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Fascinating to see the Olympia. V rare beast in the UK. Here's an estate:

 

I recall reading that "small number" registration plates (ABC12, ABC1A) were reserved for used imports - anyone able to confirm? 

 

That estate is much more attractive. Certainly from the back anyway, as the guppy-like front end isn't visible.

 

I've just been pondering the fact that the Viscount and Senator/Royale were probably on sale within 10 years of each other, yet they're worlds apart.

 

Can't help on your question I'm afraid.

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I still have quite a few more of these to scan, but I've been a bit slow on that recently. Here are the highlights of what I have uploaded over the last month:

 

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1979 Vauxhall Royale 2.8 Auto, HDD555V (1992) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I can remember scenes like this at various farms over the years.

 

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1979 Opel Monza 3.0 Auto, DPU211T (1993) + Commodore by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Seems as if the poor old Monza suffered like this on more than one occasion, as I've seen another photo of it with something else on the trailer.

 

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1981 Opel Commodore Berlina 2.5 Auto, RAD527W (1992) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Here's what was on the back of it. I don't think I remember any of these here.

 

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1968/69 Vauxhall Cresta, XNP695G (1979) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Likewise I can't recall any of these low-spec Crestas.

 

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1972 Skilton Perkins SP2 Highwayman GT, FPM3L (1973) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1972 Skilton Perkins SP2 Highwayman GT, FPM3L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Here's a rather pleasing obscurity. Apparently based on a Rover P6 and taxed/SORNed until relatively recently. Does anyone know more about this special? I think the location is a hillclimb meet at Prescott. There was a 1930s style model that preceded it, which was apparently used by the Bugatti OC as a course car for a while.

 

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1971 Wartburg Knight Deluxe, HUU 48K (1999) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Does anyone remember this one? It was last taxed/SORNed as recently as 2013.

 

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1969/70 Audi 100 LS, VAD308H (1972) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1982 Audi 100 GL Diesel, PWO963Y (1983) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Audis, from the days when they didn't carry all the dreadful image associations that they do today.

 

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1979 SAAB 900 EMS/Turbo, GDG953V (1986) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1979 SAAB 900 Turbo, YFO900T by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Performance cars for thinking people.

 

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1973 SAAB 99 L 2dr, UWP312L (1986) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1973 Hillman Hunter GT, SFH316L (1986) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Compare and contrast L-reg saloons.

 

Americans and some more odds and ends to come in a moment.......

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1959(?) Ford Fairlane 500 (1972) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I'm not sure if it's the car above, but it seems that Mr Powell did own a 1959 Fairlane 500 for a while, circa 1969. His son sent me a copy of an extract from his journal which describes in the most minute detail the time and money he spent on it (sadly all rather futile). It makes for fascinating reading and I think at some point is worthy of a post in its own right.

 

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1988 Ford Taurus 3.8, F723WAD (1992) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Definite styling similarities to the Granada Mk3.

 

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1969 American Motors Rebel SST Estate, POH4G (1985) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1971 Rambler Ambassador SST, DLW9J (1985) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1971 Rambler Ambassador SST, DLW9J (1985) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I think Mr Powell owned both of these as well, although apparently that's not him seen in the final shot. The Ambassador was photographed in Steam Mills, I suspect some fun was being had on those empty roads. Does anyone know that area? From the photos I have and looking at Streetview now it looks to be quite an interesting place....

 

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1987 Isuzu Piazza Turbo, D31GYR (1998) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Was surprised to find this only lasted for another couple of years on the road.

 

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1989 Proton 1.5 GLS, G809YDG (1990) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Mr Powell had considerable foresight. Who else was taking photos of Protons when they were just a year old?

 

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1981 Suzuki SC100 GX, TDF694X (1984) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1992 Suzki Swift GLX 4wd, K482VVV by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Small oddities.

 

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1985 Hyundai Stellar 1.6 GSL, C46FTX (1986) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

A handsome thing.

 

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1993? Hyundai S Coupe MVTi Turbo, 64LKL (1993) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Didn't realise they did a Turbo version of this model.

 

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1989 Hyundai Pony 1.5 GLS 5dr, F363TFH (1989) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Splendid array of accessories here, I suspect dealer-fit? Bonus glimpse of a 180B.

 

Toyota to follow another day.

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Nice work, SL....Mr Powell certainly took some nice photos and I was pleased with the ones I got from his son.   The SP Highwayman was built in a place called Hooe in Sussex, I remember seeing them advertised in the likes of Motor Sport and Hot Car.   The odd coffin-shaped "station wagon" was indeed a later development of a more (or less) conventional looking roadster.   I think they took the V8 Rover engine too.   Never seen one but they were advertised for a good year or two.    

