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The Carchive: The 1984 Daimler Lineup


Sitting as I am peering through steam misted glass at a ceaseless slow rain, and mourning a sun which I’ve not glimpsed so far this month, I need something to perk me up and stoke my fire of enthusiasm once again. What better than a quick trip into The Carchive?

Last week we rather overdid it on Grey Poupon as we contemplated buying a Rolls-Royce in the early ’80s. Today we’re sticking with the decade, but twisting on the brand. For those who couldn’t (or wouldn’t) buy a Roller, there was always Daimler.

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The Carchive: The Rolls-Royce Corniche


Ask your butler to take messages for a while, retire to your library, open the drinks globe and pour yourself a Speyside. The mundanities of life can be put on hold for a spell, for it’s time for a trip into The Carchive.

Having left 1976 Germany We’re back in Blighty for a spell and taking a trip to Crewe in 1982. When we arrive we’ll be asked to remove our shoes and empty our pockets of any sharp implements, don an overall with no zips or fasteners and carefully make our way onto the spotless factory floor where, with glacial sloth, a Rolls Royce Corniche is being crafted.

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The Carchive: The E12 BMW 5 Series


It’s Friday afternoon, and before you press Control+Alt+Delete on your workstation to savagely end the day’s work, throw your wheely-chair aside and abandon your cubicle while muttering breathy obscenities, I suggest you invest a little company time to pay a visit to The Carchive.

In a moment we’ll take a trip back to 1976, but before we do that, let’s see if we can get an argument started. Which BMW would prove to be the most influential for the brand? It’s a tricky question, but I’m tempted to nominate the E12 5-Series. See what you reckon after the jump.

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The Carchive: The BMW 8 Series


It’s time once again to dress up in wellies and a wax jacket and head out to the muddy farmland of automotive past and get busy with the metal detector of hindsight. Welcome once more to The Carchive.

After getting a bit bogged down in the weird world of JDM recently, we’re heading for the Black Forest. Or near there, anyway, to a place where a group of talented Bavarians were justly proud of their new creation, the range-topping BMW 8 Series.

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The Carchive On Video: The AD/SZ JDM Honda Vigor


It’s Friday, the Hooniverse clock says 13:30 15:00 so it’s time once again to take out our sextants and dividers and chart a course through the turbulent waters of motoring past, in the hope of discovering long lost treasure. Of course, the chances are we’ll probably just find a bunch of old crap and end up throwing it back lest we get the deck all mucky. Welcome to The Carchive.

It’s a Video Edition this time because today’s chosen volume contains barely a word of English. It’s actually no worse for that,  though it does mean sitting through me yammering on about it. Do just that, if you can bear it, after the jump.

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The Carchive: The ’97 Mazda 121


It’s very nearly the weekend, and high time that we boarded the Ecranoplan of wisdom and took a trip across the Caspian Sea of automotive past, perchance to skim some kind of fascinating historical flotsam from the water’s surface. Welcome once again to The Carchive.

In truth, today’s car really isn’t all that interesting, from a design or a technology perspective. In fact, it was about as derivative as you get. The only noteable thing was that it actually existed in the first place.

It’s the 1997 Mazda 121.

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The Carchive Bike Shed: The Honda Express.


Far be it for me to tread on the toes of Tanshanomi, the Hooniverse guru of all things bi-wheeled, it occurred to me that quite a lot of the documents lurking in The Carchive relate to vehicles with a different wheel-count.

So, I tentatively unveil The Bike Shed. Here, on a Tuesday every now and again I’ll fill a gap in the Hooniverse broadcast schedule with a dusty old bike brochure that we can either meet with giddy enthusiasm or we can condemn noisily. We start with a classic of worthy Japanese engineering; The Honda Express. I think these things are awesome, and judging by the photos in this brochure they held the key to all kinds of fun and games that, frankly, I want to be a part of.

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The Carchive:- JDM (C31) Nissan Laurel


It’s a quarter to nine in the evening in the UK right now. I’ve got good strong coffee and chardonnay on ice, Waynes World is on DVD because there’s absolutely nothing on TV, and I have a Japanese language car brochure on my lap. Welcome to The Carchive.

The last couple of times we’ve looked at a brochure from the orient it has been by way of video. This time around we’re doing it the old fashioned way with hopeless lighting and not-quite-high-enough-resolution images. Just the way we like it.

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The Carchive: Dodge Viper RT/10


It’s Friday afternoon, and NASA have been advised to track our activity as we make our way through the cold, dark, infinite blackness of automotive history in the hope of chancing upon a fascinating wormhole into motoring past. Welcome To The Carchive

Today we’re looking at a brochure for a car which was widely celebrated rather than condemned or pitied, mainly because it was one of the more interesting machines to have come off a North American production line for as long as anybody could remember. The year is 1992, and we’re looking at The Viper.

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The Carchive Bonus Edition: Honda Motocompo


Any of you who were sufficiently dedicated to sit through today’s Carchive Video instalment will have noted this curious motorcycle as the last thing I spoke about. Well, inevitably this curious 1980s relic is SO INTERESTING that it goes way beyond the scope of The Carchive and an actual print brochure has so far evaded me.

Fortunately, somebody excellent has taken the time to scan pages from the original Honda Motocompo brochure. Welcome to a Carchive Bonus Edition.

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