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    Here's a red one, who wants it..?

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    I did last year when it was at Shannon's, but didn't even bid when it sold for $7000, forget paying $15000.
    I wonder if they've fixed any of its issues or have they just polished it and doubled its price.
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    A friend of mine is looking to buy a Floride or Caravelle and restoring it. What should he buy and what is parts availability like - mechanical, panels and cosmetic? My feeling is he should concentrate on the latest model Caravelle given its commonality with R8. He might be interested in what these cars fetch on the market if restored to concourse condition - seems the values are rising from what I have seen on this thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 63-1092 View Post
    I did last year when it was at Shannon's, but didn't even bid when it sold for $7000, forget paying $15000.
    I wonder if they've fixed any of its issues or have they just polished it and doubled its price.



    Have you checked the price of some of the premium car polishing products lately?
    Some of them can be quite expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazzamac View Post
    A friend of mine is looking to buy a Floride or Caravelle and restoring it. What should he buy and what is parts availability like - mechanical, panels and cosmetic? My feeling is he should concentrate on the latest model Caravelle given its commonality with R8. He might be interested in what these cars fetch on the market if restored to concourse condition - seems the values are rising from what I have seen on this thread?
    G'day Baz,

    What to buy, Floride or Caravelle..? It's just a matter of personal choice really as I think they value up the same. For a good original spec example I think the current market value would be $15K-$21K. The true cabriolet models with both hard top and rag top will certainly fetch the highest price. It would be important to buy a complete car not just a sum of parts that might not be an original configuration. What this means is, a car offered for sale with a hard top which is not fitted, or a car offered for sale with a rag top mechanism but not fitted to the car does not necessarily mean they belong to that car. They came from the dealers in different configurations and may not be interchangeable. Do the homework.

    Parts availability:
    Replacement rag tops are available from European suppliers but be sure you get the correct top as there are three different types. I would recommend getting a local trimmer to custom make one, it will ultimately cost the same as an imported top anyway.

    Some body repair panels are available from European suppliers as are light lenses, sun visors, windscreen rubbers etc. Not much is available in Oz.

    Mechanical parts are readily available from European suppliers, such as, piston kits, carby replacements, points and other basic engine parts. Suspension components are available too.

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazzamac View Post
    A friend of mine is looking to buy a Floride or Caravelle and restoring it. What should he buy and what is parts availability like - mechanical, panels and cosmetic? My feeling is he should concentrate on the latest model Caravelle given its commonality with R8. He might be interested in what these cars fetch on the market if restored to concourse condition - seems the values are rising from what I have seen on this thread?
    It has taken me a long time to realise, but I do think it is better to buy a car well done (if available) than to restore one, even if I have never done that. The costs of restoration, depending on how much you can do yourself, generally outweigh the price of a reasonable car, that you can then use and improve along the way. If your friend is thinking he is going to make money on restoring a Floride or Caravelle to concours standard, I would suggest there are other cars (brands and models) that you would stand more chance of making money from.
    Of the two, I think the Caravelle is also the better choice given the underpinnings, more power, and so a more useable everyday car, rather than a much less powered Dauphine with poorer brakes and dynamics.
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    Thanks very much for your advice 59 Floride and Alan. I will pass it on to my friend who by the way is a professional panel beater and sprayer. He has restored a Chev Corvette and resprayed my A110. He has been looking for another project different from the humdrum stuff that he repairs everyday and I was willing to help in sourcing parts and providing vital info, including a workshop manual for the Caravelle. He found a Floride but it seems that it was too rusty - pity. This thread contains heaps of info for anyone wishing to embark on a Floride/Caravelle restoration project and is a credit to all the enthusiasts that I know are out there. I certainly agree that the Caravelle would be the better proposition should one come up for the reasons mentioned by Alan.

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    This one looks quite tidy with a nice interior trim job. I'm not a fan of green but it looks like a nice car ....

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    The bonnet bulge, large grill aperture, chin spoiler, etc. would suggest some rather major modifications.
    Looks more like a Datsun 240Z has been grafted on the front than the original clean Renault metalwork.
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    And you even get a spare windscreen taped onto the windscreen.
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    Caravelle


    The car is in full registrations which means it has passed stringent roadworthy

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    The owner appears to be a French Tragic.
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    I would guess the steering wheel may not be period correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIVEDOOR View Post
    I would guess the steering wheel may not be period correct.

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    Interesting how they have installed an 8S dashboard too (in the process losing the original lidded glovebox and proper radio spot), as well as Renault 11 seats.
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    This pic is from ozRS where he's trying to sell his blood orange 225 but the Floride just looks so much better.
    Who's car is it anyway, I seem to recall that rego but the white walls and wheels aren't what I remember.
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    Hello my friends. I am back from Country side.I discover this car

    [QUOTE=FIVEDOOR;1536268]Caravelle


    The car is in full registrations which means it has passed stringent roadworthy



    The owner appears to be a French Tragic.
    Check out the cars in the distance.

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    I would guess the steering wheel may not be period correct


    And not only the steering wheel.
    Obviously it is a "Coupé " roughly modified to look as a "Cabriolet" .
    They did not even close the holes for the hard top.

    Seats are not original.
    Front Carpet should be in rubber etc...

    Any how it looks not so bad and if mechanical parts are better thant cosmetics it can serve somebody.
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    Hello my friends. I am back from Country side.I discover this car

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    Caravelle


    The car is in full registrations which means it has passed stringent roadworthy



    The owner appears to be a French Tragic.
    Check out the cars in the distance.

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    I would guess the steering wheel may not be period correct


    And not only the steering wheel.
    Obviously it is a "Coupé " roughly modified to look as a "Cabriolet" .
    They did not even close the holes for the hard top.
    Floride Caravelle info-austra.jpg
    Seats are not original.
    Front Carpet should be in rubber
    The red back light " Catadioptre " is not correct
    etc...

    Any how it looks not so bad and if mechanical parts are better thant cosmetics it can serve somebody.

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    By golly, is that a Floride steering wheel I see there.

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    How did you ever find that?
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    I still can't find the steering wheel. Oh there it is
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunroof View Post
    How did you ever find that?
    I'm part detective I reckon.

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    I had a second look and "oh gosh there is a girl there as well!".
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    Not just any girl either, I believe that is Charlotte Rampling.

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    yes it is her.
    I still cant work out how they parked that Floride on the water.
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    Who the hell is Charlotte Rampling?
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    ... I'd suggest you Google it but don't let the missus spring you.

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