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General discusssion about other British cars that don't have their own forum (yet).

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    Well, if you pop the bonnet and there's a V12 under there, it's a Lincoln Zephyr!

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    "Point... Ford tries their best to confuse people"

    Don't forget the Escort......a presence in europe and North America but with different designs and mechanical specs.

    Also, there is now a Ford Galaxy in europe......it's a mini-van! Okay, maybe different spelling of the word, but still.

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    Very interesting thread! One minor correction: I believe all US Capri's are Mercuries. In the 50's&60's, it was Mercury's smaller offering. In the 70's, it was a German-built sporty car, similar to a Datsun 240Z. In the '80's it was just Mercury's version of the Ford Mustang.

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    Lincoln made a Capri in the '50s. Here a picture of one:

    https://www.54lincolncapri.com/P9010002.JPG

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    Wasn't there a short lived Capri convertible made for Ford in Austrailia and sold in the US during the 80's?

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    Yes - it was FWD and based on Mazda 323 mechanical bits. Never imported to Canada, and seems to have sunk without trace in the US.

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    A mercy killing, that one was. Blech. The sad part is, the Barchetta show car the capri was based on looked really promising.

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    <blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Eric:
    ...seems to have sunk without trace in the US.<hr></blockquote>

    You still see a fair number of Ozzie Capris cruising around So Cal.


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    Re: Oddball British cars

    Not the sportiest of designs, but how many "sporty" four seaters in this age/price range do you find? BMW 316/18i, VW Cabrio, Mustang ... Not much for the family guy. How about a convertible minivan? [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    Well I always knew ford cut corners while designing and building cars. Now I know they do the same on naming them.

    Cheers, [img]graemlins/thirsty.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/driving.gif[/img]
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    Re: Oddball British cars

    The Australian built Mercury Capri wasn't necessarily a bad car, despite what you read around the boards. The problem was, Ford made a halfhearted attempt to pitch it against the Miata, which was- still is- a pretty well designed sports car. What Capri owners got was a nice enough to drive open sporty car with a coupla small back seats for kids or groceries, but not a sports car (this is not to say that there aren't proper sports cars with back seats and luggage space, either, just that the Capri wasn't one of them). Judging by the numbers I still see driving around here, they mustn't be too horrible!
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    Re: Oddball British cars

    Sort of looks like a small Lebaron/TC convertible.

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    Sort of looks like a small Lebaron/TC convertible.

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    Couple of them at a body shop in Brownsboro, AL - damaged but repairable

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    Those are actually (speaking of the Capri) nice little and very inexpensive, open air tourers.

    Sure they're front drive, but they have bulletproof (if non-turbo) 323 mechanicals. If you need a beater to get around in, you can get an old something dull, or something with a roof that folds down for the same price. No contest for me.

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    Hi folks, I'm a newbie to this forum so I thought I'd drop by and say hi. I have several Wolseleys, a somewhat lesser known marque but kin to the Austin and Morris. Anyway here's a pic of my little baby Winston, a 1948 Wolseley 10 horse power. Top speed 55mph.

    [img]graemlins/driving.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    Welcome Kira! Nice car!

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    NICE!! Now, if I could only find a Y Type MG!

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    Hi Kira,

    This wouldn't be Peter from BritCarTalk would it? "Winston" looks awfully familiar... And also a nice car... [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

    Welcome aboard anyway, yay! Another British saloon car fan!

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    Re: Oddball British cars

    To be honest Sherlock that is highly likely. If Peter happens to be from Australia as well, then it could be my father who gave this car to me for my birthday in 2003, my 6/99 however is my regular road vehicle now that it's got it's engine rebuilt, and today we take the rear leaf springs to get them overhauled as they are somewhat totally flat. BTW do you have a link to Brit Car Talk please? [img]graemlins/iagree.gif[/img]

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