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Ever own a strange or unusual car?

Posted By: Chris142

Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 01:19 AM

I have had a couple. Had a 69 chevelle 2 door post sedan with a 3 on the tree. Also had a 73 duster 340 with a bench seat and column shift auto trans.
Posted By: 123Saab

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 01:25 AM

A Matra Bagheera, forget what year model. 3 seater.

similar to this:

Posted By: WiskyBadger

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 01:30 AM

Iíd love to have that Chevelle grin
Posted By: eljefino

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 01:31 AM

Closest candidate would be my 1982 cadillac cimarron, the first year for a dreadful joke in badge engineering.

I rather liked mine; it was like they took an oversprung 18-wheeler leather seat and bolted it in a chevy cavalier with more gauges and some fancy gold honeycomb 13" rims. Sadly, if I waited a year, I could have gotten the 2.0 with fuel injection vs my 1.8 with a Rube Goldberg carburetor.

My dad had a POS Ford fairmont station wagon he factory ordered with the 200-6 and a 4 speed stick shift. Even though the base MSRP was $4200 he spent $6k on this and still got no AC, no radio (he put in a k-mart sparkomatic), vinyl seats, crank windows, etc. The stick was a feature only he could love; it had a huge power curve gap between 2nd and 3rd and would invariably ping trying to make it up that hill in 3rd. He was also always frigging with the e-brake, frozen cables etc because the car just wanted an automatic trans that could have been in "park".

I got to drive it in its elderly years. He put a manual choke in it but then turned the auto choke back on. I pulled the knob and he chastised me for not knowing he had reset it to stock. Near the very end the clutch was fried so you had to turn the key off at intersections to put it in 1st gear then start it up when the light turned green. Discretion being the better part of valor, I refused to drive that thing, even though I just got my permit and wanted to drive everything everywhere.

He sold that car to a toothless guy in a trailer park and got a forgettable Escort, also with stick. He waltzed into the dealer demanding a stick shift taurus wagon (which I knew from Consumer Reports didn't exist) then when Ford couldn't make what he wanted he downgraded his demands to that escort, proving some point to someone.
Posted By: Bud

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 01:37 AM

Pacer wagon.
Posted By: SatinSilver

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 01:39 AM

An 80 Olds Omega 4cyl auto coupe that my dad ordered. Took about 9 months to come in since the first one caught on fire in the factory per the salesman. Salesman was a very nice older man but who knows if true. Talked my dad out of getting wire wheels since they might get stolen. AM radio, no ac, brougham upgraded interior, half vinyl roof, had it 12 years and ran very well. Looked a lot like this.

Posted By: WiskyBadger

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 01:51 AM

Had a 91 Ford Tempo 2 dr with a 5 speed. Unusual to me, 2.3 4 banger was gutless but it got great mileage. My brother got his license and a week later it started on fire. He never paid me for that now that I think about it.
Posted By: klt1986

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 01:57 AM

In 1985 I bought a candy apple red 1973 Opel GT. I don't remember much about it other than I went through a few driver side window regulators and it had a thirst for oil.
Posted By: slacktide_bitog

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 02:13 AM

I used to have an ES250 and a J30. The ES250 I had didn't have leather or a sunroof.



Posted By: clinebarger

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 02:17 AM

I like Studebakers, I had a '50 Pick-Up that I hot-rodded with a supercharged LS1, 9" ford, Mustang II front suspension. I also bought a 1950 Commander "bullet nose" but sold it.
Posted By: IndyIan

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 02:19 AM

Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
An 80 Olds Omega 4cyl auto coupe that my dad ordered. Took about 9 months to come in since the first one caught on fire in the factory per the salesman. Salesman was a very nice older man but who knows if true. Talked my dad out of getting wire wheels since they might get stolen. AM radio, no ac, brougham upgraded interior, half vinyl roof, had it 12 years and ran very well. Looked a lot like this.



