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Other Cars item created by TR4man, Jan 30, 2014
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A love of Triumphs
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Great write up @TR4man. Might inspire me to dig some pictures out of my old '66 Series 2a Landy.
I have some of my first restoration of a Spitfire, albeit a long time ago. I will try to find them out and get them onto comp so I can show you all. You may have to bear with me. I have some time booked off work next week so I will see what I can do.
Growing up my dad had a TR6. What a special car that was maybe that is where my love of roadsters comes from?
I too had a 1964 TR 4. Surrey top, wire wheels, overdrive. Pale blue just like the rally versions! Wish I'd kept it given the way the prices have taken off but I ran it for almost 17 years and just wasn't using it in the end Was featured in the Christmas edition of Practical Classics in a full test which set the car against a Porsche 912, a TVR Grantura and a Nissan Fairlady. The journalists chose my TR4 as the winner!! Sold it to a pal who kept it 4 years and then traded up to a really nice TR 5. Wonder where DPJ 50B is now??
My forum name gives some clue as to what I replaced the TR4 with!!!
I've had a GT6 and a Stag many years ago. I love the styling of the Stag especially, but mine wasn't very reliable I'm afraid. The GT6 had a complete life of it's own, doing what the hell it liked on the straights and corners!! Not a great experience.
I suspect that in truth the Z3 isn't a classic a present, but it has the retro feel of open top motoring at a really affordable price. It handles well and gets you there and back usually without issues, and when those problems arise they're able to be resolved without to much fuss. Plug it in and sort it out. They also don't suffer from horrendous rust problems, which if my memory serves me correctly was always a big issue.
Having had several classics over the years I have now nearly moved on. I still own a 1948 racer, but apart from that my cars are more modern. I turn the key and they start and go. I have to say that I much prefer this as every classic I've owned someone has taken it as a licence to take my pants down! If you think BMW ownership is expensive, forget it it. It's a breeze!!! If you garage space and can do all your own work it's fine, but for the majority thats not a runner.
I still love Classic cars, but now from afar rather than close up. Love to go to the meetings, but... viewing rather than owning is much better for my financial health!!
Thank goodness someone like you keeps these cars and uses them. They put a smile on my face whenever I see them on a run. Keep up the good work as you're ownership and dedication bring a bit of joy to many peoples lives.
Like your cars TR4man and this means like your work!
Hope the son will continue the tradition!