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Escort RS Cosworth Replica Watch #2

For some reason, we quite like the idea of an Escort RS Cosworth Replica, so every now and then when one pops up, we’ll blog about it.

(You can see all the other posts in this blog series by clicking here) Seen one for sale? Tell us about it and we’ll feature it on the blog!

This Escort Cosworth Replica looks like it has potential. With a genuine XR3i underneath the Cosworth skin, it has a little bit of kudos anyway…

Either way, at £3300 it seems cheap to us.

Ford Escort Cosworth Replica (eBay Link)

(not sure what the seller does for a living but it sure isn’t photography… why can’t people turn their phones sideways?!)

The seller states:

HI
HERE I HAVE FOR SALE MY FORD ESCORT RS COSWORTH REPLICA, IT IS BASED ON THE FORD XR3I MODEL AND SOUNDS GREAT!!
I BOUGHT THIS WITH THE INTENTION OF DROPPING A RS TURBO ENGINE IN IT BUT I JUST HAVNT HAD THE TIME SO IT MAY ASWELL GO TO SOMEONE THAT CAN APPRECIATE IT AND TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL.
IT HAS THE FULL ESCORT COSWORTH BODYKIT INCLUDING THE FLARED WINGS.
IT HAS THE XR3I 1.6 EFI ENGINE WHICH PULLS VERYWELL FOR WHAT IT IS, IT IS FULLY ALARMED WITH A CLIFFORD SECURITY SYSTEM AND HAS BEEN COMPLETELY DE-LOCKED ALL ROUND.
A BRAND NEW BATTERY WAS FITTED A MONTH AGO AND IT HAS A PARROT BLUETOOTH HANDSFREE INSTALLED.
THE INTERIOR IS IN GOOD CONDITION WITHE THE CLOTH RECARO SEATS.
IT ALSO HAS A PUSH TO START BUTTON FITTED AND A FAKE DUMP VALVE SO IT MAKES A DUMPING NOISE JUST AS A REAL ONE WOULD.
THIS CAR IS 25 YEARS OLD SO PLEASE DONT EXPECT AN IMACULATE CAR BUT IT DOES STILL GET LOOKS AND PHOTOS TAKEN WEREVER IT GOES! IT IS VERY TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE THAT ITS A REPLICA.
22000 MILES SHOWING ON THE CLOCK AND BACKED UP BY VOSA SINCE 2005
IVE HAD 2 NEW TRACK ROD ENDS FITTED
NEW WISHBONE FITTED
NEW CV BOOT FITTED
2 BRAND NEW FRONT WHEEL BEARINGS FITTED
THE UNERNEATH HAS BEEN UNDERSEALED ASWELL AS HAS THE BOOT AND BATTERY HOLDER
THE CAR WOULD MAKE A GREAT PROJECT FOR SOMEONE AND THESE ARE GETTIN INCREASINGLY MORE RARE EVERYDAY!!
VIEWINGS ARE WELCOME AND RECOMMENDED.
THE CAR IS LOCATED IN BOOTLE LIVERPOOL
07881402318

BAD BITS
RUST BUBBLES ON PASSENGER WING AND BOOTLID
CRACKS IN SOME OF THE BODY KIT
BRAKES HAVE A LOT OF TRAVEL BUT STILL DO THERE JOB (possibly need bleeding)
COOLING FAN IS ON A SWITCH (new sensor supplied)

Berlinetta Classic Car Auctions launch new online sale format

Berlinetta Classic Car Auctions, established in 2016 and known for their innovative approach to the classic car auction business, are introducing a new format of timed online car sale.

‘Berlinetta Weekly’ sales, which launch in late January, will feature a selection of high quality classics each week. ‘Our team have bought and sold classic cars both privately and at auction for a number of years, and always felt there was something missing’ states Pete Thornton, MD at Berlinetta CCA. ‘The traditional auction process can be soulless and risky – something we are already addressing via our ‘try before you buy’ facility at our physical auctions – but a private sale can also be hard work both for buyer and seller, and lacks the focus that a timed auction brings to the process. We’ve all had our time wasted by ‘no show buyers’, dreamers and tyre-kickers. Berlinetta is about changing the way these transactions function, and making a classic car sale more enjoyable and straightforward for both buyer and seller alike’.

These new weekly sales will be hosted on the Berlinetta website, with detailed catalogue descriptions and photo galleries to the high standard now expected by Berlinetta customers.

Like a standard online auction, a Berlinetta Weekly sale lasts a limited time. Unlike a standard online auction, the car benefits from Berlinetta’s significant use of the classic car press – each car is extensively marketed online as well as being promoted via their fast-growing subscriber base, giving sellers every opportunity to find the right buyer. Berlinetta pledges that no classic car for sale in the UK will enjoy greater online exposure than through their Berlinetta Weekly sales.

