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New acquisition

Post by Vortex O'Plinth » Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:42 pm

I'm about to add to my car collection an old convertible sports car. It has a glassfibre body mounted on a steel ladder frame chassis. It features a pushrod V8 engine designed by the cars manufacturer, four speed manual gearbox, wind-up windows, chrome bumpers, a manually operated hood and disc brakes all round behind 15" steel wheels.

Anyone guess what it is?
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Re: New acquisition

Post by John-B » Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:04 pm

Ogle? Reliant Scimitar?
Or more obviously a Daimler SP250.

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Re: New acquisition

Post by Vortex O'Plinth » Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:13 pm

John-B wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:04 pm
Ogle? Reliant Scimitar?
Or more obviously a Daimler SP250.
Nice try John - but not even warm. :D
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Re: New acquisition

Post by #100910 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:04 pm

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Post by John-B » Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:14 pm

Bond Equipe? Jenson? Ferrari 541 (I would love to drive that?) Marcos? Noble? TVR? AC? or a type of kit car?

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Re: New acquisition

Post by Vortex O'Plinth » Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:20 pm

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Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:04 pm
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Congratulations Greg - I thought the description might ring a bell with our american cousins..... :D

Not a C1 or even a C2 but this.....
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Re: New acquisition

Post by JohnM » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:13 pm

8-) 8-) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: New acquisition

Post by John-B » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:23 pm

In 1990to 1994 I worked with an engineer on the Docklands Light Railway Beckton Extension who bought a Corvette and got it brought over in a container. I never saw it but I was very envious. Unfortunately he never drove it to the building site.

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Re: New acquisition

Post by #100910 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:46 pm

What a beauty !
It should provide loads of Tuxedo Black enjoyment.
Is its pristine condition due to low mileage or excellent restoration?

Only semi-winnership can be claimed as I had just returned to edit my 1958 guess:

"The 1965 Corvette Sting Ray offered further refinements ... The first welcome addition was the advent of standard four-wheel disc brakes."

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Re: New acquisition

Post by Vortex O'Plinth » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:35 pm

#100910 wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:46 pm
What a beauty !
It should provide loads of Tuxedo Black enjoyment.
Is its pristine condition due to low mileage or excellent restoration?

Only semi-winnership can be claimed as I had just returned to edit my 1958 guess:

"The 1965 Corvette Sting Ray offered further refinements ... The first welcome addition was the advent of standard four-wheel disc brakes."
Your edit is very close to the target Greg. It's a 1971 Stingray; a matching numbers car with the 350 (5.7 litre) small block engine. '71 was one of the last years for full chrome bumpers and the last year before emissions legislation really started to strangle power (by '76 the base small block power was down to 180HP - from 5.7 litres!). This car produces a nominal 270HP - perhaps a little more as it has tubular headers fitted.
It was in one family ownership in the States before being imported to the UK last year and one owner over here. The photos flatter it a little; it's very good but not perfect. It's essentially unrestored, although it has been resprayed. The body now has some minor blemishes and the soft top is a bit tatty. Interestingly it shares one problem common on SP's - the RH window regulator is shot! The original interior is very good....
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...and everything works (bar the clock - but that's almost guaranteed on early chevys)

It shows a mileage of 44k - believed genuine - and has just had a new clutch fitted and a complete brake system overhaul.

I've yet to pick it up, but I'm looking forward to some serious fun when summer returns! :)
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