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I was just thinking that ex military vehicles, imparticular old landies or small trucks would be well looked after and possibly cheaper than alternatives. Basically I'm on the hunt for a good solid tow vehicle which is of a fair size.

I keep remembering that Toyota from TopGear, now there is a reliable motor 169144-ok.gif

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I remeber going to an auction near Leeds that had ex police and army vehicles. At the time I bought an ex SAS Mondeo - Yes it was used in Ireland for a survelance car, had slmost no miles on it.

The Land rovers all went for high money as they were popular. I even remember a load of diesel escort Vans that were used to patrol MOD sites went for silly money, they had loads of miles on as they basically were used 24x7, bet they never had time to go cold.

Ring up a few Auction houses I think they were well published in advance.

I keep seeing plenty of ex RAC transits, they are normally used for recovery of small stuff, might be a good to vehicle (expecially for tow a track car?)

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There's a place near my mums that specialises in ex military Landies

Got shedloads of em parked up, maybe 50, all in various states of repair/disrepair

It's on the A52 in Lincolnshire, on the Nottingham side of Grantham

Can get the name of the place if you want? Might be worth a call

I was in the RAF for 10 years and the best Landies I drove were always the lightweight air portable petrol versions, the "normal" diesel ones suck in comparison

This place had at least two of the lightweight ones when I was last there, because my credit card twitched when I saw them

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my best friend sells cars and 4x4's really good and will find you anything ! he loves odd ball cars , he has a 6 wheel landrover at the moment, he does it as he loves cars, check out www.chiltern4x4.co.uk and tell him i sent you - you will get a big discount then smile.gif but if you are after anything in particular he can find if for you, got all my cars with him

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It's on the A52 in Lincolnshire, on the Nottingham side of Grantham

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Willets or something like that? I can't remember. They might call themselves Witham Specialist Vehicles now: http://www.witham-sv.com/index1.html, unless that's somebody else.

We bought a TDI 110 hardtop from them, ex Forestry Commission, 10 years old with about 40,000 on it and reasonably well looked after. It had extra spot lights and a searchlight in the cab roof that you can aim from inside.

It's our workhorse up at the bunker, and it does the odd B&Q run at the weekend if I've got anything big to fetch!

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There was a time when my ol' man used to buy a lot of ex police vehicles.

I think it varies from place to place, but as far as I know both military and police just throw all their old gear through the car auction.

The bad news is that Landrovers are pretty much bomb proof, rust proof, easy to fix and run for ever. So they arn't all that cheap... not as cheap as you might expect.

Police cars can be a fantastic buy. Often companies like Bendix will have experimental parts or systems they wish to test, so they do the testing on police cars. Which means that sometimes you find police cars with specially up graded braking systems or other unusual modifications.

Another thing the police sometimes do is tune the engines of their traffic cars... unfortunatly they don't want YOU to have these suped up engines which is a bit of a shame, but it does sometimes mean that they will put a brand new engine in the car before they sell it.

A friend of mine bought a polce Rangerover with reenforced front wings, because they use them for nudging cars off the road during chases. He also had a Landrover with great winching gear, it was white but the back was painted flourecent orange. It was easy to spot in a car park.

So when you ar looking at buying police cars, you can never tell what you might find. Although lots of extra holes in the roof and dashboard are a sure bet.

Phone your local large car auction and ask for information about the next police auction.

Here is a good starting place:-

http://www.british-car-auctions.co.uk/main.asp?page=823

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Witham SV is about 7-10 miles from the place I'm thinking of

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Probably that Willets place then. That's where we got our 110 from.

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Hmmm £2750 for a series II lightweight petrol

Where's me credit card?

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I know, I know. The coming winter's supposed to be a bad one, if that's any additional motive...

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What sort of vehicle?

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2004 Audi A4 1.8 T Sport Cabriolet

2004 Audi A4 1.9 TDi 130 Sport

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Dan, you really have a brace of A4s? Wondered if that was current and previous, but profile suggests not. My point; How the heck do you remember which key is for which!?

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Ian C

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We have to have a system ...

Nothing more annoying than when *she* puts her keys on *my* hook and I've shut the hall door, activated the alarm, locked the front door and when I press the button - "keeerlunk" goes her car. smashfreakB.gif

Of course I never get it wrong sekret.gif

Wouldn't be so bad if we had a side by side drive where I could take hers - but we don't.

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If you're looking for a landie, I would avoid an ex-mil (unless you like dressing up in cammo and playing war games that is ...)

They're more expensive than a civvy one, have no creature comforts of any kind and are the old n/a diesel. The dealers charge an absolute fortune for them too.

The exception to this would be a "Lightweight" (more properly known as an airportable)

What do you have in mind for it?

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Nothing more annoying than when *she* puts her keys on *my* hook and I've shut the hall door, activated the alarm, locked the front door and when I press the button - "keeerlunk" goes her car. smashfreakB.gif

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I have taken the 'tag' and swivel joint off my key, whereas my wife keeps the leather tag on hers.

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We have to have a system ...

Nothing more annoying than when *she* puts her keys on *my* hook and I've shut the hall door, activated the alarm, locked the front door and when I press the button - "keeerlunk" goes her car. smashfreakB.gif

Of course I never get it wrong sekret.gif

Wouldn't be so bad if we had a side by side drive where I could take hers - but we don't.

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Quality! Peter - Didn't realise Audi use the switchblade for the whole range now!

Ian C

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I've been looking at military vehicles thanks to links from here and a few google searches and I believe your right, they do seem to be very OP. I'm looking at Series II or III to pull a race mini around the south coast. The reason I'm thinking landrover is because some fields that we have to leave trailor in are stupidly steep as its hill climb sprinting so respectively the area we are in gets very steep ! (makes tenting interesting jump.gif)

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