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 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - VxFan

Odd, bad or just plain exotic...

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 Was I wrong to miss out? - Mike Hannon
We went to a car boot sale today in a little village a few kilometres from home and parked in a quiet spot on the outskirts for self-defence purposes, as is our wont.
When we got to the square in the village centre there was chaos, with marshals wearing high-viz jackets directing the traffic and crowds of people with cameras by the church. At first we thought it was a wedding but then we saw the priest, a huge north African type, as priests in rural France often are these days, in full regalia standing by the line of passing cars, sprinking each one with 'holy' water and giving it a blessing!
I suggested going back for ours and joining the queue, but I was ridiculed. Well, I know it's a Honda but you can't be too careful...
 Was I wrong to miss out? - John Boy
I wouldn't have gone anywhere near, in case I was struck down.
 Was I wrong to miss out? - Ian (Cape Town)
>>standing by the line of passing cars, sprinking each one with 'holy' water and
>> giving it a blessing!

Just take it to the carwash, you tight-fisted git!
 Was I wrong to miss out? - Mike Hannon
As it 'appens, some years ago we visited Lourdes on the way to see friends (my advice is don't go near it...) and when we were at a party a few days later I cracked the joke about my car not going very well on the way there but being much better after I gave it a jetwash at Lourdes. All the Brits at the party fell about with laughing and all the French were horrified. They are not like us you know...
 Bentley Bentayga - legacylad
I never knew they existed until I spotted one in local supermarket car park this am. Painted in an awful khaki green colour, and the most pig ugly motor I have seen for a while. I had just taken an upright fridge freezer to the tip for a friend, and held back door of Focus down with baling twine, and it made me smile thinking of doing the same in t'Bentley
Yesterday, as it was too wet for gardening, I had a run up to Tennants auction house at Leyburn to try and turn some of my life's clutter into brass. Best do it now and spend any money before it's too late! Saw a drive out of many old cars, so must have been a vintage rally on in the area.
There are lovely driving toads twixt Settle & Leyburn, via Ribblehead, and it made me realise how much I miss the 330.
 Bentley Bentayga - devonite
>>There are lovely driving toads

And with the windows down you can feel the Wind in your Willows!
 Bentley Bentayga - Kevin
Pulled up alongside a Bentayga at a roundabout in Basingstoke a few weeks ago. It was a very unflattering bronze colour and I thought it was a Kia until I saw the H.R.Owen stickers down the side and took a closer look. Nothing special to look at but would look pretty parked next to an X6.
Last edited by: Kevin on Fri 26 Aug 16 at 19:25
 Bentley Bentayga - BiggerBadderDave
Me like Bentayga. Very much.
 Bentley Bentayga - BiggerBadderDave
(the car, not the stupid name)
 Bentley Bentayga - Armel Coussine
>> Me like Bentayga

You do? Looks a POS to me.

I like Prince Charles's black saloon with black windows and flashing blue lights behind the grille. Altogether more grown-up and competent.
 Bentley Bentayga - Armel Coussine
Of course we can't all command a dozen police outriders on white Triumphs. Tant pis, what?

:o}
 My spot of the week/year - spamcan61
Driving into Fleet town centre the other day, I saw a Matra Simca Bagheera in good nick. Still a very nice looking car IMHO, don't think I've seen one in twenty years. Howmanyleft reckons there's only 4 taxed in the country at the moment.
 My spot of the week/year - tyrednemotional
...reminds me I saw an Alpine A610 two weekends ago somewhere around Rotherhithe.

It looked in spanking nick, HML reckons 17 still taxed in the UK.
 My spot of the week/year - Kevin
A Danish friend living in Windsor has a Matra Bagheera, slightly modified to take the 1.9 engine out of a Pug 205GTi. Silver and probably on diplomatic staff plates so might not show on HML as being taxed.
Last edited by: Kevin on Fri 26 Aug 16 at 19:04
 My spot of the week/year - Avant
A strange company, Matra- at least they were 30 or so years ago. They could do beautiful (the Bagheera), and functional (the Espace)....and then they gave us the Rancho, which was an old Simca van tarted up to look as if it had 4wd (it didn't).
 Experiences - Mike Hannon
I've been in the UK for a short while. Last week a friend took me for an unforgettable blast around the Cotswolds in his 'facsimile' (not glassfibre fake!) C-type Jaguar. For time reasons I had to forego his offer of a drive in his Bentley Continental S2 Flying Spur. The other day a friend in Somerset showed me his absolutely mint, completely original, 25,000 mile, 1959 Austin A40. Walking along the street in Burnham-on-Sea I came across a hump-backed Phase 1 Standard Vanguard. Thank heavens for enthusiasts, eh?
 expensive reg plate - legacylad
JAP 1
Seen on a Bentley outside local curry house the other night
Probably worth more than t'curry ouse
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 expensive reg plate - Slidingpillar
Would make more sense on my vintage car (engine was made by J.A. Prestwich, commonly referred to as JAP).
 Mobility scooter ... - John Boy
... lashed down on a 7-ton recovery lorry (right in the centre of the body).
 Thought they'd rotted into oblivion - Harleyman
Talbot Horizon, on A483 through Oswestry.

