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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Something different and unrelated

I love classic cars of all genres and eras.  Last year I bought a 1991 Daihatsu Applause 1.6 GXI Auto, with only 36K on the clock, good service history and all mots.  The car was in very good condition but needed a few bits and pieces doing to it, which have now been completed.  The car drives as new, has a silky smooth gear change and does 40 MPG.  It's also pretty quick, the engine has 103 HP.

Lovely car to drive, the Applause.


These cars didn't sell well in Europe as they were expensive (£10,000 new in 1991) and Daihatsu have very few dealerships compared to more mainstream competition.  Nevertheless, they've always made very good, reliable cars.  They've been owned by Toyota since the 1970's and the 1.0 Yaris engine was from Daihatsu.

A Daihatsu Applause in fine fettle!


The car has had a full service, new timing belt, thermostat, front brake discs and pads and new rear pads.
Th body work on the car is excellent and the interior is like brand new.  The alloys are not original, I had them in my shed from a previous car and luckily they fitted.  The original alloys are in good condition, but needed 2 new tires for the MOT, so changing the wheels sorted this and I think the alloys suit the car well.



I also sprayed the underneath of the car with a waxoyl type product.  The car sailed straight through its mot with no problems whatsoever.

Nice simple interior.  Car has 4 x elec windows and elec mirrors.


Only 3 Applauses left in the UK


Great quality velour seats.



Saturday, April 28, 2012

My 311 has been sold.

I've sold my 311 and it's going to the UK, to an enthusiastic collector of GDR vehicles.
The new owner has a Zwickau P70 and an IFA F9 among others in his collection, so the 311 will be in good company.

I've recently bought a Simson Schwalbe 50cc scooter.

Engine runs exceptionally well.

It's a 1981 model that was brought to Ireland by its Hungarian owners.
It's in very good condition and was painted a couple of years ago, but otherwise original.

with the cover removed to show engine.

I'll systematically go over the entire scooter in the coming weeks ahead and see if it needs anything.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Book is selling great! Get your copy here, personally signed.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars The most awesome book ever writtenJanuary 26, 2012
By 
S. Kingsley (Indiana, USA) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Two Stroke Cars Of The Past: Dkw,Saab,Subaru,Suzuki,Wartburg,Trabant,Barkas,Framo and more. (Paperback)
Yep, right up there with the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. Anyone that does not own a copy deserves to be flogged with a cat of nine tails and then have salt rubbed into their wounds before being burned at the stake.

OK, maybe that is a bit much. But still, you should buy it if you are a fan of obscure two stroke cars. Everyone should own one of those too, BTW, but unfortunately there are not enough of them left to go around. So you will have to settle for reading about them instead of actually being able to drive one around and get funny stares from befuddled onlookers.

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Positive feedback ratingBook is amazing, great service! Thanks!


New Classic Car book; TWO STROKE CARS OF THE PAST, DKW, SAAB, WARTBURG,
TRABANT (#110819226720)



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Positive feedback ratingwhat a fantastic read, well worth the money,thankyou A++

New Classic Car book; TWO STROKE CARS OF THE PAST, DKW, SAAB,
 WARTBURG,TRABANT (#110819226720)


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Positive feedback ratingvery interesting book, highly recommendedBuyer:
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very fast delivery, item excellent! Thank-You

 New Classic Car book; TWO
STROKE CARS OF THE PAST,DKW, SAAB,
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Mark, great book.   I am half way done, but done with the DKW section. 
 Very nicely done! Funny thing is that you commented on the DKW panel van 
what was on eBay, I bought that van. 
William Ellis.




Although there's been little fanfare and marketing regarding my book, it sold over 50 copies in 11 days, mainly through word of mouth and forum posts.  Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and is now tricking through.  If you want to buy the book and you're from the UK, use the button below, which will take through the paypal process.  The price is £16 plus £3.50 Postage.













If you're from Europe, the price of the book in Euros is 20 Euros, plus 7.50 for postage.

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Anywhere else, Worldwide, amazon.com may work out cheaper, depending where you live, but feel free to contact me.  All copies I sell directly are personally signed.  The ones on Amazon are not.  Worldwide cost is 32.50 Euros including postage.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Some pictures from the book 'Two Stroke Cars of the Past'.

back cover

from the Trabant chapter.

from theWartburg chapter

from the DKW chapter

from DKW chapter



American readers can get this book now from amazon.  It's priced at $27.99 including shipping.

Book now ready!

My book 'Two Stroke Cars of the past' is now being printed and will be on general sale through the usual channels (amazon, barne's and noble etc) later this week.  If anyone wants a signed copy directly from myself, let me know via email.  I can accept payment via paypal.  It's a large book, slightly bigger tha A4 and over 330 pages long.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Quiet month January

I had a number of proof edition books and they've all sold out.  I will have plenty of books available very shortly, so if you want one from the 1st edition, drop me a line and I'll keep one for you.  Early feedback has been phenomenal and early indications are the book is going to be a great seller.