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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 21 Jul 2017, 14:35

NewcastleFalcon wrote:
20 Jul 2017, 17:46
Saw an absolute gem in Harrogate today. An in the wild spot too, and caught on camera too.....

Didn't immediately identify it from the front , absolutely gorgeous side profile.

Looked a bit SM ish, but pre dates the SM by 8 years or so.

pic to follow!

Regards Neil


Here it is
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L Falcon Own Work Harrogate 20th July 2017
There's enough there for car enthusiasts worth their salt to come up with a decent guess. Me not quite worth all of my salt had to go and look at its rear end.

Anyone get it straight away without looking it up?

Regards Neil

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by myglaren » 21 Jul 2017, 16:50

NewcastleFalcon wrote:
21 Jul 2017, 14:35

Anyone get it straight away without looking it up?


No, I thought it looked
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But I see it isn't

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 21 Jul 2017, 18:06

myglaren wrote:
21 Jul 2017, 16:50
NewcastleFalcon wrote:
21 Jul 2017, 14:35

Anyone get it straight away without looking it up?


No, I thought it looked

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But I see it isn't

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I did say it looked a bit SM ish Steve, and some say the Maserati Mistral has a similar look. The logo is an S.

It's not Italian, but the model name is, may help "move forward" the ID :-D

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 21 Jul 2017, 23:34

No educated guesses? With only 5 active on UK Roads on Howmanyleft quite a rarity

From the front my subtle "move forward" clue becomes obvious to students of Italian.
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Avanti-N.Falcon own work
....and this particular incarnation has the round headlights and is a 1963 model.

Walk round the back like I did an you discover that it is one of these....
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Avanti rear N Falcon own work
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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by myglaren » 22 Jul 2017, 05:57

I would never have guessed that one Neil,

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by CitroJim » 22 Jul 2017, 06:01

Sorry but that excuse for a car is one of the fugliest things I've ever had the misfortune to see :(

It's horrible!

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by white exec » 22 Jul 2017, 06:48

Inclined to agree. The windscreen looks like someone's parts-bin leftover rear window!
Definitely not a lot of Italian styling.

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by Zelandeth » 22 Jul 2017, 10:23

Bedford (assuming Y-Series) coach with Plaxton Supreme bodywork...broken down in lane 3 of the M25 about 30 seconds ago...oh dear.

Looked to have a full load of passengers too... that'll be a fun recovery operation.

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 22 Jul 2017, 13:53

CitroJim wrote:
22 Jul 2017, 06:01
Sorry but that excuse for a car is one of the fugliest things I've ever had the misfortune to see :(
It's horrible!

white exec wrote:
22 Jul 2017, 06:48
Inclined to agree. The windscreen looks like someone's parts-bin leftover rear window!
Definitely not a lot of Italian styling.
Must be a marmite thing I really like it, definitely a head turner for me. It's got a pleasing rear, an odd front (and for me odd is interesting, odd is good) and the side view.....well if you think an SM is nice its not that different!

Added to that for its time it went like merde off a shovel and probably sounded pretty good with a V8, and it was a complete failure in the marketplace, although still with its dedicated followers.

Come on, what's not to like?

Try the side view.
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Probably the nicest 1963 Studebaker Avanti in Harrogate! N Falcon Own Work
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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by bobins » 22 Jul 2017, 14:04

I think the problem might be that they put the wings on the wrong end of the car. It wouldn't take much in the way of changes to make this into a perfectly reasonable rear end of a car.....
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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by Zelandeth » 22 Jul 2017, 14:30

That's a really odd looking thing...

Guessing there's a bus thing on somewhere either today or tomorrow as we just passed an old (guessing 50s) Bedford coach on the A31...Duple badge in evidence confirmed its origin, but no idea what one...too early for me. 60s-80s is the era I know inside out (well...ish) in the bus world.

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by CitroJim » 22 Jul 2017, 15:12

Sorry Neil, it's still not doing it for me....

I agree with Bobins... The wings are definitely on the wrong end!

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by white exec » 22 Jul 2017, 15:29

Yes... Wings at wrong end, windscreen and rear window need to exchange places.
Photoshop, anybody???

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 22 Jul 2017, 18:07

One thing about it....it's front end is pretty unique in the car design world particularly in a car that actually reached production as opposed to the "Concept" offerings. Its production was pretty short-lived (yes Jim/Chris/Bobins I'm sure you can think of a few reasons why :!: :-D ) from June 1962 to December 1963.

sorry musical intervention from my stream of consciousness



The front lights in their round incarnation do find similarity in the Ford Corsair, which traces back to the Thunderbird.
But as far as cars go front wing "tail fins" in advance of the lights I don't think there are any others and even the "batmobile" is a poor second!

Anyone warming to its uniqueness?

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by CitroJim » 22 Jul 2017, 18:09

No, but I do like a nice Ford Corsair :D