X plate so 1982, obligatory flat cap and specs worn by driver, scowl by female passenger. Car not mint but looked cared for daily driver; haven't seen one of those things on the road for ages. According to howmanyleft there are only 25 on the road in the UK.

My dad had one of those things as his first ever new car back in 1983; he'd had Fords before but wanted to support the local Peugeot dealer where two family members worked. Mum loved the seats, I hated pretty much everything about it from its rattly gutless engine (I really did think he'd bought a diesel when I first heard it) to the appalling gearchange and wallowy handling which made an Austin Maxi feel like a Lotus by comparison.

It lasted just seven years before succumbing to terminal tinworm. Horrible thing.
 Thought they'd rotted into oblivion - God
>>rattly gutless engine

>>Horrible thing

de acuerdo.
 Thought they'd rotted into oblivion - Boxsterboy
>> Talbot Horizon,
>> My dad had one of those things as his first ever new car back in
>> 1983; he'd had Fords before but wanted to support the local Peugeot dealer where two
>> family members worked. Mum loved the seats, I hated pretty much everything about it from
>> its rattly gutless engine (I really did think he'd bought a diesel when I first
>> heard it) to the appalling gearchange and wallowy handling which made an Austin Maxi feel
>> like a Lotus by comparison.
>>

We had one of those too. My dad wanted his employee to go for a Renault 14 (remember them?) as his Co. car but the employee chose the Horizon, and then shortly after left dad's company, so the car was farmed out to my mum. Yes, comfortable seats, but low-geared steering and wallowy handling, as you say! I spun it in the ice a few years later, taking an Allegro out in the process. Happy days!
 de Tomaso Pantera - spamcan61
Spotted whilst winding through the outskirts of Christchurch yesterday; a de Tomaso Pantera (or possibly Mangusta - didn't get time to look properly) in lime green, still a very good looking car in a somewhat Lamborghini Miura way IMHO.
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 Various - Slightlyfatdirector
Black Bentley Bentayga on the road the other day waiting for me at traffic lights. All black (everything) and just looked like big black van / JEEP. Underwhelming.

Also saw a convertible Evoque in Sainsbury's car park today. Hot Orange in colour with a black roof. Such a wet dull day here that it did not look special.

Better is the number plate in a Ford Fiesta also regularly seen in the same car park: THE 8O5S

Looks great in the flesh. More mature chap and his wife in it and he said he had turned down a 6-figure offer on it. Likes it too much as doesn't need the money...

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 Fords - Mike Hannon
On the way to a Christmas market in deepest countryside yesterday afternoon a (presumably fake) GT40 in Gulf Mirage colours passed me going the other way. I couldn't really believe I'd seen it but it but it certainly sounded nice.
Just now in the car park at Lidl there was a mint condition very early Ford Fiesta parked among the usual Renault/Peugeot/Citroen grey porridge.
The extremes of Ford in 24 hours...
Last edited by: VxFan on Tue 13 Dec 16 at 01:48
 Fords - Mike Hannon
While pottering around this afternoon we passed a MkIV Cortina, or Taunus as it was here. Must be something about Fords at the moment - while sunning ourselves on a cafe terrace there was a noise like minor thunder and a new Mustang passed. Think I preferred the sound of the GT40.
 Fords - devonite
I had a mk 4 Cortina (T reg) in bright Orange! - what a piece of Carp! was glad to get rid of it, never had another Ford since! ;-)
 Fords - commerdriver
>> I had a mk 4 Cortina (T reg) in bright Orange! - what a piece
>> of Carp! was glad to get rid of it, never had another Ford since! ;-)
>>
I had a mk 5 estate, got it 2 weeks before we married in 1981, someone ran into the back of it they after I got it!
After that I had it as a company car for 2 years then bought it when I moved into a job that didn't justify a car, ran it for 3 more years to a total of 110,000 miles but. it was making nasty differential noises when I got rid.
I loved it, was a great family car when our oldest was a baby, I thought it was relatively big at the time, 3 years ago my oldest bought an Astra estate, bigger in every dimension.

 Fisker Karma EVer - tyrednemotional
...I'm in Aachen at the moment, and just walked past one of these..


en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisker_Karma

(Yes, I had to look it up)

Can't be too many around; oddly proportioned thing, not overly attractive, but distinctive enough to stand out (and b***** wide)
 Unusual sightings - bathtub tom
Whatever happened to this subject, I've done a search and can't find it?

