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Whatsthisthen?.

Post by Northern_Mike » 27 Jul 2014, 15:28

It's a Vitara. I like Vitaras. You'll probably find this ridiculous. My mum bought one new, had it for 10 years with no failures whatsoever then we ran it for 4 years until kids came along and the small boot made me sell it. It's still going more more than 22 years old, and never breaks!

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by citronut » 27 Jul 2014, 20:47

Hell Razor5543 wrote:Suzuki Vitara
no no Neil to the right of the Pug 306 sedan not the left :roll: #-o :wink:

you do really have to squint but there is a car there honest

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Post by Northern_Mike » 27 Jul 2014, 21:31

citronut wrote:
Hell Razor5543 wrote:Suzuki Vitara
no no Neil to the right of the Pug 306 sedan not the left
I've zoomed in as far as I can, and all I can tell you is that it's a 306 hatch.

The other car has a sloping bonnet, some sort of modern thing I think.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 27 Jul 2014, 21:56

I saw one of these today......had no idea what it was at the time but I know now.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 27 Jul 2014, 22:02

Bambi, the Triumph Fawn!

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Post by Northern_Mike » 27 Jul 2014, 22:11

Being a fan of 3-wheeler s**t, I can tell you exactly what it is. It's a Coronet, built originally in Denham, Bucks. I believe it's powered by a small 330cc two-smoke.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by CitroJim » 28 Jul 2014, 04:27

northern_mike wrote: I believe it's powered by a small 330cc two-smoke.
Likely a Villiers motorbike engine. It may even have had a 'Dynastart' - a device that acted as both an dynamo and starter. They fell out of favour for many years and have curiously been reinvented - like the DS follow-me lights were - for a new generation of stop-start engines. A neighbour's new 125cc scooter has a combined starter and alternator for just this purpose.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 28 Jul 2014, 06:23

The three-wheeler hasn't quite gone away yet. This one's due to be launched in the US costing $6800 built in a factory formerly producing Hummers

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by citronut » 28 Jul 2014, 07:18

CitroJim wrote: like the DS follow-me lights were - A neighbour's new 125cc scooter has a combined starter and alternator for just this purpose.
and follow me head lamp/s :roll: #-o :-D :lol: :wink:

but then i spoz bikes probably had these before the DS :o :wink:

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 28 Jul 2014, 17:12

northern_mike wrote:Being a fan of 3-wheeler (-expletive removed-), I can tell you exactly what it is. It's a Coronet, built originally in Denham, Bucks. I believe it's powered by a small 330cc two-smoke.
all you ever wanted to know about the Coronet but were afraid to ask!

and the pints go to......northern-mike take your pick :)

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Post by CitroJim » 28 Jul 2014, 18:52

That's a most interesting little site Neil. What a lovely little car. I can't help feeing it was a bit ahead of its time really.

I see I was wrong on the engine. It was the other popular one of the period - the Excelsior...

I was right about it having a Siba Dynastart though. Can I have a cup of tea on the strength of that please?

Those beers look a bit fiery... Chilli flavour perhaps?
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CitroJim wrote: like the DS follow-me lights were - A neighbour's new 125cc scooter has a combined starter and alternator for just this purpose.
and follow me head lamp/s :roll: #-o :-D :lol: :wink:

but then i spoz bikes probably had these before the DS :o :wink:
I was trying to draw a comparison on how automotive firms have a habit of reinventing things and claiming them to be brand-new Malcolm!

They have never heard of the old adage that there's nothing new under the sun...

Yes, bikes do tend to have follow-me lights - even push-bikes - it's in their nature :lol: :lol:

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 28 Jul 2014, 19:51

CitroJim wrote:
That's a most interesting little site Neil. What a lovely little car. I can't help feeing it was a bit ahead of its time really.

Those beers look a bit fiery... Chilli flavour perhaps?
I am afraid I not only had a good look at the site about the Coronet but I also further clicked onto one of the links. Rather than a cup of tea Jim, you might like to treat yourself to 5 minutes at the virtual tour of the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum. Oh dear I spent much more than 5 minutes on it though-some absolutely fantastic microcars assembled by an obviously very well heeled collector. I found out subsequently that the entire collection, cars, models and other memoribilia was auctioned in 2013, and achieved some seriously high prices. The museum is unfortunately is no longer available to visit, but the virtual tour remains.

Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum Virtual Tour

Here is a case in point. I recently got sent a link to an ebay listing for a Fiat 600 Multipla.
It was £14,000 which I thought was a lot of money for a little car, but the one from the museum (pic below) fetched $66,125 so maybe the ebay one is a bargain!

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ps the beers all take their names from the town of Consett in Durham which was dominated by the Consett Iron Company for over 100 years.

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Whatsthisthen?.

Post by Northern_Mike » 28 Jul 2014, 20:51

I was brought up on a diet of microcars and weird stuff. My dad was into all that. Sadly he wasn't in a position to own one when I was a kid, so we traipsed all over to microcar and bubble car rallies instead.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by CitroJim » 29 Jul 2014, 04:19

Back in the 70s and 80s some of our relatives had a Fiat 600 Multipla. Remarkably spacious for the size of body!

Gosh, if only they and we knew then what they'd be worth now. Theirs was in good condition too... painted in two-tone pale green and cream.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 29 Jul 2014, 16:59

Just a few from the former Bruce Weiner Collection

Exhibit A-9,000 of these were produced (1960-1965)
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Exhibit B-95,000 of these were produced this being a particularly rare Australian RHD model
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Exhibit C-11,284 of these were produced (1964-66)
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points, pints or even virtual cups of tea on offer.

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