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      01-29-2010 12:58 PM #1
      Post rebadging jobs that most people forgot about and/or don't know about.

      Here's a good one as an example:

      Honda Crossroad aka Land Rover Discovery Series 1 (sold in Japan and New Zeanland):



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      01-29-2010 12:59 PM #2
      Quote, originally posted by superleggera »
      Post rebadging jobs that most people forgot about and/or don't know about.

      Here's a good one as an example:

      Honda Crossroad aka Land Rover Discovery Series 1 (sold in Japan and New Zeenland):

      The most unreliable Honda evAr?

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      01-29-2010 01:00 PM #3
      Sold in Mexico:

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      01-29-2010 01:04 PM #4
      This car has been rebadged as EVERYTHING! Honda, VW, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Kia, Koeniggsegg

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      01-29-2010 01:07 PM #5
      Lancia Delta rebadged as a Saab , believe this was just for the Swedish market.

      Alfa Romeo ARNA. A real low point for Alfa when they rebadged a Nissan Cherry for an entry level model. Major failure.


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      01-29-2010 01:12 PM #6
      In North Korea, the Fiat Palio is the Pyonghwa Hwiparam. Locally produced too...


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      01-29-2010 01:18 PM #7
      Also from North Korea, the Mercedes 190 rebadged as a Kaengsaeng 88 or a Pyongyang 4.10. Could be an "unauthorized" rebadge though.


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      02-02-2010 04:27 AM #8
      Quote, originally posted by Garbus »
      Alfa Romeo ARNA. A real low point for Alfa when they rebadged a Nissan Cherry for an entry level model. Major failure.

      Not really a rebadge, it was a joint project engineered by the two companies - it has the Alfa Romeo flat-4 engine, Alfa transmission and Alfa front suspension, in the Nissan bodyshell.


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      02-11-2010 10:49 PM #9
      My first car was a hand-me-down 83 Nissan Pulsar hatch. Timing chain went and when I dropped it off at the mechanic, he said that I had an Alfa engine in there. I thought he was pulling my leg......and now I see he was not wrong.

      Quote, originally posted by Garbus »
      Alfa Romeo ARNA. A real low point for Alfa when they rebadged a Nissan Cherry for an entry level model. Major failure.


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      02-11-2010 11:00 PM #10
      So from this thread I declare Isuzu as the most Raped, Rebadged brand in history.

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      01-29-2010 01:03 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by enriquejcu »
      The most unreliable Honda evAr?

      no doubt.

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      80s model ford courier, baisicly a mazda b series


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      02-10-2010 06:50 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by zane O »
      80s model ford courier, baisicly a mazda b series

      That actually looks more like 90's courier. The facelift for the mazdas came out on 96 or 97 I guess.


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      01-29-2010 01:02 PM #15
      not exactly obscure but, I am always intrigued on the very rare occasion that I see one.

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      01-29-2010 01:04 PM #16
      huh looked for this photo in Japan, found one with Cali plates

      saw them a lot while I was in Tokyo many years ago.

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      02-10-2010 07:34 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by Gaki »
      huh looked for this photo in Japan, found one with Cali plates

      saw them a lot while I was in Tokyo many years ago.

      According to http://www.smogcheck.ca.gov/pu....aspx , 3BLK220 was last seen by the State of California on a 1992 Cadillac DeVille in 2005.

      The plate is probably fake, since plates starting with 3B were issued in 1991-1992, and did not contain any lettering on the bottom. Or someone took the actual plate when the 1992 Cadillac DeVille was scrapped or taken out of California and stuck some lettering on the bottom (though the plate looks to be in too good condition to be a real front plate, which is typically dinged up for city cars and covered in rock chips and insect stains for highway cars.


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      02-12-2010 05:15 PM #18
      this toyota cavilier cant be real, is it? they did have a toyota motor in there prisms. good little cars

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      02-13-2010 11:06 AM #19
      Quote, originally posted by tjl »

      According to http://www.smogcheck.ca.gov/pu....aspx , 3BLK220 was last seen by the State of California on a 1992 Cadillac DeVille in 2005.

      The plate is probably fake, since plates starting with 3B were issued in 1991-1992, and did not contain any lettering on the bottom. Or someone took the actual plate when the 1992 Cadillac DeVille was scrapped or taken out of California and stuck some lettering on the bottom (though the plate looks to be in too good condition to be a real front plate, which is typically dinged up for city cars and covered in rock chips and insect stains for highway cars.


      It might not be fake, just sold overseas. I sell old license plates on eBay all the time, and most of them go overseas. I recently sent a grouping of 50 plate sets to Japan. People throwing europlates on their cars here is something that is done overseas as well apparently.

