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Author:  Lonnie-S [ June 21, 2019, 3:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Weird [but I want (to build) one] Cars

I have to admit I love weird cars. I don't think I'm the only Locoster with WCAS (Weird Car Affliction Syndrome). Even worse, I especially love weird French cars. It's hereditary, I think.

So, for all you other WCAS sufferers, how about a place to share our affliction? It could be like a group therapy thing. Here's my initial entry. What's yours?

1964 Panhard CD LM64
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Here it is in video ==> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CymtD3hlMPM

Cheers,

Author:  rx7locost [ June 21, 2019, 4:22 pm ]
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I always thought that a King Midget replica would be fun to try to get through title and license. It should be technically possible. I don't know what I would do with it once I got it though. Alas, I'm not that into King Midget cars enough to try. I ended up selling my Cushman Truckster for essentially the licensing and what-to-do-with-it issues. I don't have unlimited storage space. :mrgreen:

Author:  RichardSIA [ June 21, 2019, 11:25 pm ]
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Should I publicly admit owning a couple of Panhards about forty years ago?
Back before I became so much more demanding of things like actual performance.
The mileage was great, at a leisurely pace.
Funniest thing was watching the engine coast to stop, just before it ceased rotating the whole CAR shook in direct proportion to the stroke!
Two cylinder opposed, air cooled, torsion bar valve springs.

They were actually very competitive racers in specials and sports car type.

Author:  Lonnie-S [ June 22, 2019, 10:17 am ]
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RichardSIA wrote:
Should I publicly admit owning a couple of Panhards about forty years ago?
. . . <SNIP> . . .
They were actually very competitive racers in specials and sports car type.


It's alright, Richard, let it all out. You're with friends. :mrgreen:

OK, if we're talking racers, then we have to mention the Panhard "specials" like the Deutsch-Bonnet Barchetta (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDSc-IyPTsE) too. It was the Panhard running gear in a special body.
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However, the Panhards did well too. One did win it's class at the Monte Carlo Rally, for example. They got the efficiency award at Sebring one year as well.

Cheers,

Author:  ngpmike [ June 22, 2019, 10:51 am ]
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Lonnie, I have to ask! Does that center lamp steer like the center lamp on a Tucker? :?:

Author:  Cardot60 [ June 22, 2019, 10:53 am ]
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I suppose my weird car affliction is a bit different than previous mentioned cars. I really like the old Fiat Panda 4x4. