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The Carchive: The DeTomaso / Qvale Mangusta

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Welcome to the second of this week’s visits to The Carchive, where we dissect and discuss whatever forgotten artefacts of motoring history happen to flutter past among the fallen leaves and discarded Subway wrappings.

We’re looking at the Post-Pantera era of DeTomaso’s existence, and started off by unearthing the ultra-low volume Guara of the mid-90′s. Today we’re going to look at the last vehicle to be developed under DeTomaso’s wings , and which recycles a name from the past. It’s the Mangusta.

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Summer Holiday Souvenirs – 1977 Zastava 101 on the Nürburgring

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Let’s say you go for a vacation on an island in the Adriatic sea. What would you bring back home from there? A suntan? Some handicraft? Two of my friends went for something with a local flavour, and went halves on a 1977 Zastava 101. You could do worse.

Beni, the guy who drove to my town a couple years ago with a blue Miata via Norway, is no stranger to wrenching on older, quirky cars, as he also owns an X1/9. This pretty much means he wasn’t afraid to set off to Germany, crossing the Alps, in the pea soup green 1100cc Fiat derivative. The thing even managed a comfortable cruise on the revered Autobahn. Joe Isuzu was nowhere in sight, though.

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The Carchive: The DeTomaso Guara

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Back in the dim, distant days of July this year, Finnish HooniHero Antti Kautenen covered the DeTomaso Pantera in its original form. Since then I’ve been determined to continue the DeTomaso theme and finally, this week, it’s happening.

I just knew that what I was looking for lurked in The Carchive somewhere. So I contacted the Royal Navy and was granted the use of a three-man mini-submersible which I used to plumb the depths of the third and deepest of the Carchive Caves, now badly flooded. After a four day battle against poor visibility and unpredictable surface conditions, I returned to the surface with two brochures from the Late DeTomaso Era. The first one of which, for the Guara, is thoroughly disappointing. … Continue Reading

Modern Art Monday – The Porsche 918 Spyder

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I was fortunate enough to make it out to my first Monterey Car Week last week… well sort of. I was only there one day. In my short time there, I still saw my fair share of some truly wonderful cars, both in the hilariously expensive traffic jams and parked on some fancy golf course. The one event I had time for was Porsche Club of America’s Werks Reunion, a gathering of all things Porsche at the beautiful Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel, CA. Roughly 500 privately owned Porsches were in attendance and greatly represented the brand’s most iconic cars (more on those later in the week, I hope).

If there’s one car that stood out to me that day, it would have to be this one: the Porsche 918 Spyder. Porsche’s newest and most revolutionary super car, the 918 Spyder is brutally fast yet impressively efficient, track-focused yet civilized, and above all, breathtaking to look at. Click past the jump and I’ll tell you all about it, once I clean the drool off of my camera.

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The Carchive- JDM Yo! Edition:- The 1993 Mazda Bongo Wagon

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This week, apropos of nothing aside from certain documents sliding onto the floor in my line of sight, The Carchive has been focussing on those vehicles that residents of Japan were granted, but those of us living in the UK were denied; and the same may go for many other countries.

If you live somewhere knee deep in Bongo Wagons and you’re sick to death of the things, then you might want to sit this one out. But if you’re miffed that it was never on the Mazda menu for you, bang the drum and read right on.

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The Carchive-JDM Yo! Edition:- 1983 Honda Ballade

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Welcome to The Carchive, where we strip away the nonsense, the outlandish claims and the ludicrous lifestyle suppositions from vehicle promotional literature and revaluate it based on how things actually were. This week we’re looking at a few JDM offerings, and since the literature is mostly published in Japanese, there’s not a lot of ridiculous verbiage to be explored.

Today it’s the turn of the MK1 Honda Ballade. Some of you might know this as the basis of the final car to ever carry the Triumph badge, being built over here in modified form by British Leyland as the Acclaim. Lets see how the unBritishized version compares.

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The Carchive: the 1998 Nissan KYXX Concept

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During Tuesday’s trawl through the ocean of flotsam and jetsam that is The Carchive, we visited Nissan’s 1985 vision of the luxury car future, the CUE-X.

Today, to stay with some kind of theme, we’re winding a little way forward to see how the Japanese company’s thinking was in 1998. It’s the Nissan KYXX Concept.

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The Carchive: 1985 Nissan CUE-X Concept

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The sea state is slight, there’s a gentle South-Easterly and the the sun is beating down. Lets cast our nets and see what fishy automotive goodness the ocean of historical automotive literature can provide. Welcome back to The Carchive.

Last week, in typically balanced Carchive fashion, we covered those closely related exotics the Ford Transit Minibus and the Ferrari Testarossa. Today we’re heading for uncharted waters, putting one foot tentatively into the future of luxury motoring. Or at least the future as it was seen in 1985.

It’s the 1985 Nissan CUE-X Concept. Antti covered it here, last year…. but now we Have The Brochure.

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The Carchive:- ’71 Ford Transit

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On Tuesday, after leaving it safely locked down for a few weeks, I gingerly opened the gate to The Carchive, and out gushed a 1988 Ferrari Testarossa brochure. Well, it was lovely and everything, but it’s wasn’t really Hooniverse heartland stuff, now, was it?

Today we’re heading back into our comfort zone with the 1971 Ford Transit.

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The Carchive:- The Ferrari Testarossa

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It’s Tuesday, it’s 21:30 here on the glorious Essex coast. But we can’t just sit here admiring the view, It’s high time we donned our disposable overalls, connected our breathing apparatus and took a cautious step into the dank, dripping cavern that is The Carchive.

The most recent episode saw an upbelching from The Carchive’s Scandinavian outpost; I had no idea the caves reached that far, but apparently so. Antti uncovered a vintage brochure for the DeTomaso Pantera, and scanned it way too professionally. To try and avoid my being comprehensively outdone, here’s a 1988 brochure for the Ferrari Testarossa.

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