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Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:23 am

That's handy, as it confirms the typo in Don's book where 52 & 53 are transposed.


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Post by DARK STAR » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:52 am

Glad to be of service 8)


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Post by 02Anders » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:28 pm

@Dark Star, Thx! Russet Red does indeed look very similar to the colour of my Scimitar.
But just to clarify, which part of the VIN reveals the cars factory colour? And which number would Russet Red be?


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Post by cannonball » Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:03 am

That's a beautiful colour and almost as nice as Jaguar's Moroccan red.



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Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:11 am

02Anders wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:28 pm
But just to clarify, which part of the VIN reveals the cars factory colour? And which number would Russet Red be?
Taking the VIN plate posted by Chris (DarkStar) earlier, as an example, that number is

7D5318802726

Which translates as follows:

7D = April 1977 build date
53 = Russet Red paint
188 = LHD, Automatic transmission, and Power Steering
02726 = Sequential production chassis number (which as the first 6-series was 01001, means that this one was the 1,726th off the line, and therefore an Se6a)

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Post by 02Anders » Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:51 am

Excellent. Thx Roger.
My VIN is 8C4018104019.
So manufactured in March ‘78.
Colour is ‘40’ - but what colour does that translate into?
Then there’s ‘181’ - what does that mean? My Scimitar is RHD and with a manual transmission.
And finally ‘04019’ would imply that it was the 3019th SE6 to leave the line.


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Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:16 am

Ah well, that's interesting - 40 is Celtic Brown, implying that it was originally that colour, though it's not now. Celtic Brown is a more "chocolaty" colour - this, (Terry's, now Tom's) is Celtic Brown:

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181 is RHD, with manual transmission and manual steering.

And yes, the 3019th - the first 551 were Se6, the following 3907 were Se6a. So if my mental arithmetic is correct, that makes it the 2468th Se6a :)


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Post by 02Anders » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:04 pm

Thx Roger! That's very useful.
So my Scimitar is still RHD with manual transmission and manual steering. So that's been left unchanged.
I knew it had received a complete respray back in 2005, but just wasn't sure whether it was the factory colour, or a colour change.
I actually really like the factory 'chocolaty' Celtic Brown. But I'm not about to invest in a complete respray just now - especially not as the current paint presents very decent and it's a handsome colour for the Scimitar (at least in my eyes...).

Early tomorrow morning I'll be heading southbound for the Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage. Maybe I'll bump into other Scimitar owners there? :D


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Post by 02Anders » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:48 pm

So just completed my first proper drive in my 'new' Scimitar. I'm glad to report that she ran like a dream! :D
A 360 mile roundtrip to Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage: Engine pulls strong, very comfortable cruising, and she didn't miss a beat.
Everything bodes well for the all-year-round daily-classic challenge which I have given myself...
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If anyone is interested, you can read the full report from the Sunday Scramble on ViaRETRO: https://viaretro.com/2019/01/theres-a-s ... ew-season/
I only spotted two other Scimitars there - a yellow SE5a and a white SE6a was seen driving off...
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Post by DARK STAR » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:05 pm

That looks like a good day out - and the car looks very good.
Just noticed your signature, I searched for a Rochdale Olympic for two years before giving up and buying my Marcos.
I even joined the club, great fun even if there are only about ten cars in working order 8)


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Post by 02Anders » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:50 pm

DARK STAR wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:05 pm
That looks like a good day out - and the car looks very good.
Just noticed your signature, I searched for a Rochdale Olympic for two years before giving up and buying my Marcos.
I even joined the club, great fun even if there are only about ten cars in working order 8)
It was indeed a great day out! :D

As for my Rochdale, I too have joined the club now.
If you're interested, this is my latest report on my Rochdale project: https://viaretro.com/2018/10/my-rochdal ... monocoque/
Still a long way to go...

I'm curious - which Marcos did you end up buying then?


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Post by DARK STAR » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:53 pm

Thanks, I'll follow your Rochdale project.
The Marcos was a 3 litre V6, steel chassis, factory-built.
Great fun but not really a road car.


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Post by 02Anders » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:28 pm

DARK STAR wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:53 pm
Thanks, I'll follow your Rochdale project.
The Marcos was a 3 litre V6, steel chassis, factory-built.
Great fun but not really a road car.
I do like those old wood-frame V6 Marcos's though... 8)


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Post by 02Anders » Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:17 pm

I've now owned my Scimitar for about three weeks. In that time I've already added about 1300 miles to the speedo, and I've loved every moment of it too... :P
It's delt with my commute to and from work, it transported me down to the Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage, and while my mother visited the UK for about a week, it equally took us into the Peak District on several beautiful drives.
It's also just been with Graham Walker as I treated it to a very full suspension refurb as noted here: http://www.scimitarweb.co.uk/sgwrs/view ... =3&t=40312
Granted, it wasn't cheap, but what a difference it made. Driving the Scimitar has just become even more of a smile-inducing experience than it already was...
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Next project will be three-point inertia reel seatbelts for the rear seat to keep my two daughters safe.
Then come mid-February, the whole family will be roadtripping back to Denmark in the Scimitar. The kids are super excited about it while I sense my wife is just quietly sceptical... :mrgreen: It's only an eight day roundtrip until we're back in Glossop again, but I gather we'll add a whooping 1500 - 1600 miles in that time. Really looking forward to it... :wink:
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Post by DARK STAR » Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:25 pm

Nice one Anders.
Looks like the weather in the Peak District is much like Denmark 8)


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