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  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,010
    56 Ford Sunliner. Good looking car! With a T bird engine.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,683
    Back in 1990 I bought a new Ford Taurus SHO. The salesman and I had a discussion about the T'Bird engine in a 1956 Ford. I thought it was a 312, but he said it was a 292. After all these years, I'll admit he was probably right.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,179
    That's right. The 292 was the Thunderbird engine. The 312 was the Thunderbird Special, also used is some Thunderbird and other cars. There were three varied horsepower versions of the Special engine from what I read.

    BTW, the 292 could be faster than a 312 even with the 4-barrel carb. It was proved by a drag race in high school.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    A '56 is my very favorite Ford product.

    As the cars got older, I always remember they'd lose their (a) chrome 'banjo' trim on the taillights and (b) their little fender extensions over the headlights.

    Of course, '56 Chevys in our area all had holes over the headlights as they got older too.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    BTW, I'm impressed a Ford salesman in 1990 knew anything about a '56 Ford. Maybe he was one of those rare guys who worked selling one make of car for his entire career, certainly a rare thing today.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,621
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    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • berriberri Posts: 4,189
    '60 El Camino. I like the title!
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,621
    Yep, that is one very creaky old '60 EC.

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  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,010
    I see it has the optional external brake system.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,621
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    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,621
    I see it has the optional external brake system.

    LOL;)

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,317
    edited October 2013
    looks a helluva lot like an older Vauxhall/Opel/Saturn Astra. I'd imagine some sort of twin to that. Or its just a design ripoff. The grille is different.

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 5,034
    The light in James May's eyes .. the Dacia Sandero!

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,621
    Yup that's James' beloved Dacia Sandero, which I suspect is a twin, or near-twin of the Nissan Versa.

    If so one questions the sanity of James May.

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,683
    It's funny, I kind of felt the pile of wood looked familiar, then your comment about James May.
    When I went back and looked at the picture again, I saw the BBC logo.
    If I recall correctly, the car didn't look like that much longer after that picture.
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 5,034
    Correct. Jezza bought the Sandero for May during their super car at trip in Romania.

    It wa promptly backed into by a semi. Oops.

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  • au1994au1994 Posts: 776
    " super car at trip in Romania"

    One of the best episodes. The scenery (cars, roads, mountains) is just stunning!

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,621
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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,317
    gotta be the Ghibli (am i spelling that right?)

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Only Maserati can take a few odd shapes yet put them together nicely in a handsome package.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    Must be a Buick--it has portholes. ;)
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,179
    edited October 2013
    At first glance I thought it was a previous generation LaCrosse with a devil's fork for the grill ornament. The shape of the hip above the rear wheel feeding into the C-pillar that says LaCrosse.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Start with a Buick, stick a fork in it, it's done. LOL
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,621
    edited October 2013
    Yup, that is the new 2014 Maserati Ghibli, pretty sexy until you compare it to the original Ghibli of the 1970s>

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    You can't tell from the size in that photo, or from the number of portholes but the Ghibli slots below the Quattroporte.

    About those portholes. On this side of the ocean they say Buick but back in the early 50s they were a signature of Carrozzerria Vignale, who styled a number of racing and street cars for Ferrari, Maserati, Cisitalia and others.

    Usually there were three per side but sometimes a lot more>

    Maserati A6G

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,621
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  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,929
    Matra Djet - early / mid 60's....

    Originally this was the Rene Bonnet Djet, circa 1962 but Matra took over a couple of years later - there were various models including some hotter versions called Sport Djet, but basically they were fitted with variants of the Renault engine- the hotter ones had Gordini tuned engines.
    I think this one is a Matra judging by the badge but as to what model I have no idea. I think they finished mking these about 1967.

    Never sold in UK, so generally I've only seen them in mainland Europe.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,598
    It reminded me of a Lancia Stratos.... a little bit.

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,621
    Yep, that is a Matra Jet from the mid-1960s. I think the "Djet" name was used on earlier versions that were badged Duestche-Bonnet or simply Bonnet (I'm not sure).

    These were only seen on racetracks in the US.

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,179
    >but back in the early 50s they were a signature of Carrozzerria Vignale, who styled a number of racing and street cars for Ferrari, Maserati, Cisitalia and others.

    I learn something every day on Edmunds. :)
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,835
    Cisitalia sported portholes in 1946:

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