Thanks for this, I've always found carandclassic to be the least user friendly listings site in existence, so to have somebody else go and mine for treasures is great!
I know what you mean... it is woefully outdated. On the other side though, I do really like the ability to carve into the search criteria by price, brand, classification, age, region etc. A good session on C&C via a laptop can easily lose me two hours without blinking. It is a terrible site to use on mobile hardware though.
It's also the only place I feel comfortable selling a car. I don't think I'd ever want to subject myself to the slings and arrows of ebay for selling. I buy off ebay, but I sell on C&C.
Sorry, I feel the need to vent: My most common search on gumtree and ebay is something like classic cars under £3k within 50 miles of my house. Which to me seems like a sensible kind of thing to search for. But unless I'm missing something you just can't do that on C&C. Firstly you can't search by distance, you have to go by region, which unless you live slap bang in the middle of the county is pretty useless. I can think of about 5 or 6 counties within 50 miles of my house. So you have to search them all even though due to the size and shape of counties most of the cars will be more than 50 miles away. And then you can't just search under a certain price, instead you have to search either under 1k or 1k to 2.5k,. Well how many people are not interested in a car because it's too cheap? "I'll take the car if it's £1100 but not if it's £999" So you have to search both price ranges across all the possible counties nearby which takes a while. Ok, rant over! Carry on...
Well yes, you're absolutely right on those things.... it is general region rather than X miles away... but for me personally if I like a car I'm willing to travel so my initial investigations aren't usually limited by a specific mileage.
I do take your point though, it is all brackets rather than specifics, but I do quite like browsing there as a time-sink activity. I'll start off thinking "What can I get from the 1940's for under £1000 in Sussex" and then three hours later I've gently transitioned the brackets to find myself considering stuff from the 1980's in Belgium for £10k.
Vauxhall Viscount for restoration. London. £2,250.00 1971 3.3 litre straight-six, super-deluxe version of Cresta which was once Vauxhall's flagship model. Low mileage, garaged 15 years. Interestingly the South African version was fitted with a Chrysler V8, so, an upgrade option.
That Commer would be ideal for nomad the amount of travelling he does he might as well bring the house with him
Latest update : I've been in Wales for a few months and (for tonight only !) am staying at the top end of the lakes, so projects in Northumberland are not local Thanks for the thought but I've not managed to fill the Hunter to capacity, so who needs a van ? (tho' I could be tempted with a 50s/60s ish Estate or panel van)