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« 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


Also oddly likeable


WTF! a 1600 Berlina


WTF again! An HPE VX


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!
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« Reply #1 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!)
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2020, 03:57:01 PM »

Even a nice set of alloys on the saloon.....
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« Reply #3 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!
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2020, 08:28:15 PM »

Why can't I find things like this lying around?Huh?Huh? Sad
I may be putting my HPE VX up for sale next month if you're interested.
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2020, 07:33:16 PM »

Wow what a find  Grin Stuart you need to save the HPE, and at least save the Saloon if only for spares.
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« Reply #6 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.


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« Reply #7 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.
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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2020, 07:26:39 AM »

No Recaros as standard on the HPE, just the Coupe. may have been an option?
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« Reply #9 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
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