MikeT

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  1. 4592513, Cabriolet Injection 1964, scrapped - someone has the VIN plate and Carrosserie Peugeot plate, BERLIN GERMANY 4599692, Carrosserie 12271, Coupé Injection, 09 novembre 1966, Rouge, Cuir Noir 2000, No corrosion, CABRIES FRANCE 4499099, Carrosserie 10520, Cabriolet Carburateur 1966, Blanc Arosa 1132, Cuir Noir 2000, On eBay January 2019, poor condition, READING PA USA Total: 2201 !
  2. Here are some more details: AO2 - pulse model C17 - dealer fitted sound system (they probably skipped the upgraded main speakers) EB1U - anthracite tridion colour IAAA - Twister Green interior (the stuff that looked tan was once green - probably the dash I31 - luggage cover I42 - underseat drawer I43 - pollen filter I75 - Leather covered steering wheel with paddle shifters R11 - sportline (skinny) 6 spoke alloy wheels V11 - softouch auto shifting V31 - tachometer and clock Originally the panels were stream green but the owner changed them to Bay Grey Metallic by 2006. This car was spotted in 2006 at a Club smart Car event at Qualicum Beach, and has been a Vancouver car since Day one. It does not have heated seats (S17) or electric heated side mirrors (V21) but is otherwise well equipped.
  3. Hot on the heels of the identification of two more Canada 1 BRABUS cdi cars and their subsequent purchase by me and smartzuuk, it is time to start a registry for these, the rarest of all smart models in Canada. Until January 2010 we only had one of these in the VIN registry, the original concept car at the CIAS and Vancouver Auto Show (PIAS). The original publicity material from smart Canada suggested that no more than ten of these cars would be made for Canada. Various estimates of the number in existence range from 3 to 6, but we are certain there are 4 (although we don't know the 4th car's serial number (yet). If you ever see an all white or all red smart fortwo cdi (tridion too) please, if you can,record the last six numbers of its VIN for this registry, and pass it onto me or smartzuuk. Thank you. 253912 - red cabriolet - silver wheels - CIAS and PIAS Show Car 285108 - white cabriolet - black wheels - BC 287593 - red cabriolet - black wheels - BC 295910 - red coupé - black wheels - BC For the latest information on where these cars are, please see subsequent postings.
  4. Welcome. It won't be a genuine BRABUS unless it is black on black coupe outside and has light bluegrey leather unheated seats. That version was called the BRABUS nightrun and only 50 were made. The BRABUS Canada 1 referred to in this thread is much more rare: three were Cabriolets - one white on white (mine), two red on red, and there was one red on red coupe. Send me the last 6 digits of the VIN and I will have a look in the database and tell you what I know about the car's history before you make an offer. Even a genuine BRABUS Canada 1 is worth no more than about $8000 today and that would be hard to get. So if it's a modified regular cabriolet, it could be worth about half that if it's nearly perfect.
  5. The Canada 1 went to Victoria to the GAIN Classic Restoration and Collision Centre for its front end damage repair. One or more of the guys who restored the 404C will be working on the car - Coachwerks was sold to GAIN and their former employees now work for GAIN. I provided a nearly new stream green fender to replace the cracked one. I may have the car back next week. Meanwhile it's parked by an MGB, Austin-Healey 100-6, Porsche Turbo, Mercedes 280 SL and Citroën DS 21.
  6. Nice! Welcome!
  7. I am Mike, mainly a French car enthusiast from WAY back. Luckily the smart is made in France In 2002 I learned that smart -might- be coming to Canada, so I test drove a European 2002 gasoline cabriolet in Victoria (July 2002) and a few days later a bay grey metallic EU gas coupe in Nanaimo. Impressed, we put $500 down on the off chance that the car might be actually arriving in Canada in 6 months to a year. Then we waited and waited...updates trickled in...there are problems with the fuel system....more waiting.... At the begining of January 2004 we pulled the plug and seriously considered a Toyota Corolla. Then (saved by the bell) the formal announcement that the cdi was coming was made in February 2004! So we waited until April 17th, when we test drove a cdi cabrio. Impressed, we re-deposited our $500 and got in line again. I thought we might be getting our car as soon as October, but that was not to be. Official prices were released in August and we made our choices. We finally got the car in January 2005, more than 900 days since the initial deposit was made. The wait is worth it! Congratulations and kudos to Mercedes-Benz Canada for deciding to import this car!
