Let­ters Celeb car dealer re­mem­bered, The Good­ies’ In­ter­cep­tor and POA frus­tra­tions

Classic Cars (UK) - - Welcome - Ian Dove

It was in­ter­est­ing to see the photo of Bill Fryer in the ar­ti­cle about Bill Wy­man’s Mercedes (Sedanic Majesties, July 2018). I used to do busi­ness with Bill and I re­mem­ber the most prom­i­nent fea­ture in his of­fice was a pic­ture of him hand­ing over a new 1968 Mor­gan Plus 8 to Mick Jag­ger with a copy of Mick’s cheque be­neath the photo.

By the time I got to know Bill he was into sup­ply­ing adapted ve­hi­cles (DAFS!) for the Mota­bil­ity pro­gramme. Quite a con­trast.

Week­end-job rem­i­nisc­ing

The Alfa Romeo 1750GTV dream drive (The List, Au­gust 2018) brought back me­mories of when I had a Satur­day job wash­ing and pre­par­ing cars at our lo­cal ‘hon­est John’ car sales em­po­rium in Daven­try.

On my first day I had two Range Rovers (two-door orig­i­nal) and a Rolls-royce Sil­ver Shadow to pre­pare. They were just sec­ond­hand cars back then. How­ever, in the show­room sat a gor­geous red Alfa 1750. Oh, what a thing of beauty when com­pared to Capris etc. De­spite my pleas to my dad to swap the Maxi for it they fell on deaf ears. I did get a quick run in it though. Boy what a ma­chine, and that al­loy twin cam on song… Gor­don Dow

1971 Lon­don Mo­tor Show

I re­ally en­joyed your Jensen SP life story (Life Cy­cle, Au­gust 2018) in Is­sue 541 – co­in­ci­den­tally a Jensen model num­ber.

I of­ten think about the 1971 Lon­don Mo­tor Show, which I was lucky to be taken to by my Dad when I was 11. I think I’m right in say­ing that the SP show car was in a bright or­ange and that they dif­fered vis­ually by hav­ing the lou­vered bon­net and a black vinyl roof, SP badges and pos­si­bly mi­nor changes to head­lamps and grille. I re­mem­ber years ago, see­ing The

Good­ies on TV turn­ing up at a book sign­ing or some­thing in a gor­geous black In­ter­cep­tor Con­vert­ible with a lou­vered bon­net. Graeme Gar­den was driv­ing, Tim in pas­sen­ger seat and Bill in the rear. Does any­one else re­mem­ber this and if it was Graeme’s own car? Antony Barrett

No ask­ing price?

I agree to­tally with the let­ter from Tony Woods (Dealer Ver­sus Pri­vate Seller, Septem­ber 2018). I’m cur­rently in the mar­ket to add to my small clas­sic car col­lec­tion. Your mag­a­zine – and oth­ers – carry ad­ver­tise­ments from clas­sic car deal­ers that do not show the ask­ing price.

As soon as I see that I just turn the page and move on. Surely they’re los­ing a lot of busi­ness? Like most en­thu­si­asts I have a bud­get, and I want to see what I can af­ford and not waste time con­tact­ing the deal­ers to find out the ask­ing prices. Martin Nick­olls

Capri recog­ni­tion

It’s nice to see the Ford Con­sul Capris re­ceiv­ing the praise they de­serve (Chas­ing Cars, Septem­ber 2018). Ford didn’t sell many be­cause it didn’t want to – be­ing hand-built made it ex­pen­sive to make, the Mus­tang was com­ing and saloon rac­ing was big there where the Cortina was a strong con­tender. Here in the US there was lit­tle or no ad­ver­tis­ing, or even road test­ing in the sports car mags.

Since the GT en­gine was the first pro­duc­tion one tuned by Cos­worth, that should have at least elicited some at­ten­tion and these new en­gines were also the power unit of choice for many se­ri­ous road rac­ing cars from the Anglia 105E to the 120E 1.5-litre and later en­gines used in For­mula II and III as well as the Elan and Europa. Not a bad her­itage. Michael Rogers

A Maserati for me

A £1m+ Fer­rari 250GT Lusso, a £650k As­ton DB5 and a Maserati Se­bring worth around £150k (Grand Trial, June 2018)... To me it’s sim­ple maths – I’d go for the Maserati.

And if money were of lesser con­cern, I would still go for the Maserati. There must be very few more beau­ti­ful de­signs than this car. What lines! What looks! And its in­te­rior is sub­lime. Danny Bell

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