We had a car for sale on commission at work late last year, a beautiful 1964 Austin Healey 3000. It was absolutely perfect in finish and had many performance upgrades, all done by our talented people here. We didn't actually sell it in the end and the car was transported to someone else and they sold it.
Anyway we had some pictures of the car sent to us today by the new owner. The first was a picture that he took the day he picked the car up, followed by several others taken the day afterwards. The latter pictures showed this stunning (and £80k+) car completely burnt out. Seems the Weber carbs had blown back, set the air filter under the bonnet alight and the fire spread and engulfed the whole car, it's a total write off.
Seems the people who sold him the car didn't explain the pitfalls of fiery triple Webers on a fast road car, nor did he have a fire extinguisher. I've no idea whether the owner had agreed value insurance but this should serve as a reminder to 1) Make sure you have agreed value insurance and 2) Seriously consider carrying a reasonably sized fire extinguisher in your classic.
The fire even made our local news http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/flames-s ... story.html