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Thought it might be interesting to see what cars people have had in the past and what views on some were, I've had a few stinkers and a couple of gems.

1) 1984 VW Passat Hatchback. 1.6 It was my Mums, before, handled like a boat. but was pretty reliable, uncool.

2) 1991 VW Passat a saloon, comfy but a big barge, and not cool.

3) 1996 Honda Prelude VTEC, had it lowered on Honda kit. went like stink and corned on rails. Great reliable car, miss it. 

4) 1998 Jag XJ Executive 3.2 Straight six. most comfortable car I have had, but was like parking a supertanker. Sold to a chap in Munich.

5) 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo, no need to say anything

6) 2005 Fiat Stilo 1.9JTD. Cheap as chips to run and still going strong! but crap electrics, blows headlamp bulbs constantly.

7) 2007 Alfa Romeo 159 3.2 Q4. 4wd drive and a great V6, drinks like a sailor on shore leave and being an Alfa, breaksdown.

8.  2016 Suzuki Swift Sport, fantastic car, fully loaded, goes well handles great. Highly recommended. 

 


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88 Esprit NA, 89 Esprit Turbo SE, Evora, Evora S, Evora IPS, Evora S IPS, Evora S IPS SR, Evora 400, Elise S1, Elise S1 111s, Evora GT410 Sport

Evora NA

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My selection. 
 

1980 Ford Escort 1.3GL

1986 Vauxhall Nova SR

1992 Vauxhall Nova SRi

1992 Renault Clio 16v

1992 Honda CRX VTEC

1999 Vauxhall Astra SRi

2000 Honda S2000

2002 Honda Civic Type R

2005 Honda Civic Type R

2006 Honda S2000 GT

2011 Toyota Verso

Nissan Lease Cars

2014 Nissan Juke NTEC

2015 Nissan Juke Tekna

2016 Nissan Qashqai Tekna

2017 Nissan Juke Tekna

Current cars

2016 Lotus Elise 220 Cup

2018 Volvo V40 T3 R Design

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Mk1 Vauxhall Astra 1.3 L

Mk3 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0

Triumph Spitfire 1500 x 2

Triumph  Stag

Vauxhall Omega 3ltr elite estate

MGB GT

Lotus Excel SE

Peugeot 205

Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2

Daewoo Matiz

Mk4 Ford Escort

Mondeo Estate x2

Skoda Superb

Lotus Esprit n/a

Skoda Fabia Mk1

GTM K3

Skoda Fabia Mk2

VW passat tdi estate

Skoda Yeti

Peugeot 107

Mr2 roadster x 2

Moves about a bit depending on what we need at the time.  

 

 

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  1. 1982-1984. 1972 Mk 1 Capri 1.6L, DVLA states it was red, but it was more orange when I bought it at 10 years old. A complete rust bucket. Bought from a work mates brother for £350, sold to a colleague at work for £300 - off the road permanently a year later.
  2. 1984-1987. Escort 1.3L, bought brand new (by me) as a 21st birthday present.
  3. 1987. 1982 Turbo Esprit - still have it. Put back on the road in 2012 after a long hiatus when I was in Africa and after getting back to the UK.
  4. 1991-1994. 1987 Excel SE. Black with Magnolia interior - bought on the day the first gulf war started from Norfolk Motor company - listed to R4 on the way to Norwich. Loved the interior when I bought it, hated it a couple of months later. Cold in the winter hot in the summer, and a nightmare to keep clean. Condensation built up inside was horrible, and permanently damp carpet during the winter.
  5. 1994-1997. 1980 3.5L 2 door Range Rover in white, exported it to Africa when I moved there. Great car to own out there went everywhere, but very thirsty on fuel.
  6. 1997-1999. Toyota Starlet. Much better on fuel for running around Kampala. Sunroof leaked - but only on the passenger :) so that was OK.
  7. 1999-2005. Toyota Corolla. Bought to travel round the country checking the Y2K issue for the Danish Embassy. Very reliable, no issues with it.
  8. 2005-2007. 1994 Escort 1.6. Cost £500. Was a good first car for back in the UK to allow us to get sorted out.
  9. 2008-2013. 2006 Renault Megane Estate. Bought as the family had expanded and needed the space. Really liked this car, only replaced it once the bills started to increase.
  10. 2013-2019. 2011 Peugeot 3008. Again, I really liked this car - but towards the end had a load of very expensive engine issues and had to replace it.
  11. 2015. 1989 Excel SE - still have it, Used 3 or 4 times a week. Condensation built up inside is horrible - nothing has changed.
  12. 2019-2019. 2018 Audi A3. Company car. An OK car, but frustrating. Handed back as soon as I got the tax bill - was costing over £350 a month, when the accountant told me it was £240.month.
  13. 2019. 2019 Mazda 6 Leased new.. Great car, Bottom spec model, but has exactly all the features I want.  Could do with a little more power. May have under estimated the miles I'm going to drive over the 2-year lease though.

