Rust In Peace

Your barn finds and dis­cov­er­ies in the field

Practical Classics (UK) - - CONTENTS -

Yet more tales from Rot­ten Row, th­ese clas­sics are ‘out stand­ing’ in their fields.

A trip down Lo­tus Lane

Danny Richards from Pon­ty­clun in Mid Glam­or­gan spot­ted this line-up of long­stand­ing Lo­tuses in Kyleakin when trav­el­ling around the High­lands and Is­lands of Scot­land in his Tri­umph 2000 MKII. At the fore­front in the main pic­ture above is a 1978 Lo­tus Eclat S1 (Type 76) that is show­ing on SORN, so we know th­ese cars have not been for­got­ten and haven’t been aban­doned to na­ture.

Lo­tus Elite

Pick of this tucked-away trio of Hethel cars must be this glo­ri­ous gold Lo­tus Elite S1 (Type 75), one of only 2535 Elites made from 1974-82. The four-seater coupé with glass tail­gate was a step up­mar­ket for Lo­tus – maybe this car doesn’t need too much work to move it up­mar­ket again…

Lo­tus Eclat S1

This is the sec­ond Eclat S1 at the far end of the main shot above (one of just 1299 made). The glass­fi­bre body­work of th­ese cars has lasted well out­doors, even if some other parts haven’t.

Pon­tiac Chief­tain

Thomas Young found this Pon­tiac in a sub­urb of Athens, Greece, with an old man nearby re­pair­ing his old Dat­sun!

Austin Am­bas­sador

An Austin Am­bas­sador in Selkirk, Scot­tish Borders, dis­cov­ered by Adam Macphee from Kirk­caldy. He knows it hasn’t moved in at least ten years, but reck­ons it may still be sal­vage­able, although it’d be a lot of work for a ded­i­cated en­thu­si­ast.

Mor­ris Mi­nor van

Phil Con­nor from Wilt­shire found this Mor­ris Mi­nor van aban­doned in an over­grown spot up in the hills out­side Xylofagou, Cyprus, in a British Mil­i­tary zone. It’s sign­writ­ten: ‘Zic Zac Bar’, a wa­ter­ing hole in Ayia Napa.

Audi 80

Petro Wy­chrij is a post­man on the Isle of Skye. One croft in Earls houses an Audi 80 (B2 model, 1982-86) that is fast be­com­ing a rare sight nowa­days.

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