I’ve Just Found Car Royalty For Sale!!!

Like a lot of petrolheads, I always find myself looking up the classifieds at cars for sale. whether it be for cars that are semi-affordable or even the high-end stuff people like me could only dream of owning, I still find myself looking at some wonderful machinery for sale. Now, I’ll freely admit that I don’t tend to look up the super expensive stuff too often and that is only because at this point in time it’s highly unlike that I’d ever be able to afford cars like that so for the time being I find myself looking up semi-affordable stuff a majority of the time. While on the Xbox the other night though while playing with a few friends, I decided to go onto AutoTrader and look up special cars for sale and see what came up and this, of course, led me to one badge in particular – Ferrari. Upon looking at a few for sale I stumbled upon what can only be described as ‘Car Royalty’, I am of course talking about this 1958 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta!!

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Yes, I can’t quite believe it myself, an actual real-life, real deal Ferrari 250 series car is for sale right now on AutoTrader. Even saying those words is something incredible, let alone being able to see pictures of one. This particular example is simply stunning, in black, it simply looks mean and looks as if the owner of said car was always up to no good. If anything could be described as a Mafia car, it’d be this very 250 GT. It reminds me a lot of Chris Evan’s Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB that was on Top Gear a good few years ago.

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So what was the Ferrari 250 series cars then? Well, this was possibly Ferrari’s best ever range of cars purely down to their vast range available. They were a series of sports cars & grand tourers built from 1952 to 1964, what made these cars great was the fact that they were designed for both road and race use in the sports car racing series. the engines used in the 250’s was the race-inspired 3.0L Colombo V12 designed by Gioacchino Colombo. It was regarded for its light weight and its impressive output of nearly 300bhp in full race trim. The engine itself was half the weight of the Jaguar XJ straight-6 unit and with that, the V12 propelled the 250 series cars to numerous victories. What made the 250 series cars so good was the ethos of “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday”, this basically meant that cars like the 250 were pretty much race cars for the road and this gave them fantastic performance and a raw driving feel over their rivals.

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Getting back to the car that is for sale, as I mentioned it is black. This is a rare occurrence to see a black Ferrari simply down to the fact that most are red. it also doesn’t have any prancing horses on the front wings neither. There’s also no badges anywhere saying 250 GT anywhere. Apart from the Prancing Horse on the grille, the Ferrari badge on the bonnet and the Ferrari badge on the steering wheel, there is nothing to show that it’s a 250 GT. The car in question has also gone under a full bare metal respray and full interior restoration, on top of that it is Ferrari Classiche certified being one out of 353 built. Being a Ferrari, it is also a matching numbers car making it even more special. Mileage is at a lowly 2,500 miles which is low for a 62-year-old car. All of this can be had for a low price of £500,000 which is nothing for a Ferrari 250 series car, especially considering that a 250 GTO can go up to about 50M at auction and a 250 California SWB is about 10M.

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Overall it looks stunning, with its de-badged look, black paint, wire wheels, and its cream interior it is simply gorgeous and as mentioned, I can see this being owned some time in its life by a Mafia-type person, I don’t exactly know why I think that but it definitely has that look about it that is for sure. I am definitely not one to stereotype a car with an owner but it looks like something straight out of the set of ‘Peaky Blinders’ or ‘The Godfather’ films. Pininfarina really did a good job designing the 250 series cars and this shows with this immaculate 250 GT.

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Interior wise it is simply immaculate and also gorgeous in its cream colour scheme. As per usual with Italian cars, the ashtray hilariously takes up most of the centre console space because of course, it does. It’s a known thing about both classic Italian cars and Classic Ferrari’s that their ashtrays are overly huge. There are lashings of chrome everywhere and it makes the interior a wonderful place to be in. There is just enough to equipment on board to making driving pleasurable without being distracted by unnecessary gadgets and stuff.

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It is currently for sale with ‘Atelier Petworth’ down in Lurgashall, not far south from Guildford and as already mentioned it is up for £500,000. This may seem steep but when compared to the price of other 250’s that sometimes crop up from time to time, this isn’t as expensive as those cars whatsoever. If I had a spare half a million laying around, I’d certainly skip over a new 812 SuperFast or 991 GT2 RS and go for this instead.