I had a V6 one in gold in 2000-2004, which made it rare for a DD then I guess. I actually like the car, but it warped the intake manifold somehow and then spaghetti vacuum line carb kept on messing up, so I sold it.
Posted By: Dyusik

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 02:20 AM

Originally Posted By: WiskyBadger
Had a 91 Ford Tempo 2 dr with a 5 speed. Unusual to me, 2.3 4 banger was gutless but it got great mileage. My brother got his license and a week later it started on fire. He never paid me for that now that I think about it.

Had a '90 tampon, a pos all around, but amazing in the snow.
Originally Posted By: slacktide_bitog



Oh how I miss my 93 J30. It had the best interior, EVER. To date, I have not found one as refined. It could use heated seats, and vented as it was black on black, but still. And thank goodness I did not need to use the trunk, all of 2 cubic feet of it.
Posted By: TheLawnRanger

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 02:50 AM

I had an '84 Cutlass Supreme that looked like the attached picture. It was not really a family car, not really a sports car even though my insurance company tried to say it was because of "sport rims". It was cool and powerful but there was always some small nickel and dime you to death type problem and at times some major problems. I hated to see it go but it was a relief in some ways.

Posted By: Ducked

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 03:26 AM









Posted By: road_rascal

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 03:36 AM

My parents still own from new a 1988 Nissan Sentra XE wagon with 4wd and manual transmission. From what I've read the 4x4 wagons were pretty rare. Last time I visited my parents the car still looked in mint condition, and had maybe 105k miles on it. They don't need 2 cars (mom hasn't driven in years) so I'm trying to talk them into selling to me.
Posted By: MCompact

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 03:38 AM

I had a 1979 Arrow GT 2.6. It was actually considered fast for its time(0-60 in ten seconds), but dead slow these days. It had a five speed manual and four wheel disc brakes as well. Not a bad car, but in 1983 I sold it and bought the 1973 Bavaria my girlfriend(now wife of 32 years) found for me- and the rest is history...
Posted By: Chris142

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 03:50 AM

Originally Posted By: WiskyBadger
Iíd love to have that Chevelle grin
it was a 6-cyl car. The 6 was dead so I put a 1967 302 Chevy in it. It's code was "mp",not the more common 1969 "Dz". Changed the solid cam to a cheap hydraulic and used the 2bbl carb I had from a 307 Chevy. Car ran a 14.47 with it's 3.08 gears and 3 on the tree.
Posted By: JeffKeryk

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 03:51 AM

64 Corvair; early 73(?) Gremlin with 304 and 3 speed manual.
I know, kill me know.
I hate myself.
Posted By: Silk

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 04:15 AM

Most of the cars I've owned would be concidered unusual in the USA. But unusual here and there would be the Peugeot 404 Coupe - the worst car I've ever owned.

Not mine.



Like an MGB from the rear.



Even more so as a convertable.

Posted By: Alex_V

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 04:48 AM

By the criteria of being unique or strangely optioned, my '82 Mercedes is the very first coupe with the turbo diesel engine - serial number 000001. Lots of the more common power options (power windows, sunroof, antenna, auto climate control, etc.) but not the common, but optional, passenger exterior mirror.


And my '67 Suburban is a C10 with Custom trim, factory V8 with HD springs, shocks, cooling, and alternator, RV Junior mirrors (gone now but mounted above and below the window), and Dark Aqua poly paint (see how many results Google gives you for Chevy trucks that color) but was a 3OTT with manual steering and brakes. It was a 4-speed w/PS and PB when my dad got it in the late 80's and it's only their absence on the options sheet and a couple little details that would tip you off they aren't factory.
Posted By: ammolab

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 04:53 AM

I had a 1979 Olds Cutlas Salon with a 260 V8 and a 5sp Manual gearbox. GM told me only 261 were built that year. Shift pattern was a race style, first was toward you and back with 2nd through 5th in the normal "H" pattern.
Posted By: Lolvoguy

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 05:19 AM

Owned a Volvo S60 2.4 NA with 5 speed stick.
Thought I'd be smart and find one with no turbo to fail and no auto to poo poo the bed prematurely.
Little did I know I was purchasing the mushiest handling, most gutless Euro car with factory 17's (which would scrape the wheel well when doing normal turns) ever built.

