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The reply by Keith Moody about how many Standard Vanguards were made was odd. The reference to Pick-up was

strange as I often drove Standard Vanguard saloons during my National Service 1954-1957. They were not very nice to drive having soft suspension which gave a lot of wallowing and the 3-speed column change gearbox was a blighter until you got used to it. But officers transport it often was so it was obviously quite a decent motor.... Read more

Bernardo Costa

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First of all, I would like to present myself, I'm new here.... Read more

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Glaikit Wee Scunner {P}

Good luck. The above link does refer to Manuel though?

Glaikit Wee Scunner {P}

I'm concerned about all classic, vintage and veteran cars coming on to the road without any kind of compulsory safety inspection. I realise that modern emissions criteria and brake efficiency tests can't be applied to older vehicles.

A major question is what construction and usage regs will apply? I recall older cars having no or one brake lights from new and only one headlight opeating on dip. Many people had to uprate the lighting and added indicator systems to make cars legal and easier to integrate with modern traffic.... Read more

Glaikit Wee Scunner {P}

I've had answers on the main forum, so forget this please.


I currently own a old Astra 1.7dti diesel van which has 225k miles. great little van and very reliable. I only do about 1000miles a year in it

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Glaikit Wee Scunner {P}

An Astra Estate is the obvious choice, being the same as the van, but with glass side windows. As for finding one at your price, the small ads in the local paper maybe? But at £500 or less you need to be careful. Repair costs can easily exceed the value of the vehicle.
As for insurance, maybe there is a specialist broker who'd would cover a commercial vehicle as a private use one? There are a lot of smart VW Transporter based day vans evidently used as leisure vehicles.

Forum NSU Ro80

I've realised a long held dream and purchased a "practical" classic (or perhaps not so given it has the Wankel engine), a 1974 Ro80 as once owned by Sir John Whitmore. I very much hope this is a vehicle which will appreciate in value, I see it as a long term investment and weekend project. Given that it cost only a little over £1000, It's something of a bargain classic in my eyes, especially given its good condition, MOT, tax and provenence.

Does anyone have any tips having owned/run one of these, or a weekend car in general? My father-in-law had one for ten years until 1986 and cant' wait to have a drive again. He's a keen restorer of classic bikes and is currently working on a rebuild of a 1971 Silver Shadow, so will be able to help me out. It will be kept garaged and I intend to insure it for 3000 miles a year on a classic policy. I've got a quote from Footman James for just over £140 a year (I'm 26). Any advice on other classic insurers to look at? This price does seem very reasonable though.

Sorry for allt he questions, but I'm very excited, and looking forward to collecting the car at the weekend. Read more


There's an RO 80 for sale a few miles from me right now, for £8K. It's been restored/refurbished, too.

[url=rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?ff3=4&a...C] NSU RO 80 in Saltburn[/url]


I own a final edition Audi Cabriolet 2.6 which I have enjoyed for the last 11 years. It has been maintained to a high standard, it has cost a lot of money over the years, but I have enjoyed it so much I don't mind, and when I listen to that V6 it sings. My mechanic has had to dismantle many an engine of half it's age and mileage. I don't agree with a number of the "negative" points I read in reviews namely seating in the back and handling, these are perfectly adequate for me, and yes the back screen becomes hard to see through, it is only plastic though after all. The later glass ones fall out after 10 years, I'm told. My most major concern came up this year when I found my windows steaming up, loosing coolant, wet carpets in front wells. IT'S THE HEATER MATRIX!. Major job yes, dashboard out etc. Fortunately my mechanic said "Don't worry, we'll sort it". Can't afford new cars at todays prices, and I was warned of the high oil consumpton on some engines (a litre per 6 hundred miles ish), nearly as bad as my old rotten Ford 105E!. I'm told you won't be able to tell if an engine has had new rings when buying 2nd hand, and it will probably be out of warranty. So hopefully I will be enjoying my Cabriolet for a good while yet. Read more


I would like to see pictures of your car! :) Update them somehow!


Hi there,

Just noticed your request for photos of my Cabriolet. I have found one which shows it to good effect, although taken by my wife a none car person!. I don't have digital camera technology myself!.
If you would like to see it, please email me at jasminestephenward@yahoo.co.uk as I don't see a way to upload it here.

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