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I mean, what is there not to love? it has a wonderful 3.0L race-derived V12 engine that just sounds gorgeous, it has a massive boot so could be usable on a long trip if needed, it looks fantastic, to say the least, and with both its history file and its equally stunning interior it represents the best of Italy’s mechanical industries. You drive one of these and you are in the best of the best Italy has to offer, nothing has or ever will come close to a Ferrari 250 series car.

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With these cars becoming rarer and rarer every day, it is very rare to see one up for sale so when I came across this I just had to write about it. I fear that this will be the only time I’ll ever get a chance to see one of these for sale on AutoTrader so it is only right that I write about it before it eventually sells.

 

Hope You Enjoy!

By Alex Jebson

Heres Everything You Need To Know About The Ford Anglia 105E!!

When it comes to UK cult cars, it is very easy to pretty much straight away to think of the Mini from ‘The Italian Job’ fame, the Aston Martin DB5 from ‘Goldfinger’ or even a certain red Jaguar MKII from the TV series ‘Inspector Morse’. What if I was to tell you that there is actually another classic UK cult car that has been forgotten about over these last few years. I am of course talking about the humble yet instantly recognizable Ford Anglia 105E.

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I say humble because unlike most cars mentioned above that were pretty much loved straight away when launched, the Anglia 105E was launched in 1959 to replace the 100E and was simply released as a small family car for Ford Europe. Ford at the time, especially in the UK & Europe was going for a more American approach to their designs. With the likes of the Consul Capri Classic coming out at a similar time to the Anglia looking like something straight out of 50’s Americana, Ford Europe was on a roll with their designs and this showed with the humble Anglia. Made to look like an amalgamation of American cars including the Ford Thunderbird and even a ’50s Studebaker, it certainly looked fantastic. The rear window was a big design point on these cars as it sported a backward slanted rear-window affair where it had been taken from the accidental design specification for an electrically opening breezeway rear window. add in the muted rear fins and the chrome grille on the front spanning pretty much the front end of the car and it looked fantastic for a run of the mill car.

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Powering this humble cult classic was a 997cc OHV I4 ‘Kent’ unit giving it ample power with equally ample top speed. British Anglia’s were given a then-new 4-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top three gears. By 1962, this was replaced with an all-synchromesh gearbox and was subsequently fitted to the larger-engined 1198cc Anglia’s known as the Anglia Super, these were distinctive due to their easily identifiable painted contrasting coloured stripe.

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Bodystyles for the Anglia came in 3’s. First of all, you had the 2-door saloon that everyone is synonymous with, secondly, you had a larger 3-door estate and last but not least you had the 2-door panel van. Over 1 million Anglia’s were made from it’s introduction in 1959 to its death in 1968. With this many cars made, it slowly but surely started to become somewhat of a TV and Movie Car cult classic.

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Now, of course, everyone knows the Anglia as the ‘Harry Potter Car’ due to the infamous scene where Rupert Grint’s character ‘Ron Weasely’ flies the car to Hogwarts in front of both members of public and then in front of the train they ultimately missed but did you also know that apart from that small scene, the Anglia has been in the public spotlight since the ’80s. Originally being shown in the BBC Comedy ‘The Young Ones’, it has gone on to star in many a period drama including both ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘The Royal’. For those two shows, especially ‘Heartbeat’ Anglia’s were painted numerous colors to signify the ranking of the on-screen police officers. This was actually a nod to the Anglia’s role as an actual police car. With their distinctive blue & white liveries, they soon became known as ‘Panda’ Cars.

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In the show, there were also some black Anglia 105E’s that starred and these were something a bit special. first of all, they were only driven by the Sergeants of the show so where hardly ever spotted and secondly, they were the top-of-the-line ‘Deluxe’ models. These examples were painted fully black with Police plates front and rear. While the constables drove the normal 105E’s, the Sergeants drove the black 105E Deluxes.

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Up to 5 Anglia’s were used in the show and even if you go back to Goathland where the show was filmed, you’ll still see some examples sitting outside known landmarks in the show. Going back to Harry Potter for a second, here’s a little fun fact: Goathland train station was also used as the Hogwarts Express stop in most of the films. The actual Anglia used in the Harry Potter film can be seen on display at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum in the New Forest, Hampshire.

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In 1968, Ford decided to drop the long-lasting Anglia name for an all-new model, the now loved Escort MK1. Where the Anglia was just a humble commuter car that found fame in numerous TV shows and Movies, the Escort went on to dominate the rallying scene all the way from the late sixties to the early to mid-nineties before it was dropped in the late-nineties for the MK1 Ford Focus.