Worst.car.ever.
Posted By: Shannow

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 05:22 AM

Didn't own it...but probably the most reliable thing my parents ever had...mid engined and all

Posted By: Beatlebob32

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 05:39 AM

Quite a few-

1992 Toyota Previa- Mid engine AWD, never big sellers but a neat van- called it the spaceship- felt like one.
1985 Volkswagen Vanagon 0-60 in 30. Used to drink oil like a mother until I figured out to use 20w50 😂
1974 Mercedes 240D 0-60, in 60 🤦‍♂️ But got unbelievable mileage and was stone cold reliable.
1996 Volvo 850
1992 Mercedes 400e - first year E class V8- amazing build quality
1987 Ford Escort GL hatch, my first stick shift! Bought it for $10- and it ran. No joke.
Blackest oil I had ever seen- donít think it had been serviced in years. 13 inch tires, haha
1988 Ford Tempo- also running- $32. Was rear ended- drove it 80 all the way home to find both the oil and tranny dipsticks dry once I got there. Filled it up and it ran great for quite some time, until my dad ran it out of oil 🤷‍♀️
Daewoo Leganza- terrible car, even with 30k on it. Caught on fire at 90k.
1982 Lincoln Mark VI- beautiful car until it got stolen and scrapped before I found it 😢
1994 Lincoln Mark VIII- faster than mustangs of the same year- never lost a stop light drag to anything.
1985 Rolls Royce Silver Spur- phenomenal car. Much to my amazement, called for 15w40
Audi A6 4.2 Quattro- great car until the timing chain caused the engine to eat itself
Posted By: Silk

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 05:52 AM

[quote=Beatlebob321992 Toyota Previa- Mid engine AWD, never big sellers but a neat van- called it the spaceship- felt like one. [/quote]

Certainly not unusual in NZ, and even now pretty common on the road. There is a company here that used them for a camper van fleet...cheap for tourists, we call them freedom campers. Anyway, there are heaps of the old Previa (also called Estima and Emina, in narrow and wide bodies) running around New Zealand with the company name on them - Spaceship !!!!!
Posted By: Nick1994

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 05:58 AM

It was a diesel too. Was a blast to drive.

Posted By: expat

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 06:17 AM


1970 Bond Equipe GT4s the last one built.
Posted By: csandste

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 06:49 AM

Originally Posted By: Shannow
Didn't own it...but probably the most reliable thing my parents ever had...mid engined and all



Had one. Not mid-engined but it did have the transmission mounted ahead of the engine. My first FWD car. One of the first hatches. Renault called it the R16 Sedan-Wagon.

Also had a 62 Fiat 600. Fifty miles per gallon. Fifty miles per hour tops. Fifty miles per quart of oil--sprayed all over the rear window. My room mate bought it from me and flipped it on a closed shopping center parking lot while teaching his girl friend to drive. They were able to pick it up off its side and drive home.
Posted By: bigjl

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 08:27 AM

Originally Posted By: csandste
Originally Posted By: Shannow
Didn't own it...but probably the most reliable thing my parents ever had...mid engined and all



Had one. Not mid-engined but it did have the transmission mounted ahead of the engine. My first FWD car. One of the first hatches. Renault called it the R16 Sedan-Wagon.

Also had a 62 Fiat 600. Fifty miles per gallon. Fifty miles per hour tops. Fifty miles per quart of oil--sprayed all over the rear window. My room mate bought it from me and flipped it on a closed shopping center parking lot while teaching his girl friend to drive. They were able to pick it up off its side and drive home.


Mid engined simply means the engine is mounted between the front and rear wheels.

It doesn't matter if the engine is in front or behind the passengers.

Its still mid engined.

Another example of a front mid engined car would be the Ferrari FF.

I have not owned (or used) many particularly unusual cars.

My first car was an Austin A40 MK2 Farina.

My third was a Brown Austin Allegro which we named the "flying turd"

And I learnt to drive in a 1984 Renault 14 TS which was a bit weird visually and was starting to rust at 3 years old.

