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#121 OFFLINE   jmsguzzi

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 03:50 PM

A good modernshite example is the Infiniti QX30. Built in Sunderland using a lot of Mercedes parts and been on sale here for a couple of years. Just 200 are registered on our roads. That’s an even more epic failure than the Tagora was back in the day and a total disaster for a UK-built volume car. I can't think of any UK built car from a volume maker that has sold worse.

 

Fairly common around here, my best mates Dad has one!

 

Mind you I live in Sunderland.....



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Posted 01 February 2019 - 06:25 PM

It's actually Polo Harlekin. I have been getting in wrong for 20 years

 

You weren't. UK sales were Harlequin. Over the water: Harlekin.

 

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 06:26 PM

Does it still have that Alfa briefcase / luggage set in it?

 

Swiped years ago.  Plastic rubbish anyhow

 

I know someone who paid £200 for one 



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Posted 01 February 2019 - 06:29 PM

there must be very few Polo Harlequins left... That's a sad thought

 

You could always mask and paint your own to suit

 

Anyhow, survival is pretty good, 58% survive!!

 

 

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 03:54 PM

Only 21 Ambassadors left according to HML.

Never really justified the development costs for its 18 months run, only really caused by the delays to Maestro and Montego.

Very useful, if held back by a criminally short top (4th gear). Good enough for John Shuttleworth.
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Posted 02 February 2019 - 07:47 PM

Only 21 Ambassadors left according to HML.

Never really justified the development costs for its 18 months run, only really caused by the delays to Maestro and Montego.


The AA Drive and Trail magazine from 1982 that has been passed around a few shiters now features some Ambassadors that were registered in November 1981.

This makes me wonder if the Ambassador was originally intended to be launched earlier than it was.
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Posted 02 February 2019 - 08:29 PM

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#128 OFFLINE   Pete-M

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 08:31 PM

My C32 estate is a rare beastie. I think they made around 150 RHD estates in total.

Mad production line, shell built in Sith Efrika, shipped to Mercedes DE for interior etc, then to AMG for the engine and running gear.

No wonder it cost £20k more than a 320.
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Posted 02 February 2019 - 09:49 PM

You could always mask and paint your own to suit

Anyhow, survival is pretty good, 58% survive!!


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I think lots of harlequins probably got sprayed one colour after sitting on a forecourt for a few months.
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Posted 03 February 2019 - 10:30 AM

Tell you what I haven’t seen or heard of for ages...

Nissan Sunny coupe.

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A mate used to have one years ago that I turned down buying off him... I regret that now!

My folks had a saloon in Spirit edition with a corduroy interior...
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Posted 03 February 2019 - 11:17 AM

I love how widespread my older Flickr photos are now! Funny story with that one, I had to spot it twice as some prick stole my camera at Putney station the first time round.

I also nearly bought a Sunny Coupe, but the owner sold it before I got to view it. Typically it's now been on and off various sales sites with the wheeler dealer who got it.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 12:00 PM

I think lots of harlequins probably got sprayed one colour after sitting on a forecourt for a few months.

 

A mate used to work for a VW dealer at the time and that's what often happened if the place had a bodyshop onsite! He said they used to take them (under 2 years old at the time) in p/ex for a miserably small amount of money, tidy them up, put 'em on the forecourt, if they didn't move in two months, they got re-sprayed in a colour of the first interested parties choice. 


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Posted 03 February 2019 - 07:50 PM

It's actually Polo Harlekin. I have been getting in wrong for 20 years

It's Harlekin in germanland, Harlequin in GB in a total of 113 cars there.


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 02:07 PM

No suggestions from here, but I listened to the first couple of episodes last night. Good fun, thank you!

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 02:35 PM

Tell you what I haven’t seen or heard of for ages...

Nissan Sunny coupe.

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A mate used to have one years ago that I turned down buying off him... I regret that now!

My folks had a saloon in Spirit edition with a corduroy interior...


I took my driving test in one of those.

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 09:54 PM

No suggestions from here, but I listened to the first couple of episodes last night. Good fun, thank you!

 

Thanks for checking out the Podcast! We do put a lot of work into it so we are always glad when someone enjoys what we are doing.


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 09:57 PM

I used to see a 6n Harlequin on a daily basis. I guess that shewed me towards thinking they were more common than they were. I also saw a 6n2 Harlequin recently but I am fairly sure they never made one.

 

They did however make a golf harlequin, though it never made it to the UK



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Posted 04 February 2019 - 10:22 PM



 

 

 

 

Talking of Unicorns, I don't know if you saw this on XJ40.com, but someone has found the Saturn orange Daimler Double Six - of all places in the UK, having been imported here:

 

 

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And when it was for sale:

 

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 11:23 AM

Thanks for all your inputs! The episode research is done and ready to record this week. It won't be out for a good few weeks but I hope you have a listen when it's released. There are a ton of episodes already out and a new one each week for those of you who can't wait.

 

Full disclaimer, we often talk about cars that are not shite... There's still some good shite on there. This week has Fiat 131's and Reliant Kittens among other things.



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 08:00 PM

They did however make a golf harlequin, though it never made it to the UK


For those Americans yes, most repainted by dealerships to get shifted.

Also the Brazilians suffered Beetle and Gol Harlequins.

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 04:57 PM

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 05:22 PM

Is that a real life one you have there Nigel?
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Posted Yesterday, 02:51 PM

I offer you Citroen's V-8 22CV - shown at the 1934 Paris Salon in Saloon, Cabriolet and Coupe versions. 

They vanished without trace - almost. Supposedly destroyed or converted to 4 cylinder spec. One car may have been seen in Vietnam. One headlamp shell exists in France. 

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