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Around three years ago I was in touch with Tim, a previous owner's son, who was trying to find out any info regarding the fate of his dad's old Riviera. He seemed to think that it may have had a sad demise as "it had been badly vandalized, stripped and was rotted badly. I am pretty sure it was bought for breaking by some bloke in Cambridgeshire."
To add to this, the DVLA vehicle enquiry service brought up a blank. But... "the registration JFD 45D, when we owned it the registration wasnt recognized even back then. I am not sure of the details exactly as I was just a boy then but I know that that registration came up as belonging to an agricultural tractor when we applied for the logbook, the car was "officially" stolen before we had it and therefore the registration may of lapsed and been assigned to the said tractor."
Another glimmer of hope was that an NSRA member seemed to recall it going to a different country but couldn't recall which one.
I still have Tim's e-mail address to forward on any up to date news. If anyone has any information regarding this beautiful old lowrider it would be much appreciated.
Here's a few pics of the car when it was featured in Custom Car...







a close up of the paint at belle vue 1980, pic courtesy of street machine.
 

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Is Clive's other Riviera, the "Boulevard Blue" 1971 boat-tail, still around? Is it on here somewhere?

I like this car but I think the later one is even nicer.
 

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Hey Stiff!! You are still searching for me, good man! I just stumbled across this post and decided to join up. I have one picture from back in 1990/91 which shows "change of heart" as we found her. She was just about to be broken up for parts by Paul from L.A Cars in Lincoln. It isnt much of a pic but it gives you some idea of the state she was in. I see there is still no information on her which is very dissapointing, I posted on the retro rides site as Clive Miles surfaced on there. I have more pics but not to hand.



Hopefully there will be a picture just about..... :yeahthat:

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Do you know where the riv was recoverd from. I last peaked it behind a barn up in lincoln, then one day it was gone, so guessing, thats how come its in a lock up now. The riv was also in Custom Car early last year in the, where are they now section, may be worth contacting the ed there and see if he knows anymore.. great paint job, blew me away at the time...
 

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Hey Stiff I didnt realise there was a page 2 here, 99.9% of the hope has gone bud! Hi vern, the Riviera was recovered from Gainsborough I think. When did you see the car behind a barn and where m8? I didnt know of the appearance in custom car last year, I would like to see that. Does anyone know how I could view that online? If anyone wants to reply to this or contact me the best way is direct as I dont get on here anymore, my email is:

[email protected]

Cheers guys
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Sorry for being slow, just see your reply...Yes the barn was in Gainsboro area, along the river banks by the toll. Cant remember the number of the road but it runs up to Malcom moore services on the A1 The riv was coverd in mose so it had been there some time... ggod luck with the hunt..
Hey Stiff I didnt realise there was a page 2 here, 99.9% of the hope has gone bud! Hi vern, the Riviera was recovered from Gainsborough I think. When did you see the car behind a barn and where m8? I didnt know of the appearance in custom car last year, I would like to see that. Does anyone know how I could view that online? If anyone wants to reply to this or contact me the best way is direct as I dont get on here anymore, my email is:

[email protected]

Cheers guys
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Sorry for being slow, just see your reply...Yes the barn was in Gainsboro area, along the river banks by the toll. Cant remember the number of the road but it runs up to Malcom moore services on the A1 The riv was coverd in mose so it had been there some time... ggod luck with the hunt..
Hey Vern,

Thanks for the reply and the picture, never seen that one before. I think you must of seen the car when we had it, we had it on a hardstanding on our land which was on the side of the Fossdyke canal just outside Saxilby, Lincoln. The A57 runs adjacent to this land and you probably saw it on the other side of the canal, this road runs to Markham Moore services via Dunham Toll Bridge. This would of been many years ago now though and the car wouldnt of had moss on it I am sure, may of looked that way though. :cry: You should of called round for a closer look, you could of been its saviour! :whack:
 

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Yeh that sounds like the place. Hey, small world. So you sold it on from there then? what and when are the pics of it in pieces in a lock up then, isnt that later?
When i noticed it, it looked like it had been there for some time but like you say, from the other side of a ****.. The pic was found somewhere on the net and i kept it for this reason.. I first see the car at aly pally i think. I had the pics on my bedroom wall from Custom Car, im 51 in september so that was some time ago lol
Good luck with the search and keep us all posted, even if it is coverd in mose, moose or even moss lol
Hey Vern,

Thanks for the reply and the picture, never seen that one before. I think you must of seen the car when we had it, we had it on a hardstanding on our land which was on the side of the Fossdyke canal just outside Saxilby, Lincoln. The A57 runs adjacent to this land and you probably saw it on the other side of the canal, this road runs to Markham Moore services via Dunham Toll Bridge. This would of been many years ago now though and the car wouldnt of had moss on it I am sure, may of looked that way though. :cry: You should of called round for a closer look, you could of been its saviour! :whack:
 

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Hey Vern, it is indeed a small world that is very true. Yes the car was sold from Saxilby, we had no where to store it under cover it until such a time as we could attempt to sort it out so we thought it best to let it go. The pictures I posted were taken in about 1991-2 and show the car as we found it, I was only 13 then so I didnt have a clue how to go about restoring a car. It was in a very sorry state to be honest, it had bad rot and numerous parts were missing. On top of this we had no paperwork for it, it had lost its registration which was "JFD 45D" to another vehicle some time earlier, a tractor of all things so I believe. So all in all it really was not a viable restoration project back then as parts were both difficult to get hold of and were very pricey. If it turned up now in that condition it would be a different story given the invention of ebay and the internet for that matter. I was hoping that the chap who had it from us maybe had mothballed it and that it was now sat in a barn somewhere still awaiting someone to rescue it, however this is looking increasingly unlikely. If it were broken I would of expected parts of the car to of shown up somewhere, the wheel trims for example, doors, wings etc would be very distinctive or even the philips record player that sat in the glovebox!? Its a mystery to me. I guess time will tell, it normally does. :drunk:
 

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Hey Vern, it is indeed a small world that is very true. Yes the car was sold from Saxilby, we had no where to store it under cover it until such a time as we could attempt to sort it out so we thought it best to let it go. The pictures I posted were taken in about 1991-2 and show the car as we found it, I was only 13 then so I didnt have a clue how to go about restoring a car. It was in a very sorry state to be honest, it had bad rot and numerous parts were missing. On top of this we had no paperwork for it, it had lost its registration which was "JFD 45D" to another vehicle some time earlier, a tractor of all things so I believe. So all in all it really was not a viable restoration project back then as parts were both difficult to get hold of and were very pricey. If it turned up now in that condition it would be a different story given the invention of ebay and the internet for that matter. I was hoping that the chap who had it from us maybe had mothballed it and that it was now sat in a barn somewhere still awaiting someone to rescue it, however this is looking increasingly unlikely. If it were broken I would of expected parts of the car to of shown up somewhere, the wheel trims for example, doors, wings etc would be very distinctive or even the philips record player that sat in the glovebox!? Its a mystery to me. I guess time will tell, it normally does. :drunk:
There is an artical in custom car this month on the riv, i was in the UK a couple of weeks back and i opened up the mag to the page with the pics of the wings against a wall!!.. Im starting to feel this car is tauting me from the grave lol Still no news tho..
 

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Its haunting you mate, it is like the film Christine! Thats interesting, I will try and find a copy and take a look. I have not seen a custom car magazine for years, I think it must be outlawed in Cornwall :D

Thanks for the info Vern, keep it coming.
 
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