
7th May 2012, 10:35
ALFASUD SPRINT CLOVERLEAF 1.7 For Sale (1989) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C300015)

Alfa Romeo GTV6 69000 miles For Sale (1982) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C297585)

Fiat X1/9 Bertone Grand Finale For Sale (1989) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C296904)

Bit over budget but lovely:

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTV 2000 For Sale (1972) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C292428)

If you want wire wheels you want one of these:

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta - Auction 11-12/5 For Sale by Auction (1964) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C298142)

SimonMac
7th May 2012, 10:37
That's the car!!!!!

Or this one (http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3854854.htm)

<swoon> :D

Prepared to be stopped by the police a lot unless you change the number plates for a legal set though.

doodab
7th May 2012, 10:38
Or if you really want to stand out:

RELIANT ROBIN LE 12 MONTHS MOT 5 MONTHS TAX For Sale (1993) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C301436)

suityou01
7th May 2012, 10:58
ALFASUD SPRINT CLOVERLEAF 1.7 For Sale (1989) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C300015)

Alfa Romeo GTV6 69000 miles For Sale (1982) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C297585)

Fiat X1/9 Bertone Grand Finale For Sale (1989) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C296904)

Bit over budget but lovely:

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTV 2000 For Sale (1972) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C292428)

If you want wire wheels you want one of these:

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta - Auction 11-12/5 For Sale by Auction (1964) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C298142)

We have very different taste in cars my friend. In my head I'm like connery, winding up a mountain pass, flooring the nuts off my rag top and popping bottles of bolly on the way up. :D

doodab
7th May 2012, 11:03
We have very different taste in cars my friend. In my head I'm like connery, winding up a mountain pass, flooring the nuts off my rag top and popping bottles of bolly on the way up. :D

I don't think he was that keen on MGBs.


Madam, would you be good enough to move this inverted bedpan?

suityou01
7th May 2012, 11:06
I don't think he was that keen on MGBs.

:laugh

And if I had his money I would buy an Aston. Gone off Connery now.

I mean look at the ****wit

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_n0oDW4oA4xM/TKxgi0OggBI/AAAAAAAAA88/SgJlpkiP1H0/s1600/sean-connery.jpg

fullyautomatix
7th May 2012, 11:21
ALFASUD SPRINT CLOVERLEAF 1.7 For Sale (1989) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C300015)

Alfa Romeo GTV6 69000 miles For Sale (1982) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C297585)

Fiat X1/9 Bertone Grand Finale For Sale (1989) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C296904)

Bit over budget but lovely:

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTV 2000 For Sale (1972) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C292428)

If you want wire wheels you want one of these:

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta - Auction 11-12/5 For Sale by Auction (1964) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C298142)


I think you are confusing classic with banger :laugh:

doodab
7th May 2012, 12:01
I think you are confusing classic with banger :laugh:

Well, the X1/9 is stretching it a bit but the Guilia and GTV6 both had impressive racing careers winning multiple european touring car championships. All those Alfa's sound properly lovely as well. Definitely classics in my book.

I won't mention the 250 GT Lusso except to say an E type looks quite ungainly sat next to one.

The_Equalizer
7th May 2012, 14:24
How about a Jaguar XJ6 Series 1? I would suggest a 4.2, but this 2.8 looks jolly nice:

Jaguar XJ6 S1 (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C289184)

Or for a bit of open (and closed) top fun a good Land Rover Series 2:

Land Rover Series 2 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1965-Land-Rover-Series-2-Classic-Car-/251008195431?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item3a71411b67)

MGBs are very good, excellent spares and plentiful. You may as well go for a pre-1973 to enojy its tax free status and you should be able to get a reasonable one for £5K. I doubt you'll get a MGC for that money as prices have risen a lot of late.

I would recommend RH Insurance who seem to provide a quote much lower than anyone else in the market and excellent cover at present.

Sysman
7th May 2012, 15:15
Slightly over budget and needs a bit of tinkering but could set you on the path to living the dream.

1968 MGC 3.0 Restoration Project Convertible - Complete with For Sale on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C285513)

Didn't those have the somewhat annoying habit of going straight ahead at corners?

mudskipper
7th May 2012, 15:26
How's about a 2CV - don't see many of those about these days.

suityou01
7th May 2012, 18:14
How's about a 2CV - don't see many of those about these days.

Don't do French.

J'espère que cette aide :rolleyes:

suityou01
7th May 2012, 18:15
Didn't those have the somewhat annoying habit of going straight ahead at corners?

