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Mystery car pix

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,403
    Dang, I thought it would last a while but yes, that's a 1966 Reliant Scimitar SE6A


    I'm more familiar with the Scimitar GTE, which I believe was more commonplace>

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    None of the Reliants were ever imported here and I have never even seen one.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,403
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,459
    On the bottom of the plate with the '5' on it, it says 'Mobil Economy Run'.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,403
    That's correct, the car is an entrant in the UK Mobil Economy Run.
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,555
    G'day

    You are better than me on the models. Somewhere in the depths of my memory there is some story of a connection between the Scimitar GTE and the Volvo 1800P. Ogle designed the GTE (and also the Reliant Robin and Bond Bug).

    The Scimitar GTE was vaguely famous in Britain as Princess Anne was given one for her 20th birthday and then replaced it with several later models (some reports suggest eight in total); she is a notoriously quick driver, as speeding tickets and press coverage attest. We would occasionally see her driving too fast when we lived near Gatcombe Park in the 1990s

    Cheers

    Graham
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,275
    That is a Daimler (I don't remember the model designation. It may have just been '2.5' because the car had a 2 1/2 liter V-8.

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

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,941
    edited May 2013
    I think they were called 2.5 or 250. D registration suffix would be ~1965.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,403
    Yup, you picked up the ridges on the grille shell that cosmetically distinguish the Daimler V8/2.5 from it's near twin , the Jaguar 3.8/Mk.II.

    The Daimler's little V8 is the same one used in the SP250/Dart roadster.
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,275
    i'll take this opportunity to ask a question. Were the differences between the Daimler 2.5 and the Jag Mk. II just the engine and minor cosmetics or were they different in other mechanical ways or in their interiors?

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

  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,555
    G'day

    In general, Daimlers were slightly better finished than their Jaguar counterparts. For the 250 V8, this extended to a walnut dash and full instrumentation and I think slightly fancier leather interior.

    In general terms, Daimler models attracted a price premium because they were seen as more exclusive. I seem to remember this was about GBP10,000 by 1990.

    The engine was about 50kg lighter than the 3.2l Jaguar 6 and the stance of the car is different if you see them side by side. I have a vague recollection that springs and dampers might be different as well.

    They came standard with an auto transmission. I have a couple of mates who are mad keen Jaguar fanciers and could tell me all the differences; however my eyes would glaze over first!

    Cheers

    Graham
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,555
    G'day

    Well I can place the year as 1956 from the double bill at the theatre.

    Cheers

    Graham
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,075
    Side of street with theatre:

    1954 Plymouth with a 1953 model parked close behind it. 1956 Buick further back. Other cars look too grainy. Looks like what might be a 1955 Ford among them.

    Other side of street: 1955 Mercury, 1955 Buick.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,693
    Oh no mystery to former Subaru XT owners---my Subaru mechanic used to call those instrument holders "landing pods".
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,459
    on the right, 53? Buick, 55 Mercury 57 Olds.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,403
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,275
    Unless there is a very similar car out there, that it is a Checker. If so, it must be a later model, as it has different tail lights than I am used to seeing.

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

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,403
    Nope, not a Checker but it does bear a definite resemblance, especially in wagon form but it has no relation to any Checker and was not even made in the USA.
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,555
    G'day

    By golly, you are finding the oddballs. That is a Humber Super Snipe Estate, I guess from mid 1960's. Tail-lights vary by year and this was before the last versions which I think ran up to about 1970

    They were fitted with raised rooves and used as ambulances in Australia, assembled at a plant near my present office.

    A great uncle had a sedan until the late 1970's. They were very posh for their time.

    Cheers

    Graham
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