Marl­bor­ough mar­ket day van-spot­ting guide

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Your Letters -

I am hop­ing soon to en­ter the clas­sic car scene, at the bot­tom of the price lad­der, and there­fore find the de­tailed clas­si­fieds ads area of your com­pul­sive news­pa­per the most ap­peal­ing.

The ma­jor­ity of ad­ver­tis­ers un­der­stand­ably start by stat­ing year, mileage and price and this has en­abled me both to draw up a men­tal short-list of pos­si­ble pur­chases and to fur­ther edit that list in terms of the com­bi­na­tion of all three cat­e­gories un­til I ar­rive at my ‘ideal’ two or three choices.

While I can fully un­der­stand that own­ers at the top end of the price bracket might pre­fer not to state a price since the higher the in­trin­sic value, the greater the price vari­a­tion is likely to ap­ply, I can­not see any good rea­son though for oth­er­wise not dis­clos­ing the three ba­sic facts that in­tro­duce the ad­vert. Surely these should whet the ap­petite?

May I sug­gest that per­haps a con­di­tion of the ad­vert ap­pli­ca­tion form could be worded, to say: ‘All ad­verts must start with year, mileage and price. Omis­sion of price is per­mit­ted if the in­trin­sic value of the ve­hi­cle is con­sid­ered to be in ex­cess of £40,000.’ Nigel Davis, Tiver­ton, De­von Your Letters, The Edi­tor, CCW, The cap­tions re­lat­ing to the J2 and FC vans in the The Way We Were, Marl­bor­ough 1962 (8 June) have been trans­posed. Also the yel­low and brown van looks like a J2 with a coach­built I read with great in­ter­est your 1 June fea­ture about FIVA’s black box scare­mon­ger­ing and the life ex­pectancy of elec­tronic en­gine con­trol units in clas­sics. If ECUs have a life, then how long will the ad­he­sives that hold cars like the Lotus Elise last? A bit more dan­ger­ous if your clas­sic turns into an Air­fix kit af­ter 30 years! Dave Sea­ger-Thomas, Cas­tle Cary, Som­er­set

Me­dia House, Lynch Wood, Peter­bor­ough, Cambs PE2 6EA. Or email ed­i­to­rial@clas­s­ic­car­

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