Spotted: classic cars on the road

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Chris Martin
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Nuno Granja wrote:

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...

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It's a Riley from the '30s, possibly a one-off 'special'.  Worth investigating further if you have the chance, it looks like a niceone.

Chris M.

 

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I thought it might be a Le Mans bodied Imp, but the one I googled looked more like an Alfa 1750, so tried Riley Sprite and OK its not running in line with cars seen on the road now, more when did you last see one of these-at the first Classic Le Mans me thinks.

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Without recourse to a search engine the most famous Riley were the100MPH series, which developed if not mistaken into the ERA. Raymond Mays actually Racing the Riley registered 100MPH beforehand

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and for lovers of such devices a kit car version in fibreglassbut I doubt it has the classic 6 pot Anzani high twin cam engine , often with triple or twin SUs, also used in Invictors, many seen at 2002 La Sarthe jolly. Still we went in a Mondeo, now just how classic can you get, not.

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Chris,

If I go there in a near future I will try to get more pics from de Riley.

I went  to my mehcanic for the first check up on the Audi C3 Avant and to follow the work on the Audi Coupé. During a  recent surf trip to the south of Portugal and a business trip to the north of Spain, I notice that the coolant levet needs a little more ajustments than the usual. It seems it needs a new radiator and a new water tube.

I found these two (he is an  ex-vag mechanic and probably the best aircoolled mehcanic in the country...), an NSU 1000C from a fellow memeber of the portuguese classic car forum...

 

Parked outside, fresh from routine maintenance a Porsche 356 C...

 

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Like the azulejos Nuno.

As for driving the Audi, from what I remember about Portugal and Spain in July, any car would blow some steam !

Anyway, a couple of local spots; the Buick turned up at the 'American Independents' show last week.  Supposedly for cars made outside of the so-called 'Big Three' (Ford, Chrysler and GM) this was definitely a General Motors product, 1946 style.

Then there was the '40ish Plymouth that turned up at a Ford Model A meeting.

Chris M.

 

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Chris,

A little off topic...

The weather around here is hot and as I read somehere, those big 2,3L engines confined in a thiny Audi 80 derived engine bay make the cooling sistem work under a lot of pressure. I have no complains about that but I keep an open eye on the collant and oil levels. I change the radiator soon after buying the car back in 2003 and now it needs another one.

On the way back from surfing at the extrem south of Portugal...

...and at a famous spanish scrapyard at the north of Spain, buying small bits for the C3....

For a 312.000kms car it performs prety well...

nuno granja

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Back on topic, 

Fishing in the aquariun, last week at Oporto...

 

 

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Fresh catch

 

An Escort (probably a RS Lookalike) spotted  last week at Oporto suburbia...

 

 

A  Moke, carrying wood at Oporto downtown...

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An obscure connection between Portugal and Australia; both countries carried on building Mokes long after the parent British company had given up. Still see them here too.

In fact I know where the rustiest old wreck of a Moke is, I will be in the area on Wednesday, I will try to post a photo on the 'Barn Finds' thread.

Chris M.