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Mint condition and not seen ones for 15+ years

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Not sure they were ever any good but this one had been looked after

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Morris Marina ? The only weighted 900kg or whatever you used back then, how times have changed /jumpers for goalposts ... /

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It won't let me attach picture for some reason but a mint condition Peugeot 205 CJ Cabriolet in white, roof down and in mint condition.

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Library pic

 

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Rare as 205s rust like hell - a problem made 100x worst when you don't have a roof....

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I just presumed that it was so white and so immaculate that it had blended into the white page background on Azure's original post... :lol:

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I know they were chic and cool and girly and all, and at that level I guess an immaculate 205 is cooler than any of the new options, but...

Is it me or are we currently struggling against a tide of nostalgia that seems to elevate any car that has somehow managed to survive thirty years to the status of classic?

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Yup, agreed.

 

The 205 Cabriolet I remember was frail, unreliable and a death trap because of a lack of rigidity.

 

They weren't cool either.  They were girly.

 

The 205 GTi was different.  That was up there with the other best-in-class hot hatches. 

 

Anything that we now remember from our early years of driving is now seemingly cult or classic.  They're not.  Most were crap.  Many were horrendous.  A few were very good cars that pale into the realms of 'archaic' by todays standards and appear very slow by even modern family hatch, supermini or saloon standards today.  That is what time does.

 

When I see the value of some of these cars I can't help but think of the adage - "a fool and his money are easily parted".  I'm sure they're of worth to a collector or an enthusiast but you really needed to be into these models a good 7-10 years ago to avoid paying stupid money.  There are better investments at the end of the day.

 

It appears that anything from the 70's or 80's is loved.  I've got news for people - they weren't.  Most were totally shit.

 

p.s. here is a perfect example.  A 20 year old shitty Escort cabriolet.  A model that was generally acknowledged as being completely crap in almost every respect.  Yet, someone will be stupid enough to spend....well just look.  

1996 Ford Escort 1.6 Calypso Cabriolet

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Ha!  :roflmao:

 

p.s. I've now added a link to the previous post....

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There are, of course, plenty of cars from that era that are classics, and to compare their performance with today's cars misses the point of why they are loved. And defining what is and isn't is very subjective because so much depends on your own experiences at the time.

But yeah. Vauxhall Vivas were shit then and they're shit now.

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I saw some pics on FB of a classic car meet in Northumberland where a bloke turned up in a Ford Probe.

Old does not equal interesting or classic (just ask Garcon) :)

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Old does not equal interesting or classic (just ask Garcon) :)

Oi! I resemble that remark. :uhoh::P

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Yup, agreed.

 

The 205 Cabriolet I remember was frail, unreliable and a death trap because of a lack of rigidity.

 

They weren't cool either.  They were girly.

Lack of rigidity isn't strong (sic) enough a phrase!

I drove a brand new '90 one owned by my then bosses sister to take it for a service, it was absolutely all over the place! The rear view mirror was wasted there was so much scuttle shake, the doors were rattling too!

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I went with my ex FiL to collect his V6 Probe at midnight on August 1st 1996, just as the P reg came out

Metallic turquoise with that lovely new car smell....he sparked up a cigarette in it before we left the carpark!

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I remember that colour well.  An accountant I knew, from Peterborough, bought one (the 2.5?) and drove it into work thinking it was a Ferrari.

 

His colleagues told him differently and he never lived it down. :roflmao:

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To be fair it went well, but they were outdated before they were delivered. Too American for the UK market.

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Is it me or are we currently struggling against a tide of nostalgia that seems to elevate any car that has somehow managed to survive thirty years to the status of classic?

 

Unfortunately, spot on G.  +++

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Not it's best angle... :unsure:

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I drive past a house every day (during term time), on it's drive or on the road outside are two of those, I don't think either of them are a CTi (think that's what they called the GTi cabriolet), they both look very well looked after though.

Whoever lives there also has a red Mitsubishi GTO with a plate that reads GTO, although I think it's something like H GT0 H, again looking very well looked after.

I'll try and pull a pic off my dashcam when I drive past next week.

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