Mystery Car


Today is July 26th and on this date in 1951 Walt Disney premiered his company’s 13th animated feature, Alice in Wonderland in London England. Here we are 62 years later and prepared to go down our own rabbit hole for some animated discussion about today’s Mystery Car.

Much like the Red Queen we have rules, although nobody will lose their head for not following them, just the contest. You’ll need to identify both make and model, as well as its year range and likely engine under the hood. Anything less makes me mad as a hatter.

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14 responses to “Mystery Car”

  1. Alff Avatar

    I'm going with first-gen Ford Fiesta. The black trim suggests the XR2 version, with the 1.6L engine, sold in Europe in '81-'83 or the earlier U.S. version, also with the 1.6L mill.

    1. kyle_a_m Avatar

      My afternoon productivity is safe today! Hooray?

  2. 3304HL Avatar

    I don't think it's a Fiesta.
    I owned three over the years and I think even the very first ones had the "aerodynamic" grill bars.
    This car looks to have pretty cheap plastic, so probably something '68-74, possibly Japanese.
    Reminds me a lot of a Nissan Cherry but not quite…

  3. Manic_King Avatar

    Datsun/Nissan Cherry 1.2, 52 hp?
    <img src="; width="611">

    1. Number_Six Avatar

      I think you're right. Look at those wee eyebrows:
      <img src="; width="500" />

    2. Manic_King Avatar

      Better photo but that golden car has wonky grille:

    3. Alff Avatar

      Yes, that looks more likely.

    4. Robert Emslie Avatar
      Robert Emslie

      I'm going to give it to you. This one happens to be a Datsun 310, as the Cherry was known in the US, but six of one, half dozen of another, right?
      Well done!

      1. Manic_King Avatar

        Thanks, it's news to me that 310 exists. Where I live these were among the first western cars which became part of the post-soviet landscape, as they were cheaply available in Finland for export. It was a bit better car than Datsun 100A which were even cheaper and so got imported in bigger numbers with Ladas, ancient Bedford and Toyota Hiace minibuses and old Saabs.

    5. kyle_a_m Avatar

      I stand corrected. Well done, sir. Though I daresay I much prefer the Fiesta.

    6. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
      ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

      WHOOHOO!!! Sorry got excited there, congrats MK!

  4. Deception Avatar

    1984-1986 Autobianchi A112 965 cc engine

  5. dukeisduke Avatar

    The 310 came and went with hardly a notice.

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