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    Default Dauphine for sale in SA.

    This is for sale in SA. Does anyone know its history or anything about it? Looks like it was a NSW car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    This is for sale in SA. Does anyone know its history or anything about it? Looks like it was a NSW car.

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    It was for sale from Modbury about a month or so ago for $3900 I think. Looked like it sold in a couple of days.
    I probably have no right to, but I have to say it annoys me when people do this with nice old Renaults. Why not make your living on common cars and let the enthusiasts that actually want to buy one for keeps buy it.
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    "SHORE FOOTED" eh, it's pretty nice, but how can there be no rust
    when it's had its feet in the sand...?
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    These guys appear to be into old English cars.
    In the background there's an old Commer van, a Vauxhall (Velox I think), and a Mk1 Cortina.
    Although those appear to be 'works in progress'.
    Maybe they realised that the Dauphine came from the other side of the English Channel.
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    Does this one R8?

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    The seller appears to believe that most of the value is in the new hanging panels that have been beautifully painted plus the cosmic wheels. Fair enough, but the shell seems to have the usual rust in the front and probably in all the other usual places on an R8. This means it will need a full strip and a year or so of rust repairs on a rotisserie to match the standard of the other panels. Depending on if you get someone to do it or have the skills to do the repairs yourself.

    Then there is the time and money to source and buy the correct lights for the Gordini front, interior and exterior trim, exterior door handles and fittings, not to mention a motor.

    It puts the thread about the $80,000 Gordini into perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by REN TIN TIN View Post
    These guys appear to be into old English cars.
    In the background there's an old Commer van, a Vauxhall (Velox I think), and a Mk1 Cortina.
    Although those appear to be 'works in progress'.
    Maybe they realised that the Dauphine came from the other side of the English Channel.
    He is a dealer. If you take a look at his eBay feedback you will see the Cortina has been sold as have many other cars requiring restoration. Obviously he bought the Dauphine to make a quick profit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    He is a dealer. If you take a look at his eBay feedback you will see the Cortina has been sold as have many other cars requiring restoration. Obviously he bought the Dauphine to make a quick profit.
    As dealers do. Pity no-one found the Dauphine first, but I guess the Dauphine appreciation society is a bit short of members.

    That is yet another worked over R8 1100 by the look of it. As he said, it does look like Koni shock absorbers hiding in the rear springs. Anyway, very retrievable if lots of work. Note reworked inside RH rear guard in the engine bay - sidedraft Webers in the past? Fire extinguisher carriage in the front and maybe a lever on the floor near the gear lever? Looks like a dismantled hot car, so look for bent suspension, cracks etc.

    All depends how badly you want an R8 doesn't it.... Precious and rare cars.
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    There's also a catch tank, and the Smiths rev. counter in the air vent was a standard fitting in the S. African Alconi "production" models! so who knows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    As dealers do. Pity no-one found the Dauphine first, but I guess the Dauphine appreciation society is a bit short of members.
    I did find it first John but the negotiation process with the minister of war, peace and finance took a little too long to get through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-man View Post
    I did find it first John but the negotiation process with the minister of war, peace and finance took a little too long to get through.
    Ah, so near yet so far..... Sweet cars, Dauphines. And getting quite rare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rubyalpine View Post
    There's also a catch tank, and the Smiths rev. counter in the air vent was a standard fitting in the S. African Alconi "production" models! so who knows? Henry
    The Alconi folk weren't the only ones to fill that vent with a 3" rev counter - I've seen that fitting in Oz before now. I'm not sure about what you mean by "catch tank". If you mean the glass coolant bottle, my mother's white 1965 R8 1100 had the older triangular brass tank like our R1130 of 1964. I suspect that car is a later R8 1100 (from the dash) so maybe they had the later "R10" rear panel fittings arrangement - it does have the R10 oval plastic engine air intake, different from the circular steel one on most R8s I've seen.

    I'd be fairly sure this is just a locally tweaked R8 1100.

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    John there is a catch tank, breather on the right side near the fuel filler.
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    There seems to be some confusion in this thread that started as a Dauphine then an R8 was introduced into the discussion. My comment was in regard to the R8.
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    Ah, got it. Thanks. This car has history.
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    In relation to the R8 part of this thread, that dent on the left hand side inner guard indicates to me that it had a side draft Webber on whatever engine was in it. It was common to dent the guard to give some space for the ram tubes on a side draft.

    Was it an 1100 motor, a 1400 R12 or maybe a 16TS. Wonder what gearbox is in it ?.

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    Buy it....
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    If I could sell the racing Lotus/Renault Europa I would !
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post

    That is yet another worked over R8 1100 by the look of it. As he said, it does look like Koni shock absorbers hiding in the rear springs. Anyway, very retrievable if lots of work. Note reworked inside RH rear guard in the engine bay - sidedraft Webers in the past? Fire extinguisher carriage in the front and maybe a lever on the floor near the gear lever? Looks like a dismantled hot car, so look for bent suspension, cracks etc.

    All depends how badly you want an R8 doesn't it.... Precious and rare cars.
    I know the lady that owned the R8 from at least 1980 through to about 2012. Her husband was a member of the RCCQ and had modified an R10 quite heavily and well for use in Hillclimbs etc. He restored the R8 twice over the 30 years, and it wasn't a rusty car in that period, and was kept undercover all of that time. I see now it has the usual rust in the front plenum drain. In the time I knew it it was fitted with a 1289cc motor, but still had the standard 4 speed, and I expect the tacho, Konis and fire extinguisher were all added by Joe, but I doubt he would have put a dint in the inner guard to fit a DCOE. Bodywise the car had only had a minor accident in the rear in all those 30+years. The current owner was also a member of the RCCQ for many years.

    I do have fond memories of my modded R8, but currently have 7 cars and 9 motorbikes and really cannot entertain another car that needs work.
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    Jman, was this the Dauphine i sent you the link from Gumtree?

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    Quote Originally Posted by R10S FAN View Post
    Jman, was this the Dauphine i sent you the link from Gumtree?

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    Sure was Anthony. And I can see now you mention it, it was the 23rd of January looking back on FB. As I commented back then "sold in the blink of an eye"
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