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I wonder who bought the MGB Fastback conversions that Ashley's did. There was a good reason why there were a few custom MGB conversions in Australia, BMC believed that assembly of the MGB Fastback would be too expensive in Australia, so some companies made knock offs like these:

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Both of these conversions are compared against the original Fastback in this article from Modern Motor, October 1966:

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If anyone would like to see some more articles from this magazine, let me know. There's stuff about the Toyota Corona Fastback, Mazda 1000 Coupe, and the Isuzu Bellett, as well as some European inspired Holden prototypes.

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20 hours ago, The Mighty Quinn said:

I like the way Douglas Armstrong diplomatically descibes the Allegro as crap.

Where? Not in that article he doesn’t.

Yet another high value contribution from our semi-resident troll. Yawn.

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23 minutes ago, Skizzer said:

Where? Not in that article he doesn’t.

Yet another high value contribution from our semi-resident troll. Yawn.

 

Wow. Some anger right there. 😮

 

Read between the lines. He clearly says it doesn't ride very well, isn't very fast, doesn't handle very well, has squealy brakes, headlights that are poor due to excessive pitch, whiney gearbox - plus THAT steering wheel. Let me know if you need these bits highlighting - would be glad to help. 👍

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Our janitor from primary school had a M-reg K70, bought new when he left the army. Sort of a cross between an early 70s Audi and a 1st generation Passat.   A metallic blue greeny colour (bleen?).

He kept it until the early 1990s.  I know this because I co-incidentally met him and his lovely wife in a hotel lift in Tenerife in 1995.  Just turned around and he was there. It's him!!!. I was rather pissed you know. He didn't remember me from 1976 to 1980. Oh well.  But we had a pint at the bar during that holiday.  His wife, who I'd never met before, was well fit, especially dressed for Tenerife.

Sadly, neither janitor or K70 are with us any more. Or the 1960s school with it's novel leaky flat roof (demolished and replaced about 20 years ago).  RIP Geoff, top bloke. Helped my younger bro when he fell and split his head open against a drainpipe.

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1 hour ago, JeeExEll said:

Our janitor from primary school had a M-reg K70, bought new when he left the army. Sort of a cross between an early 70s Audi and a 1st generation Passat.   A metallic blue greeny colour (bleen?).

He kept it until the early 1990s. .....

That would have been turquoise. If it had quad headlights, that would make it a K70 LS, with an 1807cc 100hp engine. The LS could do 0-60 in about 10.5, but no power steering in those days, so it was never a quick business trying to park it!

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26 minutes ago, JeeExEll said:

About the first thing I said to him was 'Do you still have that Volkswagen saloon'....

When I had a K70 in about 1990, it was one of 12 known survivors in Britain. Only 800 RHD cars were sold here between 1971 and 1975. Apart from the oil filter, none - and I mean absolutely none - of the parts on a K70 were shared with any other contemporary VW.

Even less popular than the Citroën C6, which managed 1200 sales!

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On 2/15/2020 at 11:10 AM, sierraman said:

Wonder what happened to the Uren Cortina Mk4 3.0, fascinates me how unique stuff like this ends up in obscurity. 

Another V6, this time from May 1971, right at the start of Mk3 production.  KEV ...J appear to have been used for Ford publicity pics, I have pics of various sporty Mk1 Escorts with similar reg.

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This Cortina has the 3.44 diff, same as 2-litre Capris, totally useless with a lazy torquey V6. Even the 3.09 diff is a bit under geared.  I had a few 3-litre Capris very late 80s / 90-ish, including a rather rapid 1979 Mk3 with Holley and a Piper cam which gave it a lovely uneven burbly tickover through the twin pipes.

One day at a petrol station I got chatting to a flash showoff type guy who had an Essex powered early 70s Marcos, and he later took me along the road in the Marcos which had a 3.44 diff. It was shit, far too low geared, but he thought it was the dog's bollocks, the engine was screaming it's head off at about 90. Jumped into the old Mk3 and he couldn't believe the difference, looooong first and second gears. Next time I saw that guy he'd bought a late 70s Corvette 350 auto.

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2 hours ago, Tadhg Tiogar said:

When I had a K70 in about 1990, it was one of 12 known survivors in Britain. Only 800 RHD cars were sold here between 1971 and 1975. Apart from the oil filter, none - and I mean absolutely none - of the parts on a K70 were shared with any other contemporary VW.

I helped save an orange and a gold one that had been off the road for years. There are probably more than 12 now known in the uk, plus imports.

The K70 was essentially a re-badged NSU as VW bought them out with the car almost ready to go. Must have been a big deal when VW customers were used to Beetles and types 2/3/4 with rear mounted air cooled engines.

First "proper" FWD VW was the Scirroco, a few months before the Golf was launched

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Road test of a different car, a facelift one.  Note Granada driving lamps flushed in, very neat, looks 'right'. Can't have quarter-bumpers at the same time though.

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Apparently these turbo conversions were a bit like enclosing the carb in a pressurised biscuit-tin. Still impressive results for the period. Reliability? Who knows.

Aah, turbocharging in 1973, little did they know what was to come.

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More on the early VW stuff and a few others. I only have duplicates of Safer Motoring here so they jump from 1975 to 1980. When I can clear my garage I'll find the Moskvitch etc stuff

 

49538882987_730b00f1ca_6k.jpgMag by RS, on Flickr

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Bet a 1050 Scirocco is a real road burner

 

49538648266_7de65df146_6k.jpgMag3 by RS, on Flickr

49538878082_d4367cddf5_6k.jpgMag2 by RS, on Flickr

 

I'd love a white MK2 Escort Pop

 

49538634646_31f9517454_6k.jpgMag8 by RS, on Flickr

49538632111_b1dbfd2d48_6k.jpgMag9 by RS, on Flickr

 

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49538143748_7c7c2e7ac7_6k.jpgMag7 by RS, on Flickr

 

49538871462_40dd047c02_6k.jpgMag4 by RS, on Flickr

49538869992_49d460fce6_6k.jpgMag5 by RS, on Flickr

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3 hours ago, bunglebus said:

I helped save an orange and a gold one that had been off the road for years. There are probably more than 12 now known in the uk, plus imports.

....

Of the twelve known back then, mine was one of about four that were actually working and on the road!

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8 hours ago, JeeExEll said:

 A metallic blue greeny colour (bleen?).

 

 

7 hours ago, Tadhg Tiogar said:

That would have been turquoise.

'Bleen' is the new turquoise!  Bleen - Almost spat me coffee out. Anyhow as you where men.

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