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These days, it isn’t difficult to see a crazy Anglia build being made up using different engines and drivetrains from other Ford cars like the Escort. In fact, it is not the first time you’d see an Escort and an Anglia being worked on by the same tuners, whether that be Cosworth or Harris Performance, they seem to bide well with the tuners thanks to their lightweight and fairly modern for the time MacPherson strut suspension system.

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With over 1.5 million Anglia’s made over its nearly 30-year life, it is to no-ones surprise that these cars have become somewhat of a cult classic car. While it may have been outshone by both the Cortina and the Escort in both sales and popularity at the time, the Anglia fought back by being humble and by simply sticking to its roots. by doing this, it has become the star of many UK TV Shows and even a Hollywood blockbuster film franchise.

 

Hope You Enjoy!

By Alex Jebson

I’ve Been Given The Opportunity To Fundraise For SameYou But I Need Your Help!!

While writing these days, it is not every day I am given the opportunity to help out others in need. Most days I sit here typing away at my keyboard listening to music at way too loud a volume inadvertently winding people up. More recently, however, I’ve been given the opportunity to help out some people in need and that is by fundraising for a charity close to my heart called SameYou. While this is a fantastic charity and one I’d love to help out, due to never fundraising in my life, I have no clue where to start or what to do and this is where I need your help.

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For those that may not have heard of the charity SameYou, they’re a small UK-based brain injury charity that is run by the one & only Emilia Clarke from HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ series boxset. It was originally set up by Emilia and her team after her own personal fight with a brain injury at the young age of only 24. This was one of the many reasons why it hit me personally. With me having Epilepsy from my late teens and writing more in-depth about it here only a few weeks back, I thought it’d be a brilliant idea to write to them about fundraising. After a few weeks of no reply, I finally woke up yesterday to a reply from them with a couple links for setting up a GoFundMe Fundraiser event for them, the thing is, as I mentioned above, I’ve never fundraised before for anybody.

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With this blog, website and all the social media pages that run alongside it all being about cars, I feel as if the fundraising should be car related in some way or other. The only issue is that my mind is drawing a blank when it comes down to using the art of cars to help fundraise. Of course, you can do the classic Car wash and raise money that way but with the weather being sketchy at best around here recently, I can’t see that ending well for anyone.

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Now while I may not have many ideas flowing, I do have one idea that is a possibility but would need a lot of physical & mental training as well as permission from numerous doctors & professionals in the know before it could even go-ahead. I am of course talking about pulling one of our cars over a certain distance. Not just would this need to be overlooked by doctors and medical professors, I’d also need to get the right apparatus to pull the car in question. with both ProjectC70 and our 2007 Seat Altea XL both being about 2 tons in weight, the apparatus would need to support both my weight and the car’s weight as well. On top of that, I’d obviously need a location as well as space to do it in. This is of course just an idea, for now, that might not even come to any fruition but it is an idea nonetheless.

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Is there anything else that could possibly be done through the art of using cars to fundraise other than that?. With my memory not being great at the best of times, it is at this time where I could be doing with some help to put something together to put this wonderful charity on the map a little bit. Brain Injury is and can be a killer for many people and for it to hit young people before they even get their lives on track is simply awful, so with some help and some suggestions, I’d be willing to help out where needed to fundraise.

 

Hope You Enjoy!

By Alex Jebson

Top Ten Cheap Cars For Some Trackday Fun And Why You Should Buy One Now!!

With the cold dark nights slowly starting to go away and all of us recently transcending into a new year, this is the perfect time to go out and buy and modify a potential track weapon for the summer season. With car season coming into full effect in a few month’s time, this is the best time to be buying a cheap track day car. With a majority of people not being able to buy something expensive in the first place and insurance being difficult for covering track days, the cheaper the car, the easier it is to insure so think carefully when picking your perfect cheap track day car. Here are ten potential track day cars that won’t break the bank but should be great fun when modified right.

