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Hi

 

I'm trying to build a database of Centaurs, I'm working with two partial lists, one supplied by Richard of the Cavalier & Chevette Club and David, Barry and Sean of the Crayford owners club.

I've got around 55 cars now identified by reg number and registration date, pictures of around 7

Can you have a sift through your various collections of stuff (show photos etc) so I can add more pictures, or better still if you have one and know the edition number that would be even more helpful.

Here's my car (number 68) and a friends (number 25)

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Nice to see two Centaurs that are original & haven't been "modernised".

I should have bought that red one when it was up for sale earlier this year

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58 minutes ago, mantaray said:

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Just been stripped for parts by Mick. (Loobie Maher )

I recognise the car, but all the pics I've seen have the reg number blanked out :(

Even the first three letters would be enough for me to identify if it's on my list. 

I've got details of of about 55, car numbers for 4, it's quite a job trying to track them down. 

 

My late father used to work for KJ Motors, he was heavily involved in the production of them.

8 minutes ago, Rapierdave said:

Nice to see two Centaurs that are original & haven't been "modernised".

I should have bought that red one when it was up for sale earlier this year

I was sorely tempted to buy the red one, even if it was bordering on divorce :D

I couldn't believe it when it was bought by someone in Ireland, even if it did make mine less rare, and his is an original Crayford prototype, the hood mechanism is very different in construction, not that I'm bitter, no, not at all 

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Hi Simon,

A few where I have note of the reg. numbers:

VMV 77S (now YGW 543S)

WGU 777S

BJW 464T

DGX 124T

GFH 345V

JMV 945V

MMY 679W

LKR 629W

JYJ 222W

WJN 360W

OLY 405W (not 100% sure regarding this being a Centaur)

There are about six or seven others I can think of but not the reg. numbers at the moment - will see if I can dig out any more details, commission numbers etc.

Is your car ex-GFH 345V, or are there two green Centaurs with towbars?

How much info. did your friend get from the previous owner of the red car? I have a few photographs which were sent but not sure if these were passed across.

Interesting to see which cars you have listed - how many 1900s or Manta versions?

 

 

 

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Hi KAA

Yup my car is GFH345V, although I'm not planning on doing a Phil Scrivener and owning it twice.

I've got 6 1900 versions, 2 of which were exported, YGW 543S now here and WJN360W, which was Manta based and now living in Norway along with KGN753T, and the ever elusive LIJ9716 which comes up as being registered in 08/76, predating VMV/YGW  and KGN by almost a year, so not sure what's going on there, unless Crayford made 3 cars

I'm not sure how much stuff came over with Mikes car, it has a history file, I'll give him a call this evening.

As for commission numbers I've only got 25, 65, 68 and 73, so any more would be greatly appreciated, they don't run consecutive to the date of first reg so I can't really take a guess at them from reg date details sadly, and the whole number system for UK plates makes sorting that way difficult, the list from Richard has the exact reg date, any I've added only have the month and year because the DVLA changed their website.

Cars worthy of note from my hazy memory of back then are GUF135V as the reg number caused much amusement to the young me and BCV205T that dad brought home one night before it was to go out to the customer and our neighbour set light to his garage causing a bit of a mad panic.

Any pictures at all would be great so I can link them to the rest of the data, I've got 14 cars so far. If you have any showing the dashboard sticker that went between the air vents on the passenger side would be even better as I'm going to get some reproduction ones made up

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In the early 90's I used to see a Sapphire Blue Centaur running around Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire on a regular basis. Looked to be in very nice condition back then, however, no idea if it still survives.

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13 minutes ago, Monaco Blue said:

In the early 90's I used to see a Sapphire Blue Centaur running around Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire on a regular basis. Looked to be in very nice condition back then, however, no idea if it still survives.

If it was AOH272T it's still going and mint :thumbup

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5 hours ago, FlanFlinger said:

If it was AOH272T it's still going and mint :thumbup

Well there's a question! Unfortunately, my memory has let me down, too long ago now. Good to hear it survives if it is the same one.

 

 

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Here's No.75: LPN212W http://car-from-uk.com/sale.php?id=53940

2 hours ago, Exclusive Opel said:

Have a photo from a local paper, from last year I think, with one in.

Reg. CYN 220V. Copper coloured. :)

From Google photos:  https://goo.gl/images/DSUK1J

This one lived on Jersey: 

Vauxhall Cavalier Centaur 2000

and another :

Vauxhall cavalier GLS centaur.

