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This thread got me thinking about cars we had in SA in years gone by.

I'm sure many of these have been sold in other countries, but they should remind you of SA.

As per the linked thread:
Nissan 1400

Nissan Sentra (Old Man Pints had one)


I was also recently remembering the Toyota Avante (Old Man Pints had one too)


And the Toyota Cressida (Grandad Pints has one - his P&J)


What other South Africa motoring nostalgia have you to share?

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Original Poster:

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Another one

The Opel SuperBoss biggrin


Alfanatic

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This will keep you busy all night:

http://www.carmagblog.co.za/category/custom_and_cl...

Ones I remember, most of which are on the link:

GTV6 3.0. The best looking GTV IMO. Always wanted one. Nearly bought one for about R35000 but it felt sluggish and it favoured left hand corners, so I walked away.


1 third of a 1-2-3 special: Cortina XR6, nearly always red. I remember one scary night being a passenger in one of these in Durban:


Ford Laser 1600i Sport. Local equivalent of an XR2, really. School friend had one, and so did my brother:


Sentras were a highlight through most of my driving there. I ran a Sabre 160GXi as a company car for a few years, same colour as this 200 pictured, and loved it.



That ugly 2.8litre 2 door Skyline from the early '80s, can't remember what it was called and can't find a picture. The department secretary at the company where I broke my boss's 1989ish Sentra drove one. She was so short the car was nearly as tall as her.

And another Nissan, the Exa and Exa Turbo:


Hiace, of course:


And do you remember Valiants? Strangely I remember the jokes, but the car does not look familiar

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Original Poster:

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I had the Ford Lazer Sport. Several memories in the back of that. biggrin

My dad had a '76 Ford Cortina Big Six station wagon - bought brand new out the box. Legend car.

Let's not forget the Venter.

arguti

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Alfanatic said:
Have one of these in the same colour tucked away in my garage here in the UK. Good investment potential!
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Alfanatic

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That is a dream garage!!

green944

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Loved the Venter, thanks for the pic. My first car was a Datsun 120y..loved that car.

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green944 said:
Loved the Venter, thanks for the pic. My first car was a Datsun 120y..loved that car.
Please tell me it was pale green. smile

green944

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Pints said:
green944 said:
Loved the Venter, thanks for the pic. My first car was a Datsun 120y..loved that car.
Please tell me it was pale green. smile
It was dark blue..Had it from 1980 for about 7 years. Did you have a pale green one? I could service it myself and it used about R8.00 petrol from Durban to JHB.

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Nope, I didn't have one but had two friends who had in pale green, plus there were a few others knocking about which always seemed to be in that colour.

Alfanatic

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One of my friends had a dark blue one. I thought it looked pretty cool. He parked it in a field while driving it around the Benoni bird sanctuary with a bit too much enthusiasm. I don't think he wrote it off then though.

MrDarkBlack

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Alfanatic said:
My brother imported one of these into the UK about 13/4 years ago. After it having been in the garage for a year, he got it back...for it to have a flat tyre.. The lovely garage had stripped one of his split rims and then put it back together...with no gasket. My brother fell out of love with it, ended up selling it for a song! Someone got a bargain, and my brother got rid of a headache.
At the time, he also had a '79 Spider, which cost him a small fortune thanks to the rot having set in..

He went from owning 2 of his dream cars, to owning no car at all. And still doesn't! smile


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The Toyota Venture - aerodynamics of a brick.


Alfanatic

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Ah yeah, the Venture!

Remember the Kombi, available with a 2.5l Audi 5 cylinder engine?




Alfanatic

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Alfanatic said:
My brother imported one of these into the UK about 13/4 years ago. After it having been in the garage for a year, he got it back...for it to have a flat tyre.. The lovely garage had stripped one of his split rims and then put it back together...with no gasket. My brother fell out of love with it, ended up selling it for a song! Someone got a bargain, and my brother got rid of a headache.
At the time, he also had a '79 Spider, which cost him a small fortune thanks to the rot having set in..