 

I have seen a single light Cresta but never papped it.   There was a Sweeney episode with one parked on the street - think it may have been Stoppo Driver but its a bit late to be trawling my DVDs for that shot!

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I love these pictures, just the ordinariness of them. It's like Mr Powell was 30 years ahead of his time , doing what we all do now with our phones.

My favourites are the non-deluxe Cresta and the 82 Audi 100, I'd forgotten I actually owned owned one for a short time until I saw this.

That model Commodore was sold in the UK during that strange period that GM thought it a good idea to sell identical models with 2 badges- they probably sold more than Viceroys, as Opels were seen as upmarket Germans. I was always surprised they didn't badge everything from the Carlton upwards as an Opel, I suppose the big fleet's Buy British policies in the days the company car market was so important prevented this.

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Thanks all. It's good to know these photos are appreciated. Leaving aside the original efforts of Mr Powell in taking them, then his son Matt in sorting and listing them, it takes me several hours in an evening to scan, edit, research and upload 5-6 images.

 

Maybe I should be doing something more useful on real shite, like sorting the sticky caliper on my Camry?.......

 

What's so great about these images is the context given by the date and location on pretty much all of them, and the additional info kindly given to me by his son. I have a couple of other pages from the journal which give copious detail about a pair of Mk4 Zodiacs. They give a fascinating insight into what somebody was up to with big and hopeless old barges decades before AS existed.

 

Some real treasure in these. The Cherry coupes in the earlier posts brought back memories of my first car, a metallic blue one with plenty wob, and an obviously dodgy MOT.

I miss the days when more good looking coupes were available.

 

Coupe versions of almost all the small-midsize Japanese cars were available throughout the '70s and into the early '80s. They seemed to sell in reasonable numbers too.Then there was the likes of Kadett, Alfasud Sprint, Scirocco etc alongside established models such as the Capri and Firenza.

 

I'd quite like to try an S Coupe Turbo.  I had a standard one years ago and it never really had the go to match its sporty* looks.

 

Can't recall that one, did I see it at some point?

 

At least Hyundai persevered with the coupe thing, until they made it a bit too big.

 

 

Nice work, SL....Mr Powell certainly took some nice photos and I was pleased with the ones I got from his son.   The SP Highwayman was built in a place called Hooe in Sussex, I remember seeing them advertised in the likes of Motor Sport and Hot Car.   The odd coffin-shaped "station wagon" was indeed a later development of a more (or less) conventional looking roadster.   I think they took the V8 Rover engine too.   Never seen one but they were advertised for a good year or two.    

 

I have seen a single light Cresta but never papped it.   There was a Sweeney episode with one parked on the street - think it may have been Stoppo Driver but its a bit late to be trawling my DVDs for that shot!

 

There's a bit more info about Skilton Perkins here, and another photo of the SP2: http://www.skiltonperkins.co.uk/ I bet I've got more about them in an old magazine article out in the shed.

 

I think this is the only image I've seen of the single-light Cresta PC, just a stock shot used in an advert:

 

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Queens Garage, Sudbury, Suffolk ad 1974 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

One of my favourite threads on here. I always cheer inaudibly when I see there's been an update.

 

Thanks Chris! Feel free to cheer audibly.

 

I love these pictures, just the ordinariness of them. It's like Mr Powell was 30 years ahead of his time , doing what we all do now with our phones.
My favourites are the non-deluxe Cresta and the 82 Audi 100, I'd forgotten I actually owned owned one for a short time until I saw this.
That model Commodore was sold in the UK during that strange period that GM thought it a good idea to sell identical models with 2 badges- they probably sold more than Viceroys, as Opels were seen as upmarket Germans. I was always surprised they didn't badge everything from the Carlton upwards as an Opel, I suppose the big fleet's Buy British policies in the days the company car market was so important prevented this.

 

Glad they’ve jogged some memories. As much as the Commodore and Viceroy pointlessly duplicated each other, there was the fact they filled a rather minute gap in the range (something Datsun and Toyota were always good at too, at least in their domestic line-ups). Which is why it’s pleasing to see a photo of one now.

 

For some reason car-spotting has never really been a thing like it has for buses and trains. Perhaps it’s the ubiquity of cars? We all see them every day, why take a shot of one over another? Thing is, as I thought when I started taking photos of predominantly Japanese stuff back in the ‘90s, you never quite know when it’s the last time you’ll ever see that model on the road. At that point it becomes an interesting(ish) little bit of history.

 

Maybe Mr Powell thought the same thing? Or perhaps he just liked both cars and taking photos? I do think he took it a bit more seriously than most people would (and I’m rather pleased he did).  

