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Idly pondering the fleet and what might be interesting going forward for some cheap fun and so looked at e36 325i and e46 330i's are two that just seem to have disappeared. I know the e36 is in the classic terratory now but whilst you can find a 323/8 the earlier stuff just seems awol?

 

I'd have thought them more common than say the e30, e46 too you'd think there would be plenty of snotters about?

 

So what else mildly interesting has just fallen off the earth?

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Vauxhall Senators Duncan,i,d love another 3.0ltr 24v but there,s nothing about,the odd Monza pops up on E-Bay but no late Senators to be had.

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 The E36 325's have been culled for their engine's and inlet manifold's.

 

 E46/E90's are seen by most people as scrapper's now. The number of people who phone me up and say they have a old 3 series, when infact they mean a E90. Also the 46/90's have effectivlly killed themselves by self destructing, whilst anything with a M54b30 are dying again for their engine's.

 

 

21 hours ago, 740mick said:

Vauxhall Senators Duncan,i,d love another 3.0ltr 24v but there,s nothing about,the odd Monza pops up on E-Bay but no late Senators to be had.

 

I will add  XJ6 S1/2/3 or XJS to that list

 

 

 

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Makes sense Tim but you'd think a few would survive, can't actually think of the last 325i i saw.

 

Jag's have dwindled but often on ebay etc

 

Senators and carltons are pretty awol!

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Is it that people are holding onto them as they are being considered as "investment worthy"?

I have always scanned eBay for manual E46 330i and E39 530i's and they are becoming hard to find, but the ones I would be interested in are the ones everyone is interested in.

 

I've got a list of things I always search for on eBay just for interest and the returned results are getting fewer and fewer:

  • Metro's (mainly for GTi's or early GTA's/Turbos or has the 1.8 VVC engine swap)
  • Fiestas - anything before 2001 (so Mk 1 to 4)
  • Fiat Cinquecentos (was my first car and if a good Sporting came up I would be tempted)
  • I searched for Rover 214 sei and 216 GTi's the other week and nothing
  • Mondeo ST200 (yes these are probably a bit special so are kept hidden and wont be sold rather than killed off)
  • Renault Laguna or anything interesting from the BTCC Super 2000 era
  • Audi A4 B5
  • BMW E46/E36/E38/E34/E21
  • Mk1 Renault Clio
  • Peugeot 309
  • Citroen AX
  • Peugeot Rallye's - 106/306
Edited by KitsonRis

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Quite an interesting question..

 

The phenomenon of popular motors disappearing over time has always been inevitable.  There is still loads of ‘barnfind’ stuff laying dormant in lockup’s and garages all over the country. Vehicles of all marques, some viable and others suitable only for scrap, it does depend on the perceived value pre & post resto.  Natural wastage such as accident damage and write offs plays a part, as does the previously mentioned issue of cars being  plundered for their engines. Also in recent years, plenty of very decent cars were also bought up and shipped to Eastern Europe for further use or parts. 
 

General wear and tear, MOT failures, a lack of desirability and downright ‘knackardness’, cull off a few more..


Bear in mind also the U.S. 25yr rule that allows direct importation of eligible vehicles (those that were never officially offered, intended for or sold in the United States) to brought in without any penalty. This doesn’t just apply to high end Porsche, BMW or Benz, but also many even mundane cars. It operates on a rolling date basis so 1996 model year now in scope. However, due to the UK’s RHD status, vehicles from these shores are obviously less desirable in this instance for that particular market.

 

The slightly unjustified war on petrol and diesel vehicles will cause many more once common cars to disappear further and faster than would normally be the case.


An XJ6 Jaguar is a thing of beauty, particularly in series1 (deep grill) V12 form, but a nice ser3 4.2 or 5.3 wouldn’t be dismissed either... the ultimate in waftability....

 

 

 

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E90's and E87 1 Series are just landfill now, ditto most E46's. Really, really nice Coupes and Convertibles (i.e sub 100k, garaged, FSH) are firming up now.

 

E60's are still everywhere but they didn't rot like an E39 so aren't seen as bangers.

 

The original Ford Ka has now vanished - it's rare to see one now due to the chronic body rot. 

