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I know of a chap whose dad might have liberated pre prod Metro from the scrap pile and also a pre prod Range Rover Aluminium Bonnet and all. Just he probably could never sell for what it is on the open market.

Gaydon had a nice line up of Pre Prod Range Rovers and Disco 1s

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#1 Triumph Stag - in Micholetti's styling studio. Triumph's Harry Webster saw it and requisitioned it for Triumph

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Triumph sent it back for roll over hoop and hard top design

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it eventually got chopped into a fastback and was scrapped shortly after

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This one did survive...

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Had an accident on its way back from testing and was destined to be scrapped

still looks like this

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There used to be a blue 1600L on the next street to me in the early 80's.

I'm a big fan of oddball versions of cars pre or post production.

Somewhere I've a copy of I think triple c with a test on a proposed Clubman's escort cosworth that was fitted with a 16v RS2000 eng.

Just finished reading "traction for sale"  Ferguson did a few other 4wd road car conversions I'd not heard off.

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1 hour ago, sheffcortinacentre said:

Just finished reading "traction for sale"  Ferguson did a few other 4wd road car conversions I'd not heard off.

When I was going through my MkIV Zodiac-licking phase, I used to daydream of stumbling across one of the 22 Zephyr 6s converted to 4wd for police evaluation, using the Ferguson AWD System and Maxaret ABS...

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only just non pre-production if you get my drift

The first e-type, maybe a dog in a pretty frock, dunno, never driven one

papped by me at Donnington e-type festival thing and as just found, though the long teerm owner never actually lost it.

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now has been spectacularly restored but without* loosing all that patina 

I do like the puddle under the front, it did lead the e-types around the circuit but retired 1/2 a lap in

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On 1/20/2020 at 12:56 PM, Vince70 said:

I think the Autoshite Smart car was a pre production car as it was built in the June and release wasn’t till September 98 and I’ve yet to see another R plate but it was registered in Madrid first and who in their right mind would order a yellow car with a blue interior lol.

 

Also the log book said Daimler if I remember rightly and when sorting out insurance I would just call it a pulse as I couldn’t find any info on the model and that was the nearest spec I could find and at the time I bought it the car didn’t have a model sticker on it like the other smarts I have seen.

I will say though it was really well screwed together and on the original engine and ran like a dream and didn’t use oil which is rare for an old suprex. engine.

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Where did it go @Vince70?

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I sold it to a fellow Autoshiter who then Roffled it on about 6 months later.

So I’m not sure if it’s still in the group but I remember seeing a post from around a year or so ago and it had been wrapped in grey and German crosses had been put on the doors but I can’t find the post in the search.

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On 1/23/2020 at 5:26 PM, adw1977 said:

I'm currently reading Ant Anstead's book "Cops and Robbers" about the history of British police cars.

This page seems to tie in with the above recollection of pink Escorts going to fleet customers:

Thanks - 'our' pink escort has got to be related to this sorry tale. I'm sure it was T reg (78 to 79) which fits in perfectly.

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2 hours ago, Kringle said:

@Vince70 a year? I thought it was last owned on here back in 2016/17? By previous member @Station who I tried tracking by means of the next owner of his RX7 who contacted me to say he was planning to move to Canada. The mot ran out last Feb.

But I'll search again!

It must of been a couple of years ago now, I just didn’t realise that time flies.

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16 hours ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

That blue 1600L might have been one of these , unnamed, special editions. I'd never heard of these specials and just stumbled across this in @adw1977 Flickr brochure scans that he linked to .

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It was simply known as the Escort L/GL Special.   750 1.6L and 750 1.6GL's were made.

 

At the same time Ford made a 1.3 Linnet special edition just to flog that dead horse a little more.

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6 hours ago, richardthestag said:

only just non pre-production if you get my drift

The first e-type, maybe a dog in a pretty frock, dunno, never driven one

papped by me at Donnington e-type festival thing and as just found, though the long teerm owner never actually lost it.

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now has been spectacularly restored but without* loosing all that patina 

I do like the puddle under the front, it did lead the e-types around the circuit but retired 1/2 a lap in

It was as rough as old bollocks but lovely to see. Why can't they leave stuff alone? ☹️

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On 1/23/2020 at 11:13 PM, Richard_FM said:

I heard Volvo made a one-off 165 by swapping the rear panels on a 164 with those from a 144.

When someone high up in the design team retired he was given it as a parting gift.

More than one I believe, not very many though. Mate of a mate had one a few years ago, he died and it ended up at a auction (possibly ACA?) a year or two ago. 

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7 hours ago, Amishtat said:

More than one I believe, not very many though. Mate of a mate had one a few years ago, he died and it ended up at a auction (possibly ACA?) a year or two ago. 

I think just one was actually made by Volvo, but a few more have been made by enthusiasts panel swapping.

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Cortina Mk2 on a C-plate, so registered before the end of Dec 1965.  The Mk2 wasn't officially launched till late October 1966, near the end of 'D-reg' plates.  At that time the reg suffix ran from Jan to December.

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For a couple of years from 1970 my dad had a 1966 registered Mk2, BSK 747D, a pre-crossflow 1300 de-luxe 4-door in white with red vinyl seats and Anglia-style chrome hubcaps.  A more spacious improvement over the Mk1, but rather disappointing in the road performance department, even for 1970, and it still only did about 25mpg.

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