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Ha ha, you are both right.

 

And you could almost touch the tarmac with your elbow on the tight bends. That was a different definition of sideways. :-)

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Hi Jorge I for one have 1 GS and 2 GSA, still out there fighting the rust ....about 46 G series left on the road in UK (with another 50 unlicensed/off the road)....not a lot!

 

"One of the most meritorious cars of the 20th Century" . LJK Setright

 

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^^

 

Wow! Feeling envious actually!

 

A GSA Pallas was my father´s first car I can recall. It was a really special car at the time and I still remember very vividly its sound and the "strange" steering wheel. Always fancied one and was tempted into one recently, but I am not sure if I could deal with taking care of that suspension.

 

The AX was my first car. An 11 TRE "inherited" from my mother!, not exactly a GT, but still managed to go sideways...

 

I will go and have a look to see what I find on the web now :-)

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I had an AX-GT for a couple of years, it was great fun!


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Has nobody said Austin Mini Metro yet?

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What a horrible, load of carp that car was.

 

I remember that coming out and being the "saviour of the British motor industry"

 

Buddsy


 

"Belief is the enemy of knowing" - Crrow777

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Indeed - I recall 'seeing' a secretive clay model under a silk cloth on Central news. It was all very exciting!

Even my old Mum had one.

 

Made over 2 million of them in the end though. 


"Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them." Albert Einstein

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I still have the Corgi model in its box with the slogan  "A British car to beat the world"

Bless

 

Jorge - Citroen G suspension is very reliable, only one breakdown for that reason on my old Pallas from 1993 to 2010

 

...until 2 days ago on my ahem...." new "1982 Pallas when I parked put the suspension on high to give it some exercise then dropped the lever to normal height, Car fell like a stone, not supposed to !-then rose again , fell then rose!....no warning lights or leaks, reckon its just a sticky valve no probs since... :huh:  

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Has nobody said Austin Mini Metro yet?

What a horrible, load of carp that car was.

 

The MG Metro Turbo was pretty tasty though. I scrapped one a few years back, I've still got the engine and gearbox waiting to go in an '82 Mini City E. What a street sleeper that will be! Going to keep it completely original outside but with kicked under Cooper 10" steels, full leather interior, water injection, nitrous oxide, variable boost.

 

So many projects, so little time...


I tempted fate...now my Esprit V8 IS in bits...(sob)

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 "A British car to beat the world" Bless

 

Hahaha

 

And a classic motorsport related advert!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEdoWPJ1-Ww

 

Buddsy  :D


 

"Belief is the enemy of knowing" - Crrow777

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The MG Metro Turbo was pretty tasty though. I scrapped one a few years back, I've still got the engine and gearbox waiting to go in an '82 Mini City E. What a street sleeper that will be! Going to keep it completely original outside but with kicked under Cooper 10" steels, full leather interior, water injection, nitrous oxide, variable boost.

 

So many projects, so little time...

 

I recall being on the M1 many years ago when I had a Rover 220 Turbo Coupe - (another near extinct car).   I overtook an ordinary looking Metro - he then floored it.   I was approaching V Max before I finally shook him off and that 220 Turbo was no slouch.  Still intrigued what he had under the bonnet. 

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I'll add a couple, just because they were my first 2 cars....

Seat Ibiza - at 17 I thought I was the boy about town with a "System Porsche"

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And the Citroen ZX Volcane - I learnt a lot about handling, tyres and fixing cars with this one!

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Really !

 

I had an MG Metro but the turbo was a bit lame. Yes it had 20 more bhp but no more torque as the gearbox couldn't take it so apart from a slightly higher top speed there was very little more performance. Both were easily blown away by a Fiesta XR2 and 205 GTi.


I remember driving a Mk4 Ford Escort 1.8D with no power or power steering. It was fine until you got to a corner then shiiiiiit ......

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Fiat Strada? Or what about the bloated minis, like the Maxi and the Ambassador?

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Here's a rarety you hardly ever see anymore. Even when you see 1, you tend to think - don't see many of them anymore. Sorry about the picture quality but this lot in convoy yesterday was really slowing things down. It gave me a good look at what unmarked vehicles are in my area though - 15 badged and 4 stealth.

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My first wa a Minor 1,000 ( Reg No OVD 100 ) which I put a 1500 MGB engine and box into. banded the wheels out to 6J and stuck on couple of lowering brackets. It went like sting with the 11/2 SU carbs. Did a respray and it looked awesome. BL Black Tulip, which was almost like Aubergine. Wow, was I the kid on the block. My second was a mini pickup ( Reg No BUS 10B ) fitted out with a Cooper S engine and box from one I wrecked. It looked bog standard but man could it shift, corners were always taken sideways. Ah memories.

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On 18/07/2015 at 19:13, 910Esprit said:

I recall being on the M1 many years ago when I had a Rover 220 Turbo Coupe - (another near extinct car).   I overtook an ordinary looking Metro - he then floored it.   I was approaching V Max before I finally shook him off and that 220 Turbo was no slouch.  Still intrigued what he had under the bonnet. 

I had a 220 Turbo Coupe as well. Not many left indeed. I loved it. Awesome performance for a stock-ish British car. 200bhp. One of my mates had a 620Ti, he made me laugh. "The same performance as yours buddy but I do it in stealth"


I tempted fate...now my Esprit V8 IS in bits...(sob)

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Anthing made by Humber - a brand lost in time - perhaps ripe for a return if you can buy the rights and have the funds and time to revive a legacy of british car manufacturing.

In regards the Rover SD1 - most are butchered for parts when the rust sets in and engines ripped out and transplanted into kit cars - like what I have.  Those Buick/Rover engines are nice and simple.

Ever see a Vauxhall Calibra going around? they were as popular as Ford Probe/Cougars for a while but seem to have all vanished.  Likewise the Ford SportsKa.

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On 18 July 2015 at 19:13, 910Esprit said:

 

I recall being on the M1 many years ago when I had a Rover 220 Turbo Coupe - (another near extinct car).   I overtook an ordinary looking Metro - he then floored it.   I was approaching V Max before I finally shook him off and that 220 Turbo was no slouch.  Still intrigued what he had under the bonnet. 

He'd have had the 1.4 mpi twin cam unit - I had a 214sei rover many years ago - was tuned and chipped - would kill pretty much anything on the road hot hatch wise - the golf gtis were easy prey


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