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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:20 am 
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UHR850 wrote:
:o :arrow: 1961 AUSTIN MINI BATHGATE original car :!:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1961-AUSTIN- ... 2729389236


What a let down.... with a name like that I was intrigued to find out how a Mini was involved in some saucy goings on between high priced call girl (in a tub) and a titled MP :))... Disappointed.....

Cheers, Ian..... and a Happy New year to all


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:28 pm 
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8 port TJ injection

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 2388108603


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:50 am 
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£70K and it's originally a left hooker. :shock: :shock: :shock:

https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C946987


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:00 am 
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JD Classics....... :)


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:39 am 
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Car & Classic "s" @£70k.?
true example of the professional restored car that should be banned from winning any club concours event in my opinion.
Club Concours Rule no 1 .. should state that only cars allowed to enter such events need to have caused "Actual Body Pain" to the Owner & show us your scars .. not just Financial Pain !


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:51 pm 
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spoon.450 wrote:
JD Classics....... :)


JD are good but £70k is way too much and I doubt if many sellers ever get their restoration costs back when it's time to sell. It would have to be a really nice Radford or Minisprint for me at that price, but then agian I think if I were lucky enough to have that much to splash on another classic I'd probably be thinking about what else I could bag for the money, something like a Jensen Interceptor, Ferrari Dini 308GT4, air cooled 911 / 912 etc (all still do-able at that price, for now anyway!).

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:13 pm 
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I notice that the £70,000 Cooper S has an Abingdon address and phone number. Does this company operate from here - or does this relate to something else.....

Consider also that this car cost approx £777 brand new...... phew! It's my opinion that the buyers of these already restored cars aren't the hard core of hands-on long time enthusiasts, getting their knuckles rapped and hands dirty this weekend like most of the mini fiends out there. But they're transient owners with a new toy...., albeit an expensive one. Am I - or you now that I think about it - just jealous of the rich kids who can buy and trailer to a show. Nope. There's something about doing it all (?) yourself and just farming out the specialist things that are beyond your motoring DIY grade


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:32 pm 
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Polarsilver wrote:
Car & Classic "s" @£70k.?
true example of the professional restored car that should be banned from winning any club concours event in my opinion.
Club Concours Rule no 1 .. should state that only cars allowed to enter such events need to have caused "Actual Body Pain" to the Owner & show us your scars .. not just Financial Pain !


Difficult to police, but I do tend to agree that there ought to be categories for professional (cheque book, money no object) and non-professional restorations. Also cars that are driven to shows and not driven and I don't mean driven 500 yards up the track from the trailer hidden round the back :roll: :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:02 pm 
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You can't really differentiate between pro and home restos with concourse , especially when alot of home restos use pro painters or engine builders. I don't agree with Peter either about buyers or owners of pro restored cars being transient owners, some are I'm sure but most are probably too busy working, or have a wife! :lol: I've also met lots of home restorers who sell their cars within weeks of completing them , only to start another, so I think the subject is nowhere as simple as it might appear. I used to rebuild my own cars from scratch but haven't done one for years, and would never get away with spending hours in the garage like I used to.

I know quite a good number of people who bought fully restored cars or had their projects pro restored from the ground up who have been long term owners ever since and use them all the time. They may well have been able to do the work themselves, I don't know but I wouldn't judge them on it wither way. I also know full well that if I did another Mini from scratch it would never be as good a job as it would if I gave it to some of the lads who do it for a living on here and I'd probably also be single again. :shock: :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:15 pm 
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The advert shows what is wrong with Mini Show concours judging, it has nothing to do with originality, it is more about how polished the car is and the fit and finish (usually far better than original factory) has turned out during restoration. That car would loose a great deal of points if judged correctly. It started life as a left hand drive, thus the whole control aspect of the car is not original or not in its original place.

And if I hear another comment about car buyers not being real enthusiasts...............

Not all of us have the ability, resources or time to restore a car, but we are still as enthusiastic as the next.


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