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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Which Micro car was sold at Harrods department store
« Last Post by Big Al on February 03, 2016, 04:04:39 PM »
Hmm, that is not what I remember. Harrods is about over the top service and making the client feel special. AUA was about first finding me, and then convincing me you really wanted to buy something. Learned the Grumpy Motor Sales technique from several successful folk, who refused to waste time. Funny, one of them moved on to teach people to drive.... Not sure how that worked! Mum had a friend who worked at Liberty's. She was a great desk driver in dealing with the public. Its a gift, or skill, no doubt.

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Invalid Carriages & other related conveyances / Re: An ICR announcement
« Last Post by Fraz13 on February 03, 2016, 02:49:08 PM »
Hi Stuart

Without your help I would not have my Model 70 today. I thank you greatly for your efforts in assisting me finding my car.

I understand your reasons and I apologise for being one of the public lol

All the best with your free time and thanks again for all your help
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Looking for Piaggio Ape Coffee Cart
« Last Post by steven mandell on February 03, 2016, 12:09:53 PM »
Talked to the owner of a fairly modern one that was actually selling coffee at one of the events in Monterey last August.
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That was Al's motto when he was dealing in wheelin.
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Microcar News / Re: Mini Cometesse work
« Last Post by steven mandell on February 03, 2016, 11:54:49 AM »
So St. Helena is the heaven on Earth  that you would follow the footsteps of Napolean Bonoporte, by allowing yourself to be voluntarily exiled to.
Sure looks the part of a tropical paradise replete with volcanoes and lost plateau.
Is it indeed inhabited by minitiarized species that survived the extinction experienced on the rest of the globe due to relative isolation from competition for the niche of personal transportation?

Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California has indeed been host to these processes on both the biological and mechanically microcosmological levels.   To wit - the Pygmy Mamoth lived on in this island for several thousand years beyond its extinction on the rest of the planet.  Relatively lower levels of resources, and less need for increased mass to fend off competition,conspired to rapidly reduce the body mass of an already fully evolved species in a relatively brief spurt of dwarfistic evolution.
Catalina is also host to a slew of functioning  micro cars not typically seen on the streets of any other US city that I am aware of.

Downsizing, is an evolutionarily easy game to play on a secluded island.  Perhaps you could apply the principal to relocating / re-establishing  your collection of unusuals.

Problem to overcome would be high cost of transport, and therefore great limitation on trading with the rest of the world.
If the native ladies don't get to you, could still make for a dramatic ending when the volcano erupts, and your collection falls into an earthquake opened crevase, or the whole isle of Atlantians fall into the sea.
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Which Micro car was sold at Harrods department store
« Last Post by plas man on February 03, 2016, 10:53:05 AM »
was Harrods known for --- ''If its not in the store we'll get it for you ?''
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Looking for Piaggio Ape Coffee Cart
« Last Post by Big Al on February 03, 2016, 09:54:59 AM »
D A Classics
South East London

tel: 07950338604     

As on Car and Classic, the rarer box backed version, which is I assume what you need.  These guys are importing so they might have access to ready made versions. All lots of dosh, but there you go.
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Looking for Piaggio Ape Coffee Cart
« Last Post by g76pp on February 03, 2016, 07:44:16 AM »
Alright guys, my name's Tony and I live in London, UK. I'm after a Piaggio Ape Coffee Cart for me and my wife's cafe business so thought I'd join up the forum to see if anyone knows a good place to buy one and what to look out for?

Thanks, Tony
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Microcar News / Re: Mini Cometesse work
« Last Post by Big Al on February 02, 2016, 08:30:00 PM »
Ah, should I be based somewhere that was to reward entrepreneurial activity I would be more than tempted to do some interesting stuff. But age and health would mean it would be in a more managerial way. There are so many opportunities out there that it amazes me folk can sit around saying there is nothing to get into. Spot bots, you have to go to where the action is.
My own success is really what is now stopping me move forward. I have property, cars, spares all to sort out, and reduce to a sensible level, having been very good at accumulating projects, rather than profits, when I was in my prime. Do not get me wrong, I am not complaining, as I planned it that way. I did not bank on being a semi invalid! Ignoring that last, I think our modus operandi have been much the same. If it looks buy-able, take it. Trade the unwanted, keep the better stuff. Buy property to suit your activities. Can be a lonely lifestyle at times but when your busy producing stuff, and making it visible, it attracts some great and interesting folk who join in the fun, and your friends build up again after natural wastage both to females or to the stiff yard. One day, one, or both, will get me. Be great to have all my stuff on some really daft place, like St Helena, to get at with folks wanting to get in for a deal.
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Which Micro car was sold at Harrods department store
« Last Post by Big Al on February 02, 2016, 08:06:56 PM »
If he bought it from Essex, he is still guessing, possibly.......
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