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 Post subject: Re: Downton badges sold
PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:42 am 
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While I agree with the vast majority of what Alan says above, I don't think it is fair to say that "True" enthusiasts are priced out.

I'm sure that a lot of the folks who are prepared to spend £600 on a tatty old badge are indeed "True" enthusiasts. However, I do think it is probably fair to say that in a lot of cases they are a different bunch of "true" enthusiasts to the ones who were constantly playing with Mini's, racing them, rallying them or just blowing their mates off going down to the pub through their formative years.

For a lot of people throughout it's hey day the Mini was just a cheap enjoyable way of going (relativity) fast for not much money. A lot of those original "true" enthusiasts moved on to Escorts, Golf's, Nova's, 205 GTI's, Imprezzas or whatever, long ago. These are all much better ways of going fast cheaply than using a Mini. So we are left with a hard core of stubborn old men who love their Minis whatever, whether it is still making them go fast (ish), polishing them & parking them up in a field, or screwing incredibly expensive badges to them so they can brag to their mates about how much their car is worth. We have to face it. We are ALL a bit old & a bit weird now. Just look at the people who attend classic car shows, it is rare to see anyone under the age of 50!!!!! When Den & I went to the NEC recently it was like a national conference for geriatric widowers! The world has moved on & the majority of people don't give a toss about cars let alone smelly, polluting, noisy, outdated classic cars.

The more I think about it, the more I become convinced that the whole classic car scene is like a demented fish swimming round & round it's tank, getting faster & faster, but only receiving sustenance by taking larger & larger bites out of its own back end. Eventually, we all know that something's got to give. We just hope that it doesn't happen on our watch.

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 Post subject: Re: Downton badges sold
PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:10 pm 
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mk1 wrote:

The more I think about it, the more I become convinced that the whole classic car scene is like a demented fish swimming round & round it's tank, getting faster & faster, but only receiving sustenance by taking larger & larger bites out of its own back end.


Its everything that has become this way, and it is all due to social media where people have to boast that their black dog is blacker than your black dog.


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 Post subject: Re: Downton badges sold
PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:23 pm 
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Is it £25 ? :roll: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Downton badges sold
PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:28 pm 
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Add a couple of zeros, a decimal point and a few more zeros then maybe we can start negotiating!!!!!!!!! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Downton badges sold
PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:35 pm 
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You've got to be dumb enough or rich enough to pay that for a badge . I like many on here have worked hard for my money so I don't see the value in it . In fact I would be embarrassed to admit that I had just paid over £600 for a badge . That said good luck to Chris , he made some good prices on his ebay listings . How about the minifin brake drums ? ..... ken

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 Post subject: Re: Downton badges sold
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:54 pm 
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BUT why not, if "I" can use the money
so good for a project.
And some one out there will pay £ 2000,=
for my set of 2 original DOWNTON badges
do I have to sell them for less ?
This is now and not 20 years ago, sorry but
that is the way it is in 2020.

I will not sell my set but it is just a thought.

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 Post subject: Re: Downton badges sold
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:23 pm 
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mk1 wrote:

When Den & I went to the NEC recently it was like a national conference for geriatric widowers! The world has moved on & the majority of people don't give a toss about cars let alone smelly, polluting, noisy, outdated classic cars.


Oi boss, why you no comma see me at the NEC then?? I was the weird one with a 30s blonde in my car??

Seriously though, she is a car nut who loves it all ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: Downton badges sold
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:44 pm 
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:shock: Again a TOP price for an original DOWNTON badge.

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 Post subject: Re: Downton badges sold
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:25 pm 
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Am I missing something here , is there that many Downton cars that have lost there badges and are in need of them ?

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 Post subject: Re: Downton badges sold
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:31 pm 
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:lol: Yes maybe, but there are also collectors for just the badge I gues :?:

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