That's what handbrakes are for :facepalm:

DS23
7th May 2012, 18:56
Don't do French.

J'espère que cette aide :rolleyes:

you should not be so hasty to dismiss.

An Iconic Classic For Sale (1965) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C274036)

it's a tad over the 5k but its getting harder to find one in that bracket now. still, not bad for a true classic.

suityou01
7th May 2012, 19:03
you should not be so hasty to dismiss.

An Iconic Classic For Sale (1965) on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C274036)

it's a tad over the 5k but its getting harder to find one in that bracket now. still, not bad for a true classic.

Is that the car Connery was referring to Doodab? :wink

Troll
7th May 2012, 22:05
Slightly over budget and needs a bit of tinkering but could set you on the path to living the dream.

1968 MGC 3.0 Restoration Project Convertible - Complete with For Sale on Car And Classic UK (http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C285513)Fook...never liked the MGBs -esp the C with its dodgy engine (IIRC) more of a Triumph man but wtf 5k!!! :eek:

Troll
7th May 2012, 22:08
Mate of mine bought a Midget convertible for about 3K. Nice car but a pain to maintain. Something or other needs fixing now and then. But it holds its value.More fook...my 1st car was a AH Sprite MkIV....another can't believe its 3k!!!

Troll
7th May 2012, 22:13
Just seen what TR6's are being sold for ....shocking

Bacchus
8th May 2012, 07:18
That's the car!!!!!

Or this one (http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3854854.htm)

<swoon> :D

The black one looks nice but to restore its value you would have to restore its black bumpers, and to stop getting pulled over you would have to restore its plastic number plates

Keep these things as original as possible!

Bacchus
8th May 2012, 07:22
Just seen what TR6's are being sold for ....shocking


Years ago a girlfriend showed me her sister's TR5 - sister had emigrated and wanted to know whether she'd "get a grand for it" - it was mint with a very low mileage; like a dougnut because I wanted to get my little end away, instead of saying "no, but here's £800 to show willing" I said that she'd get much more than a grand for it. She sold it a couple of weeks later for £7500, and that was back in the eighties!! I did get my end away, but at what a price!!

Bacchus
8th May 2012, 07:24
How's about a 2CV - don't see many of those about these days.


Don't do French.

J'espère que cette aide :rolleyes:

You can probably have more fun with a deux-deuche than almost any other vehicle... in its way

Maybe consider building a Lomax?

Lockhouse
8th May 2012, 08:02
I was looking at MGs. Midget looks nice, and some MGs, but I'm fussy. I wanted spoked wheels and chrome bumpers, not plastic bumpers.

So many cars to choose from; just some ideas around your budget, depends how much work you want to do;

MG, Triumph GT6, Spitfire or Herald, Rover P5 or P6, TR8, ropey Jensen Interceptor, Mk 2 Zephyr or Zodiac, Sunbeam Alpine etc etc..

get a copy of Practical Classics for some ideas, plenty of ads in the back.

The_Equalizer
8th May 2012, 09:11
So many cars to choose from; just some ideas around your budget, depends how much work you want to do;

MG, Triumph GT6, Spitfire or Herald, Rover P5 or P6, TR8, ropey Jensen Interceptor, Mk 2 Zephyr or Zodiac, Sunbeam Alpine etc etc..

get a copy of Practical Classics for some ideas, plenty of ads in the back.

The price of classics has risen more than people realise. You would have to be very lucky to get a good Rover P5 or any kind of Jensen for £5K. You should be okay with the Triumphs you've listed.

If you've not had a classic before, just remember they are a world away in terms of driving from moderns and do need looking after.

Lockhouse
8th May 2012, 10:02
The price of classics has risen more than people realise. You would have to be very lucky to get a good Rover P5 or any kind of Jensen for £5K. You should be okay with the Triumphs you've listed.

If you've not had a classic before, just remember they are a world away in terms of driving from moderns and do need looking after.

There are asking prices and then there are the prices people actually get. In my experience they are a world apart. (....I actually have two classic cars for sale at the moment for a lot more than £5k...)

The_Equalizer
8th May 2012, 11:09
There are asking prices and then there are the prices people actually get. In my experience they are a world apart. (....I actually have two classic cars for sale at the moment for a lot more than £5k...)

Are you suggesting that the two you are selling are overpriced? :wink

I too know my classics and if you could find a half way decent P5 for £5K I would be quite impressed. Even the less fashionable 3-Litre are £10K for a tip-top one. If it's a starter classic I really would recommend the best otherwise you'll be rapidly be put off the whole idea when things go wrong.

