Possible British car restoration project.

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  1. Boil

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    Oooh that takes me back, I had one of those, it had that shield in the back that would pop up when SMERSH was trying to take you down during a particularly fast and daring getaway.
     
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    Ahhh that's where it went.
     
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    I’d find it hard to fix up one of my old toys.

    The damage IS their story with me.
     
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    And pop out guns and tyre shredders. Mine had rotating numberplates too.
     
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    My first car, 4 spd on the column, red leather. Hillman Minx: Top wouldn't stay latched! Seldom ran when you needed it to!
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  7. tintag27

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    I can see your Sunbeam has done some miles! But, It's only fair that as we have seen an American gentleman showing off an English car, then I, as an Englishman should show off my American cruiser! My Dinky Toy has been a bit of a garage queen by comparison to John's but has been with me for 60 years or so - now lightly reliced!
    I would expect a few members to know what this one is?
     
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    Singer Corp is an American company, it's never had anything to do with car making in the UK.

    Singer UK originally made pushbikes, and eventually became part of the Rootes Group, along with Hillman, Sunbeam, Humber, Commer and Talbot.

    Carry on :)
     
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    I think the resto project could go okay until you get to rebuilding that little tiny engine. I can’t imagine how small the wrenches will have to be.
     
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    Matchbox were a much smaller scale and made by Lesney, whereas Dinky were part of Meccano - I don't know where Corgi came into the story...
    Our old guitarist actually worked in the Lesney Matchbox factory in East London... He started in the shop, and worked his way up to the drawing department and eventually ended up owning his own ad agency! He still has a very impressive bunch of guitars!
     
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    De Soto Fireflite. About 1959?
     
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    Is that Sea-foam green?
     
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    Yes, lots of car companies started off as bicycle makers. My first bicycle was a Humber. The badge on the head tube had a royal warrant “by appointment to King George V.” I had it in 1961 so at least 25 years old. I still loved it!
     
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    Wow - dead right! I don't know the date, but '59 sounds about right to me... well done!
     
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    I remember the series coming out - I had the Plymouth Plaza in two tone blue and a bit later a Dodge police car. I was a Dinky obsessive and it’s amazing how much has stuck.
     
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    I don't recall actually playing with my Sunbeam Rapier toy car, but of course, I certainly must have. The tires just rotted off from age, and the worn paint is mostly from just banging around in uncountable boxes and drawers over the decades rather than authentic playwear, that is it's true history.
     
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    You mean it was a fake relic job?

    Colour scheme looks reminds me of one used on your guitar designs, or am I mistaken.
     
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    It wasn't fake, so much as.... serendipitous.

    I never made the possible connection between the car's two-tone colors and some of my guitar finishes, but the car's colors definably would have appealed to me even as a five year old, and is probably one of the reasons I chose it back then. Another is that it's hood ('bonnet'?) and fenders were somewhat similar to the Pininfarina-designed Nash cars from '52 through the mid 50's, and my grandfather had a '50 Nash Ambassador at that time, but it was the more radical 'bathtub' or properly 'Airflyte' style of '49-'51, but I can remember thinking it looked kind of like a Nash.
     
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    My favourite model car as a kid was the Rambler Fastback which could outrun allcomers down the slope of my parents drive;

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    I remember it as more of a sh*tty brown colour, not very inspiring, maybe that is why I never went on to design guitars.
     
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