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Old 11 August 2007, 20:13   #21
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I did see one of those bugs last year on the IOW at Bembridge and it did make me think how cool it would be to own one. Probably the island is a good place to drive one. No motorways and not too far to go.
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Old 11 August 2007, 20:38   #22
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I reckon the TR7 was ahead of it's time - the TR8 could have been a real winner but they made less than 3,000 before it was killed off.

Another sweet car was the Fiat X1/9 - I drove one once and it was like driving a minature Ferrari - it was serious fun and it felt really quick - until I looked at the speedo and saw I was only doing 60mph - it felt like 110.......
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Another sweet car was the Fiat X1/9 - I drove one once and it was like driving a minature Ferrari - it was serious fun and it felt really quick - until I looked at the speedo and saw I was only doing 60mph - it felt like 110.......
As with most 1970/80s cars it was pretty unreliable. Very nice looking car though. I used to know a bloke with one who would spend all week cleaning it and then on a Saturday night put on his glad rags and aim for the local night life. Trouble is half the time he would break down. Always felt sorry for him. Stood at the side of the road on a warm Saturday evening in his pink shirt with Chinos and navy blue pullover thrown over his shoulders.
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I reckon the TR7 was ahead of it's time - the TR8 could have been a real winner but they made less than 3,000 before it was killed off.

Another sweet car was the Fiat X1/9 - I drove one once and it was like driving a minature Ferrari - it was serious fun and it felt really quick - until I looked at the speedo and saw I was only doing 60mph - it felt like 110.......
Oh yes, saw one of these on the road on the IOW a couple of days ago. Thought all of them had returned to the earth now!
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Oh yes, saw one of these on the road on the IOW a couple of days ago. Thought all of them had returned to the earth now!
Funnily enough I hadn't seen an X1/9 for years - then saw one yesterday.

Main killer with them was rust - they fell apart very quickly!!!
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Wish I still had my 1300 Mini Cooper. Ownered many minis and never had one let me down. However those CVJ's could be a problem it the boot split.
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My wife used to own an 850 Mini, I loved it! Was a little cramped for long distances but when I borrowed it for work they nick named me Mr Bean as it was in the same colours as his one.
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As a kid in London with a single digit age, I latched onto the E-Type or the car in the picture, both seen in mayfair etc (If any one can name it,please give yourself a slap in the chops). Ultimately I moved on to Cod's aston, which I think is still the best super ever made.
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My wife used to own an 850 Mini, I loved it! Was a little cramped for long distances but when I borrowed it for work they nick named me Mr Bean as it was in the same colours as his one.
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How on earth could you get in and out of a mini

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I had one of these but in yellow, sold my soul to the devil for it,Got nicked never to be seen again,but what a car !
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