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hillman

France
28 Posts

Posted - 05 Apr 2017 :  17:40:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Rapier friends,
My name is Gilles Ponroy, I am French (nobody's perfect) but love english cars and england where I worked for 3 years for the Forte Hotel group.
I have just today acquired a rapier convertible series IIIa which I think is born in november or december 1962.
It will need some work but is sound, complete, engine running.
It is an Original LHD car with around 50k miles on the clock which I think is correct. No overdrive, (I am already in search of a D type one for this car)
Before this one I had a Minx convertible as well. This car( my car) was described in an english magazine10 years ago.
I will post the title and issue number lately.
Hope you will enjoy the rapier pictures.
cheers








jimlagos

United Kingdom
133 Posts

Posted - 05 Apr 2017 :  21:33:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good luck, the car looks well salvageable. A bit of work on the door skins would certainly be improvement. I see you have a camper van, which is so useable in France. I shall be over to France tomorrow in my camper, enjoying your wonderful Aires. Which part of France are you living?
Incidentally, if you change the gearbox for a new one with overdrive, I believe that you'll need the propshaft to go with it.

jim

Edited by - jimlagos on 05 Apr 2017 21:36:43
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hillman

France
28 Posts

Posted - 06 Apr 2017 :  07:26:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello jim,
thank you.
I am near Montargis (100 kms south of Paris). You are right the door skins need some attention but this is an easy bit to fix.
for the prop shaft I will shorten it. But first I need to find a gearbox and a D type overdrive. May be in Beaulieu in september.
the camper is not mine but belongs to the person I bought the rapier from. It is a peugeot Dangel (4x4) and may be for sale if you are interested, tell me.
Have a nice trip to France.
Best regards
Gilles
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Stella

France
127 Posts

Posted - 10 Apr 2017 :  17:52:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello..

You have an interesting project. It will be great to see this car back on the road...

I see you are East of Orléans ... lovely area.

We are 4 hours south of you...
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hillman

France
28 Posts

Posted - 10 Apr 2017 :  19:48:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello stella,
thank you for the comment.
I will post updates
regards
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andrew.fr

France
11 Posts

Posted - 17 Aug 2017 :  11:20:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bonjour Gilles,
I see you are not far from Nemours, will you be attending the big British car meeting ('English renCart') there on 3 september? There are usually a few Rootes cars, mainly Alpines, and I hope to be there too either in my Fastback, or Imp.
Andrew
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bigt80

United Kingdom
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Posted - 20 Aug 2017 :  16:46:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Gilles & welcome to the Forum. A good find there despite work needed but with so few Convertibles around it will be good to save another.
I think I have an o/drive and/or g'box with o/drive. I will have a look. I am coming to France mid-October if all goes well and maybe able to bring it with me? I'm actually heading down to Perpignan.
Probably best if I pm you if I find the box/overdrive.
As Jim says, yes, you will need a different prop too. Don't think I have a spare one of those .
Cheers for now. G.
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hillman

France
28 Posts

Posted - 20 Aug 2017 :  19:38:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Jim,
Thank you for your message. Yes it will need some attention but deserves it anyway. It's such nice car.
I am going to beaulieu in september may be we could meet there. or in france.
I am of course interested by your gearbox and overdrive.
lets discuss it via pm
cheers
Gilles
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hillman

France
28 Posts

Posted - 21 Aug 2017 :  12:02:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Andrew,
thanks for your message. I will be in beaulieu at this date sonot able to be in Nemours.
Next time may be?
cheers

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Originally posted by andrew.fr

Bonjour Gilles,
I see you are not far from Nemours, will you be attending the big British car meeting ('English renCart') there on 3 september? There are usually a few Rootes cars, mainly Alpines, and I hope to be there too either in my Fastback, or Imp.
Andrew

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