Cars you didn't know existed...

Cars you didn't know existed...

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Composer62

550 posts

49 months

Sunday 5th April 2020
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Red Devil said:
F1GTRUeno said:


From Touring Superleggera's FB page. Presumably based on the Maserati Granturismo.
yes - https://www.topspeed.com/cars/others/2018-touring-...
The convertible appeared the following year - https://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/the-2020-to...

Veeayt said:
Isn't it a Mustang in drag?
There are indeed Mustang elements in the design. See the second link above. smile
Jay Leno did a piece on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FghvF5iHp0

threespires

3,712 posts

174 months

Sunday 5th April 2020
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Red Devil said:
Good find.

threespires

3,712 posts

174 months

Sunday 5th April 2020
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Liege on the Kyrle trial April 2004


ajprice

19,821 posts

159 months

Monday 6th April 2020
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The canopy cars from a few posts back got me thinking of a kit car, I've been looking around trying to think what it was called. I've found it now, the Vindicator F4



I think it's based on a Mondeo V6, specs are hard to find.

Matt Cup

2,228 posts

67 months

Monday 6th April 2020
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Strange name, even stranger looking car. Paint it purple and it’d be perfect for Dick Dastardly.

Matt Cup

2,228 posts

67 months

Tuesday 7th April 2020
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More of a Tuning Division is not heard of than the car I didn’t know existed.

Triumph Acclaim Avon Turbo



https://www.aronline.co.uk/cars/triumph/acclaim/av...

Courtesy of this fella’s thread here.

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

Hub

5,260 posts

161 months

Tuesday 7th April 2020
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Matt Cup said:
More of a Tuning Division is not heard of than the car I didn’t know existed.

Triumph Acclaim Avon Turbo



https://www.aronline.co.uk/cars/triumph/acclaim/av...

Courtesy of this fella’s thread here.

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...
Talking about tarted up Hondas, I was browsing a coffee table 'worst cars ever' book or something recently and they had one I'd never heard of, the 'Rapport Ritz'. A Honda Accord with some aerofoil nose that rises when the headlights are on, ruining the aerodynamics, and a posher interior for twice the price of the original car.



https://www.aronline.co.uk/the-converters/rapport-...

Matt Cup

2,228 posts

67 months

Tuesday 7th April 2020
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Slam that to the ground on some 13x10 alloys, bolt on arches, an oil cooler hanging out of the front, with a crazy exhaust and you have the perfect bozosoku car right there.

Fastpedeller

3,181 posts

109 months

Tuesday 7th April 2020
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ajprice said:
The canopy cars from a few posts back got me thinking of a kit car, I've been looking around trying to think what it was called. I've found it now, the Vindicator F4



I think it's based on a Mondeo V6, specs are hard to find.
That's the owner/designer in the blue top standing behind it with - Very pleasant guy. last time a saw the car (at Stoneleigh kit car show) it was bronze colour.

Red Devil

12,394 posts

171 months

Wednesday 8th April 2020
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Fastpedeller said:
That's the owner/designer in the blue top standing behind it with - Very pleasant guy. last time a saw the car (at Stoneleigh kit car show) it was bronze colour.
His name is Peter Gallop. The F4 has appeared on PH before - https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

Matt Cup said:
Paint it purple and it’d be perfect for Dick Dastardly.
Close, but no cigar. smile

Here's a later one of the car and Peter (pink T-shirt). Belvoir Castle Classic Car and Motorcycle Show July 2018.



Walk round video from that show - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoxWjir0aiY

In the video it the narrator says the car does have Mondeo parts. The engine is a 3 litre 24V Duratec.
Normally Vindicator used a Sierra as a parts donor car for their Sprint, Shadow, and Vulcan models.
The F4 though is unique.

Like many small volume specialist manufacturers Vindicator is no longer trading.
https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/0709255...




