The Borrowers

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The Borrowers

Postby badfelafel » Thu May 12, 2011 8:31 pm

Watched this with one of the girls recently
Every car in it is a Minor! And there's lots
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Re: The Borrowers

Postby mike.perry » Thu May 12, 2011 11:32 pm

Filmed in Theale, just down the road from me. One car is actually a stretched Morris Oxford
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Re: The Borrowers

Postby badfelafel » Sat May 14, 2011 1:46 pm

how did they get that many moggies together all at once? was the club involved?
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Re: The Borrowers

Postby mike.perry » Sat May 14, 2011 9:41 pm

Yes, but they did not ask me. Slightly miffed!
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Re: The Borrowers

Postby Gilesv » Sat May 14, 2011 10:14 pm

It was, as far as I can remember, a situation where local branches of the MMOC were contacted by a firm that provided cars for films. My car couldn't be used as it was blue so I wasn't asked. There was a lot of extra filming that went on at Shepperton and a disued buscuit factory in West London. Certainly cars fom Surrey Hants Border were used take Celia Imrie and other stars to the premier at Leicester Square - it's quite a long time ago now.

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Re: The Borrowers

Postby woodiesenfrance » Tue May 17, 2011 10:09 am

We saw the film some years ago at our local cinema here. Our moggie was unintentionally parked right outside as we'd got there early (called misreading the programme, duh). When all the kids came out of the cinema they were stunned to see a 'real' version of those funny little cars.
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Re: The Borrowers

Postby badfelafel » Tue May 17, 2011 7:45 pm

having small kiddies... am watching it yet again right now

in some scenes theres 20-30 minors
wonder if they were all as good as they look!

and have just seen the stretched oxford running over a bicycle...
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Re: The Borrowers

Postby irmscher » Tue May 17, 2011 8:26 pm

just off to blockbusters video shop :lol:

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Re: The Borrowers

Postby aj-wilkinson » Wed May 18, 2011 8:52 am

For anyone interested, and with a long garage, that Morris Oxfrod is presently for sale-

http://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/cla ... rno/122731

All the best,
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Re: The Borrowers

Postby croft » Wed May 18, 2011 10:14 pm

The "Oxford" has been up for sale for many years now! I actually went to look at it when it was based in Yorkshire. Its a nice looking "car" from a distance!! but is really only a "Film Prop" at the time (2006) it needed an awfull lot of work if it was ever to see the road. The previous owner had invested a lot of cash on the surface to make it look "pretty" interior, paint, roof etc. It did go but the standard of engineering was appalling! The whole car was out of line! the prop was held together with exhaust clamps! and you couldnt shut the doors when someone was sitting in the car!! From what I remember there was no logbook, it had never been checked for road worthiness ( it wouldnt have passed!) it needed an sva and lots of other checks before it could even be presented for an mot. It would make a nice museum piece (it was at the cars of the stars in Keswick for a time but wasnt very popular with the public) or something to trailer to shows. The guy wanted £10,000 at the time! a lot for a"toy" (at least it was for me!)

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Re: The Borrowers

Postby mike.perry » Wed May 18, 2011 10:47 pm

From what I heard there was insufficient strengthening in the sills and it sagged a bit in the middle.
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Re: The Borrowers

Postby faversham999 » Thu May 19, 2011 8:30 am

The vehicle details for WSV 182 are:

Date of Liability 01 04 2010
Date of First Registration 14 02 1986
Year of Manufacture 1951
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1476CC
CO2 Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Unlicensed
Vehicle Colour BLACK


Looks like it had a MOT once


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Re: The Borrowers

Postby croft » Thu May 19, 2011 10:19 am

The vehicle details for WSV 182 are:

Date of Liability 01 04 2010
Date of First Registration 14 02 1986
Year of Manufacture 1951
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1476CC
CO2 Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Unlicensed
Vehicle Colour BLACK

As I said it was back in 2006 when I looked at the car, someone may have invested a "LOT" of time and effort in getting it roadworthy, has anyone ever seen it on the road or at any shows?
First registration in 1986! when was the Borrowers movie made?
Date of liability 01/04/2010 - Status - Unlicensed!! Hmmm looks like someone will be getting a letter from the dvla demanding money!!!

From what I remember the chassis had been extended with round tube (like scaffolding tube!) bolted and welded into place, it looked horrible! Also Im sure the engine was a ford 2.0 the original engine was still with the car though.
Still its an unusual looking vehicle and hopefully with its film history it should find someone who will look after it.

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Re: The Borrowers

Postby faversham999 » Thu May 19, 2011 11:59 am

import


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Re: The Borrowers

Postby mrbenn » Fri May 20, 2011 12:40 am

Seen here at my local show in, if memory serves me correctly, 2008:

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I know of the people who owned the car at the time (one family member being a mechanic/bodyshop owner), and I believe quite a lot of work was done to get it roadworthy.
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Re: The Borrowers

Postby Ikaros97 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:55 pm

Car is back on the road as of yesterday. It's had some work done by ourselves. Service, floor welding etc. It's solid underside and runs/drives well. The interior is ok, although it does need a new front carpet section as it got damp in storage and is now threadbare! and it has a brand new headlining.
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