Cars you didn't know existed...

Cars you didn't know existed...

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s m

18,559 posts

155 months

Thursday 26th March
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StescoG66 said:
I always liked the Tempra. Bloody good and under rated car in its day. That 2 door looks good (but I always liked 2.door saloons..)

The 127 is not a Brazil special- Europe (but not the UK) had the 127 Rustica painted in a fetching shade of hearing aid beige.....
Like the Ford Verona/VW Apollo ...... (think of a 2-door Orion)



MarkwG

2,113 posts

141 months

Thursday 26th March
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2xChevrons said:
The talk about Cavaliers a page or so back lead me to some wiki-walking. Vauxhalls/Opels are not what I'd consider my area of automotive expertise so I had a genuine "cars I didn't know existed moment" which might seem very obvious to some of you:



I had no idea that the Mk1 Cavalier was available as a Coupe. I knew about the Sporthatch, and I knew that that was a Griffin-ised Manta B CC. I also knew that the Manta B was available as a three-box coupe (the Berlinetta). I just never joined the dots to realise that Vauxhall offered a version of that, too.
I confess my initial reaction was "really?!?!", then looked a little harder at that photo - growing up, Cavalier coupes were almost as thick as fleas on a dog, but I've never seen a LHD one - I figured they'd always be Opel Mantas.

LuS1fer

35,900 posts

197 months

Thursday 26th March
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The problem with the Cavalier Coupe was that the Manta was better looking.

While the saloon was popular for the Manta style front, I still preferred the Ascona myself.

BFleming

1,905 posts

95 months

Thursday 26th March
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StescoG66 said:
BFleming said:
Brazil also gave us some other gems. Gems, in the loosest sense...

The 127 is not a Brazil special- Europe (but not the UK) had the 127 Rustica painted in a fetching shade of hearing aid beige.....
Ah, but this is a Fiat 147 laugh A 127 for Brazil with some alternative engine choices.

Fast Bug

7,987 posts

113 months

Thursday 26th March
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BFleming said:
StescoG66 said:
BFleming said:
Brazil also gave us some other gems. Gems, in the loosest sense...

The 127 is not a Brazil special- Europe (but not the UK) had the 127 Rustica painted in a fetching shade of hearing aid beige.....
Ah, but this is a Fiat 147 laugh A 127 for Brazil with some alternative engine choices.
Which spawned the Oggi



And the Panorama



I went round the Fiat factory in Turkey once, they had some oddball stuff in their museum

BFleming

1,905 posts

95 months

Thursday 26th March
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Fast Bug said:
Which spawned the Oggi



And the Panorama



I went round the Fiat factory in Turkey once, they had some oddball stuff in their museum
Fantastic. That Oggi thing (127/128ish) looks like it would be a blast. FWD though.

ElectricSoup

6,648 posts

103 months

Thursday 26th March
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MarkwG said:
2xChevrons said:
The talk about Cavaliers a page or so back lead me to some wiki-walking. Vauxhalls/Opels are not what I'd consider my area of automotive expertise so I had a genuine "cars I didn't know existed moment" which might seem very obvious to some of you:



I had no idea that the Mk1 Cavalier was available as a Coupe. I knew about the Sporthatch, and I knew that that was a Griffin-ised Manta B CC. I also knew that the Manta B was available as a three-box coupe (the Berlinetta). I just never joined the dots to realise that Vauxhall offered a version of that, too.
I confess my initial reaction was "really?!?!", then looked a little harder at that photo - growing up, Cavalier coupes were almost as thick as fleas on a dog, but I've never seen a LHD one - I figured they'd always be Opel Mantas.
Can anyone identify the nationality of the number plate on that LHD Cavalier? Is it Scandinavian? Are there any LHD markets where Vauxhall was sold alongside Opel?

Loose_Cannon

1,382 posts

205 months

Thursday 26th March
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Funny thread this, one which I've avoided so far because if anything it's just a reminder I'm getting older than I want to be!

I keep imagining crusties like me shaking their heads at the screen because some relative sprog is scratching his head over a 70s kit car, meanwhile said sprog will be utterly dumbstruck why people my age can't identify a 2019 Hyundai.

Anyhow, this is my first contribution. Be gentle and pardon me if its mentioned 15 pages back or something. I had no idea this exsited, and can't honestly explain why it does especially at £45 grand used. The 2017 Infiniti QX80, a car which makes the Saangyong Musso look passable;






NomduJour

14,554 posts

211 months

Thursday 26th March
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ElectricSoup said:
Is it Scandinavian? Are there any LHD markets where Vauxhall was sold alongside Opel?
Yes, and yes.

Jimmy Recard

16,312 posts

131 months

Thursday 26th March
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I feel like I heard once that Vauxhall used to manage reasonable sales in Denmark but I'm not sure about that

swisstoni

8,718 posts

231 months

Thursday 26th March
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Loose_Cannon said:
Funny thread this, one which I've avoided so far because if anything it's just a reminder I'm getting older than I want to be!

