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Is This Your Motor?

Richard Dye

master brummie
When I worked for the finance company and cars were kept for 2 years, my mileage was about 70,000 miles over the two years, but then I was moved to another arm of the business and in a Fiat Strada, I covered 97500 miles in 18 months and the sort of drives I did were typified by the following two days.
Monday left home in Barnstaple 0530hrs, went to Exeter, Frome, Banbury, just south of Coventry, Wolverhampton and then to Pwllelli. Overnight their, then after running a day long training course, Pwllelli to Hereford via Newtown. The rest of the week was Hereford to Pembrokeshire via Cardiff and Swansea, all over Pembrokeshire and Carmartenshire and home leaving Cardigan at 1530 and arriving in Barnstaple at 2245. Dome week and I did one like that about every four weeks. My cars over 20 years with the company were a Viva HB, Morris 1100, three Hillman Avengers (One badged Chrysler) a Viva E, another Avenger, a Fiat Strada, Morris Marina Coupe, and then Astras.

Bob
Bless you Bob!
 

Richard Dye

master brummie
We had a customer who was the all UK rep for a spectacles company, he ran the mid range Austins, A50/55/60,and changed every year, he was due a new car but as usual there was a strike on.

So he bought a Morris 1000 to carry him on until the Austin became available, brought it in for service every Saturday morning, did 46,000 miles in six and a half months, we asked if he ever slept, he said "yeh, in the car.":)
Gracious me!
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
I think I may have posted this before, but I had the experience in the late 1960s of the car park in the Bullring losing my car. They insisted then in taking it away and parking it for you and then bringing it back for you when you returned. Trouble is they lost it and had me waiting for ages (half an hour?) till they found it. Then, initially tried to charge me for the half an hour I had been waiting!
Following on from this, today I came across something I had completely forgotten about (or rather forgotten I'd written about) from Birm Post Sept. 1968

Birm post.28.9.1968.jpg
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
oooh mike i never thought i would be reading something you had written in a newspaper snippet :D :D :D lyn
 

Johnfromstaffs

Johnfromstaffs
I think its a fibreglass special built on a Ford Ten or Prefect chassis, look at the wheels.

See post #189.
 
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Bob Davis

Bob Davis
I think its a fibreglass special built on a Ford Ten or Prefect chassis, look at the wheels.

See post #189.
Looks like my father in laws Ashley laminate, Ford Chassis and engine, how I recognise it is that this is the angle I usually saw it from as we pushed it to start it,

Bob
 

Alf Rogers

master brummie
This might be of interest: when Auto Express magazine first came out, around 1987, I bought it almost every week (it was only 40p, back then!). There was one particular article that was so fascinating, I cut it out and stuck it in my scrapbook:
A self-employed delivery driver specialised in transporting small but highly valuable items, across the country at a moment's notice, day or night. These would be things like one-off bespoke gear that was vital for the continued operation of a factory, etc. As he only carried small items, he only needed a small vehicle: a Nissan Sunny (or Cherry), bought new. After nine months of working 12+ hours a day, he had covered 79,000 miles in it. Apart from consumables and tyres, nothing went wrong with the car. He did his own servicing, oil & filters, about once a month. He had no faith in Fords, Austins or Vauxhalls to be able to do the same job, with the same reliability.
 

Bob Davis

Bob Davis
This might be of interest: when Auto Express magazine first came out, around 1987, I bought it almost every week (it was only 40p, back then!). There was one particular article that was so fascinating, I cut it out and stuck it in my scrapbook:
A self-employed delivery driver specialised in transporting small but highly valuable items, across the country at a moment's notice, day or night. These would be things like one-off bespoke gear that was vital for the continued operation of a factory, etc. As he only carried small items, he only needed a small vehicle: a Nissan Sunny (or Cherry), bought new. After nine months of working 12+ hours a day, he had covered 79,000 miles in it. Apart from consumables and tyres, nothing went wrong with the car. He did his own servicing, oil & filters, about once a month. He had no faith in Fords, Austins or Vauxhalls to be able to do the same job, with the same reliability.
And in your article you accurately sum up the demise of the British car industry
 
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