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7 hours ago, machine7 said:

And 3-pots. BMW i8 or Koenigsegg Gemera?

And 2 cylinder. Twin Air Fiat and original 500.

3 cylinder remarkably common nowadays. Fiesta, Twingo, Corsa etc... 

Justin 

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2 hours ago, jep said:

And 2 cylinder. Twin Air Fiat and original 500.

3 cylinder remarkably common nowadays. Fiesta, Twingo, Corsa etc... 

Justin 

Come on fellas, Koeniggsegg aside, what self respecting petrolhead would want to be seen in any of those??? :shock: I had 2 cylinders on one of my motorbikes, which is acceptable, but definitely draw the line beyond that. :)

Several years ago, my wife was keen to have one of those 2 seat convertible Street Ka girlie cars, which I quickly vetoed on the basis that I might need to borrow her car one day if mine were ever out of action. OK, I know it was a 4 pot but still, my male pride would never have let me drive it! Same goes with 2 and 3 pot car engines.:D 

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My missus has a current 3 cylinder turbo Polo. Nice little engine ruined by an eco-mentalist long 5 speed gearbox, which saps all the energy out of it. It also defeats the point, since you always have to drive it in a gear lower than you would expect to, hence ruining the fuel economy and increasing emissions. Not that VW ever had a problem with emissions legislation!

Her previous pre-Dieselgate generation Polo had a nice close ratio 6 speed box and you could really rag that car.

 

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Twingo 2 cylinder turbo is an ace little car. Rear wheel drive, cheap, reliable, revvy. 

I really liked the Twin Air modern 500 engine, it rev'd nicely. The only problem was MPG at mid-30s. My 1980s Nova did better than that.

Fiat Abarth 595. Gordon Murray is fan.

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1: Mk1 Escort estate.  My first car. Bought it off my Dad for £100

2: Peugeot 104

4: Austin Allegro...    :getmecoat:

5: Vauxhall Nova

6: Mk1 Proton.  First and only car I have bought new

7:  Astra x3

8: Belmont

9: Corsa x3

10: Cavalier

11: Locost Current

12: Omega V6 Current

13: Nissan Qashqai Current

 

 

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On 02/02/2020 at 09:43, chris said:

year bought - car

1997 - 1988 peugeot 309 1.3 gr profile(first car)

1998 - 1990 peugeot 309 gti 5 door

2000 - 1993 saab 900 se 

2002 - 1988 lotus esprit turbo (still got)

2004 - 1992 peugeot 405 sri (daily driver required cause of the Esprit)

2005 - 1988 fiat x1/9 (project car, was single and could afford the time and money to have 3 cars)

2006 - 1992 peugeot 309 gti 2 door 

2007 - 1998 saab 9-5 se

2009 - 2001 saab 9-5 aero stage 3

2012 - 2008 alfa romeo 159 2.4 lusso tuned to 280bhp

since 2016 just the Esprit

will need another daily driver soon as changing jobs... thinking maybe a spin in a Mercedes cls500 before going for a maserati ghibli (wife won’t let me have a bentley continental 🥺)

 

 


 

2020 - 2015 maserati ghibli 3L petrol 421bhp

A lotus and a Maserati🤤,what have I done!!!!! 🤦‍♂️ 😬 

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@JNW3 wonderful list of cars. My S1 Elise was done by an exhaust to front clam back in the day.

Early 928 are so intoxicating to look at; they have a certain class and beauty, inside and out. Agreed about driving them, even the manuals are disappointing. The S4 is so different and really very good. 

XJ-S V12, brilliant induction roar and silent tail pipe. Magical and auto suits them. Later XJS, particularly the R are a disappointment. I have a manual XJ6 from '73 and on balance I think I prefer the 6 cylinder engine. Lighter, more economical. XJ does lean in corners but once there it hangs on and does not pitch and roll so keeps its composure. Cheap 'cos they made so many but up there with the very best.

Esprit: I really do need to get another, it has been 15 years+ since I had one. Essex is so special.

Justin

 

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9 hours ago, LOTUSMAN33 said:

FBED0293-63EB-4740-BADC-9C02ACB0937E.jpeg.8ce7f2ac422f9ef8ce92a2c1fa5b13eb.jpegPeugeot GTI’s, now that takes me back. Fantastic fun cars and don’t see many these days but values like all hot hatches are very strong. 👍🏻👍🏻

I love them Dave superb cars bloke around here has a mint 205 19 in grey I always have a chat with him whenever I see him, he did say there was a deal to be done with the Esprit but I just don’t love them that much. The 1.6 was the better car out of the two but the 309 was better than both it really was. I remember doing the fog lights in yellow and had some number plates made up in France so it looked more French, oh to be 20 again probably looked like a right tit  😂

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In 1987, my brother bought a 205GTi, I bought a Renault 5GT Turbo and we persuaded Mother to get a 309SRi. 

Happy, happy, lucky and special days. 

Personally, I still prefer the 5, just love a turbo but all fab. 

Justin 

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2 hours ago, jep said:

In 1987, my brother bought a 205GTi, I bought a Renault 5GT Turbo and we persuaded Mother to get a 309SRi. 

Happy, happy, lucky and special days. 

Personally, I still prefer the 5, just love a turbo but all fab. 

