When did you last seen one of those?

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Fresh Catch

A Ford Granada spotted at Portimão, Algarve (south of Portugal) in the beginning of this mounth. Granadas both from 1º or 2º generation never had been popular here, and most of  them are diesels. As we are more mediterranic, our "Seenwey's" drive  Fiats 131 Super Mirafiori's...

 

Keep it int the Ford 4 doors rep cars theme, a snap of a "strange" Taunus taken in the beginning of this year, during a business trip in the deep north of Portugal...

 

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Fresh catch

Spotted last week on the EN1 road (see the other spots from this trip on "Barn finds")...

A youngtimer, probably lost for ever in front of a abandoned car mechanic workshop...

 

Now a  fast desapearing Alfa, the 164, here one of the most interisting variants, the V6 Turbo. Some day Alfa fans will start to search them, but  this one may not survive until then...

 

And to finish a car that even new young was not a  commun sight here, This one ending his life in a curious fashion...

 

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Great pictures Nuno!!

Brings back memories,i had a e12 5 series as my first car,a 528i.Cant even remember the last time i saw one.

Also had a Alfa 164 12 years ago,a Q4 3,0 V6,231bhp,6 speed gearbox and 4 wheel drive.

That was a fantastic car,really fast with a glorious engine note and superb handling!

Thank you for all the great pictures you post,up here in Sweden its winter now,so there are no interresting cars

on the roads.

Claes

 

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Thank you for your comment Claes,

Here we have sun, some interesting cars but as we can't have everything good we have also debt crisis.

Anyway, the time yesterday at Caracavelos, the beach in LIsbon area where the portuguese surf begins in late 60's...

I've been there today surfing and it's even better.

Back on topic...

Another E12, this time the entry level model 518 in very good original condition. I spotted this youngtimer among some classics (as you can see the car next the E12 is an MGB GT) on the personal garage of one of the best portuguese classic car restorers. One of this days I will post the photos of this garage and from the workshop.

He remark it's astonishing original condition and save it from being scraped after an exchange for new more "ecological" car, sponsored by the portuguese government environmental politics. Now with the crisis this politics stopped.

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WOW!! Surfin in the middle of November,maybe i should take my family with me and move down to Portugal!

Up here its +3 degrees and wet,dark when i go to work and dark when i come home,really depressing!

But,i spend most evenings in my garage tinkering with my old BMW,so at least there is something fun

to do during the snowy season!

Claes

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Spotted in Lisbon area last summer...

A hot version of the Opel Kadett from the 80's. Not a big sales sucess in Portugal, and very rar3 now. The mirrors and painted bumpers are not original.

 

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Like the BMW E30 and Alfas 75 the Mercedes 123 start to be seen as the next big thing and the Tommy Hillfinger advert and recent blogs and articles from CSC are there to confirm that trend. At Portugal with the exception the Mercedes hardcore fans circle, they have not a strong follow as it happens with BMW E30 and in a less scale with Alfas 75, maybe due to the "Looks like an old cab sindrome".

Some 123  spotted at Portugal, if 4 door sedans are very common here, Station Wagons and Coupés aren't.

Petrol 123's are really rare here in this "diesel nation". The only one i have spotted in recent years (Lisbon)...

and 2 diesels...

 

Oporto (this one spotted a few months ago, was for sale at the roadside)...

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Foreigners spotted recently at Lisbon, traveling in unusual machinery...

Germans,

 

Spanish 

And british ( I think it is a UK plate), at one of the most beautifull hotels in Lisbon down town...

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Spotted at LIsbon, a Fiat Panda 4x4 "Sisley"...

 

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When new Metros aren't a comun sight here, and the "MG" version was even more rare. One of the rare survivors, recently spotted at LIsbon... 

 

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