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Chris Martin
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Captain Pedantic reckons L would mean '72 to '73.

Sorry, couldn't help it.

Nice find though.

Chris M.

 

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Cap'n big ED more like

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Early morning posts

As my car spotting adicttion is well know among friends and relatives, from time to time they send me some snaps..

 

From my brother, a pristine Vauxhall, spotted on the road last week somehere in the midle of the country....

 

In the same week and area, a VW Type 1 on UK plates ....

 

 

 

A litle bit older spots, a Z car and a Lotus spotted at Oporto...

 

From my old friend "Barbas", art schoolmate, fellow surfer and mariage best man, a 356 spotted at supermarket car park in Figueira da Foz ...

 

 

nuno granja

 

Off topic PS...

 Chris,

When i talk in a major overhaul on the C3, I'm not talking in restauration, the car is in general good condition with 110.000kms, 90.000 of that assisted on a Audi official dealership. I buy it at 400kms from Oporto and I take it home by the road with no problems, but it was off road for while and if I plan to use it in a daly base it must go to the painting shop to take all the  small scratchs and dents, to the trimmer to fix some little things inside and for example lubrificade windows up and downs mechanics, to the electricist to make a  preventive overhaul on starter, alternator, change belts and fix small problems (for example the temperature jauge is not working...), 4 new tires and finally to my mechanic for a total revision and fluids change.

 

I have done that to my Coupe Gt  in 2003 who was in a worts condition and almost 190.000 kms after, beside the usual consumable bits as spark plugs, disk brakes, filters, tires, etc, it only had a new set of hidraulic tapets, rear exaust section, brake pump and rear calipers, a water pump, a radiator, a major Koni shock absorvers revision (after 110.000kms),  a set of radiator tubes and a front seat retrim. Most important of all it neve ever let me down.

 

 

nuno granja

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Nuno Granja wrote:

In the same week and area, a VW Type 1 on UK plates ....

nuno granja

 A bit suspicious of that one Nuno.  What year would you say that VW is? Late '60s or '70s?  That British registration belongs on a car from August 1983 or later.  Something does not seem right there.

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Ha...that is not what I would call a  "major overhaul" , just some sensible preventative medicine.  Sounds like you know these cars well and know what you are doing, so hopefully the Audi will have years of reliable use ahead.

I bought a Mercedes 280E W123 a year ago.  A 1985 model with just under 300,000kms on it, and then had the front suspension bushes, timing chain, fuel pump and exhaust replaced immediately.  In the past year, I had a new air conditioning compressor and gas, and added tinted windows (it gets hot here) overhauled the brakes, pads, calipers and fluids, and next week it will be the shock absorbers and two tyres.  But, in the past year it has done over 40,000kms and will do many more this year so I do not consider this "major" work, just normal service.  And it has still only cost me about AU$5,000 in total, so now I have a good car I can trust that has cost me far less than the depreciation would have been if I had bought a new medium size Toyota or Ford.

Good luck with the Audi.

Chris M.

 

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Today on return from a bike ride down and at the end of this Crescent outside the Pharmacy was a lovely dark green Lotus Eclat.

The only thing that takes pictures right now is my ipad, as well as the Womans Final at Wimbledon(followed by German GP qualifying highlights)being on I didnt get to take a shot of it-great looking car though.

 

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Chris I coulnt agree more and I will be back on that theme, probably in a new topic about "youngtimers"

 

Back on topic,

Its  dificult to guess what year it is VW Type I with UK plates only by this pic.

My Guess, option 1, it is a  68 to 72 1220 "Standart"/"A" ( entry level model)

My Guess, option 2 its 78 made in Mexico with pre 67 bumpers  to look older-

 

Fresh catch from Lisbon...

A BMW 02 and A DS 23, both allready spotted in the past. and thats good as they still in use....

 

 

A Clubman and a VW 1302, for ar the road-side...

 

 

 

nuno granja

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Nuno Granja wrote:

 

Chris I coulnt agree more and I will be back on that theme, probably in a new topic about "youngtimers"

 

Back on topic,

Its  dificult to guess what year it is VW Type I with UK plates only by this pic.

My Guess, option 1, it is a  68 to 72 1220 "Standart"/"A" ( entry level model)

My Guess, option 2 its 78 made in Mexico with pre 67 bumpers  to look older- 

nuno granja

Yes but it also has the Bug eyes and not the flat round headlights of those introduced on the 1500, two years after the 1300 came out in 66-@ least UK wise, with still those cow catcher bumpers concave lights and non Herbie type dustbin cover hub caps-still on the 1200 and sans those wheels, the first of the 1300s,The vented wheels with flat chrome caps would have been painted black, on the 1300/1500s and later when reintroduced the standard 1200,but later were silver, i think, after the introduction of the 1302s circa 72 and the 1602 73/4?

That may have also been when the 1300/1500s were deleted but am not absolutely sure on that score.

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Fresh catch,

A VW 181, spotted at Oporto seaside, this on is sent to me by my brother in law...

 

 

 

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Fresh catch,

Some more snaps taken at Oporto and sent to me by my brother in law. a unidentified british sports car spotted at the garage of his apartment...

 

... and an Isetta at the front door...

 

nuno granja