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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 18,728
    Great job as usual Lem and you even spotted the sole import in the scene, that's the long-forgotten Audi Fox. Outside North America it was the original Audi 80 (B1) and it was very important design. The later VW Golf Mk.1 used much of the drivetrain of the B1 except that the engine got turned sideways.

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 18,728
    edited June 2013

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 18,728
    Looks like you guys are gonna need help on the slick little coupe in #37129 so here's a few clues.

    The car is the first effort for a builder who became famous mostly for modifying other people's cars. Only 3 were built.

    The styling was one of Vignale's early efforts, he often used portholes back then. Note the small "V" on the lower fender

    The chassis were modified Cisitalia units obtained at a discount from the then defunct company, the engine is a modified Fiat four.



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  • wgraferwgrafer Posts: 592
    Good job! You got me on "Colonnade' as I don't recall ever using that term back then. BTW, I believe the brown & white Chevelle is a '74, not a '75 (I had one, and the grilles were slightly different). :)
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 18,728
    edited June 2013
    No guesses re: Post # 37129? It's not surprising since only three were ever made. It's an Abarth 205A Berlinetta Vignale ca.1953, an interesting car for several reasons not the least being that it was an early effort by Carlo Abarth, an Austrian-born, naturalized Italian who later became well known as a leading tuner of Fiat cars beginning with the Fiat Nouva 500/600s of the later 50s. Abarth was one of the enginieri at Cisitalia and acquired several Cisitalia 204 chassis when Cisitalia was liquidated. These became the basis of his 205A.

    The slick body was built by Carrozzeria Vignale and styled by Giovanni Michelotti, later to become well-known for designing the TR-4/5/250 and other Tiumphs as well as the BMW Neue Classe sedans (1600/2002 etc.) The Cunningham C-3 was very similar but IMO the Abarth looks much more aggressively styled w it's hood scoop and fog lamps.

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  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,783
    G'day

    Very pretty but a real challenge for me. I had only got to figuring that it was Italian.

    Cheers

    Graham
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,919
    When I clicked on the link to the larger picture, all the information was in the link title, so I didn't say anything. It would have been inadvertent cheating.
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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 18,728
    edited June 2013
    I'm going to guess this is the product of one of the many small Brit car makers. The color and shape suggests a 1970s car.

    It doesn't look familiar to me but the roundel on the nose does and it's driving me crazy because I can't quite place it. Am i getting warm at least? :mad: :sick:

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  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 2,430
    Well, it's not British, and in fact its a make we didn't get in Britain at the time although they were sold over in the States... This is a different version from the ones you would be familiar with over there, however...
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 18,728
    Well, it's not British, and in fact its a make we didn't get in Britain at the time although they were sold over in the States... This is a different version from the ones you would be familiar with over there, however...

    Oy! No clue! :sick: :confuse: :cry:

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  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 2,430
    Ok - it's Italian - most of this make had American engines, and were hardly known over here, allthough fairly well known over there, but this is a development that would have had a German engine, and wasn't one I was familiar with at all...
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 18,728
    Gee thanks for the help, now I'm more confused than ever. :confuse: The emblem doesn't match up with DeTomaso, Bizzarini, ISO, Intermeccanica or Siata to name a few that used Americano power.

    I give up!

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,198
    It really has a Bizzarrini look to it, that's my guess.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 18,728
    edited June 2013
    You're right Fin, I was mistaken, that looks like a Bizzarrini emblem on the nose>

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    That said I could find only a single picture of any Bizzarrini that looks anything like it. It's on the bottom of the Bizzarrini page at carsfromitaly.net They do not say what model it is. :cry:

    For the love of God tell us what it is!

    Edit: I found it at motorbase.com! It's a Bizzarrini Europa 1900(1966-69) and it's powered by the same 1.9 liter engine used in the Opel GT. I guess B?izzarrini figured if Opel could make a miniature Corvette, he could turn out a miniature of the Strada.

    Europa 1900>

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    Strada 5300>

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  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 2,430
    Thats it - a Bizzarini Europa. I've hardly ever seen any of the regular Bizzarinis - they weren't sold in UK as far as I'm aware - and the Europa was probably only in mainland Europe - this one was for sale at the Essen car show and I had never heard of it until then...
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 18,728
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  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    Yes, this was the Packard Motel on Atlantic Ave. in Wildwood, NJ.

    Odie
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,783
    G'day

    A Renault 12 station wagon and Citroen 2CV

    Cars on side street too small for me when viewed on tablet

    Cheers

    Graham
  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 2,430
    edited June 2013
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    Of course, it helps if you know where I'm from.
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,783
    G'day

    There are bits that remind me of an MG B.

    Something built in Belfast off an MG base?

    Cheers

    Graham
  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 2,430
    edited June 2013
    The engine and no doubt a number of the other bits would have been MG - but I'm not from Ireland (North or South
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 66,585
    Is it an Austin?

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  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,783
    G'day

    I've now placed it as a Gilbern GT. Very pretty! I think they were made somewhere in the Rhondda Valley.

    Cheers

    Graham
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 18,728
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  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,783
    G'day

    Not a Maserati Quattroporte, but an Iso Rivolta S4. The lines do not look too bad at this angle but on true side on, the glass appears to drop too low to the kink in the rear passenger window. It looks ungainly. Not sure who the designer was.

    Cheers

    Graham
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 18,728
    edited June 2013
    This design is a few years newer than the original Rivolta which was a 2-door, but it was originally called the Iso Rivolta S4, later some were called Iso Rivolta Fidias, changed again in '69 to simply Iso Fidia. :confuse: The Fidia was also powered by a Chevy 5.3l V8 and was advertised as „Le quattro poltrone piu veloci del mondo“ ="The fastest four seats in the World" (no doubt Maserati and Monteverdi would beg to differ, so for that matter would Ford and Chrysler ;) ).

    The Fidia was styled at Ghia by Giorgietto Giugiaro and I think it's fabulous, dropped windowline and all. Look at the visibility and headroom offered by the tall side glass! What a refreshing contrast to the slit windows on some many current designs.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,198
    6.3 would beg to differ as well.

    The Iso is kind of awkward to me, but if one looks at it as representative of the time period, it isn't all bad.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 66,585
    Saw a Monteverdi at the car show, today... 1978 model...

    Sign in front of it said 375 HP!!

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  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    What is funny is nobody mentioned that it is Christopher Guest on the horse. Just glad he wasn't wearing his Count Rogun costume from The Princess Bride.

    Odie
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