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Your photo uploads are the only thing that keep me logging onto Flickr. The dates and descriptions of the photographs give wonderful context to the cars together with your check to see how much longer they lasted on the road. Most other users just put the name of the car and the year which is boring and a bit pointless.

 

I'm also a huge fan of your recent posts about the larger Vauxhall/Opel models from the late 1970s and early 1980s. A slightly tired looking example photographed in 1990 is precisely how I remember them. I'm also in love with the white Commodore Coupe, I think I pointed you in the direction of the one I spotted around the beginning of the 90s.

 

Your not inconsiderable efforts in uploading this collection are definitely appreciated.

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Mr Powell's efforts are fantastic. I have to wonder what people thought of him, using what appears to be a pretty decent camera to take photos of routine everyday modern cars back in the days when film was expensive and then cataloguing them in such detail. Of course we're all glad he did and all these years later his photos have so much historical interest but at the time his activities must have been seen as a bit strange.

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Thanks all for the kind words.

 

A bit of a "What are the chances?" moment here after half-a-dozen random eBay magazine purchases arrived today. Quite by chance, in a 1972 issue of Motor that was amongst them there's an excellent two-page article on Skilton Perkins, with photos mainly of the SP1 Roadster but a shot of SP2 in construction complete with description. Definitely one to be scanned.

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I'd quite like to try an S Coupe Turbo.  I had a standard one years ago and it never really had the go to match its sporty* looks

 

 

Can't recall that one, did I see it at some point?

 

Don't think so - I have a feeling I owned it before I discovered these hallowed pages.  It was metallic turquoise.

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Mr Powell is a bit of a legend, both for choosing to photograph the obscurities that everyone else was ignoring, & for doing it at a time when any kind of photography cost a fortune in film & printing! Hats off to him! (& you for taking the time to scan & upload them!).

 

Its shocking how many of his `spots` seem to have lasted till recently, only to fall off the radar when they`d become highly collectable.

 

I often wonder what happened to the millions of photo`s people took of cars for the likes of Autotrader/E&M back in the 80/90`s, as well as all the estate agents & local authority photos taken in the last 40-60 years, which would also be interesting now.

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I often wonder what happened to the millions of photo`s people took of cars for the likes of Autotrader/E&M back in the 80/90`s, as well as all the estate agents & local authority photos taken in the last 40-60 years, which would also be interesting now.

 

Very occasionally I'll stumble across a batch of old family photos or slides at the local auctions, if there's sufficient car content I'll stick a bid in. Sadly I imagine vast quantities of ones that we would find interesting have just been binned.

 

I do have the odd older copy of AT/E&M. The print quality isn't always good enough to make out registrations although I imagine the originals would have been decent enough shots.

 

Skilton Perkins article now scanned:

 

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Skilton Perkins SP1 and SP2, Motor 15/4/72 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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Skilton Perkins SP1 and SP2, Motor 15/4/72 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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Time to make a start on the promised Toyotas:

 

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1978 Toyota Corolla 30, ODR516S (2001) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1981 Toyota Corolla DX, SDF844W (2006) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I can remember when these were just an everyday sight, but the exporters saw off most of the survivors in the '90s.

 

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1982 Toyota Corolla 1.8 SR5 Griffith Convertible, YLB531X (1997) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Unusual. I think this was a US import, and it was apparently exported elsewhere in 2006.

 

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1984 Toyota Corolla GT Coupe, A840LAD (1993) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

OMGAE86DRIFTRWD etc. Great to see one utterly standard. This is apparently still around, currently on SORN.

 

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1988 Toyota Corolla SR5 Coupe, E324HCJ (1991) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Brown! Quite an attractive car I reckon. Bonus odd-panel Lada/FSO in the background.

 

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1989 Toyota Corolla 4wd Estate, G869WTF (1999) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Good to see another Lidl spot. I still walk past the one in town where I work with a degree of optimism, although sadly it's becoming less productive for photo opportunities.

 

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1966 Toyota Corona 1500, HFH600D (1972) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I think Mr Powell must have borrowed or even owned this one for a bit. There's another photo of it down in Newnham, but this shot was taken at Loch Glascarnoch in the Highlands.

 

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1973 Toyota Carina 1600, RFH747L (1976) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1987 Toyota Carina II GL, E673KAE (2006) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Outside of a show/banger track, the last one of those 1970s Carinas I saw on the road was in Cambridge back in the '90s. Been a little while since I've seen one of the FWD versions. I left my number with the owner of a tidy one some years ago, I'm still hopeful that they'll ring me one day (it's still got T&T).

