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Thanks for the Corolla T-18. This came from an era when Datsun didn´t style their cars. There is a Nissan Micra from the same period which is like something folded out of foamboard by Julian Opie. Even Wikipedia has little to say on the car.
About the biking: you´re quite right that you need a bike to match your fellow bikers and were I to try a more advanced design I´d probably be quite pleased with it. But I am not displeased as I am so I think I´ll let sleeping dogs lie. If I was to be less of a fundamentalist I´d probably say that a bike costing around €500 or so would offer a huge improvement for a modest extra outlay. After that the law of diminishing returns sets in with a vengeance and the bike becomes something that nees high security which mine definitely doesn´t.
Sam the Eagle says:
I saw a Fiat Idea on the car park at work yesterday. Not an unpleasant shape, just a bit bland but it looks reasonably functional - but that's not what sells cars nowadays...
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Hell is other people.
By an extraordinary coincidence I picked up the Jan 2004 edition of CAR last night and re-read the review of the Idea. Apparently it had a fidgety ride and some poor plastics and a thing called the Veranda Pod (the centrally mounted speedo). The writer´s view was that the typical Fiat discount wóuld convince buyers to shell out. Well, I haven´t seen so many of these cars in the 7 years since 2004. So, it´s already one of the forgotten cars of the last 35 years and it´s still in production, according to Wikipedia. There was a Lancia version of this called the Musa which had a much better grille design and a nicer interior colourway.
I'll have to llook for that centrally mounted speedo next time I see that car. It could be that it had disappeared after a facelift. As for the interior, nothing wrong with some hard plastic in a mostly utilitarian vehicle - as long as the price is right.
The Mazda 1000/1200 was sold from 1968 to 1972. I´ve seen one of these cars in Denmark, and it had been given a proper respray and restoration. The owner said there was not ten examples left in the country. In some markets it was sold as a Kia and is the start of the line that became the Mazda 323 and then 3.
The 1977 US market Ford Granada. Forgive me if I´ve posted this before.
In 1979 I drove a 4 door Hertz Granada in the US. My memory is of metallic green inside and out, even the steering wheel, a wheezy 6 cylinder auto, and clunky controls that looked as though they were made for troll's fingers. Objectively the worst car I have ever driven, but at the time I actually quite enjoyed it. Forgive me if you've read this before.
How about Audi's C2 100/200 saloon and advant hatchback (plus a super rare 2 door) of 1976-1982 vintage, you never see these on the road anymore and hardly anybody remembers them.
Anouther car that almost been forgotten is the original XJ40 based Jaguar XJR and its coupe brother, the XJ-S based XJ-RS, they were built by a joint company set up by Jaguar and Tom Walkinshaw in the late 1980's and early 1990s called JaguarSport, there was even a super rare convertible version for the US.
Hello Jaguar 86: I had the same thought when I spotted one of these in St Gallen in Switzerland a couple of weeks ago. The lowest photo in your collection must be one of the plusher variants. It was up against mid-range Granadas and Peugeot´s 505 and even then was criticised for its odd brakes and strange ride.
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