Enjoyed a nice catch-up with SD1-owning, AROnline reading, Nissan engineering man Chris Wood last night. We caught up at the Earls Barton Classic Car and Bike Meet, after briefly meeting at the AROnline 10th anniversary bash a couple of weeks ago. That time he brought a Nissan Leaf with him – but this time, finally, I got to see his lovely 1978 3500…
I have to say that parking them side-by-side certainly attracted attention. More often than not, from people reminiscing about the cars their dads owned (yes, everyone’s dad had an SD1, didn’t you know). His bright Turmeric Yellow example certainly drew bags of attention, and having a good nose round has encouraged me to do a couple of those last-finishing off jobs that I had put out of my mind. Namely getting the headlining properly trimmed, and putting on some period number plates. I might even suggest putting on mudflaps, as someone helpfully pointed out that mine have been missing since it came back from Poland.
But looking at it now – all clean and shiny, bodily perfect, mechanically spot on… I’m almost scared to run it. Now I kinda understand all of those people who spend years doing up a house; only to sell when it’s finished, in order to move on to the next project. I said ‘kinda’…
Anyway, enjoy the pictures!
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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