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13 hours ago, artdjones said:

 

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I didn't realize it, but they actually built 41000 of these over two years, then the tax policy of the Italian government changed, so they stopped production. My suspicion would be that Fiat leaned on the government to do that, as they have always had a lot of political influence. And for all the appeal of the Fiat 500 and 600, the R4 is a far superior car for every day use and practicality than either of them. In fact it's probably the best of all the "people's cars."So Fiat would be looking at a large loss of sales if production had continued.

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On 6/21/2022 at 5:40 PM, Alan_Green said:

Toyota Corolla Hybrid Auto Van.  (There should be move car-seat-delete vans). 

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Supposedly a high proportion of Japanese estate cars are used as delivery vans, so this seems logical.

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On 12/05/2022 at 16:48, bunglebus said:

Just saw one of these - Lynk and Co

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8 hours ago, Aston Martin said:

That's the one.

The one I saw was also on foreign plates - possibly Belgian

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On 19/06/2022 at 18:45, bunglebus said:

This my friends, is a Honda Spike

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2 hours ago, GrumpyCat said:

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Looks like the same thing to me, and says Spike on the back. Why's it listed as a Mobilo?

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14 hours ago, Metal Guru said:

What fugly cars. Can’t believe the original was worse. Maybach were mentioned , they seem to be carrying on this theme even today.

Spohn started out building 'normal' cars before the war. The Maybach Zeppelin was an incredible bit of advanced design for the mid-30s when Europe was going mad for this sort of thing.

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They also did more conventional things which are quite attractive in a German sort of way

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It just turned out that after WW2, American GIs would pay good money to have custom-built cars made for them, and the more eye-catching and outrageous they were the better. So, blame the Americans for the postwar horrors.

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Will Vauxhall Opel try and stop them using the name to avoid confusion? After all they're similar cars.

Ford had similar concerns about people confusing the Ford Sierra

HUM 761K - 1971 Dutton Sierra Kit Car | homer----simpson | Flickr

With the Dutton Sierra, so similar were they

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In 1979, Dutton launched the Dutton Sierra, an Escort-based estate car with off-road looks. Three years later, the Ford Motor Company decided to use the Sierra name on their Cortina/Taunus replacement, and served Dutton with a legal writ demanding that they stop using the name. At a case in the High Court in London, though, Dutton won the right to continue with the name on kit cars, as the judge ruled that they were a separate category from assembled cars.

 

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5 minutes ago, bunglebus said:

Will Vauxhall Opel try and stop them using the name to avoid confusion? After all they're similar cars.

Ford had similar concerns about people confusing the Ford Sierra

HUM 761K - 1971 Dutton Sierra Kit Car | homer----simpson | Flickr

With the Dutton Sierra, so similar were they

Lot 62 - 1983 Ford Sierra 1.6 L

 

See the Ford/Monteverdi situation as well, google translate:

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The production of the Sierra ceased in 1982 when the Chrysler Dodge Aspen as well as the Plymouth Volare was established. Subsequently sold Monteverdi the rights to the name "Sierra" to the Ford Group, which the successor to the Ford Taunus was the name. According to recent press reports, Monteverdi for a fee of five Swiss francs for each manufactured Ford Sierra received.

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