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Today I came across two cars that before today I had no idea existed.

 

The first is the Mazda 323F Coupe, notable for not being as pretty as the standard 323F.

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The second is the Toyota Corona Exiv which is a quite swoopy looking saloon which I rather like.

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So did you know these existed, or is there any odd shite cars that you have only recently learned of?

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1911 Mercer Raceabout:

http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/america-supercar-1911-mercer-type-35r-raceabout-article-1.1849684

 

The 1908 Simplex Speedcar:

http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/blog/article/video_chasing_a_1908_simplex_speedcar

 

Both of which were typical of the pre-WWI Vanderbilt Cup era.

 

Steam carriages, as we have no similar tradition here in the US and A:

http://www.steamcar.net/artgurn.html

 

A sampling of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney's contraptions:

http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2011/01/goldsworthy-gurneys-steam-carriages.html

 

Pics or it didn't happen:

https://www.google.com/search?q=walter+hancock&client=firefox-a&hs=PpE&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&tbm=isch&imgil=PGWyluwGA1xgqM%253A%253BfBlX19miVl2lMM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.1st-art-gallery.com%25252FW.-Summers%25252FThe-Enterprise-Steam-Omnibus%25252C-Built-By-Mr.-Walter-Hancock-Of-Stratford%25252C-For-The-London-And-Paddington-Steam-Carriage-Company%25252C-Engraved-By-C.-Hunt%25252C-1833.html&source=iu&pf=m&fir=PGWyluwGA1xgqM%253A%252CfBlX19miVl2lMM%252C_&usg=__EkWMMyRqcNmbyYgKuke9me4y93A%3D&biw=1152&bih=624&ved=0CEEQyjc&ei=fLhfVKiEJ9j9oQT62YDgDA#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=PGWyluwGA1xgqM%253A%3BfBlX19miVl2lMM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.1st-art-gallery.com%252Fthumbnail%252F197812%252F1%252FThe-Enterprise-Steam-Omnibus%252C-Built-By-Mr.-Walter-Hancock-Of-Stratford%252C-For-The-London-And-Paddington-Steam-Carriage-Company%252C-Engraved-By-C.-Hunt%252C-1833.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.1st-art-gallery.com%252FW.-Summers%252FThe-Enterprise-Steam-Omnibus%252C-Built-By-Mr.-Walter-Hancock-Of-Stratford%252C-For-The-London-And-Paddington-Steam-Carriage-Company%252C-Engraved-By-C.-Hunt%252C-1833.html%3B600%3B461

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We don't get many small saloons, 

 

 

5100524399_25e232745a_b.jpgUno Saloono by Tayne, on Flickr

 

6074771704_50ed7697ef_b.jpgFiesta Saloon by Tayne, on Flickr

 

5517821123_52571b60ba_b.jpgDusty by Tayne, on Flickr

 

7432523836_84924e64c0_b.jpgKia Pride Saloon by Tayne, on Flickr

 

5168079746_ea5bc08930_b.jpgYaris saloon by Tayne, on Flickr

 

5076884238_d806388ef1_b.jpgAnd a Corsa saloon... by Tayne, on Flickr

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Today I came across two cars that before today I had no idea existed.

 

The first is the Mazda 323F Coupe, notable for not being as pretty as the standard 323F.

0327492-Mazda-323-Coupe-1.5i-LX-1997.jpg

 

 

I had never seen that 3-door 323 (323C I think they were called?) until I started seeing a few around Edinburgh in the early 2000s, on (I think) L or M plates. Not sure why that was, don't think they were ever sold new in the UK, so possibly secondhand imports from Ireland, or something like that... 

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Down here in the far south we get a huge range of JDM imports as used cars.

The Toyota Exiv is one an they were very popular, built on the Corona platform but longer, lower and wider.

Here's a selection of Toyota models from http://www.trademe.co.nz/

 

Alphard

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Cresta

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Echo (later called Vitz)

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Belta

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Mk X

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And my favourite the....Blade Master

Or a Corolla with a 3.5L V6

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And that's just a few Toyotas you have probably never heard of.

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Once owned a Mazda 323 saloon on a r plate. Different front ends to the coupe. A few years ago I also owned a Daihatsu applause. Looked like a saloon but was actually a hatch back. Never seen either of them before or since. Both of them had full electric windows,air con and electric sunroof and both had stupidly light steering.

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