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Terence Ledger
02-12-2008, 03:37 PM
In gray, with red leather seats !! With red stripes. So long Mercedes station wagon. Get it in Jan but it gets built next week.. Wife thinks it is her car....

JamesW
02-12-2008, 03:55 PM
:thumb:

love those little cars, get some pics up when youve got it!!

Terence Ledger
02-12-2008, 06:22 PM
We talked number plates and the dealer will give me a free personal plate. Here in lux you can order two letters and 4 digits. As the car will be upgraded to Esseesse spec i suggested SS 0500 Was told (and I am an aussie so not that sensitive to euro history) You will not get that due to the ummm ummm Nazi thing.

so have come up with a lot of other combos. But I must admit I never thought of the SS thing. Maybe that is why they call them EsseEsse more politically correct.

Floyd
02-12-2008, 06:29 PM
Originally posted by Terence Ledger@Dec 2 2008, 04:37 PM
In gray, with red leather seats !! With red stripes. So long Mercedes station wagon. Get it in Jan but it gets built next week.. Wife thinks it is her car....
V. B) Lucky git :thumb:

I'm sure you'll be very happy :wave: to it as your wife drives it off every morning ;)

Floyd
02-12-2008, 06:30 PM
Originally posted by Terence Ledger@Dec 2 2008, 07:22 PM
We talked number plates and the dealer will give me a free personal plate. Here in lux you can order two letters and 4 digits. As the car will be upgraded to Esseesse spec i suggested SS 0500 Was told (and I am an aussie so not that sensitive to euro history) You will not get that due to the ummm ummm Nazi thing.

so have come up with a lot of other combos. But I must admit I never thought of the SS thing. Maybe that is why they call them EsseEsse more politically correct.
I'd have asked them to try anyway.

Ash Mitchell
03-12-2008, 07:00 AM
Very nice! Do you get to keep the wooden box the bits come in?? Got to try and get that!

SS0500 would be cool but if someone took offence to the SS bit due to the war and decided to damage the car it would be crap, how about ES instead?

SteveW
03-12-2008, 07:04 AM
Originally posted by Ash Mitchell@Dec 3 2008, 08:00 AM

SS0500 would be cool but if someone took offence to the SS bit due to the war and decided to damage the car it would be crap, how about ES instead?
It is Italian. If it had anything reminding them of "the war" they would deliver it with 5 reverse gears B)

Ash Mitchell
03-12-2008, 07:14 AM
Thats true :lol: :lol:

Simon
03-12-2008, 07:21 AM
Originally posted by SteveW+Dec 3 2008, 08:04 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (SteveW @ Dec 3 2008, 08:04 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Ash Mitchell@Dec 3 2008, 08:00 AM

SS0500 would be cool but if someone took offence to the SS bit due to the war and decided to damage the car it would be crap, how about ES instead?
It is Italian. If it had anything reminding them of "the war" they would deliver it with 5 reverse gears B) [/b][/quote]
:lol:

Nice car btw B)

Gary Kinghorn
03-12-2008, 08:22 AM
Put a Northloop sticker on it. It will be the only bit remaining when the rest of it has rusted away :lol: :lol: :lol:


Nice little car :thumb:

Simon
03-12-2008, 08:30 AM
Originally posted by Gary Kinghorn@Dec 3 2008, 09:22 AM
Put a Northloop sticker on it. It will be the only bit remaining when the rest of it has rusted away :lol: :lol: :lol:


:o :lol: :lol:

pye21
03-12-2008, 08:30 AM
I like these&#33;&#33;

http://z8.invisionfree.com/Northloop/index...showtopic=14019 (http://z8.invisionfree.com/Northloop/index.php?showtopic=14019)

Need pics once you have it, and you must try and get the wooden crate&#33;&#33; :thumb:

Terence Ledger
03-12-2008, 10:36 AM
I am going to get that crate.

Cannot wait till it is delivered now. It will be upgraded to EsseEsse in Late Jan early feb when I need to change the winter tyres.

Floyd
03-12-2008, 10:38 AM
What happens to the all those winter tyres? :huh:

Terence Ledger
03-12-2008, 10:41 AM
You put them back on next winter.

The Esseesse had different rims in the crate so the SS rims will have summer tyres (PZeros??) and the 17inch normal abarth wheels will have the winter tyres.