Each sale runs for 7 days and prospective buyers are encouraged to view the car (at the seller’s location), just like a private sale. Bidding is simple and secure, registration is free and as the timer ticks down at the end of the sale, last minute sniping is eliminated as any bidding activity in the final two minutes of the auction adds another two minutes onto the clock.

For sellers, there’s no waiting period or potentially costly logistics involved in moving the car to an auction hall – if the team are contacted on a Monday they can have that car listed on the site by Wednesday and sold just a week later.

Sales Director Rob Thornton adds: ‘We wanted to make the process fair and transparent. Sellers enjoy a quick sale and the opportunity to present their car to significantly more people than would be possible via a traditional private sale; buyers have the opportunity to really get to know the car from its highly detailed description and photographic package, which will help avoid a wasted journey should they then choose to make a physical inspection.’

The first two vehicles to be offered by Berlinetta CCA in the new Weekly format will be a Renault Alpine A610 and Lotus Elan Series 3, both desirable classic cars.

To find out more about Berlinetta Weekly Classic Car Auctions click here

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1968 Lotus Elan Series 3 Special Equipment Drop Head Coupe Desirable Series 3 Special Equipment Drop Head Galvanised chassis Over £4,200 recently spent Highly original with amazing history file

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1979 Renault Alpine A310 Recently restored V6 engine Replacement chassis Original paint, interior needs re-trimming and finishing. A fantastic and rewarding project to complete.

Auction Preview: Berlinetta CCA, 21.11.16

Which Auction? Berlinetta CCA

When? 20th and 21st November, 2016

Where? The Manor House Hotel, Near Oxford

Overview:

Berlinetta CCA is a relatively new auction house, with a fresh format and a new take on the way Classic Car Auctions function. Instead of the usual ‘pile them high, sell them fast’ approach of so many other auction houses, Berlinetta take the time to acquaint buyers with the cars, even being taken for a spin by the sellers prior to the hammer falling.

Our Pick: Lot 6 – 1999 Bentley Continental R

For the beautiful colour and sheer opulence alone, it has to be the Bentley. At £187,354 when new, the estimate of £30,000 to £40,000 it looks like an absolute bargain.

Adjusting the purchase price in 1996 for inflation, it’s the equivalent of spending £324,987 in 2016 – a staggering amount by any standard.

Just look at that interior… What a wonderful place to sit!

Bristol Classic Car Show 2014: Alternative Report

This post was written by Geoff Thompson, a person who is in no way affiliated to, on the pay roll of, related to, involved with or even known to Good Shout Media. Sort of.

Guest Post:

‘Trouble at the top… Conflict, Fear and Loathing in the competitive world of professional car club exhibiting’

Car enthusiasts enjoyed a sun drenched weekend at the Bristol Classic Car Show, which is cunningly titled to make customers think it’s in Bristol when it’s actually in the middle of nowhere.

Around 300 classic cars filled the main auditorium, three huge event marquees and even the vacated cow sheds of the agricultural Showground.

Owners Club Displays lined the halls, with only a few clubs complaining about the smell of urine in the cow sheds, although the Riley Owners Club insisted that the smell was fine before the Jowett Drivers Club arrived.

Over 70 car clubs were competing for a plethora of awards, which included ‘Best Display’, ‘Best Car’, ‘Best Hat’, ‘Baldest Head’, ‘Least Coordinated Outfit’, ‘Highest Combined Member Age’ and of course the coveted trophy for the ‘Club That Promotes The Least Interesting Type Of Vehicle’, which the Rover 200/400 Owners Club has proudly held since the car was launched.

Out in the public classic car car park the car snobbery was rife. Some of the car clubs thought the general public ought not to be allowed to judge whether or not their car is a classic, and tried to implement a judging system to “wheedle out the crap” .The Riley Owners Club caused trouble again by joining with the Alvis Owners Club, Early MG Club and the Jaguar E Type Club, who were all reprimanded by event staff for trying to roll a 1990s BMW 3 Series Cabriolet into the path of the Bath & West Railway train.

The Riley Owners Club weren’t the only club to be cautioned by event staff. The Imp Club received a severe talking to for bringing the classic car world to a standstill by starting a rumour that Mike Brewer had been found dead. Their antics were only discovered when event staff became suspicious and drove to the nearest pub to use the internet, because no one in the history of the world has been given the WiFi password for Bath & West Showground.

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Sunday’s classic car auction was full of surprises, when a Vauxhall Calibra actually sold to a customer who had deliberately and consciously placed a bid. “I couldn’t believe that my Calibra only sold for £300, I bought it for £2000 and it’s recently had a £7000 restoration” said Mr S Hitcar from Somerset, who said he was using the funds to purchase a Rover 400.

