Original Dodge Challenger

Original Dodge Challenger

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neutral 3

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Friday 26th April 2019
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The Challenger on the right is said to be my Dad's white Hemi, soon after he sold it in early 73, If it is, then someone ( Simpsons of Wembley ? for some strange reason, re painted it in what appears to be Plum Crazy ( perhaps to make it easier to sell ?? )
The car went to Sweden in 74, which is where this photo was taken.
I don't think my Dad UK registered it, but it's on an L reg here, MUU is a London issue plate, which fits in with Simpsons of Wembley owning it after my Dad.

Anyone remember it ??

P5BNij

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73 months

Friday 26th April 2019
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Alas not, but your post has reminded me about the American car dealer which used to be in Goldhawk Road years ago, near the roundabout / junction with Askew Road and Paddenswick Road. I used to walk past it on the way to work at Old Oak Common in the early '80s and remember all sorts of '60s and '70s muscle cars out front - Dodge, Pontiac, Chevy, Ford etc.

aeropilot

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194 months

Friday 26th April 2019
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neutral 3 said:


The Challenger on the right is said to be my Dad's white Hemi, soon after he sold it in early 73, If it is, then someone ( Simpsons of Wembley ? for some strange reason, re painted it in what appears to be Plum Crazy ( perhaps to make it easier to sell ?? )

Nope. I'll ask around though.

If I remember, from the other thread, did your Dad's car have a red interior...?


neutral 3

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Saturday 27th April 2019
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P5BNij said:
Alas not, but your post has reminded me about the American car dealer which used to be in Goldhawk Road years ago, near the roundabout / junction with Askew Road and Paddenswick Road. I used to walk past it on the way to work at Old Oak Common in the early '80s and remember all sorts of '60s and '70s muscle cars out front - Dodge, Pontiac, Chevy, Ford etc.
I think that was Cliff Davis cars, I remember their adverts and drove past there in 83, whilst on my way to the Tr Shop, which was just down the road.
I recall a very scruffy yellow Mistral being parked nearby as well !

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aeropilot said:
Nope. I'll ask around though.

If I remember, from the other thread, did your Dad's car have a red interior...?
Yes, I've always called it red, although it's actually known in E body circles as Orange.

Legacywr

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155 months

Saturday 27th April 2019
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There was a gorgeous green one for sale last summer.

aeropilot

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Saturday 27th April 2019
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neutral 3 said:
aeropilot said:
Nope. I'll ask around though.

If I remember, from the other thread, did your Dad's car have a red interior...?
Yes, I've always called it red, although it's actually known in E body circles as Orange.
Which begs the question what on earth was the person that re-painted in Plum Crazy thinking when it had that colour interior..............!!
Talk about colour clash.......!!!!!!!


P5BNij

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Saturday 27th April 2019
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neutral 3 said:
P5BNij said:
Alas not, but your post has reminded me about the American car dealer which used to be in Goldhawk Road years ago, near the roundabout / junction with Askew Road and Paddenswick Road. I used to walk past it on the way to work at Old Oak Common in the early '80s and remember all sorts of '60s and '70s muscle cars out front - Dodge, Pontiac, Chevy, Ford etc.
I think that was Cliff Davis cars, I remember their adverts and drove past there in 83, whilst on my way to the Tr Shop, which was just down the road.
I recall a very scruffy yellow Mistral being parked nearby as well !
Thanks - I lived in the area in '83 and remember a silver Dino 308GT4 with a red interior being parked not far from Cliff Davis' place on many occasions. There was another yank dealer closer to where I actually lived at the time, I can't remember what they were called but they occupied Harold Radford's old premises at 124 King Street in Hammersmith, I used to pass it almost daily and remember Trans Ams and the like in the window.

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Monday 29th April 2019
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P5BNij said:
Thanks - I lived in the area in '83 and remember a silver Dino 308GT4 with a red interior being parked not far from Cliff Davis' place on many occasions. There was another yank dealer closer to where I actually lived at the time, I can't remember what they were called but they occupied Harold Radford's old premises at 124 King Street in Hammersmith, I used to pass it almost daily and remember Trans Ams and the like in the window.
Wonder who the Hamersmith co were called ??
Motor, Autocar and Auto Sport mag all carried adverts from a fair few US car dealers, il take a look through my copies when I get a mo

neutral 3

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Monday 29th April 2019
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Pace car that crashed @ high speed, fortunate that no one was killed. Film of it is on You Tube.

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Pretty poor advert from 71. But that colour !!

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neutral 3

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Love this shot and this clip from the film!

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71 Pace Car, before the accident.

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71 Pace Car with Eldon Palmer ( a Dodge dealer ) at the wheel, goes out of control @ 125 mph, after Palmer missed the braking point marker. The extra weight of the 3 passengers he was carrying couldn't have helped ( one of which was Astronaut John Glen in the rear ) The brakes locked up and the Challenger went into a skid and careered into a temporary grand stand that had been set up for journalists. No one was killed, but several people were seriously injured.

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Eldon Palmer kept the car for years and used to take it to shows. He then sold it and here it is today.

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P5BNij said:
Thanks - I lived in the area in '83 and remember a silver Dino 308GT4 with a red interior being parked not far from Cliff Davis' place on many occasions. There was another yank dealer closer to where I actually lived at the time, I can't remember what they were called but they occupied Harold Radford's old premises at 124 King Street in Hammersmith, I used to pass it almost daily and remember Trans Ams and the like in the window.

Knew it was somewhere !

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neutral 3

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Il take the Charger please !

aeropilot

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Tuesday 30th April 2019
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neutral 3 said:

Il take the Charger please !
Indeed!

Strange though, I always thought Simpsons was in East Lane, Wembley, opposite BOC...? I can remember getting my old man to stop there often when we went past so I could gawp through the windows at all the yank stuff in the showroom, and that would have been mid to late 70's...?
Unless they moved there later on, or that was another different Yank car dealer...?