Need them today here in Lux. Snowing at the moment.

Simon
03-12-2008, 11:11 AM
Originally posted by Terence Ledger@Dec 3 2008, 11:41 AM
You put them back on next winter.


Genius eh :D

Floyd
03-12-2008, 11:14 AM
Originally posted by Terence Ledger@Dec 3 2008, 11:41 AM
You put them back on next winter.

The Esseesse had different rims in the crate so the SS rims will have summer tyres (PZeros??) and the 17inch normal abarth wheels will have the winter tyres.

Need them today here in Lux. Snowing at the moment.
Not having to do this in the UK, I wondered how it works. Do poeple have a spare set of winter wheels or are the tyres removed and replaced? There must be a huge amount of work at the tyre fitters at the time they have to be changed.
Do garages offer to store them or do you have to find somewhere at home?

I realised that they weren&#39;t thrown away :rolleyes:

Terence Ledger
03-12-2008, 11:19 AM
On my company car the garage stores them. I use the same rims so they have to change the tyres over.

On my wifes car (and the coming Abarth) I have two sets of rims and I change them over in beginning of November and end March.

The garages deal with it pretty well. The company car was booked in the same week we asked for an appointment. But They must have a large storage area somewhere and I am amazed they can track down your tyres.

Floyd
03-12-2008, 11:22 AM
I was thinking of the storage problem too :huh:

Terence Ledger
03-12-2008, 05:14 PM
Found out what the number plate will be tonight. my intials 0500.

Not too bad I guess.

Terence Ledger
10-01-2009, 06:15 PM
Ok I am officially exicited. Saw her at the dealership today. Should have it Monday but may have to wait till Wednesday due to a business trip. They need to have it ready by midday. Had the wrong rims on it but I have been promised that they will be changed.

Floyd
10-01-2009, 06:23 PM
Originally posted by Terence Ledger@Jan 10 2009, 07:15 PM
Ok I am officially exicited. Saw her at the dealership today. Should have it Monday but may have to wait till Wednesday due to a business trip. They need to have it ready by midday. Had the wrong rims on it but I have been promised that they will be changed.
Postpone the trip and get it Monday :D

Gary Kinghorn
10-01-2009, 06:33 PM
There was a grey one at Autosport. Nice car but bloody small. Not sure if I could get over the dinky car feel

Terence Ledger
10-01-2009, 06:42 PM
Gary

It is only 50mm shorter than a 205.

And it is wider by about 50mm



Edit. MM not CM

Gary Kinghorn
10-01-2009, 06:44 PM
50cm is half a metre though and that&#39;s a fair bit on a car the size of a 205 ;)

Terence Ledger
10-01-2009, 06:47 PM
Sorry got MM and CM mixed up..

A 205 Length is 3705mm a 500 length is 3657

Width 205 1572mm a 500 width is 1627


Sorry about that.

Gary Kinghorn
10-01-2009, 06:52 PM
Still looks tiny in the flesh ;)

Don&#39;t get me wrong you can&#39;t doubt the review it got on top gear. Just not sure I could buy a NEW dinky toy :whistle:

Rory
10-01-2009, 07:17 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Jan 10 2009, 07:23 PM
Postpone the trip and get it Monday :D
Would agree with Floyd :D

Terence, good luck with the car when you get. Really like those and your one sounds sweet&#33; :thumb:

Terence Ledger
12-01-2009, 11:51 AM
She has arrived&#33;&#33;

Delivered under a nice little cover

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_F2pJB1pGjaY/SWs5rTPf5AI/AAAAAAAAAMM/qYD8ibP6ItA/s640/DSC00085.JPG

I found this little beauty

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_F2pJB1pGjaY/SWs52E4CdJI/AAAAAAAAAMc/SSm8giT6QJs/s640/DSC00087.JPG

Only problem is she speaks French to me so will get that sorted Wednesday.

Jim Cameron
12-01-2009, 11:57 AM
That is seriously gay. Or cool. Not sure which.

It&#39;s making me feel funny.


