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17 hours ago, Derwent said:

When I was in my late teens/early 20s I had an original mark 1 Ford Escort RS Mexico. They go for between 35 and 40 grand now.

As a teen it was the car I admired most, never had enough brass for one and going by the modern price can’t see it happening now. Got a couple of rides in a mates dad’s Mexico and  it was the real deal, a great car, you have been privileged.

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I still own my 2nd ever car, a 1999 MX5, which I've owned for 16 years. It will be a classic one day. 


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5 hours ago, Griff9of13 said:

£4k for a FS1E, wow! :O

Wish I'd kept hold of my FS1E DX which, when I was a proud 16 year old owner, was the dog's; generally considered by the little "fizzy" gang to be the finest example of Japanese 50cc motoring there was in our little town (I'd fitted an after market sports faring in black to complement it's canary yellow).

At 17 I graduated to a Suzuki 250 GT, the last before the X7. Very quick for just a 250.

 

Mine was/is a pre pre DX M reg Orange FS1-e pre mix, drum front brake, original rear carrier and the factory options of indicators and little rear chequer mudflap. I used to get enthusiasts literally crying that i was using it as a winter hack - even when i pointed out it has cost me £50 plus another £65 for a rear mudguard and enduro lighting set (to save/replace the originals) had 34k miles on it and was saving my gpz from being commuted into the ground.

My X5 was the little brother of your X7 - did the X7 have the same strange little tailtidy/boot with a big rubber band to hold the lid on ?

 

Err did i say £4k - this one is near identical to  mine inc year https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Yamaha-FS1E-SS-Sixteener-Special/263904171951?hash=item3d71ea17af:g:5WkAAOSwEWdZzqxA £5499 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

In fact as my brother-in-law bought his in Sheffield (before riding it to Bristol in a day) it could have been in the dealers with it when new

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it will take less and less time for models of car to become rare and collectable, the car industry cant wait to get perfectly good cars traded in and scrapped just so they can sell you something newer in the pursuit  of profit 


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4 hours ago, Rodill Rover said:

As a teen it was the car I admired most, never had enough brass for one and going by the modern price can’t see it happening now. Got a couple of rides in a mates dad’s Mexico and  it was the real deal, a great car, you have been privileged.

There is one in a garden near me that is used for classic rallies - it is in orange and has the roll cage and spots fitted

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Although the mk2 cortina is my favourite of the cars I (or my dad) have owned, the most exhillarating drive I've had was in 1071 cooper s. It belonged to a fellow student at Sheffield Uni in 72 (he was into his cars big time). He let me drive it down the A57 in Sheffield through the university, round the roundabout at the bottom of the hill and back - maybe a mile. As I got to the roundabout, I checked right and there was a car slowly approaching the roundabout from the other road. I checked ahead and the road was clear, so I moved onto the roundabout. When I checked to my right again, the other guy had obviously put his foot down and was closing in on me. I had a split-second to react and chose to put my foot down. WOW! That cooper s took off like scalded cat and was absolutely perfect going round the roundabout. What a car! I was still shaking as I handed the keys back to my mate. When I told him how the car had suddenly gone from 20 to 40 in the blink of an eye, he laughed and said it was down to the 'split dif'. I still don't know what a split dif is, but I'll never forget it. If you'll pardon the expression, "Thanks for the ride, Derek!"

 

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On 9/12/2018 at 5:28 PM, graveyard johnny said:

whenever you go to a classic car show a lot of it is nostalgia - even cars from the 80s such as capris xr2s Austin metros are lining up to take their pride of place, looking at the prices some of them are fetching I wish I had wrapped my Talbot sunbeam up  in the garage every night and treated it like an investment but as usual it never got looked after and was just another victim of the vultures at the scrapyard - some of you must be thinking the same

Our family had a few Talbots when I was a kid. We had a Horizon and an Alpine, and my grandparents had a Solara and a Tagora. They all bring back memories, though there can't be more than a handful of any of them about. I always listed after a Matra Rancho, years ahead of its time in terms of the current SUV craze. 

