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    Meet The Pandarin

    I saw this very limited edition car for sale, it was in Bradford as an MOT failure at £300

    The 2014 MOT history said “bodywork damaged” it appears that the car has been grazed on the near side, which I think took the wing mirror off and left the rare bodykit slightly bruised. It failed two months ago on the rear axle, nsr shock and a front tyre. In theory, £80 for a used axle, £35 for two rear shocks, £30 for a tyre. A bit of labour to shove the new axle on, a new mot and we should be a cheap fix...

    Clue number 1: They made this limited edition in three colours, mine is the least rare. Yet, the best colour. (Allegedly less than 100 imported into the UK, because they didn’t register them properly with the DVLA we don’t know how many are left.)

    Clue numero two: Its the stupidest looking thing ive ever seen, but I’ve always wanted one. I found forum posts from years ago stating I need one of these immediately!!!

    Clue numberino thrice: The tyre valve covers are always missing.

    Clue nombre quatre: It makes the Cactus look like a beige Hyundai Elantra.

    Clue number 5: I laugh every time I see a picture of one.


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    Onto an Alessi history.

    They made them in three colours.
    Orange with orange seats which is the least rare, but the best one obviously.
    Black with green seats.
    Green with green seats, the rarest.

    They’re based on the top of the range Eleganza and unfortunately registered as such. So we’ve know idea how many are left. Maybe 1 or 2 a year pop up for sale.


    1.2 8v Eleganza £8,490
    1.2 8v Alessi £8,995
    1.2 8v 4x4 £9,495
    1.4 16v 100HP £9,995


    This was the list price, however they sat on dealers forecourts for months and were heavily discounted.





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    The axle was fucked, so I fitted a new axle, springs and shocks from a fat arse Jellymold.







    I needed a new plastic panel, so I raped a black Alessi for its exterior cladding and I took the green interior while I was there.







    MOT next week.......

    #2
    I wish we could get decent cars that need a bit of work for cheap... I approve of this insanity!

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      #3
      More orange/orange cars is a good thing. Though I really hope (and look forward to) a orange on green really soon.

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        #4
        It's like you were summoned by the appearance of other Pandas on here, and of course brought another Panda back with you. At that price it seems like a steal.

        Orange with a green interior... all I can think of is:



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          #5
          This is absurd.

          Also hilariously good.

          Orange and green must happen.

          Or else.
          My car is Greener than your car.

          LegendZ live forever.

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            #6
            Everybody wants orange ‘n green.

            I don’t see it. Mainly because I’m going ‘all in’ orange on this.

            The green, is very green however. (Stolen pics obvs)





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              #7
              Wow. That interior is CLEAN!
              "Well, that's fine. You waste your money on a Mustang or a Ferrari. The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect. Nothing on the road will give you better value. Nothing will give you so much fun. The only reason I'm giving it five stars is because I can't give it 14."
              --Jeremy Clarkson on the NC MX-5

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                #8
                Originally posted by WDWBen View Post
                Wow. That interior is CLEAN!
                Internet pics, my green interior is filthy.

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                  #9
                  What’s the plan for the green interior then? Just collecting it?


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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Matt2000 View Post
                    What’s the plan for the green interior then? Just collecting it?

                    The Black Alessi was in a scrapyard and I didn’t want them to crush the interior. I paid £50 for the complete interior including door cards.

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                      #11
                      Gotcha, nice deal. You should make it in to furniture and make all of the profit.


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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Matt2000 View Post
                        Gotcha, nice deal. You should make it in to furniture and make all of the profit.

                        Once its cleaned, I should be able to make money off it as is.

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                          #13
                          This is brilliant. Are you going to go back and buy the orange 4x4 with the tire on the hood?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Der Stig View Post
                            This is brilliant. Are you going to go back and buy the orange 4x4 with the tire on the hood?
                            I want its roof rack!

                            ... and colour.

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                              #15
                              Those wheeh covers are amazing!


                              Viva la Targa!

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                                #16
                                The 4x4 is a friends, I believe the roof rack is from a Citroën Relay van and chopped up.


                                The wheel trims are amazing, but the little man is always missing. I've emailed some 3d print places, but no one has gotten back to me.

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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by Aston Martin View Post

                                  Internet pics, my green interior is filthy.
                                  Sorry, should have specified.

                                  That ORANGE interior is clean!
                                  "Well, that's fine. You waste your money on a Mustang or a Ferrari. The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect. Nothing on the road will give you better value. Nothing will give you so much fun. The only reason I'm giving it five stars is because I can't give it 14."
                                  --Jeremy Clarkson on the NC MX-5

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                                    #18

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                                      #19
                                      Better than most of my MOTs. Did the rear lens just need cleaning? Did you have to spend much in the end to get it up to that point?


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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by Matt2000 View Post
                                        Better than most of my MOTs. Did the rear lens just need cleaning? Did you have to spend much in the end to get it up to that point?
                                        I think it was a bad earth, my budget was £1000 all-in including paint.... I've blown the budget and it now should be £1500 all-in. But, the cosmetic stuff can wait for now.

                                        It's road legal, but I won't be using it until maybe autumn.

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