The Renault 16 was only called the Sedan-Wagon for the US Market.
Posted By: Shannow

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 09:13 AM

Originally Posted By: csandste
Had one. Not mid-engined but it did have the transmission mounted ahead of the engine. My first FWD car. One of the first hatches. Renault called it the R16 Sedan-Wagon.


Yes, front engine behind the front driving wheels is "mid engined"


Just like the Lotus Europa with the engine in front of the rear drive axle is "mid engined.

Posted By: Silk

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 09:33 AM

Another unusual vehicle (to the US) was the CA Bedford...the breadvan. Sliding front doors that you could latch open with a strap. Who needs aircon when you can drive with both front doors wide open. Mine was a bit unusual in that it was repowered with a Vanguard 6 engine and gearbox, with a Vauxhall Velox rear end. Americans would know that engine from the Triumph GT6, or a larger version in the TR6. The 6 cyl Velox diff gave the old van some better gearing for the engine. It was my motorcycle hauler for awhile.

Posted By: Popsy

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 10:04 AM

I think I like unusual cars...well, by American standards maybe smile





(not my pictures, but same colors)
Nothing rare or exceptional, but still when I see someone else with the same car, we have to say Hi!
Posted By: Ducked

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 10:22 AM

My Lada wasn't, of course, lowered like the one in the picture. Thats just stupid.
Posted By: Snagglefoot

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 10:37 AM

So far the cars shown are not overly unusual so Iíll chime in. Mine was a 1976 German built Mercury Capri with a 2.8 liter V-6, 4 speed, dual exhaust, Black with gold wheels. The windshield washer was a foot pump instead of electric. They all rusted away in the 80ís. Pretty rare now.
Posted By: Shannow

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 10:41 AM

Originally Posted By: Snagglefoot
So far the cars shown are not overly unusual so Iíll chime in. Mine was a 1976 German built Mercury Capri with a 2.8 liter V-6, 4 speed, dual exhaust, Black with gold wheels. The windshield washer was a foot pump instead of electric. They all rusted away in the 80ís. Pretty rare now.


might be strange and unusual there, but not to the rest of the world...Oz, many of those pumps were a rubber dome that really only worked remotely decently if you drove bare foot, and pressed it with your big toe.
Posted By: mx5miata

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 10:59 AM

2014 Chevy Spark and a 2001 Volvo s60 t5
Posted By: Johnny2Bad

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 11:20 AM

My first, actually.

It was a 1964 Pontiac Acadian Invader. No, really.

Best part was the "Invader" badge on each back quarter panel in chrome script lettering (1-piece) about 18" long.

Made side-by-side with Chevy II's at the GM Chevrolet-Pontiac factory somewhere around Toronto. Unique interior, front grille / facia and rear taillights, same frame / drivetrain as the Chevrolets, typical of "Canadian Pontiacs" built before the auto pact of 1968, a 230 CU IN Chevy "Stovebolt" 6 and three on the tree. Paid $400 for it around 1978 or so.

The Acadian is built on a Nova chassis (Beaumonts on Chevelle chassis). They cost more than the Chevys at the dealer, sold at Pontiac / Buick dealers (in Canada, Cadillac were available as a separate franchise, but otherwise you were either Pontiac / Buick /GMC or Chevy / Oldsmobile, always combined).

Silk from NZ:

I knew a guy who drove a Right Hand Drive imported Bedford van around town here in the 70's.
Posted By: Red91

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 11:26 AM

'88 olds Toronado and an '80 Toyota corona. Never drove the Toyota, and it's the only foreign nameplate I've ever owned. Needed a gas tank, carb rebuild, and rust repair around the base of the vinyl top. Traded it to a buddy for a '76 or '77 Ford f100, which I sold to an Irish guy from Tennessee.
Posted By: SatinSilver

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 01:29 PM

Originally Posted By: TheLawnRanger
I had an '84 Cutlass Supreme that looked like the attached picture. It was not really a family car, not really a sports car even though my insurance company tried to say it was because of "sport rims". It was cool and powerful but there was always some small nickel and dime you to death type problem and at times some major problems. I hated to see it go but it was a relief in some ways.




