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Old 12 July 2018, 02:53 PM
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I was mostly trying to find a picture of the logo, rather than match the car exactly.

Yesterday I saw this Austin 12 van driving on the street (that exact one - I remembered the number plate and found that photo). According to the photo caption, it's an Austin 12 from 1931, but looking up the registration details says its an Austin 12/4 (slightly different) first registered in December 1938, so take your pick.

Also saw a 1990s model Lotus Elan (designated as the M100 apparently), which a few years ago would have been fairly commonplace but which I've not seen for a while. Lotuses in general have vanished lately. I'm not sure exactly what's going on with the company - a few years ago, they weren't unusual. Elises were everywhere and at one point they announced four new models at once, but then everything seemed to go very quiet and the cars seem to have been gradually disappearing (as they come to the end of their life, I suppose). New ones are quite unusual.
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Old 12 July 2018, 03:13 PM
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Within the space of an hour yesterday I saw a Jaguar F-Type and a decidedly worse for wear '50s era Ford Fairlane 500. The latter smelled of gasoline and the rear suspension seemed to have collapsed.
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Old 14 July 2018, 01:28 AM
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I haven't seen any new interesting cars lately, but here's the Model A (minus hood and radiator) parked in front of the apartment building around the corner from me for your viewing pleasure.

Model A by mtwilda, on Flickr

ETA: Well I guess that's the hood leaning up against the rear fender...
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Old 14 July 2018, 02:38 AM
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Yesterday I saw a tiny three-wheeled vehicle. It was banana-yellow, really low to the ground, had a glass (or clear plastic) dome on top that the driver looked through, and I'm not even sure if it had a motor. It was driving on the street rather than the bike path, but I didn't see if it actually had a license plate.

I doubt a vehicle that small had an AC, so I can't imagine it's actually pleasant to drive around now that we're having triple digit temperatures.
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Old 14 July 2018, 02:51 AM
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Yesterday, I saw an Oldsmobile Tornado. That would be from the late 60s.
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Old 14 July 2018, 05:40 AM
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I've been seeing a bunch of Tesla model 3s. At least one or two per day. The model S and model X were an everyday sight, but I had never seen a 3 in person until around a month ago when I saw two car haulers loaded down with almost all model 3s. I guess they got delivered to their customers.

Today I also saw a large green Army type of truck (I don't know military vehicles, but it was very tall and generally large). It had Oregon plates, and it was towing a pretty big motorboat. It seemed like it was in private use, but maybe it's an Oregon National Guard vehicle? And boat?
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Old 14 July 2018, 09:07 PM
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Any flooding going on around you? The Guard may have been called out to help.
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Old 14 July 2018, 09:17 PM
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It's not unheard of for private buyers to obtain former military trucks from surplus sales and that sort of thing to use as their own personal off road vehicles, too.

I saw another 240Z this morning. Again it looked surprising small compared to modern cars.
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Old 15 July 2018, 04:12 AM
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My parents jeep, which I have told you about before*, was army surplus.



*The engine fell out.
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Old 17 July 2018, 02:19 PM
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On Saturday morning I saw a 1963 Ford Ranchero, in very good condition.

Oh, and the Rally Mini had UK license plate G993 LWF (I'm not sure of that last letter), so maybe Matt Jenkins is a UK driver? It's now up on jacks, too, whatever that means.

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Old 17 July 2018, 02:45 PM
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Was at a car event over the weekend. Among the more noteworthy cars there were an early 4th generation (late 70s-early 80s) Pontiac Grand Prix, a Maserati Ghibli, a Porsche 944, a Porsche Cayman, a couple Honda S2000s, various BMW 1/2/3-series including an E30 model, and what was once a BMW 2002 but has since been modified to within an inch of its life. Coincidentally, I spotted an unmodified 2002 on the way home.
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Old 17 July 2018, 02:49 PM
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Up on jacks is the normal state for any rally or race car.
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Old 17 July 2018, 03:25 PM
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Well, these jacks are set so low, the tires are barely off the ground.

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Old 17 July 2018, 03:30 PM
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That is so the tires can be changed or the brake pads or the alignment set or oil changed. Or as is most common, because that is the only jacks you own.

ETA: Can any of our British Snopesters track down that number plate?
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Old 17 July 2018, 08:04 PM
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It's coming back as a red Rover registered in February 1990 whose MOT expired in January and is registered as off the road ("SORN"). That also matches G as the year letter.

That seemed odd initially as I wasn't sure that minis had ever been badged as Rovers, but apparently they were officially the Rover Mini from 1988 until 2000 whether badged that way or not, so that fits. And if it's in the States now, it makes sense that it wouldn't have a current MOT or be registered as on the road in the UK.

The site you can look the plates up on is here but it won't let you link directly to the results page so you'd have to do the search yourself. It doesn't usually tell you the model, only the manufacturer (although it did with that Austin van I looked up):

https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/

(eta) Googling the number plate directly I found this page where it was actually sold, in January last year:

http://automotoclassicsale.com/node/31482

Lots of pictures and details. It is indeed red and it's got 77 on the side. Apparently it went for $9,900.

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Old 17 July 2018, 08:19 PM
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From that last link you can see it's a 1980 model that's been modified to be a "Monte Carlo replica" meant to look like a Monte Carlo Rally car. Apparently it's a thing people do with Minis. For example: https://www.northamericanmotoring.co...o-replica.html

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Old 17 July 2018, 08:25 PM
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It's not 1980, although it says that in the main details - there's a correction in the text underneath saying it's a 1990 model, which matches the registration.

(eta) Still no clue as to who Matt Jenkins was, though. He doesn't appear to have been one of the drivers. And the number on the side should be 177 as in your link, not 77! There are some photos of the original car below:

http://www.minicooperrace.com/1967_M...ini_Cooper.cfm
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Old 17 July 2018, 08:45 PM
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I didn't catch the year correction. I also had already edited to remove that it was modeled after the 1967 winner specifically, because I wasn't sure that was right. As you found, it looks like that is it, but they dropped the 1 out of 177. I wonder if that is to make it obvious that they aren't trying to pass it off as the actual car. In the link I posted, the person seems to be careful to say his car is inspired by, not a replica of, that car. Though maybe he just didn't want a bunch of nitpicking.
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Old 17 July 2018, 11:35 PM
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My god, it's an automatic transmission. That is blasphemy for both a Mini and a rally car.
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Old 18 July 2018, 07:44 AM
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I don't know the model number, but I saw a very cool Mercedes. It was definitely from the "lots of fins and chrome" era
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