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Classic car people 15:30 - Mar 16 with 2186 viewsclive_baker

I don't think I would ever be bothered about owning a classic car (not that I have the money). Seems like a lot of faff and I'm not into them enough, but I do like looking at them. I walked past a neighbour earlier polishing his Mercedes 190 SL and I have to say that's a cool car.

What are the best ones, for a novice like me? E Type Jag?

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Classic car people on 15:32 - Mar 16 with 1400 viewsEwan_Oozami

Reliant Scimitar - stylish British classic car with added frission of potential death every time you drive it - especially the 3 litre version...they are the Starfighters of the classic car world...

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Classic car people on 15:33 - Mar 16 with 1399 viewsEdwardStone

I am glad you asked

I am just about to advertise my fine classic motor....1956 Gaz 69

Easy to drive, no-nonsense, go anywhere Russian Army utility truck

Stylish, comfortable and a joy to own

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Classic car people on 15:43 - Mar 16 with 1367 viewsStokieBlue

Assuming it magically works and you don't ever have to spend a fortune fixing them then a Jenson Interceptor is rather nice.



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Classic car people on 15:46 - Mar 16 with 1356 viewsBarcaBlue

Many years ago I had €7000 squirreled away to put towards a Citroen DS21 Pallas. My wife decided the money would go towards buying a house. We still have the house but I haven't got the car. Just looked and there are not many under €18000 in decent shape. I haven't given up hope though so that would be.my buy.
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Classic car people on 15:49 - Mar 16 with 1344 viewsjeera

Classic car people on 15:43 - Mar 16 by StokieBlue

Assuming it magically works and you don't ever have to spend a fortune fixing them then a Jenson Interceptor is rather nice.



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Would be my first choice ever since The Saint.

Edit: got my dates mixed up.
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Well it looks like a duck, it sounds like a duck. Nope, dunno what it is.
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Classic car people on 15:52 - Mar 16 with 1339 viewsbluefunk

Classic car people on 15:49 - Mar 16 by jeera

Would be my first choice ever since The Saint.

Edit: got my dates mixed up.
[Post edited 16 Mar 16:03]


didnt the Saint drive a Volvo P1800?
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Classic car people on 15:53 - Mar 16 with 1333 viewsEdwardStone

Classic car people on 15:49 - Mar 16 by jeera

Would be my first choice ever since The Saint.

Edit: got my dates mixed up.
[Post edited 16 Mar 16:03]


Although didn't The Saint drive a Volvo?

A P1800 IIRC

Looks very similar
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Classic car people on 15:56 - Mar 16 with 1313 viewsCoastalblue

Classic car people on 15:43 - Mar 16 by StokieBlue

Assuming it magically works and you don't ever have to spend a fortune fixing them then a Jenson Interceptor is rather nice.



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My old man had one of those, my fault he ended up selling it because I used to complain about the lack of room in the back.

Classic cars are changing these days, doesn't have to be a Jag, or MGB or whatever nowadays, you can spend more on an 80's Ford than some of those.

I had a Toyota Supra at one time, loved it to bits, never really wanted to sell it but couldn't justify keeping it, makes me cry seeing what they are selling for now for a clean good one (mine was mint)

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Classic car people on 15:57 - Mar 16 with 1309 viewsusm

Depends how far back you want to go and how much you want to pay, but how about

Mk1 Lotus Cortina
Ford Cortina Mk2 1600E
Capri 2.8i

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Classic car people on 15:58 - Mar 16 with 1305 viewsjeera

Classic car people on 15:53 - Mar 16 by EdwardStone

Although didn't The Saint drive a Volvo?

A P1800 IIRC

Looks very similar


He drove a JI in the feature length films or something.

It was certainly his car of choice in the book I had.

Although that was described as having white pig skin seats!

Not sure how practical that would be.

Well it looks like a duck, it sounds like a duck. Nope, dunno what it is.
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Classic car people on 15:59 - Mar 16 with 1301 viewsEdwardStone

Classic car people on 15:53 - Mar 16 by EdwardStone

Although didn't The Saint drive a Volvo?

