When did you last seen one of those?
Spotted at Lisbon.
This Renault, even when new was a very rare over here.
Another Alfa 75 in very good condition spotted these days at Oporto. For a car who is fast vanishing from the streets, its unusual to spot two good examples in less than 15 days.
We were on holiday in Northumberland over half term, and in Berwick upon Tweed I saw a very tidy Ford Orion , the original shape but facelifted version. And then a mint Renault 11, original down to the plastic wheel trims and "Renault build a better car" sticker in the back window (and even after all these years I still wondered why they never bothered to sell that better car).
In Bradford a few weeks ago I spotted an old couple in an E plated Toyota Corolla, it's never going to be a classic but this had obviously been cherished from new and I haven't seen one for ages.
Spotted at Oporto recently.
Those Toyotas was very popular due to their bullet proof mechanics, fuel economy and rich equipement by the standarts of the day , but with have not a strong bodywork, so rust are their natural predator. They have now a strong follow among young enthusiasts .
This models KE20, are the first big sucess of Toyota at Portugal, imported by a selfmade man who started from zero his own business of hand-building buses .
His name is Salvador Caetano (1946>2011) , his bus company and multibrand dealership network is now the big one in the country develloping and selling buses all over the world, maintaining and selling cars from various brands.
Back in 1968 he was allready well established small bus manufacturer and had contacted Ford to start a dealership, The guys from Ford at Portugal said that he have not enough status for that, and he turned to a unknow company named Toyota. In 1972 he was allready assembling Toyotas from CKD imports and the rest is history. In the 80's started the representation of BMW and now Salvador Caetano also sells Mercedes, VW, Nissan, Opel, Fiat, Man (trucks), Tata, Lexus, Kia, Skoda, Audi, Seat, Alfa Romeo, Renault, Dacia, Smart, Mini, Peugeot, Chevrolet... but not Ford.
Back on topic...
This two are in very good original condition...
In the same area, another one very well restored...
3 spotted at Lisbon
This coupé, the most sought after version, abandoned . The degradation have started allready...
Same story to this station wagon, also at Lisbon...
To finish ths less appreciated version, the four door, here apperently in daily use
Still working after all those years...
Sadly no picture, but saw a Matra Mureno tucked away yesterday, Had forgotten they had three seats abreast!
Spotted today around Lisbon, a fast cab...
A and a Boy Racer's BX...
OK, it was dark, but this Scirocco looked immaculate. Made me realise how few are left. Shame.
Thanks for sharing James Elliot,
Not exactly rare yet, but I'm seeing fewer and fewer of the once-ubiquitous Mk3 Escorts, especially tha base, less likely to be saved/restored examples such as this 1.3GL. They will all be gone soon I suspect.