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Anyone else have a classic car?

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goingupinfumes Fri 22-Mar-13 13:42:40

we have a family of austin Healeys!! I have the frog eye and DH has the 100/4 -they are just lovely and such great fun (at risk of sounding like miranda!)

sanityawol Thu 28-Feb-13 21:14:03

There seems to be a great deal of fondness for British cars on here... for those of you that haven't been, I'd recommend a couple of places. One is Gaydon one of many romantic places that DH took me to on our honeymoon... another being a former nuclear bunker. And the other is Haynes.

smoothieooo you have very good taste (not that the rest of you don't). I'd hold out for the XK120. The Cobra must sound stunning in RL... one of mine is a 3 litre V6, so sounds quite impressive even if the paint still needs some work.

I have a bit of an attachment to Triumph cars.

My first car was a Triumph 1500TC (Dolomite bodyshell, RWD) and my wife's first car was a Triumph Acclaim. I'd love a Stag, but I'm not a practical enough guy to run a real classic.

We do have a 2000MY MGF, which is probably as close as I'll get now.

smoothieooo Thu 28-Feb-13 20:23:04

I drive a Peugeot 206 but....

My dream is to have a Jaguar XK120 or at the very least an E-Type drop head coupe. I would like to drive an AC Cobra to hear the 7 litre engine throbbing in my ears and I go positively gooey when I see a rarity like a Triumph TR4 or a Frog Eyed Sprite.

I think the fact that my dad was an F1 mechanic has rubbed off on me (and my brother is an Aston Martin technician)! grin

blue2 Thu 28-Feb-13 20:14:16

I own a Morris Minor convertible in cream with red (original) upholstery. Cannot say any more. May out myself grin

YouveCatToBeKittenMe Thu 28-Feb-13 20:10:32

DH has a 1966 Singer Chamoix (its really just a posh name for a Hillman Imp with extras!)

We go away with it to a rally every year. this year is a biggie as its the 50th anniversary of the car. Most of the rallies are in Scotland as that is where they were built, we don't live anywhere near Scotland grin

I usually drive it and DH drives our Volvo towing the caravan. Think I might send him on his own to Scotland! Have broken down ALOT! It's great but I love my modern Volvo comforts
We also have a second Hillman Imp but it's stuck in the lean-to in the garden since we blocked it in by building an extension 15 years ago blush

DH also owns half of an 1974 MG

I would love an old campervan.

ratbagcatbag Thu 28-Feb-13 20:10:23

At the risk of outing me, we have a bond equipe 2.5l convertible. I love it, but DH definately does all maintenance on it. smile

sanityawol Thu 28-Feb-13 20:05:43

Zumo - I do love a camper, or any 'commercial' vehicle really.

I'm always surprised at the attention that they do draw. Despite being quite reserved normally, there's something about driving through town and having people stop to look.

sanityawol Thu 28-Feb-13 20:01:35

Lottie - DH has 2 landcrabs - you can fit at least 15 children in the back seat, as well as a couple of bodies in the boot! Yet they don't seem that big from the outside. I'll pm you with the rest when I get to the computer, as the combination will completely give us away.

DD is now 11, but we've been indoctrinating her at vintage rallies from a young age. I'm sure that as she gets older she may change her mind... The one she has picked out is very 70s, so not a subtle classic.

LottieH Thu 28-Feb-13 10:52:14

We've got a 1970 Wolseley 18/85 (known as a Landcrab). Only bought it last May but have already become very sad, given it a name and got very attached to it! Best thing is we can get all 4 children in the back!

Mittens I had a Spitfire when I was younger & loved it. It was bright yellow & a bit of a heap but great in the summer with the top down. Also had an MG Midget for a while.

Sabityawol what have you got? (in box me if you don't want to out yourself!). Love the fact that your DD has already earmarked herself a motor. I think if you get them interested from an early age it lasts for life. I'm still trying to convert mine but 2 of them already quite keen. But DD age 11 just thinks the car is embarrassing!

Zumo the campervan sounds great. You can't beat them can you. Hope you'll get something similar again one day.

zumo Thu 28-Feb-13 08:24:58

Had a Mk2 Escort, best one was a 1973 Bedford CF camper, 16 MPG! drew attention every time I drove it, still miss it now

sanityawol Wed 27-Feb-13 21:52:59

Nothing flash by the way - they're mostly works in progress.

What do you have Lottie (if it doesn't out you)

sanityawol Wed 27-Feb-13 21:50:07

Yep, I have a couple, DH has more. My daily driver is of a type that has a bit of a cult following too.

Love driving something with a bit of personality.

At the age of 9, DD chose her first car from one of our projects in waiting... I don't even want to think about insurance costs.

WMittens Wed 27-Feb-13 21:23:28

I'm interested in all (well, most) cars. What have you got? I'd love to have a Spitfire or MGB at some point.

LottieH Wed 27-Feb-13 16:21:45

Or have an interest in them like me?

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