Old Parked Cars, Classic Vehicles
Nov 6, 2013Public
Photo: From a time when a car was a status symbol, and looked after with spare parts and maintenance - when Quality reigned over quantity.
Photo: Sitting well, but the shiny hubcaps were in contrast to the leaf springs, sills, valance and panels, which will be a restoration project before long.
Photo: Shunting the rear of one of these beasts at anything over walking pace would write off a modern vehicle whilst the Wolseley would drive away.
Photo: Not as large as the Austin Cambridge, or Morris Oxford, it competed with Ford's rallye winning Cortina, stylish Zephyrs and indominatable Zodiacs, which the Police swapped to - hence the demise of small independents in British Industry..
Photo: Easy to see the Mercedes like design intentions. A versatile and reliable car, once again, used as Police radio cars before the advent of suburbia and panda's.
Photo: No air bag, or much in the way of seatbelts in this mid size Wolseley from the time when Bowie, The Faces & The Stones shared Vodka regularly.
Photo: A strange mixture of Vauxhall Firenza chassis, Chrysler gearbox and Lotus engine cobbled together after the demise of the larger Austin Healy and V8 Interceptors.
Photo: 0-60 in 9 seconds with around 14 more HP in the Lotus than the designed for 130HP that a stock Ford engine would have given.
Photo: This parking spot on North St constantly attracting the prehistoric suspensions and humungous engines and no power steerings of 70's muscle cars - are they visiting the chiropractors and healing practitioners at the nearby Memorial hospital building?..
Photo: An early Jensen Healy, left hand drive, with the rubber bumper inserts demanded by the US safety standards of the early 70's. A near 2.0 litre Lotus possibly under the hood.
Photo: The whole car was designed with units in mind to lower insurance premiums.
Photo: Hard to believe an old k-reg translates to 40 yrs old. This rather nice Spitfire mk IV with it's top down.
Photo: Something of the wide, low, smooth look of the classic Citrœn, which it was competing against performance wise, and giving the option of a bachelor sports version, although the suspension didn't match the innovative French.
Photo: Just about capable of the 'ton', something of an achievement for a straight-four, and it ushered in performance - that was combined with fuel economy as the Arab Oil embargo followed soon after.
Photo: Having just sailed through it's M.O.T. test, failing on perished tyres only, this 1938 1200cc Hillman Minx awaits it's new life.
Photo: It's 75th birthday next year, it could easily make a taxless student's runaround, or even a courtesy car / delivery vehicle.
Photo: A late 50's / early 60's Morris Minor 1000 soft-top, still being used for shopping runs.
Photo: The come together wipers give it's age away, but no stalks and proper indicators make this a sixties rather than fifties, me thinx.
Photo: The body paint and chrome still dazzling with the september sun glinting off them, sitting comfortably with all four 63yr old hubcaps in attendance.
Photo: 'Fluid Drive' sculpted into the rear central stoplight (yes, available in the 1940's). The car oozed primal curves and power, and yet nice and cosy and spacious inside, big enough to get the family (and dog) in and out.
Photo: ..And there she was sat amongst the little european compacts, a 4.2 Chrysler Bullnose, mainly from Michigan, completely original.
Photo: He was nearly taken out 3 times by short sighted pensioners in a rush through the shopping area. The 4.2 engine was practically inaudible as only tickover was needed to dawdle through the town.
Photo: Would that manufacturers of today build quality long-lasting products...the hubcaps all present and chromed.
Photo: With the Interstates still in their infancy, the cars were inbuilt with what the Aussies would call 'roo-bars', something to deflect errant wildlife. Only with the demise of the surface routes and the advent of the flyover freeways, and the 70's Oil politik, did the shape change for aerodynamics, and fuel efficiency.