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I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

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  • wishnhigh1wishnhigh1 Posts: 363
    Saw a chrysler TC today...dont see those too often. Came with Maserati badges too!
  • checkmecheckme Posts: 73
    Saw a Mitsubishi Mighty Max compact pickup today,
  • alfoxalfox Posts: 716
    What a fascinating assembly of oxymoronic concepts, and all in one name!
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    Mitsubishi Minivan was a great vehicle, though. I loved the "rolling TV set" look to it. Very Cafe 80s.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    One of the restaurant delivery drivers had a Mitsubishi van. I remember having to jump start it, and the battery was under the passenger seat. Lots-o-fun. I'm also 'not a big fan' of any vehicle in which the driver is sitting on top of the front wheels.
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    we had what we called "Coaster" vans that we would use to drive around the base. They were mostly Nissans, but there were a few odd ones from someone else who I can't think of. The in-line engine was between you and the "passenger" seat with an access panel. I think the wheels would have been just about right in line with the drivers seat, maybe just forward. One night the exhaust manafold developed a crack. Sounded like a racecar, and was louder than hell inside that van. So naturally we drove it around acting like it was a race car. Security Police eventually stopped us and made us turn it into motor pool......I have no idea where this story is going.....

    ;-)
  • ajvdhajvdh Posts: 223
    I saw that darned thing *again* yesterday. He pulled up next to me at a light, I looked over at him and asked him if he wanted to race. He laughed and said "why not?" He did get by me, but it took about 100 yards for him to do so. BTW, I was on my bicycle at the time.
  • kw_carmankw_carman Posts: 114
    Toyota used to have a van like the Mitsubishi, with the engine under the front. It came before the Previa.
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    Those old-school J-tech minivans were the rage in the day, at least in my eyes, you know.

    Previa is a collectible in my book!

    I saw a couple of Pontiac Lemans today... wait, I live in the Detroit area, nothing unusual. Carry on.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,196
    Every once in a while I see a Hyundai Pony in the parking lot at work. These cars were imported to Canada before Hyundai appeared in the U.S.
  • I still see that Toyota Van hanging around here. It looked like a large egg... but then so has every Toyota van. I believe in England it was called a "Toyota Space Cruiser" or something far out.
  • Another car that's slightly obscuro that I see a lot (a neighbor has one) is the Nissan Stanza Wagon.

    In Europe and Japan, they were called the Prairie. Prairie Estate to be specific. Car magazine said that parts of the original Prairie dashboard are still used in the Nissan truck...
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,685
    There's a military green four-wheeler (some are six-wheeled) that is seen regularly in the Concord NH area.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    Is that the one with the aluminum body? I saw one without paint a few days ago, rather striking.
  • jeberjeber Posts: 91
    I saw a mid-70's amc matador yesterday, a big, homely sedan. it was in beautiful condition. there were never too many around. I remember thinking "I haven't seen one of those in at LEAST 15 years" (probably 20)

    there's a guy who I see around sometimes driving a perfectly restored, WWII US Army Harley with sidecar. he even has an authentic old leather helmet & goggles. there's something you don't just see everyday!
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,685
    or be going around paintless. Pinzgauers were originally made to military spec by Steyr-Puch of Austria (who make the 4matic drivetrains for Mercedes). Pinzgauers are 4x4 or 6x6 vehicles intended for extreme offroad conditions with no overhangs, bigger than a Wrangler, smaller than a Hummer. They are said to be superior off-road to any other wheeled vehicle.

    Aside from the Austrian and Swiss military they're used by foresters, fire/rescue and the like. I have no idea how they could be legally licensed in the US (no smog controls, crash tests etc).

    I think I read somewhere they're mfr'd in the UK now.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    but I was curious so I found this: http://www.umog.com/Pinzibrochure.html

    Neat vehicles.
  • ajvdhajvdh Posts: 223
    ...Who imports used ones for road use. See www.pinzgauer.com
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,255
    There's one right here in my parking lot.

    The owners seem to stay up all night and have very small dark pupils. Somehow it all fits.

    I call it the Das Diaper Truck.

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,685
    Do you have any idea how they legally import these? If you can bring in Pinzgauers, why not Alfas or TVRs?

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,255
    Probably they declare it for off road use? I really don't know. Ugly nasty things.

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  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Ugly nasty things

    Utilitarianism makes it beautiful in its own way.
  • wishnhigh1wishnhigh1 Posts: 363
    So...I showed some pictures I found on the pinzgauer. He now wants one.

    I know its a stretch, but does anybody know what the engine compartment looks like on these things? See...my dad is really interested. He has already called the import company. He just doesnt like the sound of a 90 hp swiss built air cooled engine. He would rather throw in a VW TDI engine or something that has parts readily available. Would a TDi fit?
  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    Shifty has an engine swap thread over in Coupes. Maybe we could start one for Pinzgauers?

    I know Mercedes makes an uber SUV. I've seen two recently. What's it called, the Lederhosen or something?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,255
    Garbage cans are utilitarian but they aren't beautiful....WELL...maybe to another garbage can.

    The guy who drives Das Diaper Truck in my neighborhood wears those airport earmuff silencers, so that's not a real good sign.

    I think they are very funny looking. Too fragile to be macho and too ungainly to be cute. And the Corrugated Look just doesn't work for me. Shades of VW Thing on Stilts.

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  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    Checker Marathon, '70s (with rear opera window instead of the quarter pie-shaped, kinda dates it)
    a nasty, faded black with gold wheels and grille, Maserati Biturbo convertible
    Two Merkur Scorpios (one blue, one maroon)
    Two Peugeot 505s (both maroon)
  • kw_carmankw_carman Posts: 114
    The Stanza wagon was mentionaed earlier, but does anyone remember the early-90's Axxess? How about the Colt Vista?
  • The Colt Vista wasn't a half bad car. In fact, I had a neighbor in Seattle that had a sort of pukey purple-grey Vista that they still have to date.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,196
    I saw one the other day, running but perforated with rust holes. It was the first one I've seen in nearly 20 years. I remember the Subaru BRAT came out around the time I was in 8th grade. My brother and I would walk home from school and see one parked a few blocks from our building. We'd think how cool it would be to ride in those bed-mounted seats.
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    Kyle, Nissan sold the Axxess only in 1990 model year as far as I know. I see one a couple times a year in Ann Arbor.

    lemko, old Subarus abound in northern Michigan. XT and SVX can be found here too. I should run around in my car a little bit this upcoming week and look for them.

    Yesterday on expressway from Lansing to Mackinac Bridge? Lots of new GM cars, and an older Audi 5000 sedan.
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