A P1800 IIRC

Looks very similar


A moment on Google has been enlightening

In the tv series The Saint, Roger Moore, drove a Volvo

But in the 2 movies a different Saint drove a Jensen
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Classic car people on 16:01 - Mar 16 with 1287 viewsjeera

Classic car people on 15:59 - Mar 16 by EdwardStone

A moment on Google has been enlightening

In the tv series The Saint, Roger Moore, drove a Volvo

But in the 2 movies a different Saint drove a Jensen


D'you know what?

I had forgotten Moore had played the original Saint.

It's Dutton I was visualising yes.

Well it looks like a duck, it sounds like a duck. Nope, dunno what it is.
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Classic car people on 16:03 - Mar 16 with 1272 viewsChurchman

Classic car people on 15:43 - Mar 16 by StokieBlue

Assuming it magically works and you don't ever have to spend a fortune fixing them then a Jenson Interceptor is rather nice.



SB


I loved the look of the Jensen Interceptor from the first time I clapped eyes on it. I’d love one and the money for a mechanic to keep it going.

I always had a hankering for a Triumph Stag too. It just looked, and still does, the business. Shame about the engine problems, electrical problems, rust problems, build problems. A friend had a white one a good few years ago now and it was great to drive, despite being a wreck.

I’ve thought about a classic car to play about with, but I’m just not good enough with mechanics to make it anything but a chore.
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Classic car people on 16:14 - Mar 16 with 1237 viewsEdwardStone

Classic car people on 16:01 - Mar 16 by jeera

D'you know what?

I had forgotten Moore had played the original Saint.

It's Dutton I was visualising yes.


Roger Moore in a cream coloured safari suit

And a quizzically raised eyebrow

That is my enduring memory

Apparently he designed all his clothes for the series, that prerogative was written into his contract

I didn't even know that there were a couple of feature films made....every day is a school day
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Classic car people on 16:28 - Mar 16 with 1207 viewsPinewoodblue

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Classic car people on 16:37 - Mar 16 with 1179 viewsearlsgreenblue

It’s all about your pockets, ie how deep they are? Some relatively nice but not too old MGs & Triumphs, Fords, etc, (keeps price sensible) moving in to the more exotics Jags, Ferraris, Porsche, Lamborghini, but then can be silly money to buy & keep on the road.
Personally I like em all, even an early mini with sliding door windows (+++++$) a nice 2.8i Capri maybe, not so heavy on maintenance & buying & still fun, I’ve plenty of classic Ford & Vauxhall contacts in Suffolk if you decide to go that route.
If you can’t do the simple things then going into a garage can be expensive, again I’ve got several people “who can” depends on the make?
Regards, garage owner retired.
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Classic car people on 16:40 - Mar 16 with 1167 viewsjeera

Classic car people on 16:37 - Mar 16 by earlsgreenblue

It’s all about your pockets, ie how deep they are? Some relatively nice but not too old MGs & Triumphs, Fords, etc, (keeps price sensible) moving in to the more exotics Jags, Ferraris, Porsche, Lamborghini, but then can be silly money to buy & keep on the road.
Personally I like em all, even an early mini with sliding door windows (+++++$) a nice 2.8i Capri maybe, not so heavy on maintenance & buying & still fun, I’ve plenty of classic Ford & Vauxhall contacts in Suffolk if you decide to go that route.
If you can’t do the simple things then going into a garage can be expensive, again I’ve got several people “who can” depends on the make?
Regards, garage owner retired.


I remember how keeping a car on the road used to mean having a can of WD40 and a wire brush.

And having a mate who was a dab hand at knocking out rust and replacing it with a bit of filler!

Ok, maybe also a basic socket set to be fair.

Well it looks like a duck, it sounds like a duck. Nope, dunno what it is.
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Classic car people on 16:42 - Mar 16 with 1157 viewsSwansea_Blue

I think you've really got to have the bug and want to spend time on them. My BIL has a whole bunch of old cars (first series Fiat 500, a couple of Fiat X19s, Fiat coupe - he likes Fiats!). None are going to allow him to retire early, he only has them because he loves re-building and tinkering with cars (only the Coupe isn't a full re-build). Him and my FIL also have a bunch of tractors they've completely rebuilt too.

It has to be in your blood and a main hobby unless you've got deep pockets I suspect.

I like them to look at, but know from my own experience with owning a couple of old Landies in the past that I really don't want to spend weekends under the bonnet of a car.

