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The Carchive:- The Mk1 VW Golf (1980)

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We’ve not done this for a while now, so lets don the requisite safety clothing, connect up our breathing apparatus and ready ourselves to descend into the swirling vortex that is The Carchive.

The last volume that bobbed to the surface in this series was for the Alfa Romeo Arna, but prior to that it was the turn of the VW Corrado. Today we’re going a bit further back in that car’s lineage to the Wolsburg machine which turned out to be Genesis for a long line of celebrated ‘dubs. It’s the Mk 1 Golf.

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The Carchive:- The Alfa Romeo Arna

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It’s time once again to sift through motoring’s infinite muesli box in the hope of finding a juicy automotive raisin lurking at the bottom. Welcome to The Carchive.

What do we want from our Italian car? Well, a modicum of style, some driving pizazz, maybe a luxurious, hand stitched leather interior. How about from a Japanese car? Reliability, of course, and maybe some forward-thinking technology?

Well, let’s have a look at the Latin-Japanese Alfa Romeo Arna to see if they got the balance right.

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The Carchive:- The 1995 VW Corrado

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Welcome to this week’s second violent outburst from The Carchive, where we look at historic and often hysterical automotive literature and scrutinise it under the cold light of time.

You may have gotten wind of a VW coupĂ© theme blowing in this week, and you’d be right. The Scirocco swept over us on Tuesday, and now it’s successor is about to kick up a storm. Batten down the hatches because I forecast the arrival of the Volkswagen Corrado.

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The Carchive:- The Mk2 Volkswagen Scirocco

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I’ve been away over the weekend, sitting in a field in intermittent sunshine along with several thousand other revellers. And halfway through De La Soul’s headline set on Saturday night, I suddenly realized I was suffering from automotive withdrawal syndrome. Literally as soon as I got home I booked myself into The Carchive to get my fix.

And here it is. Today we’re looking at VW’s 2nd generation Scirocco. Concerns about my not covering the Mk1 will hopefully soon blow over; finding that brochure in The Carchive should be a breeze.

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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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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

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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