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#1 OFFLINE   Marty

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 09:23 AM

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 09:51 AM

Great stuff. Won't somebody think of the children etc.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 10:06 AM

And presumably having read that the Great British Public ™ decided they couldn't a- be arsed checking the vin number of everything in the showroom, and b- didn't really give a toss anyway

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 11:07 AM

Andc - had given up buying British cars by this time anyway cos they were sh1t and gone to their local Datsun/Renault/VW etc dealer :lol:

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 12:28 PM

Comedy thing is, nowadays most vehicles whose VIN plates begin with "S" are built by foreign manufacturers."I thought I was buying a Japanese car, but when I looked under the bonnet of my new Qashqai the code started SJ and it turns out the car was put together by sodding Geordies" :lol:The Ford Fiesta is a hilariously bad example in the article. I quote, from an old "worst cars" vox pop:The Ford Fiesta was truly a marriage of bad design and bad execution! First of all, the idea of having every country from East Sudan to Liechtenstein supply Ford with parts for this junker was ridiculous. There are more flags under a Fiesta's hood than out in front of a West Hollywood Youth Hostel!which sounds like your typical hacked-off patriotic Yank who, having shelled out for Uncle Henry's federal market sub-sub-compact baby, then discovered it had been knocked out of a West German factory :D

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 12:37 PM

Car: Trablant"THE TRABLANT! This quiet little marvel of Soviet Bloc automotive engineering was even more fabulous than the Yugo! This one never made it to U.S. shores, as far as I know, but the "Trabby" was a favorite amongst the proletariat." Nice work! :roll: I didn't know that about VIN numbers, because they usually have stuff like "Nissan Manufacturing of United Kingdom", etc. stamped on them.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 12:55 PM

There's still much love for the Mk1 Fezza amongst some Yanks, due to it's light weight, manouverability and tunability. Quite surprising that they sold 86,000 in the first year there (1978), given they cost $1000 more than the base Fairmont (Ford's new "compact" released the same year, which was about the size of a Volvo 240). They ended up shifting a quarter-mill over the three model years the car was imported...

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 01:02 PM

Correct - XR2 bits are well sought-after over the pond. Conversely British Fiesta scenesters don't much care for the anti-smog gubbins and US-spec bumpers though...

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 01:07 PM

I think I would happily give my right testicle for a minty 1300 Supersport.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 01:14 PM

Have you seen my one Marty?? (supersport that is!)
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