First car was n 83 Cutlass Supreme that my grandpa ordered. It was blue with painted red pinstripes, vinyl seats, am radio, V6 so not much power at all. AC compressor locked up, taillights always burning out, etc...

Not a bad car but did let loose on me while going down the hwy in bad weather going in a straight direction. More likely bad tires but the suspension wasn't good. Esp when hitting some bumps on the hwy and in a turn.
Posted By: goodtimes

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 01:36 PM

One of quite a few odd cars I have had. This Saab had a 2 stroke 3 cyl engine and three on the tree column shift. I added one quart of SAE 30 detergent Wolfshead oil to 8 gals of gas at each fillup. The dealer sold 50:1 oil but too far away and the manual said this was Ok. I drove mine across country more than once. It was green and in mint condition in and out. A drunk driver ran into me at a traffic light from behind and smashed in both ends as I was behind another car. Very strong design and steel in it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_93#/media/File:MHV_Saab_93_01.jpg
Posted By: andyd

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 02:00 PM

I had a '56 Citroen DS19 for a short while. https://goo.gl/images/hGH6yc
Posted By: Leo99

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 02:02 PM

Had a Merkur XR4Ti. It was a really bad car. The exhaust manifold has so hot after driving that it glowed bright red.

Posted By: eljefino

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 02:23 PM

The gentleman who dropped a VW tdi in a saturn s-series gave me his old gas motor. His build thread. We work together albeit in different departments and I still see his black saturn tooling around-- he grafted the TDI badge on the back of it. It rolls a little coal on cold starts. LOL

Originally Posted By: Nick1994
It was a diesel too. Was a blast to drive.

Posted By: Ursatdx

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 02:27 PM

93 M35A3 (Bobbed)

Recent acquisition.


Posted By: MCompact

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 02:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Leo99
Had a Merkur XR4Ti. It was a really bad car. The exhaust manifold has so hot after driving that it glowed bright red.



That reminds me, I also had a Merkur(Ford) Scorpio. It was nice to drive, but reliability was an issue. So were maintenance costs. It was my wife's car; at the same time I was driving a 535is with triple the mileage. The 5er never broke down and parts(with a BMW CCA discount) were @40% less than the equivalent Ford part.
Posted By: MotoGuzzi

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 02:43 PM

In 1976, I bought a 1967 Jensen FF from my Uncle who bought it from GM in a sealed bid auction. The FF was the predesessor to the Jensen Interceptor and had all wheel drive. It had a Chrysler 383 instead of the 440 in the Interceptor. I sold the car to a Navy submarine officer in 1981. It is now in New Zealand. Do a Google search for Jensen FF 119007 and you will find pictures of it. It is a Burgundy metallic and beautiful. I corresponded with the current owner several years ago and told him the history of the car.
Posted By: Ducked

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 09:31 PM

What are those quadrant things on the wheels for?
Posted By: Garak

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 11:30 PM

Some things I had were odd, but I guess that depends on perspective.

I did a fair bit of my driver training on a 1974 Continental Town Car, which is huge, and I miss. wink

My first car was a 1983 Ford LTD midsize with the 2.3 L and factory LPG, which is an oddball in a lot of ways. I also owned a 1990 Town Car for a period in my mid 20s, which is odd, since most who own them are in their mid 70s. I had a 1999.5 Lightning I bought brand new, which was odd based on rarity, I suppose.
Posted By: Soggydog

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/09/18 11:54 PM

Had a factory manual transmission 1979 elcamino. May not be rare but Ive never seen another
Posted By: bdcardinal

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/10/18 12:04 AM

I still miss my 2004 Volvo S60R. AWD, 6 speed manual, 300hp, Brembo 4 pots all around, active suspension. It was a great car.
Posted By: madRiver

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/10/18 10:41 AM

My wifeís prior 2005 Legacy GT manual 5 speed wagon with 250HP. Only 1200 made for 2005 and then dropped in favor ofOutback and automatic. Basically grown up/nicer/family oriented WRX with civilized motor. Hoot to drive.

