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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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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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