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Too bad you didn't whip out your cell phone and take the sick b@stard's picture. That's the kind of guy that deserves his own Dateline special.


I did tell security so they could watch him but they said he left not long after he spoke to us, so I'm not sure if he embarrassed himself or was scared someone was on to him.

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Creepy story about the guy and your daughter. You have to wonder if he's a genuine pervert or just gravely mentally ill. Either way thats almost reportable behaviour.

I think "detailing" is the same as you describe everywhere. I know a person who does it for a body shop and their goal is pretty much just to get the dust out and the paint clean. To actually go stem to stern polishing, eliminating grease build up and restoring to even showroom condition seems to fall into the "why would you wan't that?" category for most. I think part of it is lack of knowledge about what really wears and ages on the vehicle.

Microcars are a hoot and largely unappreciated in North America. Sort of a subculture thing up here. Fairly economical to purchase still, so who knows, she may be acquiring a veritable gold mine.
 I would be interested to know what the Isetta and the Susbaru fetch down there..

For those thread mongers who may be of tender years and not have had the pleasure of experiencing some of the smaller wonders of the automotive industry. Heres a link with a few of the more exotic among the breed.

http://heinkelscooter.blogspot.ca/2010/05/microcar-collection-at-whiteman-park.html


She loves her micros and I think they're a smart investment, a Goggo Dart is still on her list, and they're tough to find in one piece. There's a guy down here with one for sale with trailer for, hold on to your hat, $48,000. Nuts. It looks nice, a Mediterranean blue with white interior, but I wouldn't go a penny over $35k in it's condition. Yesterday she got an Austin Sprite convertible and there are about 7 other micros (including those awesome Subarus), so I'm sure we'll end the week with more cool additions to her growing stable. I'm haggling over a TVR 3000S and I'll talk with them again later if they don't sell it. I last made an offer of 22k and I believe that's fair. The guy's like, "they only made 129 of them", and I replied, "because Cosworth wouldn't sell them any more engines". tongue.gif It's a cute car, but not high dollar. Look at the hood and door gaps in this photo, they're a LOT worse up close, but that's TVR.


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I did tell security so they could watch him but they said he left not long after he spoke to us, so I'm not sure if he embarrassed himself or was scared someone was on to him.
She loves her micros and I think they're a smart investment, a Goggo Dart is still on her list, and they're tough to find in one piece. There's a guy down here with one for sale with trailer for, hold on to your hat, $48,000. Nuts. It looks nice, a Mediterranean blue with white interior, but I wouldn't go a penny over $35k in it's condition. Yesterday she got an Austin Sprite convertible and there are about 7 other micros (including those awesome Subarus), so I'm sure we'll end the week with more cool additions to her growing stable. I'm haggling over a TVR 3000S and I'll talk with them again later if they don't sell it. I last made an offer of 22k and I believe that's fair. The guy's like, "they only made 129 of them", and I replied, "because Cosworth wouldn't sell them any more engines". tongue.gif It's a cute car, but not high dollar. Look at the hood and door gaps in this photo, they're a LOT worse up close, but that's TVR.



Maybe you should be looking to source the Dart out of OZ. Hows the misses with RHD? You may be able to ship one over for way less than the ask of this bloke.

Bugeye sprite. I'll be looking for one. It's one of those cars that seems to appear whenever someone mentions one:D

 

TVR's just never seem to make the collectable list do they. You are obviously aware of the build quality issues. Make your Zonda seem like it was assembled by NASA in the VAB. My personal experiences with TVR for some reason mirrored my carrer experience with accounting software. As I got shoehorned into it, I became the defacto residente and therefore sucked into shaking them down when they appeared. More a case of everyone else taking a step back then me stepping up:) I wanted to like that car as a marque, but just too much torment from build to ergonomics. Shifting and toe and heeling always left me feeling like a monkey trying to masturbate in a fishbowl. But, if it's your thing, have at it. (I'd take an S type anyday)

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Shouldn't the seller be paying you just for the fact that it's a TVR.
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OK - so I have a serious question: You have a shop with a Master Wizard and whole brood of Wizard's Apprentices. A microcar is the simplest possible motor vehicle in the world - so why not design and build your own? You wife can be in charge of design, and you and Mr. Wizard can do the engineering.

I even have a name for your first model: the Tennessee Titan (OK, that name might have some infringement issues)

Also, have you seen any of these?
http://bringatrailer.com/2011/09/29/british-twin-1959-berkeley-se-328-excelsior/
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Shouldn't the seller be paying you just for the fact that it's a TVR.

:(

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My little girl's been fussy all day, she wants to run around all over the place and meet people, but of course she doesn't understand that's not always a good idea. I'm not sure how she became a people person, but she is. I did walk her around (tethered) so she could say "hi" to practically everyone, Dana Mecum even picked her up for a minute and she hugged him. Awww. redface.gif He's a really good person. Anyhow, later on she was crying because I wouldn't let her run off to go play with some man's service dog (a huge German shepherd mutant) when this strange old guy walks up:

him: "What a beautiful little girl."
wife: "Thank you."
him: "How old is she?"
wife: "22 months."
him: "Is she for sale?"
wife: (facetiously) "How much?"
him: *pause* $50,000? (said a little too seriously)
me: Oh, that's funny. But frankly, if anyone even looked at her the wrong way, I'd tear off their head and kick it down the aisle like a soccer ball.

He blinked, then left hurriedly. Freaks. blink.gif People, remember to always keep a close eye on your kids.