I would agree there's strong money being asked for some cars. There's a good variation in the price of E-Types for example.

ChrisPackit
8th May 2012, 12:48
I think the term 'Classic' nowadays includes a great range of cars and I personally think the more modern Classics of the late 70's and 80's are more appealing. Probably due to that fact that that was my 'era' growing up I guess.

I have seen a few of the following for cheap money...

1. S2 / S3 Lotus Esprit - See a few for £4 - 5K - Runners, but needing TLC.
2. Porsche 928 - Great looking coupe, most probably a nightmare if they go wrong.


I spent years with my dad helping restore a Frogeye Sprite to concours condition and shared his pain everytime he broke down by the side of the road, miles from home. From an engineeing perspective, technology came on leaps and bounds over a short period of time from 60's barn-door engineering to moderately sophisticated engines of the 70's and 80's.

70's / 80's all the way for me...

The_Equalizer
8th May 2012, 13:11
I think the term 'Classic' nowadays includes a great range of cars and I personally think the more modern Classics of the late 70's and 80's are more appealing. Probably due to that fact that that was my 'era' growing up I guess.

I have seen a few of the following for cheap money...

1. S2 / S3 Lotus Esprit - See a few for £4 - 5K - Runners, but needing TLC.
2. Porsche 928 - Great looking coupe, most probably a nightmare if they go wrong.


I spent years with my dad helping restore a Frogeye Sprite to concours condition and shared his pain everytime he broke down by the side of the road, miles from home. From an engineeing perspective, technology came on leaps and bounds over a short period of time from 60's barn-door engineering to moderately sophisticated engines of the 70's and 80's.

70's / 80's all the way for me...

Pretty much spot on. I have just bought a 1986 Merc 300SL for £6K and spent about £1.5K getting it spot on. Beautifully built and quick enough for me.

DimPrawn
8th May 2012, 13:20
Gotta be a Capri innit?

Ford : Ford Capri 2.8i, X Reg, 4 Speed. (http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3838777.htm)

Sysman
8th May 2012, 13:25
Pretty much spot on. I have just bought a 1986 Merc 300SL for £6K and spent about £1.5K getting it spot on. Beautifully built and quick enough for me.

Agreed. Even basic runabouts such as I used to rent came a long way in the early to mid 80s.

Porsche 928 though? A mate had one 10 years ago and it was a couple of grand or more for a new clutch.

DimPrawn
8th May 2012, 13:29
An old fave of mine

Lancia : Lancia Montecarlo Now Reduced to &#163;4600 (http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3838799.htm)

ChrisPackit
8th May 2012, 13:32
An old fave of mine

Lancia : Lancia Montecarlo Now Reduced to &#163;4600 (http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3838799.htm)

+1 - Amazing looking car!

DimPrawn
8th May 2012, 13:43
If it were me I'd rather buy something silly for about £5K ish, sod the "classic" tag.

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/2712225.htm
PAUL BROWN : Uk Spec Auto totally stock and in as new condition. (http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3610950.htm)

ChrisPackit
8th May 2012, 13:56
Respect for the Supras !!

http://www.modifiedcars.com/pix/cars_large/16435_12671.jpg

My toy from a few years back....

Lockhouse
8th May 2012, 14:02
Respect for the Supras !!

http://www.modifiedcars.com/pix/cars_large/16435_12671.jpg

My toy from a few years back....

I used to have a TT Aero - superb motor.

Sysman
8th May 2012, 14:04
If it were me I'd rather buy something silly for about £5K ish, sod the "classic" tag.

DCY EUROPE Japanese Import Specialists : Mazda RX7 Type R (http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/2712225.htm)
PAUL BROWN : Uk Spec Auto totally stock and in as new condition. (http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3610950.htm)

The first one reads:

Be first owner in the UK of this extreamly clean and stunning Mazda RX7 Type R Turbo, Handpicked fresh import direct in from Japan.

Might not be UK spec though. Japan scraps cars after so many years and the good ones get factory refurbished then go as cheap exports. A definite favourite in the third world, but perhaps not up to UK spec. The one I drove had a bell somewhere behind the dashboard which made an annoying chime if you went over 100 Km/h.

DimPrawn
8th May 2012, 14:07
The first one reads:


Might not be UK spec though. Japan scraps cars after so many years and the good ones get factory refurbished then go as cheap exports. A definite favourite in the third world, but perhaps not up to UK spec. The one I drove had a bell somewhere behind the dashboard which made an annoying chime if you went over 100 Km/h.

