When did you last seen one of those?
When was the last time you saw one of these?
Lets lose the euro boxes!
When was the last time?
What is it? Looks like someone has modified an Arkley SS?
Still, as you say, enough of the Euroboxes, I suspect when James started this thread he had more unusual cars in mind, not the average Datsun, Escort and Scirocco models.
That yellow car looks like a kitcar based on a Midget central body section and running gear.
Not an eurobox, but an eurotent on wheels, spotted last week-end at lisbon...
Another euro, but not quite a box even if surrounded by euroboxes, spotted in the same day and location...
The Yellow car is indeed an Arkley SS, with Spridget tub, and modified modified nose.
There are also a couple of Merkur XR4i,s(Americas version of Ford's 80s Sierra)and an MG B from the same period .
Yes that sure is a Mercury MERKUR XR4i , They were really fantastic cars ,way too sophisticated for the American market. Developed in Germany they were way beyond the capabilties of the local dealers to keep them serviced and maintained, once they developed the slightest "hic-up" the auto-technicians would go on a vacation.They quickly got a bad reputation for reliability and started turning up in the auto-auctions as "none-runners" where they could be purchased for less than $100 each in excellent low-milage condition.I got three as fun cars as I was aware of how well they performed when set up properly , I rebuilt and up-graded the engines with a better camshaft from "Crane" and went down to the local auto- driving tests (you call Autocross) to blow everyone away with the superior performance,you could really throw these cars about and have some serious motorsport at very little cost.We soon experienced lots of problems when Ethynol additives were imposed on us by the legislators, particularly British made sports cars like the Triumph TR7 and Jaguar series 3 Etype with Stromberg carbs. We trashed a lot of perfectly good TR7's due to fuel and engine related failures caused by Ethynol Now it seems we have those problems to look forward too here in the UK in the near future thanks to the EU bandits. but thats another story !!
I have seen an immaculate XR4i in a local car park, a few times. In fact heard it first, then saw it last week. This because of a 'dustbin' exhaust and it is slightly boy-racer'ised, still nice, and no doubt will be on show at our local High School Classsic car show, moved to June-(It used to be in April).
Frome the séries, "My mobile phone have an eye", a Land Cruiser spotted las week at Oporto...
Some Dastun 1200s spotted recently: Like the VW Type 1 (Beetle), old Toyotas or Mercedes, this is a car that never had vanish from portuguese streets.
In other countries it may didn't reach yet the classic statuts but at Portugal its a classic by its own right. Despite its bullet proof mechanics and its very weell balanced rwd running gear, the Datsun 1200 become a legend in portuguese petrolhead circles as the star of the "Trofeu Datsun 1200", a single model racing championship sponsored by Datsun importer during the early 70''s. We had a few other single model racing series, but they never reach the same popularity as the Troféu Dastun 1200.
The memories are so strong that the NISSAN importer, revived this series in the first years of this century as a classic car racing series, and again with a huge success.
After teh end of this second series, Datsuns 1200 still a commun sight in portuguese >1300cc classic car races.
A 70's survivor, still wearing the collour and extras...
They start to desapear that way...