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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,049
    I rather like it; nice and functionally square looking, and you can see out the windows.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    Back when the square Volvo wagons first came out, the joke was "Volvo--the car for people who hate cars".

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,049
    edited December 2012
    Even the two sedans in the family back in ~74 were square. Well, square box on top of a longer rectangle.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,860
    edited December 2012
    Then that became Saturn. Now it's Toyota. :shades:

    The XC90 does appear to have good visibility.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    edited December 2012
    so does a bus

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited December 2012
    Revamped? Really? ;)

    Drove one of those on an autocross (Subaru had the Tribeca, Murano, and XC90) and that was the most ponderous of the 3.

    At the time I said, you can teach an elephant to dance, but you're still dancing with an elephant. :D
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,049
    edited December 2012
    Well, you'll have to wait until the end of 2014 to try out the revamped one and see if it still is best suited to herding cows on the Ponderosa.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,730
    That a 70ish Triumph Dolomite?

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,860
    Triumph 3500?
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,662
    edited December 2012
    Triumph 3500?

    Close, it's a Triumph 2.5 PI ca. '68-'69, essentially a Triumph 2000 (the Dolomite's big brother) with the fuel-injected six from the TR5 (same as the stateside TR250 except it was "petrol-injected").

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,662
    edited December 2012
    image

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    Is that an R16? I used to have one of those. This was an incredibly popular car--they made almost 2 million of them!!

    They were very versatile. I remember that you could hook the rear seat onto the headliner, then open the rear hatch to make a wagon out of it for heavy hauling. Great on gas, too.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,860
    Hmm looks like the car I posted in the obscure car thread the other day :shades:
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,391
    Looks like the Chinese are stealing their own designs, now.. Who can tell that Volvo from the current model? :surprise:

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,662
    edited December 2012

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,391
    I'm going to say that the red convertible is a Mercury Cougar, and I think that is a Plymouth Valiant in the middle... (sorry, no years.. my calendar is out of whack... ;) )

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,662
    Yup, the red convertible (right on BIGGER version) looks like a 1970 Mercury Comet. The car on the middle is not a Valiant, it's not even a MoPar, anyone else?

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,213
    Maybe around a 67 T-Bird?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,730
    definitely a T Bird, but I am terrible with years on those.

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  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    '66 full-size Chevrolet in front; '56 Ford truck (wraparound windshield I think); '68-69 Thunderbird in my best guess (has cornering lights and/or front side marker lights, the latter of which didn't start 'til '68). I can't see enough of the red car.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    image

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,730
    the obvious answer is Pacer, though the plate indicates it is some overseas knock off version. though honestly, it does not look quite right for a Pacer...

    so I have no clue.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,860
    Pacer with Hamburg plates
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    yes, yes, but WHICH special Pacer do we have here?

    HINT: Think Nash-Hudson merger

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,860
    That was a few years before my time. Only Pacer model I can think of is an "X".

    Germany...Pacer Kaiser? :shades:
  • omarmanomarman Posts: 713
    Germany...Pacer Kaiser?

    Funny! :D
    French...AMC-Renault Grosse Femme?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    Pacer "Silver" Edition in 1979, complete with..well, silver paint and...AND...a V8!

    This edition commemorates the Nash-Hudson merger of 25 years prior, or so they say...who's counting?

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,860
    That's a strange event to commemorate. Desperate marketing I suppose.
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,618
    edited December 2012
    G'day

    A lovely, lovely car. The Renault 16, I think from fairly late in its life. My father had one and he loved driving it, despite some assembly issues which gave it some problems. They were assembled in Australia from CKD (completely knoced down) kits imported from France. The production line, in Heidelberg, Victoria, also made Peugeot 504's in a rare show of French co-operation. There was some significant tax benefits for sales of foreign cars in Australia, through them being assembled in Australia.

    Dad's, along with about a thousand other Renault 16's was a failure on the CKD front. The drain hoses from the air inlet plenum, were of differing lengths and incorrectly assembled on Australian assembled cars, According in rainy conditions, the drivers foot-well stayed dry, but the passenger rapidly found themselves wading! It took a remarkably long time to solve the problem.

    There were also issues with rust-proofing which earned them a poor reputation in Australia.

    They also suffered from an inadequate parking brake. A friend parked his parents on a gentle slope, set the handbrake and was rewarded by the site of it slipping downhill at increasing speed, clearing a major highway and landing in a paddock opposite - minimal damage but an incentive to shove a brick behind the wheel ever after.

    The Renault 16 was interesting o drive, the body rolling alarmingly on its soft springing which was set up for rough French cobbled roads. The wheelbase was different on each side as the rear suspension hung off locating arms stretching the whole width of the car, Hence the Left side was marginally longer than the right.

    Despite the body roll, handling was very good and they cried out to be driven hard.

    It was pretty much the last car that I can recall with column shift four speed which was very educational for a young driver.

    The rear seats could be moved around in about seven different ways or removed entirely to increase cargo space (quite a novelty at the time).

    The wheels were on a three stud pattern with the hub cap secured by a central bolt. This made it virtually impossible to get the wheels balanced unless you went to a specialty shop.

    Dad's was a base model 16TL in a dirty brown colour, its greatest colour virtue being that it was identical to the colour of the dried coal in our local coal mines. Hence when driven through the mud in the mines, it looked just as awful as when clean.

    The fancier version, the 16TS had a tuned engine and was quite nippy. The Automatic 16TA was best avoided.

    Reliability was not a strong point, as with most Renaults; you rapidly develop a friendly relationship with the specialist serviceman!

    A happy memory.

    Cheers

    Graham
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