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Mazda MX-5 NA/NB:

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It was just typical that a Mazda MX-5 would make this list, but before thinking that this is just news repeating itself, hear me out before you scroll away. There’s a very good reason why the MX-5 is so loved on the track day scene. First of all, they’re undeniably cheap. with good examples being anywhere from £1000-£2000 you can pick one up easily. Secondly, they are a good base for modifications and with a massive scene for MX-5’s in general, you’ll have a field day getting the right parts needed to make your MX-5 a little track weapon. With early Na & NB MX-5’s having a really low curb weight, you really don’t need much to get the most out of an MX-5 really good for track days, with power being low from standard, insurance should be well cheap and fairly easy to get as well. Look out for rust on the early ones, especially the NA’s as these suffer quite bad from tin worm.

 

MG ZR 1.8 160 VVC:

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Yes, I know what you may be thinking…….an MG ZR? really? well, hear me out on this. As the name suggests, the ZR has 160 bhp from the factory which is plentiful for track days. With a few suspension tweaks like coilovers and uprated anti-roll bars and you soon realize the full potential the Zr has to give you handling wise. Reliability isn’t fantastic, especially the fabled head gasket issues these cars suffer from but as long as you can get an uprated gasket fitted to them, it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever have an issue with them going bang. With an FWD drivetrain layout, it may not be as pure to drive as the MX-5 above but what it lacks in purity it makes up for in usability. Where the MX-5 has the opportunity to spin out on a damp or really wet track, the FWD layout of the ZR means that it’ll pretty much stick to the track regardless of the conditions. Prices can be had from a few hundred pounds to about £2000+ for a minter. Insurance isn’t the cheapest, especially for really young drivers but for what it’s worth, if you can afford one and modify it properly, it’ll be a rewarding drive.

 

Renault Clio 197/200: 

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Potentially the newest car here, it’s an honest surprise that these are now becoming so cheap now to go out and buy & run. While these two are quite a bit more than the MG or MX-5 above, £3,000 isn’t to be sniffed at for a well looked after Clio 197 or Clio RS200. Because it’s a Renault, you’re almost certified to be the king or queen of the track day thanks to their impeccable handling, their fantastic grip and last but not least the stonking amount of power they both have. in Cup spec, you really get a true understanding of why Renault has a certain reputation when it comes to fast hot hatches. reliability is so-so but as long as you can get a good one and know your way around French electrics then you should be fine.

 

Subaru Impreza GC8 Turbo 2000:

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Possibly the only AWD car on this list, the MK1 Subaru Impreza Turbo 2000 is a very good shout for a track day car. With 215bhp and an old-style AWD system, the 2000 Turbo is both quick and easy to drive regardless of weather conditions. With 4 doors on tap and a big boot, these are also very practical as well. The Impreza is a very well known contender on the rough stuff and pretty much cut it on numerous rally stages across the world making it an icon in the process. Due to that, they handle really well and with their signature Flat-4 engine under the bonnet, it makes for both a fantastic noise and a pretty much 50-50 weight distribution. Finding one isn’t that easy these days, especially one that is in a mint condition but if you search high and low, you’ll be bound to find one within budget. Watch out for rust with these as just like any Japanese ’90s car, they rust badly.

 

Ford Fiesta ST MK6:

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This list wouldn’t be complete without the MK6 Fiesta ST or even a Fast Ford for that matter. While it may have not worn the RS badge, the MK6 ST made up for that with a stonking 150bhp from a 2.0 engine. That may not sound like much these days but considering that a Citroen C2 VTS had about 120bhp and a Corsa C SRi had about 130bhp, this Fiesta was a little firecracker. Add in the Fiesta MK6’s lightweight and it’s fantastic chassis and it’s no surprise that these can become a fantastic track car. Fast Fords are always a perfect buy but watch with the MK6 ST, due to these being owned by a good few boy racers over the years, it can be very easy to find a bad example of one. Make sure to get one with full ford service history and try and get one preferably owned by an enthusiast. If you want to make more power then there is, of course, both Mountune and Airtec to help you with that as well as a plethora of others.

 

SEAT Leon Cupra 1M:

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Before anyone says anything, this choice right here isn’t a biased choice whatsoever. For those that know me, know that one of my favorite hatches is a Seat Leon. In my opinion, even though we own an MK2 Leon FR that is fantastic, my favorite Leon is the original – the 1M. Now while a Cupra R will be way out of the equation, a 1M Cupra 1.8T will be well within budget and still looks and goes just as well as it’s badder & faster stablemate. With 180bhp from its 1.8T 20v engine, you are bound to have a great time thrashing this little beauty around a track. Reliability is very good with these cars as long as you can get a good one and with aftermarket support as long as your arm, you’ll be sure to improve on any weak points the car may have. Prices for these are very cheap even for a minter so finding one shouldn’t really be an issue.