Also, for my wife - Auto transmission.

  1. 2013-2019. 2010 Peugeot 107. Great run-around for the town, not so great for motorways. Wife's first car. Would recommend it.
  2. 2019. 2019 Mazda 2. Wife wanted a bigger car and for longer journeys. Been really good so far.
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  1. 1968 Renault R10 green 68
  2. 1974 Renault R15TS yellow
  3. No Idea Canstel Clubman Triumph held based Aussie Kit car
  4. 1964 Lotus Elan S2 yellow
  5. 1985 Peugeot 504GL brown
  6. 1973 Porsche 911 2.4S green
  7. 1968 Clan Crusader green ( factory competition car)
  8. 1972 Honda Civic silver
  9. 1973 Honda Civic Blue
  10. 1984 Alfa 33 TI red
  11. Westfield Lotus eleven/green (unfinished Kit)
  12. 1974 Maserati Merak
  13. 1978 Maserati Khamsin
  14. 1997 Honda Accord met red
  15. 1976 Datsun 1200 Ute white
  16. 1978 Fiat X/19 Blue
  17. 1984 Pug 205 GTI
  18. 1994 Hyundai Lantra
  19. 1998 Porsche 993 Carrera S Auto
  20. 1974 Red X/19 Lancia 2ltr
  21. 2009 Honda Type R FN2
  22. 2009 Honda Euro White
  23. 1972 Lotus Elan sprint yellow white
  24. 1970 Alfa 1750 S2
  25. 2000 Ferrari 456M Manual
  26. Currently owned
  27. 2013 Volvo XC60 blue green
  28. 2011 Toyota ute
  29. 1985 Caterham 7
  30. 2016 Lotus Evora 400
  31. 268P (1966 One off restoration)
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50 minutes ago, au-yt said:
  • 1974 Maserati Merak
  • 1978 Maserati Khamsin

Good history. What were the Maserati like? 

X1/9 has never happened for me but would like to find a very early one without the US lardy bumpers. 

Justin 

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What I can remember:

Renault 4 (1st car) - Free

Triumph GT6 MKIII (Paid £475)

Triumph TR6 (Paid £2200) 

Renault 4 (to rebody the the original one I crashed)

Triumph Dolomite 1850 (paid £40) worst car ever invented

Saab 95 (Paid £100) 

Saab 96 (swapped for Saab 96)

Triumph Spitfire MKIII (paid £40 then restored by me)

Saab 900 (paid £1850)

1980 Lous Esprit Series 2 (paid £5750)

Triumph TR6 (paid £3200 then restored by me)

1984 Lotus Turbo Esprit (paid £8900) - My current Lotus

Rover 220 Coupe Turbo (fast with a scary chassis)

Honda Civic Tyoe R

Honda Accord DTEC

Nissan Micra K11 - Paid £200 6 years ago - it has never gone wrong....

Also currently got:

1991 Suzuki DR350 motocrosser

1973 Triunph Trident (1st British 3 cylinder 750 superbike)

 

 

 

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1.0 Austin Metro City - cheap to run and reliable but rusted away.

1.6 Capri Laser - possibly my favourite car, finished in black, utterly reliable and when it departed at 18 years of age and 100,000 miles plus was utterly sound bodywork and mechanically.

Capri 2.8 Injection Special - quick, comfortable, great sounding and utterly reliable.

Escort RS Turbo - nice car, a real pleasure to drive.

Sapphire Cosworth - tuned to 375 BhP it was insanely fast but dangerous to drive in the wet and troublesome!- had to go.