      Didnt plates from 93 have different California lettering though? How does California handle replacement plates for ones that are lost or stolen? If someone had gotten a replacment plate for their DeVille in the late 1990's it would have looked exactly like this one. (if CA does replacement plates....I have no idea!)


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      02-16-2010 12:27 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by a1veedubber »


      It might not be fake, just sold overseas. I sell old license plates on eBay all the time, and most of them go overseas. I recently sent a grouping of 50 plate sets to Japan. People throwing europlates on their cars here is something that is done overseas as well apparently.

      Didnt plates from 93 have different California lettering though? How does California handle replacement plates for ones that are lost or stolen? If someone had gotten a replacment plate for their DeVille in the late 1990's it would have looked exactly like this one. (if CA does replacement plates....I have no idea!)


      Modified by a1veedubber at 7:14 AM 2-13-2010

      Japanese advertisements loooove to use CA license plates. They usually don't use actual used plates but replicas that are usually out of sequence .


      This plate would have been from '91-'92.


      5T is '03ish, 2K is '88ish.

      Another example:

      When a JDM Honda Airwave commercial was being shot on my law school's campus, they stuck a CA plate on it as well.

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      02-16-2010 12:41 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by a1veedubber »

      Didnt plates from 93 have different California lettering though? How does California handle replacement plates for ones that are lost or stolen? If someone had gotten a replacment plate for their DeVille in the late 1990's it would have looked exactly like this one. (if CA does replacement plates....I have no idea!)

      Forgot to address this. You should know this since you sell plates!

      California plates:

      Yellow plates - pre '63:

      Black plates - started in 1963, ended 1970:

      Blue Plates (6-digit) - started in 1970:

      Blue Plate (adopted current format XLLLXXX, where X = number, L = letter) - ended in 1982:

      White sun plate - started in 1982, ends in 1987:

      White plate - starts in 1987:

      White plate cursive - starts in 1993:

      White plate sesquicentennial (1998-2000):

      Cars usually stay with the plate for life (unless the owner switches them out or the car is sold at auction). Thus, with private party sales, the plate stays with the car not the seller.

      If the plates are lost, you go down to the DMV and pick up new plates but they'll be of the new type. Thus, if someone steals your blue plates off your '83 Corolla, you'll go down to the DMV and be issued current white plates with something like 6RLLXXX (current sequence).



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    22. 01-29-2010 01:19 PM #22
      Never seen this one before. What is it?

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      01-29-2010 02:29 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by patrikman »
      not exactly obscure but, I am always intrigued on the very rare occasion that I see one.

      I still see Isuzu Ascenders from time to time.

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      01-29-2010 02:34 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by Sledge »

      I still see Isuzu Ascenders from time to time.

      Now that I haven't seen.

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      11-09-2010 10:33 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      not exactly obscure but, I am always intrigued on the very rare occasion that I see one.

      here this izuzo is also the brasilian Chevrolet S-10 is the same car jus replace the izuzo at the grill

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      Oldsmobile Starfire...I don't think I have ever actually seen one.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ClownCar View Post


      Oldsmobile Starfire...I don't think I have ever actually seen one.
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      Quote Originally Posted by ClownCar View Post


      Oldsmobile Starfire...I don't think I have ever actually seen one.
      I only seen photos of it on the internet too. Never seen one in person. Rare!

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      01-29-2010 01:13 PM #30
      That Honda Crossroad is truly weird, I thought that the Rover-Honda collaboration only produced rebadged Hondas. For instance, here's a Rover 416i, more well known as a Honda Integra:

      This is also something that most people have forgotten - a VW Taro (Toyota Hilux):

      Saab 600 (Lancia Delta) was also quite the oddball, since it was sold exclusively in Sweden.


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      Quote Originally Posted by eeki View Post
      This is also something that most people have forgotten - a VW Taro (Toyota Hilux):

      I see these everywhere here in Burkina Faso. I thought it was strange the first time I saw it.
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      Quote Originally Posted by VDub2625 View Post
      This is the early, then late Bravada of that generation:
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      I see these everywhere here in Burkina Faso. I thought it was strange the first time I saw it.
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      01-29-2010 02:18 PM #33
      Australia produced a bumper crop of funky rebadges in the late 80s and 90s.

      Ford Telstar (Mazda Capella) - this was sold in many countries in Asia besides Australia.




      The rest of these cars were only sold in Australia, due to misguided Government policy...

      Ford Corsair (Nissan Pintara aka Bluebird)

      Ford Maverick (Nissan Patrol)


      Holden Apollo (Toyota Camry)


      Holden Astra (Nissan Pulsa)


      Holden Nova (Toyota Corolla... yes, that's right, Holden replaced rebadged Nissan Pulsa with a rebadged Corolla. The madness!)


      Toyota Lexcen (Holden Commodore)



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