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12 minutes ago, gazza77 said:

Our family had a few Talbots when I was a kid. We had a Horizon and an Alpine, and my grandparents had a Solara and a Tagora. They all bring back memories, though there can't be more than a handful of any of them about. I always listed after a Matra Rancho, years ahead of its time in terms of the current SUV craze. 

There was a local who owned a Matra Rancho when I was growing up, and it was always just that bit different to the regular vehicles, you couldn't help noticing it. Matra were a quirky car company in general.


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Apart from the usual Minis, Escorts Fiestas etc my 2 favourite car's I've owned were a Vauxhall Magnum 2300 that went like stink (especially when a piston ring broke) and a'97 Mazda 323 1.8 a lovely car that had everything for the same money as Astra, Escort etc. I remember my brother who had a couple of mates in the motor trade seemed to change car's every few weeks and had everything from a series 1a Land Rover to a big Wolsey, MGB, Triumph 2.5pi to my favourites a orange Opel Manta fastback & a beautiful sky blue Opel Ascona, I tried to buy both off him but to no joy.  Now I have a Suzuki Jimmy which is fine as I don't do too many miles anymore and having owned a couple of Vitaras I've found them to be unburstable.

 

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24 minutes ago, gazza77 said:

Our family had a few Talbots when I was a kid. We had a Horizon and an Alpine, and my grandparents had a Solara and a Tagora. They all bring back memories, though there can't be more than a handful of any of them about. I always listed after a Matra Rancho, years ahead of its time in terms of the current SUV craze. 

I always fancied one of them too

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26 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

There was a local who owned a Matra Rancho when I was growing up, and it was always just that bit different to the regular vehicles, you couldn't help noticing it. Matra were a quirky car company in general.

I remember the Bagheera as well, with it's 3 seat layout. They were rare when new, so I'd imagine will be virtually non existant now. 


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3 hours ago, MattSantos said:

Pictures people, pictures!

Matra Rancho.

Matra-Simca-Rancho.jpg


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13 hours ago, gazza77 said:

Our family had a few Talbots when I was a kid. We had a Horizon and an Alpine, and my grandparents had a Solara and a Tagora. They all bring back memories, though there can't be more than a handful of any of them about. I always listed after a Matra Rancho, years ahead of its time in terms of the current SUV craze. 

Used to drive an Alpine as a company car. Brilliant car for its time. Went like stink - relatively speaking. 


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Looking at that picture of the Matra I can now see a definite resemblance to some of the Popemobiles that have been seen over the years, think a good set of alloys would set it off nicely.

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3 hours ago, Clogiron said:

Looking at that picture of the Matra I can now see a definite resemblance to some of the Popemobiles that have been seen over the years, think a good set of alloys would set it off nicely.

There was definitely a nod to the Matra in the design of the Land Rover Discovery (1 to 4, 5 has a sloping down roof line) with the stepped roof line.


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On 9/12/2018 at 6:58 PM, Exiled Townie said:

? Now I do feel old ...

Starting in 1969 -

Austin Mini

Morris 1000

Hillman Minx

Hillman Hunter

Hillman Imp

Mk1 Cortina Estate

Vauxhall Victor Estate

Austin Allegro

Morris Marina

Hillman Avenger

Ford Escort Estate

Ford Cortina Ghia Estate

Volvo Estate

Ford Sierra Ghia

Honda CRV

Fifteen cars in 48 years.  Most of them would be worth a couple of quid by now.

And the funny thing is I can remember the registration numbers of the first two, but not the one I have now.

 

And most them made in this country too I guess. 

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1 hour ago, John Rhino said:

And most them made in this country too I guess. 

And some of them are reasons why imported cars intruded on the home market. Victor, Allegro, Marina for example, as well as early rust bucket Escorts 

 


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5 hours ago, timtum said:

50e5255c-f425-11e6-9bdf-7f4badc18ee3.jpgI had one of these.

Always liked the way it settled down like a  contented old Labrador when you parked it.

 

 

 

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