Sunday, December 18, 2011

Weekend Quickies - Sunday, December 18, 2011

1978 Reliant Scimitar GTE - I wrote about one of these back in April, 2009. (You can find the post here.) As I mentioned in that post, the Scimitar has a good following in the UK and receives great reviews in British classic car magazines.

This Scimitar was imported by the seller in 2006. It had a "body off restoration to concours standards" and has won numerous awards.

I've always liked the looks of these cars and would love to own one. But, to the best of my knowledge, they were never built with lefthand drive, and driving a righthand drive car in the US would probably scare the bejeezus out of me.

Located in Flint, MI, click here to see the dealer ad.

A big thanks to John for sending me this link!

1959 Ford Thames 800 - Here is the little bit I think I know about these vans... Built by Ford in Great Britain, this van was known in its home market as the 400E. It came with a 1700cc 4 cylinder engine and a 3 speed transmission. Lefthand drive versions - like this one - were produced for sale in parts of Europe.

That's the extent of my knowledge, and I'm not 100% sure I'm correct. Feel free to correct me or expand on this.

This Thames 800 looks to be complete, but in need of a complete restoration. It looks like it's remarkably rust free.

These are not very valuable vehicles and parts are close to impossible to find in the US. Given that, the $7500.00 asking price seems high, but you could always make the seller an offer. It would be a really cool vehicle to bring to a British car show.

Located in Gallup, NM, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to Jon for sending me the link to this van!

1991 Saab SPG Convertible - While it's not looking too good, I'm still hoping that Saab survives and goes back to building cars as fun as this one.

The SPG came with a 16 valve turbo engine. 60 MPH came in the mid to high 7 second range. It came with virtually every bell and whistle Saab had to offer. The body had some tasteful body moldings that were unique to the SPG.

The seller says that just 362 SPG convertibles were sold in the US. I'm not sure if that is in 1991, or from 1985 - 1991, the years the SPG was imported. Either way, the SPG is a rare model, with just 7000 sold in the US over 7 years.

This is a very well maintained SPG. It has a 194,000 miles on it and recently had the clutch replaced.

Located in Kennebunkport, ME, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1 comment:

Mike Harrell said...

Don't worry about RHD in the Scimitar. Driving on the "wrong" (right?) side in the US is a blast, even after the initial novelty wears thin. Be sure to equip your passenger with a large folding map whenever possible.