It was rarer model with Legacy GT wagons also that was base lacking leather, power seats and moon roof.
Posted By: eljefino

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/10/18 12:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Soggydog
Had a factory manual transmission 1979 elcamino. May not be rare but Ive never seen another


They race g-bodies around here on dirt tracks and the 3-pedal assembly from those is worth some coin. When I was a kid someone at church had a sedan with, I think, a 3-speed stick. Must have been the loss-leading shame-special.

In 1979 you could get a ford fairmont with 3- or 4-speed manuals as well. IDK who, after the 1973 oil embargo, would say, eh, three's good 'nuf. Or were they afraid of the complexity of those crazy overdrives? Need a time capsule to get in their minds.
Posted By: exranger06

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/10/18 12:48 PM

My first car was a 1994 Ford Explorer Sport, the more uncommon 2 door model. My mom is still driving it today. For a few years my uncle had a 1992 Mazda Navajo, which was a rebadged Explorer, only made from 91-94, also a 2 door. (Navajos were only available in 2 door and 4wd)

My 06 Ranger has the 2 door extended cab (it does not have the little half-doors on the extended cab portion). That is pretty uncommon in later model Rangers. The first year for the half-doors was 1998, and most extended cabs had them after that year.

My 2004 Honda CR-V has a manual transmission, which is pretty uncommon. I bought it even though it was in worse shape than I hoped, because I knew I was unlikely to find another.
Posted By: eljefino

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/10/18 07:35 PM

My 02 camry has a stick shift, pretty rare.
Posted By: Rhymingmechanic

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/11/18 12:11 AM

My first car was a 1970 Grand Prix Model J, an unusual body style that lasted only two years. I don't think I've seen more than two or three other '69-70s in the wild.
Not mine, but an example:




I also had a slant-six Duster that was plain-Jane in every way except a floor shift 3-speed and purple paint. (I always called it Plum Crazy, but a couple years ago I found out Plymouth's name was In Violet.) The original owner said it had been a dealer floor model.
Posted By: WiskyBadger

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/11/18 02:26 AM

Originally Posted By: Rhymingmechanic
My first car was a 1970 Grand Prix Model J, an unusual body style that lasted only two years. I don't think I've seen more than two or three other '69-70s in the wild.
Not mine, but an example:




I also had a slant-six Duster that was plain-Jane in every way except a floor shift 3-speed and purple paint. (I always called it Plum Crazy, but a couple years ago I found out Plymouth's name was In Violet.) The original owner said it had been a dealer floor model.

I know where thereís one of these for sale. Iíve only seen a couple of them.
Posted By: Danh

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/11/18 02:35 AM

Originally Posted By: Snagglefoot
So far the cars shown are not overly unusual so Iíll chime in. Mine was a 1976 German built Mercury Capri with a 2.8 liter V-6, 4 speed, dual exhaust, Black with gold wheels. The windshield washer was a foot pump instead of electric. They all rusted away in the 80ís. Pretty rare now.


I had the same, but a red 1973. And a 1962 Renault Dauphine (top that!).
Posted By: Nyogtha

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/11/18 02:43 AM

I guess my 1971 Roadrunner 383 with factory 4 speed Hurst pistol grip shifter with factory A/C qualifies, not too many 4 speed with factory air made that year (around 700 IIRC).
Posted By: Shannow

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/11/18 03:31 AM

Originally Posted By: Danh
And a 1962 Renault Dauphine (top that!).


Only ever seen one of those...gorgeous yellow, out the front of "Alpine Motors", the Renault repairers in the '80s.
Posted By: Malo83

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/11/18 06:13 AM

Owned a YUGO for a couple of years, ran like a champ, gave those toyotas and Datsuns a run for the money drive
Posted By: Rhymingmechanic

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/11/18 04:00 PM

Originally Posted By: WiskyBadger
Originally Posted By: Rhymingmechanic
My first car was a 1970 Grand Prix Model J, an unusual body style that lasted only two years. I don't think I've seen more than two or three other '69-70s in the wild.
Not mine, but an example:




I also had a slant-six Duster that was plain-Jane in every way except a floor shift 3-speed and purple paint. (I always called it Plum Crazy, but a couple years ago I found out Plymouth's name was In Violet.) The original owner said it had been a dealer floor model.

