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The Carchive: ’75 Audi 100

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Once again it’s time for us to don our waders and slurp our way through the thick gruesome soup of motoring past in the hope of fishing something of interest from among the putrid, foetid slurry. Welcome back to The Carchive.

Today we’re heading back a full forty years to see what Audi were doing back when NSU were still a thing. Were they doing anything differently to how they do it today? Have they changed their direction or are they still working towards the same ideals? The car is the Audi 100 (A6 in modern speak).

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The Carchive: TWR JaguarSport in the ’80s

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Later today Greg will treat you with news of the latest and most exciting developments on four wheels. But before that, lets take a chance to wallow in the mud of the past

My recent encounter with the most sharply clawed Big Cat you could possibly imagine sent me raiding The Carchive for Fast Jag artefacts. In no time at all I came away satisfied, clutching a mid ’80s brochure showing what TWR JaguarSport could do for you and your leaper.

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The Carchive: Oldsmobile in 1985

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We’re enjoying a heatwave right now in the UK. After the excitement of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, followed closely by the sheer overwhelmingness of an encounter with a still-active Ford Granada Estate, what better than to sit back and relax in a shady spot with a long, cool, refreshing brochure?

The Carchive has been closed for maintenance for the last couple of weeks, but now the hard hats and reflective jackets have finally been packed away and I can gain access once again. First off the shelf this time was a Brochure for the Oldsmobile line-up of 1985.

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The Carchive: The Skoda 1000MB.

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Libraries are great. Histories and cultures, collected and catalogued for the benefit of mankind. But all too often they have altogether insufficient car content. That’s where The Carchive comes in.

I’ve still got Eastern Europe in my mind after my little trip to Slovakia, so let’s finish the week off with a look at a socialist relic from before that country was divorced from the Czech Republic. It’s the Skoda 1000MB.

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The Carchive: Z20 series Toyota Soarer

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Apropos of absolutely nothing whatsoever, I fancied a look at something a little out of the ordinary from the Orient. I have a particular fascination with certain forbidden fruits enjoyed by the Japanese in their domestic market and after a little rummaging I soon uncovered this document from 1986. It’s one of my favourites. The Z20 Toyota Soarer.

“SUPER GRAN TURISMO SOARER’S ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR ALL AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT”.

Yep, that’s what they say. They’re right, too.

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The Carchive: The 1992 Dodge Collection

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It’s time once again to dive head first into the automotive kitchen dustbin of the past, rummage through the vegetable peelings of time and uncover another lost mouldy potato of history. Welcome back to The Carchive

Last time we pondered on the almost unimaginable grandeur and luxury enjoyed by the owner of a Vanden-Plas 1500. Today we head forward in time to only twenty-three years ago to have a look at what Dodge could offer us in 1992.

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The Carchive: 1960 Volkswagen Trucks Lineup

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Yeah, I’m not Chris, and it’s not a brochure for some obscure thing that can’t be purchased here in the 50 States, but I thought you might be interested in seeing my most recent eBay score regardless. I’m a bit nutty for all things oddball and aircooled, so when this came up on my computer screen, I just had to put in a bid for it. It’s stuff like this occasionally popping up that makes me bookmark the AACA Museum’s eBay store.

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The Carchive: The Vanden Plas 1500

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It’s high time we busted out our cagoules and oilskins, left the warmth and cosiness of today‚Äôs automotive scene, and exposed ourself to the stormy doldrums of motoring past.

Welcome back to The Carchive.

On our last visit we admired the marvellous if short lived Caterham 21, and we saw that it was good. Today we gasp in awe at the equally British Vanden Plas 1500, and can see that it’s, well, An Allegro.

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The Carchive Special Edition: Ferrari 456M

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While I usually mine The Carchive for the old, the unusual or the downright inexcusable, because today is my birthday I’m going for a completely self-indulgent choice, just like I did this time last year with the Maserati Quattroporte Evoluzione.

The Ferrari 456 is miles off the Hooniverse radar, really. In terms of significance to the marque the 456 is unlikely to go down in history as an outright classic, it was never a track-day superhero nor was it an in-your-face stylistic exhibitionist like the Testarossa or the Berlinetta Boxer.

Despite this, and in some ways, the 456 is my second favourite car in history. Take the jump if you’re interested in why.

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The Carchive: The Caterham 21

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It’s time once more to don our protective gauntlets, attach our safety harnesses and descend into the hazardous void that contains all that automotive literature that time forgot. Welcome back to The Carchive.

Last visit saw us drinking in the sheer value of the 1982 Skoda line. Today we’re paying scant regard to practicality and turning the dial on the fun-o-meter up a few notches, with a look at the Caterham 21.

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