From the start of this year the green Horizon is now the only one currently in use. Blue Horizon was off the road from Feb '05 until July '13. It's great fun to drive and been a reliable workhorse since I've been using it again, it's just been put on a SORN for a few months. The blue Alpine is with Colin having a full resto! I've also a brown Alpine GLS Mk.1 which is in a barn and has only been used briefly for 6 months since 1985. I'd like to get that restored too and back in use, it's my favourite! I'll post some images of it in a few weeks when it gets attended to.
Looking very nice. My first Peugout 309 on a C plate was the same sha as our Horizon...
Talbot Samba LS (16,000 miles) Talbot Alpine GL ( 46,000 miles ) Chrysler Alpine S 1980 ( 42,000 miles ) Chrysler Alpine GL 1978 ( 52,000 miles ) Peugeot 309 ( Talbot Arizona 16,000 miles ) Fiat 127 Comfort (31,000 miles ) Lada Riva 1200 ( 15,000 miles ) Yugo Van (31,000 miles ) Yugo 45 ( 8,000 miles ) Skoda Estelle 130 ( 2,800 miles ) Yugo Cabriolet (1,300 miles ) Yugo 513 ( 9,000 miles ) Vauxhall Cavalier 1.6GL (20
The picture is from when I bought the car in 2007. It reminds me as to how it should still be looking! Since then it's has the windows tinted - just need a tinted screen to finish the job - and I added alloy wheels, centre console, headrests, map light and grab handles all from a Pullman I sold 3 years ago. In the summer it gained front fog lamps I'd had since the mid 1980s, (not sure about them really), and added a high level brake light (as most people expect them now). All subtle changes that can be reversed if ever needed. I'll add some newer pictures but only when I've given it a thorough T-cut!
Great collection Andrew! What sort of condition is the S2 Alpine in? If the tailgate is anything to go by, its a minter
Glad you like them! I bought the Alpine in '04 and drove it up from Milton Keynes to north Wales. It started as a company car. It only spent another 6 months on the road until 2012 as I was away from home. It just stood covered outside including through those 2 snowy cold winters we had. I was worried I'd neglected it too long and the engine might be seized. However, the old girl was keen to start after all those years and was driven to my mate's garage where we got it ready for its MOT test. It looks quite smart in the picture but note the rust on the lower corner of the tailgate glass. I used it daily for the next year until last October and during that time it very quickly started rotting out. Rust was appearing in every common Alpine place on an almost daily basis! For me there was no other decision to make but to have the car sorted and saved properly, otherwise what's the point in loving them! The paintwork is in excellent order and interior is also very tidy and original, apart from the usual rear seat UV damage. It's only done 54,000 making it the highest mileage car I have and it goes like a bomb!! The car was trailered to Colin's a few months ago where it's now being restored and future-proofed! Other jobs are being done on it too. It might be a good excuse to bring it along to this year's big show.
'V' 1979 Alpine Mk.1 GLS 'W' 1981 Horizon 1.3 LS 'A' 1984 Alpine S2 1.6 LS 'C' 1986 Nissan Micra Colette '06' 2006 206 estate (The 'modern' car)
The green Horizon has been sold sadly, as a 'modern' car, a Corsa, replaced it! This is to keep the Talbots off the road over winter. For the last 3 years they'd been my only vehicles. The blue Alpine returned last month after Colin Hill's superb restoration! A huge list of things done, too much to list, but included 2nd hand tinted side windows, new front and rear tinted screens, new shock absorbers all round, heater cables, time clock and, of course, loads of bodywork! There were loads of minor things too that Colin spotted during its rebuild. I'll post some pictures here soon.
I'm off this morning to drive the brown Alpine back to its storage. It was started the other day for the first time in over 3 years. The blue Horizon is just waiting for me to tax it for its summer use.