64rotbox
2009-01-17T22:52:50Z
There was a two part feature on a bloke restoring (in the style of the times) a black Oval, 55 BXP, in the first two issues of Safer Motoring I bought. Floor sections from a scrapper brazed in, painted with an electric spraygun, that kind of caper, but still a nice looking black Oval. Does anyone know where it went? Last on the road around 1984, it would seem from DVLA records.

(I was nine years old at the time... frightening.)
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GKL 7
2009-01-18T15:18:36Z
That Reg rings a bell.
I'll have to think on.
Was it local to N.Wales,if not,any ideas where it was located.
64rotbox
2009-01-19T02:28:25Z
I don't think it was local, no. I might have got the plate a bit wrong actually, but I don't think so. I'll see if I can find the magazine and scan the offending article. April 1980, I think it was... a blurry shot of a silver 1303 cabrio on the front.
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GKL 7
2009-01-19T19:08:56Z
64rotbox wrote:

I don't think it was local, no. I might have got the plate a bit wrong actually, but I don't think so. I'll see if I can find the magazine and scan the offending article. April 1980, I think it was... a blurry shot of a silver 1303 cabrio on the front.




Are you sure that Reg is not 55 UXB.
Robin Allen
2009-01-19T22:44:53Z
The reg wouldn't be 55 UXB - unissued series until recent times when DVLA used numbers before UX* as "age-related" marks, but only with three numbers. Are you thinking of UXK 54 (Black 1954 Cabrio) or there was a scruffy split-window, originally light green, with a number something like ** BXP - I'll have to look through my old photos. Got a feeling it changed hands, lost its plate and got restored as a cal looker. I really hope I'm wrong!
64rotbox
2009-01-19T23:06:08Z
I'm absolutely convinced it was 55 BXP, although I can't find the magazine at the moment to confirm. Definitely a black Oval, though. There were two features on the car, one midway through the work (with a scientific diagram of how the roof was painted in 4 parts, and a cartoon of the bloke's missus standing on the spraygun airline, stepping off in the next panel with hilarious consequences), then another a while later showing the final result.

*edit* It's in one of these magazines! Image from ebay, I still can't find my copies...

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VW Stan
2009-01-19T23:31:50Z
UXB 66 Perhaps?


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GKL 7
2009-01-20T18:53:55Z
VW Stan wrote:

UXB 66 Perhaps?




Sorry:roll: thats the car i was thinking of.Isn't it owned by an older chap in Lancashire.
GKL 7
2009-01-20T18:57:27Z
Robin Allen wrote:

but only with three numbers.



Yeah right!!:lol: :lol: :lol:
VW Stan
2009-01-20T19:42:16Z
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Sorry:roll: thats the car i was thinking of.Isn't it owned by a older chap in Lancashire.



Yep, John Cross
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64rotbox
2009-01-20T19:54:43Z
Nope. It's not a car from the show circuit, or one that's well known (as is being proved at the moment, I think!) It comes up on a DVLA search as a black Beetle registered in 1961, oddly, but a black Beetle nonetheless, and as I say it appears to have been off the road since 1985. Nothing special about it, it's just that being in the first VW magazine I ever bought, it's a car that's stuck in my mind somewhat.

Robin - is the split you're thinking of 42 BXA? I remember seeing it at a local event about 12 years ago.
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RoRoVw
2009-01-20T20:40:24Z
I've managed to find my copy of the April 1980 issue of Safer Motoring but sadly there's no article about this beetle. In fact most of the magazine is talking about water cooled models. I did spot one letter with the title, 'Split dashboard' but even this turned out to be a complaint about a split in the leathercloth dashboard covering of the reader's 1975 Golf L !!
The beetle article must be in another issue. After all, it's nearly 30 years ago and the memory plays tricks.
64rotbox
2009-01-20T23:08:04Z
I'm going to have to turn the house upside down, then... back in several hours.
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64rotbox
2009-01-21T00:00:43Z
Found it. Not the first feature I was on about though, this is the second one showing the finished car from the Jan/Feb '81 issue.

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My memory is intact, then. Which is probably more than the car is, these days.
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55Kab
2009-01-21T07:02:52Z
64rotbox wrote:

Robin - is the split you're thinking of 42 BXA? I remember seeing it at a local event about 12 years ago.



I'm sure Robin is thinking of 42 BXA. I recall seeing it at Stanford Hall one year. Got photos somewhere, I'll have to dig 'em up. Can post if anyone would like to see them.

Would like to know what happened to it as I'm not aware of any complete and running splits that became Cal-Lookers in the UK.
RoRoVw
2009-01-21T08:46:46Z
Well done in finding the article. I've now found my copy of that issue and it makes interesting reading. Perhaps the car is still surviving in the owner's garage, unused, but waiting to make another appearance?
GKL 7
2009-01-21T12:49:56Z
RoRoVw wrote:

Well done in finding the article. I've now found my copy of that issue and it makes interesting reading. Perhaps the car is still surviving in the owner's garage, unused, but waiting to make another appearance?



Does it not say in the article who the owner was?Alan Perkins reporting, and it's worded as if the writer is the owner.So Ben you just have to find him and you may find the car:wink:
42 BXA was that owned by Martin Southwell,he Standardised a Deluxe,wouldn't say made it cal look.
Painted a semi gloss dark green.
If not where the hell have all these cars gone.
Rich Oakley
2009-01-21T13:29:50Z
Originally Posted by: ' 



Does it not say in the article who the owner was?Alan Perkins reporting, and it's worded as if the writer is the owner.So Ben you just have to find him and you may find the car:wink:
42 BXA was that owned by Martin Southwell,he Standardised a Deluxe,wouldn't say made it cal look.
Painted a semi gloss dark green.
If not where the hell have all these cars gone.



42BXA was owned by a chap called Mark or Martin Ridout. He lived somewhere in North Yorkshire, but I have a feeling he sold the car in the mid to late 90s. I lost track of it at that point.
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48REME
2009-01-21T14:57:23Z
But I thought 42BXA was one of 'Standard Split' John's cars... John, can you confirm?
64rotbox
2009-01-21T19:01:07Z
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you just have to find him and you may find the car:wink:



Gotcha.

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I'd best get my team of expert hackers on the job...

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