After michiel spotted it for sale on carandclassic, I rang the owners and had a quick chat with them about it, agreed a price, and sent them a cheque. I couldn't go and have a butchers at it as i was on 12 hour nights, but the owners said it was ok to store it for me for a couple of weeks til I could get over and pick it up.
I pondered how best to get an un mot'ed and taxed car back home from 80 miles away, Unfortunatley I don't have quite th cast iron nadgers as mrbol when it comes to a-framing, and the lack of tow vehicle put pay to that anyway. I contemplated getting a transport company to deliver it too, but it was the best part of a hundred quid, and it seemed like money down the pan. So I took the sensible option, I rang Ed and asked if he would drive my car home, booked an MOT for a car i'd never seen at a garage in Stamford, and set off to pick it up
I arrived at 9.45, and had a chat and cuppa with the owners while I drooled over my new purchase
It looked pretty good! The rear arches need some love, and one rear door needs looking at, but apart from that it's in excellent order. It started first turn of the key, all the lights, horn and wipers worked, so it was off to the MOT gagrage at 10.30
The garage said it would be ready about 11.30, so we walked into town to pass the time, and find out where the Post Office was.
At 11.30 we returned to the garage, to find the Tredia still on the ramps. A hasty headlight aim adjustment later, it passed its MOT The time was now 11.45. And the post office shuts at 12. The man at the garage gave us directions of a post office that was close, so we jumped in the MX6 and tore off to get some tax. We arrived at 11.51, "we don't do tax" Great, cue inputting the next post office into the sat nav. Unfortunately, sat navs don't seem to work in SStamford, and it just led us to nowhere, so I tore around the town until I found the main PO, time now 12.01 I abandoned Ed and the car outside, and legged it in. £66 later I had 6 months tax, and a fully road legal Tredia!
We drove back to the garage, fired up the Tredia, and headed off home
You'll go far, Mr Tredia
I'm happy to report it drives fantastically, handles suprisingly well, and is very comfortable. I shall sort the grot out, and get those bits repainted, and it should last for many a year to come
There is some great Japan-spec Capella things to show the world - digidash, turbochargers, the "Capella Europe", weird base spec coupes, multiple two-tone paintjobs (halfway, halfway plus arches, upper crease line), moondisc-esque trims, etc. Though I mainly want to scan them because they have a load of pictures of Alain Delon looking thoroughly unimpressed by the whole affair.
Well, looks like this OJC Files is drawing to a nice conclusion, just wondering what car to do a feature about next, maybe the Kingmaz generation 626.
Honda Quintet, then as with the Tredia, by bizarre coincidence one will turn up for a pittence hopefully half a mile down the road from me!
Someone has yet to prove to me that the Quintet is not extinct in the UK. We have had reported sightings but no pictorial evidence. Current scrapyard residents will be accepted in the absence of a roadworthy example.
Along with the Tredia and Lonsdale, the Quintet is one of those cars that holds a strange fascination for me because of its obscurity. Not sure if Nissan or Toyota have any contenders
Post by spottedlaurel on Sept 17, 2008 11:37:50 GMT
Someone posted pic's of a Quintet on R-R a year or two back. Was in a scrapyard but for sale complete, don't know if it got saved though. Wuvvum on AS says he's seen one in Norwich, can't recall if he ever posted a pic though.
I always thought they were an attractive car. Known as Quint in Japan, I might even have a JDM brochure. Honda are disappointingly rational with their trim levels though.
What about the Toyota Tercel hatchback not estate?
As far as I know only one generation of the Tercel was sold in the UK around the mid '80s. I have only ever seen 2 of them that I can recall, and saw one sell on eBay a year or 2 ago that I think was a one-old-lady-owner low-miler although was not mint. They were the shape as per this photo:
In Bradford there is a funny looking 90s car badged "Corolla II" which I believe is a foreign-market-badged later model Tercel, possibly imported from UAE. It looks like this:
Another unusual Toyota (although I don't know if they ever came to the UK) was this saloon type Starlet from the 70s. I saw several of them in Pakistan although didn't manage to get a photo. I was baffled by what they were and when I finally got close enough to read a Starlet badge on one of them, I thought someone must have just stuck it on. I then found this blueprint that confirms it is a Starlet model. It has interestingly shaped rear lights. The front grille and whole front-end view looks very much like a '76 Corolla.