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Old 28 Oct 2022, 17:10 (Ref:4131844)   #1486
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Here you go - scroll down to the third picture on here & 'my' car is the blue one outside Oselli's. So far as I know it is now French-registered & lives over here somewhere.

https://poa.tv/jaguar-xj40-estate-br...ent-3-au-monde

The other two cars are red (not the one in the picture) & silver, one of them going to the US.

I have a rather lovely model of the blue one made by Neo.
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Old 28 Oct 2022, 17:25 (Ref:4131850)   #1487
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Of course, for something completely different there was the Ferrari Daytona estate car that Panther built for a Swiss customer.
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Old 28 Oct 2022, 17:44 (Ref:4131856)   #1488
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Here you go - scroll down to the third picture on here & 'my' car is the blue one outside Oselli's. So far as I know it is now French-registered & lives over here somewhere.

https://poa.tv/jaguar-xj40-estate-br...ent-3-au-monde

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Old 28 Oct 2022, 17:45 (Ref:4131857)   #1489
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[QUOTE=John Elwin;4131832
I've got an Alfa 156 Spoprtwagon which I bought largely because I thought it was even better-looking than the saloon. Ironically, if I needed to carry something large it was usually my Alfasud hatchback that got pressed into service as it acrually had a larger rear opening. How I miss that little car - I should never have sold it.[/QUOTE]


Agree with both these choices. Wife number1 had a 1.2 Alfasud for a couple of years - lovely car to drive with a fizzy little engine and great handling. Pity the bodywork didn't match up.
I ran an Alfa 156 Sportwagen 1.8 petrol as a company car and liked it so much I kept it for an extra year rather than change it after 3 years. Really sorry to see it go. I wish I had a fiver for every time folks wouldn't believe it was a four door owing to the hidden door handles. Changed it for a 2 litre diesel Jaguar X Type estate which I also enjoyed. People often derided it as only a Mondeo with fancy panels but it's Ford Mondeo heritage gave it great handling. I particularly remember a rapid dash over to Lancashire for my stepson to buy an Alfa 156 2.4 diesel saloon (quite a beast) and a more rapid nose to tail dash back to Yorkshire to find somewhere to eat before they all closed.
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Old 28 Oct 2022, 17:45 (Ref:4131858)   #1490
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Oh... it worked for me!
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Old 28 Oct 2022, 18:00 (Ref:4131862)   #1491
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Agree with both these choices. Wife number1 had a 1.2 Alfasud for a couple of years - lovely car to drive with a fizzy little engine and great handling. Pity the bodywork didn't match up.
I ran an Alfa 156 Sportwagen 1.8 petrol as a company car and liked it so much I kept it for an extra year rather than change it after 3 years. Really sorry to see it go. I wish I had a fiver for every time folks wouldn't believe it was a four door owing to the hidden door handles. Changed it for a 2 litre diesel Jaguar X Type estate which I also enjoyed. People often derided it as only a Mondeo with fancy panels but it's Ford Mondeo heritage gave it great handling. I particularly remember a rapid dash over to Lancashire for my stepson to buy an Alfa 156 2.4 diesel saloon (quite a beast) and a more rapid nose to tail dash back to Yorkshire to find somewhere to eat before they all closed.
My Sportwagon is getting a bit tired now; it is a 3003 1.9 JTD & I've had it since 2005, now with almost 300,000 km on the clock. The engine is fine but the turbo is a weak link & only real source of trouble all the way along. It won't pass the emissions test next time - CT (MoT) is now very strict here - so I will have to make a decision.

In the meantime, I have bought a 2007 GT 2-litre BlackLine, which is a superb car.
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Old 28 Oct 2022, 18:42 (Ref:4131870)   #1492
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May be you can do something to have your JTd MOted, John, its what we call le controle technique portugais… See what I mean?
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Old 28 Oct 2022, 19:27 (Ref:4131874)   #1493
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May be you can do something to have your JTd MOted, John, its what we call le controle technique portugais… See what I mean?
What you mean sort of mail-order?

The last couple of times I've watched the CT man really struggle to get it through the emission test & each time he says it is the last. If I can afford it - I've got until next July to think about it - I might just spend a bit money to bring it up to scratch again. It'll never be a concours car but it is a shame to scrap an otherwise good car but.

Now thatAlfa have got Alfa Classiche up & running I might just send it down to them!!
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Old 29 Oct 2022, 10:33 (Ref:4131919)   #1494
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Oh... it worked for me!
Maybe it's a geographical issue? (Either that or you can only see it in France...)
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Old 29 Oct 2022, 13:59 (Ref:4131935)   #1495
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John, may be you can ask "someone" about systeme D, like débrouille. Sure she knows about that. Nothing to see with La Poste, just find a compliant man…

You can decrease the emissions using a dedicated product, Bardhal works fine for me, and last but not least drive it at night pedal to the metal several times. Buuut, if your turbo is not in great shape, this could lead to its destruction.Or you can ask a mechanic in your neighborhood if he knows someone who knows a man…
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Old 30 Oct 2022, 01:14 (Ref:4132011)   #1496
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Sort of like the Renault 25? Or even a Saab, the type number of which I forgot.

In a funny sort of way I've come to quite like the Mk4 Zephyr/Zodiac - the styling at least.
Saab 9000.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_9000

And some Fiats ....

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Old 30 Oct 2022, 01:19 (Ref:4132012)   #1497
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Well, OK, then the E-Type? Kinda ...?

But I thought the size and scale of the Interceptor just set it apart.
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Old 30 Oct 2022, 09:00 (Ref:4132027)   #1498
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Old 30 Oct 2022, 13:31 (Ref:4132045)   #1499
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Apparently my wife's Focus ST 2.3t Touring is due for collection next week, subject to final dealer checks. Its a pretty good looking vehicle and the dog will like it.
We considered a Focus estate for Management when seeking to replace the Corolla. The one with the slightly raised ride height and stuff.

The trouble was that with the driver seat at the right position for her driving the top of the A-pillar occupied that space where her head needed to go when getting in and out.

That was pre-covid days iirc. Ended up with a Kia Niro. Don't have a dog to consider. Like the idea of the 7 year warranty. That will probably see us through to the end of our driving days/personal car bans/unavailability of petrol - whichever comes sooner.
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