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  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,927
    Yes -a Volvo 544 B18 - and Fintail is right - it is registered in Iceland, although the plate could technically be for a British registration, as that series of plates was issued in the 1900's in Britain (in Stafford actually). This one is from a place called Akranes in Iceland which is where it was taken last summer.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    These became a big deal when they were adopted as the carriage du jour by the moneyed
    horse owner set. These folks had access to plenty of nice cars for grocery getting and commuting duties but it wouldn't do to hook your hose trailer to your Benz or what have you. When the GW
    was phased out they gloomed on to Suburbans and Tahoes and the Wannabes followed.

    It's the same set that made Range Rovers popular in Europe and I guess didn't care that they weren't very well made either.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,330
    FWIW, the 444 had small round taillights and the 544 had the larger oval ones seen in the picture.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,421
    Easy way to tell---a PV444 has a split front windshield and the motor is a B16--not a very good engine. (3 main bearing crankshaft--whipped around like a piece of licorice--and usually broke).

    B18 was a great engine!

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  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,330
    B18 was a great engine!

    You ain't kidding. I had that engine is a '62 122S that I got in '67. Despite having been lovingly maintained for five years by the most incompetent owner/mechanic in creation it was still going strong (unlike the suspension and brakes, which had pretty much succumbed to the malpractice by the time I got it.) My father also had that engine in his '67 122S (a great car), my sister had it in her '68 144S (kind of a dog, only because the car was too heavy for the engine), and my father had it in his '68 144S automatic (a major dog for the same reason and also because the engine was totally unsuited for a slush box). Finally, I had a '69 142S (the dealer offered me $900 for the '62 described above, which was at least 3 times what it was worth) with the B20 variant, and it was a great engine as well.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,174
    when I was 9 my parents got a '69 144S (4 speed) with the B20, and that was the car they still had when I learned to drive. Had some recurring issues (carbs and mufflers I believe) but I loved that car.

    Still how I remember how to convert litres into CI.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,421
    It wasn't the mufflers--what happened is that the rubber doughnuts that held up the exhaust system were defective and when they broke the exhaust hung down, and if you didn't fix it right away, the weight of the muffler broke off the header pipe.

    I have never, EVER seen a B18 engine with a thrown rod.

    I've seen plenty of B16s with broken cranks however.

    The B18s only weaknesses were fiber timing gears and soft camshafts.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,515
    Interesting. I guess in the US anyway, 444s are virtually unknown anyway, so if I see one on the street, I can guess what it is.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,421
    The 444 is rare and many that you do see carry B18 engines. The B16 is really not suitable for use in America. It's based on an old tractor design I believe---you know, low RPM puttin' around the barnyard.

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  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,584
    edited February 2013
    G'day

    Bit late, but an Austin A40 Countryman. For a long time I assumed that the model was "Austin of England" because that was the nameplate on the side of the bonnet.

    When I was small, my now brother in law's family had a grey one, into which they would cram their six children and travel far and wide. The back had bench seats along each side and was remarkably uncomfortable. However, it lasted for a long time, probably reflecting the lean times when you have six kids!

    Cheers

    Graham
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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    image

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  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    Looks like something from Holden's division, so I'm guessing it might be rebadged as a Buick or Chevy of some sorts. Impala SS wagon?

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    edited February 2013
    There are a number of impediments to collecting in the 1/18 Scale but it seems to be very popular. The choices and quality of replicas available have improved tremendously since the days when Bburago and Polistoy were the dominant makers.

    I've got a sizeable collection of a couple of dozen sports, racing and classic cars in 1/18 scale and yes my wife does complain about me turning the house into a small scale parking garage.

    My latest acquisition is this dandy 1948 Land Rover S1>
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    This miniature represents a very early LR and has some features that are odd even by Land Rover Standards including three abreast seating in the front.
    You can read more about it here.

    Let's hear from any 1/18 scale fans.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,174
    I have quite a few, but am seriously short of places to put them. Not really any "high end" ones (more like cars I liked for $10 at B.J.s).

    maybe when I finally move I will have my own space where I can put in the right size shelving.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,174
    I love the looks of that. Hard to sense size in a picture like this, but I imagine it is bigger than I care for. But very sharp looking, and I love the color.

    I would have happily lived with something like this over the RDX we bought, but the wife would have none of getting another station wagon after her minivan years!

    oh, no clue what it is.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
    That is one sharp-looking scale model. I remember these vehicles from old episodes of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, especially the ones that had the spare tire on the vehicle's hood.
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,584
    G'day

    Around here, this is called a Holden Commodore Sportswagon. A rather pretty model, a little smaller than conventional wagons. If you get it, have a test drive as they are well made and very pleasant to drive. The current models have all the electronic goodies that one can want. May be the last rear drive Commodore.

    Cheers

    Graham
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    edited February 2013
    Yup, it's one of yours Graham, a Holden Commodore HF wagon, the wagon version of the same sedan that will be sold here as the Chevrolet SS.

    It's very sad to read that the RWD Commodore may be discontinued, where will we get our muscle cars from? :confuse:

    There's a slim chance we may get a Chevy SS wagon, probably less than slim if they decide to can the rear-drive Commodores. :cry:

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I was going to guess Holden Hahayoucantgetit Awesomeness GT.
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