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1968 Aussie Vignale Gamine re-EU-import...

Hi!

My Vignale Gamine was probably sold in 1968 by Frixos Demetriou in the UK. The owners took the car with them when the emigrated to Australia.

In 1992 I found it there after it had been sitting -probably with a dead battery- for the previous six years. Carol Grace, married to one of the Grace Brothers, sold the car 'as is' to me. With the help of a borrowed battery & some work on the ignition points, I got it running for about 20seconds!

I then flew it to Amsterdam (...) & worked on some minor stuff (brakes/EU- lights, some other MOT-stuff) to get it registered in the Netherlands. Next, we drove it for 25 years. 2 longer holidays: one time with a car-train to France, driving back via all the small coastal roads & the second time to Lands' End in Cornwall & back.

In 2017 it was finally time for a bare metal restoration. New front wings -lucky to find them years before- and back to her original color.

Now ready for the next 25 years!
+ 500 regards, Martin
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Re: 1968 Aussi Vignale Gamine re-EU-import...

Wow!

This really belongs in the 500 (classic) section (and I see you've posted there also), but it's so unusual and interesting I'll leave it here, as lots of current 500 owners will likely be interested also.
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Re: 1968 Aussi Vignale Gamine re-EU-import...

Quote Originally Posted by jrkitching View Post
Wow!

This really belongs in the 500 (classic) section (and I see you've posted there also), but it's so unusual and interesting I'll leave it here, as lots of current 500 owners will likely be interested also.
... I only realized too late I put it in the wrong section. Could not find a 'delete button', so I just copied it to the classic 500-part. Thanks!
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