How it started
I'm male, I'm 46 and I'm in a midlife crisis. Well, that's what
everyone keeps telling me. And males in a midlife crisis seem
to need something to keep them occupied. My new occupation is
The interest came
about while I was working in London for 2 years in 2001 and
2002. I was stuck in hotels in the evening and, to keep myself
busy, I started reading classic car magazines and getting into
the subject. All of a sudden, I realised that I needed such a
So what car do you go for? Well, in my
case, being British and living in Germany, I knew it had to be
an English car. I looked at what would be possible for my budget
and boiled it down to the following make/model: MG TD, Triumph
TR2-3, Austin Healey, Jaguar XK 120-150 (nice, but slightly over
and Morgan. After a while of pondering, I thought the MG TD
would be a good choice to start with. So now the hunt was on.
The TD Hunt
After doing some research, I found one
that I was interested in and went to see it on 14th August 2003
Germany. She looked beautiful, red with tan coloured seats.
However, because I was new to the subject, I thought I'd get
some expert advice and drove back home. In came Dieter, Mr. MG
T-model expert from the MG club here in Germany. I gave him a
call, told him what I'd seen, and basically asked if he would
come along to take a look. This was a days journey, and to my
surprise, he said yes. So we took the ride on 16
August 2003, and after viewing he said I'd need to put quite a
bit of work into the car, so I declined from buying. On the way
back, he asked if I had driven in a TC, which I hadn't, so he
said that he'd take me for a spin in his TC when we get back.
That was enough to do the trick. I was a converted TC nutter!
The TC Hunt
So now the hunt was on again. I did quite
a bit of internet research, and had found 3 cars in Europe, one
in Germany, one in
Holland, one in
Belgium and 4 in England. I
thought I'd tackle the European adventure first. This called for
a long weekend on 3/4th October 2003, so I packed the wife and
off we went. It was a great break. My wife got a mini trip, and
I got to look at cars. I documented all my visits, making notes
and taking pictures.
The cars I looked at
before diving into TC 1245 - one TD and seven TC's
Between 18th-26th October 2003, the
English trip was on. I drove over and met up with my brother
Keith. We went down to
London to see car no.1,
Devon to see car
no. 2, Somerset for car no. 3 and back up to
Essex for car no.
4. It was at car no. 4 that I met Peter Edney on 21st October
2003. Peter had a car for sale from one of his clients. However,
it needed a bit of work on it, and it didn't feel right. He
asked me what I was looking for. I told him, that I would prefer
to have a car in mint condition. After a phone call, we went to
his fathers house. George Edney had a couple of cars in the
garage, and one of them was a half rebuilt black TC in the
corner. He had already finished all the mechanical work (engine
completely redone, gearbox, frame, brakes, etc...). She basically needed
bolting back together. However, the body work still needed
re-doing, and I could decide on the colour. We parted - I needed
to think this over.
A touch of
Petra, the wife, joined me in England on
the 22nd. We drove down to Devon and Cornwall and spent a couple
of beautiful days there. On our drive back home, I decided to go
back to see Peter and show Petra the car. She said that black
was not the right colour, so I decided that if I go for it, it
would have to be sequoia cream. We parted: I needed to discuss
the options with Dieter in Germany.
I brought all my notes and pictures onto
my laptop, and went to see Dieter. We spent a Sunday morning at
his house. He was amazed that I had seen so many TC's that were
for sale. After discussion, he said that the best option would
be the Peter Edney option, so that was the decision made for me.
It was also the most expensive option, and was over my budget,
but I wouldn't need to make extra investments in the car as
would be the case for the others that I had seen.
Finalising the deal
Peter and I started emailing each other.
He gave me a draft of what I'd expect and I'd reply with a more
thorough document. However, on 26th November 2003, the contract
was signed. It would take 3 months to complete and I could pick
her up in Mid February 2004. Well, that's what I was told to
believe. I didn't have clue. It's now October 2004, and the car
is still not complete. Ho hum, what went wrong?
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20th October 2004