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Random # 154: Rover P5 3.5 Litre Sedan

This stately Rover looked the goods with its vertically stacked twin-headlights, Rostyle wheels, double exhausts and 3.5 litre badging.  Very tweed indeed!  Frightfully British, ol' chap!

As cool as it is, there's a sexier version of essentially the same car: the four-door P5 coupe, featuring a lowered, rearwards-sloping roof-line.  Somehow the whole effect is, if you'll excuse the vulgarity, almost gangster (please see below).  It makes the car look less boxy and, in profile, almost reminiscent of an Alfa 105.   

Of course, none of this coupe-worship should detract from the P5 sedan featured here.  It was, after all, quite lovely in its own right and looked a treat.  But that coupe roof-line ... .  Mmm, nice!   

But enough distractions ... . 

The paint, panel and chrome on our featured P5 were all first rate, as was the interior.  The car was on full registration, as opposed to Special Interest plates, so it's likely to be in fairly regular use.  

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Random # 153: Triumph Herald

Too bad this exquisite Triumph Herald was parked in a private driveway, as UMPH does draw the line at trespass in his quest for Tasmania's best classic cars.  So what you see is what could reasonably be photographed from the footpath outside where the car was parked.

The car was a delight.  Every single aspect of its restoration (no original could be so perfect!) was spot-on, from the two-tone paint job, with contrasting rich-red roof, through to the chrome.



All iPhone images.

The Willow Court Car Grave Yard

Willow Court, New Norfolk, has become a bit of an antiques mecca over the last few years.  Also scattered about its elegant grounds are dozens of sad but beautiful classic cars, trucks and buses, as well as tractors and other agricultural machinery, quietly rusting away while they wait for someone to buy and restore them.

Some are clearly too far gone for anybody but the most skilled to even attempt a restoration and others will almost certainly never be rescued, destined to become spare parts, at best, or perhaps just part of the backdrop to the rest of Willow Court.  However, subsequent visits to the site have shown movements, with several vehicles having been taken away and others now in their places.  

May the un-salvageable rust in peace ... .