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I mean, look at this heap of shit:

 

"been driving fine with a slight oil leak and smell of oil burning took for mot Friday was all good, been driving it today when it started to make a noise from the engine on tick over its fine but pick revs up it runs really lumpy and has a noise checked oil level and that’s all good NO oil light came on took to a garage today and there saying it could be the timing chain and vanos units causing the timing to change"  :lol:

 

This is why the old stuff is getting more valuable. 

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2009-bmw-318-coupe-full-mot-spares-or-repair/114743529459?hash=item1ab73f4ff3:g:vDAAAOSwLSJgX3KW

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Would that be a period colour?

I quite like that in red.

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Brick Volvo's

Mk.1 Mondeos

Mk.1 Vectras

Mk.3 Golfs & Polo's

R8 Rover 200/400 series (whoops I might just have trashed three of those...).

w202 and w210 Benz's (which rusted for fun). 

Peugeot 205's

 

All seem to have fallen off the face of the planet in the last five years or so. 

Edited by hippie dave

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Love that XJ12C - but I'd prefer it in green or Greensand - or that mustard yellow they did.  Unusual to see one without its vinyl roof!  I think the Series II was the pick of the bunch with XJs generally.

 

Seriously - this would be on my list of big Lotto win cars.  The one Wheeler Dealers did was a beauty - although I think that was a Six.

Edited by Calypso-E34

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Lovely cars but an absolute bucket of shit. You would have to import one from somewhere hot, strip it to a shell and start again. I ran these 30 years ago and they were nothing but trouble then. :lol:

 

I'm not sure Signal red was a Coupe colour but probably was - it was Green Sand, Fern grey, Jaguar dark blue, Juniper green, BRG, Lavender blue, Primrose yellow, Tudor white, Regency red, Carriage brown, Sable and Almond. It varied year to year and I don't think there was a difference between Jaguar and Daimler unlike the Double Six VdP.

The last 1977 cars added Squadron blue. Harry Metcalfe (Harry's Garage) is having his restored and of course, it's a bit worse than predicted. They always are!

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Loaded on Felixstowe dock this afternoon,in the companies compound for imports there,s a rather dusty violet coloured e36 M3,they say its been in the country about a month awaiting transport to its new UK owner.

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Golf's, Metro's and Marina's

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^ i get why the ubiquitous prosaic stuff gets used up and binned. So sierra's, escorts, novas astra's etc

 

But if you search ebay i'd bet we'd find a few of all these things. Yet the e36 325i is something i very rarely see (plenty of 323 & 328s). Corolla GT-i for instance too.

 

Some quite interesting stuff that wasn't so rare is awol!

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Even fairly 'recent stuff, like my all time favourite, the 1994 Ford Granada 2.9i Scorpio  is rarely seen now.  When I owned this one, ebay was full of them but rarely now.  The demolition derby lads put paid to loads of them.  I sold this for a grand. Big mistake.  Somebody must have put something in my drink, like water or something!

 

 

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Colt Lancer 2000 turbo the original evo zero

Mitsubishi Gallant

Mk2 Caviler SRI

Simca rallye

Talbot Sunbeam TI

Lancia Beta

Fiat 131 Mirifiori

E30 325ix

E34 525ix

E34 540 as it happens I just had a call about a local gent who has owned one for many years which is coming up for sale, what sort of value are they now?

Montego Turbo

 

 

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Most of the cars that were popular 1st cars when I got my licence are rare now. Probably due to a shift from cheap bangers to financed cars that young people are buying. Off the top of my head, the following cars were popular amongst young people looking for their first car but you hardly see them on the roads now: 

 

1. Citroen Saxo

2. Pug 106/206 

3. Vauxhall Corsa B (Corsa C is still around)

4. Rover 25 

5. VW Polo (mk3)

6. Ford Fiesta (mk4)

7. Ford KA (mk1)

8. Pug 306

9. Nissan Mirca (mk2)

10. Renault Clio (mk1 and mk2)

 

I guess people just move to newer models when their old one becomes a financial burden, rotten, or expensive MOT repairs. I know the e36 325i was loved by the drifters because apparently, the engine was stronger than the 323/328i. They might have been fitted with an LSD, but I'm not sure. I've always loved the look of the e36 sport. Personally, I think it looked better than the e46, especially pre facelift e46.

 

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