 

MK3 Toyota MR-2:

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Here we have a left-field entry and our first mid-engined entry into track day car ownership. While the MK3 may not be the best MR-2 money can buy, what it lacks in credibility it certainly makes up for with driver enjoyment. The MR-2 always was and always has been a driver’s car even from the get-go throughout its 3 generations. With the third-generation car, the 3S-GE & 3S-GTE engine was dropped for a 2ZZ unit shared with the 7th Generation Celica T-Sport. While it wasn’t the quickest and you do have to wring its neck to get every available power out of it but that’s the charm of this generation of MR-2. If power is an issue then it is very easy to fit the 3.0 V6 engine from the Camry into the car. This pretty much doubles the power of the original engine, gives it way more torque and also has a wonderful engine note to boot. Being a Toyota, reliability shouldn’t be an issue, even with a V6 swap so mechanically it should be ok. Check for rust though as these cars suffer from it, while not as bad as other cars, if not treated it can become worse over time.

 

MGF & TF 1.8:

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While on the subject of mid-engined cars, let me introduce you to yet another left-field choice and also another MG to make the list, this time the MGF & TF. Just like the MR-2 above, the F/TF is a mid-engined 2-door sports car with a low amount of power and also a low weight to boot. With the 1.8 fitted it creates 134bhp which may seem like a piddly amount compared to others on this list but trust me, with a car as light as the F/TF, you don’t need tons of power to get the most out of these cars. Buying & finding one of these cars is fairly easy to do as prices are cheap and there’s plenty around the place. Reliability is the same as the ZR above and unfortunately, just like that car, the F & TF both suffer from Headgasket issues, fear not, however, as you can get a stronger head gasket to fit into these cars to make the engines stronger and more capable of abuse a track day brings.

 

Peugeot 306 GTi-6 & Rallye:

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No track day list would be complete without one of the best hatchbacks of the ’90s, I am of course talking about the Peugeot 306. In particular the 306 GTi-6 as well as the 306 Rallye. Considered by most as one of the best budget hot hatches going, it’s only right that these two variants make the list. What made these two cars great was their handling, as with every ’90s Peugeot, the 306 handled beautifully and could easily run rings around a similarly aged Golf or Astra. The Rallye is the rarer variant out of the two and for good reasons, they were lightly stripped out to make them a pure driving machine. The items that were removed consisted of the electric windows as well as the electrically operated mirrors, the Alloys were changed out for lightweight steelies and even the stereo was removed to remove as much weight as possible. Put any of these cars on a track and you’ll soon realize why they are loved the world over. Prices have not quite hit big money for these cars yet but trying to find one isn’t easy, especially a Rallye. Reliability isn’t terrible on these cars, especially considering French car’s reputation for their reliability.

 

Honda Civic VTi Coupé EM1:

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Last but not least, we come to the Honda Civic Coupé EM1. First of all, these cars are unbelievably cheap to buy and run, with a VTi costing about £2000-£4000 depending on condition, these are one hell of a way of getting a VTEC powered track car. With 160bhp on tap, the VTi is no slouch neither and due to its lightweight, it certainly shifts. Being a Honda, reliability is never going to be an issue and with aftermarket support as large as ever for these cars, it is very easy to get bits together to make the perfect track day beast. With a very large engine bay and a small bay, it is very easy to do most modifications yourself making it so much cheaper to transform into a track car. Alongside the decent power figure is also a very low weight figure. weighing in at around a ton, it doesn’t need a lot of modifications to make it competitive. With EP3’s and FN2’s still being a tad expensive, getting an EM1 makes perfect sense as they are relatively cheaper and a whole lot lighter as well as being a very good left-field choice for a track day car.

 

With car season coming up within the next few months, it is very tempting to want to go to a track day, I know I’ve been thinking about them recently. Whether it’s your first ever track day or you’re a master, it is very easy to go out and buy something expensive, fast and way too on the edge for most tracks and conditions but with these cars above, it shows that you can go out and buy something on a budget, fairly quick and competitive and also capable around most tracks without being too much on the edge.

 

Hope You Enjoy!