I've had a few Jap imports.

Remove speed limiter, recalibrate speedo to MPH, fit rear fog light, etc, not rocket science and most import companies do this, get it registered here and MOT'd so its all legit.

milanbenes
8th May 2012, 18:12
SY01,

I'm also approaching mid life crisis time, 40 next year !!!!

Have the Mrs's sign off for a toy.

Some of the ones on my list of potentials... not necessarily in order of preference...

. 80's Bobby Ewing Mercedes SL

. MX5

. Alfa Spyder

. Landrover Defender - wanted on since childhood and still want to join an offroading club


A neighbour has the Alfa and it's a beauty - he also has a 2cv (mentioned already)

The Bobby Ewing Merc, those things are bullet proof and will run long after we've all
left this planet, spares will never end, and these days considered a 'young timer' in Germany.

MX5's also bullet proof and cheap as chips, £3k will pick up a top spec one just look on AutoTrader...

Used MAZDA MX-5 Car for Sale - Auto Trader UK (http://www.autotrader.co.uk/search/used/cars/mazda/mx-5/postcode/np167hf/radius/1500/price-to/3000/maximum-mileage/up_to_60000_miles/page/1/sort/pricedesc)


The Landrover, well it's probably going to be a Defender, ideally 300tdi - no electrics in the engine, something like this would be nice, but this is pricey...

Left Hand Drive 4x4 New and Used Vehicles supplied by Nene Overland (http://www.neneoverland.co.uk/4x4lefthanddrive/4x4lefthanddriveAE56YJX.htm)


Decisions decisions eh


Keep us informed Suity, this is a subject close to my heart as I approach my mide life crisis

Milan.

darmstadt
8th May 2012, 19:07
Here you go:

http://classic-carshow.com/img/450/Bedfordshire_Classic_Ford_Capri_3000_GXL.jpg

Bagpuss
8th May 2012, 19:20
1972 TRIUMPH STAG MANUAL historic tax | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1972-TRIUMPH-STAG-MANUAL-historic-tax-/220988917140?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item3373f74594#ht_1187wt_1270)

Ford Cortina MK1 Deluxe Classic Ford RS GT Cosworth Lotus Twin Cam | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Cortina-MK1-Deluxe-Classic-Ford-RS-GT-Cosworth-Lotus-Twin-Cam-/251055649835?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item3a7415342b#ht_1660wt_1270)

1975 TRIUMPH SPITFIRE 1500 BLUE | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1975-TRIUMPH-SPITFIRE-1500-BLUE-/180874718280?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item2a1cf92c48#ht_768wt_1270)

PORSCHE 944. 2.5 1984.WHITE.GENUINE 56,000 MILES. EXTENSIVE HISTORY. | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PORSCHE-944-2-5-1984-WHITE-GENUINE-56-000-MILES-EXTENSIVE-HISTORY-/320892777432?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item4ab6b333d8#ht_500wt_1287)

1974 SCIMITAR GTE E ODVE,IN YELLOW,TAXED AND TESTED,WOLFRACE WHEELS,NICE CAR | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1974-SCIMITAR-GTE-E-ODVE-IN-YELLOW-TAXED-AND-TESTED-WOLFRACE-WHEELS-NICE-CAR-/120897186246?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item1c2608a9c6#ht_500wt_1287)

1958 LAND ROVER GREEN Series 2 Hard Top 2.25 Petrol loads of work done | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1958-LAND-ROVER-GREEN-Series-2-Hard-Top-2-25-Petrol-loads-work-done-/261002701856?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item3cc4f92c20#ht_844wt_1270)

darmstadt
8th May 2012, 20:04
More SY01 style:

http://motoburg.com/images/skoda-120l-05.jpg

http://thesupplierblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/3875297852_a2c535dbd3.jpg

The_Equalizer
8th May 2012, 20:23
1972 TRIUMPH STAG MANUAL historic tax | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1972-TRIUMPH-STAG-MANUAL-historic-tax-/220988917140?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item3373f74594#ht_1187wt_1270)

Ford Cortina MK1 Deluxe Classic Ford RS GT Cosworth Lotus Twin Cam | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Cortina-MK1-Deluxe-Classic-Ford-RS-GT-Cosworth-Lotus-Twin-Cam-/251055649835?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item3a7415342b#ht_1660wt_1270)

1975 TRIUMPH SPITFIRE 1500 BLUE | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1975-TRIUMPH-SPITFIRE-1500-BLUE-/180874718280?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item2a1cf92c48#ht_768wt_1270)

