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Electric yes. If you wanna take a closer look at one, go to Norway. They are everywhere.

...or London! Tend to be driven by cretins for some reason?! :)

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Thanks Bonhoff,she's still in pretty good nick apart from the usual front end rust...Have you done any work to the rear it looks in really good condition...

Having not done much welding in the last decade, I've just finished where the back of the NSR wheel arch meets the boot floor.

A job made more complicated by the absence of repair panels available to purchase so have had to scratch build to 1:1 scale. It's not pretty but as my stepson says (It's his car) you can't see it once the boot board goes in.

As for front end panels..... It's taken some trawling of eBay to get replacements, who'd have thought it'd be so difficult to get 1980's Ford Panels?

Could be worse - We could find no panels at all to repair the sills on my mate's 1994 Peugeot 106 rally car so potentially more scratch building ahead.

I'm laughing by comparison with panel availability for my Skoda Estelle rally car :)

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As soon as Ford facelifted the Fiesta, you couldn't get the panels. If you got rear ended you got the Mk2 Tailgate. Same at the front. Facelifted wings and hood, so often a write off.

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My first car was a 1.3 Fiesta Super Sport in 1985. I stuck a K&N filter on it along with a Peco exhaust and thought I was the mutts nuts ! Got rear ended and it was fitted with a MK2 tailgate by the insurance garage and never quite looked or felt the same. Went on to own a MK1 1.1L and nearly got it twice around the clock. There's a lad driving a red one around Runcorn at the moment that looks tidy. As for what I spotted today/yesterday was an Austin Ambassador in bronze. A pig then and time has done nothing to change my mind now !!

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My usual commute to and from Heathrow on the M40 netted the following spots:

McLaren MP4

Aventadors x 2

Lancia Fulvia on a trailer

XR3i

FIAT 500 the original one

And saving the best for last....

.....a Marina!

And not forgetting my Triumph Herald 1200 in the garage.

Karl

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Talking of which up until a couple of years ago,then they went to the big scrapyard in the sky...

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They were on the M40 heading towards London when I was heading home.

I wondered what they were.

Karl

Isaw them about 630 to 7.00 am heading towards London but lost them due to traffic ------------------------be useless at following someone :winkgrin:

Parliament,s not back yet :nuke:

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Having not done much welding in the last decade, I've just finished where the back of the NSR wheel arch meets the boot floor.

A job made more complicated by the absence of repair panels available to purchase so have had to scratch build to 1:1 scale. It's not pretty but as my stepson says (It's his car) you can't see it once the boot board goes in.

As for front end panels..... It's taken some trawling of eBay to get replacements, who'd have thought it'd be so difficult to get 1980's Ford Panels?

Could be worse - We could find no panels at all to repair the sills on my mate's 1994 Peugeot 106 rally car so potentially more scratch building ahead.

I'm laughing by comparison with panel availability for my Skoda Estelle rally car :)

It doesn't make sense really you can get repro/original panels for most Mustangs etc (the list is endless) yet for a Fiesta nothing,the same with Escort MkIII/IV and Orion MkI/II,had a 1600I in the mid 90's and they were awesome for what they were...Never managed to get a Cossie though of any model...

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Talking of which up until a couple of years ago,then they went to the big scrapyard in the sky...

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Talking of poopers, there's an RS Turbo up for £33,000 on eBay at the moment!!! :)

http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/An-Original-Unmolested-Ford-Escort-Series-1-RS-Turbo-Custom-with-17-769-Miles-/281981005668?nav=SEARCH

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That doesn't surprise me vontrips,i've seen RS1600's imc in the low 20's...What makes me surprised is that any survived with the badly designed battery tray,a mate of mine in the early 90's had an Orion and the battery fell through into the passenger footwell....

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That doesn't surprise me vontrips,i've seen RS1600's imc in the low 20's...What makes me surprised is that any survived with the badly designed battery tray,a mate of mine in the early 90's had an Orion and the battery fell through into the passenger footwell....

LOL...I for my sins, have a 12 year old SportKa - rotten as a carrot!

What I don't understand is the current escalation of classic (and not so classic) car prices. OK; they are asking prices, not sold prices, but they have rocketed the last few years. I'm surprised folk are still buying cars as investments given the roads today. Less attentive drivers with more distractions and bigger, faster vehicles, not to mention the advance in alternative power. I can only think anyone who buys a Capri for £29,000 must be a serious investor as it's a lot of money for an average person. I can't imagine most of these vehicles appeal to the very rich and famous buying on a whim? Maybe I'm just getting old!

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LOL...I for my sins, have a 12 year old SportKa - rotten as a carrot!

What I don't understand is the current escalation of classic (and not so classic) car prices. OK; they are asking prices, not sold prices, but they have rocketed the last few years. I'm surprised folk are still buying cars as investments given the roads today. Less attentive drivers with more distractions and bigger, faster vehicles, not to mention the advance in alternative power. I can only think anyone who buys a Capri for £29,000 must be a serious investor as it's a lot of money for an average person. I can't imagine most of these vehicles appeal to the very rich and famous buying on a whim? Maybe I'm just getting old!

The steel used by Ford for the first gen Ka was from the same supplier that sold to Volvo Netherlands for the 400 series. Turns out to have been sub par stuff lol.

And tell me about prices going crazy just lately. I brought my Volvo 480 3 years ago for a relative high price at the time, the condition was near perfect but the price was still sub £1000 by a few hundred. Saw one resently sell for £3500 that was in very poor condition. Madness!

Ashley

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Last year I had the idea of buying a Volvo P1800S, until I discovered just how much the prices had risen. £22,000 on average. Willys MB Jeep is now around £16,000. That idea got put to bed pdq.

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Last year I had the idea of buying a Volvo P1800S, until I discovered just how much the prices had risen. £22,000 on average. Willys MB Jeep is now around £16,000. That idea got put to bed pdq.

Have you been watching Wheeler Dealers? Both those have been 'done' in he last couple of years.

Trevor

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I paid £250 for my '78 golf gti in 1998, still have it now, always garaged and I don't use it in the wet. Alot of 'Retro' cars from the '80s and '90s have rocketed in price.

I only paid £2500 for my ERF 3 years ago.

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Saw a tesla today, no pics as I was driving. Not seen one on the road before. Electric isn't it?

Funny that, I "followed" one (Tesla Model S I think, in red) on the A45 towards Wellingborough last Tuesday!

I wasn't sure if it was a Tesla, as I've never seen one in the flesh so thought I'd get closer for a look. Reach the roundabout, the driver allowed me a few nano seconds so that I was able to confirm that it was a Tesla, though whether or not it was the S, I still don't know for sure, as when the lights changed, I might as well have been stationary...

What do I drive, a supercharged Jaguar XF SV8 :clif:

Now, I'm not yet convinced that electric is the long time answer to our motoring needs (I feel that hydrogen fuel cells IS the way to go) but how much do I want that sort of acceleration in my life, yes please... :analintruder:

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Electric won't work, yet I believe hydrogen fuel cells are the future, but don't understand why we are so obsessed with electric.

You run low on hydrogen, go to a filling station, fill in a few minutes, pay, drive off. Sound familiar? Or run out of electric, spend a few hours plugged into the mains.

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