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On 8/28/2021 at 8:43 AM, bunglebus said:

Saw a Fabia saloon the other day, don't recall clocking one of these before

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I've driven one. An eight valve 1.4 MPI. It was a shite drive. I was used to a Rover 75 2.0 V6. This was extremely uncomfortable with shite heating and no ventilation ducts to the rear seat passengers... 

That meant frosty windows- inside and out- in the back where I was a passenger for a while. 

I only agreed to drive it in order to get warm enough to feel comfortable*. 

All this happened in a Czech Specification car in Cz.... 

The only advantage* over the hatchback was that the little amount of heat inside wasn't lost when the massive* boot was opened. 

 

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19 hours ago, Leyland Worldmaster said:

I've driven one. An eight valve 1.4 MPI. It was a shite drive. I was used to a Rover 75 2.0 V6. This was extremely uncomfortable with shite heating and no ventilation ducts to the rear seat passengers... 

That meant frosty windows- inside and out- in the back where I was a passenger for a while. 

I only agreed to drive it in order to get warm enough to feel comfortable*. 

All this happened in a Czech Specification car in Cz.... 

The only advantage* over the hatchback was that the little amount of heat inside wasn't lost when the massive* boot was opened. 

 

I never knew they existed either. They are here in Spain, but they must be hens teeth.

https://www.coches.net/skoda-fabia-19-tdi-comfort-101-cv-4p-diesel-2002-en-cordoba-49565381-covo.aspx

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I've probably seen plenty before and simply never noticed, but I happened to roll up beside this slightly bland saloon outside a well-known discount retailer earlier, and just couldn't recognise what it was at first...

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Bit of Mk1 Focus to the rear, bit of Astra G to the front...

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Huh. It's a Corolla E120 saloon, of all things.

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Are these unusual, or am I just hideously unobservant?

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On 9/13/2021 at 10:31 PM, Datsuncog said:

I've probably seen plenty before and simply never noticed, but I happened to roll up beside this slightly bland saloon outside a well-known discount retailer earlier, and just couldn't recognise what it was at first...

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Bit of Mk1 Focus to the rear, bit of Astra G to the front...

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Huh. It's a Corolla E120 saloon, of all things.

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Are these unusual, or am I just hideously unobservant

I don't know, but the Republic is stuffed with them. We like our saloons down here.

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Found out about this "baby" Sapphire 234/236 when one came up for sale a couple of days ago, lovely thing but they do seem to be rather overlooked and unloved, don't they? Almost no content on youtube, few road tests, seemingly no books available about this specific model...

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They were only on sale for 3 years and ASM sold a bit less than 2000 of them, alu bodywork is pricy to paint and the 6 cylinder is a bit pedestrian. It's also a bit fugly from the rear, the stylist was outvoted by the MD who wanted to be able to wear a hat in the back seat. The 4 cylinder is a bit of a goer though, being 2/3rds of the big hemi-6; they were a real sleeper and could show a Jag 2.4 a clean pair of heels.

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A 234 is pretty near the top of my list of postwar British cars I actually want to own, or at least drive. It's also the only nice car A-S ever built. As above, the six was actually quite a bit less powerful and slower than the four, but I don't think you can be choosey today as there's something like a dozen left of all types. I have a Michelotti sketch of a re-styled proposal which I think did make it to the prototype stage, but the car-building arm of the company collapsed in part due to poor sales of the model and it was never built. I believe the alloy bits are in aircraft-grade Hiduminium, repairs of which would, I'd guess, make welding aluminium look like a piece of piss.

I also love the way they look, but I'm a weirdo

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On 9/16/2021 at 11:13 AM, Austat said:

Anadol Böcek (1975-1977):

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Apart from the fact it looks fantastic and barmy in equal measure, I'd buy one just so I could park badly in the local Tesco car park and hear the voice on the tannoy requesting 'would the driver of the orange Anadol Bocek please move their vehicle immediately as it's blocking in the last remaining Sao Penza'... Amazing. 

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