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  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,359

    @andys120 said: Yes it did have a slightly different number, you're looking at a 1953 Volvo PV445.

    I thought the PV445 was the wagon (Duett).

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  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,613

    @andys120 said:

    G'day

    Is that an NSU Prinz? They went through several generations and this is probably from the mid 1960's. Apparently fairly sporty as they were quite light and had a rear mounted air cooled engine.

    Cheers

    Graham

  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,947

    @andys120 said:

    Thats an NSUPrinz - I think its a Prinz 1000 which would date from about 1964 to 67.

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,840

    One for Shifty:

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,043

    Oh yeah, 1949 Packard. These old straight-8s had a great deal of torque, so even for this big bathtub, performance for the period was quite respectable. Of course, compared to the slab-sided '49 Ford, they were old-fashioned in styling. Very nicely made though, with lovely mohair interiors (or leather in the convertibles) and beautifully detailed bakelite knobs and switches, accented by "fake" wood grain.

    You could get automatic transmission and AC, but many came with three on the tree and overdrive.

    My clearest memory of these cars is the enormous brake and clutch pedals.

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,840

    Had NM plates, so it'll probably last forever.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,043

    Don't ever try to pound on a '49 Packard with your fist--you'll regret it.

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  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,359

    @stever said: One for Shifty:

    When I was a kid in Seattle, the father of the family next door loved Packards. When they arrived in about '62 they had a '49 (the father was a professor at the Univ. of Wash., so they probably couldn't afford a newer one.) A couple of years later they got a '53 (IIRC) Patrician. I rode in that car a few times and it was seriously nice; even to a performance-obsessed teenager.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,804

    Funny how things change - a college professor maybe not being able to buy more than a 13 year old car, at a time when something that old had hit the bottom of the depreciation curve. Today, a full-on UW professor is probably going to be fairly affluent, especially if a little older and having been lucky (oh no, I mean smart, of course) in the housing price boom.

    Those bathtub Packards seem to have good survival rates, they must have been sturdy. Maybe the last of the real traditional ones.

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,641

    @magnette said: Thats an NSUPrinz - I think its a Prinz 1000 which would date from about 1964 to 67.

    Yup, that's a ** 1967 NSU Prinz 1000 TT. ** By the late 60s the wave of rear-engine cars from Europe had crested and examples from NSU, Fiat, Renault and even Chevrolet were withdrawn from the market leaving the field to the Volkswagen Beetle/Bug and the Porsche 911/912.

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,641

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  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,359

    @andys120 said:

    Oh blast! It's one of the kei cars, but I can't remember which. Daihatsu?

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  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,613

    @bhill2 said: Oh blast! It's one of the kei cars, but I can't remember which. Daihatsu?

    G'day

    The upside of being on the other side of the world is that I get a few hours think time. I think it is a late 1990's Daihatsu Copen. The idea looked appealing but not sure that it really went well outside Japan. I can only ever recall seeing one in England and never one in Ausdtralia .

    Cheers

    Graham

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,043

    What causes that---over-inflated tires? :)

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,641
    edited September 2

    @grahampeters said:

    1990's Daihatsu Copen

    Yup, it's a Daihatsu Copen , the Kei sports roadster, neat little car IMO.

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  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,947

    The Daihatsu Copen was actually sold here as a regular import for a few years - not a grey import - and there are quite a few around, although that is in part locally because there was a Daihatsu dealers abut a mile up the road until the last couple of years- they don't sell any cars in Britain now.

  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,947

    Not many of these left...

  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,613

    @magnette said: Not many of these left...

    G'day

    I am glad that most of them have rusted away. A very strong candidate for the title of " World's Most Boring Car" , the Austin Allegro.

    They were designed as a replacement for the Austin 1100 and 1300. This was in an era where British Leyland was more fussed about internal competition than thinking about external pressures. Hence the designers were not allowed to give the car a hatchback, that being reserved for the Austin Maxi as a Unique Selling Point.

    It was an essentially frumpy looking car. I do know that they came in brighter colours but remember them in muted beige and other soft shades, probably to match the cardigan of the wearer. Mysteriously, they all seemed to have an Automobile Association badge (the square yellow badge on this car) screwed to the grille. You could almost pre judge the owner; a stooped careful man with a hat set firmly on his head, nervously waiting at a roundabout for a gap in the traffic.

    One of the more peculiar aspects was the "Quartic" steering wheel, a sort of rounded square, which was truly bizarre. The overall design was so bloated that they were nicknamed "Flying Pigs".

    Not a great car!

    Cheers

    Graham

  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,947

    @grahampeters said:

    G'day Graham

    Yes, this is an Austin Allegro 3 - one of the last ones - they had done away with the silly quartic steering wheel by then but it was a really bad car - the previous 1100/1300 range were technically advanced but this was just cr*p...

  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,947

    Something a bit newer

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  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,613

    @magnette said: Something a bit newer

    I've spent the morning dredging the memory as the sunken bit in the bonnet looked familiar, I think from the cover of Car magazine from the early 2000s and the number plate has given a clue ; Is it a Noble M12? I think they were made in Leeds.

    Cheers

    Graham

  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,947

    @grahampeters said: Graham

    Hello Graham

    Yes, I thought the numberplate would be a clue - it's a Noble M12....I thought it might confuse some people who would think it was a Lotus as it does look like that - especially the rear 3/4's view.

    This was at a car show we went to some weeks ago with my Magnette - just a gathering of cars on a village green in Essex. The prewar car next to it (which was for sale for £5000) is a BSA Nine from the thirties and there was even another open one elsewhere in the show. Quite an ecletic mix really.

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,641

    Fins>

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  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,947

    @andys120 said: Fins>

    This is a Simca Aronde Oceane - the coupe version was known as the Aronde Plein Ciel I believe. Circa 1957-61, and from this angle its hard to tell which year but they did update the grille in about 1959 I think.

  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,947

    This is postwar, but you wouldn't believe it if you drove one...

  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,613

    @magnette said: This is postwar, but you wouldn't believe it if you drove one...

    G'day

    Late 40's Ford Perfect. The local Prefect and Anglia club had a show in the carpark of our local hardware store last year. There were a couple of about this vintage and looking better than new. Not really appealing but interesting to see how Ford in England developed such dramatically different cars to their US parent.

    Cheers

    Graham

  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,947

    @grahampeters said:

    Yes - its a Ford Prefect E493A - the last version of this model which ran from 1949 to 53. Developed isn't really the word - they just carried on with transverse springs front and rear - the thing was basically an updated 1932 Ford... Even this wasn't the end of the story though - the E494A Anglia which was a contemporary of this carried on as the 103E Popular right through to the summer of 1959 - which means that up until a few weeks before the launch of the BMC Mini - probably the most influential car of the era - you could still buy an antique like this from Ford.... In fairness they launched the 105E Anglia after that - and the 100E Prefect / Anglia had been in production from 1953 onwards - but it really was the end of an era.

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  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,613

    @magnette said: One more

    G'day

    That is a Peugeot 204 estate (described as a break by Peugeot). The roof rack mounting clips on the roof seemed to be a distinctive feature of Peugeots of that era. I always thought that the rear hatch looked ungainly and the external hinges unappealing.

    However it may be the later 304, which is virtually indistinguishable from the rear. The 304 reused the centre section of the 204 and they did little to the rear end of the Estate.

    Cheers

    Graham

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,840
    edited September 7

    Love those clips. Really should put a rack on top with an assembled Folbot on the rack to take to the car shows (although Folbot had moved stateside in the 50s from England).

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