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« on: September 16, 2021, 03:48:23 PM »

Hi All

As the Spider is almost finished except for a few 'shakedown' issues I was aiming to start work on the engine rebuild I started a thread on a while ago, but....

I was talking with Tony at the recent Betameeta and it transpired the early HPE which I knew his boss, Rob, had bought some time ago was going to be up for sale as they were selling off their restoration projects. This was a car which had been highlighted on here many years ago, originally owned by Mark M. See the following for details of it first being offered here.

http://www.betaboyz.myzen.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2386.0

Given I have always fancied getting an early car similar to the one I had in 1980 for a time, a deal was done and it arrived last night.

So the engine will have to take a back seat for now as I need to crack one with getting this ready for the bodywork to be done. My plan is to run the Spider for the next year or so whilst getting the HPE on the road, then most likely sell the Spider and separately sell the Saab once I have no more need of it and just leave me with the HPE which will be a far more practical car for my wife to go in as she uses a wheelchair which is not that practical in the Spider......

I do expect plenty of bumps along the road as the body will be hiding some horrors as well as the ones I can already see. So far found one mouse nest under the back seats...

Peter


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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2021, 10:12:00 PM »

Hi Peter,
Doesn't it sit so perfectly in your garage with the Spider.

I hope it's still in as good, at least in appearance, as when those photos were
taken some 8 years ago. Those rear seat bolsters, so good, they're still there I hope.

I saw that thread when first published, and had I be living where I do now, I'd have
bought it! Having said that, I'm glad you've got it as you'll no doubt give it everything
it deserves.

Best wishes,
Nigel
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1976 1.6 Coupe Lancia Blu [PFG 76R] [probably deceased]
oh,and an Uno Turbo 1997 also in SA [stolen,never recovered]
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2021, 11:43:18 PM »

Hi Nigel

The picture truly flatters it. In reality a full restore is required, plenty of filler in places. There will be a debate if a full body strip will be the best way to go. The good news is that it is pretty complete just in need of a lot of love and money spending on itů..

Peter
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2021, 09:23:49 AM »

Nice colour and love the flat bonnet. It's in the right place now to get all the attention it needs.
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2021, 10:46:40 AM »

Looks very much at home.

Mark
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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2021, 11:22:36 AM »

Nice colour and love the flat bonnet. It's in the right place now to get all the attention it needs.

Hi Neil

The eventual colour is currently a hot debate topic. Personally I like some form of blue, but the question then is what colour interior to go with the brown dash etc?

This will go on for some time before a decision is made.

All tucked up for the next few weeks as off the France. Getting to feel a bit like normal, hopefully this will carry on.

Peter
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2021, 06:12:17 PM »

Hi Peter,
Doesn't it sit so perfectly in your garage with the Spider.

I hope it's still in as good, at least in appearance, as when those photos were
taken some 8 years ago. Those rear seat bolsters, so good, they're still there I hope.

I saw that thread when first published, and had I be living where I do now, I'd have
bought it! Having said that, I'm glad you've got it as you'll no doubt give it everything
it deserves.

Best wishes,
Nigel


couldnt agree more, they look great together!

I like the blue too btw  Wink

Best Andrew

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