The great Classic Car price guessing game

Chris Haining February 28, 2017 Car Shows

Hows about we play a little game amongst ourselves? There’ll be no big cash prizes, we’re playing solely for the warm feeling of being right.

I visited the 2017 London Classic Car Show over the weekend, where I saw many cars, most of which were arguably classics – and most of which were for sale. The place was littered with blue chip, investment-grade material like Ferrari 288 GTOs, Gullwing 300SLs and vintage stuff of all kinds. And we all know that certain classics have ascended the stratosphere – it’s well documented that a 250 GTO sold at auction for over $38m, that’s more than Jeff Glucker earns.

So here are three cars, chosen at random. But can you guess the prices that they’re stickered at?

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Our Cars: 1995 Peugeot 306. Overcoming a failure to proceed.

On Friday I was forced to walk some two hundred yards when our venerable Peugeot 306 threw up a variety of warning lights on the dashboard, accompanied by a loss of power. My wife was returning from a trip to visit her parents, and had almost, almost made it home when the car faltered. She told me that it wasn’t the first time that day, either.

When she visited a store, the 306 had refused to start. The engine would turn over, but wouldn’t catch. She had called her father, who lived nearby, to come to the rescue and bring expertise, but the car had decided to start before he arrived. Well, this simply would not do. We can’t have a stroppy, recalcitrant car in the fleet, so I had 48 hours to scratch my head and sort things out.

Here’s how it went down.

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Economy for the single Gent: The Monthléry Peugeot 404.

Chris Haining February 17, 2017 All Things Hoon

Taking time out from investigating the strange goings on with my wife’s venerable Peugeot 306, I found myself thinking back to other celebrated cars from the life of the Lion that goes from strength to strength.

I encountered one such machine up close and personal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed back in 2015, so I dug deep in my hard drive for another look.

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A new menace: Portrait oriented eBay images

Chris Haining February 15, 2017 All Things Hoon

A little before Christmas I voiced my dissent at the major skills shortage that seems to afflict users of eBay and Craigslist, particularly when it comes to taking a descriptive, informative or encouraging photo of what it is that they’re trying to sell. One point I didn’t address in that particular screed, though can no longer be ignored.

It seems that there’s a truly frightening number of people out there who don’t realise that a phone camera can be turned through 90 degrees – further enhancing its ability to record images of wide, low things.

Like, you know, a car.

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V.I.S.I.T: A ’75 Chevy C10 Stepside

It gives me a warm feeling inside whenever I get confirmation that I’m not the only crank in my postcode who finds a shabby forty-year old American truck an object of desire. This ’75 Chevy C10 was ready to greet me when I popped to my local supermarket, while its owners were presumably in search of root beer, chewing tobacco and shotgun cartridges.

Naturally, I couldn’t resist taking a few snaps of a vehicle which fits in to the North Essex motoring scene like a blob of Wasabi paste sits on an iced cupcake.

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The Carchive: A 1987 Ford Accessories catalogue

Chris Haining February 10, 2017 The Carchive

It’s time for our weekly trip into the sewers in which the dirty dishwater of yesterdays memories ebb and flow. With so much history swept into our drains every day, it’s up to some of us to get busy with the sieves and see if we can strain out one or two tasty morsels. Welcome back to The Carchive.

In a change to the nature of our usual programming, today we’re not looking at a car. We’re looking at what Ford could offer those who already owned a product of the Blue Oval to make their car even more special to them. Welcome to the Ford Accessories catalogue, 1987.

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Rusty’s Eastern European Vacation Snapz

Chris Haining February 7, 2017 All Things Hoon

I’ve been off globetrotting for the last week, in that highly budget-conscious manner I’ve become so adept at. We flew out in a 737 with the most brutally constrictive seat pitch you could imagine, and then spent two days each in Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Naturally, while I should have been taking in the sights and partaking in new and fascinating culture, I was instead sidetracked by what I found on the roads.

Here’s a taste of the kind of treats that the streets of the Czech republic, Austria and Hungary could have in store for your next trip.

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Steam scaled to perfection: A 1:4 scale Atkinson Steam Wagon

Chris Haining January 27, 2017 All Things Hoon

As much as I enjoy looking at the several 1:18 scale models cars in my collection, ultimately I recognise that all they can do is sit there, looking pretty. The best thing they can do is to act as a tribute to the full-size car they resemble – enough to offer you a fractional taste of the owning the real thing.

This quarter scale model of an Atkinson Steam wagon does the same thing. Photographed in the Museum Of Power, the brilliantly named institution not far from where I live, it immediately stood out to me as a masterpiece. The best thing about it? It’s fully functional.

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A Classic Car show British weather can’t ruin


There are six long months to go until this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. No doubt the many local and regional car meets that naturally occur will fill some of the weekends in, but it would be nice if there could be a proper, full-scale event – one where highly tuned race behemoths can come to life – to punctuate our wait?

Well, turns out there is. The London Classic Car promises its own opportunities to watch motoring icons in action. There’s a central parade strip on which drivers can ‘open ‘er up’ to rapturous applause. And though the show may be in cold, drizzly February and not mid-summer, and may be set in a bleak urban environment rather than surrounded by some of the most invigorating scenery these isles have to offer. But it does have one considerable advantage –

It’s indoors.

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Motorboat Monday: A diminutive Fairey with a fair bit of urge

Chris Haining January 23, 2017 Motorboat Monday


After last week’s shallow-draft scorcher from North America, today’s offering for Motorboat Monday comes from three thousand miles West, and could barely be more different in character than the V8-motivated Kindsvater.

It’s only fifteen feet long, and has a fraction of the power, but good things come in small packages. As with last week’s boat, today’s has been the subject of a painstaking restoration, and is a glorious example of a boat that has become rather rare.

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