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Beautifully Weird Cars

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by homesick345, Sep 7, 2018.

  1. David Barnett

    David Barnett Poster Extraordinaire

    And yet the R5, which was essentially just a dressed up R4, was a reliability nightmare.
     

  2. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 20, 2012
    Beirut, Lebanon
    This is true. Assembly line problems I guess. Because the R4 is probably one of the most reliable ever.
     

  3. mgreene

    mgreene Tele-Holic

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    Sure enough! They had seat and side bolsters WAY before other cars. Also a soft / greasy vinyl that lasted a lot longer than I thought it would.
     

  4. suthol

    suthol Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 15, 2010
    Sydney - Australia
    I know a guy who is restoring one
     

  5. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    Interesting. I never saw any of that.

    I wonder if my experience was just enough further south than yours. Although, London, not many places in Canada warmer than that - you guys often had better weather than Buffalo or Rochester. But I was thinking about running parking garages in the French Quarter, got behind the wheel of maybe 30 of them and never experienced a bad Citroen DS.

    By comparison, the "hydrolastic" suspension in the larger siblings to the Mini (MG Sports Sedan, Austin America, etc.) was either working or the car was parked. I was super lucky with mine. But once mine seemed to be the last Austin sedan rolling in New Orleans, I lost my nerve and accepted someone's offer to buy it.
     

  6. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    Funny to think of this little Daimler are "more conventional" but I guess it is:

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    But this is the one that me and my friends could never stop talking about:

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    Too beautiful to be weird.
     
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  7. Random1643

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    That's the car I learned to drive on, got my license with @ 16 years old. My parents' VW Bus was likely a bit older, a 1964, and a camper model. Something like this (below) altho I don't remember the pop-top. That thing broke down all over the eastern half of the United States; as I recall VW hadn't fully developed their parts distribution system to match their U.S. sales efforts, so we'd sit for 2 or 3 days in, e.g., Owensboro, Kentucky waiting for a fly wheel. I still think they're cool and have good memories of driving, altho that could just be nostalgia turning my brains into overcooked, unsalted oatmeal....

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  8. David Barnett

    David Barnett Poster Extraordinaire

    Apart from looking like a mud skipper, I suppose the oddest thing about it was the 2500cc V8.
     

  9. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Nov 18, 2010
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    The Gordini... The name makes it sound like a race car doesn’t it. A friend of mine had one when I was in high school. I got a few rides in it and it seemed pretty quick & nimble. My girlfriend had a Fuego which was not quick or nimble at all.

    Here’s a photo of my brother in law’s 72 Giulia Special:

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  10. mgreene

    mgreene Tele-Holic

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    IIRC, Gordini was a French racing champ. That car actually had a 4 cylinder hemi and a 5 speed when they were rare. IT was set up for heel and toe and was plenty of fun to drive.

    Everyone was impressed that it had 160mph on the clock. It could probably do 120.
     
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  11. David Barnett

    David Barnett Poster Extraordinaire

    The R6 was also a dressed up 4, were they any better than the 5 for reliability? They never sold the R6 in the USA.
     

  12. David Barnett

    David Barnett Poster Extraordinaire

    "Gordini" was the name for Renault factory tuner cars. Sort of like Fiat Abarth, BMW Alpina, or Mercedes AMG. :) Several unassuming little Renaults were available in a Gordini version, such as this R8 Gordini:

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  13. pdmartin

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    We had one in the mid 50s that had semaphore turn signals (trafficators). Anyone remember those?
     
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  14. Dickey01

    Dickey01 TDPRI Member

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    I believe it was the centerfold for the "For Ladies Only" album by Steppenwolf.
     

  15. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 20, 2012
    Beirut, Lebanon
    I think R6 was dubbed the "lame duck" (vilain petit canard) - if not mistaken
     

  16. mgreene

    mgreene Tele-Holic

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    south carolina
    Aldo Gordini was French F1 driver in the 50's. His father was a sports car manufacturer whose company later became a division of Renault.

    I always thought the car was named for the driver... wikipedia is like having a second brane :p
     

  17. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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  18. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2014
    UK
    Had a student neighbour with a Trabant like this..

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    I was regularly doing jobs on it. Very simple design.

    Ford Anglia was interesting too. Family had one when I was a kid. Very Sci-Fi back leaning rear window

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  19. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Was that the car used in the Harry Potter movie?
     

  20. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2014
    UK

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