CLASSIC and important CARS - open thread:

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Only just noticed this thread.

Not sure about the "classic" or "important" label, but as it's rare, for interest, this was my first car - it's a Vauxhall Astra GTE 16v "Champion" special edition - one of 250 produced with a full Connolly leather interior:
(photos are taken on iPhone of physical prints)

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There is a bit of a story to the car in that I sold it around 2000/2001, saw it a year later in much worse condition, then assumed it had ultimately gone to the scrapyard.

A few years ago, I idly put the reg number into google and came across a thread on a vauxhall forum, where a guy called Clive had apparently bought it from somewhere in Scotland and was in the process of restoring it. I contacted him and filled in a bit of its history for him.

It seems that he completed the restoration, and Corgi made a limited run of 1:43 scale models, even down to the same registration number, one of which I managed to get hold of via ebay:

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Further searching has also revealed a photo of the fully restored car at a show in 2018! :)

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Hi, thank you for your contribution, C&C!(y) Personal histories like yours I had in mind, too, when I started this thread, ---

I live quite close to the OPEL factory in Rüsselsheim, where the Astras were built. They are quite rare as participants in vintage car rallyes, because cars must be at
least 30 years old.

It took quite a while to find an example :


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As we've had a few Japanese cars on here, here's another - this was my 3rd car after the Astra above - 2nd one was another Nissan Skyline R32GTR, but less modified. The one pictured runs 522bhp and is currently off the road getting restored due to some rust issues. Hopefully it should be back in action later this year.

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Not sure if I've posted these 2 shots - one is Mum's (later my) Frogeye in front of Grandpa's Speed 6 and the other is the Sprite on a rally field. Both scans from old film. (Spot the TR beside the Frogeye!)

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Hi, a few pics of the cars above. (I do not have much from DATSUN/NISSAN) :

A TR3. The one from Vintage Racer must be new, judging from the engine ... :


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DB R129 SL (one of my dream-cars, a never-wozzer) :


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Frogeye :


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Not sure if I've posted these 2 shots - one is Mum's (later my) Frogeye in front of Grandpa's Speed 6 and the other is the Sprite on a rally field. Both scans from old film. (Spot the TR beside the Frogeye!)


I love the contrast in size between those 2.

I have a good idea of the size of the Sprite as my brother used to have one (as well as an old Morris Minor). Unfortunately I can't seem to find any photos of either.
 
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I do not have much from DATSUN/NISSAN
I have one or two:

Datsun Z car (not sure if it's a 240z or 280z):

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Nissan Skyline R32 GTR:

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Nissan Skyline R33 GTRs:

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Nissan Skyline R34 GTRs:

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And at the time (March 2008) one of if not the first Nissan GTR (R35) in the UK:

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One more from me - another uncommon one and it is my 4th and latest car, which I've now had for a couple of months under 14 years, and have no plans of selling! :)
Apart from anything, there isn't really anything to compare performance wise for the price.

Noble M400, slightly modified with 442 bhp and 415 lbs ft torque.
0-60 mph under 3.5s,
0-100 mph in 8s
0-100-0 in 12s


My wife driving at Rockingham:

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Her again at Spa:

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A couple with a few friends:

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Hi, a 356 in action :

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PORSCHE Taycan - The U.S. EPA found out that it has a range of no more than 323 km (200 miles) in normal conditions, with A/C. So it is more of a fun car for e-enthusiasts ... ---
 
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