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Libra wanted (ideally white, ideally 2.5L, ideally in the south/south east).


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kenhunt
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Hi everyone I'm new to the forum and joined in the hope that I would find a suitable Libra out there for sale. My ideal car would be White, come with a 2.5L engine and be for sale somewhere in the Berkshire region (Reading way).  I appreciate this is a tall order so would like to hear from anyone who has one for sale that ticks at least some of these boxes. If you have one or know of someone who does then please contact me. Budget wise I'm fairly open but ideally would be looking to spend £5-8K. Something needing some work would be considered but it must be properly registered and ideally drivable to make collection easier.

Many thanks

Ken

Jim Mottram
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Hi Ken

That is a really tall order, not many V6 Libras about and even fewer that are white. I have been told that there were less than 300 libra's made but i don't know how accurate this is, but mine is 117 and was registered in 2006 and by 2009 they were out of production !

As for cars forsale a friend of mine has just let me know he is considering selling his but it is a red 1.8VVC 140bhp and is in West Yorkshire and it could really do with a respray which may be one way for you to get a white one!

I am toying with the idea of selling mine but mine has nothing on your wish list and would be towards the top end of your budget. Mine is a Black 1.8VVC 160bhp K series with Z cars rear Suspension a larger alloy fuel tank, one off large bore exhaust , large AP brakes etc etc and has been built and used as a fast touring car.

Probably the best thing you could do is come to the Kit Car show at Donnington this weekend and have a look at some of the cars from both GTM owners and team GTM, If you can find and talk to Bob from the owners club he knows most about the Libras and if you want to come talk to me and have a look and maybe a run out in mine its easy to spot as its usually the only Black Libra and has Team GTM written down the sills ( Tho i may well be parked up with the Northern roadsters club).

Good luck with your search

Regards

James Mottram

 

Craig Lawton
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Hi Ken,

I know there was a white Spyder but I'm not sure about a Libra.
There are several 2.5 V6 powered Libras about though so it's not unfeasible. Bear in mind that they have a different tub to accommodate the larger engine so you won't be able to upgrade from say a 1.8.

All the best,
Craig

kenhunt
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James

 Many thanks for the feedback and offer of a run but I am not sure I will be able to make Donnington this weekend. If I do I will definitiely stop by and look you/Bob up. I know I'm not going to tick all the boxes (and if I did it would no doubt cost or I would be waiting for a long time) but it is early days yet (for me) so I would like to see what's out there and what my options are. 

 

Craig

 Again thanks for the feedback. I've not been following the Libra development/variants that much over the years so knowing about tub variants etc is always handy before I buy. I suspect in reality the 2.5 vs 1.8 is the most likely compromise I will have to make (either seem pretty impressive). I'll carry on reading and try to make it to a show or two to talk to the owners out there but if there are any other pointers to things to look out for then I'm open to feedback.

rgds

Ken

 

Craig Lawton
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What is particularly appealing about the 2.5? The 2.5 V6 vs 1.8VVC has been debated in the past with no certain victor.

There are other options such as the Honda VTEC. A wide verity of engines have been successfully fitted.

kenhunt
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Craig

 I guess the main appeal would be the extra torque and possibly more relaxed motorway driving (the engine also looks/sounds great) but the extra mpg of the 1.8 could swing it. As for other engines - I'm open. One thing I haven't found out yet is what modifications were made to the bulkhead. ie Can a 'regular' Libra body be modified to take a 2.5 engine easily (and without compromising the structural integrity).

rgds

Ken

Craig Lawton
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The V6 tubs are made from a different mold rather than being a modification to the standard tub, as far as I know.

Are you adverse to an engine swap? There are Libras that come up for sale with 1.4 or 1.6L engines that could be upgraded to the 1.8. It could be an option.

kenhunt
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 An engine swap would be one route and given a nice (white) example I could go along with that thought..

kenhunt
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Seems I've not manged to ticked any of the boxes. I went to Donington at the weekend and came across James' Black (not White), 1.8L (not 2.5) Libra based in Barnsley (not South/South East), decided Black was the colour afterall and have decided to go for that. Hopefully by the end of the week I will be a fully signed up member...

Thanks to all those who responded (online/off). I'm sure I will be back with further questions (..and hopefully be able to contribute to the forum).

rgds

Ken

Roger Hammond
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Good choice Ken

A very well built and cared for car!

To answer your original question re a white V6. There was only one ever built. I can't remember the name of the young lady that built it and haven't seen it for many years. There were I think only 2 othe Libra's in white one of which has only recently been finished.

 

I still miss my Libra. Look after it and enjoy!

Dave Boud
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It was Lucy that had the white V6.

Roger Hammond
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Welcome back Dave! Been a while.

 

Yes that's it Lucy Meakin. How could I ever forget!?

 

 

kenhunt
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Thanks Roger - I know you are biased but it certainly seems well put together and looks well cared for.  

 

all the best

Ken