Hi Neil, I had another look at the history of 008 out of interest after seeing this subject resurface on Facebook and nearly all of the photo's and information I had on file has been posted under Essex Random Images here on the Forums.
What we need is a new topic for "Essex Random Images" for everyone to focus on and I've one in mind.
This is more for the "senior" members on the Forums who can remember 1982 - so here we go.
Back in 1982 around May time Essex 015 HRD 7 was traded in at Bell & Colvil and since then in 38 years has never resurfaced so where is it ?
No records are held by B & C regarding the new registration number it assumed once HRD 7 had been removed, it would have been a W reg. as 015 was first registered with HRD 7 from new in 1980.
Without the new reg. no. issued by DVLA to replace HRD 7 (data protection rules), it's not possible to do a vehicle check.
Here's some idea's, an Essex was involved in a accident on the B169, "The Ridgeway" Chingford sometime after being traded in at B &C, was this 015 ?
If it was then it was very badly damaged on the drivers side, it hit a tree, the driver/owner survived but is no longer around.
As this was an expensive car back in the day you would have thought it would have been rebuilt it but I rather think if it had it would have resurfaced by now.
Alternatively lets presume it was never written off or recorded by DVLA, so even if we knew what the new reg. was it might be a dead end.
If it was a write off you would assume that an insurance company would have been involved and in turn DVLA, was it insured ?
So here's another alternative, someone bought the salvage and has retained 015's registration documents and salvage ?
Now apparently the key to this might belong with someone who's been on "holiday" for awhile.
I don't know any names or when he's back off "holiday" so that's another dead end.
So what information is out there if any, hopefully there's some answers or someone who knows something ?
So it's here for everyone to speculate over, was it 015 that hit the tree or is was it another Essex ?
I don't know of any Essex extensively repaired apart form 008.
So in conclusion where is Essex 015 ?