PORSCHE 944. 2.5 1984.WHITE.GENUINE 56,000 MILES. EXTENSIVE HISTORY. | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PORSCHE-944-2-5-1984-WHITE-GENUINE-56-000-MILES-EXTENSIVE-HISTORY-/320892777432?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item4ab6b333d8#ht_500wt_1287)

1974 SCIMITAR GTE E ODVE,IN YELLOW,TAXED AND TESTED,WOLFRACE WHEELS,NICE CAR | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1974-SCIMITAR-GTE-E-ODVE-IN-YELLOW-TAXED-AND-TESTED-WOLFRACE-WHEELS-NICE-CAR-/120897186246?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item1c2608a9c6#ht_500wt_1287)

1958 LAND ROVER GREEN Series 2 Hard Top 2.25 Petrol loads of work done | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1958-LAND-ROVER-GREEN-Series-2-Hard-Top-2-25-Petrol-loads-work-done-/261002701856?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item3cc4f92c20#ht_844wt_1270)

Do like that Series 2 Land Rover. Must say that, unless you want to tour the country Land Rovers make nice classics with the added bonus that you can go open top and dead straight forward to work on should you want to have a bash. I have a 1981 Series 3 that I drove to the top of this:

Carntogher, Sperrins, Northern Ireland (http://younghappy.deviantart.com/art/Carntogher-149225652)

Don't mind admitting I was rather twitchy on the way up, but once I got into 4-wheel-drive it was no problem at all.

BolshieBastard
9th May 2012, 09:32
MGA drophead in light blue.

Restored, would cost circa 25 grand but would appreciate.

Old Hack
9th May 2012, 12:20
How about an old Rover 3.5 Coupe. Proper old school.

I love old Italian Cars, so the GTV6 would be there, with a Monte Carlo or something like that. Could pick up a nice alfetta for that, or a 75 V6 (still one of the best engines about).

How about an old VW 411E, or fastback?

Be prepared to spend an inordinate amount of your time fixing the things though. Even a car considered reliable in its day would be nothing compared to a 3 yo Cee'd or something like that


What about a BMW 1602/2002 needing some work? Saab 99?

ChrisPackit
9th May 2012, 12:45
Even a car considered reliable in its day would be nothing compared to a 3 yo Cee'd or something like that


I am in the Contractor forum, aren't I?!

Surely no-one on here owns a Kia do they? :ohwell This was supposed to be a thread about classic cars... somehow Kia and classic don't quite go together.

Old Hack
9th May 2012, 13:36
I am in the Contractor forum, aren't I?!

Surely no-one on here owns a Kia do they? :ohwell This was supposed to be a thread about classic cars... somehow Kia and classic don't quite go together.

It was more of a comparison i.e. Reliable cars of 1970-1990 wouldn't hold a candle to the reliability of a modern day car of no reputation. I would suggest it was almost impossible to buy a bad car nowadays, a very unreliable one, whereas in 1970, it was a roll of the dice buying a new car. It's just simply saying if you do buy an old classic of any description, be prepared to spend an awful lot of time on the side of the road, or underneath it. That's all I was trying to say.
HTH

doodab
9th May 2012, 13:59
It was more of a comparison i.e. Reliable cars of 1970-1990 wouldn't hold a candle to the reliability of a modern day car of no reputation. I would suggest it was almost impossible to buy a bad car nowadays, a very unreliable one, whereas in 1970, it was a roll of the dice buying a new car. It's just simply saying if you do buy an old classic of any description, be prepared to spend an awful lot of time on the side of the road, or underneath it. That's all I was trying to say.
HTH

You also need to factor in all the other compromises. Even a decent 70s car will seem fairly agricultural next to something like a focus. The whole driving experience will be different. The roadholding, steering and brakes (or the lack of) will take a bit of getting used to, fuel economy will be rubbish, and you may have to do without mod cons like a decent heater. They are also going to be much less safe in the event of an accident.

DS23
9th May 2012, 14:42
indeed. they will mist up and stay cold and/or get too hot, make worrying noises, constantly break out with rust bubbles, refuse to start.. even the most spartan classic will cost as much as a new car to keep running and it will still break down.

but

there is the awesome grin factor. engines, oil, chrome and rubber... what a great hobby. taking a jalopy to restored beauty is a money pit but it is great fun.

the thing you need more than anything is space. somewhere to store it and the spare parts version that you will inevitably need and then room enough to work on them safely and securely.