Can I have a go, just once? ;)

Andrew
12-01-2009, 11:57 AM
Great cover, strange gray though :fish:

Simon
12-01-2009, 12:10 PM
Seen a few normal 500&#39;s on the road and they don&#39;t look bad at all :thumb:

Terence Ledger
15-01-2009, 09:30 AM
Well I had her for 4 days now and I am not disappointed. You sit a bit high but everything except the Turbo gauge is perfectly placed.

Handles brilliantly and I cannot get a smile off my face when I am out in her. The wife will be definately confined to the 5 series and the the 968 will not get much use me thinks.

Weeman
15-01-2009, 09:41 AM
:lol: Turbo guages are for gays, Throttle should be in the carpet or off while your on the brakes, who cares about boost, unless you want to be Vin diesel. :lol:

car looks lovely though I&#39;d have one, so there you go Jim, I&#39;ve answered your question it must be gay :lol:

Montana
15-01-2009, 10:57 AM
The car cover is awesome.

I tried to get my FIL to buy one as a driving instructors car.

He didnt and went for annother Corsa.

Shame.

pye21
15-01-2009, 11:41 AM
Looks ace&#33;&#33; Did you get the Esses version?

Terence Ledger
15-01-2009, 11:52 AM
It will be upgraded to Esse Esse in March. That is when the Lux dealer will get their first kit.

And I get to keep the box.

Simon
15-01-2009, 12:06 PM
Originally posted by Terence Ledger@Jan 15 2009, 12:52 PM
And I get to keep the box.
What&#39;s so special about a wooden crate?

pye21
15-01-2009, 12:06 PM
Originally posted by Terence Ledger@Jan 15 2009, 12:52 PM
It will be upgraded to Esse Esse in March. That is when the Lux dealer will get their first kit.

And I get to keep the box.
Nice&#33;&#33;&#33;

I presume the wheels will change then as well?

Terence Ledger
15-01-2009, 12:16 PM
Well I just want the box OK. Can put my Winter Rims in there.

In regard to the rims. yes current rims have winter tyres on them. I will use the new rims to run the summer tyres. Though I really do like the rims that are on it.

Gary Kinghorn
15-01-2009, 08:24 PM
What about posting some more pics of it?



























If you don&#39;t want us to see the rusty bits photoshop is your friend :lol: :lol:

Terence Ledger
16-01-2009, 07:01 AM
More photos this weekend. It is dark when I get to work and dark when I get home.


And no rust jokes&#33;&#33; :boom:

Simon
16-01-2009, 07:40 AM
Originally posted by Terence Ledger@Jan 16 2009, 08:01 AM
More photos this weekend. It is dark when I get to work and dark when I get home.

Best time for pictures according to Gary :whistle:

Terence Ledger
17-01-2009, 03:34 PM
Some promised shots. Took them today outside the office

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_F2pJB1pGjaY/SXIHHXRuP9I/AAAAAAAAAOY/KXyPh3169Ys/s640/DSC00090.JPG


http://lh3.ggpht.com/_F2pJB1pGjaY/SXIHFZRnFyI/AAAAAAAAAOQ/ZJMTZ5lI8pU/s640/DSC00089.JPG

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_F2pJB1pGjaY/SXIHDPdeAlI/AAAAAAAAAOI/s7hC2hAZF5s/s640/DSC00088.JPG

As you can see it was a lovely sun shiny day here.... NOT.

NeVeTaS
17-01-2009, 04:03 PM
I like it, nice plate too :thumb:

pye21
17-01-2009, 05:15 PM
I like it&#33;&#33;

I think it will look better on the Esse Esse wheels though :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
18-01-2009, 10:04 AM
Side view is nice :thumb:

Did you have to ask Noddy and Big ears to get out of the way so you could take them :fish:

Terence Ledger
01-04-2009, 06:45 PM
Just got the Abarth upgraded to go faster EsseEsse spec. Really happy with it. Goes like a scalded cat compared to standard. Car is just more urgent. Rides lower, suspension stiffer.

Really chuffed tonight

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_F2pJB1pGjaY/SdO14S73fdI/AAAAAAAAAV0/_etFPSzCXAA/s640/esseesse.jpg

N/B
01-04-2009, 06:57 PM
That&#39;s filth, love it.

pye21
02-04-2009, 06:17 AM
Love it :D

Ash Mitchell
02-04-2009, 06:38 AM
Looks brilliant&#33;