The autojumble was the noisiest area of the show, with the sound of hands rifling through boxes of MG door handles and window winders only drowned out by the constant booming of drum and bass music that was coming from the Ford RS Owners Club stand.

Outside in the traders zone a full schedule of well attended demonstrations took place, including ‘how to replace a head gasket on a Rover using nothing but an old coat hanger and an egg’ and ‘how to strip a 1970s Escort for parts when you need to be very quiet, don’t have much time to spare and can’t find the keys’.
Many of the vehicles in the main arena were for sale, although a white 1978 MGB failed to garner any interest at all “I keep asking if anyone wants to buy an MG” said Jayne Smith, of Bath “but it’s like I’m selling AA Membership, people just say ‘already got one thanks’. How can everyone already own an MGB? Even the caterers say they have one at home”.

The awards ceremony presented few surprises, with the Pre War Morris Society taking the ‘Best Hat’, ‘Least Coordinated Outfit’ and ‘Highest Combined Member Age’ all at once. No one could touch the Rover 200/400 club in the ‘Club That Promotes The Least Interesting Type Of Vehicle’ award.

“It’s been a great event” said Geoff Jefferson of the Triumph Tiara Club “Next year we will be better prepared, there’s a committee meeting on Monday and the chairman wants silverware, so we’re hoping to be the first car club to send a man into space”

And with that, a horde of classic cars left Bristol Classic Car Show for the long journey back to Bristol.

Mercedes-Benz E Class… King of the Golf Course

Which would you choose? W124 or W210?

We’ve owned both – A W124 E220 2.2 litre, and a W210 E55 AMG 5.5 litre V8. But what’s the difference?

One of these cars was built properly in 1995, did 92,000 miles and didn’t rust away at all…

The other was built poorly in 1999 and by 2015 was showing 118,000 miles and rust or rot on every single panel.

One of these cars feels solid, dependable, reliable and like it’ll run forever.

The other feels like something else is going to break every time you drive it.

One of these cars feels regal, refined and well planted.

The other feels like a bat out of hell when you unleash the potential of the 5.5 V8 monster under the bonnet.

Horses for courses. Golf courses, in fact.

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New Ride: BMW E36 M3 3.0 Saloon

It wasn’t easy selling the last BMW E36 M3 we came across… Not finding a buyer, that was simple, but watching it leave left us with a heavy heart. Having owned a number of cars over the last year, the E36 BMW has really got under the collective skin at Good Shout HQ.

So, having waved goodbye to the M3 Cabriolet, it was only a matter of time before another one popped up. The E36 M3 Saloon is rare, with only 415 produced worldwide. It’s hard to find out exactly how many there are in the UK, and even more difficult to establish just how many are left in Boston Green with Black Leather.

We’ll continue to do some digging on the car and the status of the M3 in the UK, in the meantime, there’s work to be done to bring her up to scratch, but this one is a keeper.

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A BMW E36 M3 Evolution is a safer investment than property

If you can find one… And we have.

This BMW M3 3.2 Evolution is an exceptional example, having covered just 111,000 miles from new. It’s spent much of it’s life in storage, and even has the original service schedule and dealer sticker in the window.

Not only that, but this car has extensive paperwork, including the pre-delivery inspection sheet from the factory.

As you read this, we may have already re-homed this car, but if you are REALLY serious about buying one of the best BMW E36 M3 Evolution Convertibles in the country, then contact us through the usual channels… We know where it is.

Offers in the £8000 region (March 2016… We bet by March 2018 that looks a steal)

Volvo 740 Turbo Estate for sale – 1 of 54 left!

1990 Volvo 740 Turbo Estate For Sale

4 speed with 5th speed ‘Overdrive’ as a button on top of the gear stick

This is a rare car – There are only 77 Volvo 740 Petrol Turbos left on the road, and only 54 of those are Manual

This is one of just 54 left!

– 169,000 miles
– MOT until September 2016

Overall, a very usable classic car that’s not going to lose you any money, prices are only going one way!

£1495 or near offer

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Volvo 740 Turbo Esate

OVERVIEW:

Despite having no service history it’s easy to see that this car has been well cherished for all of it’s life. It has no dents or damage, and aside from some wear to the front seats (minimal) and a missing speaker grill on the drivers door card, it’s presented in excellent condition.

Mileage will go up as car is in use

INTERIOR:

– Excellently preserved black half leather interior with only minor imperfections
– Electric windows (all working at the right speed)
– Electric sunroof (working at the right speed)
– Stereo missing
– Heated seats (drivers doesn’t seem to work, passenger does)

EXTERIOR:

– Superb condition beautiful grey in the original paint
– 4 x genuine Volvo Turbo alloy wheels with newish tyres

ENGINE:

– 2216cc Turbo engine that is much faster than you’d think for a big old Swedish barge

BAD BITS:

-Very slight dent in the front bonnet, but other than that, bodywork is excellent for the age and mileage
– Missing speaker grill on drivers side
– Missing stereo
– Drivers and passenger seats showing signs of wear, but remarkably good otherwise
– One key

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Another awesome BMW E30 Convertible for sale

You may recall back in summer 2015 we sold a red BMW E30 Convertible.

