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The Carchive: The 1975 Colt Celeste

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It’s high time that we took a step back from the motoring cutting edge to reflect on the good, the extremely bad and the irretrievably ugly that has gone before, and take a few moments to contemplate whether intents were delivered or promises were broken. To discover how we got from the past to the present, we need to start in The Carchive.

Last week we started this years ball rolling with a look at the car that ushered in a new era of total adequacy for Korean cars, the Hyundai Stellar. Today we head a little further back through the mists of time to 1975, when a new, exciting force in Coupe’s appeared on the scene. The Company was Mitsubishi, the brand was Colt, and the car was the Celeste. Behold the magnificence after the jump.

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The Carchive: The 1989 Hyundai Sonata

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If you enjoyed our regular delves into The Carchive last year, you’ll probably easily tolerate them in 2015. For the uninitiated, this feature (which tends to be posted at slightly irregular intervals) is more-or-less unique in its scope. Nowhere else on the internet does anybody take the time to fillet and digest forgotten, worthless brochures for forgotten, worthless cars. In some cases the comments section fills with emotional outpourings as nostalgia is sparked; more usually there’s total radio silence punctuated only by the occasional drifting electronic tumbleweed.

One thing’s for sure, you can take it as read that todays offering exemplifies the sheer class of product that you’ll be reading more about on this wavelength in the year to come.

Welcome back to The Carchive.

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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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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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A Hooniverse Thanksgiving Turkey: The Triumph TR7

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Ah, Thanksgiving Turkeys. There was a shortlist drawn up and we all took our pick. For me the Triumph TR7 leapt out. British Leyland’s notorious sporting wedge ranks high in the annals of motoring misadventure and a quick and damning hatchet-job should be pretty easy. Out with the knives, gloves off, let the condemnation begin.

But let’s not be too hasty. Before we forever slide the TR7 to the side of our thanksgiving dinner plate as the cold, tough turkey that it may, or may have been, lets have a quick recap on the back story.

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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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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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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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