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Re: winter project perhaps [Re: howard] #666703
11/10/20 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by howard
Left field but what about a Smart Roadster. Reliable, small engine giving out lots of power, handles like my Lotus did, Merc mechanics, low tax 50 mpg real life. And appreciating.


If I didn’t have the MX5 I’d consider a smart roadster, not enough work to play with through. I want something that can keep my spanners happy over the winter months and neither the Mazda or the Smart will do that.

Neither will the Morgan come to think of it.


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Re: winter project perhaps [Re: howard] #666833
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Originally Posted by howard
Left field but what about a Smart Roadster. Reliable, small engine giving out lots of power, handles like my Lotus did, Merc mechanics, low tax 50 mpg real life. And appreciating.

I attended a low speed RTC where a Smart rear ended the car in front and the dash came back and trapped the drivers fingers against the steering wheel !!!

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Re: winter project perhaps [Re: Grumpy2] #671618
08/11/20 11:35 AM
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Update, just lost an auction for a Wolseley Hornet. No MoT, needs work including chrome (expensive) and interiors (very expensive) and some bodywork (who knows). Went for £5300! Madness.


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Re: winter project perhaps [Re: Grumpy2] #675517
30/11/20 06:42 PM
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Further update.

Enquired about a Morris Minor on sale at £3100, not my type of car but would have served a purpose. In the time it took to organise a viewing (its about 100 miles away) it sold. Now back on sale at a dealer for £7450! Snoozed and lost.

Other thought is a Vitesse (again about 90 miles away) that basically needs a full rebuild and repaint. Thats £4000 and only worth around £7000 if mint.

Nothing else less than 100 miles from me that I can find in my budget!


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Re: winter project perhaps [Re: Grumpy2] #675556
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You say "worth 7000 if mint" but that assumes the decision is based on material value. Fair enough if money management is part of it but otherwise is it not your personal enjoyment and so it's a good thing. If it feels right then it needs no more juestification.


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Re: winter project perhaps [Re: Grumpy2] #675557
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That’s a good point and worth further explanation.

Of the 25 or so classics I’ve only lost money on two and from my initial investment of £5k back in 1993 I’ve now got the Morgan, MX5 and a few £0000 in the bank. So yes I’m always minded about the financial side of things. I enjoy the process very much but breaking even or possible making a small profit is important too.

I expect I’ll lose money on both the Morgan and MX5 when I come to part with them so don’t plan to get rid of either any time soon.


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Re: winter project perhaps [Re: Grumpy2] #675636
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Hi Grumpy2 - how about a Morris Minor Traveller? I found this one RHD on a German site: https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-anzeige/andere-morris-minor-traveller/1587447442-216-6936
2400 € is ~£2150 - I guess you could get it for just below 2000.

It looks like it needs quite a bit of TLC. The wood looks rotten, but replacement is available: https://www.morriswoodwork.co.uk/morris-woodwork-price-list/
If my current project wouldn't chew up all my budget, time, and garage space the Traveller would be something I would got for.
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Re: winter project perhaps [Re: Grumpy2] #675724
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Funny little cars these minors, a friend of mine has two. One is his daily driver, and the other one is a traveller and is a project.


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Re: winter project perhaps [Re: BertR] #675735
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I like the Traveller.
Probably something to do with the wood! smile


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Re: winter project perhaps [Re: Grumpy2] #675744
02/12/20 08:34 AM
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I'd quite like a traveller although they may be too big for my lockup, the high back and tall front bonnet may be a problem closing the door!

Went to view the Vitesse yesterday - rotten underneath and almost every panel needs work. Too much work for me. Had an MOT in October despite rusty chassis, missing steering rack gator, door that wouldn't stay closed and non working brake light. Not left the premises since the MOT so seems dodgy to me.

Found another but more expensive still and further away. Might take a peep next week sometime.

Gary


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