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  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,937
    Truck gives me a 53-55 Ford feeling.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,403
    We're still missing a couple. The tailights to the left of the Maserati belong to a Hillman Minx, one of the most popular imports of the early 60s, it came in convertible, coupe four-door and station wagon form. Nobody has mentioned the most popular import of the era, there's a white Volkswagen near the Ponton.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,403
    A Facel Vega is certainly an odd fit in that pix!

    A Facel is unusual in any context but it was common in the early 60s for shops to sell and/or service a variety of European imports and typical to see a potpourri
    of makes and models on site.

    The clip comes from The Killers (1964), a remake of a 1940s film noir based on an Ernest Hemingway story. The original revolved around a fighter (Burt Lancaster) fallen on hard times who gets involved in a major robbery.
    For some reason they changed it to a sportscar racer (John Cassavetes) who falls out of the big time. There are some great racing scenes of Cassavetes racing a Shelby Cobra as well as of other racing cars.

    I think whoever made this movie was hip to the racing scene of the day. Claude Akins who bears a resemblance to Carroll Shelby was cast as the guy who owned Cassavetes' Cobra.


    Racing aside The Killers is chock full of period cars and it's a pretty good story featuring Lee Marvin (next to the Chevy), Angie Dickinson and others, it was Ronald Reagan's last movie.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,456
    That sounds like a movie I'd want to watch.
    How about a 63 Falcon on the other side of the wall from the Cobra?
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,403
    That sounds like a movie I'd want to watch.
    How about a 63 Falcon on the other side of the wall from the Cobra?

    Either version of The Killers is readily available from Netflix. If you like a good noir, I recommend both.

    I noticed the Falcon with the LeMans stripes, it's a wagon. I've always wanted to acquire a Falcon wagon or Ranchero and install the Shelby GT-350 suspension and engine mods (305HP!). I'd do the paint scheme in reverse though (blue body/white stripes.)
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,403
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    LeFastCar. ;)

    I forget what they called those, but that's gotta be as close to strapping yourself to a torpedo as you can get.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,100
    Renault 5 Turbo with the mid mounted Turbocharged motor.

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

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,403
    edited March 2013
    Yup. It's a 1984 Renault R5 Turbo 2, essentially a LeCar with a powerful turbo-motor behind instead of in front of the driver.

    Must have been scary to drive. :surprise:
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,950
    That reminds me of an MG from the local car show, last year... part of the Lane Auto Museum collection..


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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That looks fun as heck!
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,950
    That's what I thought... :)

    A mechanic from the museum flat-bedded it up to the show (about a 4 hour drive..) He knew a lot about it... none of which I can remember, now... :surprise:

    Seems it was a combo race and rally car.... you could lower it to race on pavement (like you see it there), or sort of jack it up for rallying..

    It's a 1985 MG Metro 6R4

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  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,950
    This Group B rally car is designed and built under contract by Williams Grand Prix (Formula 1) engineering. Unlike other rally cars at the time, it is fuel injected rather than turbocharged. Acceleration is zero to sixty in 2.5 seconds. The 6r4 is designed with a normally aspirated v6 engine. It is basically a Rover v8 engine with 2 cylinders removed. The fuel injected motor, as well as the radiators, are mounted at the rear of the car where the back seats would be in a standard MG Metro. This car can achieve 400 horsepower. The 6r4 won one major rally. Just as developments were beginning to make the car successful, Group B rally cars were banned in 1987. The 6r4 continues as a major force in rallycross and hillclimbing where its sheer brute force, light weight, and aerodynamics continue to make it a very competitive car.

    Manufacturer: Austin-Rover Group
    Country of Origin: Great Britain
    Drivetrain Configuration: Mid engine, four wheel drive
    Engine: V-6, 3.0 liter, 400 hp
    Transmission: 5 speed manual
    Top Speed: 120 miles per hour
    Years of Production: 1983-88
    Number Produced: 200
    Original Cost: 25,000 Sterling Pounds

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,937
    I was just going to post this:

    "I miss group B rallying"

    I remember those cars vividly from when I was a kid, and watching the "Havoc' VHS series.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,403
    Did somebody say "Group B"?>

  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,555

    Lancia Stratos. That was an era of outrageous excess for motorsport, but fiendishly dangerous..

    I remember the exhaust note more than anything. All were tuned to within an inch of explosion; quite terrifying.


  • au1994au1994 Posts: 732
    Just a stunning car, with a heck of a rally record. If you have not seen the Top Gear episode where Jeremy and the Hamster drive one hit YouTube, it is (of course) hilarious!

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  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,681
    The Lancia Stratos is, to most car enthusiasts, immortal. It's almost beyond mere praise, it is so much fun to drive and look upon. 99% of the cars in the world pale in comparison IMO.

    Practical? No.

    Competent? You bet. :)
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 999
    Why all the lights on these cars?
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,424
    100+ mph racing in the dark on narrow dirt tracks - I'd want all the lights I could get!
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