I keep imagining crusties like me shaking their heads at the screen because some relative sprog is scratching his head over a 70s kit car, meanwhile said sprog will be utterly dumbstruck why people my age can't identify a 2019 Hyundai.

Anyhow, this is my first contribution. Be gentle and pardon me if its mentioned 15 pages back or something. I had no idea this exsited, and can't honestly explain why it does especially at £45 grand used. The 2017 Infiniti QX80, a car which makes the Saangyong Musso look passable;





There’s a whole class of SUVs we don’t get over here. I only came across them when I was in the Middle East for a while.
Massive lexus etc. All munters as far as I could make out.

manracer

1,102 posts

49 months

Thursday 26th March
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swisstoni said:
Loose_Cannon said:
Funny thread this, one which I've avoided so far because if anything it's just a reminder I'm getting older than I want to be!

I keep imagining crusties like me shaking their heads at the screen because some relative sprog is scratching his head over a 70s kit car, meanwhile said sprog will be utterly dumbstruck why people my age can't identify a 2019 Hyundai.

Anyhow, this is my first contribution. Be gentle and pardon me if its mentioned 15 pages back or something. I had no idea this exsited, and can't honestly explain why it does especially at £45 grand used. The 2017 Infiniti QX80, a car which makes the Saangyong Musso look passable;





There’s a whole class of SUVs we don’t get over here. I only came across them when I was in the Middle East for a while.
Massive lexus etc. All munters as far as I could make out.
I passed one of these on french plates on the M56 recently, friend said it was a LFC footballer.

Huge thing, seemed like it would dwarf a Range Rover

Dapster

3,462 posts

132 months

Thursday 26th March
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ElectricSoup said:
MarkwG said:
2xChevrons said:
The talk about Cavaliers a page or so back lead me to some wiki-walking. Vauxhalls/Opels are not what I'd consider my area of automotive expertise so I had a genuine "cars I didn't know existed moment" which might seem very obvious to some of you:



I had no idea that the Mk1 Cavalier was available as a Coupe. I knew about the Sporthatch, and I knew that that was a Griffin-ised Manta B CC. I also knew that the Manta B was available as a three-box coupe (the Berlinetta). I just never joined the dots to realise that Vauxhall offered a version of that, too.
I confess my initial reaction was "really?!?!", then looked a little harder at that photo - growing up, Cavalier coupes were almost as thick as fleas on a dog, but I've never seen a LHD one - I figured they'd always be Opel Mantas.
Can anyone identify the nationality of the number plate on that LHD Cavalier? Is it Scandinavian? Are there any LHD markets where Vauxhall was sold alongside Opel?
It's Swedish.



Dapster

3,462 posts

132 months

Thursday 26th March
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Meridius said:
...like the Audi 100 Coupe,... it would seem Porsche used a few of them as 928 testbed where they were wider with a different floor and front-engined V8 RWD layout.
Proper Frankenstein's monster of a car.

Built in 1974, Porsche shoe horned the V8 into the 100S shell, and had to widen the arches front and rear. The rear edge of the bonnet had to be lifted clear of the back of the engine too - you can just make out the extensions on the hinge on the top photo.






BFleming

1,905 posts

95 months

Thursday 26th March
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ElectricSoup said:
Can anyone identify the nationality of the number plate on that LHD Cavalier? Is it Scandinavian? Are there any LHD markets where Vauxhall was sold alongside Opel?
Swedish plate I think. It seems that before 1981, Vauxhall sold cars in Europe, in left hand drive guise, but it's widely thought they these were built by Opel on the continent. After 1981, Vauxhall was a UK-only brand.


The Moose

19,342 posts

161 months

Thursday 26th March
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Loose_Cannon said:
Funny thread this, one which I've avoided so far because if anything it's just a reminder I'm getting older than I want to be!

I keep imagining crusties like me shaking their heads at the screen because some relative sprog is scratching his head over a 70s kit car, meanwhile said sprog will be utterly dumbstruck why people my age can't identify a 2019 Hyundai.

Anyhow, this is my first contribution. Be gentle and pardon me if its mentioned 15 pages back or something. I had no idea this exsited, and can't honestly explain why it does especially at £45 grand used. The 2017 Infiniti QX80, a car which makes the Saangyong Musso look passable;





Great cars. Upmarket Nissan Armada.

BigRusko

130 posts

46 months

Thursday 26th March
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Not sure if this has been mentioned previously, more a one off (thank God)




https://carnewschina.com/2014/08/04/meet-the-audi-...

ZiggyNiva

947 posts

138 months

Thursday 26th March
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https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/el20/the-elkhar...

Alfa TZ3 Stradale Zagato. Found this when looking at Alfa SZ's. Never seen heard of it before,

blue_haddock

542 posts

19 months

Thursday 26th March
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ZiggyNiva said:
https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/el20/the-elkhar...

Alfa TZ3 Stradale Zagato. Found this when looking at Alfa SZ's. Never seen heard of it before,
Back end looks like a Bristol fighter

matrignano

2,451 posts

162 months

Thursday 26th March
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It’s based on second or third gen Viper