Well, we got the bug for these cool little cars, so here’s another one:

1993 BMW 318 Lux Cabriolet

MOT until June 2016

105,000 on the clock

Laguna Green with all Black Leather

£2995 ono

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INTERIOR

This car came to me as a project. The roof had long since expired, and in three nights of terrible rain the roof gave way completely, leaving me with swimming pools in the front and rear footwells.

Thankfully the seats are leather and I’d been treating them with a high quality balsam so they were unaffected!

When I removed the seats to assess the rain damage, it became obvious that the carpet was simply too waterlogged to salvage. I removed all of the interior carpet to assess, and was both relieved and surprised to find NO ROT OR RUST beneath it. This means that the roof leak was not a regular occurrence! After drying out all of the footwells, I cleaned them up then treated the paint with black, anti-rust metal paint before having a professional trimmer (Tim the trim) re-fit new carpet to the car. With a fresh set of tailored mats, the inside was complete.

EXTERIOR

A new roof was ordered from the USA, which Tim the trim fitted after removing the old, expired roof. This new roof is a very high quality item, easily as good as any of the German ones. It’s a mohair hood, so if you do buy the car, please, please never use any shampoo on it! Just water is fine… Tim the Trim says you can expect 10 years out of a roof so long as it’s looked after, 6-7 if not. He also said it needs a bit of time to be ‘weathered’, which is why in some of the photos it looks saggy at the rear of the car… It’s not, it’ll settle. Photos were taken just days after the roof was fitted and the car hadn’t seen anything other than the inside of my storage unit until then, so a few days of rain and a bit of sunshine will sort it right out.

There is no rust on the car, all of the arches are in fine condition, which is rare for cars of this age, especially the E30 which is prone to rust.

The paintwork on the car is very good indeed.

ENGINE:

The car came to me as a non runner with an immobiliser issue. I had a mechanic check the car over and spent £260 on a full service. It now drives as it should, idles fine, runs at normal temperature for the engine and is generally a pleasant little motor all round. Doesn’t use any oil or coolant, doesn’t drip any oil.

BAD BITS:

I’ve worked hard to get this little car back up to standard. The only faults are as follows:

– There’s only 1 key
– Very few documents came with the car, the service history was missing when the car came to me and I had to send off for a V5, which is now in my name.
– The car is listed as an insurance write off back in 2012. This is understandable because values of these were low 3 years ago, so any minor damage would result in a write off. It has been repaired to a very high standard and really shouldn’t be a concern to the new owner, any check is welcome.
– The wiring could do with checking, the central locking will work using the boot (?!) but not the doors, although the central locking works fine this way, but you might get bored of walking around to the boot every time! I suspect this is due to someone fitting an aftermarket alarm at some point in the cars life.

Overall, a very usable classic car that’s not going to lose you any money, prices are only going one way!

This is the second E30 I’ve come across, if you’ve been looking for one of these for a while you may have seen the red one with ‘coke bottle’ wheels which sold back in July for £3100.

Personally, although this car doesn’t have much in the way of history, I think it’s a better car, so I’ve priced it accordingly and am open to offers.

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Finished with fresh carpet and new mats

Finished with fresh carpet and new mats

Before the carpet went in - No rust, no rot, just solid floors and anti rust black paint

Before the carpet went in – No rust, no rot, just solid floors and anti rust black paint

Wadebridge Wheels 2015: What’s hot and what’s not

We love car shows. You turn up, oggle sexy cars, learn a bit more about what you like and what you don’t like, and go home!

Here’s our brief ‘What’s Hot and What’s Not’ summary of the Wadebridge Wheels 2015 Classic Car Show:

HOT

It’s a Volvo saloon. It’s got whitewalls. What’s not to like about that?!

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It’s a roaring V8. It’s subtle. It’s affordable. It’s outrageous.

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It’s an early Capri, which is the only one you’re allowed to have… According to us, that is

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NOT

It’s a Rover. It’s got pearlescent paint. It’s got a sign in the window saying ‘Open to offers’. We considered making a cash offer, but bought two flat whites from our friend in the Land Rover Coffee Van instead.

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We love an Escort Cosworth, that’s no secret… But those wheels?? Come on, please, show some respect, it’s not 1995 anymore.

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One Subaru is fine. Two is ok. Three is too many. Especially if they’re all the same colour. Sorry, Scooby fans, we know they’re fast, and 4×4, and they handle well, but at Good Shout Media we think they’re just a bit ‘meh’.

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