Citroen DS aluminium boot lid

All these years I have owned the DS I assumed the boot lid was fibreglass. Fibreglass reproductions are available in Europe for those who want a cheap way of replacing rusted or damaged body panels.

However, the DS19 had an aluminium boot lid until May 1957. The previous owner mentioned it was Aluminium, but since […]

Removing the C pillar trims from the DS

A few months ago I managed to damage the front of the DS while parking it. Insurance will cover the repair to the front of the car, but instead of having the insurance repair match the faded paint, I would prefer to have the front of the car painted well and then pay extra to […]

Ad of the week: Pontiac Tempest

This weeks ad features the Pontiac Tempest. I notice it is wearing the Winter Water Wonderland plate from Michigan – the same as I had on my Jag when I was living in Michigan.

GM closed down the Pontiac brand during the global financial crisis but by that point its best was well behind it. […]

The Flynn Collection Auction

Friday and Saturday the Flynn collection was Auctioned off. There were over 130 running cars for sale on the friday night and then the Saturday morning consisted of the parts and some non-runners. Nearly all of them were Rovers.

There was a fair amount of interest right around Australia and the Auctioneers did a good […]

Rover P5 cheap car challenge

The Rover P5 Coupe beat the odds and successfully completed the 320KM trip between Canberra and my workshop. Unlike the Top Gear team, I did not have a support car and mechanics to help along the way. I simply had the rover toolkit (plus a few screwdrivers which were missing), a couple of liters of […]

First drive of the Rover P5 MKII Coupe

This morning I got to drive my new Rover P5 for the first time. Initially it wasn’t promising as the car would not start. But it turns out that it was just out of fuel.

The auction people put in a few litres and it started right up. It seemed to settle down into […]

The $230 Rover P5 MKII Coupe

The Flynn collection was auctioned off today and I ended up with a car. It is a 1965 Rover P5 MKII Coupe. That sounds great as Rover P5 Coupes are lovely cars. As it is a 1965 model, it is a a MKIIC, which many regard as the most desirable of the 6’s.

This car […]

Jaguar E-Type Upgrades

The E-Type was going in for its annual service and rego check, with the view to move from full rego to the new logbook based club rego system.

In addition, the braking problems that have plagued this car had re-surfaced on the drive back from Oberon. Yet again, the brakes were not releasing properly. I […]

Driving the mighty 450SEL 6.9

Today I was able to drive a 6.9 for the first time. I have driven many M117 engined cars (450’s and 560’s primarily) and the big difference is the massive amount of torque on tap with the M100. Regardless of the speed or gear the car launches immediately with even minor throttle input. The car […]

Ad of the week: Peugeot 404

This weeks ad showcases the Peugeot 404, one of the most rugged and dependable cars ever built. There are still 404’s plying their trade as taxis all around the world and the 404 did as much to open up remote areas of the world than the Land Rover or Land Cruiser.

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