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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,705
    edited October 2013
    I'd forgotten about the 202, Shifty, looks like they beat Buick to the porthole thing by several years. IIRC Buick didn't get Venti-Ports until '49.

    There's a Vignale connection there. The ground-breaking Cisitalia 202, which set the pattern for the great Gran Turismo Berlinettas of the 50s and 60s was of course a Pinin Farina design. Before he went off on his own in 1948, Alfredo Vignale worked for Farina.

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,705
    edited October 2013
    ...by TorQue-Thrust (IIIRC) but what are they on?>

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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,198
    1963 Ford Fairlane?
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,705
    edited October 2013
    Yup, that is indeed a '63 Ford Fairlane/ 260. I mis-spelled TorQ-Thrust.

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  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,393
    Yup, that is indeed a '63 Ford Fairlane/ 260

    It's a '63 Ford Fairlane, but not a 260. It's got the smaller 221 V-8 in it. Fairlanes with the 260 had emblems with '260' across the middle of them.

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,705
    edited October 2013
    You may be right Bhill2, I recall cars that wore 260 badges back in the day and I also recall that the Ford small-block 221 was known as the "Fairlane" engine.

    Either this car was re-engined or they let some 260s out withouthe proper badges but the seller says it's a 260>

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  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,393
    Very interesting. Either the statement on eBay is wrong or the wrong emblems are on the car, possibly because the engine has been replaced. I can't tell from the picture of the engine if it is a 260. Can anyone else?

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  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    We had a '62 Fairlane when I was a kid, similar styling. It was the car that turned my Dad off from Fords forever.

    I always thought it was kind of funny that Ford was still using fins in its styling that late.
  • lostwrench1lostwrench1 Ct.Posts: 481
    The location of the coil is wrong for a 260.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,705
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    Some of you probably remember exactly what year this was.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 30,584
    Is this about '71 or '72?

    I started driving in '74, and we had gas prices even cheaper than that, off and on... (midwest, not east coast, though)

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,189
    That Morris Minor sure is the odd man out. I will also pick off the German built Ford Capri in front of the 62 Impala 4 door HT.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    That Chevy wagon is a '74 Impala wagon, by the location of the side molding and nameplate on the front fender.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,705
    The photo was taken in San Francisco, which is usually a ways above the national average for gas, although I think it was about the same in NY when this was taken (no one has guessed the year yet).

    IIRC most of the Gen 1 Capris e got were made in Dagenham, not Cologne.

    The Morris is probably the oldest car in the pic (1959-60?) and the Capri may be the newest.

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,705
    I think that's a '68-69 Chevelle convertible parked at the sidewalk in front of the two apparently headless gentlemen (lots of strange people in San Fran, especially in those days).

    I can't believe nobody can recall the year of the great Gas Embargo.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,471
    That would be 1973 I believe.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,704
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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,471
    that is hideous. Looks like a toon car come to life.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,704
    edited October 2013
    No worse than some early Subarus :)

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  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,652
    G'day

    I actually know about this one but will let someone else figure it out. However, I can confirm that this was not a reject from the Wacky Races!

    The real story involves a Fish Barter Scheme with the Soviet Union!

    Cheers

    Graham
  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,952
    This is a Troll - I don't think they made more than about 6 or 7 though. It was made in Norway in the late 50's
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,977
    Let's see:

    in front of the doors looks like a gen 1 Monte Carlo
    first car in the parking stall is a Ford LTD
    in front of that is a Toronado
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,704
    That's right---a TROLL! Interesting in that it was, i'm told, one of the first attempts to make a production fiberglass car in Europe ala the Corvette in the USA. They only made 5 or so, but the intention was to create a national auto industry in Norway.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 30,584
    I see trolls all the time in the forums.. ;-)

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  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,652
    G'day

    This is one of the odd stories of motoring history. The Troll was a fibre-glass bodied 700cc, two stroke, rear wheel drive car developed in the 1950's by Troll Plastik & Bilindustri, ostensibly to develop a Norwegian Car Industry. However the Norwegian government were keen to sustain a fish export industry, especially to the Soviet Union, which supplied cars to Norway offset by the fish exports. Accordingly Troll were restricted to manufacture 15 cars, although only about 6-7 were actually produced.

    It was supposed to be a sports car and the engine, sourced from Germany was claimed to have a Bosch fuel injection system. Top speed was about 130km/h. It was compared to a Porsche of the time, which seems a bit optimistic.

    There were export plans for something like 2,000 cars per annum, but after investors got the hint that it could not be sold in Norway (due to the Fish Barter Deal) any idea of volume production ceased.

    Not sure that the name was catchy enough. There might be other connotations in Norway but calling a car after a fierce legendary monster with a fondness for eating children, does not seem a winner to me.

    Cheers

    Graham
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,705
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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Looks like a stretch limo version of a Subaru 360.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,704
    What a concept--a 1-ton Subaru 360 :)

    Nope.

    HINT: It's British

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  • texasestexases Posts: 5,671
    1952-ish Humber?
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