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Cars becoming 30 years old in 2019

  • 10-12-2018 7:59pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 3,093 ✭✭✭ hi5


    Some of my favourite cars will be classic in 2019 although it will probably be 2020 before we will see any in real numbers.


    Lexus ls400.

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    Mazda mx5

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    Mercedes R129

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    Nissan 300zx z32

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    Any others?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,994 ✭✭✭ alias no.9


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    Slightly more modest

    My first motor was a 1990 Fiesta


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,472 ✭✭✭ Seweryn


    BMW E31:

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    Alfa Romeo SZ (rare):

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    Citroen XM:

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    Nissan 240SX:

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    Peugeot 605:

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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades


    I'd say there's a few MB R129s hidden in sheds awaiting a new life under "chape tax"!

    And the 8-Series are lovely beasts. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,611 ✭✭✭ circadian


    The Alfa SZ still looks great. I loved the old boxy 155 as well.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 59,118 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs


    Seweryn wrote: »
    Alfa Romeo SZ (rare):

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    I want one of these so badly. I love how they divide opinions on the looks. In fairness it has the ugliest arse in Christendom. Typical Italian design, a whole heap of gorgeous with a side order of WTF?. Brilliant. The high waisted design was well ahead of its time. A concept car that escaped. Lovely interior too, though a real pity they weren't a hatchback. Early use of carbon kevlar for various bits and the exterior panels are plastic, though in the flesh panel gaps are hilariously all over the place. The underlying chassis still rusts mind you. Again cos Italian. :D

    Fantastic underpinnings too. One of the finest engines to ever suck in petrol and air to turn it into power and opera and a chassis tuned by one Giorgio Pianta, head engineer for Lancia rally cars. Cabin adjustable suspension too, though that feature rarely still works today. I seem to recall reading about them at the time having scary levels of grip in bends and the engines gave out more power than advertised. 30 horsies more on average IIRC. Pity they only came with the steering wheel in front of the passenger. Defo one for my Lotto list.

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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades


    Wibbs wrote: »
    A concept car that escaped.
    Great description. Love the madness of them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,845 ✭✭✭ fancy pigeon


    hi5 wrote: »
    Nissan 300zx z32

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    Any others?

    I'd almost forgotten my one is 30 next year... I can't say that with a straight face! :P

    It'll be on the road all year once it's got it's €56 tax disc instead of the few months here and there throughout the year :cool:

    Wonder how many other 1989 Z32's are in the country :confused:

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,832 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    This is my favourite thread of the year every year :)

    Not a single Lexus for sale on Autotrader. Not from 1989, not even from 1990. Where are they? Perhaps they didn't go for sale here or in the UK until a bit after 1989?

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,611 ✭✭✭ circadian


    Forgot about how good the Z32 looks, that's a lovely motor you have there.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,093 ✭✭✭ hi5



    It'll be on the road all year once it's got it's €56 tax disc instead of the few months here and there throughout the year :cool:

    And NCT every 2 years too.
    unkel wrote: »
    This is my favourite thread of the year every year :)

    Not a single Lexus for sale on Autotrader. Not from 1989, not even from 1990. Where are they? Perhaps they didn't go for sale here or in the UK until a bit after 1989?

    You could pick the early ones up for about 7-800 euros back about 10 years ago, they were bought and stripped for their engines.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,060 ✭✭✭✭ Duke O Smiley


    A Mk1 LS400 on classic tax will be an absolutely cracking car to own. Like the Mk1 Legend posted over on the bargains thread, it'll be something you can drive everyday just as you would a modern car, but cocooned in leather and wood, and without a care in the world of it overheating in traffic, rusting away outside or anything of the sort that is a worry with a car from the 60s/70s/(early)80s etc. I'd say there is a good number of them sitting tucked away in garages at the minute. Lucky owners. Back in 08/09 I distinctly remember early LS', GS' and even E38s etc going for peanuts..€250-300 etc.
    unkel wrote: »
    This is my favourite thread of the year every year :)

    Not a single Lexus for sale on Autotrader. Not from 1989, not even from 1990. Where are they? Perhaps they didn't go for sale here or in the UK until a bit after 1989?

    Theres this one on DoneDeal, which is quite expensive IMO

    https://www.donedeal.ie/vintagecars-for-sale/90-lexus-ls-400/19607262

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    I'd imagine they will be worth around this sum when they actually hit 30 years old.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,732 ✭✭✭ Arthur Daley


    The LS400. I remember you had to try and beat one up in street fighter on the mega drive.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,663 ✭✭✭ selectamatic


    A clean black 1990 lexus ls400 sold in Galway about 5 years ago for around €1000 I remember at the time thinking it'd be a great buy for putting in the shed till 2020. I had no shed and no money at the time though :(

    My pick would be the second generation 1989-1992 rev1 mr2.
    Although again it'll be 2020 really before there's any significant number of them on classic tax.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,060 ✭✭✭✭ Duke O Smiley


    They don't exactly float my boat, but the R32 Skyline is 30 next year too


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades


    They don't exactly float my boat, but the R32 Skyline is 30 next year too
    Take away a lot of the crap that gets stuck onto them and the shape is timeless.

    Not too many hanging around like luxobarges in classic limbo though!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 629 ✭✭✭ Tommyboy40


    Dades wrote: »
    I'd say there's a few MB R129s hidden in sheds awaiting a new life under "chape tax"!

    And the 8-Series are lovely beasts. :)

    The 129 isn't a car that likes being left idle. Leaving one without a charged battery is inviting expensive disaster and it's one car you should never jump start.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,975 ✭✭✭ Thinkingaboutit


    Doesn't a form have to be filled out to change it to to the vintage tax rate? I had to do that for my motorbike.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 643 ✭✭✭ duskyjoe


    Tommyboy40 wrote: »
    The 129 isn't a car that likes being left idle. Leaving one without a charged battery is inviting expensive disaster and it's one car you should never jump start.

    Having had 3 R129s in a previous life, I can safely say they are a technical nightmare especially the later ones re electrics.....replacement parts especially for the roof mechanism which goes on all of them are savage dough.....avoid


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,832 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    Can you not get parts from a specialist scrap yard? I found some parts that I needed back in the day for my Porsche 928 from a US company that was specialised in Porsche parts. Including shipping it was 80% cheaper than the part new from Porsche

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



  • Registered Users Posts: 247 ✭✭ davidglanza


    BMW E34


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,472 ✭✭✭ Seweryn


    BMW E34
    No, the E34 was launched earlier.


  • Registered Users Posts: 247 ✭✭ davidglanza


    Seweryn wrote: »
    No, the E34 was launched earlier.

    1988/89


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,472 ✭✭✭ Seweryn


    1988/89
    November 1987.


  • Registered Users Posts: 247 ✭✭ davidglanza


    Seweryn wrote: »
    November 1987.

    Never seen a 87 one on the road..


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,832 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    Never seen a 87 one on the road..

    You're quite right, I don't think they were made in RHD in '87

    The oldest E34 on Autotrader at the moment is from '89. Oldest E34 on carandclassic is from November '88, so only just gone 30

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



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