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Old 11-07-19, 06:40 AM
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A few nice old British cars I spotted in London recently. Triumph TR6.

Jenson Interceptor


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Nice Jensens. The Interceptor is a good looking car.
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Nice Jensens. The Interceptor is a good looking car.
Indeed, not a very typical British car though. Italian cycling, enormous Chrysler V8 and there were versions with permanent four wheel drive and ABS brakes, both a first I guess. On the picture is a regular one, but they look almost the same.
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Indeed, not a very typical British car though. Italian cycling, enormous Chrysler V8 and there were versions with permanent four wheel drive and ABS brakes, both a first I guess. On the picture is a regular one, but they look almost the same.
The four wheel drive Interceptor was called FF and it was indeed the first production car with 4 wheel drive and ABS.

The very first 4 wheel drive car was this 1903 Spyker, which is in the Louwman museum.



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The four wheel drive Interceptor was called FF and it was indeed the first production car with 4 wheel drive and ABS.

The very first 4 wheel drive car was this 1903 Spyker, which is in the Louwman museum.



Yes, but that's not the kind of AWD with differentials for tarmac roads. Nice for competition on the many sand roads at that time but you would have trouble driving it on the roads nowadays. Imo it's the first straight six engine that this car deserves most credit for.
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Old 11-11-19, 12:37 PM
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Indeed, not a very typical British car though. Italian cycling, enormous Chrysler V8 and there were versions with permanent four wheel drive and ABS brakes, both a first I guess. On the picture is a regular one, but they look almost the same.
That other one you speak of was called the Jeson FF. I've never seen one in real life, they look almost identical the only difference I can see is the FF had 2 vents (gills) behind the front wheel, instead of just one as in the example I posted above.

And I saw this is London yesterday, one of the nicest ones I've ever seen. This one is 51 years old yet still looks beautiful, still one of most beatuifullest ever. Enzo Ferrari thought so too.


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Old 11-13-19, 11:53 AM
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Inspired by Bruce McLaren’s original race conquering open top sports cars of the 1960s, the new #McLarenElva




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That other one you speak of was called the Jeson FF. I've never seen one in real life, they look almost identical the only difference I can see is the FF had 2 vents (gills) behind the front wheel, instead of just one as in the example I posted above.
Yes, it was also a few inch longer, probably to not raise the centre of gravity for the extra parts.

And I saw this is London yesterday, one of the nicest ones I've ever seen. This one is 51 years old yet still looks beautiful, still one of most beatuifullest ever. Enzo Ferrari thought so too.

Allthough the pictures are great, I don't agree with Enzo, but I don't think Ferrari's in general are particularly beautiful either. Especially from the front the wheels are too far inward, I don't think that's becoming for a sportscar, so for me it's not a candidate for the prettiest car ever. Don't get me wrong, it still looks good and I like it very much, especially the 2+2 because it's pushing it even more proportion wise. I love form follows function when understanding of aerodynamics was limited and engines were long and centre of gravity had to be low. I also admire it because of it was such a huge engineering achievement given the price range it was designed for.
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Old 11-13-19, 03:55 PM
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Old 11-14-19, 04:07 AM
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Originally Posted by botty kayer View Post
That other one you speak of was called the Jeson FF. I've never seen one in real life, they look almost identical the only difference I can see is the FF had 2 vents (gills) behind the front wheel, instead of just one as in the example I posted above.

And I saw this is London yesterday, one of the nicest ones I've ever seen. This one is 51 years old yet still looks beautiful, still one of most beatuifullest ever. Enzo Ferrari thought so too.


I'm just about certain this is what Datsun/Nissan was shooting for when they brought out the 240Z.
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Old 11-14-19, 08:42 AM
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Ferrari 465M GT ... V12 goodness. Yum.


And room for the kids in the back!
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And room for the kids in the back!
The 465M is definitely my favorite performance GT. Reasonably elegant. Smooth lines. Not too long, or chubby in the back, or impractical. Quick, but comfortable.

Some lower-mileage examples can be found for under (US) $30K. Of course they cost a lung and kidney to service, get 10mpg ...
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Old 11-20-19, 11:27 PM
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This was also my first car! a white one purchased in 1984. I owned a green one many years later. amazing car. I had two 1600/2002s over the years as well.

[QUOTE=Allen;6961610]My first car was a 1972 BMW Bavaria. The four door version of that car with slightly different body work (mine also had pie plate hub caps).
It was a spectacular car. I put 360,000 miles on a single set of rings. The turn signal is on the opposite side of the wheel than normal. To this day I find myself reaching for the turn signal on the right side of the wheel.

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Here is my project, currently suffering from Britishness:



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Saw this today in a repair garage I had occasion to walk through...








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When I went out to Cycle Oregon in 2012 a group of Packard owners were about to start a multi-day tour. Lots of neat cars in the hotel parking lot. They hired a private security guard to patrol the lot over night.


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Some more classic motors I've spotted in London recently.

Alpine A110


Some beautiful old Alfa's in stunning condition considering our crap British weather.




And this final one is a real rarity, and something I'd never even heard of before. It's a fusion of Italian design and American muscle, designed by Bertone and powered by a 5.7 litre Ford V8, a 1974 Iso Revolta Lele. Great colour too.

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Some more classic motors I've spotted in London recently.


And this final one is a real rarity, and something I'd never even heard of before. It's a fusion of Italian design and American muscle, designed by Bertone and powered by a 5.7 litre Ford V8, a 1974 Iso Revolta Lele. Great colour too.



I know it, it's been a bit of strange design direction of that era that also affected Lamborghini, that didn't stick with high end sportscars They are not that popular today I believe, usually much cheaper than other models. I suspect an Iso Grifo in simular condition would be more than twice as expensive.



I remember entertaining the idea of buying one when I was about twenty. There was one in a German magazine for 7000 DM, which is 3500 euro, which was more than a median monthly salary in the early nineties, but less than two. A high school friend had just finished his 2CV and another friend had just bought a DAF 44 to wrench on, so I figured why don't I just buy an Italian 7 liter 300 km/h supercar to restore. With a straight forward American V8 and a ZF-gearbox, how difficult could it be to work on and get spare parts? The buying price was about the only thing I had and no more than that, no garage, no tools, no skills, no savings for parts and my dad didn't support the idea. Did I mention I was very immature for my age? Anyway, the thing I was right about was that it would have been a good investment. A restored one is around 400k these days.

Late 60's and 70's Italian sportscars were very affordable in the 90's. A blue Alfa Romea (2000GT?) like that wouldn't be a very rare sighting, there were quite a few around where I lived, just as a daily driver for someone with low income and a love for cars. Really a shame I became a bit too practical with money and cars back then, now it's a very expensive hobby.
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