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Old 13 September 2018, 12:40 PM
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An Imperial, perhaps?
Hmm, yes, the round device on the back of the third generation ones (such as this 1968 one) looks a bit more like it... (or this one, since it's convertible, but that's a poor photo). It's still not quite the same, though, unless I'm misremembering. It could have been a 1968 Imperial Crown Coupe convertible. That's certainly the closest match yet. I don't remember it well enough to narrow it down further.

If only I remembered to look up its number plate on Monday to find out the make, but I forgot about it until yesterday, at which point I could only remember half the plate!

(eta) Yes, I've looked at some other pictures and I think it was probably one of those - thanks! Not necessarily 1968 as a couple of other years seem to have had the same round thing with slight differences to the tail lights and other elements, although I think that model is closer than the others.

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Old 13 September 2018, 02:15 PM
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I love this thread. Even though I haven't seen anything interesting in a while, I still get to read about what other people have seen.

I am not really into cars, in the sense of knowing engine size, power ratios and other engineering details, but I do like to look at them, and I take pleasure in identifying them. I don't really have any non-imaginary friends who share this interest.

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Old 14 September 2018, 04:36 PM
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Going home yesterday I passed a beat up old mid-1960s Chevy pickup heading in the opposite direction. Then a few cars behind it I noticed a beat up mid-1960s Ford pickup. Interesting to see two rivals from the same era in such close succession, but probably not odd enough for the "odd things" thread, so I posted it here.
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Old 15 September 2018, 08:01 PM
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Coming back from the post office, I saw what I thought was a Cadillac because of the fins but as it went by, I saw what looked like Olds emblems on it. Best I could tell, it might have been a 1958 model. Then I saw VW Thing. Both looked restored, not restro-modded.
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Old 15 September 2018, 09:42 PM
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Today I got my birthday present and drove 2 laps round Goodwood in each of:

Porsche 998 twin turbo

Audi R8 (V8)

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder (V10)

Aston Martin DB9 (V12)

Ariel Atom (Ludicrous)

and had a fast demo lap in a Vaxhall VXR V8 with someone that really knew what he was doing!

to sum up, I had a NICE TIME! and I managed full beans on a couple of the cars (including the full braking power of the Lambo too!)


I now need a lottery win to expand my garage!
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Old 17 September 2018, 02:08 PM
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Wow. Nice present, Hans.

On Saturday I saw an Alfa Romeo at a stop light. I only saw the back end, so I'm not sure what era, except that it had a collector's plate, so it must have been at least 30 years old (I think it was older). British Racing green convertible.

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Old 17 September 2018, 08:47 PM
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I saw 2 cars today, a 1953 Studebaker, 2 door with a bit of a restomod done to it. That is somewhat rare but what it was towing is something I have never even heard of - a 1959 Autobianchi aka Bianchina Transformabile. This is a Fiat chassis with a custom body.

Here is a picture https://www.google.com/search?q=1959...2JwgjhJirFsGM:

To look at these cars, I u turned in front of a school with 2 police cars parked there, and followed the guy to his house in a gated community.
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Old 18 September 2018, 01:54 PM
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This morning, I saw a Toyota MR2. It looked very much like the one in the picture (it was even white).

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Old 18 September 2018, 11:17 PM
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I always wanted to drive an MR2. So far I've only driven half of one.
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Old 19 September 2018, 12:10 PM
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British Racing green convertible.

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An Alfa Romeo in British Racing Green?! Bah!
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Old 19 September 2018, 02:05 PM
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I always wanted to drive an MR2. So far I've only driven half of one.
There has to be a story there. Care to share it?

Last night I saw an original Mini. There are a lot of new Minis in Seattle, but not many of the old ones. It was a dull brown.

I've twice seen a Miata that's been painted matte black (probably a primer). Somehow the odd paint job makes it look more interesting than a regular Miata would.

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Old 19 September 2018, 03:46 PM
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There has to be a story there. Care to share it?...
In 2013 and 2014 I did arrive-and-drive stints racing at Infineon with a team that had built a twin-engine car by carefully splicing together the front of a Corolla and the back of an MR2. They actually had two such cars; the MRolla and the FX-32 (an MR2 rear and FX-16 front).

The two 4AGE engines in each car were identical, but the rear had an automatic transmission and the front had a manual five-speed. There were a lot of gauges and handles and switches, but overall they were pretty simple to drive. Both throttles were connected to the same accelerator pedal. Once you got the engines started, you'd put the rear engine in Drive and basically ignore it while shifting the front up and down through the gears. You had to shift by the tach, since the cockpit noise was dominated by the rear engine right behind you.

It was a quick car when both engines ran, but it took a while to figure out when to expect the rear engine to shift exiting corners. The real neat thing was the redundancy. Our team had two cars and four engines, and they always came with a spare engine. A lot had to go wrong before we had nothing to drive.

Next spring I'm going to see if I can get a seat with the Snowspeeder Pilot's Association and drive an actual MR2.
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Old 19 September 2018, 03:55 PM
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More details, and pictures, of the MRolla BoKu described.
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Old 19 September 2018, 11:43 PM
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I've twice seen a Miata that's been painted matte black (probably a primer). Somehow the odd paint job makes it look more interesting than a regular Miata would.
The flat paint trend has been ongoing for a while - sometimes it's primer or similar like you say, and sometimes it's more of a satin finish. I recently sold a Miata hardtop I had lying around to a guy with a white first series Miata, and it had been repainted in a satin finish. (Guy didn't really like it, the car was originally blue, which he really liked. He's planning an eventual repaint).

Anyway it works well on some cars and not so much on others.
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Old 20 September 2018, 04:05 AM
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A Model A drove past my house tonight just as I was getting home.
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Old 20 September 2018, 02:31 PM
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Last night I decided to count how many cars I saw on the freeway (my lanes) during my commute that were NOT black, white, some shade of gray/silver, or red (not counting my own truck, which is green).

I probably saw over a hundred cars, and fewer than 20 were a color other than those. I thought it was pretty sad.

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A white Maserati Ghibli. Unfortunately, Totoro wasn't at the wheel.

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Old 21 September 2018, 06:26 PM
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I saw an old, red, small convertible (with a snap on top), although I was not able to get close enough to figure out what it was. Looking at internet pictures (always a risky business), I think it might have been a Triumph.

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Old 22 September 2018, 08:14 PM
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Yesterday I saw one of the new Fiat 124 Spiders parked on the curb around the corner from my house.

This morning I saw a late 1960s Mustang in the Post Office parking lot. It had Shelby and GT350 markings, but I don't know enough to tell if it was a real Shelby Mustang or just a regular mustang someone had dressed up to look like one.

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I spotted a Japanese micro-truck in suburban Australia. It's a looooong way from home.

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