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Author Topic: Help - Oddball request  (Read 1348 times)

Offline teazer

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Re: Help - Oddball request
« Reply #30 on: Jun 18, 2019, 23:59:25 »
Marina was made in the UK and was an ugly failure of a car - and very British leyland.  Could have been exported fully assembled or CKD for build in other countries.  Leyland used to include MG, Austin, Morris, Riley, and others that I can't recall right now.

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Re: Help - Oddball request
« Reply #31 on: Jun 19, 2019, 05:17:21 »
Iso?  Seems like we're running out of sexy options.

You are now in the ballpark.
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Re: Help - Oddball request
« Reply #32 on: Jun 19, 2019, 05:38:00 »
Marina was made in the UK and was an ugly failure of a car - and very British leyland.  Could have been exported fully assembled or CKD for build in other countries.  Leyland used to include MG, Austin, Morris, Riley, and others that I can't recall right now.

ALL best forgotten !!!! Some of the models were made under licence - I seem to recall Israel being involved with one model ? In the old days of a separate chassis most UK manufacturer's exported rolling platforms or cab / chassis' / CKD

BL gathered ALL the old individual marque names [ and rights ] and slapped various badges on different models. Hence you had variations such as Morris, Austin, Wolseley, Riley and MG all on essentially the same car ! Some had slight sheet metal changes [ usually the grill ] and cars like the MG, Riley might have twin carbs. Is it any wonder the British car industry went the same way as the bikes ?
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

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"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

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Re: Help - Oddball request
« Reply #33 on: Jun 19, 2019, 14:02:56 »
And the Roots Group was no better, but I did enjoy my Imp Sport or was it a Sunbeam? No.  My first car was a modified IMP with sport cam and twin crabs and really suspect oil drain to the block.  I later had a red coupe so that must have been the Sunbeam.

So long ago and best forgotten.

Now back to our regular programming.  European and small numbers would suggest Alpine or Alpina but they are still around.

How about Adler or Borgward?

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Re: Help - Oddball request
« Reply #34 on: Jun 19, 2019, 16:31:23 »
And the Roots Group was no better, but I did enjoy my Imp Sport or was it a Sunbeam? No.  My first car was a modified IMP with sport cam and twin crabs and really suspect oil drain to the block.  I later had a red coupe so that must have been the Sunbeam.

So long ago and best forgotten.

Now back to our regular programming.  European and small numbers would suggest Alpine or Alpina but they are still around.

How about Adler or Borgward?



I was a sales manager for a while at a Triumph, Rover, Rootes dealership. Sunbeam Stiletto - can't remember any more. Remember the horrible [ and dangerous ] camber on the front axle ? At one stage I marketed a de-camber kit. Must have save countless accidents ! I did end up with a wicked Imp "Q car" - VAN ! All the suspension mods - plus a Shorrock supercharger. Tee hee.

I had a couple of Alpine GTA Turbo's - vastly underated. I briefly had a 110, which I sold to my brother in law. No, and no.

Think of the smaller countries that produced off the wall cars.

BTW - the white Coupe was a car I collaborated on in the early 80's - Alfasud powertrain.
« Last Edit: Jun 19, 2019, 16:38:33 by beachcomber »
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Re: Help - Oddball request
« Reply #35 on: Jun 20, 2019, 00:51:36 »
This is all your fault.  Why did I have to remember that Imp obsession I used to have.  Funny thing is that they looked much better in my memory than in pictures I found on the net.  Funny how that works.

That was the first car I wrote off.  Head on collision and it burst into flames with me still inside.  That was an exciting few minutes coming to and getting out of the car since the doors didn't want to open... Fortunately my burns weren't bad but not even the paint was left on the car.  Who thought it was a good idea to have teh gas tank in the front of a car?


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Re: Help - Oddball request
« Reply #36 on: Jun 20, 2019, 06:26:44 »
This is all your fault.  Why did I have to remember that Imp obsession I used to have.  Funny thing is that they looked much better in my memory than in pictures I found on the net.  Funny how that works.

That was the first car I wrote off.  Head on collision and it burst into flames with me still inside.  That was an exciting few minutes coming to and getting out of the car since the doors didn't want to open... Fortunately my burns weren't bad but not even the paint was left on the car.  Who thought it was a good idea to have teh gas tank in the front of a car?



Errrr - VW Beetle ......... sitting over your lap !! Many others I'm sure were basically not fit for purpose in the day.Glad you managed to escape = otherwise we wouldn't have the benefit of your sage words here !!
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Re: Help - Oddball request
« Reply #37 on: Jun 22, 2019, 06:49:33 »
The white car looks similar to an AC ME3000

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Re: Help - Oddball request
« Reply #38 on: Jun 22, 2019, 12:30:55 »
The white car looks similar to an AC ME3000

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Looks quite like a Panther Solo - but we designed it 4 years before !!! Oh, and the chassis was far superior.
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"