I know where thereís one of these for sale. Iíve only seen a couple of them.


If I had any disposable income, I might track it down.
Posted By: Rmay635703

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/11/18 05:32 PM



My my fun daily driver is a bit odd

Posted By: wings&wheels

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/11/18 06:49 PM

I thought the Matra Bagheera was the clear 'strange & unusual' winner, then came the Bond... Love this forum!
Posted By: Popsy

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/11/18 09:32 PM

I would have voted Matra too, before seing the other one
Posted By: Traction

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/11/18 10:20 PM

I have a 1981 Z/28 that I bought, designed, and built one piece at a time over an 18 year period.

And this 1950 Chevy fire truck with only 2300 miles on it.




Posted By: Danh

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/12/18 02:31 AM

Originally Posted By: bigjl
Originally Posted By: csandste
Originally Posted By: Shannow
Didn't own it...but probably the most reliable thing my parents ever had...mid engined and all



Had one. Not mid-engined but it did have the transmission mounted ahead of the engine. My first FWD car. One of the first hatches. Renault called it the R16 Sedan-Wagon.

Also had a 62 Fiat 600. Fifty miles per gallon. Fifty miles per hour tops. Fifty miles per quart of oil--sprayed all over the rear window. My room mate bought it from me and flipped it on a closed shopping center parking lot while teaching his girl friend to drive. They were able to pick it up off its side and drive home.


Mid engined simply means the engine is mounted between the front and rear wheels.

It doesn't matter if the engine is in front or behind the passengers.

Its still mid engined.

Another example of a front mid engined car would be the Ferrari FF.

I have not owned (or used) many particularly unusual cars.

My first car was an Austin A40 MK2 Farina.

My third was a Brown Austin Allegro which we named the "flying turd"

And I learnt to drive in a 1984 Renault 14 TS which was a bit weird visually and was starting to rust at 3 years old.

The Renault 16 was only called the Sedan-Wagon for the US Market.


Among other peculiarities, iirc the Renault 16 had different wheelbase measurements on the right vs left side because of the placement of torsion bars.
Posted By: Rhymingmechanic

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/12/18 02:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Traction
I have a 1981 Z/28 that I bought, designed, and built one piece at a time over an 18 year period.


Reminds me of this:

Posted By: Trav

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/12/18 02:44 PM

Lots of them over the years, Austin Princess II, Lotus Cortina, Saab Sonnet V4, BMW M1 (super rare today) and Z3, Renault Alpine, Hillman Imp II, Sunbeam Alpine, Lotus Europa, Citroen SM and CX and quite a few more.
It was fun owning, driving and working on every one of them and they were not high priced used, in fact some were downright cheap and undesirable at the time, they had little in common with today's soulless appliances.
Posted By: shiny

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/12/18 11:48 PM

I didn't own it myself, but when I was little I used to ride around in my dad's 1939 3-wheeled Morgan. It was emerald green. At the time there were only six of them in North America.
Posted By: Chris142

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/13/18 04:25 PM

Originally Posted By: Rhymingmechanic
My first car was a 1970 Grand Prix Model J, an unusual body style that lasted only two years. I don't think I've seen more than two or three other '69-70s in the wild.
Not mine, but an example:




I also had a slant-six Duster that was plain-Jane in every way except a floor shift 3-speed and purple paint. (I always called it Plum Crazy, but a couple years ago I found out Plymouth's name was In Violet.) The original owner said it had been a dealer floor model.
I dated a girl in high school whos father had one.had a 455 in it.
Posted By: Yah-Tah-Hey

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/13/18 10:33 PM

The 1980 VW Rabbit was the "strangest" vehicle I ever owned. Still had a point ignition, the radio wasn't wired into the key and the radiator didn't have drain cock so one had to remove the lower hose. There were other idiosyncrasies too but those I remember. Oh, one more. The wheel track was just different enough that the thing was terrible to drive on snow rutted highways. And we had a lot of that in northwestern Colorado.
Posted By: Silk

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/16/18 09:26 AM

I saw a vehicle I used to own, they were common in Aust and here, but would be unusual in the US - a Dodge At4. Dodge in the UK had their own distinct vehicles, not much to do with Dodge USA - they used cabs also used by Leyland, and later Commer. The Australian Dodge used Chrysler running gear and an International cab. The AT4 was a nice truck to drive, but the slant 6 lacked low down grunt compared to the same size International I had a few years earlier. I have no photos of mine, so this will have to do.

