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HERE we have a 1966 Singer Gazelle VI, the only model in the range that came with the tried and tested Rootes Group 1725cc engine! She is an ideal entry/starter classic and a car for the tinkerer although, to be fair, based on the assumption that not everyone wants a show queen as a classic, you could very easily just cruise around in her as she is. She does not pretend to be a £6995 Gazelle. That's why she is a cheap, cheerful, bargain basement, fun buy! She performs with loads of pep thanks to the 1725 engine and actually is probably not as bad as I am alleging here. If you can remember "old cars" back in the early 70s (which I can) and before the classic car movement had actually really got going, then this is what old cars used to look like. You know the type of thing. Some paint bubbling around the headlights, a little bit down the A posts and a few more imperfections here and there. Yes, we remember. All totally acceptable. These old girls had life spans of something like six years if you were lucky. Yet, here we are still going. This is a 1966 (World Cup year!) model and hence 53-years-old. She is an old car. That does not stop her being pretty in her own way, very useful and practical and very enjoyable. I repeat, she is not a 6 or a 7k example. Fancy a classic to tinker with and improve? Fancy a car to play with in a father and son set-up? Fancy a classic to use at weekends and pop down to the shops in? Well, there you go. Her last MoT expired in June of last year. She no longer needs one. Gazelle interior - wooden dash and all - is good apart from the edge of the driver's seat splitting on the vinyl and revealing a sponge base. Sounds more like a cake, sorry! Anyway, she is a nice old thing in her own way. She is a bloody good bargain! COME ON, TELL ME WHAT YOU GET, UP AND RUNNING AND DRIVING REALLY WELL FOR UNDER 2K? All my classic cars are treated as the equivalent of motoring antiques. This one, for example, is 53-years-old. They cannot be compared to the wife's six-month-old Chelsea tractor and they are bound to come with imperfections, quirks and bits and pieces that will need attention even if it is some time in the future. They do however come with oodles of charm, appeal and are there to be loved like a family pet. If you are new to the classic car scene, then please bear all this in mind. Most examples have clearly had work over the decades and I cannot predict how much or how little they will need in the future. That, I am afraid, is the nature of the beast in the world of classic cars. Motoring antiques is what they are. I love my Georgian dining table, but I can see all the scars and signs of previous woodworm. Had I wanted a brand new table, I would have gone to Oak Furniture Land. Well perhaps. Demand is outstripping supply these days and they don't make the old girls any more. So, make some allowances and drive away with a smile on your face. It goes with the territory, and therefore must be accepted, that they are always going to need on-going care, attention and repair. Don't tell me some way down the line that the full beam doesn't work or that you have discovered something I knew nothing about. They are bloody old. It happens. They come in and they go out. It seems as though I have become a "re-homer" of classic cars. I accept all major debit cards and a ten per cent deposit is required at the point of sale with the balance due within three days. I can also assist with delivery and so please ask for a quote. Thanks for reading, Martin. (07595-020282).

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