Dolomite Sprint - tuned to 150bhp the car was a real sleeper.

mk 6 Escort TD - slow but reliable and cheap to run.

3.2 911 Supersport - looked the business but heavy and antiquated to drive. I cannot fathom why these cars are so sought after.

1997 Escort GTi - 120,000 miles of trouble free motoring. A decent everyday car.

ka 1.3 - cheap and fun to drive.

cmax 1.5 diesel - Owened twelve years and apart from servicing the only cost was a replacement battery. Utterly rock solid.

s2 Exige S - loved that car, wish I’d kept it.
 

Evora 400 - the grown up lotus, not used as much as it should be but it is everything you need from a car. Still own.

Mini Cooper - my everyday car. Tiny boot, rear seats less usable than the Evora but a fun little car.

 

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16 minutes ago, Frickin_idiot said:

Dolomite Sprint - tuned to 150bhp the car was a real sleeper.

Loved my Dolly Sprint. Definitely needed more power, I fitted a bespoke exhaust by Jigsaw Racing but it needed more and I wasn't willing to indulge with gas-flowed head etc...I spent on the Excel instead. 

I miss the Sprint. Special interior, lovely gearbox, mine was very well built (1979 car, bought in 2011, it was solid and rattle free, never restored), classic looks, neat alloys, practical and full of charm. I once did 599 miles in one day, felt totally fresh at the end. 20,000 miles in 5 years, great car. Could have been the 3 series Brit....but events meant otherwise. 

Justin 

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1 hour ago, jep said:

Good history. What were the Maserati like? 

X1/9 has never happened for me but would like to find a very early one without the US lardy bumpers. 

Justin 

Loved the Maserati’s the Merak is actually a really nice car in RHD but not as fast as the Dino or 3 litre Urraco, but better built. The Khamsin is far better to drive than either the Ferraris and lambs of the same era, just the hydralics spooks people which is just silly as it D series and SM Citroen parts. I’d still love the Khamsin just after 20 years 10 of which was a restoration, I wanted a change silly me...however the 400 for me is in some way similar, unique, fast and easy to look after, love it.

X1/9s are great except most have reverted to there organic state. These guys are great for fiat bits https://www.midwest-bayless.com

 

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1 hour ago, au-yt said:

..however the 400 for me is in some way similar, unique, fast and easy to look after, love it.

Evora is an event car, every journey. It does make owning some of the older stuff, with on-going maintenance, less appealing. I was always attracted to classics over moderns but Evora has now skewed this.

Justin 

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In the order acquired starting with the van I bought off my Dad’s company at the end of 1975.  Many owned at the same time.  Shortest tenure was the GT6 at 6 weeks because a mate notice how it crabbed.  It was a lovely shiny cut and shut job that I quickly sold on to a pair of mechanics.  Longest tenure is the Esprit which is coming up for 30 years in April.  Bold are the ones I still have.

1972 Ford 8cwt Van

1971 Triumph GT6

1972 Ford Capri 3.0 GT XLR

1970 Mini 1000

1967 MG Midget

1974 Mini Clubman 1000

1976 Lightspeed Magenta

1975 Triumph Dolomite Sprint

1978 MG Midget

1978 Fiat X1/9 1500

1981 Ford XR3

1972 Mini 1275 GT

1986 Ford Escort RS Turbo S1

1984 VW 1.3 GL

1987 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6

1983 Jeep Renegade 4.2

1986 Lotus Turbo Esprit

1987 BMW 320i (E30)

1991 BMW 320i (E36)

1991 VW Polo 1.4

1992 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton (No 808)

1981 Talbot Sunbeam Lotus S1

1994 Lotus Elan M100 S2 (No 423)

2003 Ford F150 Harley Davidson Ltd Edition 5.4 SC

2002 Range Rover 4.4

2007 Suzuki Jimny JLX+

2007 Range Rover 4.2 SC

2012 Range Rover 5.0 SC AB

2018 BMW i3 BEV

 

Bikes

1987 Kawasaki KMX 125

1991 Honda VFR 750 FL

1996 Honda VTR 1000 Firestorm

2001 Honda VTR 1000 SP1 RC 51

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Loving Lionel and Eleanor......missing Charlie and Sonny

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