 

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1977 Toyota Celica 2000 ST Liftback, BWP663S (1983) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Early bit of colour-coding going on with the yellow wheels.

 

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1983 Toyota Celica 2.0 ST, CFH31Y (1983) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1983 Toyota Celica ST, KOO18Y (1999) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Celicas near the beginning and end of their time on the road. That pop-up light arrangement always looked a bit awkward to me.

 

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1984 Toyota Celica 2.0 XT Liftback, A371RFO (1989) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Toyota obviously thought the same, as the facelift featured a more conventional arrangement. Such an angular design.

 

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1986/87 Toyota Celica, D303HYN (1987) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1988 Toyota Celica 2.0 Cabriolet, E300DPK by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Toyota made a massive leap forward when they changed to the FWD model. I would very happily have one of these. Convertible never very common as I recall, although it was an official model here.

 

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1978 Toyota Cressida, VDO902S (1979) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1980 Toyota Cressida, GHB544W (1991) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I can't imagine these are particularly dynamic things to drive, but I've always found them to be rather attractive. In Japan they were a straight competitor to my Laurel, but it never seemed like that here as the Datsun got a six-cyl engine. Fun to be had playing spot the difference here, as the W-reg car has a subtle facelift. Just noticed the modest front spoiler, doubtful that helped the aerodynamics much.....

 

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1981 Toyota Cressida 2.0 DX Estate, OFG508W (2000) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

I went to the same show and must have seen this myself. This particular one managed to keep going until 2008, but sadly no tax/MoT since then.

 

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1988 Toyota Camry 2.0 GLi 4wd, E555GVJ (1988) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Blimey, a 4x4 version. These were significantly more expensive than the 2wd model, or a Sierra XR4x4 for that matter, so it's little surprise they were rather rare and only sold here for a year or so.

 

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1990 Toyota Camry 2.0 GLi Auto Estate, H765BEA 2004) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Builder's hack?

 

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1992 Toyota Camry 2.2 GL, K984FVJ (1992) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Yay! Only a month or two old when photographed here, but its owners over the years were obviously as happy with it as I have been with mine as it'd done 212k miles at its last MoT in 2009 (apologies for profuse use of 'as' in that sentence). I find the rear quarter styling of the saloon to be particularly pleasing, I am slightly saddened by the fact my 4dr won't see the road again. It'd be an utterly pointless duplication of my estate (and other cars in my fleet), but I wouldn't say no to another 2.2 saloon.

 

Crowns, Supras etc to follow at some other point.

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I'd forgotten about this thread. Have scanned some more in, so may as well chuck a few more on for wet Sunday viewing:

 

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1967 Toyota Crown Deluxe 1900, PLK990E (1970) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Deeply obscure. I don't think these were officially imported to the UK.

 

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1969 Toyota Crown Estate, VFH763H (1988) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

They did sell these here. DVLA says this one has ended up with a diesel engine, also a van rear axle?!

 

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1974 Toyota Crown 2600 Coupe, RDF666M (2002) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1978 Toyota Crown 2600 Auto, UOH924S (1978) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1978/79 Toyota Crown 2600 Auto, DFH65T (1986) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1980 Toyota Crown 2.8 Super Saloon, LDF667V (1988) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Mr Powell appeared to like these as much as other big cars. I saw so many of them get banger raced in the '90s.

 

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1976 Toyota Land Cruiser 3.9 FJ55, MDG428P (1996) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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197? Toyota Land Cruiser J40, 3009WP38 (1993) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1983/84 Toyota Land Cruiser J60, A300FRB by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

The old one was always a bit of a rarity.

 

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1983 Toyota Celica Supra 2.8i, A270LBV (1984) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

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1984 Toyota Celica Supra 2.8i Auto, B630HRA (1987) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Narrow and wide-body Supras compare and contrast.

 

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Re that French registered Land Cruiser - my dad had a 1983 Volvo 240 which was ****WM38, so would say that reg is from around 83-84.

 

Backs up what a French contact on Flickr said, IIRC he stated 1984.

 

 

I didn't know they did a narrow Celica Supra over here. Could it be an import, or modified?

 

They definitely did sell early ones like that here.

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On 3/29/2017 at 1:46 PM, Spottedlaurel said:

In the meantime, here are a couple of acquisitions from unknown photographers:

 

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Hong Kong, early-mid 1980s? by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

And a bit further afield.

If I was to hazard a guess, I'd suspect this was somewhere around Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon side of HK.

My old '86 Suzuki GSX-R750 was registered in Hong Kong in 1990 and was ET3285, so the taxi (DW1610) might be later 80's?

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