When did you last seen one of those?

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Nuno Granja
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Fresh catch

Fast desapearing cars, potted during the summer holidays in various, locations at the portuguse northshore...

Citroen GS, in daily use  by an retired couple, they said to me thats is a very confortable car, but thirsty and the spares availability is close to zero...

BMW E28, 520i in pristine condition...

 

This one is a very strange model and its the first one I see. I even did'nt know its existence until I see this one for sale at the roadside. The seller said is canadian made Pontiac, but to me looks something like  "early 80's japanese trying to impress americans dna"...

 

 

 

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Nuno Granja wrote:

This one is a very strange model and its the first one I see. I even did'nt know its existence until I see this one for sale at the roadside. The seller said is canadian made Pontiac, but to me looks something like  "early 80's japanese trying to impress americans dna"...

 

 

 

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I don't know about any Canadian Pontiacs being exported to Portugal, but what you have there is a Mitsubishi Sigma Scorpion. Here in Australia when the local Chrysler brand ran out of money they introduced a range of Mitsubishis badged as Chrysler models, so from 1977 to '79 this model was the Chrysler GH Sigma Scorpion, but then Chrysler sold all of their Australian business and factory to Mitsubishi, so from '80 on it was sold as a Mitsubishi.

I don't have any photos of my own to upload, but there are plenty on Google images if you want to look it up.

I can't see any connection with a General Motors brand, I think your car seller was misinformed. But it is possible Chrysler in America, or Canada were in business with Mitsubishi at that time. The only clue is the bigger bumpers front and rear that would imply it was made for the American market originally.

Whatever it is, (or was), you will not be losing out if you never see another one!

Chris M.

 

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Even sadder than Nunos Mitsubishi, I was following this Morris Marina at the weekend heading north through Windang. The cleanest one I have seen in a long time, but I still can't believe I bothered to waste the energy to click the shutter even though I did happen to have the camera on the seat next to me.

Still it may amuse someone to see such horrors still exist.

Chris M.

 

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Chris, 

 

Thank you for the explanation.

And the Marina, remenber me that every petrolhead had is dark secrets, and mine is...

I thad my driving lessons and final examination on a Ital...

Now everybody know.

 

 

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Fresh catch

Long time no see (spotted last week at Oporto)

 

 

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A couple of cranky old Citroëns from my past. The BX was a poverty spec 1.4 model here photographed near Daudet’s Mill at Fontvieille near St. Remy en Provence. Apart from being a bit ordinary in the guts department, and having a ridiculously heavy clutch and gearchange, it was ok once up to speed and had that great Citroën ride on the Autoroute. It did later disgrace itself while leaving the circuit at Croix En Ternois in heavy rain when the wiper motor attempted spontaneous combustion. The weird thing to get used to with these is the lack of roll when cornering. The shortest route commuting across Milton Keynes traversed ten roundabouts and however fast or clumsily I threw it left-right-left it stayed flat.

I don’t miss that one, but could yet be a convert to a CX if a minter showed up at the right price (yes I too covet a DS but not at current prices) or maybe even an XM.

The second one goes even further back. My Mum bought this Ami 8 new in ‘73. Not sure what sort of steel was used but it rusted real bad within five years - almost AlfaSud quality then. Maybe partly her fault, it was only ever used for local journeys and always put in the brick garage at the back of the house after use. I reckoned this meant it was usually parked damp and closed in with no airflow it stayed damp; would it have survived better if left outside? Who knows. Anyway she bought a Vauxhall Firenza and sold the Ami to my mate Clive (on the far left) who fixed it up, new panels and paint and sold it on. Here photographed outside Ye Olde Cherry Tree in Southgate.

Anyone know where Clive Lovell is now? Last heard of he had a small resto' business somehwere near there.

Chris M.

 

 

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Fresh catch.

 

A Fiat 126, with Abarth (or Abarth stickers on...) Wheels, spotted at Oporto last week...

 

 

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Typo I'm sure but that is a 126 not a 127. Which reminds me of a trip to Spain in the late seventies. We had a rented SEAT 133 which I managed to boil after a few days. Thinking it looked like the 126 and not realising it was water-cooled I never checked the radiator water level.

Still, it was a rental!

Chris M.

 

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Chris,

You are right and have done a typing error.

Now its correct.

 

The 133 its a Spanish only model,  have grown up 126 body with water cooled engine derivated from the 850.It suposed to replace the 600.

It was also produced at Egipt.

 

More fresh catch, a not so fresh Autobianchi A112 from the late series, spotted today at Lisbon....

 

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