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It's Time to Play "WHO AM I"?

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  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,406
    You are half right. I am from the '50s. I should mention that calling me an 'intermediate' may be somewhat misleading, since that term was not widely used at the time. However, it is true that I had both a smaller and a larger sibling.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • tlongtlong CaliforniaPosts: 4,776
    OK, I'll bite.

    I was ubiquitous, but my year was the last before a major electrical change. And look at my new hubcaps!

    This should be easy if you are familiar.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,152
    First thought is a 1957 Rambler Rebel, although those were considered compacts at the time. Although in all fairness, they were closer to intermediate...even if that term hadn't been coined yet.

    IIRC, the Rebel had something like 270 hp, in an engine around 291 CID?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,687
    I am way out of my element here, but is this a Sentra SE-R?
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,406
    You get the latest gold star, Andre. I am indeed the 1957 Nash Rambler Rebel. As you said, I was considered a compact at the time, but I had a big brother (the Nash Ambassador) and a little brother (OK class, who can be the first to name my little brother?)

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  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Little brother is the Nash Metropolitan, as I believe there was no Rambler American in '57.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    This has to be a 6-volt to 12-volt conversion in the early 50s. Could it be the '52 Ford?
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,406
    Little brother is the Nash Metropolitan, as I believe there was no Rambler American in '57.

    Rightyo! The American debuted the next year.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    Or it could be the Beetle, which went from 6 to 12 volts much later, I want to say '63?? I used to have facts like this at the tips of my fingers. :-(

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    I was wondering if anythingbutgm's might be the original CRX, but I don't believe it had racing roots? If it is the original CRX, that's the '84 model I believe.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    Despite being a mere repaint of an existing wagon, with a few very minor changes to the suspension and tires, I singlehandedly turned my brand around, from heading for the grave to solidly prosperous for most of 15 years. I also spawned a little brother that quickly became the most popular trim in his own model line for many years.

    Shucks, aint it funny what people will fall for with good marketing? Who am I?

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,990
    When I debuted in 1948 my maker thought I might sell a few hundred copies, but in fact I created a world sensation. I was a winning combination of styling, value and performance, and was, in fact, the fastest production car in the world, for a price that any middle class man could afford. I set the automotive world on its ear.

    I am valuable today but nothing like a vintage Ferrari or a rare muscle car. I guess this is because i was made in rather large numbers for the type of car I was.

    Some find me a bit of a bear to drive, but I am still considered one of the world's most attractive cars.

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  • texasestexases Posts: 5,698
    "Despite being a mere repaint of an existing wagon"

    Subaru Outback? Little brother...hmmm...Impreza? Forester?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    Yeah, that was too easy. You have to go back to the 60s and before for really good ones I think. "Little brother" was supposed to refer to the Outback Sport, which is technically a trim of the Impreza.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • texasestexases Posts: 5,698
    1948 Jaguar XK120?
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,345
    Jaguar XK120?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,990
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    Love the car but I hate those chrome wires. They should be painted.

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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    My model was sold for more than 30 years in the U.S., but isn't any more. I was built in my model's most popular year, when the truck engine under my hood was fuel injected for the first time and around the time I got an edgy new body style. A few years after I was built my model line went FWD, and it was never the same after that.

    Who am I?

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Caddy Deville?

    Not sure what year they got fuel injected though.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    Nope. Gosh, were there 30+ years of Devilles? Yikes.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    More than 30 years, something like 50!

    I keep thinking Nissan/Datsun 810 Maxima for your answer, early 80s before the shift to FWD in '85, but they still make Maximas. :confuse:
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,152
    My first guess would be a Chevy Impala? Originally sold from 1958-85, revived in FWD form for 2000. The truck engine was the 348, later enlarged to 409. I think the Impala's most popular year was 1965? I have a feeling I'm off base though, as I don't remember the 348/409 ever being fuel injected.

    As for the Deville? Believe it or not, that name's been around close to 60 years! It first came out in 1949, as the name for Cadillac's first pillarless hardtop coupe. For 1950, all Cadillac coupes went hardtop, and the Coupe DeVille became a higher trim level. For 1956, they added a Sedan Deville hardtop sedan, and for 1959, DeVille became a whole model line. I forget now when they phased the DeVille name out, but by 2007 it was called DTS.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,152
    Looks like I goofed up on the Rebel's engine, though. In 1957, it was a 327 with 255 hp, lifted out of the big Nash/Hudsons, which were in their final year. Rare car too...only 1500 built.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    Not the Impala, and not the 810/Maxima, although if you're thinking 810, you're around the right time period.....

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,152
    Okay then, I'm gonna guess a 1982 Celica?

    Okay, as soon as I typed that, something else popped into my mind...what about the 1984 Corolla SR-5 coupe? The Corolla went FWD for the most part in 1984, but the coupe stayed RWD, through 1987 I think. I don't know much about Toyota's engines, but maybe they pulled the SR-5's out of their pickup truck line?
  • It'll most likely give this one away but by "racing roots" I wasn't clear on what sort of racing :P

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,990
    NOW you got me thinkin' what football team uses blue and gold?

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  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I dunno, could be right, but then again, didn't the Corolla coupe stay RWD until the end? And of course the sedan still lives.
  • tlongtlong CaliforniaPosts: 4,776
    You are getting close, but wrong year. Look at the other clue.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    So it's the VW Beetle, but another year for the voltage switch and changing the hubcaps? Maybe 1966 when there were other changes made, like putting "1300" on the deck lid for the new larger engine.
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