Cars you didn't know existed...

Cars you didn't know existed...

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biggbn

9,838 posts

185 months

Friday 27th March 2020
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The metro van must be the ultimate sleeper!!

grumpy52

4,662 posts

131 months

Friday 27th March 2020
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My good friend has one of only two Lotus Elan S2 convertibles in his workshop for a strip and respray.
I always thought that the S2 was only ever a hard top/coupe .
It's a factory official car and not a later chop job .
He does get some weird and wonderful creations in for work .
The strangest was something very close to the car in the opening titles of the Pink Panther Show from the TV
It had an open mid mounted Jag v12 with an auto box coupled by a belt drive to the rear axle , unfortunately the belt drive lacked tensioners so the drive stuttered and jumped all over the place .
It had an aircraft type tail fin and the cockpit had a Gnat Jet canopy , the driving position was infront of the front wheels . Unfortunately I never took any photos of the car . It's an understanding that photos are not released of customers cars without permission. The vehicle was used for some promo work for the Ordnance Survey. The car was bright red and looked a bit like a road going Red Arrow .

Hobbes003

60 posts

19 months

Friday 27th March 2020
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For the 'ultimate sleeper' title, I'd go with the Jaguar XJ220 development mule (currently owned by Don Law Racing):


Steamer

12,409 posts

178 months

Friday 27th March 2020
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Shes clearly going to slide straight out of the cockpit at the first high speed corner!

soxboy

4,096 posts

184 months

Friday 27th March 2020
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biggbn said:
The metro van must be the ultimate sleeper!!
Potentially, although I thought that was an MGF test mule rather than the 6R4 (especially as it was registered a few years after 6R4 production ended).

Pericoloso

44,044 posts

128 months

Friday 27th March 2020
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soxboy said:
biggbn said:
The metro van must be the ultimate sleeper!!
Potentially, although I thought that was an MGF test mule rather than the 6R4 (especially as it was registered a few years after 6R4 production ended).
Yes it was MGF ,saw it just 2 weeks ago..




Info sheet also mentions 2 other proposals for completely different layout for the MGF

Wildcat45

7,548 posts

154 months

Friday 27th March 2020
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Matt Cup said:
Great updates!

That Frankenstein Maestro/Freelander looks like something that had been thrown together in someone’s garden.
Or a crap British version of the A Team.

Wildcat45

7,548 posts

154 months

Friday 27th March 2020
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BFleming said:
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.

Vauxhall's were sold in Canada too. 1950s/60s. I remember my Canadian uncle admiring a Royale when visiting us in the early 80s. He was lamenting the fact that he couldn't buy one and told me how he'd liked owning a "British" Vauxhall. At the time he had an Oldsmobile and a TR8.

As a kid Opels seemed more exotic than their VX siblings. Monza Vs Roysle Coupe Cavalier Vs Manta.

rjg48

2,671 posts

26 months

Friday 27th March 2020
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Fast Bug said:
Whilst that was a one off, this was something you could actually buy







The Hongqi CA1021. It was in a link at the bottom of the page you linked

BFleming

2,868 posts

108 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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Some great info here: http://www.audistory.com/old1/ecmobil.htm

Edited by BFleming on Saturday 28th March 00:23

67Dino

2,305 posts

70 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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BFleming said:
They could have called that the Ur Home.

Hugo a Gogo

22,947 posts

198 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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with the correct pronunciation of 'Ur' it would only work in a Scottish accent, Ur Hoose, or maybe Ur Hame

Matt Cup

2,279 posts

69 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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67Dino said:
They could have called that the Ur Home.
Or UR Haus

Kolbenkopp

2,342 posts

116 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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BFleming said:
Dunno if I should deplore the butchering of a poor Type 44 for this or congratulate the engineers coming up with that wink. One thing sure: thanks for digging that out -- very interesting!

poing

8,743 posts

165 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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Dapster said:
944 Cab used as the Boxster mule



You sure that's not a 968 rather than 944? It's certainly the back of a 968, the front is more 993 but the entire thing is a proper mess.

rjg48

2,671 posts

26 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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Matt Cup said:
67Dino said:
They could have called that the Ur Home.
Or UR Haus
Or the OUR House

Hobbes003

60 posts

19 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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To me it looks more like a Boxster shell with some 968 bodywork spliced on: compare the door and side window to the 944 convertible behind it for instance.

tr7v8

6,584 posts

193 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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Matt Cup said:
67Dino said:
They could have called that the Ur Home.
Or UR Haus
Its an Audi so sure Ur Schloss?

gingabloke

7 posts

94 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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grumpy52 said:
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He does get some weird and wonderful creations in for work .
The strangest was something very close to the car in the opening titles of the Pink Panther Show from the TV
It had an open mid mounted Jag v12 with an auto box coupled by a belt drive to the rear axle , unfortunately the belt drive lacked tensioners so the drive stuttered and jumped all over the place .
It had an aircraft type tail fin and the cockpit had a Gnat Jet canopy , the driving position was infront of the front wheels...
...The vehicle was used for some promo work for the Ordnance Survey. The car was bright red and looked a bit like a road going Red Arrow .


or



Both built by Bill Carter.

BFleming

2,868 posts

108 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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tr7v8 said:
Matt Cup said:
67Dino said:
They could have called that the Ur Home.
Or UR Haus
Its an Audi so sure Ur Schloss?
Ur Burg. As seen at the Ur Burg Ring.

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