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I was sat drinking and thinking about stuff. And what popped into my head was the cars that made me the shiter that I am today were probably what I watched on 70's and 80's TV.

 

Terry and June and my grandad too.

 

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Fawlty towers, grandad again although his was purple with red vinyl seats. Used to burn my legs in summer when we wore shorts.

 

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I should add the campest car ever, hmm Michael.

 

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Please tell me they weren't as dire as I've read. Still would and the red light too

 

So how about you lot?

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The green Mk1 Granada owned by that guy who was probably not pumping Wendy Craig in "Butterflies".

 

Everything in "Thunderbirds", even though they were made-up models. Similarly, the full-size made-up models in "UFO".

 

Ummm... that TV drama series set around a car factory that produced Mk1 Fiestas with a fake front end? What was it called now......

 

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Nope, can't find it. Late '70s or early '80s. Possibly the latter.

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I go back to Z-Cars too.  Imagine my delight at 6 years old when Daddy brings home his brand new car: a navy blue Zephyr 4 mk3.  If any part of it survives anywhere I'd love to know.  DWM 95C.  I loved that car and was heartbroken when he PX-ed it for a new mk2 Cortina (HWM 457F) in 1967.  Z-Cars went to Escort panda cars soon after, and it was never the same.  Now what have we got?  Police Interceptors, laden with Audis and BMWs.  Yuk.  And cop shows consist of scruffs mooning about in the dark.  If you do get any car action, it's poorly done and the cars are generic.

 

The green Mk1 Granada owned by that guy who was probably not pumping Wendy Craig in "Butterflies".

 

Everything in "Thunderbirds", even though they were made-up models. Similarly, the full-size made-up models in "UFO".

 

Ummm... that TV drama series set around a car factory that produced Mk1 Fiestas with a fake front end? What was it called now......

 

<Google intermission>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nope, can't find it. Late '70s or early '80s. Possibly the latter.

On The Line is the show you're trying to think of.

 

Many of the cars in Thunderbirds (and the other Anderson shows) were American models, sometimes not even modified.  Careful scanning of the background of certain shots will give the likes of Corgi Buick Rivieras, usually dressed up as copcars.

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The green Mk1 Granada owned by that guy who was probably not pumping Wendy Craig in "Butterflies".

 

Everything in "Thunderbirds", even though they were made-up models. Similarly, the full-size made-up models in "UFO".

 

Ummm... that TV drama series set around a car factory that produced Mk1 Fiestas with a fake front end? What was it called now......

 

<Google intermission>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nope, can't find it. Late '70s or early '80s. Possibly the latter.

On the line. They were producing a badly facelifted Fiesta called the Associated British Motirs (ABM) Orbit. TV times gave two cars away and I saw one in the flesh at the end of its life in Swiss Cottage..

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Starsky and Hutch appeared in my mid-teens, so whether they qualify as childhood is open to debate.  I was already hooked on the American cop shows though, for the cars more than anything else.  I always thought Matchbox missed a tie-in trick with their Mercury sedan, as it was clearly the car Steve McGarrett had in Hawaii 5-0.  Of course we weren't so global then.

 

After the Zephyr, the car that really influenced me was this...

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No wonder I love American cars the way I do.

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"The Gaffers" down at heel, and i guess at that time still quite new white Rover P6B.

 

"The General Lee" and Boss Hogg's white Cadillac Eldorado from, er, The Dukes of Hazzard.

 

Jim Rockfords golden Pontiac Firebird from The Rockford Files - see also the black one on Smokey and the Bandit. Though that is a film so not allowed?

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"The Gaffers" down at heel, and i guess at that time still quite new white Rover P6B.

 

"The General Lee" and Boss Hogg's white Cadillac Eldorado from, er, The Dukes of Hazzard.

 

Jim Rockfords golden Pontiac Firebird from The Rockford Files - see also the black one on Smokey and the Bandit. Though that is a film so not allowed?

Perfectly acceptable - see daisies shorts.

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