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On 10/01/2021 at 17:02, somewhatfoolish said:

How TF would they fit a RV8 transversely in there? That's a more likely reason for binning it that peeling paint on the door handles. Given BL struggled to get cars out the door with the same brakes on either side peeling paint doesn't even register.

Rover V8’s have been fitted to Princess transverse gearboxes - in a mini Clubman!

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So no insurmountable problem in the huge engine bay of a Princess.

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3 hours ago, JeeExEll said:

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Another rubbish quick photochop but it gives some idea of what an 'Abbott Farnham' Capri might have looked like.

3-litre rival to the Scimitar.  They'd have to relocate the petrol tank though, it's normally upright in the boot behind the rear seat.

I want to see the fastback Zodiac estate that you must have created to make this.

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6 hours ago, JeeExEll said:

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Another rubbish quick photochop but it gives some idea of what an 'Abbott Farnham' Capri might have looked like.

3-litre rival to the Scimitar.  They'd have to relocate the petrol tank though, it's normally upright in the boot behind the rear seat.

Ford made one it survives in Australia fascinating story behind its survival.

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5 hours ago, Macscrooge said:

I remember seeing  - in Sheffield in the '90s - a 5-door W126 S-class.  Possible even this one as it was the same pale met green.  The hatch panel from the rear had a look of Rover 800 to it and the car looked really rather good.

(photo pinched from curbsideclassic.com)

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I can remember seeing that too, often parked in the 'Beauchief Hotel' car park.

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6 hours ago, Asimo said:

Rover V8’s have been fitted to Princess transverse gearboxes - in a mini Clubman!

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So no insurmountable problem in the huge engine bay of a Princess.

Anyone ever fit one in a wedge then? Be a good sleeper.

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On 1/15/2021 at 9:46 PM, sheffcortinacentre said:

Ford made one it survives in Australia fascinating story behind its survival.

Any more info on that one?  Something similar (a pre-facelift Mk1) turned up in a black and white late 70s general street pic ages ago, appeared to have been used as a parts-van in everyday use for a garage.  It was reg'd as a van with DVLA. 

Edit, just found this.  Described as one of possibly 3 built by Ford Australia (unconfirmed), the Capri Scorpion. 

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Well, it's interesting and different.  I wouldn't make any more than 3 though.

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Absolutely.

The Asp coupe would have been a great little budget sportscar, good looking too.

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They'd have been in big demand with amateur motorsporters, hillclimbs, etc.

I often wonder what a modern incarnation of the Hillman Imp would be like, a deliberately minimalist little rear engined car with fantastic handling, something the size of a little Suzuki Alto rather than a bloated BINI type car.  Wind up windows, etc.

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3 hours ago, JeeExEll said:

Any more info on that one?  Something similar (a pre-facelift Mk1) turned up in a black and white late 70s general street pic ages ago, appeared to have been used as a parts-van in everyday use for a garage.  It was reg'd as a van with DVLA. 

Edit, just found this.  Described as one of possibly 3 built by Ford Australia (unconfirmed), the Capri Scorpion. 

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Well, it's interesting and different.

It was in classic escort err I keen classic ford some years ago.

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MG EX-E. 

I remember seeing this in the metal at a motorshow in the mid 80s. To a ten year old car-mad lad, this thing looked stunning. I don't dislike the lines thirty five years later either. I still think it's a crying shame MG went on to create the F/TF and then lost it all. Values will surely start to creep up before too long...

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On 1/16/2021 at 1:59 AM, OM646 said:

1) Launch this in 1990.

2) Keep it in the market for 5 years

3) Replace it with R3

4)???????????????

5) Profit

In-house designs : Rover R6X - AROnline

It probably would have launched with that panel gap between wing and bumper.

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