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WTF is it???

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Headlight air-intakes.

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Looks almost Hillman Imp-ish.

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Does my arse look big in this?

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It was actually one of the XP 714 design concepts from 1960 for what was to become the HA Viva.  Fantastic.  It has a Rootes Group styling vibe about it though.

From Vauxpedia.

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Some more HA Viva concepts from around 1960.

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Looks like some sort of miniaturised Bristol.

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Can you imagine a GPO postie's Bedford HA van with this front on it?  The headlights must have been tiny, like bicycle lamps.

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A bit like an Americanised Austin ADO16 coupe, in 1960.

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Loads more pics and info on here   http://vauxpedia.net/vauxhall-ha---viva-part-1

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Viewers of a nervous disposition should look away, there's going to be an accident...

I think we should film it -

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Are you ready? Someone is about to come a cropper,

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is it Evil Kinevil above, showing off to the girls (off screen) or someone else?

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It was someone else, luckily she is wearing all the safety equipment available at the time.

 

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Around the world, in B&W

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'Nischelgasse' (Das Karl-Marx-Monument) Chemnitz (nee Karl-Marx-Stadt), Germany (nee DDR), unveiled in 1971, sculptor Lev Efimovich Gerbel.

I've stood in the very same spot as the photographer and witnessed the rider of a Simson Swallow being knicked by the VP for speeding!

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May Day demonstration in Moscow, USSR, 1930. Smelly.

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Not sure, but a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Spar corner shop, Bolton, 1975.

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32 minutes ago, JeeExEll said:

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That's a great pic.

 I can remember custom cars like that, usually in some lurid colour with a fake fur interior & no doubt full of "plastic padding" covering the rot. 

The other thing is that Range Rover, am I the only one who sees an original Bache 2 door with its clean classy styling  & just can't believe how far the current Rangie's have fallen with their bloated styling, naff detailing & shit low profile tyres on huge alloys - they now look just sad somehow ?

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In the early 80s, when I had not long started secondary school, a young lad who I think was an apprentice mechanic used to terrorise the local streets in a  jacked up Mk2 1600E just like this.  It was a S1 in dark midnight blue with the 4 instruments on the dash top and it had a V6 Essex, wolfrace slot mags (slots painted red), black film windows, huge furry seat covers, and for some reason he'd cut the bottom edges of the over-large home-made rear mudflaps in a jaggy pattern with a hacksaw.  A red light lit up the rear underside at night to reveal a standard axle painted bright red.  The leaf springs were painted gold (!!!???) and the extended spring shackes were chrome (wow!!).  It also had sidepipes and a CB radio.

 

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17 minutes ago, JeeExEll said:

In the early 80s, when I had not long started secondary school, a young lad who I think was an apprentice mechanic used to terrorise the local streets in a  jacked up Mk2 1600E just like this.  It was a S1 in dark midnight blue with the 4 instruments on the dash top and it had a V6 Essex, wolfrace slot mags (slots painted red), black film windows, huge furry seat covers, and for some reason he'd cut the bottom edges of the over-large home-made rear mudflaps in a jaggy pattern with a hacksaw.  A red light lit up the rear underside at night to reveal a standard axle painted bright red.  The leaf springs were painted gold (!!!???) and the extended spring shackes were chrome (wow!!).  And it had sidepipes.

 

Extended spring shackles, yep they were chrome.

We did that on a mate of mine's 1.3 Marina... not surprisingly jacking up the back end made the handling worse & it  looked horrific !😂

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23 hours ago, ETCHY said:

....can't believe how far the current Rangie's have fallen with their bloated styling, naff detailing & shit low profile tyres on huge alloys.... 

Maybe there'll be a counter-culture fitting smaller wheels and tyres with massive aspect ratios....

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