Had a nice phone call tonight (8th Feb 05) at 9:15pm. It was in response to a letter I had sent out to all the previous 5 owners of the 'Duchess' His name is Roger James and he was the second owner in July 1974. We spoke for ten minutes and he was good enough to offer me the workshop manual and MOT certificates he had kept. He said that the letter I had sent, brought back very happy memories for him. The icing on the cake of the conversation was that I found out he was 95 years old! I came of the telephone feeling very humbled indeed.GlennR
You should send him a nice photo of the car.I've managed to track down all but the very first owner who Is now passed away.I sent the second and third owners extra 'Take Five' mags that I had and they were thrilled.The second owner even sent me an assesment valuation that he had kept which covers every aspect of the car and It's faults and also photo's from 1989 when she had only done 14920 miles.
Already done Davie. Sadly the 4th owner Richard Pelling passed away but I had a very interesting conversation with his wife who told me how much he loved the car. It reminds me a tad, of the film "The Yellow Rolls Royce" for all you film buffs out there! ;)GlennR
Bought mine from an elderly gentleman some 17 years ago. He had to sell it to get a SAAB* as his wifes wheelchair would not fit in the boot.
The original owner was his brother in law who kept it in a barn on his farm. Got fed up with not being able to get it to go through the mud, so he parked it up, giving it to the previous owner who had suffered a heart attack and was told to get something with power steering.
Unfortunately both he and his disabled wife are now dead, but whilst on a trip to Cheltenham some 12 years ago, there was this manic woman waving her arms at me in a car park. Turned out to be teh original owners wife - small worldl?
After an eight year restoration with Graham Floyd, the car is now almost complete. Problem is since then we have moved house, so it will not fit in the garage
Don't want to leave it outside so anyone want a 1971 P5B saloon in bordeaux with saddletan interior. Fully restored with around 94k
David why not extend the garage or is it one of those integral ones where if you did, half the lounge would have to go. Reminds me of how I got my Humber Supersnipe, the chappie bought the car because he fell in love with it, but forgot the size of it and when he drove it in the garage, a) It was too long to be able to shut the garage door, and b) he could only open the car door a couple of inches either side so had no way of getting out. I suppose his loss is my gain.