I saw today a '50s, German built, Triumph 2-stroke. I believe it was a TWN (Triumph-Werke Nürnberg AG) BDG 250. A split-single with tele front forks, plunger rear end and an enclosed chain. It had a small pedal in front of the gear change - a neutral selector. Strange machine.

 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - No FM2R
Looking for this?
 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - R.P.
I was indeed.
 Old Rovers an a BL Type - Bromptonaut
Time this thread was revived.

Yesterday I took the caravan back to store using the Berlingo so Mrs B went shopping in my Skoda. Unfortunately I forgot to tell her it was low on fuel (light just on 50 miles left per dash). She decides it got to have a tenner's worth for safety but cannot get the filler cap off. Was it tactless of me to tell her it unscrews anti-clockwise like a wine bottle?

Anyway I was obliged to go and swap cars, me taking Fritz the Skoda for a drink at Sainsburys and leaving the 'lingo in Aldi's car park.

Back in town and on the ring road, dash now saying 55miles, came up behind a convoy of 6 P4/P5 Rovers. One was towing a support vehicle suggesting they were members of the Devon Branch of the P4 Drivers' Guild. Presumably headed for the P4 rally at Burghley House this weekend;

www.roverp4dg.org.uk/Events%20content.htm

Meanwhile, down the road at Foster's Booth John's Motors have, for some while now, had a Vanden Plas 1300 on their forecourt. Priced about £6k if my memory is right.

 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - VxFan
Seen it a few times now around South Oxfordshire. An Austin Seven (A30) in black.

Registered in Sept 1955, according to mycarcheck. 803cc petrol engine.

Very tidy and pristine car from what I could see, and was also keeping up with modern traffic around it that was travelling at 60 mph.

Nice to see it out on the road being used and presumably enjoyed, rather than being stuck in some museum or other.

Can't believe how small and narrow it is though when comparing it with all the other vehicles around it. Half the width of some modern cars.
 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - Bromptonaut
Out and about in Northampton on Saturday I spotted a Triumph 2.5PI and another Vanden Plas 1300. Possibly some sort of BL get together in vicinity?
 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - Runfer D'Hills
Were either of the VDP 1300s brown Bromp?

Only reason I ask, and it's for the most tenuous of reasons in truth, is that my father's retirement car was a brown VDP 1300 automatic.

He wasn't overly keen on it having had a lifetime of bigger more powerful cars. However, sadly he didn't have it long before he passed away.

My now late older brother took it on after that, and was coincidentally living in Northampton. He sold it on locally in due course, and I suppose I was just wondering, hoping even, that it was one of the ones you saw.

I can't remember the reg number, not that you would have either I guess. I'm going to try to find a photo of it.
 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - Bromptonaut
Hi Runfer,

Neither was brown. The one for sale in Fosters Booth is a sort of white or off white, the example I passed heading out of town on Saturday was a lighter shade of purple (ie much paler than the Black Tulip that graced by first car - a Mini RPJ 753L) or possibly dark red.
 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - Runfer D'Hills
I think I'm in love. It's sunny here and this morning I was mooching along the canal towpath with the dog and in due course came to the local canal basin, which is rather too grandly described as a marina. Anyway, don't worry, I'm not suddenly smitten by anything called a marina !

No, the object of my new found, or more accurately, resurrected, desire was a 1964 Mercedes 230 SL. Top down in a sort dark silver metallic and parked up at the canal basin.

Those were the first cars I ever coveted, even as a small boy. Haven't seen one close up in ages and this one appeared to be in perfect condition.

I have to find a way of one of those being in my life before I shuffle off the mortal. That, and Cameron Diaz of course !

;-)
 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - smokie
Here ya go...

tinyurl.com/y457jhfm
 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - Runfer D'Hills
>> Here ya go...

£16.80?

I could just about do that !
 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - tyrednemotional
...might have been more unusual if you'd seen Cameron Diaz down the local canal basin.......

;-)
 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - henry k
A Jaguar club member came in a similar (to the one in the link ) XK120 racing coupe.
A properly used one. A super machine on a sunny day.

tinyurl.com/y2n2swr7
 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - Runfer D'Hills
>> ...might have been more unusual if you'd seen Cameron Diaz down the local canal basin.......

Not sure which would work out more expensive in the long term... ;-)
 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - tyrednemotional
....would all depend on length of "ownership".....
 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - Runfer D'Hills
A 2019 model Porsche 911 ( GT3 or whatever they are called now ) splashed with dirt from the rough unmade approach road, parked up at a mountain biking centre in North Wales last weekend, with bike racks on its roof. Rim deep in mud, and two obviously recently ridden and authentically grimy bikes leaning up against it, albeit with cursory bits of rag between the bikes and the paintwork.

Odd, but strangely very cool choice of mountain bike transport !
 Unusual Sightings - Volume 30 - bathtub tom
Vauxhall Cresta PA being raced by Tiff Needell at Goodwood revival this year.
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