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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 20,462
    Plymouth Cricket nee Hillman Avenger. The Rootes Group included some old British names such as Sunbean and Humber. For a time Chryco made the Sunbeam Tiger which was powered by a Ford 260 V8
    because they couldn't find a Mopar V8 that'd fit.

    I must've confused the Cricket with the Omnirizon which was made in Europe as a Talbot when Chrysler owned Talbo-Simca.

    2001 BMW 330ci/E46, 2008 BMW 335i conv/E93

  • I think Peugeot owned Chrysler of Europe around that time...
  • jrosasmcjrosasmc Posts: 1,711
    I was talking about the old-style Spiders, the ones that dated back to "The Graduate" from 1967. The Spiders you saw in Italy were most definitely the new style with the Twin Spark engine, right?
  • Yes, the FWD Spider based off of the Alfa GTV.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    The last RWD Spiders were the 115.A2s I believe (going from memory here). I've seen some registered as a '94, probably leftovers.

    Hardly an "obscure" car however.....harumpf!

    Now if you had said an Alfa Montreal, well, okay!
  • i've seen a few of those here in LA.... somewhat boring styled SUVs...
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 20,462
    I think they're gonna be pretty popular considering how tiny they are (tho a lot bigger than the original).

    2001 BMW 330ci/E46, 2008 BMW 335i conv/E93

  • Does anyone know the details of what is in a Laforza? What kind of engine? are they related to Fiat?
  • I'm starting to see new Minis, too. I've seen 3 or 4 so far.

    I think the Laforza was an Italian SUV - I think it had a 5.0L Ford V8. A nice looking SUV, anyway. I don't think it was related to FIAT.
  • checkmecheckme Posts: 73
    This morning, I saw:

    1. A Plymouth Barracuda

    2. An '87 LeBaron coupe- one of the rare "Maserrati" editions.

    3. This one isn't unusual- a Prius. What is unusual is how popular they are here in LA. I have seen hundreds- 2 in the last 24 hours alone!

    4. A natural gas powered Ford Taurus.

    5. An electric RAV4 used to park on the street accross from my office, but it doesn't park there any more.
  • My neighbor has a Prius, so I see one every day! But, that's the only one I've actually seen on the road.
  • alfoxalfox Posts: 716
    Just saw a "new" VW Bora on a dealer lot in Wellesley MA.

  • That's crazy talk! I once saw a VW "Bora" and asked the driver if he was German, and he was not - he said he removed JETTA and bought a BORA decal from a German website for a few bucks and tacked it on there.

    I think if I owned a Jetta i would do that.
  • alfoxalfox Posts: 716
    It was a neraly new car, probably a program car. Who knows? (Actually, the dealership probably knows, but I didn't have time to ask.)
  • In any event if it were a real Bora, I'd want it because it would be from Germany and not Mexico!
  • alfoxalfox Posts: 716
    I did look at the VIN, and it started WVW, so who knows?
  • Then it was a real German car! :) I think TDI's are still made in Europe though even if the are "Jettas".
  • alfoxalfox Posts: 716
    I forgot to look to see if it was a TDI!
  • Well it would say on the other side of the trunk,
    My favorite engine in the whole world is the 1.9 TDI!
  • alfoxalfox Posts: 716
    if they took off the Jetta badge, they might also have taken off the TDI. I'm sure I would have noticed, come to think of it, since I was on the lot looking for TDI's.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 20,462
    the LaForza is an Italian made SUV about the size of an Explorer utilizing the Ford 302/5.0 V8. It's been around for a while but I don't believe it's imported any longer. There's no connection with Fiat that I know of.

    Boras and Jettas are identical in appearance except possibly for minor trim items. I'm not sure if our TDIs are German-made, they probably are. "WVW" definitley means a German car

    2001 BMW 330ci/E46, 2008 BMW 335i conv/E93

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 20,462
    Except I think the compacts of 1960 had to be well in the pipeline by '58 since they were completely different from anything the big three made in the '50s.

    Wasn't it around '58-'59 that Insolent Chariots came out?

    Ironically the compacts got GM in even more hot water (Unsafe At Any Speed)

    2001 BMW 330ci/E46, 2008 BMW 335i conv/E93

  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    ...I'm pretty sure they were only imported here for a very few years (maybe like 1989-93, perhaps even fewer)? This, of course, was before 'everyone' was making SUVs, or luxury SUVs.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    being that it's an SUV, it would never be worthy of speeds over 80.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
  • wishnhigh1wishnhigh1 Posts: 363
    "Does anyone know the details of what is in a Laforza? What kind of engine? are they related to Fiat?"

    I recall hearing that LaForza was built by a now defunct company that was owned by Lamborghini. Of course, that is just me I cant claim truth.
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    The Prius is popular in Ann Arbor.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    Strangely enough, I hardly ever see Priuses (is that Prii, like Pry-eye) here in Shuhkawgo, but I do see Insights, though not too frequently. I think most people are more concerned with saving $ 'on the front end' than in gas, because I do see lots and lots of Corollas, Civics, and quite a few Echos.
  • pat84pat84 Posts: 817
    Good to see you back.

    I saw an Avanti II yesterday. In good condition and actually being driven as an everyday car.
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