 

 

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I've got pretty much all the ones that show up on google, I'm not sure if the Jersey one was originally registered in Jersey or imported later.
The wine one is the infamous BCV205T I mentioned earlier, lovely colour, just a shame they were a cheapskate and stuck with the Rostyles ;)

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Kevs brother did tell me the number to that one, but it was in a comment on a facebook post which a can't find now, should have made a note at the time, I blame the drink

This is what I have so far, I doubt I'll get all 100+

 

 

Reg Registered Vehicle Number Engine Size Colour
LIJ9716 13/08/76   1897cc White
YGW543S 01/11/77 25 1897cc Red
WGU777S 04/01/78   1897cc Beige
KAA134S 23/06/78   1979cc Beige
KGN753T 19/10/78   1897cc Yellow
CVT255T 06/11/78   1897cc Red
BFG65T 24/01/79   1979cc White
YME866T 07/02/79   1979cc Blue
CGU776T 10/02/79   1979cc Green
NOS572T 12/02/79   1979cc White
YCV440T 16/03/79   1979cc Red
HNS777T 10/04/79   1979cc Yellow
AOB8T 01/05/79   1979cc Blue
DGX124T 01/05/79   1979cc White
BCV205T 14/05/79   1979cc Red
609RHT 01/06/79   1979cc Yellow
AOH272T 01/06/79   1979cc Blue
NFS382T 15/06/79   1979cc White
BJW464T 21/06/79   1979cc Yellow
DPL145T 25/06/79   1979cc Blue
DPL250V 01/08/79   1979cc Blue
GFH345V 01/08/79 68 1979cc Green
CYN220V 10/08/79   1979cc Brown
VVH944V 13/09/79   1979cc Red
ECV768V 08/01/80   1979cc Green
HGU109V 08/02/80   1979cc Blue
MAR633V 15/03/80   1979cc Brown
JMV933V 01/04/80   1979cc White
JMV945V 08/04/80   1979cc Blue
AHG123V 23/04/80   1979cc Yellow
JYJ222W 01/08/80   1979cc White
KJT202W 01/08/80 65 1979cc Brown
LKR629W 01/08/80   1979cc Orange
JYJ222W 01/08/80   1979cc White
OLY405W 01/08/80   2968CC Blue
HCF5W 29/08/80 57 1979cc Green
WJN360W 01/09/80 73 No Record Brown
MGW377W 06/09/80   1979cc Yellow
TOT89T 01/10/80   1979cc White
SJU257W 05/11/80   1979cc Black
LPN212W 07/11/80   1979cc Green
MMY679W 09/12/80   1979cc Brown
YYV750T 01/01/81   1979cc White
VTM113W 20/03/81   1979cc Green
PVU792W 10/04/81   1979cc Brown
YYA66X 01/08/81   1979cc Brown
PPM839X 07/08/81   1979cc Green
PPM839X 07/08/81   1979cc Green
JHO546X 10/06/82   1979cc White
715DAN No Record   No Record No Record
AAF99T No Record   No Record No Record
GMV933V No Record   No Record No Record
GUF135V No Record   No Record White
J4532 No Record   No Record No Record
PIJ3016 No Record   No Record No Record

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23 hours ago, mantaray said:

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Just been stripped for parts by Mick. (Loobie Maher )

Just spoken to the old owner of the above car. Its reg was DPL145T, and was originally white. Now gone to the big yard in the sky, but parts of her will live on.

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1 minute ago, mantaray said:

Just spoken to the old owner of the above car. Its reg was DPL145T, and was originally white. Now gone to the big yard in the sky, but parts of her will live on.

I don't suppose he knows what number it was? 

They had a sticker in the glovebox, although it was just a paper one used for address labels, probably long lost over the years 

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No sorry, I did ask, but the sticker was missing when he got the car.

This is what it looked like when he sold it. had been sitting there for about 8 years.

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An old member on here, Kev Finny, bought it about 20 years ago from down London way. I remember going with him to bring it up to the Midlands on a trailer, as it was a non-runner.

Kev sold it on as a project to another member, Graham Taylor, who owned it for a few years before passing it over to his brother, Jim. Who has just sold it to Mick Maher as a parts bin.

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We still have number 75 but it is in a bad way. 

Think of a rusty manta, then think of one that has had a  roof chopped off for 30 years :lol:

see my post on breaking centaur 

We have a brand new hood for sale if you know anyone who is interested in it. Made by " the don interiors " 

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1 minute ago, Kevin Abbott said:

We still have number 75 but it is in a bad way. 

Think of a rusty manta, then think of one that has had a  roof chopped off for 30 years :lol:

see my post on breaking centaur 

We have a brand new hood for sale if you know anyone who is interested in it. Made by " the don interiors " 

Oh he's here now B)

 

I'm still working on the SWMBO about the hood, does it have the press studs for the tonneau cover? 

Do you know what the original reg was?, or at least the date of first reg, I can then mark it off on the database as an ex centaur, beautiful blue plumage 

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Looking at the car it was originally green.  Then painted red and the manta parts added. We have the original reg at the unit. I will check. 

The hood is brand new and checked by Robbie Stintson at the vboa. It does not have any fittings but does come with a letter regarding how difficult it was to find a certain part that is included separately. 

It has a 2.0s engine and 5 speed box 

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Cheers, I'll be able to stop stalking you and your brother now :rolleyes:

 

That's a Magraw made one with the fancy cast frame, was the same as mine, dunno if it originally had rostyles or campags

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Oh fancy cast frame. Is that worth anything then ?

 

We have all the history regarding the car if it is of any interest to you 

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Less than an earlier formed steel one probably lol

I honestly wouldn't know, it's also probably the bit that would last longer than the rest of the car 

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