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16 hours ago, Conan said:

I didn't realise they did the Tercel/Corolla II/Corsa with pop ups front and it looks very much like an AW11.

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Very much would

Yeah that does look odd with a corolla badge on the front.  No idea what markets that would have been sold in. Makes me wonder if toyota themselves have the records of what got sold where and when - I doubt anyone is still around with all that information in their head.  

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2 hours ago, Timewaster said:

Aren't almost all cars in Japan binned by 10 years old due to the rigorous mot style test?

I thought that was why we ended up with so many grey imports.

This is true - it's an excellent example of international co-operation which allows The All Nippon Autoshite  Godo Kaisha to send us obscure cars which can then be featured in this very thread.

Great lads the Japanese.

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1910 Fiat S76. Fiat decided they wanted to get the land speed record off Mercedes. So, obviously, they built a 28.4 litre 4 cylinder engine and loosely assembled some bodywork around it. Here it is on a top speed run in Belgium in 1913:

This was apparently their third attempt after their two previous goes ended up with the drivers getting scared and refusing to drive them any more. Anyway, they broke the record but needed to do a return run to make it count and didn't. 

100 years on and a guy from Bristol has restored it:

Here it is at this years festival of speed, he drove it to Goodwood obviously:

 

 

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Every time I see one of these things I think it's a Fiat Punto.  It's not, it's a Chevrolet Aveo, which is a Daewoo in disguise.  I only ever see the ones with this specific front end too, which appears to be a 2008 only facelift thing.

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9 hours ago, martc said:

Saw one of these for the first time today, near Beverley. An unfortunately bulbous looking confection. A FIAT Doblo pick-up.

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I saw one of these yesterday in Kenilworth - it was a tree surgeon’s and had a cage over the bed. It looked bloody ridiculous.

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New one on me: the AQC Jetway 707.

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One of those hilariously proportioned Airport Limousines that were once popular in the US (from an era before air travel became a form of purgatorial ordeal), this one was based on the front-wheel-drive Oldsmobile Toronado, keeping a flat floor with no need for an elongated propshaft.

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Baggage in the back, lucky jet-age travellers up front, all pulled along by a 7.5 litre Rocket V8 . What a monster.

Unbelievably, an online search seems to imply that there's at least one in the UK. That'll be good craic at a mini-roundabout, hey?

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With around 150 of the buggers built, surely this is the ultimate wagon for 15 shiters to rock up at Cannock auctions...

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As an aside, I also didn't know that a few Toronados (GM's mid-price big coupé to rival the Thunderbird, while remaining cheaper than a Cadillac) were converted to four-door sedans.

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Pretty damn slick for 1967, when the best we could manage over here was the Vauxhall Cresta PC....

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On 8/13/2019 at 7:51 PM, Supernaut said:

I thought it looked like a very obvious rip-off, but didn't realise it was actually based on an S class!

Based on a mix and match E-Class and S-Class components. Available with basically the AMG 3.6 Inline 6 until 2014! It's very much like owning a W124 made entirely of cheap aftermarket parts.

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