Doofus

14,631 posts

136 months

Wednesday 8th April 2020
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I lament the decline and probable demise of the kit car industry. Some say it's all about replicas, which it isn't; and others say it's just badly built shoddy heaps which, again, it's not. But there's no two ways about it, when it comes to original design, most kit car manufacturers were hopeless.

Jimmy Recard

17,342 posts

142 months

Wednesday 8th April 2020
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Hugo a Gogo said:
Clearly never driven an old VW van
You don’t see enough cab over/cab forward vans any more. I’d quite like a Bedford Rascal

CanAm

6,716 posts

235 months

Wednesday 8th April 2020
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Jimmy Recard said:
You don’t see enough cab over/cab forward vans any more. I’d quite like a Bedford Rascal
Probably for the same reason that F1 cars now have the drivers' feet behind the front axle line.

andburg

4,436 posts

132 months

Wednesday 8th April 2020
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CanAm said:
Jimmy Recard said:
You don’t see enough cab over/cab forward vans any more. I’d quite like a Bedford Rascal
Probably for the same reason that F1 cars now have the drivers' feet behind the front axle line.
crumple what?

Shakermaker

11,317 posts

63 months

Wednesday 8th April 2020
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Jimmy Recard said:
You don’t see enough cab over/cab forward vans any more. I’d quite like a Bedford Rascal
Yeah, really easy to drive aside from no power steering, and more space than you'd expect. I miss mine in a strange way, it was such a quirky thing

Doofus

14,631 posts

136 months

Wednesday 8th April 2020
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Shakermaker said:
Yeah, really easy to drive aside from no power steering, and more space than you'd expect. I miss mine in a strange way, it was such a quirky thing
I only drove one once, and I remember having to brake hard whilst going down hill.

Frightened the crap out of me.

HTP99

17,853 posts

103 months

Wednesday 8th April 2020
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Doofus said:
Shakermaker said:
Yeah, really easy to drive aside from no power steering, and more space than you'd expect. I miss mine in a strange way, it was such a quirky thing
I only drove one once, and I remember having to brake hard whilst going down hill.

Frightened the crap out of me.
Used to drive one regularly as a parts delivery driver, great fun and driving one is a good lesson in how to maintain one's speed, just don't think about what would happen if you crash when gunning along the M25 towards the M23 on that slightly downhill section!

Actually just remembered I almost got taken out by an artic, I think I may have been in its blind spot!

Shakermaker

11,317 posts

63 months

Wednesday 8th April 2020
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HTP99 said:
Used to drive one regularly as a parts delivery driver, great fun and driving one is a good lesson in how to maintain one's speed, just don't think about what would happen if you crash when gunning along the M25 towards the M23 on that slightly downhill section!

Actually just remembered I almost got taken out by an artic, I think I may have been in its blind spot!
Ha, well I know that section pretty well and did it a couple of times in the Rascal.

More amusing was bringing it up the A303 and the maintenance of speed up some of the hills was very much the order of the day. Really bizarre how some people will completely ignore any opportunity you give them to overtake though, even when the coast is clear and I was flat out at 32mph in places, people would just slow right down and follow me rather than use the empty lane to go around.

Hobbes003

58 posts

17 months

Wednesday 8th April 2020
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Shakermaker said:
Ha, well I know that section pretty well and did it a couple of times in the Rascal.

More amusing was bringing it up the A303 and the maintenance of speed up some of the hills was very much the order of the day. Really bizarre how some people will completely ignore any opportunity you give them to overtake though, even when the coast is clear and I was flat out at 32mph in places, people would just slow right down and follow me rather than use the empty lane to go around.
I'm grateful vans have mostly gotten to the point where that's no longer an issue. The campervan I occasionally use (Fiat Ducato 2.8, chipped to 155 bhp) will maintain its speed up any incline I've come across. Its predecessor (1980s VW LT 28) was dreadful by comparison.

SunsetZed

1,234 posts

133 months

Thursday 9th April 2020
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Just stumbled across this when sorting through old photos. I *think* the photo was taken in Bournemouth in about 94 or 95, anyone know which kit it is?


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