When did you last seen one of those?
it is not a good place to stop, so a quick couple of snaps doesnt do justice to this lovely Eclat
I see this one at the end of this road, same place every day,
unmoved by its possible Classic Status,morning noon evening and night, there it is
A column in the latest C&SC – page 24 - about old Citroëns reminded me of a couple from my past. The Ami was actually bought new by Mum in ‘73 and chugged around Hertfordshire quite comfortably for a few years, but she had to sell it less than ten years later as it had rusted so bad it was going to cost more than it was worth to fix, (I think it was replaced by a Firenza, another rarity today) but how many survive? Here photographed outside Ye Olde Cherry Tree in Southgate.
Then there was a BX i bought in a moment of madness in the early nineties. It was the lowly 1.4 model, sluggish motor, heavy clutch and awful gearchange, but I think some of those parts were sourced from Renault and suffered even more in the engineering (if you can call it that) of the RHD version. Had that great Citroën ride though, which was a hoot around Milton Keynes – a town famous for its roundabouts – as I could chuck it around left, right, left with that odd sensation of staying level when you would expect it to lean. The wiring to the wipers managed to spontaneously combust in heavy rain while returning from a Formula Three meeting at Croix-en-Ternois, and the clutch played hell with my damaged knee cartilage, but it used very little petrol. Scanned from an old photo (not great quality, sorry) parked at Daudet’s Mill near St Remy en Provence.
Talking about Amis, during the recent summer holidays in the portuguese countryside, my wife, his father and brother decided to go in a 100km round trip. to check some family estates they have in a small village in the area. They use the opportunity to put their talk up to date ( you can wear my wife and my father in law...) and return with a gift for me. They look upon an Ami on the road as unusual sight and they think, Nuno may like to see that
It had french plates...
Keeping with french holidays snaps of unloved french hatchbacks theme...
A Renault 6 in car workshop waiting for his turn. Never officially imported here so even when new they was rare here,
And a Citroen Dyane at the lake side. This model was a big hit here, in their time they outsold the 2CV bya very large margin. Now they start to have a huge follow among enthusiasts.
The 2CV was only sold here in reasonable numbers in is last version when produced locally at the Mangualde factory. But at that time it was some kind of a fashion acessory.
I was not sure where shall I put this Opel Kadett Sprint.
I guess some cars/circumstances apply for two of the most popular threads in the forum: this one and "Spotted: classic cars on the road".
According to James, "When did you last seen one of those?" is appropriate
"For those cars that may not yet be fully-fledged classics (may never be, in fact), but seem to have joined the ranks of "the disappeared". The once commonplace that, thanks to rust and scrapping, if you see one now, your first thought is "Blimey, I haven't seen one of those for years"."
On the other hand, "Spotted: classic cars on the road" is "Where we all share our sightings".
A few others that qualify as found at the annual CMC CLassic in Sydney a couple of weeks back;
a '65 Nissn Cedric
and a Humber Super Snipe (I don't think it was responsible for the burn-outs).
An Opel 1204 spotted at Oporto...
Once very polular here (some badged as Vauxhall Chevette with a different nose style), but now they are almost extinct.
Some young enthusiasts start to preserve them, this one is in very good condition and it's someone's daily driver.