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  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,644
    The new Subaru?

    Juuuuust kidding :P

    Hmmm....it resembles one of those Hanomag thingies from Germany.....???
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,909
    Ooh, where's the emotorcon with hearts? Love it. W116s look great in brown, couple that with a rare Crayford conversion, and it's hard to beat. I can't tell the model, but does not look like a SEL (LWB) car.
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,271
    One thing that interests me is that it's got the US style 4 round headlights. Does that mean that it is a converted US version or were those headlights used elsewhere? The license plate doesn't look like US issue, but I can't even tell from the picture if it actually is a license plate.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,909
    It could be either. I have seen US lights on MBs in Europe (W126 especially) - some people there actually like the US style lights, and it might hearken back to the days in Europe when a V8 108 had quad lights, while a 6 had the flush composite lights. It could also be a grey market import, I am sure a few were sold here.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,388
    That's a 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300SD wearing the Crayford wagon conversion. Come to think of it the Euro bumpers and round lights are an odd combo.
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,552
    G'day

    I know that post WW2, various former Axis countries, and those conquered by them, experimented with tiny three wheelers. Somewhere on the net there is a site given over to them.

    This looks especially rough, so I suspect pretty early post war and maybe Austrian or Czech prototype.

    The better ones led to things like the Isetta.

    Cheers

    Graham
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,071
    That Mercedes G63 6x6 reminds me of these:

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  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,552
    G'day

    Mercedes W31 type G4 from about 1941. The Australian press has noted the irony that, in purchasing the 6wd G class, Mercedes are revisiting the W31.

    Cheers

    Graham
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,909
    "I know that post WW2, various former Axis countries, and those conquered by them"

    Like the UK? Oh, that's their auto industry post 20th century :shades:

    The front end of that old pic reminds me of a Hanomag Kommissbrot. I get an Austrian or Czech vibe from it too, maybe something that led to the Velorex.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,702
    1956 Oldsmobile Starfire
    1956 Chev, 4-door hardtop Sport Sedan. I'm trying to recall the colors. There was a dark gray used with a coral that might photograph like this in black and white. The black/yellow would appear much lighter in the yellow.

    link to larger version of picture.

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,388
    edited March 2013
    Keerect, those two American beauties sure stand out in this crowd of little Euro cars. Anyone want to ID them, other than the obvious oval window early Vee Dub.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,644
    Lancia Aurelia....and I can't quite ID that convertible.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,388
    Lancia Aurelia....and I can't quite ID that convertible.

    I read an article once about why Lancia made a number of RHD cars for the Italian market but I can't remember why, anyone know?

    The only convertible I see is the big Olds, unless you're referring to the small car next to it which could be a Minor 1100 convertible or sedan...hard to say.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,644
    That's an interesting story. Apparently Lancia provided right hand drive even in areas where driving on the right was the norm, apparently to assist drivers in heavily mountainous terrain, if they preferred, to see the edge of the road on the right side, going uphill. Coming down the mountain they still had the entire left lane buffering them from the edge of doom.

    I know, for instance, going east out of Aspen over Independence Pass during a ferocious rain storm--I wouldn't have minded right hand drive.
  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,884
    You and Fintail both mentioned Czech connections, and this is indeed from Czechoslovakia. It's a Krejbich (I've also found a reference to it as a Kreibick) built in 1949-50 and powered by Jawa 2-stroke engines - they fitted either a 200cc or 350cc motor. According to the only references I can find they built about 70 of them, and there are a couple still left - there are pictures of at least two survivors on Flickr.
    This is the first picture I have ever posted on this site that I didn't take myself, so I'm not exactly a quick learner!
  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,884
    The little convertible isn't a morris Minor - I think (especially given the setting) it is a Fiat 500 - probably a 500C, the last of the front engined 500's - so about 1950-54.
  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,884
    edited March 2013
    image

    I'm learning...
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,388
    edited March 2013
    Aha, yes a Fiat 500. I saw one of the new convertibles recently and it had a similar appearance in back. There's one more car in that photo that we haven't identified. It's the black sedan that you can see just the rear door an C-post of past the little Fiat.

    It sure looks like this '55 MG Magnette>

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    But then I figured you'd have said so if it was so what is it? :confuse:
  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,884
    edited March 2013
    Nice Magnette although he's missing a bit of chrome - this is a later car than mine and I think is a ZB although the trim off the front wing isn't there to confirm it. He's also missing a bit I haven't got eiither - there should be a chrome strip round the rear window but his has gone. I have been looking for one of those for years, too.
    I think the black saloon in a Fiat 1400 (First I thought Alfa 1900 but the rear door doesn't look right).
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