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    1. Because I must: The last RWD Nissan Bluebird,...

      Because I must:

      The last RWD Nissan Bluebird, the 910 series (1979-83), which had a turbo engine (Z18ET) and independent rear suspension:...
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      Glas was typical of the manufacturers that dotted...

      Glas was typical of the manufacturers that dotted post-war Germany like Borgward and NSU. Post-war, their Goggomobil bubble car resonated with many buyers but changing realities in the late 50s and...
    3. http://oldcarbrochures.org/var/albums/NA/Oldsmobil...

      http://oldcarbrochures.org/var/albums/NA/Oldsmobile/1973_Oldsmobile/1973_Oldsmobile_Full_Line_Brochure/1973%20Oldsmobile%20Full%20Line-24-25.jpg?m=1305549320

      Notice the "flags of the world" theme...
    4. The Diplomata was introduced as a full line with...

      The Diplomata was introduced as a full line with the first major restyle of the Opala (the 1980-88 series), which became a full-on luxury flagship above the Comodoro. This continued with the final...
    5. Home-grown and world class? Retrospective advertising from Australia, Brazil and Argentina

      http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/pontiac/grand74/bilder/1.jpg
      http://www.curbsideclassic.com/wp-content/comment-image/144023.jpg


      What seemed like a theme during the 1970s and 1980s in many...
    6. Which IMO would be a tad unfair as the 505 was in...

      Which IMO would be a tad unfair as the 505 was in my view the ultimate refinement of the 404 and 504 theme - more performance and more luxury, the option of V6, turbo and turbo diesel with an...
    7. The lineage of succession at the top was as...

      The lineage of succession at the top was as follows:
      404 injection with 1.6
      504 TI with 1.8 then 2.0
      505 TI/STI with 2.0 then 2.2
      505 GTI with 2.2

      By 1975 Peugeot made the upmarket move with...
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      The Röhr 8 Typ F, one of the later models:...

      The Röhr 8 Typ F, one of the later models:
      http://www.roehrauto.de/pic%20neue%20roehr%20werke/Abb%20131.%20Der%20Roehr%208%20Typ%20F%20war%20auf%20Automobilturnier%20k.jpg

      The flat-four Röhr...
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      Röhr: the Forgotten German

      http://bilder.bild.de/fotos-skaliert/roehr-8-42479952/1,c=0,h=558.bild.jpg

      Hans Gustav Röhr (1895-1937) ought to be remembered more than he ultimately was. The word "maverick" was perhaps...
    10. Peugeot 404: Family four fare with French finesse

      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/67/Peugeot_404_Injection.jpg

      Peugeot, if anything, could be considered to have been the most cautious, conventional and conservative of the major...
    11. Yes - Chrysler sold the factory to Mitsubishi and...

      Yes - Chrysler sold the factory to Mitsubishi and CM Valiants were in fact still profitable due to the tooling being paid off long before. Chrysler sold their factories in Brazil and Argentina to...
    12. More Delahayes of the era: 135M cabriolet:...

      More Delahayes of the era:

      135M cabriolet:
      http://www.clubdelahaye.com/2011%20Rallye%20des%20Clubs%20de%20Marque/SANY0470.jpg

      135M coupe:...
    13. They're all gorgeous no matter what body or...

      They're all gorgeous no matter what body or engine tune. For a few short and sweet years after the War, Delahaye, Hotchkiss and Talbot-Lago were kings of the road since the Germans weren't back in...
    14. Trucking into the big league: the Delahaye 135, 175 and derivatives

      http://www.madle.org/delay135guillore37.jpg
      http://images.forum-auto.com/mesimages/560524/798261.jpg
      http://aws-cf.imdoc.fr/prod/photos/9/5/8/1226958/2264335/img-22643353fe.jpg?v=0...
    15. Holden's 253 V8 (only a tad smaller than the P76...

      Holden's 253 V8 (only a tad smaller than the P76 motor) had a 2bbl carburettor whereas the 308 was a 4bbl. Ford's 302 and 351 had a 2bbl through to XB whereas the GT was 4bbl, although they were more...
    16. Firstly, Ford had since the early 80s been...

      Firstly, Ford had since the early 80s been selling badge-engineered Mazdas in the Asia-Pacific, namely the Festiva, Laser (which also became a Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer in the US) and Telstar...
    17. The XE and XF maintained Ford's market leadership...

      The XE and XF maintained Ford's market leadership even without the V8, so the damage done to Ford's image was a longer term thing. The consensus was that the XF was a safer buy than the early EAs as...
    18. Ummm no. The Valiant VH-VJ-VK series and Chrysler...

      Ummm no. The Valiant VH-VJ-VK series and Chrysler CH-CJ-CK series were styled in the fuselage tradition of Chrysler's 1969-73 full-size cars. The track was wider than the Valiant/Dart of the time,...
    19. Yes, the problem was that by dropping the V8s...

      Yes, the problem was that by dropping the V8s they were basically abandoning any pretence of performance image, and hence the Falcon became far more of a fleet special or "old man's car" kind of...
    20. The Fox Continental came at a time when the...

      The Fox Continental came at a time when the Razorback styling was used on the Cadillac Seville and Chrysler Imperial, although the Continental wasn't quite as problematic as those two. Ironically,...
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