Skip navigation

The Derby


Back to the top

My oldest project by far!

Well after over 2 years in storage in one of the Father in Laws lockups I've finally got the Derby back home where she belongs.

An original build thread for her can be found here :

Oddly enough the old Forum has done strange things so hopefully the link still works!

Anyhoo, brief run down.

I bought the Derby back in 2009 from an old chap who had given up driving several years before. It had been in the same family for all of it's life. Original Owner (who I bought it from), the son, then the grand daughter, back to the son and then back to the old chap. We found it nestled in a centrally heated garage. Complete with seat covers and bits of carpet for floor mats! Rear seat had never been used and with 43k  on the clock.

No rust either! His wife told me she didn't like the car as he wouldn't take it out in the rain and she had to take the bus to the shops if it was raining :lol:I then went through a number of sets of wheels (of course!), numerous suspension set ups, a couple of different bumper combinations (including polo bumpers, no bumpers and eventually early Derby chrome bumpers. I then added some twin 40's on a VW Motor sport manifold and a stainless exhaust.

She know sits on GAZ coilovers with polo G40 front brake discs and calipers (239mm similar to the golfs), early Derby chrome bumpers, grill and lights and, of course, a full stereo install

Here she was back in around 2016 at a show


She's now on around 50k and the time in storage has not been kind.

IMG_20200713_100120.jpg IMG_20200713_100128.jpg IMG_20200713_100136.jpg IMG_20200713_100147.jpg IMG_20200713_100201.jpg IMG_20200713_100221.jpg IMG_20200713_100245.jpg

and rust now coming through on the paintwork and a bit of a mess in the engine bay too :'( IMG_20200713_100328.jpg IMG_20200713_100334.jpg IMG_20200713_100348.jpg IMG_20200713_100356.jpg IMG_20200713_100408.jpg IMG_20200713_100431.jpg IMG_20200713_100456.jpg IMG_20200713_100505.jpg IMG_20200713_100514.jpg IMG_20200713_100526.jpg

So watch this space as another project is begun :'(Ian

Cornish Host.
1980 VW Derby
Clive the Cabby
Ujum the Invisible
Mynx the  Tintop


Back to the top
Carbs bigger than the engine

1983 Mars Red 1.8 Golf GTI
1987 Alpine White 1.8 Clipper Cabriolet

The trouble with doing nothing is that you never know when you are finished.
0 guests and 0 members have just viewed this: None.