  8. 14 years ago today we got Rana smartii, the green on black pulse that died in a collision in 2012.
  9. Welcome!
  10. It should have said "Outlanders Only".
  11. January 2018 Canada: 20 USA: 105 (of which 84 were electrics)
  12. December 2018: Canada: 25 (2018 total: 345) USA: 122 (2018 total: 1276)
  13. Not a bad proxy but then retreads will make a comeback
  14. I am waiting for the "EV fuel tax" to be announced. I wonder how they're going to do it...Canada does not have a road tax for road construction/maintenance/repairs. Enjoy the free ride while you can!
  15. The front rings are cast into the hub and don't crack.
  16. When the 404C goes back on the road, it will be with this - its original instrument panel. I tidied it up yesterday - took it apart, cleaned it, repainted the fuel tank and temperature gauge needles. The car was sold when new in Canada, hence the MPH speedometer. The 120 MPH scale was particular to the Injection version. The car came with an alternator so the "battery" gauge is a thermal voltmeter. The sports instrument panel I have the equipment for will go in once the car has been on the road for a while.
  17. I'll be interested to read about the improvements over the 2011 we have at work. Will charging two cars at home bump your BC Hydro rate per kW/h up a tier or two?
  18. Two more - the total is getting close to 2200 in total, but I probably won't make it this year....my guess is there are at least 800 more to find. Like Pokémon, I've got to catch them all.... 6800559, Cabriolet Injection 1967, Submitted without information on Register website, guess it's a Cabriolet, FRANCE 4598948, Cabriolet Injection 1966, Rouge China 1135, Cuir Noir 2000, For sale December 2018, 42.500 Euros, Robergel wire wheels, restored, Hard top, stainless steel exhaust, CRULAI FRANCE Total : 2198 !
  19. Thanks for the reality check, Rick, It's not really "now restored", I meant the body. I have ordered some more Dynamat Xtreme to finish the interior soundproofing, a new gasket for the steering column (which has to go in with the column!) and a few other bits and pieces. I will commission a new headliner soon and once it's in, the front and rear windows can go back in. Victoria Transmissions will do a rebuild of the gearbox soon (I'll take it down in January) - new bearings and seals is all I think it needs. Then what will be left is the engine and upholstery. Well see how far the money takes us in 2019. ETA on the road is still 2020.
  20. Not replacing the Fiesta. I'll give the smart BRABUS away too. Then be down to two cars. The now-restored 404C and for the moment, the 270,000 km B 200. I expect to buy a new Peugeot in about 5-6 years, as a DD.
  21. I think it's around 135K km so far. When it works flawlessly, it is an OK car. That's just not frequently enough
  22. The Fiesta's fuse/relay box under the hood is corroded ($1200) due to poor design - recalled in 2011 models -but not 2013 despite lots of Transport Canada complaints.....and it throws codes that puts the car into limp mode regularly. The reverse gear jumps out once in every 10 times it's used. The second ventilator fan speed failed and I had to change a component. The trunk leaks water regularly and there is a biology experiment growing in the trunk lining. A driveshaft seal failed (thankfully, under warranty). It's been utter junk. Can't wait to get rid of it. It's in exile in Prince George with our youngest daughter right now and I will give it to one of the kids soon.
  23. The toothed wheel pressed onto the rear axle shafts ("reluctor rings") may be cracked from rust, check them first.
  24. The Fiesta was shyte anyway, at least the electrics and a few other bits. No doubt their trucks are at least as bad.