CLASSIC and important CARS - open thread:

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Bentley cars are always “classics”!

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At the Classic Gala 2019 there was a large Bentley section to celebrate 100 Years Bentley, displaying many cars :

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"Emily's sister" :

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Taking a closer look, "Emily's sister" looks more like Icarus, should be called Icara, perhaps :D ... :


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Hi, last Sunday, at the MAC 2019 it was extremely hot. The car-park at lunchtime:


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Hi, rain after the start of the Mäuseturm Classic on Saturday :

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Hi, GTIs are very frequent here. Most have been heavily modified and tuned, however ... --- :


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Hi, presented at the IAA in Frankfurt this weekend (for early adopters ... ) --- :


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Classic? Debateable, although it's possibly rare enough to qualify.
Important? Well, it is to me since it's what I learned to drive in, although that one was a TL rather than the upmarket GTL version shown here!

Just outside Matala, a hippy Mecca in South Crete,

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... Important? Well, it is to me since it's what I learned to drive in, although that one was a TL rather than the upmarket GTL version shown here!
Hi, the R4 was personally important for many, being their first car.

The parking lot of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, my dear alma mater, has lots of them in 1973 :

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Hi, a memorable car, our rental holiday Suzi, on Fuerteventura in 1987 (slidescan 2005) :


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Hi, introduced 50 years ago, not very successful in the marketplace (in Germany), the VW-PORSCHE 914:

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Does this count taken with my phone at a soapbox derby!
Well, whether it's a classic, time will tell. Contact me 30 years from now ... :LOL:

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Hi, rare here
Rare anywhere: if only because they were terrible rust buckets. In the late 1960s there was one that was often parked near a friend's place in North London. It became something of a running joke for us to "measure" the progress of the rust up the wings. :LOL:
 

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Hi, there are apparently many reasons for the Alpine's rarity, one being rust. The other being its position in the marketplace. Apart from the American-inspired styling,
it does not seem to offer more than the competition. With few cars sold, a thin dealership, it must be difficult to keep them running in Germany ... ---

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it must be difficult to keep them running in Germany ... ---

Mechanically, they're pretty simple - Ford V8 in front of a Ford gearbox but, as you say, they rusted badly (or well [from a tinworm's PoV!!!]). There are a few Alpine specialist suppliers here but I can't imagine that body panels are cheap since it appears that they are made to order or in small batches.
 
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Mechanically, they're pretty simple - Ford V8 in front of a Ford gearbox but, as you say, they rusted badly (or well [from a tinworm's PoV!!!]). There are a few Alpine specialist suppliers here but I can't imagine that body panels are cheap since it appears that they are made to order or in small batches.
It was only the Tiger that was a V8 though. The standard model had the 1725cc engine from the Hillman Hunter/Sunbeam Rapier with twin SU carbs (from the Hunter GT & Singer Vogue). I did see one once with a Holbay and twin DCOE 40's taken from the H120.

I did my apprenticeship in a "Roots" garage. I started in 1978, and went through Simca and Peugeot before it closed in 1980 without me finishing my apprenticeship......
 
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Here's an oddity spotted in Exmouth. I think it just about qualifies as a car with an oversized boot. :thinking:

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