When did you last seen one of those?
Back on topic, with two fast desapearing from the streets, red italian euroboxes, but this time with no rust at all, as even if they are no classic yet they are owned by enthusiasts...
(both spotted at Oporto)
An eurobox from a friend of mine, spotted recently when refuelling...
By curiosity, you can check the number plate and try to find a photo of this Fiat 128, taken during a hillclimbing competition at Portugal, on a small notice in the first pages of the same CSC number I posted early in this topic, when writing about the yountimers from Mercedes.
Yes I have a slot racer model of an Alfa 75 and saw ironically a race decalled one in Alfadelta, in the same Ipswich thoroughfare, when I went to the DVLA(which is closing due to cuts)to get my new custom motorbike registered before Christmas.
Waiting for the edition of some fresh catch from the last 3 days at Oporto, some spots from the archives,
A Audi Coupe from the late series, in a so neglected state, that it may not survive. It Because it have no rear disk brakes, as my 2.3 5 cil, must be a 1.8 4cil...
The next car in that street is an early E21 320 in much better condition. I'm not sure but it must be and early 4cil carb engine version as on the boot have "320" badge, and not a "320i" as the late six cilinder version..
A late series Citroen CS "X3", spotted last week at Oporto "on the wild", as James Elliot used to say. This car appears to be in good original condition...
Last week at Oporto I had a unusual meeting&chat with two young owners of japanese youngtimers.
In a cold night I was driving my Audi Coupe Gt on the highway around town and suddenly a Datsun 120Y white Van on alloys pass through the fast line on a fast mood, then another 120y on alloys, this time a light yellow 2 door version, also double me through the fast line...
I follow both for a few kms, observing their cars, they notice that and observe me too. We finish in the next rest area in a interesting chat about cars.
The general tone of the chat can be done by this anwser to one of my first words, I said "I can see you like Nissans" and they correct me with a smile "no, we like Datsuns"
When they pass me on the highway i thought they may came from a club working meeting, but i discover they are just driving in the night for fun .
They are real petrolheads and the owner of the 2 door have also 120Y black 4 door and 240Z in pristine condition.
Those cars may not be classics yet, but without this young enthusiasts they will never survive to that point and our passion will not survive also...
Mk1 and Mk 2 Scirosccos are not a comum sight in this country, but during my last stay at Oporto i spot this one when driving mine around town. As the two Mk2 I have, this one is an import. My grey MK2 came from Switzerland and the blue came from Spain.
By coincidence, it have a steering wheel and gear knob from an early Mk1 golf GTI as my other Scirocco...
Mk1 and Mk 2 Scirosccos are not a comum sight in this country as all the late 70's an early 80's VWs because Guerin the VW and Porcshe importer since the beginning of the 50's and one of the biggest car companys in the country from that era, did'n handle very weel with 3 major swifts ; 1 The 1974 political revolution who put an end to 48 years of dictatorship and originated big changes in society (strikes, inflaction...); 2 The revolution in the Volkswagen products with the introduction of the front engined watercooled most expensive cars after decades of rear engined aircooled monoculture; 3 The management swift between generations.
So Mk1 and MK2 Sciroccos, MK1 Golfs and Passats are very scarce in this shores. In late 80's and early 90's SIVA restart the import of VWs and Audis with success.
Two curiosities from from the golden era of Guerin, the Coimbra showroom and workshop (a village in the midle of the country)
... and some merchandising...
As I know Guerin today is only a rent a car company.
Farmer's Mini Marcos, near Luxembourg, January 2012.
The yellow bird could be on the road with minor surgery care.
A 28.000 km Metro 1.3 LS Automatic, spotted at Lisbon today during the informal montlhy meeting of the portuguese web forum "Portal dos Classicos"...
Its good to know that the Metro owner, who also have a Jaguar XJ S2 4.2, is starting to preserve this cars.
Also spotted at t the same place...
When was the last time you saw one of these?
Lets lose the euro boxes!