Posted By: Shannow

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/16/18 10:02 AM

I was Soooo close to pressing play on a 4 door version of that late last year...I love them

(nearly as much as the dodge travellall convention that pulled into the service station at Glenrowan while I was driving down to my Nan's funeral)

Which closes the circle on why I love them.

https://aso.gov.au/titles/tv/bellbird/clip2/

The truck 16 seconds into the video was my Grandad's truck, out the front of his vege shop in Daylesford, Victoria.

I spent many house as a takker riding shotgun in that truck...if we needed more people than the truck would carry up front, we sat in pumpkin crates (sided pallets) in the back.
Posted By: Silk

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/16/18 10:46 AM

I saw bigger versions in OZ, but here they were International. The AT4 was used for Ambulances in NZ, so in the '60's and '70's they were a very common sight on our roads. The last of them had the 265 Hemi, which might of helped the grunt problem. The Dodge had a fully floating rear axle, so much better than the semi floater on the Inter. One of my biggest grumbles about the utes of today, a heavy duty semi floating axle that is a major pain to do a bearing on, when a full floating axle will take a bigger load, and a bearing change is so easy....

Here is the well known New zealand Ambulance.

Posted By: Shannow

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/16/18 11:01 AM

I can hook you up with two ambulances...one's rubbish, and the other would love to be rubbish.
Posted By: expat

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/16/18 02:34 PM

I had a Sunbeam Stilleto for about a year, it was not a good example, and was the most unreliable car I have ever owned.
Posted By: KiNETiCA

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/16/18 06:56 PM

I have a 90's Toyota one ton, pretty uncommon where I live, yet plentiful in the middle east...
Posted By: Silk

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/17/18 12:15 AM

Originally Posted By: expat
I had a Sunbeam Stilleto for about a year,


Hillman Imp fastback.Pretty common here in the '60's and '70's, and we used to get a lot in where I served my apprenticeship. We had a cradle to put on our floor jack to pull the engine out, so we did a fair bit of work on them. Easiest car ever to do kingpins on...unbolt the stub axle, and no reaming the bushes. Worst car to do a thermostat on, it was right at the back of the engine...no hoists then, so we did the thermostat on the pit.

It was based on the Coventry Climax engine...as used in F1...and fire pumps.
Posted By: Warstud

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/17/18 02:27 AM

A buddy of mine owned a 1967 Cadillac Hearse.
Posted By: TheLawnRanger

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/17/18 02:29 AM

Originally Posted By: Warstud
A buddy of mine owned a 1967 Cadillac Hearse.


This would be a rich Goth kid's dream.
Posted By: addyguy

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/17/18 03:12 AM

Had a 1991 Toyota Corolla SR-5 2-door coupe with a large power moonroof.

They were pretty rare compared to Corolla sedans - the SR-5 2-door was only made from 1988 to 1991.

Lot of fun, that car, should have never got rid of it!
Posted By: hank2

Re: Ever own a strange or unusual car? - 06/23/18 08:00 AM

The 3 most uncommon vehicles I have owned

1967 Ford Cortina GT ( early '67, still had non crossflow 1500 engine, 2bbl weber, factory headers. Also had the Lotus Cortina rear diff. ratio.


1967 Jeep (Kaiser) Jeepster Commando. Kaiser had bought the tooling from GM for the V-6 ( 225 Dauntless) , AMC later sold it back.


1976 Fiat 128. ( actually my ex wife's car) 1300 with "Alpine" short gearing for some reason. Engine was a gem, other parts not so much.
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