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PostSubject: Vauxhall's desperate.   Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:39 pm

So, Vauxhall will give me £1000 for my old banger in exchange for new eco-friendly Vauxhall that nobody really wants, hence this latest marketing fop. 'Modern low-emission vehicles can only help the environment when they replace the old cars which blight Britainís roads,' said Vauxhall chairman Jonathan Browning. Yeah, well it's alright for you Mr Browning, earning a six-figure salary every year and a choice of free cars to take home every night, sadly Vauxhall's, but even so.

It'll take more than a £1000 to get me into a Vauxhall showroom, and even if you do, do you think that someone who drives a sub-£1000 banger can really afford £350 a month finance payments for five years? Or is Ucan Car Credit (as seen on TV) sorting that out for you?

You won't like this, but I'm quite happy blighting Britain's roads in my 1999 Rover 200BRM and my two 1970s Princess Wedges. Happily, none of these came from Luton.

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PostSubject: Re: Vauxhall's desperate.   Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:29 pm

You toe rag! You're making me green!! As an ex-pat Pom, I always loved the Princess shape when I was there ('til 84). Then you go & buy a BRM, which I absolutely adore!

Ah well, good luck to you I suppose Smile

As for the Vauxhall stuff...I agree entirely with your points. But I was about to hit the back button until I saw what cars you have Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Vauxhall's desperate.   Thu Jun 07, 2007 2:43 pm

Thanks for that. Wedges are getting thin on the ground in the UK now, so four years ago I set up a website dedicated to these fine cars: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
As for the BRM, it's another misunderstood car that was killed as soon as it was launched really by a high price and non-existant marketing. Still not quite a banger and is starting to become a bit of a, well, classic. Sorry Embarassed

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PostSubject: Re: Vauxhall's desperate.   Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:43 am

Great site you've made there! Have you been on the Unofficial Austin Rover Web Resource? They'd love to link to you Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Vauxhall's desperate.   Sun Jun 10, 2007 8:21 pm

Thanks Sputnik, in fact I got the inspiration for the site from austin-rover.co.uk, and the owner of that site, Keith Adams, was immensely helpful encouraging me to build my website.

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PostSubject: Re: Vauxhall's desperate.   Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:07 pm

I must own up to having an Austin Princess for a bit. I loved the shape and the space, but the fuel pump went and because I was loaning it to a friend to use whilst they were in the country I had to sell it to bloke who did banger racing. I replaced it with an Allegro of all things. I'm off to look at the Princess site and will report back....
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PostSubject: Re: Vauxhall's desperate.   Wed Jun 20, 2007 9:17 pm

Admin, I hope you enjoy it.

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PostSubject: Re: Vauxhall's desperate.   Wed Jun 20, 2007 9:31 pm

Been there and started to do it and its brilliant, I have guestbooked too, I will be spending a lot of time there, you have done a briliant job!
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PostSubject: Re: Vauxhall's desperate.   Wed Jun 20, 2007 9:43 pm

Thanks for that. At the last count I've done over 130 pages for that site!
Who'd have thought that so much could be written about one car other than an MGbloodyB!

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PostSubject: Re: Vauxhall's desperate.   Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:06 pm

Quite right M*B gets far to much attention as its only a tarted up Morris anyway, the way of the wedge was truly wonderful...
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PostSubject: Re: Vauxhall's desperate.   Sat Jun 23, 2007 9:31 am

Spent WAY too much time trawling over your site Very Happy

When I was in the UK, I always really the Princess. Problem was, I loved the SD1 Rover. So at 25 (1995-so you get an idea), I realised my dream & bought one; an '82 3500SE with sunroof & very early Series 2 build. Silly me, I shouldn't have done, especially in Australia where parts were exorbitantly priced & no-one knows how to fix them anyway...$22,000 down the drain in 2 years & 11,000km's.

Sort if experience that makes you want a proper banger!
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PostSubject: Re: Vauxhall's desperate.   Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:15 pm

I had an SD1 in the late Eighties, it was a 1979 2600 auto in advocado green and I paid £100 for it. Shoved it in for the MoT and it failed on the steering rack, so I got a second hand one for it, it passed, and I got two years trouble free motoring out of it. Sold it for a profit as well, I think I got £500 or so for it in 1991.

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PostSubject: Re: Vauxhall's desperate.   Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:03 am



My defence is I was young & naive, m'lud. I've since learnt my lesson Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Vauxhall's desperate.   Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:40 pm

I remember writing that buyers should always go for the VDP version as it was a far more comfortable model to break down in.
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PostSubject: Re: Vauxhall's desperate.   Tue Aug 21, 2007 3:51 pm

I always liked the VDP Allegro thing.

A chap near me actually built a VDP Allegro Estate! Looked like a shrunken hearse. I loved it.

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PostSubject: Re: Vauxhall's desperate.   Tue Aug 21, 2007 3:54 pm

Yes, VDPs do it for me every time..
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