Posted by David Gledhill
On Purchasing a new vehicle, a letter to John Cole.  EE lad, you don't know how lucky you were.  I went to buy a new (to me) vehicle in 1962.
 
I could not afford a real new one but asked anyway out of curiosity. "No Sir, you cannot buy a new vehicle unless you have overseas funds or a good trade in."  I did not have overseas funds, so I asked about a trade-in.  "You would need to buy a good, second-hand one for, say 3000 pounds, and trade it in for 500 pounds, then we might be able to find a new one for you."
So, I bought a 1947 Ford 10 for about 300 pounds from Manthel Motors.  The log papers arrived, and I saw the figure 1941 had been manually changed to 1947. When I raised this with him the salesman said, "Sorry mate, a mistake - there it is."  I went back with an older friend with a journalist's notebook and asked to see the manager.  They took the car back and returned my money....
 
Incidentally, I wonder if JC confused Holden with Ford - he often got things wrong in those days....hehe!
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