There’s a reason why so many trade ads can say ‘gleaming Venetian Red’, ‘bright Onyx Silver’ or even ‘stunning Tasman Orange’ when referring to car colours. It’s because they have had some parts of the car re-painted to renovate its appearance, and so know exactly what the colour is called.
So it goes with car-names. You can spot the down-at-heel cars because their names may have been spelled wrongly by their owners when advertising them. I’ve searched for many years for Jenson Intersepters and the like, as it is these ads which will receive few hits and may then prove bargains when bought.
What other categories prove useful? General searches such as ‘old classic car’ and ‘vintage project’ can often elicit useful additional finds when looking for obscurities. I’ve so far bought three early 1960s driving lamps from UK sellers. These were made by PAL, and were as fitted to Tatra 603s in period. Why were they in the UK? Because they were also offered as dealer-fit on period Skoda MB1000s, hencetheir presence in Britain. Which makes buying them a whole lot cheaper thansearching Czech autojumbles.
Each of us will have the searches which fit our particular collecting bent. But here on CCfS, we try and make it easier to keep everything in the right categories by have the car makes pre-loaded on here ready for you. It’s the current crop of retro car names that make my blood boil the most. Looking for mk1 Austin and Morris Coopers is made almost impossible by the avalanche of BMW MINI COOPERS which elbow their way onto your screen when looking for tasty early metal. But no matter what you are looking for, the power of the internet means that as long as you are diligent and regular in your searches, and keep re-visiting useful sites such as CCfS, you’ll eventually find the car and the parts you are looking for. Happy Hunting!
PICTURED: Mate Chris Lilley’s Tasman Orange VX4/90 pictured at Brooklands back in 1993 – happy days!