Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Ice, Fog, Sunshine, Snowdrops, Butterflies & Fiat 500's

Today, started off a little chilly, in fact I had to scrape ice off the cars! But the forecase promised sunshine!

With a slight change of plan, I headed for Shaston as I booked in the Landrover for its MOT. Must admit it was not something I was looking forward to. You just dont know, it could sail through or they could say, sorry game over.

Well it didnt sail through, but alot better than I thought it would, I need a track rod end, and a number plate bulb, so all and all a bit of a result, booked back in again for Thursday.

After the garage, I went to my lockup to empty the car out of books, whilst there a butterfly flew by me! It was a red admiral! Now Ive never seen a butterfly in Feb before, is this a first?

On the way back to the caravan, I noticed for the first time snowdrops up in the hedges, how good it is to see them, lets hope the winter has passed us! I still havent seen a daffodil yet, although they are poking up through the ground as I drive up the track to the site.

I got back to the caravan, with the sun shining, stepped into the awning and it was lovely and warm. What a difference a little bit of sunshine makes! I took the opportunity to take photos of books, ready for listing out in the awning, only had a t-shirt on it was roasting hot! Mega!!!

Apart from Thurs morning, Im at the caravan everyday for the rest of the week. Will have to start thinking about packing things up ready for the move on Sunday. Lets hope for good weather! We are only going 5 minutes down the road, so at least there is no travelling involved. We are not bothering with the awning for the few days we are there, but it will be back up again, as soon as we are back here - weather permitting!

No offers on the Fiat 500 yet! Not even a daft one! A few people have looked at the listing, fingers crossed. Ive put a couple of pictures of it below. If you havent ever looked at one and your after a small economical fun car, then you could do alot worse. Im going to be sad to see it go, but living in a caravan, its just not practical for us anymore!

Ive also copied and tact on the description I wrote out for it, so if you know anyone whos interested, point them my way!!

Fiat 500 1.4 Sport - 2008

A very reluctant sale of our iconic car! Bought originally as I was a driving instructor, but have since retired. I only did approx 10,000 miles as an instructor so not thrashed at all!

Its been well looked after and kept up together, brakes recently done all round. Fully loaded with loads of extras which I will list below.

Its a very reluctant sale, but just not suitable for us anymore!

It comes with 11 months MOT, it went through with no problems, and has 6 months tax just put on it.

I bought the car from a dealership, it was an ex demonstrator, and as such came with extras.

6 speed gearbox, for ultimate fuel efficiency.

Sport Steering Mode - By selecting sport mode the steering becomes stiffer, enabling good feedback from the road surface. A really enjoyable experience for those of you who want a little more from your car!

It has 16" low profile alloy wheels

Colour coded mirrors/spoiler

Tinted rear windows

Painted red brake calipers

Sports exhaust

White stripe to sides

Fog lamps to front and rear

Inside it has all of the following features - It also has one of the best looking dashboards ever!

On board computer - for average mileage, petrol range, trip etc. CD/Radio and a USB port for MP3 players. It also has built in blue tooth and voice activation controls for music/mobile etc!

Sports Seats - The seat is fully adjustable, the seat base can be raised or lowered for maximum comfort.

Tilt adjustable steering wheel

Air Conditioning

Electric adjustable mirrors

Full Fiat 500 Italian logo mat set

500 door sill protectors

More airbags than you can shake a stick at!

Chrome gear stick

Seat pockets to rear, and good sized door pockets.

This really is a fun little car, with more extras than many top end cars. A real joy to drive and it doesnt half shift!

Its economical, at over 40mpg and plenty of oommph when you need it.

On the left hand side it has both of its wheel nut covers missing, These can be bought on ebay for £15 so not an expensive replacement. I think some toe-rag nicked them!

It has a very small trolly dent to the right hand door which I took a photo of, but you can hardly see it, and the door edge is slightly marked. A few stone chips to the bonnet are also evident.

Its got just over 35,000 miles on the clock, so not high mileage.

It still has its dual controls fitted, these Im happy to leave in if desired! Or will have them removed before you collect the car!

So up for a sensible price, considering the amount of extras on it! So please feel free to make us a sensible offer.

The car can be viewed by giving us a call on 07921 820660, viewing would be best around the Ringwood area, as that is where I spend 99% of my time! If you wish to drive the car please ensure you bring your insurance docs with you, no docs no drive!

If you are lucky enough to buy this wonderful car, then we would appreciate a £25.00 non refundable deposit paid via paypal within 24hrs. The remainder to be paid when the car is collected, which must be within 7 days of hitting that buy it now button! In any event please contact me immediately by phone if you buy.

Payment can either be via bankers draft or cash on collection. If you pay by cheque you will have to wait for it to clear before we hand over the car.

Any questions then please feel free to give me a call on 07921 820660

This really is a wonderful little car, Ive driven many cars in my time, including track days, and can say with total confidence that this car is magic! Even Clarkson rates it, and Schumacher owns one! What more can I say!!!

Finally no overseas bidders!


  1. A few butterflies are able to over winter in the UK by hibernating in sheds, garages, houses and in the wild under tree bark and the like. Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma all do this and Red Admiral attempts it but does not always survive. I guess you disturbed your butterfly from it's winter hiding place. Let it settle again and remember to let it out in the Spring !

  2. Hi, I saw it flitting off down the road, so not sure where it came from! Hope it found a safe spot!