Whatsthisthen?.the impossible one

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by Zelandeth » 23 Nov 2015, 23:26

Evil, that took me a while to work out! Virtually every bit on the car I recognised from the Fiat/Lada/Vaz parts bin...except the nose and I knew it wasn't a Lada, Gaz, FSO or any of the other usual suspects I can't spell.

Realised then I'd missed a dead obvious one with the badge.

Zastava model 101 I believe.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by xantos » 23 Nov 2015, 23:29

I knew I should have hide the badge #-o

=D> :-D

You guys are miraculous about car knowledge... :shock:

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by Zelandeth » 23 Nov 2015, 23:37

I'd have got there eventually once I realised I'd forgotten Zastava, especially the back end which is pure early Yugo.

Eastern Bloc stuff - especially 70s to 80s is kinda one of my things.

...as evidenced by the Skoda Estelle in my drive.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 23 Nov 2015, 23:40

While this is an old photograph, I know that it does (or did exist). I wonder if anybody will get it?;



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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by Zelandeth » 23 Nov 2015, 23:58

Recognise it? Yes, I think so. Especially the grill.

Name it though, not a hope! I bow out of this one to those with a better knowledge of more thoroughbred classics!

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 24 Nov 2015, 07:38

Hell Razor5543 wrote:While this is an old photograph, I know that it does (or did exist). I wonder if anybody will get it?;

http://s1033.photobucket.com/user/james ... m.jpg.html
Zelandeth wrote:Recognise it? Yes, I think so. Especially the grill.

Name it though, not a hope! I bow out of this one to those with a better knowledge of more thoroughbred classics!
Well I don't claim to have a great knowledge of thoroughbred classics but am no stranger to the dark arts of the Whatsthisthen?

Without a bit of skulduggery....virtually impossible... only about 22 made, apparently from pre-war chassis and war surplus V8 engines. Apparently a bloke who's family owned a sawmill in Sible Hedingham in Essex had one.

Of Course had you been at the Bottisham speed trials at Bottisham Airfield on the 2nd March 1952, you may well have seen the car in action achieving 3rd place in class G (racing cars unlimited) with a time of 54.59 seconds :!:

google image search does it again!

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 24 Nov 2015, 09:29

My Great Uncle (who I was named after) was Jim Boothby (full name James Robert Maitland Boothby), and he started his own car company (Jim Boothby Motors). Because it was possible to sell reconditioned engines without anybody having to pay purchase tax, he was able to use a job lot of flat head Ford V8 engines and keep the prices down. One car he reputedly made was using a BMW chassis with a 2.5l Jaguar engine. Anyway, here are the details I found related to the photo I posted;

http://auta5p.eu/lang/en/katalog/auto.p ... ster-21020

Jim was the subject of a 2 month section in "The Automobile" magazine, back in 2007.
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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by Gibbo2286 » 24 Nov 2015, 11:26

That's a Yugo, not sure of the model but probably a Zastava as they only made a few variants, Fiat based of course.

A funny story about one of those, my brother, home on a visit from Australia arranged to meet a former lady friend in Brum, she told him she was picking up her new car near Manchester and would come straight down, on arrival she told him the sun roof had blown off on the M6 when she wound the driver's window down.
He had a look around the car and noted both front tyres were down to the canvas, she said "They can't be, it's a new car straight out of the showroom, only done this 80 mile trip." He took it to the local garage and had two tyres fitted and the tracking done, the garage said it was so far out they couldn't believe she'd managed to drive it 80 miles.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by Gibbo2286 » 24 Nov 2015, 11:39

No VAT back then :) Purchase tax was the rule in those days charged at wholesale level

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 24 Nov 2015, 17:44

Hell Razor5543 wrote:My Great Uncle (who I was named after) was Jim Boothby (full name James Robert Maitland Boothby), and he started his own car company (Jim Boothby Motors). Because it was possible to sell reconditioned engines without anybody having to pay purchase tax, he was able to use a job lot of flat head Ford V8 engines and keep the prices down. One car he reputedly made was using a BMW chassis with a 2.5l Jaguar engine. Anyway, here are the details I found related to the photo I posted;

http://auta5p.eu/lang/en/katalog/auto.p ... ster-21020

Jim was the subject of a 2 month section in "The Automobile" magazine, back in 2007.
This is where I got my snippets of information from James, one of the first items up on a google search for "JBM Roadster"

Autosport Forums-The Nostalgia Forum

You probably have the articles James but back copies are available for £7 from here

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 24 Nov 2015, 18:08

I have both copies.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by Gibbo2286 » 25 Nov 2015, 13:25

I don't think you will get this one.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by Stickyfinger » 25 Nov 2015, 18:24

I think I would be happy not knowing what THAT THING is :)

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by CitroJim » 25 Nov 2015, 18:27

Stickyfinger wrote:I think I would be happy not knowing what THAT THING is :)
I quite agree :twisted: It's hideous....

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by Stickyfinger » 25 Nov 2015, 19:35

don't Jim, we might "give it the hump"