Whatsthisthen?.the impossible one

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 30 Aug 2014, 15:16

Whatsthisthen?

I was waiting to turn right onto the A1 just up from Morpeth, when this rare vehicle passed by heading north. Didn't immediately identify it but had a good idea, and as luck would have it I emerged into the A1 directly behind it. Managed to catch it up and confirm its identity. So here it is (well not the actual vehicle which was an old L-Reg green one) and if I say the leg in the shot belongs to Quentin Wilson this may be of some assistance.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by myglaren » 30 Aug 2014, 15:27

Looks very much like a godknowswhatitis if I'm not mistaken.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by DickieG » 30 Aug 2014, 15:30

NSU RO80

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 30 Aug 2014, 16:06

Maybe I should have just shown Quentin Wilson's leg and not the auto gear shift thingy...............You must be familiar with the Ro 80's interior.

Yes the pints go to you DickieG

It would seem appropriate as the car is a product of the Neckarsulm Strickmaschinen Union, to offer a beerwith Neckarsulm connections....

Well we are in luck seeing as Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG the German global discount supermarket chain, is based in Neckarsulm!

so how about this

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ps might as well have a look at the lines of the RO80 in full......nice

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 30 Aug 2014, 16:28

And the car isn't too bad, once you notice it!

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 30 Aug 2014, 16:49

The full Quentin Wilson treatmment of the RO80 is here



If you remember "The Persuaders" Tony Curtis in a Ferrari Dino gave chase to a green RO 80



This article on NSU and the RO 80 is good

Includes the NSU Quickly fitted with a Wankel's rotary Supercharger setting speed records at Bonneville Salt Flats!

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and the NSU Wankel Spyder

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 31 Aug 2014, 02:04

Here is another interesting spot for today taken by one of my daughters while waiting for the bus. Summer is just about still here

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I dont have the answer, and not even sure if its just a DIY job/ motorcycle based fancy trike or what...

The driver/passenger both wore goggles. Its a pity that the number plate wasn't clearer....autotrader vehicle check is pretty good at identifying vehicle types and year from number plates.

Any ideas

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by DickieG » 31 Aug 2014, 07:58

NewcastleFalcon wrote:Maybe I should have just shown Quentin Wilson's leg and not the auto gear shift thingy...............You must be familiar with the Ro 80's interior.
I recall driving one many years ago and had fun with that gear lever as just the slightest touch on the knob would put the car into neutral, nice cars from what I recall.
NewcastleFalcon wrote: the pints go to you DickieG

It would seem appropriate as the car is a product of the Neckarsulm Strickmaschinen Union, to offer a beerwith Neckarsulm connections....

Well we are in luck seeing as Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG the German global discount supermarket chain, is based in Neckarsulm!

so how about this

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regards Neil
Very nice, thank you :)

The trike could well be a Lomax

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 31 Aug 2014, 10:02

The 3-wheeler could well be Lomax built to a particular customer specifictation. I see that their HQ is in Malcolm Country in East Sussex at the Cradley Motor Works. From their website

"The Lomax range of kitcars, is based on the "ultra reliable Citroen 2CV, has been in near constant production since 1982. The ever popular 223 is the three wheel version of the original which was inspired by Morgan."

If you look closely at the photo, the words "Morgan Tribute" are on the engine cover.

Don't know if anyone can identify a 2cv engine from the bits poking out at the front.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 31 Aug 2014, 10:55

It does loook like a V-Twin though, and the back view and paint job is similar to this

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and plenty of similarities in side view

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looks like they are another East Sussex Outfit!

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by DickieG » 31 Aug 2014, 13:12

NewcastleFalcon wrote:It does loook like a V-Twin though
I believe they use engines from Moto Guzzi rather than a 2CV.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by CitroJim » 01 Sep 2014, 16:57

DickieG wrote:
NewcastleFalcon wrote:It does loook like a V-Twin though
I believe they use engines from Moto Guzzi rather than a 2CV.
Gosh :shock: A mix of French and Italian. That's sure to end in tears :lol: :lol:

Neil, thanks for the picture of the NSU Quickly...

And for the RO80 memories :-D

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 09 Sep 2014, 15:48

Now for followers of other threads this is not going to be too difficult, but you are not going to see many out and about

so, whats this then?

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by myglaren » 09 Sep 2014, 16:58

Edsel?

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by CitroJim » 09 Sep 2014, 17:12

myglaren wrote:Edsel?
Nope, not an Edsel.. Its grille got a lot of criticism in the day because it looked a bit like a piece of female anatomy... It did't have a light in the middle of it..

I thought only the Rover P4 Cyclops sported such a thing.