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Classic car people on 16:51 - Mar 16 with 1139 viewsBluespeed225

Classic car people on 16:14 - Mar 16 by EdwardStone

Roger Moore in a cream coloured safari suit

And a quizzically raised eyebrow

That is my enduring memory

Apparently he designed all his clothes for the series, that prerogative was written into his contract

I didn't even know that there were a couple of feature films made....every day is a school day


He's in Itlay in one, chased by mafia hoods on Lambrettas. i recently lost out on a safari jacket on ebay! It's a look!
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Classic car people on 17:53 - Mar 16 with 1036 viewsChurchman

Classic car people on 16:40 - Mar 16 by jeera

I remember how keeping a car on the road used to mean having a can of WD40 and a wire brush.

And having a mate who was a dab hand at knocking out rust and replacing it with a bit of filler!

Ok, maybe also a basic socket set to be fair.


Usually on a Sunday. We were always trying to keep the cars going, mucking about with the points, plugs, timing etc. I was the kind of idiot that undid the bottom hose of the radiator while underneath it. Bad result.

Probably the best was when we re-wired my buddy’s Escort Mk1. We had a load of wires left over so did them up in a bow and left them. The car worked ok. Well it did till it caught fire a couple of weeks later. We also did an engine change on a Marina that a mate had seized solid. You wouldn’t believe the volume of nuts and bolts we had left over. It never sounded quite right.

A new favourite I might have, in an ideal world, is a Ford Capri Mk1 Facelift. Somebody I knew had a two litre one in Daytona Yellow with a black bonnet. It looked the business and went like hell. Great car.
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Classic car people on 18:14 - Mar 16 with 992 viewsjeera

Classic car people on 17:53 - Mar 16 by Churchman

Usually on a Sunday. We were always trying to keep the cars going, mucking about with the points, plugs, timing etc. I was the kind of idiot that undid the bottom hose of the radiator while underneath it. Bad result.

Probably the best was when we re-wired my buddy’s Escort Mk1. We had a load of wires left over so did them up in a bow and left them. The car worked ok. Well it did till it caught fire a couple of weeks later. We also did an engine change on a Marina that a mate had seized solid. You wouldn’t believe the volume of nuts and bolts we had left over. It never sounded quite right.

A new favourite I might have, in an ideal world, is a Ford Capri Mk1 Facelift. Somebody I knew had a two litre one in Daytona Yellow with a black bonnet. It looked the business and went like hell. Great car.
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Ha. Like you I tried a few projects myself, some more successful than others.

One day a mate came over to repair a head gasket with me on my old van.

I was most impressed when he showed me how it should done, with an organised bench, labelling everything along the way and noting the order in which parts were removed.

I could then see how my impatience and lack of ability to follow proper instructions had hindered me in the past.

Well it looks like a duck, it sounds like a duck. Nope, dunno what it is.
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Classic car people on 18:41 - Mar 16 with 941 viewsdickie

I've got a 1972 Triumph Spitfire in the garage, I inherited it when my Mum died in 2007 and have lugged it around since then at various dwellings. For my wedding day I got it just about roadworthy and put a bent MOT on it but I haven't driven it since that day. It only wants about 1-2k spent on it to get out running well but it hasn't been a priority since having kids (2 seater!) and since we did our T4 camper conversion. One day in the future it'll be on the road (by which time I'll definitely be old enough for a midlife crisis), I'm almost tempted to do an EV conversion on it.

The ridiculous thing though is the amount of vehicles we've got - 2 cars, 1 classic and a 90s camper and only 2 of them are currently roadworthy
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Classic car people on 19:03 - Mar 16 with 904 viewsazuremerlangus

All the classics are already too much money?

I think a cheaper option is to try and identify tomorrow's classic car - and the spares will be easier to get hold of too.

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Classic car people on 19:04 - Mar 16 with 900 viewsjeera

Classic car people on 19:03 - Mar 16 by azuremerlangus

All the classics are already too much money?

I think a cheaper option is to try and identify tomorrow's classic car - and the spares will be easier to get hold of too.


Just hang on to your current car for the next 30 years!

Well it looks like a duck, it sounds like a duck. Nope, dunno what it is.
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Classic car people on 19:06 - Mar 16 with 897 viewsazuremerlangus

Classic car people on 19:04 - Mar 16 by jeera

Just hang on to your current car for the next 30 years!


A Hyundai is never going to be a classic.

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