What my face must have looked like as I processed that post.......:blink: then :eek: then :mad:

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What my face must have looked like as I processed that post.......:blink: then :eek: then :mad:

 

Loli obsessions are cool and all, but keep em' 2D (And in your head, for that matter). No, wait, that ain't even loli, that guy seems like an all around awful person.

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Hey, I used to drive the 3-wheeler version, in England you could drive those on a motorcycle licence (a year before you could get a car licence ). Great fun, great sound.


Edited by jimmers - 1/18/14 at 11:22pm
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Well, no auction for us for the next 2 days. We have other places to go, since it's only 10 miles away.




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Maybe you should be looking to source the Dart out of OZ. Hows the misses with RHD? You may be able to ship one over for way less than the ask of this bloke.
Bugeye sprite. I'll be looking for one. It's one of those cars that seems to appear whenever someone mentions one:D

TVR's just never seem to make the collectable list do they. You are obviously aware of the build quality issues. Make your Zonda seem like it was assembled by NASA in the VAB. My personal experiences with TVR for some reason mirrored my carrer experience with accounting software. As I got shoehorned into it, I became the defacto residente and therefore sucked into shaking them down when they appeared. More a case of everyone else taking a step back then me stepping up:) I wanted to like that car as a marque, but just too much torment from build to ergonomics. Shifting and toe and heeling always left me feeling like a monkey trying to masturbate in a fishbowl. But, if it's your thing, have at it. (I'd take an S type anyday)


The Aussie Darts are fiberglass while the more rare German models are steel, that and the greater scarcity are why the German Darts sell for twice as much, most likely. Also I'm not sure my wife can adjust to RHD with a stick.

I like the TVR S we got a while back, the Cosworth drivetrain in it is pretty awesome, but even better is that someone swapped out the Lucas electrical and fuel systems with Bosch. smily_headphones1.gif So it's mostly solid. Not to say the 3000S is, but that can be sorted out.

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Originally Posted by gikigill View Post

Shouldn't the seller be paying you just for the fact that it's a TVR.


Boo! tongue.gif They aren't any worse than Lancia, and they're about as reliable as most anything else that was made in the UK at the time. (That's not saying a lot.) redface.gif

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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

OK - so I have a serious question: You have a shop with a Master Wizard and whole brood of Wizard's Apprentices. A microcar is the simplest possible motor vehicle in the world - so why not design and build your own? You wife can be in charge of design, and you and Mr. Wizard can do the engineering.

I even have a name for your first model: the Tennessee Titan (OK, that name might have some infringement issues)

Also, have you seen any of these?
http://bringatrailer.com/2011/09/29/british-twin-1959-berkeley-se-328-excelsior/

I believe that's on her list, or it should be. I'll need to check.

We have talked about a "Singer-style" Mini build, something completely over the top. We have a bare Austin Cooper chassis and body to start with, so that could be really cool.
Edited by Magick Man - 1/19/14 at 4:09am
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Well, no auction for us for the next 2 days. We have other places to go, since it's only 10 miles away.



The Aussie Darts are fiberglass while the more rare German models are steel, that and the greater scarcity are why the German Darts sell for twice as much, most likely. Also I'm not sure my wife can adjust to RHD with a stick.

I like the TVR S we got a while back, the Cosworth drivetrain in it is pretty awesome, but even better is that someone swapped out the Lucas electrical and fuel systems with Bosch. smily_headphones1.gif So it's mostly solid. Not to say the 3000S is, but that can be sorted out.
Boo! tongue.gif They aren't any worse than Lancia, and they're about as reliable as most anything else that was made in the UK at the time. (That's not saying a lot.) redface.gif
I believe that's on her list, or it should be. I'll need to check.

We have talked about a "Singer-style" Mini build, something completely over the top. We have a bare Austin Cooper chassis and body to start with, so that could be really cool.


Must have been quite the effort to replace all the Lucas electrics.

 

I think a true afficionado would require a glass dart for longevity as well as the steel for pure collector value:wink_face:

 

TVR's you either tolerate em or hate em.

I remember the Lancias of that era, pity, they really went out of their way to earn the overpriced FIAT moniker. It made me sad to see the marque fall to ruin in that manner. Although the Scorpion/Beta Montecarlo seemed to get a little more attention on the production line.

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The TG segment on Lancia was pretty funny - where as they drove down the road talking about the Lancia, parts kept falling off... tongue.gif
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From that microcar museum tour a few pages back, did anyone else notice the yellow thing in the background that looked like a 90's reinterpretation of an XJ13? Can anyone identify it?

 

 

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The TG segment on Lancia was pretty funny - where as they drove down the road talking about the Lancia, parts kept falling off... tongue.gif


Musn't have been old enough for the  rust to have set in to hold them in place.:wink_face:

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I wonder why the sign behind the yellow coupe says "2007"? That seems too new for that car.
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Break time, papa needs a rest and is going to catch up on the game and auction. It's neat how my daughter's mind works, she loves all the Disney characters running around the park, but she went crazy over Marie the cat (from The Aristocats). So much so that she kept trying to figure out how to get to my wallet so she could buy her. Finally I figured out what she was after, she'd been reaching for my pants' pocket, so I handed it to her to see what she'd do (it's just a small card holder), and she walked directly over and, after thinking it over for a moment, handed it to Marie! The girl in the suit was confused, so I explained to her, "she's trying to buy you so she can take you back home with her". I was amazed, proud, and concerned, all at the same time. Quite a lot irony there. redface.gif
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