Spotted: classic cars on the road

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Nuno Granja
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Fresh Catch (from Lisbon)

Last sunday this pristine Vw Karmman Ghia Type 34 (one of my aircooled favorites)  drove down the road while I was washing my MkII Scirocco...

 

 

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Fresh Catch..

 

Last week at the end of a business  meeting at Oporto, I spotted some guys chating around an Austin Healey "Frogeye"...

 

Then I go down to the street to take a closer look...

 

 

 

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An MGA FHC spotted at the LIsbon  seaside...

 

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A VW Brasilia spotted some time ago at Oporto,

 

 

The "Brasilia" is a model developed by VW Brasil. Basically it is a VW 412 inspired bodywork, over a VW Type 1 (Beetle) chassis (with brasilian specs) and larger Kramman Ghia floorpans. Its a fake hothatch as the engine retains de type 1 vertical colling house, so the rear door open but  there is no cargo space below the level of the base glasses. The engiine was a 1.6L flat four (what else!) with single or double carbs option.

It was a big sales sucess in Brasil and  reasonable sucess here.

My father bought one new in 1977 and at that time it was a prety modern body style even if with  beetle underpins.

I think Portugal is the only european country to have them imported by VW and its the first car I drive.

Now a lot of the remaning cars go to UK, France or other EU countries, as the aircooled nuts from those shores find them exotic.

Its a pity that most of them end up customised.

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Love those Brasilias.  I used to travel to Portugal a lot through the 1970s and '80s and I have always taken an interest in the various cars that are made in various countires by the major manufacturers and the local firms.  I well remember these being around at that time, and nothing like any VW in Britian.  Unfortunately I never drove one, a Beetle was my first rental car in Portugal, followed by a Mini, various SEATs and a Golf courtesy of Auto-Jardim.  Portugal also had the Portaro, a farily basic 4X4 based on some eastern European mechanicals if I remember right.  I cooked a SEAT 133 once, not realising I had to check the water level, I thought it was air-cooled!  Then there were some Spanish built Dodges from the sixties and seventies, very common in Spain but I did see some in Portugal.  Of course they also had local plants making two of the best cars ever long after everyone else had given up; the Mini Moke, and the Citroen 2CV.

 

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(it seemst that the "Reply" function is working again)

 

Chris, I will be back with Portaros, for now a Citroen CX spotted in Lisbon ths Sunday, "literally" on the wild...

 

 

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Athens, Greece

Simca Ariane, 1957 and about 1.5 million kms Zoom outhttp://i58.tinypic.com/2881u1i.jpg

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All spotted in Athens, Greece

according to local forums it appears this Simca Ariane that I recently photographed is an one-owner car with almost 1,5 million kms!

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A nice 2002 tii from a while ago

2002 tii

 

and a rare Opel GT

Opel GT

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Here is a great film of an e type jag in the 60's

https://www.cinturato.net/e-type-jaguar-tires

 

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These taken in and around Athens, Greece from a few years ago and up to recently

Opel GT

Ponton

2002 tii

404 Coupe

Civic mk1

124 Spider

ADO16

1600 ti

Galant Sapporo

Renault 10

Humber Sceptre