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Post by messerschmitt owner » Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:05 pm

I was looking at Ebay this evening and seem to have bought a car!

No, not a Citroen - swmbo wouldnt let me - despite there being a superb £350 diesel in London for £350 and an XM estate for £595 - instead, she bought this ...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/White-Fiat-12 ... 3a6deefb1b

My christmas present or hers?
Citroen XM 2.1TD SX hatchback
Citroen XM 2.1TD VSX estate
Smart Roadster
Fiat Punto Cabriolet
Messerschmitt Kr200
Bond minicar mk C
Fiat 126 Bis
BX-less at the moment!

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Post by Dollywobbler » Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:18 pm

Blimey. Seems strong money for one of those, but it doesn't appear to be a complete rot box like most of them...

I must admit to not being a fan of the water-cooled ones, but presumably they're nowhere near as horrendous as a Fiat 500.

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Post by messerschmitt owner » Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:31 pm

Ian
it isn't strong money - they're going for up to £2000 for an aircooled and £1700 or so for a bis in good nick. The Bis engine is OK - and you get a hatch (that rusts). It isn't half as bad as everyone makes out! This is number four ...

Anyway, it has 11 months MoT, is ready to rock and roll and swmbo is happy.

Reinvested the z600 spares money (which was found money, as they sold yesterday) in it.
Citroen XM 2.1TD SX hatchback
Citroen XM 2.1TD VSX estate
Smart Roadster
Fiat Punto Cabriolet
Messerschmitt Kr200
Bond minicar mk C
Fiat 126 Bis
BX-less at the moment!

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Post by citsncycles » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:03 pm

You just need a matching one for the other foot now :lol:

I had an early 126 beach car once - stuck it on Ebay after I discovered that I was looking over the windscreen to drive and it ended up in Scotland.
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Post by Dollywobbler » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:12 pm

Why do all the cheap crappy cars I've never got around to owning keep getting so bloomin' expensive? Far too late, I've decided I'd quite like a Reliant Robin. After all, they're a hoot to drive and they're dirt cheap! Well, they were about ten years ago... MOTd examples were selling for a couple of hundred quid then. They seem to be a couple of grand in decent nick now too. Balls.

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Post by messerschmitt owner » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:21 pm

Ian

I feel the same - some of the stuff I sold just as it picked up - my W123 230TE estate - bought for £550, sold for £750 after 40k miles of fun and 18 months.

My first 126s were all bought and sold for peanuts, the bubblecars, the Land Rover Dormobile - bought for 1500, sold for 1500!

I've wanted to own a few things since and they're all worth more now they're no longer bangers!
Citroen XM 2.1TD SX hatchback
Citroen XM 2.1TD VSX estate
Smart Roadster
Fiat Punto Cabriolet
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Bond minicar mk C
Fiat 126 Bis
BX-less at the moment!

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Post by citsncycles » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:25 pm

Far too late, I've decided I'd quite like a Reliant Robin. After all, they're a hoot to drive and they're dirt cheap! Well, they were about ten years ago... MOTd examples were selling for a couple of hundred quid then. They seem to be a couple of grand in decent nick now too. Balls.
I had one about 4 years ago - paid £300 for it, and it was the most entertaining motor I've ever owned. The secret is to fit the cheapest tyres possible, as then it slides before it rolls, then use the direct steering to correct the oversteer.
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Post by Gibbo2286 » Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:05 am

Made me chuckle, one of my village neighbours bought one of those from a Fiat dealer, collected it on Saturday, the engine disintegrated on his way to work on Monday, the dealer came out and collected it, lent him another one while they fixed it, on Wednesday the rear wheel and hub fell off the second one taking the brake shoes and cylinder with it.

He wasn't pleased :D went to have it out with the dealer, they fixed both of them to go and told him he could keep both.

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Post by smiffy1071 » Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:04 am

Dollywobbler wrote:Why do all the cheap crappy cars I've never got around to owning keep getting so bloomin' expensive? Far too late, I've decided I'd quite like a Reliant Robin. After all, they're a hoot to drive and they're dirt cheap! Well, they were about ten years ago... MOTd examples were selling for a couple of hundred quid then. They seem to be a couple of grand in decent nick now too. Balls.

My first car back when I was 19 (I'm 42 now) was a Reliant Robin, I used to have great fun having races with AC Invacars! (You know, those pastel blue invalid carriages) I would drive from Bristol to Preston to visit family every few weeks.

I think the main reason they are now so expensive, is that mindless morons have buggered most of them up by painting them yellow, and pretending they are driving the car from a well known BBC TV show.

It also really irritates me when shows like top gear, buy them just to deliberately trash them.

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Post by bxzx16v » Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:58 am

While their trashing plastic pigs their not trashing Bx's

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Post by mat_fenwick » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:49 am

True, but the pointless destruction of anything doesn't appeal to me. Fair enough, some of the time they may have been destined for the crusher but even so it's a waste. And I imagine that a lot of the time a BBC purchaser will browse through car adverts and just pay the asking price if there's something which fits the bill.
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Post by KevR » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:50 am

Dollywobbler wrote: presumably they're nowhere near as horrendous as a Fiat 500.
Wash your mouth out! I've definitely got to get a 500 at some point – for those times when a 2CV is just too scarily fast... :lol:

A mate had one when we were 17 - 1983-ish. Two hours after he passed his test we were to be seen flat out down the biggest hill in the area, him sitting on the back of the driver's seat, half out of the sunroof, trying to fix the horn wiring, me steering and operating the hand throttle from the driver's seat. The steering was so stiff you could put it in gear, set it a bit above tickover, put it on full lock and walk away while it went round and round in circles in the car park. Top fun.

I have a plan to go to Rome, buy one and drive it back to Normandy. They are still absolutely everywhere there.
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Post by RxBX » Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:20 pm

bxzx16v wrote:While their trashing plastic pigs their not trashing Bx's

Mark
If you know why the Reliant Robin/Regals are called a 'Plastic Pig' (That's fine) ?

If you don't, click onto THIS-LINK and all will be revealed !

:lol:

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Post by BX Meteor » Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:13 pm

/\ =D> that link

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Post by Dollywobbler » Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:49 pm

Kev - sorry but I got to drive a Fiat 500 earlier this year and it was utterly horrific. I was so disappointed. I jumped from that into a knackered Reliant Regal and the three-wheeler felt like a ruddy sports car. The Robin I drove afterwards felt like a Ferrari. Yet the Fiat 500 in this country is several thousand pounds more expensive. Doesn't make sense.

As for Reliant values, one thing that's pushed them up is that they're very popular for banger racing, with their own series. Tony Mason had a go many years ago for Top Gear. Apparently, current Top Gear bought 40 (yes, 40!) Reliants earlier this year. Also apparently, the one Clarkson drove that kept falling over was made to do so by having different sized wheels on each side... I can confirm that the Robin especially is surprisingly stable. A (plastic) pig to work on though!