Justin 

Agree in some ways but the a few mates had the 5GT they were wild things and  bloody fast in the day but I have to still say the 309 GTI was sublime but I would also comment that the 106 GTI was the best of the bunch, I seem to remember that a car mag done a real road test between one of them and a Diablo and on real B roads and the lambo could not get away from it. 
Next Google search 106 GTIs 😂

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Back in the day I used to do a 20 mile A/B road drive to the station in a company Corsa GSI. I drove it fast, knew the road like the back of my hand and given the time I was travelling there was nothing on the road.

Occasionally a white 106 GTI appeared in front of me. Didn't look as if it would be that fast but blimey have to say that it was proper quick.

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On 24/04/2020 at 21:35, Dan E said:

Right let’s give this a go 

1. MK 2 Escort in beige with dog tooth seats 13L I think 

2. MG Midget which I built with the old man, steel cranked 1380 engine, full fibreglass front end it was a replica of the “Safety Fast” race car, crashed into a bus stop after running out of talent, rebuilt again would love to get that back but can’t find it 

3. Rover SDI Vitesse Moonraker Blue if I remember correctly with velour interior 

4. 309 GTI I actually backed this into the Vitesse and damaged both 😂

5. 205 GTI 1.6 

6. 205 GTI 1.9 

7. BMW 325 with full Hartage conversion brilliant car, mate put it through a fence then into the side of a house so that was the end of that 

8. Holden 202 (I think) station wagon in Australia bought in Sydney drove up the East Coast to Cape Tribulation then back down to Townsville across, then up to Darwin, back down the centre to Adelaide and Canberra (the worlds most boring city) across the Nullarbor Plain to Perth then up the West Coast to Kimberley then back to Perth where I sold it for 500 AUD more than I bought it for. Water pump went about 50k from Ayers Rock we had water but run out about 10k out so we just carried on it got so hot the paint on the bonnet started bubbling. Thought it was buggered found a local mechanic and he was like it will be fine pick it up in the morning and it was. Amazing car 3 speed column change. 
 

9. Back to the UK a other 205 GTI 1.6 

10. First flat purchase so a £350 Vauxhall Cavalier 1.6 GL possibly, with a dent up the arse bought at auction 

11. 1000mile Renault 1.9 16v the single most unreliable car I have ever owned absolute piece of shit 

12. New 106 GTI brilliant car so quick and handled like nothing else. 

13. Merc W123 280CE coupe still want another one of them 

14. New 2000 S1 Elise funnily enough that had 2 new front clam shells after it twice got backed into at the station also done its head gasket 

15. Merc E280 petrol Saloon 

16. Merc E350 petrol saloon 

17. Merc C220 saloon 

18. 1989 300SL it was mint Black with grey leather shouldn’t have sold that 

19. C350 Estate sport amazing car I was commuting to Hertfordshire 4 days a week 122Mile round trip never missed a beat and was so comfortable and fast whilst doing 45mpg 

20. E63 with performance pack so 550bhp loved it but petrol consumption was a joke and wife hated it 

21. BMW 330d it was just a car nothing else 

22. 1981 Dry Sump Esprit 

23. BMW 335i grand coupe 

24. Lotus Elan M100 

oh and a bundle of Merc Vito vans not sure how many still have a few but they’re owned by the company so don’t really count and I had an Audi at some point but it was so boring I can’t even remember what model it was but it was definitely red 

probs missed a few 
 

 

 

25. Forgot CLK55 cab 

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10 hours ago, Bazza 907 said:

Occasionally a white 106 GTI appeared in front of me. Didn't look as if it would be that fast but blimey have to say that it was proper quick.

Add lightness. 

I know a few on here are anti-French cars but the small hatches 'til the mid-90s always weighed so little. On twisty B roads, that is such a bonus - just don't hit anything.

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The 80’s hot hatch adverts were great I remember watchI guess them and dreaming of actually owning these hot hatches.

Mind the one that made me go out and actually buy was ...

It was those words ‘I’m going to make you great again’ with Rocky music 😎😎😎

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Mine until someone decided to Nick it 😥

Good car in the day albeit quite heavy.

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I ended up buying another RS2000 in 1998 but preferred the 92 model, ruined when they brought out the GTI with the same kit just no Recaro Seats. 👍🏻

Dave :) 

 

 

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1986 - Ford Escort 1.1

1987 - Ford Escort 1.3

1990 - Ford Escort 1.4GL 

1993 - Ford Mondeo 

1994 - Vauxhall Cavalier Sri 

1997 - Ford Mondeo

1999 - Honda Accord

All above were Company Cars made redundant so start buying my own 

 

1999  - Lotus Esprit n/a  

1999 - Ford Scorpio

2003 - Fiesta Zetec

2004 - BMW Mini

2006 - Lotus Esprit V8

2007 - BMW Mini

2009 - Honda Accord Estate 

2010 - BMW Mini

2013 - BMW Mini

2015 - Lotus Elan S2 M100

2016 - Peugeot 307

2016 - BMW Mini - (still own)

2017 - Ford Fiesta - (still own)

2017 - Mercedes SL350 

2018 - Lotus Evora Sport Racer - (still own)

2019 - Ford Fiesta - (still own)

 

After 30 years of motioning it has now suddenly dawned on me that apart from 4 Lotus buys pretty much everything else there is soleless nothingness lol. 😊

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk - that will teach us to keep mouth shut!

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@mayevora that is quite an interesting history because, as you say, most of it is not exactly cars to get the heart racing. Yet you clearly love Lotus and that is your marque of choice whenever you want thrills.

Refreshing.

Justin 

PS. A shame you sold the Elan 

 

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