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4 hours ago, antony denman said:

rember being 19 in 1984 seeing this glurious motor,i never knew it existed its the luxley luszange forget the hothatchs off the 80s pure gold

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I remember seeing this when it was first shown, I wonder which chassis they used for the Loxley Lozenge.

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On 22/09/2020 at 22:25, Mr Laurence said:

And similarly, the Baur TC4, a 4 door E36 with a 2CV style fabric roof. Unlike the TC3, these were technically mass produced, but weren’t popular; only about 300 were made. I can’t seem to find any evidence that these ever made it to the UK or anywhere outside of Europe, but I’m happy to be proven wrong.

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I love how they converted a base 316i too.

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3 hours ago, bunglebus said:

I'm sure someone will know it but way before my time (the car, not the TV series)

Austin Sheerline apparently.  It always surprises me how heavily cars were built in the 40s and 50s.  There must have been plenty of ex wartime aircraft designers around who knew how to save weight. 

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7 hours ago, gm said:

A German registered Alfa Romeo people carrier turned up to deliver some motorbike parts to my neighbour yesterday

For our younger viewers, Alfa Romeo's commercial division made a fantastic range of vehicles, from heavy lorries to vans into the 1980's after which the AR badge was often seen on IVECO/FIAT vans etc. You can still, if you're lucky, see the comically named Alfa Romeo Romeo in active duty in remoter parts of Italy along with the 'F12'.

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Alfa Romeo Romeo 

1979 Alfa Romeo F12 Diesel ORIGINAL !!!! - YouTube

Alfa Romeo F12.

Brochures / catalogues - Alfa Romeo Veicoli Industriali - Catawiki

Lancia also had a commercial vehicles division making a wide range from lorries to vans, again from the 80's the Lancias became a badge on an IVECO.

Alle Größen | Lancia Esagamma E 520 6X4 | Flickr - Fotosharing! | Fuel  truck, Old trucks, Big trucks

Lancia Esagamma

Happy Lancia truck is very happy to tow his sister.

This is interesting - it's UK registered and has another comedy name the Lancia Super Jolly.

I became aware of Lancia commercials in an old Observers Book of Commercial Vehicles which showed one of these, later rebranded as either a FIAT or  IVECO, but originally built as a Lancia - the, not so comically named, '6640', it floated regardless of it's 4mm armour.

IMCDb.org: Iveco 6640 A in "Missione eroica - I pompieri 2, 1987"

Iveco 6640 photo - 7 | Amphibious vehicle, Boat, Photo

I suspect Lancias and Alfa Romeos independent commercial production stopped when FIAT bought them and rationalised the commercial vehicle portfolio (the heavy divisions becoming part of IVECO).

 

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51 minutes ago, martc said:

This is interesting - it's UK registered and has another comedy name the Lancia Super Jolly.

The Super Jolly was bizarre.   It was based on the *reliable* Flavia platform, so it had an aluminium flat 4 engine, front wheel drive and 4 wheel disc brakes.  It replaced the Jolly, which wasn't quite so odd but still boasted a twin-cam V4 engine, 5 speed gearbox  and sliding pillar suspension.  

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11 hours ago, rusty998 said:

When I first saw this I thought those sneaky Chinese had done a copy of the jaguar x type/Rover 75 but as it turns out it's a genuine car made by Lancia and goes by the name of Lybra, inside reminds me of my Alfa Romeo 156 with a hint of Rover 75 and jaguar x type,  I'm not sure if I like this as it's a bit odd 20200930_103529.thumb.jpg.db0e0329688e576a52dbd245573c6566.jpg20200930_103547.thumb.jpg.f1cf5f47cb97d9c1bba8b2d0dfe07faa.jpg20200930_103512.thumb.jpg.34ecb2650337f2a7939de9b311c28b28.jpg20200930_103619.thumb.jpg.2262728e94c0773c52af41db62031760.jpg20200930_103636.thumb.jpg.44e3a5e139c466fcdfa62696ebad5cf7.jpg


They also made a wagon

 

 

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20 hours ago, rusty998 said:

When I first saw this I thought those sneaky Chinese had done a copy of the jaguar x type/Rover 75 but as it turns out it's a genuine car made by Lancia and goes by the name of Lybra, inside reminds me of my Alfa Romeo 156 with a hint of Rover 75 and jaguar x type,  I'm not sure if I like this as it's a bit odd 20200930_103529.thumb.jpg.db0e0329688e576a52dbd245573c6566.jpg20200930_103547.thumb.jpg.f1cf5f47cb97d9c1bba8b2d0dfe07faa.jpg20200930_103512.thumb.jpg.34ecb2650337f2a7939de9b311c28b28.jpg20200930_103619.thumb.jpg.2262728e94c0773c52af41db62031760.jpg20200930_103636.thumb.jpg.44e3a5e139c466fcdfa62696ebad5cf7.jpg

Lancia Lybra,

https://www.milanuncios.com/lancia-de-segunda-mano/lybra.htm

https://www.ooyyo.com/france/lancia-lybra-occasion-a-vendre/c=CDA31D7114D38565111BFB6FBA0D355BFDA11D6617F286/

https://www.marktplaats.nl/l/auto-s/lancia/f/lybra-sw/910/

The forbidden fruit of UK.

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On 9/30/2020 at 10:40 AM, rusty998 said:

When I first saw this I thought those sneaky Chinese had done a copy of the jaguar x type/Rover 75 but as it turns out it's a genuine car made by Lancia and goes by the name of Lybra, inside reminds me of my Alfa Romeo 156 with a hint of Rover 75 and jaguar x type,  I'm not sure if I like this as it's a bit odd 20200930_103512.thumb.jpg.34ecb2650337f2a7939de9b311c28b28.jpg

 

On 9/30/2020 at 11:05 AM, Richard_FM said:

The bigger Daewoos often copied the prestige cars of the time, normally Lexus or Mercedes.

After moving on from warmed up Vauxhalls their range became quite quirky, with some models that hardly sold over here,

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Separated at birth?

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On 10/6/2020 at 3:43 PM, wuvvum said:

It appears that the LDV Maxus has finally been replaced.  No, I hadn't noticed either.

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Looks like an even more hideous version of the current Transit.  Apparently RWD though so definitely not just a facelift of the old van.

That is gruesome although the grille would make all the bmw drivers very envious.

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