He went from owning 2 of his dream cars, to owning no car at all. And still doesn't! smile
Sorry to hear that. I do recall they weren't as dependable as 2.5s, which themselves weren't the last word in reliability to start with. The engines, which were the USP, also seemed to be the weak point. In particular the six carbs were a pain to keep balanced and there were only a handful of independents mechanics in SA that could be relied upon to get it right by the time the '90s had come around.

My ideal would be to get the 3.0 look but with a 75 3.0 engine transplant, or one of Autodelta's stretched engines. I've seen a few GTV6s running around with the multivalve engines in too, that would be fantastic, but then the gearbox becomes the weak point... thing is though, the 3.0s are collector pieces now, and that's not the kind of tinkering I'd want to do with it, so I'd prefer to get a 2.5 and make it look like a 3.0 with the split rims, bonnet, skirts, spoilers and bumpers, lowered suspension.... it would be expensive.




rossw46

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Good thread,jeez, forgot about most of those!

my memories :

Skyline (Gramps had one in PE)


Cortina bakkie


Honda Ballade


Adui 500


Datsun bakkie


Opel monza



green944

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I had a microbus and then a caravelle. Big family so were great cars for holidays etc. I really miss bakkies though! You hardly ever see them in the UK and you never see ones with kids in the back ...they are missing out on a moere of an experience smile

FleshMechanic

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rossw46 said:
Good thread,jeez, forgot about most of those!

my memories :

Skyline (Gramps had one in PE)
I was at a school camp, about an hour up the south coast from Durban, and a friend's dad picked a few of us up to take back home.

So Patrick's dad had just bought a 3 litre Skyline(I think it was..), as above, and was doing about 140 km/h or so on the way home. That was until we reached a clear of road and put his foot down. It was showing 210 km/h on the clock...with 4 kids in it. I remember it wallowing all over the place when it went over expansion joints on the freeway..and didn't feel very planted to the road. But when you're 14, it's exciting, as I'd never been that fast before. smile




FleshMechanic

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Sorry to hear that. I do recall they weren't as dependable as 2.5s, which themselves weren't the last word in reliability to start with. The engines, which were the USP, also seemed to be the weak point. In particular the six carbs were a pain to keep balanced and there were only a handful of independents mechanics in SA that could be relied upon to get it right by the time the '90s had come around.

My ideal would be to get the 3.0 look but with a 75 3.0 engine transplant, or one of Autodelta's stretched engines. I've seen a few GTV6s running around with the multivalve engines in too, that would be fantastic, but then the gearbox becomes the weak point... thing is though, the 3.0s are collector pieces now, and that's not the kind of tinkering I'd want to do with it, so I'd prefer to get a 2.5 and make it look like a 3.0 with the split rims, bonnet, skirts, spoilers and bumpers, lowered suspension.... it would be expensive.
Yeah, my brother wasn't very hands on with the car, and I think it's the sort of car that would need a bit of tinkering now and then. You're right, the carbs never seemed right for very long.

I stil think that even today, they are great looking cars. That bonnet vent makes it!





rossw46

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FleshMechanic said:
I was at a school camp, about an hour up the south coast from Durban, and a friend's dad picked a few of us up to take back home.

So Patrick's dad had just bought a 3 litre Skyline(I think it was..), as above, and was doing about 140 km/h or so on the way home. That was until we reached a clear of road and put his foot down. It was showing 210 km/h on the clock...with 4 kids in it. I remember it wallowing all over the place when it went over expansion joints on the freeway..and didn't feel very planted to the road. But when you're 14, it's exciting, as I'd never been that fast before. smile
Not even all that long ago, a trip in south africa wasn't measured in speed,or time, it was measured in cans of Lion,Klerksdorp to Potchefstroom was about a 3 or 4 beer trip biggrin

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