RE: De Tomaso Longchamp | Spotted

RE: De Tomaso Longchamp | Spotted

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RicksAlfas

10,494 posts

199 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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sinbaddio said:
I need a car that has 'acqua' and 'benzina' on the gauges cool

Any suggestions for sub £5k?
Most old Alfas?



J4CKO

30,724 posts

155 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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I had never really seen one until fairly recently, but back in my younger, slight entrepreneurial days I used to buy and sell computers and the odd car, pre internet so the "Loot" paper was the go to publication, think a sort of papery Gumtree (just as grubby) and you arent far off.

Anyway, there was, seemingly every single week, for years an ad that went "De-Tomaso Longchamp coupe" that went on to explain what it was, I had as a kid a toy Pantera but I suspect 99 percent of folk then didnt have a clue what a Longchamp was and not easy to Google a picture for another ten years or so, so probably why it was hard to shift.

Wonder if its still around, did it get ever get sold ?

It is quite a good looking car though, front definitely looks like a MK1 Granada, which you would expect as they are Granada lights, but the rest puts me in mind of a Fiat Mirafiori Abarth.

Edited by J4CKO on Wednesday 9th October 16:47

BigChiefmuffinAgain

329 posts

53 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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Always had a soft spot for these - there was one parked on a street on my way to school back in the 80's.

Car ( I think ) used to describe the as a sort of Italian Merc SL. Never seen an actual review of one - The Maserati Kyalami was even nicer. Never saw a review of that either, come to think of it.....

sidewinder500

165 posts

49 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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Always one of my favourite cars since its inception, remember the top trumps pic was the one from the original Turin motor show, with small rubber bumpers in silver. Delicious!
Not too long ago they were 15 - 25k cars, not quite exotic enough, compared to the Kyalami, which was actually the bad cousin, with an even older and ficklier engine tech, worse build quality (Maser was on the floor literally, and ADeTomaso tried to survive Maserati on a shoestring until the Biturbo arrived, which was planned as the saviour for the brand), so Maser prices have been slightly higher, the Longchamp was way better in almost every respect.
And it has THESE taillights...
A great car, as posted even better in flesh.
Originally touted as a Mustang with brakes...

The Surveyor

7,230 posts

192 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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Such a stunning coupe, love these.

Evilex

498 posts

59 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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J4CKO said:
I had never really seen one until fairly recently, but back in my younger, slight entrepreneurial days I used to buy and sell computers and the odd car, pre internet so the "Loot" paper was the go to publication, think a sort of papery Gumtree (just as grubby) and you arent far off.

Anyway, there was, seemingly every single week, for years an ad that went "De-Tomaso Longchamp coupe" that went on to explain what it was, I had as a kid a toy Pantera but I suspect 99 percent of folk then didnt have a clue what a Longchamp was and not easy to Google a picture for another ten years or so, so probably why it was hard to shift.

Wonder if its still around, did it get ever get sold ?

It is quite a good looking car though, front definitely looks like a MK1 Granada, which you would expect as they are Granada lights, but the rest puts me in mind of a Fiat Mirafiori Abarth.

Edited by J4CKO on Wednesday 9th October 16:47
That's because the rear lights are Fiat 131 units to go with the Granada headlights.

GranCab

2,064 posts

101 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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It looks like a kit car ... and is probably as reliable and well built as a kit car ...

Reciprocating mass

5,811 posts

196 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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Love these with the quad lamps I have been drooling over that convertible one for some time

AMGSee55

294 posts

57 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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Epic, just my sort of car! Love the styling, visually the one true rival for a Mercedes 450 SLC. And I have a car with Benzina/Aqua gauges also, so much more exotic than Fuel/Water biggrin

just passing by

36 posts

32 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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£60k for an epically ugly car constructed from the Ford/Fiat 70s parts bin? gotta have a sense of humour.

kuro

1,428 posts

74 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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Forgot these existed. Very nice.

Turbobanana

2,352 posts

156 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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just passing by said:
£60k for an epically ugly car constructed from the Ford/Fiat 70s parts bin? gotta have a sense of humour.


May we take it that Sir is not interested, then?

I think it's one of those cars you either "get", or you don't.

I agree that it's not worth £60,000, though, even to me (and I love it!).

Mr Tidy

11,415 posts

82 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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I have to be honest and say I never really liked the looks of these - but a Deauville, yes please! laugh

unsprung

4,605 posts

79 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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The Surveyor said:
Such a stunning coupe, love these.
+1

Both dashing and butch.

It's all in those unmistakable Italian lines, the use of chamfer elements, and the flared wings.

As a kid, I stumbled upon photos of this. The car was seared into my memory, and I've seen it in real life but once.



Kolbenkopp

2,262 posts

106 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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What an equally charming, and brutish coupé!

helix402

5,543 posts

137 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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Frimley111R said:
I only knew of this car thanks to Top trumps!
Here you go:




Light source:



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nroberts

33 posts

190 months

Thursday 10th October 2019
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This one has blended arches and looks better with bumpers.
Also has a connection to Claude Dubois as well!
Must have really liked them

AMGSee55

294 posts

57 months

Thursday 10th October 2019
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Loving that white Consul (Granada) with its 1700cc V4. 75 hp vs 1200kg.....definitely one for cruising rather than hooning biggrin

sinbaddio

1,630 posts

131 months

Thursday 10th October 2019
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RicksAlfas said:
sinbaddio said:
I need a car that has 'acqua' and 'benzina' on the gauges cool

Any suggestions for sub £5k?
Most old Alfas?

smokin

Pothole

30,195 posts

237 months

Thursday 10th October 2019
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I used to see (and hear) one regularly being gunned around the West End in the mid '90s. Always lusted after it.