My old car history so far...

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#1 My old car history so far...

Post by marsh » Sun May 02, 2010 2:45 pm

Dear all,

This is my recent history of old cars.

It started with this Mk 1 3.4 litre saloon - a wonderful car when it ran properly and the ideal car for the Goodwood Revival. It cost me a fortune and keeping it well maintained was like painting the Forth Road Bridge...
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It was then joined by this Austin A90 Atlantic, the car that started my love of all things old and British. It was a beautifully original car, but I didn't enjoy driving it as much as I thought I would...

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...so I chopped both of them in and bought this...

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The C-V8 is a very underrated car and I loved every minute of my custodianship. Sadly I hit 40 and thought I should buy something a little more respectable and this arrived in my garage...

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It has covered 24000 from new and was absolutely original. Alas, it was just too good to use, plus it barely fitted into my garage so it too had to go...

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This is hopefully the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship, plus my wife has said if I buy and other cars, she'll bury me under the patio

Marsh
Series 1 3.8 Fixed Head Coupe

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Post by vipergts » Sun May 02, 2010 3:47 pm

Gotta say Marsh....all your cars were in immaculate condition.

Unless you photoshopped them :lol:

Took you a while but you arrived at a proper result in the end. :)
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Post by marsh » Sun May 02, 2010 3:59 pm

Thank you ViperGTS

Photoshop? I wish I knew how to use it!

Thanks for the compliment - I like my cars to be 'just so'. I'm the ideal person to buy a car from as I seem to act as some sort of rehabilitation centre for old cars. I buy them, spend a fortune on making them right and then sell then when they're perfect - it's good for the soul, but not for the bank balance!

The E type is a keeper for sure. It's just undergoing a transformation to its rear end and then it'll be ready for years of service.

Marsh
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Post by christopher storey » Sun May 02, 2010 6:44 pm

They all looked splendid but I particularly like your 3.4 . I have looked for one for a long time, but they are terribly rare now

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Post by vipergts » Sun May 02, 2010 9:13 pm

marsh wrote:Thank you ViperGTS

Photoshop? I wish I knew how to use it!

Thanks for the compliment - I like my cars to be 'just so'. I'm the ideal person to buy a car from as I seem to act as some sort of rehabilitation centre for old cars. I buy them, spend a fortune on making them right and then sell then when they're perfect - it's good for the soul, but not for the bank balance!

The E type is a keeper for sure. It's just undergoing a transformation to its rear end and then it'll be ready for years of service.

Marsh
I'm exactly the same, I'm currently selling 3 cars and they are all absolutely perfect, 1 in particular is 13 years old and done just 5k having owned it from new and never caught out in the rain and never having had paintwork. I never have such luck when I buy cars.

Currently restoring 3 cars and perfecting a couple more and I dare say they'll all end up going to some lucky toad soon.

Anyhow...good luck with the E.......if you ever end up having the engine out and tackle a front end refurb then good luck....there's plenty there.
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#6 Lovely

Post by Aldeburgh » Thu May 06, 2010 1:03 pm

Way to go Marsh, she is a honey.

The V12 2+2 really is unbelievable value relative to any other E and it is a very civilised motorcar. Mind you, you can hustle them along too if the mood takes you. I wonder if prices will ever rival the earlier ones..?

Looks as if you have a webasto roof there, lovely for a sunny day: mine has a factory sunroof and I have to say it is all but a rag top with it open and all the windows down.

Look forward to seeing it sometime.
'73 V12 2+2 Manual. I am on first name terms with every petrol pump attendant in the south of England.

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Post by marsh » Wed May 12, 2010 11:09 am

Thank you for the compliments, though this is what it looked like last week...

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The car looked almost perfect when I bought it, with just the tiniest blemish on the driver side lip of the arch, but as soon as we started digging...

These are the new panels we needed...

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Amazingly, due to the magic of Alan Proctor, the car is now ready for collection and bodily is better than new, even if the bank balance is feeling a little dented...

Lee
Series 1 3.8 Fixed Head Coupe

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