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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,652
    Yes it could certainly be a Fiat 1400 but with just the little bit we can see it could easily be a Magnette too. Give the Italian location I guess the smart money is on the Fiat.

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  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,618
    G'day

    Gee, you are really going for the weird! My initial thought (from the nose and lights) was that it is related to the Triumph 1300 designed by Michelotti, but this picture is clearly rear engined (no radiator grill). It might derive from a late 50's or 60's Renault.

    One of the Japanese manufacturers had some license deal to make a knock off of the Renault 4. It was not Isuzu, which built the Bellett, (the greenhouse looks very similar) but something like that.

    Alternatively, is it some sort of odd DAF, found in Holland?

    Cheers

    Graham
  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,948
    edited March 2013
    Well, you are close without actually gettnig near, if you see what I mean...
    I think Michelotti was involved with this, but I'm not sure about that. It also has a Renault link, but only in the sense that this maker had previously built the Renault 4cv / 750 under licence and this was a development of that.
    However, it isn't a European manufacturer at all...

    Other than that, how about the van in the foreground?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,725
    Is that van some sort of DAF?

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,652
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  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,948
    The van is British, the car is Japanese.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,193
    Looks like an early 1970s Subaru. Maybe 1971?
  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,948
    This is a wild guess as we didn't get these, but is this a Subaru 1000 - I keep thinking its a Suzuki, as it reminds me of the Fronte, but I am still going with Subaru.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Cool wheels, are those mini lites?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,478
    cool looking car, but where the heck is the interior? :P

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  • bob4020bob4020 Posts: 1
    Hi ya´all I´m finally going to do it. I´m going to go out and buy a brand new 2013 Camaro ZL1 for only $20,000.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    Gee, a $35,000 discount. That's pretty good. Don't let the police catch you. :P

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,048
    Meanwhile his spam post over in Prices Paid has been removed. :D

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Dont mess with Quick Draw McGraw!
  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,948
    While you are all still pondering the Japanese car / British van in the previous Dutch picture, this other one caught my eye.
    image

    There are a lot more of these photos - wish I had taken them myself...
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,652
    They look like Minilites but since those are reallky expensive they're probab ly look-alike Panasports but the car itself was sold in the US as the 1970 Subaru FF-1 Star. It was probably the first FWD import from Japan.

    It was also known as the Subaru Leone/Subaru 1000.

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,756
    edited March 2013
    The c pillar/rear fenders remind me of a Saab 900 sedan(?), not the hatchback version.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    I actually owned an FF-1, and drove it through a nasty Colorado winter. Primitive but very sturdy little car.

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  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,618
    G'day

    Congratulations. I thought all the trolls had died!

    Cheers

    Graham
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,618
    G'day

    Been bugging me, as I am sure I have seen one in living memory. Have just remembered seeing one in Christchurch, New Zealand after the Earthquakes. If so, a Hino Contessa from the era when Hino made some cars, rather than just being a truck making arm of Toyota.

    The earlier generation looked like a Toyopet or Austin. This generations similarity to a Renault is odd.

    They were sold in Australia and New Zealand and an assembly plant in New Zealand made them, certainly for the NZ market. Although Australia and New Zealand are economically and socially close, there are odd anomalies between the industry policies which open markets for many cars there which do not make it to Australia.

    Cheers

    Graham
  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,948
    edited March 2013
    Yes Graham - It's a Hino Contessa - they revised the model and this is the later version so mid-60s I believe. Hino built the Renault 750 under licence prior to the first Contessa, and I have seen one of those - but the later one was apparently sold in Nethelands, Belgium etc when it was current - Hino never sold cars in Britain even though as an RHD market they would have been fine here, but to be fair by the time the Japanese carsstarted to break through here they were merging with Toyota.
    The van is a Bedford HA - the commercial version of the first Vauxhall Viva. As a car the Viva HA was on sale from about 1963 to 67, but the van went on in this form until the mid-70's
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,048
    edited March 2013
    image

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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,193
    1965 or 1966 Rambler Marlin.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    edited March 2013
    What on earth was AMC thinking with the Marlin? IMHO, even the emblem was kind of dorky! However, I will say the '67 was better-looking IMO although they are even more-rarely seen than the '65 and '66. The Marlin was designed by Richard Teague, formerly of Packard styling in Detroit. He joked in an interview once that he was paid in Marlin decklids for the job! ;)
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,048
    edited March 2013
    That was fast (back). :shades: The Wiki contributor pegs it a '65. Another shot:

    image

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  • lostwrench1lostwrench1 Ct.Posts: 478
    From two printed advertisements from the 60s............

    "Marlin by Rambler - Newest of the Sensible Spectaculars".

    "Introducing excitement! The swinging new man-size sports fastback - MARLIN!"

    I like the car.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,193
    Look how tiny that decklid is!
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    I like the taillights, and I like that the cars are rarely seen.

    Seems like they cribbed "Marlin" from "Barracuda", though. Not real original.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    something went horribly wrong.... :cry:

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  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    I hate to say it, though, but I think I see some Chrysler Crossfire coupe and even '14 Corvette Stingray coupe in the way that fastback roofline is done--looking on from straight-on in the back, that is!

    Trust me, I always 'goofed' on Marlins when I was a kid, but I do think there are some similarities!
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