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Epic tales of the thumb, the open road and getting robbed by hairy-arsed truck drivers. Alternatively, travelling for free like a dreadful fare-jumping cheat. Confess.

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(, Thu 21 Aug 2014, 13:34)
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Aren't they a bit more "hand made".
i.e. the panels are hand beaten and the engines manually assembled from some hand machined parts?
(, Tue 26 Aug 2014, 10:14, 4 replies)
Ask Rotating wobbly hat - he used to work there

(, Tue 26 Aug 2014, 10:23, closed)
I'm sure there's considerably more skill and faff than a Vauxhall Astra ... but they're not hand beaten ... it's not the 1950s

(, Tue 26 Aug 2014, 10:29, closed)
Mine was hand-beaten when I parked it in Wythenshawe.
Fucking cunting Manc kids.
(, Tue 26 Aug 2014, 12:48, closed)

(, Tue 26 Aug 2014, 10:58, closed)
The last cars that were built like that were the last ones to roll out of Newport Pagnell.
If I recall correctly, they were still doing Vanquish S after 2000 and those had all of the hand rolled panels etc. but the engines haven't been hand-assembled since the V8s of the previous generation Vantage (when the one person who had built it would anoint the engine block with his own personally engraved badge). But even these vehicles suffered from the encroachment of the Ford Spare Parts Bin touches like column stalks and window switches.

The cars rolling out of Gaydon today do have a practically limitless choice of colour combination for cabin leather/seat leather/dashboard finish and a ridiculous choice of external paint name ("Dr Bez Silver?"), leading to some truly horrific combinations by people who thought they had exquisite taste. But the only significant options I can think of was the stereo (Radio 5 live strength or Drum and Bass Strength?) or heli-tape applied to the bumpers ward off stone chips.

If this was 15 years ago it would be quite possible the snobby tart's hubs had an old school 80s V8 a la Living Daylights.

Back in those days it was possible to specify anything you wanted so long as you coughed up for the full engineering costs, and that's when you see cars at NP being carefully taken apart so the old tan leather and walnut wood interior DB7 would get a tasteful update of carbon fibre steering wheel and purple chrome interior and an iPod dock at the whim of a Saudi prince who thought nothing of dropping 200 grands' worth on a car that was only worth 50 to begin with. And don't get me started on the Sultan of Brunei.

This is not that unique though. Overfinch do the same with Range Rovers. Jag now have their own setup for helping the overmoneyed customise their new cars, but these are stock cars reverse-modded

(this post has been revised a lot, mainly due to the fact I can spell but I can't type that well first time around)
(, Tue 26 Aug 2014, 16:20, closed)
get away with your facts and your first-hand knowledge

(, Tue 26 Aug 2014, 16:22, closed)
No place for it on QFTW
(, Tue 26 Aug 2014, 16:37, closed)
you internet ruiner

(, Tue 26 Aug 2014, 16:53, closed)
well, you've ruined my internet experience for the foreseeable future.

(, Tue 26 Aug 2014, 21:49, closed)
Heh - 'Gaydon'

(, Wed 27 Aug 2014, 13:40, closed)

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