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« Reply #15 on: 09 January, 2011, 07:30:09 PM »

My first Lancia was also my first car at the age of 17.  It was a 1989 Y10 Fila with the white bodywork and sky blue interior.  Unfortunately, it went to the big scrapyard in the sky after 12 months ownership  Sad  I was then Lancia-less for three years until I bought my Fulvia as a 21st birthday present to myself  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: 09 January, 2011, 07:40:27 PM »


£160 in 1960 is £2745 in today's money.  £300 in 1989 equates to £556.

My answer has to be in fractions - age 17 I bought a Beta 2000 subframe with engine, box etc to build into a self designed mid engined special - thankfully time and space killed it before it killed me but it went up and down the drive a few times.   I loved a friend's string of Fulvias and Flavias but stuck to Alfas and Fiats as I didn't have space for the private scrap yard I thought I'd need to keep spares cars to hand. 

Next bit of Lancia was an Aprilia engine and box, age about 28, to put into an Austin 7 special.  That project was swapped for the Augusta chassis. 

A year or so later J 182GMM, a mighty fine Dedra Turbo in dark blue.  To start with I missed the Fiat twincam top end but grew to understand its depths.  Alas fatherhood proved incompatible with BWE and it went.   

...and then the Aurelia...much missed...but better to see the Kennedy's enjoying it than have it sit idle.

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« Reply #17 on: 09 January, 2011, 10:20:06 PM »

My first Lancia, bought 30 years ago, march 1981, BETA BERLINA reg, 90 OZA Bright yellow, a complete  rust bucket ! I bought it in the dark, lashing rain, I Did erything you are not supposed to do, but I just loved the way it drove.
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« Reply #18 on: 10 January, 2011, 10:56:58 AM »


Memories trickle back - there was the Aprilia engine and box to go into the Austin special I'd built. 

With all that torque a late type axle with longer tapers seemed sensible. 

Then I thought proper brakes would be handy so I aquired an Augusta front axle and steering box. 

I then realised with just a chassis, rear springs, and a the new prop I'd need anyway and it could be "as well as" rather than an upgrade so I got those bits as well and started bolting it togeather.  An Augusta bonnet and rad shell found their way to me, and a steering wheel, and another couple of Aprilia boxes and another engine or two...  It occured to be this could hold the road and cruise well and make quite a decent little road car.

Meanwhile I'd talked a friend into the Augusta chassis at Ron's that I'd rather taken a fancy to when hunting for an Aurelia.  He wanted to chop the wheelbase, thought it a bit heavy to be competitive, wasn't happy with such a tall scuttle.  He needed a rad shell, bonnet, steering box and wheel.  I'd keep telling him of its virtues and chivvy him along. 

One day on the phone talking through how to stiffen the Austin chassis and get some luggage capacity (he chivvying ME along) it occured to us that as each saw more virtue in the others project the answer was to swap.  I dug out a spare front axle for a "pure and simple" Austin chassis for him and of course the Augusta bits I had finished that jigsaw so the trade was done.  I got the longer wheelbase for seats and/or luggage, space for a long range tank, wider cockpit, proper seats, and something a bit more imposing for road use.  He got an ultra-light and compact chassis that would "build itself".

Of course both projects aren't yet finished, but at least neither now dare nag the other about progress.

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« Reply #19 on: 10 January, 2011, 12:28:36 PM »


My first was A104LSH, a red 1600 HPE in 1989 and sold a year later. First of many!!
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« Reply #20 on: 10 January, 2011, 01:25:41 PM »

White 1989 Dedra 1.8ie registration G105 XTC bought in 1991 and kept for 6 year before changing to the Delta HPE HF.

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« Reply #21 on: 10 January, 2011, 05:26:21 PM »

Its also thirty years since my Father stuffed his Lancia Beta Berlina in to the back of a Mk 3 Cortina Shocked The same car I am restoring at the moment, it hasen't turned a wheel under it's own power since. Smiley David.
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« Reply #22 on: 10 January, 2011, 07:33:01 PM »

My first Lancia was an Aprilia, FYK 475 - a 1939 Lusso fitted with a 1500 cc Series 2 engine. It was advertised in Motor Sport and I bought if from its then owner in Bournemouth in November 1963 – see receipt for £100 below. The first photo I have of FYK 475 was taken at Easter 1964 in Cornwall (Mousehole?) – see photo below.

I sold FYK in 1969 (also for £100 I think?) to the man who still owns it and I still have first option on buying it, if and when he chooses to sell it.

Happy days!

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« Reply #23 on: 10 January, 2011, 08:12:50 PM »

lovely stuff colin ,i often think i would like to see a collection of your pics in a future book .i particularly like the one in the snow of that flavia touring convertible with the 'washing machine remains'residing in the engine bay story.best regards richard
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« Reply #24 on: 11 January, 2011, 12:54:24 AM »

My first Lancia was bought in 1972, a 1965 S1 1200cc Fulvia Coupe in very dark red my first love having been MG and the second Alfa Romeo. Can't remember it's registration number but must have a photo of it somewhere.

Subsequently sold it to my father to fund the purchase of a 1969 Fulvia S1 1.3HF ex-works rally car.

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« Reply #25 on: 11 January, 2011, 07:52:10 AM »

correction -i got muddled up-that 'touring in the snow' picture and story i had in mind was vignale not touring styled i now realise.richard
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« Reply #26 on: 11 January, 2011, 07:37:47 PM »

Richard,

Thanks for saying nice things about my old pics. The funny thing is that it’s easier for me to dip into the chaos of my old Lancia stuff than it is to find the documents I need to file my tax return for last year!

Just because you reminded me, here are two photos from January 1985 of my Flavia Vignale. One is in the snow outside Tony Amato’s Deptford workshop, having just survived after being transported there after being abandoned in the open for the previous five or more years. The other is of the engine bay, which did indeed look like the remains of a washing machine. It was a daunting start, but the Flavia went on to give me lots of fun.

Colin 


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« Reply #27 on: 11 January, 2011, 09:07:49 PM »

the epitome of a classic car photograph in my opinion.certainly not over- restored at that stage.how is it looking now i wonder?please post more pics if you have any[any lancias]best regards richard
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« Reply #28 on: 11 January, 2011, 11:15:35 PM »


£100 in 1964 is £1511 now.  From 1969 its £1227.   I wonder if even Chugga could winkle one from a shed somewhere for that...

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« Reply #29 on: 13 January, 2011, 05:20:59 PM »

Richard,

I am not sure about it being the “epitome of a classic car photograph”, but it was a great car. I forget what photos I have posted elsewhere, so maybe there is some duplication, but here are some of when it was well sorted and looking good – 1988/89 I think.

Colin


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