Mystery Car

NissanWhile the notion of time itself can be brain twisting, the idea of daylight savings time is always simply frustrating. Recognized by most of the world as a way to give us a little extra respite from the dark on spring and summer evenings, it also serves to screw with our internally clocks for a week twice a year. We changed over our clocks last Sunday and hopefully your body clocks have by now adjusted. You’ll need to be in top mental form because, this being Friday, it’s time for the weekly Mystery Car.

The springing forward and losing an hour’s sleep last Sunday may have rattled your cage so I’ll give you the rules so we’re all clear. To win the day you’ll need to correctly identify the make, model, likely engine, and year range of the above cleverly disguised but readily identifiable car and or truck. But you better get started, after all, time’s a wasting.

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42 responses to “Mystery Car”

  1. kyle_a_m Avatar

    I want to say 1966 AMX II concept, but I don't think the lip of the fender is quite right. Close, though.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      Amazingly, that was my first thought, too, but the crease at the c-pillar/rear fender junction wouldn't be there.
      <img src=" AMC AMX II Project IV Concept Car Frt Qtr.jpg" width="540">

      1. danleym Avatar

        Made me think of the AMC Cavalier concept from a year earlier, which is close but I don't quite think it's it, unless Mr. Emslie found a picture without the chrome trim bits on it.
        <img src="; width=500>

  2. muthalovin Avatar

    Yeah, that fender looks about right.
    <img src="; width=550>
    Also, yet another example of lame rims on an NSX.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Eh… could be worse, those aren't half bad.
      I come to this post every Friday to see the answers, but I stay for the NSX

    2. ramLlama Avatar

      Are those BMW rims? But, I agree with The Gluck. Not bad at all! I think they don't have to be quite that big (the rubberband tires don't fit for that car, or really any car, for that matter), but I don't mind the style.

      1. muthalovin Avatar

        Yeah, I guess you guys are right. I was just predisposed to not liking them because I saw these rims first:
        <img src="; width=550>

      2. mdharrell Avatar

        Rubber band tires can sometimes be the appropriate choice.
        <img src="; width="400">

      3. pj134 Avatar

        They look similar to wedsport SA70's… Upon further review, they're a couple spokes short.

  3. waltgator Avatar

    nsx's always nice! kinda like the rims on this…

  4. LTDScott Avatar

    I'm thinking Fiat 130 but the body crease isn't quite right.

  5. dukeisduke Avatar

    I'll go for the Pedant Of The Day award, and remind everyone that it's Daylight Saving Time.
    As for the car, I'm thinking Lancia Fulvia, which offered a V4 of between 1.1 and 1.6 liters, and went into production in 1963.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      A Lancia Fulvia Coupe that is, and since I don't see a rear bumper, a Lancia Fulvia Coupe HF.

      1. kyle_a_m Avatar

        I don't think so – I don't see the strong crease on the Fulvia's flank in the mystery car pic.

        1. dukeisduke Avatar

          It could be de-emphasized by the lighting. It's killin' me.

  6. scroggzilla Avatar

    My first thought was a 1965-69 Chevrolet Corvair sedan (with a 2.7 liter Chevy flat 6).

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      Nope, I owned one of those, and it's not that. The deck is too flat, and the flare (flair?) is wrong.

      1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar


  7. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    <img src="; width="540">
    Also makes me think of the 2002 Continental Concept, but the chrome ridge is, and the photo shows a slope at the tail isn't there on the Continental. Still thinking…

  8. Number_Six Avatar

    It looks 1966 Ghia 450SSish but that's not my final answer.

  9. PushrodRWD Avatar

    1964 Pontiac LeMans. Just a guess looking at the c-pillar and flat trunk. Although the weel-well is pretty close to the trunk-line. So maybe a notch-back stang

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      Nope, not a LeMans, the rear overhang on the Mystery Car is waaay too short, and it''s missing the lower character line. As for a Mustang, the deck of the Mystery Car is too flat. The character line keeps saying Fulvia to me.

  10. 330 4HL Avatar
    330 4HL

    '71-'72 momo mirage

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Or something else by Frua?
      Monteverdi ?

      1. Marto Avatar

        Definitely seeing those lines too.

      2. Marto Avatar


    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      The Mirage seems to have a much more distinctly creased flair on the wheel arch.

  11. Number_Six Avatar

    Is it a 1966 Chevelle and we're overthinking it?

  12. boxdin Avatar

    1968 dodge dart GTS w rear stripe

  13. Marty Avatar

    I wish wish wish it was the
    1964 Lancia Sport Prototipo Zagato
    I'm on my iPad and can't figure out how to post the link right now, but look that thing up!

  14. Adam Avatar

    It's a 1965 Shelby gt350 lines are right and there's a pic on google that's the same angle

    1. Charlie Avatar

      The top edge at the rear isnt quite right,.I feel like if it was that easy we would have already figured it out.

    2. kyle_a_m Avatar

      I keep coming back to mid-sixties Mustang notchbacks too. There's a lot of things that line up just right, but I'm not convinced it's the answer.

  15. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    So…NOBODY has gotten this one?

    1. Charlie Avatar

      I was looking at late 60s concepts like pininfarina/zagato but ive got nothing that has the same hard crease at the base of the C pillar and the angle at the top of the rear deck

  16. Raphael Orlove Avatar
    Raphael Orlove

    I wonder if it's just some '60s Maserati that I'm not thinking of, like a Mexico or Sebring…or perhaps another Vignale design. I always fall back on Vignale!

  17. Raphael Orlove Avatar
    Raphael Orlove

    Lamborghini Islero?
    <img src="; width="500">

    1. Raphael Orlove Avatar
      Raphael Orlove

      nevermind, the rear wheel arch has no lip on the lambo

  18. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    1972 Pininfarina Alfa Romeo Alfetta Spider Concept Car.Alfa inline four on Alfetta chassis,5 speed transaxle,De Dion rear suspension etc. Perhaps one of Tom Tjarda's last designs at Pf or maybe Aldo Bavorone-it certainly shares styling elements with his Lancia Gamma Coupe.(… )

    1. kyle_a_m Avatar

      Jesus, Joseph, and Mary, madre de dios THANK YOU. I think we finally have a winner, ladies and gents.
      <img src="; width="600px">

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