The one that got away
Like many of you, there have been a number.
Most recently - and by recent I mean in the last 3 years - I missed picking up a beautiful 1978, steel bodied 308 GTB as a mere £15k. Gorgeous colour combo - yello body, chocolate brown leather interior. Damn it!
One that got away from James Elliott!
Further to James's blog a couple of weeks back re his Espada obsession, check page 166 of your April 2003 C&SC.
A tale of an otherwise good Espada with a head gasket problem that sold for a grand!
Now if I could just get my DeLorean to work like Doc's and take me back in time...........
Mine would have still be Craft wife's Woody, however despite refurbishing old racing wooden sailing dinghies, 2 on the go currently,(built one at school)having followed the repeat on the Boyd Coddington 'American Hot Rod'on the theme of a customised 46 V8Ford Woodie, over 3 nights on quest, maybe seeing just what a struggle it was, getting it all to line up, then they were saying it drove nice and taught, unlike most Wooden Wagons that flop about and have issues maybe it wasnt such a bad idea saving my money then, having any vehicle that moved was a luxury!.Imagine owning one in Ealing now, must burn up quicker than a regular car.
Funny they the late Boyd Coddington's outfitters, were also on the lookout for a Model T to rod, found one in a sort of Deliverence type Hicksville farm,and as the deal was done and being hauled away by a lowloader, My 92 year old Mum said, no wonder they called them Tin Lizzies(as they look like theyre made of tin, yep mater got that bit)-well OK they dont make em like they used to, just as well as I did my time with old vehicles by necessities not as play things so, Non Regret Rien, Ma Cherees...well ok, I do miss my first car so have been highest bidder for a GT6-and may have to force back a tear if it goes higher than budget...but wont be up till sparrows fart worrying about IT either..
Back in the hippy, trippy sixties, I had my choice of a Radbourne Abarth, albiet with a Fiat 124 engine, but still a beautiful car or a Fiat Samatha which was based on the 125.
Did I buy either, did I hell, where are they now?
Probably finished up as piles of ferous oxide ...actually Fiats were no worse than other cars. Vauxhalls were heinous and Fords nickmamed Dagenham Dustbins, werent great on the rust prevention front either, but if my 70s 127 was anything to go by,rotting under all the plastic gubbins placed in the wheel arches for so called protection, was made of that cheapo Steel Fiat and Lancia bought in from wherever, Russia? caused Fiats to have a nasty reputation, ever since, folk may well be tempted to say you had a lucky escape.Especially as the samantha was a farmed out job
My late father had 2 successive Fiat 2300s and they both did huge mileages and when he was seriously ill I left the sea to work on the farm, I took it over, and we got Mum her third Viva an HC-she had a Brabham Viva 90, she wishes she still had that now( I passed my test in it,) but then Brabhams are hard to prove original as most were dealer fitted kits, even so will hold a grand premium over a lesser deluxe 90 or SL same,if the provinence can be proved even more unreliable than the 90-the standard one was ok and not that much slower top speed wise, because it had its own higher ratio diff unlike the geared down estate based ones the Brabham used, so the hot ones werent the one that got away either. maybe if she had kept her 1959 Austin Seven ???Well maybe not at 92, bless.
In another version of 'The One That Got Away' there are those that were scrapped. As a scruffy teenage hippy in the early seventies I had a sit-up-and-beg Pop' that I was supposed to be doing up, paid a fiver, but it had no tax and a dodgy diff'. Back then the local council would come and take anything untaxed but they usually left a notice on the car giving seven days to move it. Some of the guys I shared the house with would often push it out of the drive to get another car past and maybe occasionally forget to push it back (can't say I blame them too much) and sure enough one day it was gone. A neighbour told me the bad news when I got home, I phoned the council tip, but too late, it was crushed immediately. Worse though was a friend had a really clean Studebaker Hawk, late fifties with the fins, not Silver Hawk, just the basic model in maroon and cream, with matching vinyl interior, nice car. This was late seventies and I was working at a small garage in Edmonton. The guy with the Stude' had it towed round there when it broke down and we soon diagnosed a stripped timing gear, I think it was one of those fragile fibre ones, but of course spares would be hard to find. Rather than pay to tow it home, he left it outside the garage on the street until he could find a replacement. Then the tax expired, then it was gone. I had offered him a hundred quid for it, but he turned it down. Tragic.
Nice cars those old Studees
Nice cars those old Studees
Wouldn't mind one myself, here's a few I found locally.