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  1. There were also some 1.6 L Mk2 Escorts, never officially listed and built only for evaluation. One has survived and won the FOTU concours a few years ago.
  2. Agree on all the BL/ARG choices. The whole company was basically one big near miss and almost everything they made never quite hit the target as it should have with a little bit more effort. Apart from them, I'd nominate the Jensen FF, an Audi Quattro 15 years early, complete with 4wd, ABS and traction control. Such a shame they engineered it to be RHD only when their biggest market was the USA. Maybe the Gordon-Keeble as well - it had it all, except financial stability. There were reportedly 200 more on the order books when the company folded after building only 100 so there can't have been much wrong with the car itself.
  3. Here's some surviving pre-production cars I've seen, all with non-production features. The only Droop Snoot Firenza that isn't silver AXD 771M - 1974 Vauxhall Firenza HP 2300 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr S-reg TR7 convertible, not only pre-production but made in a different factory. This came from Speke but production had moved to Canley before launch. YRW 573S - 1978 Triumph TR7 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr Even older TR7, later used as a Sprint development car KDU 366N - 1975 Triumph TR7 Sprint by Adam Floyd, on Flickr The wedge driven by dollywobbler. Morris chassis number, Wolseley styling, upgraded from HL to HLS trim and a non-standard colour. SMG 413M - 1974 Wolseley 2200 HL by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
  4. The Peppermint Capri still exists and has been modelled by Vanguards in 1/43 and Oxford in 1/76. The reg VHK 494S is immediately before Bodie's silver one from The Professionals, presumably also pre-production/pilot build. Peppermint Capri by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
  5. I could be wrong but I recall reading that the bus operator National Welsh was responsible for age-related plates being made non-transferable after they took the piss. They had two old driver training buses with pre-suffix registrations, transferred them onto newer coaches to hide their age and got new A-suffixes issued, then immediately transferred those to other coaches, got more new A-suffixes and repeated the process again and again. After doing that 18 times or so, the DVLA must have got fed up with processing the transfers and declared all new issues non-transferable to prevent such shenanigans. One of these donor buses apparently still exists, having had 18 different registrations in a few months!
  6. Should be in that ballpark, cheap as chips really. Perfect for a model railway, either in the disabled bays of the station car park or (on a 1970s layout) a whole train full of them being delivered, so I hope they sell well.
  7. So many questions indeed, it just appeared in the PDF uploaded tonight with no more details. 76 indicates the scale so I guess it's a fairly generic Model 70 and will probably have either AC or Invacar badges printed on, and a lot of Oxford's 1/76 models (sadly including the Maxi) have wheels that are too big so they probably won't accurately depict either 10 or 12-inch versions. It wouldn't surprise me if this first release is a model of TWC, or if dollywobbler was involved in getting it made.
  8. Much excitement! Oxford Diecast just released details of their new model plans for this year and there's a huge surprise among them! I did suggest the Model 70 on the Facebook wishlist group but I honestly never thought a diecast manufacturer would ever touch it, as coming in any colour you like as long as it's blue doesn't give many variants to spread the tooling costs over. No release date yet, but when it comes out (hopefully sometime this year) I'll be buying at least four for obvious reasons.
  9. Having been looking again at photos of trains of invalid carriages, it got me wondering exactly how they were delivered. We know most of the journey was done by rail, but the Invacar factory seems to be nowhere near a railway line so did they own or contract road transporters to take batches of carriages to the nearest station or were they driven (but that doesn't seem very efficient)? Similarly at the other end, did the DHSS depot at Heywood have its own rail terminal, and once issued how did they get from Heywood to the user's local hospital (which could be hundreds of miles away) for collection? There must have been quite a lot of business in transporting invalid carriages around the country for the government!
  10. Just remembered the chap also said it's now running a 3.0 V6 in place of the original 2.8 so it's probably had some changes to the running gear too. I'm not sure what to make of it really, it's certainly different but I can't decide if it's brilliant or utterly bonkers.
  11. I saw that Capranada at another show, spoke to the owner and posted it in the 'WTF is that?' thread. The Granada is 3 inches wider than the Capri so the front end has been widened at the rear edge and it apparently has the Granada bonnet skin with the Capri outer overlaid onto it. It's very neatly done and you can't see the join, but does seem to be an awful lot of effort put into an entirely pointless exercise. The Jacks Hill meet looks like a good one, quite a few local cars I recognise there but several I don't, including that lovely beige Maestro.
  12. Here's a close relative. The plate is misleading as Fairlanes could be had with a V8 but this one is a six. It's basically a stretched and slightly posher version of what dollywobbler has been driving around NZ, an ex funeral limo but bizarrely licensed as a bus! V8 TUX - PJ Limousines by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
  13. Lada Riva for XJS V12? That has to be one of the most bizarre trades ever, even by AS standards. The Jag looks great and couldn't be any more different from what it replaced.
  14. quicksilver

    Austin Maxi

    I've not seen that one before. It does look far too much like a slightly shrunken Landcrab so if it was launched in that form it would have flopped even more than the production Maxi. The other one above it appears to have a conventional bootlid so the hatchback must have been added later in its development.
  15. A few rarities from FOTU Honda Quintet. Interesting* fact: it was this, not the SD3, that was the first Ronda as the Aussies imported Quintets and stuck Rover badges on them. HER 560Y - 1982 Honda Quintet 1.6 DX Hondamatic by Adam Floyd, on Flickr Mitsubishi Cordia. This is the only one currently taxed. A60 SYW - 1984 Mitsubishi Cordia Turbo by Adam Floyd, on Flickr Colt Sigma. So much brown. UEE 509T - 1979 Colt Sigma 2000 GLX by Adam Floyd, on Flickr Datsun 140J PCF 182M - 1974 Datsun Violet 140J by Adam Floyd, on Flickr Toyota Crown Custom estate UPC 117M - 1973 Toyota Crown 2600 Custom estate by Adam Floyd, on Flickr And of course, Heidel_Kakao's Cedric VOD 686J - 1970 Nissan Cedric Wagon Six by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
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