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Title: Gobsmacked - Two Barn finds!
Post by: HFStuart on September 27, 2020, 09:20:08 PM
OK so they're not in a barn but still.

My wife has magically acquired a new horse to look after. Being the good husband I agreed to accompany her on her first hack out on it from its field in darkest Suffolk.  We were walking along chatting, our daughter in tow when I (apparently) went oddly quiet. Julia asked me what was wrong.

What was wrong is I'd seen a small grouping of classic cars in the farmyard we were passing - common enough but the contents weren't.

Unusual enough
(https://i.imgur.com/cs1hqXS.jpg)

Also oddly likeable
(https://i.imgur.com/tSlyJH7.jpg)

WTF! a 1600 Berlina
(https://i.imgur.com/4t6lm8k.jpg)

WTF again! An HPE VX
(https://i.imgur.com/iok139d.jpg)

I met and briefly spoke to the owners daughter, they were the family cars and she suggested he'd be interested in selling. Neither have been on the road for a long while but the VX at least must be worth saving. I plan to go back in a week or so and ask to have a proper poke around. Neither looked as bad as you might think  - though obviously both would need a lot of work .

Absolutely made my day spotting these two!


Title: Re: Gobsmacked - Two Barn finds!
Post by: spydervx on September 28, 2020, 03:23:57 PM
Hi Stuart

What amazing finds, I honestly did not think these sort of discoveries were still out there!
Hope you feel you can help to save it / them.

Very exciting (in a nerdy way!)
Gerry


Title: Re: Gobsmacked - Two Barn finds!
Post by: Neil-yaj396 on September 28, 2020, 03:57:01 PM
Even a nice set of alloys on the saloon.....


Title: Re: Gobsmacked - Two Barn finds!
Post by: HFStuart on September 28, 2020, 04:49:58 PM
Even a nice set of alloys on the saloon.....

Don't think I hadn't noticed!

The HPE really needs to be saved and is the better of the two. The Berlina is further gone and might be difficult to justify. I was only discussing with Tony the other day how I'd quite like an HPE as a daily driver!


Title: Re: Gobsmacked - Two Barn finds!
Post by: mtulloch on September 28, 2020, 08:28:15 PM
Why can't I find things like this lying around??????? :(
I may be putting my HPE VX up for sale next month if you're interested.


Title: Re: Gobsmacked - Two Barn finds!
Post by: TonyLanciaBeta on September 29, 2020, 07:33:16 PM
Wow what a find  ;D Stuart you need to save the HPE, and at least save the Saloon if only for spares.


Title: Re: Gobsmacked - Two Barn finds!
Post by: Sandro on September 30, 2020, 08:19:21 AM

Incredible finds indeed!

Would LOVE to see that VX bought back to life! ( factory sunroof too ) ..Lovely

What was it's interior like ? did you take a look.


 S.


Title: Re: Gobsmacked - Two Barn finds!
Post by: HFStuart on September 30, 2020, 09:57:58 PM
I did have a look - not too bad but I was surprised not to see a Recaro interior - I'm no expert on late model HPEs though!

The cloth looked OK and the dash had a light covering of mould but nothing a good clean wouldn't sort. the back seats were down so I couldn't see much else.


Title: Re: Gobsmacked - Two Barn finds!
Post by: Neil-yaj396 on October 01, 2020, 07:26:39 AM
No Recaros as standard on the HPE, just the Coupe. may have been an option?


Title: Re: Gobsmacked - Two Barn finds!
Post by: nigel knight on October 01, 2020, 02:16:37 PM
Wow what an amazing find! i'd be interested in the berlina if its up for grabs