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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by homesick345, Sep 7, 2018.
Bugatti made some weird but beautiful cars in the 1930s....back when some vehicles were art forms.
Campagna T-Rex 16S and V13R
BMW Vixen. For I while, I thought I wanted one of these. Sleek camper !
Paternal grandparents got a year old wrecked/repaired LeSabre 4 dr hardtop, this very color.
It was not a good car. It was only their second car (he started driving at age 60). I did a lot of work on it, as a kid, and it was in the shop quite often as well. Then my grandparents got a new '66 Chrysler sedan, same basic color, never once missed the Buick.
I would rock one of these.
I used to own one of these in 1972/3, a '65 in white. Body by Pressed Steel Fisher in England, instruments by Smiths, ditto. Sadly mine was not a good example as it turned out, but when it was running right it was highly delightful to drive. The little stubby gearchange lever was especially nice to use.
As regards the styling, I preferred the earlier P1800S, where the chrome strip followed the upward curve on the doors. I think the straight one on the P1800 was a cost-cutting measure.
The coolest thing about this car (other than the air suspension) was the retractable pedals. My car has it now and I set it ONCE and NEVER used it again
The Maserati Bora used some of the same systems as this car - ie the pedal mechanism.
Not to brag but...
but my elderly fat man's quiet comfortable performance sedan SMOKES all of the dream cars of my youth except the Shelby Cobra.
Actually, he probably didn’t “like” to do that.
The Citroen DS was an amazing design, but way ahead of its time. One of the problems with ownership, was that most mechanics had no clue how to deal with the incredibly complex hydraulics that controlled the height adjustable, self-levelling suspension.
It wasn’t uncommon to see one driving down the road with one end or the other stuck up in the air, and the driver cursing...
Wow, memories...when I was 13 or 14 (early 80s), a guy took me for a spin around downtown Denver in a Citroen SM, and he DROPPED THE HAMMER. It was a wild ride. That thing had to be pretty heavy with all that hydropneumatic suspension apparatus, but that little Maserati-built V6 shoved it along just fine and sounded fantastic as it hit the top end in each gear. The Citroen one-spoke steering wheel design looks really weird.
Man, lookit that...I love the painted steel wheels and center hubcaps. All that jacked-up faux-drag-car wide-rear-tires hoo-hah people used to do to when I was a kid, to customize cars like that, was just wrong. To my eye, at least.
I drive one of the least weird cars on the road today, at least in terms of numbers...a 2014 Dodge Caravan. Yeah, yeah, I've been called a soccer mom (I'm a guy). It has a Pentastar V6 with something like 287 hp, and it weighs something like 4,400 lb. empty, I think. It kind of blows my mind to think that something so mundane and everyman could pretty much smoke the lightly modified family hand-me-down cars, all of which had V8s, that my friends and I drove as kids...and which we thought were fast. And gets waaay better fuel economy while doing it. Not all aspects of vehicle computerization and technical progress are bad. I have never had a stuck choke on a hot start with that EFI, either...
...part of me wishes that I could get dual exhaust and short glasspacks installed on it, I admit. I will probably never outgrow that impulse. As it is, it sounds pretty polite.
So does your typical jet airliner.
I think being able to operate a vehicle on the very edge of its limits of performance, are what makes a conveyance fun. There is IMO such a thing as too much output, too much traction, too many Gs on acceleration. I much prefer super tight twisties, and a small 2 seater driven around the turns by hanging the tail end loose. A sense of vulnerability or danger is necessary, or one may as well be playing a video game.
There is nothing "weird" about any of these cars, in my opinion.
Want the Town Wagon at 9 min.
Wouldn't turn dow the PW Crew
Or the 1942 Carry All
I understand - I used to love rowing through the gears, doing 4 wheel drifts in my brother's Alfa Giulia Sprint GT.
I am just commenting on progress - my mundane him-eye cee-dan is faster than practically all the original muscle cars I lusted after as a kid - and many of the 60's, 70's and 80's Ferraris and Lambos too.
I never imagined that I would have a practical car that could do such.
adjective [ -er/-est only ]
strange and different from anything natural or ordinary:"
OP, "Beautifully Weird Cars".
Spot on, in my opinion
Wait what? A Giulia Sprint GT! What year and which engine?
My brother in law has a 72 Giulia. It is a special edition of some sort. Has the GTV brakes, 2 litre with twin delortoes. It’s a super clean car, zero rust but has a less than perfect paint job so it’s getting some minor engine compartment work done to it, engines getting a quick run through and then we’ll put it back together. All new wiring and relocating the battery to the trunk. Nothings being left to chance.
This was a LONG time ago - as I remember it was a '64 w/ dual webers. The unusual thing this car had was factory headers - some body once told us it was some kind of homologation car for a long forgotten race series.
The first time my brother saw me do a 4 wheel slide, "steering" with the gas pedal (from the passenger seat) his eyes were as big as saucers and he sternly said "NEVER DO THAT AGAIN!"
Thinking about that era, yours truly also had one of these:
Renault Gordini 17 - it were a... wait for it...
It had 13" wheels - I could go to the used tire place and get new looking used tires mounted and balanced for $15.
Lesson learned however: Never buy a French car unless you live in France.
A 1957-61 "Rochdale". Apparently, the bodies are glass fibre. I've seen a couple at car shows - they are tiny - but I can't decide whether the shape is weird or wonderful....
Yeah but the seats sure were comfortable.
Africa's tough roads favorite car? Peugeot
In the 60s to mid 70s; Renault were some of the most reliable cars of the planet (Dauphine, R4; R12; R16 etc..)
Then came the AMC venture & the dark times