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55 minutes ago, Supernaut said:

A post in the grumpy thread went off on a tangent to Chinese-made Citroen C2s, and how they are different to the ones we know.

 

Different? Oh yes.

 

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Yep, it's a Peugeot 206 badged as a Citroen!

China is absolutely fantastic for stuff like that!

How about a VW Jetta King:

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1980s Jetta with a 90s front end then facelifted at some point thereafter.

They made them in that form until 2013!

I'd buy one.

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Just like the Santana which was in production for a similar amount of time and can still sometimes be seen littering Chinese dashcam vids.  There's also the long wheelbase Santana 2000, because the Chinese love a bit of rear seat legroom and don't give a shit about safety.  Sensible people, the Chinese.

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Shanghai SH760, there's a thing I just discovered while looking for info on Russian trucks, as you do.  From Wikipedia: " primarily for government officials not important enough to warrant a FAW Hongqi."  Started out based on a FSO Warszawa, which itself was a Polish license-built version of the Gaz "Pobeda" M20 from Russia.  As more prototypes were developed they switched to basing it on the Mercedes Benz 220.  The mash-up continued well past prototype stage, the 80s versions (SH760B) got Santana rear lights and, apparently, interior trim.  Unlike the Ford Falcons of 1980s Brazil, or the Hindustan Ambassadors of 1990s India, the Shanghai isn't built under license, it just nicks everyone elses ideas and mashes them together into a montage of a car.

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^ used a bronze worm drive ..very similar to that then used on the post-war Sunbeam motorcycles.  Of course BSA owned Sunbeam bicycles and m/c's by this time, so to adapt the parts from one machine to the other was logical.   BSA also owned Lanchester cars which likewise used worm drive for smoothness in the drive train. 

 

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This is a bit of an oddity, it’s a Subaru Sambar, which a Finnish company called Elcat converted in conjunction with Subaru.

This particular vehicle is the 202 version meaning it will do a heady top speed of 56mph and has a range of 50 miles.

Most of them were used by the Finnish postal service, this one is in Bristol.


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I stumbled across a car that shares my username: behold the 1983 Lincoln Quicksilver concept. Rather improbably it's based on a stretched AC 3000ME rolling chassis that Ford acquired for potential development into a Group B rally car so that makes it a mid-engined 4-door saloon! It was styled by Ghia and I see more than a hint of Citroen in the looks, plus a bit of Audi C3 Avant and maybe even some Yugo Sana.

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Also, had circumstances been different the 3000ME itself could have ended up with an Austin Maxi engine and gearbox! The original Boanna Stables Diablo concept of 1972 was designed for the six-cylinder E-series from the Austin-Morris 2200, but that wasn't available yet so it had 1500 Maxi running gear. AC bought the rights but because BL were anticipating building millions of Maxis and taking over the world they couldn't spare any engines, so AC turned to Ford and the Essex V6 instead, probably a better choice anyway.

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On 7/28/2019 at 10:00 AM, bunglebus said:

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Can't remember if I posted the Hyundai Kona before

That looks like father Dougall was involved in the design process, and has based the actual measurements on a 3d rendering. 

"The back end looks really far away"

"No, it's just small"

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On 21 August 2019 at 7:40 PM, bunglebus said:

Saw a Toyota Mirai tonight

 

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The Police have got some of these in London( obvs. as it's the only place with a filling station) presumably not as ARVs- you would not feel safe sheltering behind one of these in a gun battle...

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2 hours ago, Snipes said:

Does anybody recognise the taillights off that quicksilver? 

As soon as I saw that pic my first thoughts were - 'VW Passat early 90s tail-lights'. But they're not. Then I thought 'WTF, idiot, why would Ford be going elsewhere for tail-lights? Especially from about ten years in the future'.

Maybe they were from an early / mid 80s US Ford / Lincoln / Mercury?

