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The Carchive:- The ’64 Plymouth Barracuda

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It’s absolutely miserable outside, so what better to do than lock the doors, pour a warm beverage and snuggle up with a pile of nice, easily digestible car brochures from some dim and distant point in the past?

That’s what I did this weekend, and among them was this somewhat tattered launch brochure for the Plymouth Barracuda. Take the jump to remember just what unique qualities the Other pony car had to offer.

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The Carchive:- The Jaguar 4-Door range of 1976

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It’s that time of the week again where time stops, rewinds and we suddenly find ourselves surrounded by salesmen. Today they’re wearing kipper ties and bell bottoms, and they’ll probably offer me a scotch if I sign on the dotted line for one of their shiny new 1976 cars. Before I can make my decision I have to sit through all their promises and claims. Some things truly never change. Welcome to The Carchive.

Last time around we were driving in middle-class Luxury, Japanese style with the 1979 Nissan Laurel. Today we’re going a little way upmarket and speaking in hushed tones. We’re back in Britain, and we’re in a Jag.

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Japanese Cars Living and Dying in Poland – Part 2

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Welcome to another episode of Cars Living and Dying in Poland, as seen through the eyes of Zlomnik.pl readers. Today we will once again look at Japanese cars. At first Japanese cars become known for being more affordable than their European counterparts, but soon people realized that they were made significantly better and lasted much longer. Their simple designs made them much easier to work on than some over-engineered European cars. Icing on the cake was superior fuel economy.

Before they were sold in Poland, they were imported by individuals, usually one by one for private use. This independent importation is what created such huge variety of Japanese cars on public roads. Because so many different models shared many parts, there was less fear about part availability and maintenance costs. For people who had to put up with unreliable and inefficient Eastern Bloc for decades, the reliable and affordable Japanese cars presented a huge sigh of relief.
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The Carchive: The 1979 Datsun Laurel

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Welcome to The Carchive, the series in which I take quotations from brochures for cars that you just don’t see on the road any more, and then take photos using a hopeless cameraphone with the white balance set up all wrong. And then, because I’m working to a deadline, I try to use Photoshop to correct things, and usually fail spectacularly.

On our most recent trip down memory lane, we revisited the Australian Ford Falcon, and the photos were pretty much the right colour, but a little underexposed and slightly grainy. Today it’s the turn of the Nissan Laurel. Squint and follow the jump.

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Diecast Delights: Morgan Aero 8 in 1:18 Scale

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eBay is MyEnemy. Just as soon as I begin blowing the dust of a collection that has taken me twenty-six years to accumulate, online auctions have seen me running headlong into a renewed addiction. Today we look at a fresh acquirement, one which only cost a handful of quid, arriving as it did sans box and in slightly playworn condition.

The Aero 8 was launched in 2001 as the first new-from-the-ground-up Morgan since 1948. It was groundbreaking for the Lincolnshire firm in many ways; the first Morgan to use an Aluminium tub; all wood used in the construction was purely for decoration. It also marked a departure from the historically preferred Ford or Rover engines, to using German V8 motivation. Read on to take a close look at a model of what I like to call the Guten Morgan.

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Die-Cast Delights:- Peugeot 205 GTI in 1:18th Scale

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I’ve been up in the attic, fighting my way through the cobwebs, bat shit, old luggage and decorating ephemera (on stand-by until the resumption of operation Make-House-Nice) and I have itches all over thanks to fibreglass insulation penetrating my T-shirt and jeans. And it’s all with the aim of bringing you another exciting instalment in the current series of Die-cast Delights.

Many of the 1:18th scale models I have hoarded, obsessively collected, gathered over the years have now become available second-hand via eBay and, after a quick search and with a little bidding luck, can be yours with very little financial hardship suffered. But, what to buy? I have a load of models and some of them are absolute crap. Maybe, as this series continues, I’ll suggest something that takes your fancy, if last week’s Ford Cougar didn’t already.

Today it’s the turn of Solido’s Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI.

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The Carchive: 1974 Ford (Australia) Falcon

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Welcome to The Carchive, the Hooniverse strand where we look back at sales literature of the past, many examples of which have aged rather better than the cars they promote.

Last week we looked at the ’70s cars of Panther, based just a hundred miles or so from where I sit right now. Today we’re travelling to a faraway land where, in the ’70s, Ford Customers really had it good. They had a massive range of choice, from little European-style Escorts and Cortinas, or they could opt for a big home-grown sedan with a V8. Take the jump to look at the Australian Ford Falcon.

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A Day With TheKenMan: The Naples/Marco AACA Show At The Depot: “It’s A Lambo, Dude”

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So, a whiles back this olelongrooffan posted here in the Hooniverse some images of some pretty cool cars TheKenMan and I had seen while at an AACA car show here in toney Naples, Florida. In that post was this image of this sweet ole first gen Grand Prix. Several commenters had questioned what the yellow car in the background was. Well, as the title of this posts suggests, “It’s a Lambo, Dude.” Click on through to see a little more of it as well as the wonder just beyond it.

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A Day With TheKenMan: The Roosevelt Edition

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So this olelongrooffan was out at the AACA Naples/Marco Chapter’s show a whiles back and came across some pretty sweet old rides that I didn’t even know about. This was one of them. It is a Roosevelt, as in Teddy Roosevelt, Automobile. Any of my fellow Hoons seen one of these previously?

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The Carchive: The ’70s Panther Range

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The wind is blowing 12mph East North East and it’s about 16 degrees Celsius outside; the perfect conditions for a dip into The Carchive. Here we ponder at the printed relics of Motoring Past and decide whether the written promise matched the eventual truth.

Today’s document is a slender publication indeed, but this can be forgiven as the concern who published it weren’t exactly a global household name. Today we’re taking a trip to leafy Surrey, UK to see just what Panther Westwinds were up to in the early ’70s.

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