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4 minutes ago, JeeExEll said:

As soon as I saw that pic my first thoughts were - 'VW Passat early 90s tail-lights'. But they're not. Then I thought 'WTF, idiot, why would Ford be going elsewhere for tail-lights? Especially from about ten years in the future'.

Maybe they were from an early / mid 80s US Ford / Lincoln / Mercury?

I was thinking Fox body Mustang but maybe not. I'm assuming they're off something.

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Tornado Talisman, what a name. You can hear ladies' knicker elastic snapping already. Powered by Ford Classic 1340 or 1500cc,

Phone Rickmansworth 5176 or 5006 if you want one.

You could also get a Tornado Typhoon based on the 1172cc Ford Pop sidevalve. A lightweight sportscar which was probably much better than it sounds and a good laugh to compete in.

Edit, a bit of digging looking for a Typhoon advert led me to this interesting thread started by Barrett in 2010.

https://autoshite.com/topic/7376-special-shite-few-more-on-page-2/

 

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Thanks to a brief article on Jalopnik, then subsequently a link to ARonline posted in the comments section of said article, I now know of the existence of the Frazer-Tickford Metro.

I normally think of something with a turbo bolted to it when the word Tickford is mentioned, but not in this case. It uses a 1.3 that was pepped up with a Weber twin choke carb, a hotter camshaft and bigger valves along with a gas-flowed head. This gave it a whopping 80hp.

It was sold for £11,600 which in 1982 money would have also bought you either a Reliant Scimitar or a Ford Granada 2.8i.

 

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Somebody even posted this link: http://www.percivalmotorco.co.uk/Frazer_Tickford_Metro/#prettyPhoto  which is for one of the THREE left hand drive ones made for the US, but it's for sale back here in the UK.

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As you can see, they also went over the interior when building these.

Link to the full ARonline article: https://www.aronline.co.uk/cars/austin/metro/frazer-tickford/

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On 8/27/2019 at 9:13 PM, barrett said:

Have there been any other four-door middies? Can't think of any off the top of my head...

Arguably the Tatra 613 is mid-engined, either way it's also utterly splendid and I regret not buying one when they were cheap-ish.

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It's not, it's RR layout. It sits too far back to be considered mid-engined.

 

One could argue that most of the older vans are mid-engined and 4 doors, with one on the driver side, two on the passengers'and one or two in the back, counted as one. See Ford E-series, which had underfloor engine.

Also, Bedford Rascal :D

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The Bricklin police car. A rather unsuccessful venture, although around 3000 Bricklins were made in total. They only did five police cars. Looks like a child's toy.

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'The doors, which weighed 90 lb (40.8 kg) each, were raised by hydraulic cylinders controlled by switches in the interior, and took up to 12 seconds to open or close. The system was sensitive to the condition of the car's battery, as well as being prone to breakdown. The system used a single pump and had no door interlock, so opening one door at the same time as closing the other had the potential to burn out the pump motor'.

'Officers found them too difficult to get in and out of, and the Arizona heat caused battery issues that would prevent the electrically operated doors from opening'.

 

Hmm, that's not really ideal for a police car. And where would you put the crims?

Malcolm Bricklin is still around.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bricklin_SV-1

Looking at a Bricklin website quite a lot of the cars seem to have been on fire. Something worth bearing in mind if you want to buy one. Not only inconvenient but a bit fucking hot too if you can't get the doors open.

http://bricklin-sv-1-build-history.com/custom.html

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Interesting looking old car. Wonder what the front looks like.

 

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Whooooahhhh!! Didn't expect that. It looks like a dolphin.

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The Davis Divan.

Wiki quote -  

'The company's assets were liquidated in order to pay back taxes, while Gary Davis himself was eventually convicted of fraud and grand theft and sentenced to two years at a "work farm"labor camp'.

Oh dear.

According to Wiki he was formerly a used car salesman. He sold dealership rights to 350 dealers across the US and raised $1.2 million in the late 1940s. Total car production was 13 cars, including 2 prototypes. (PMSL at that).

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_Divan

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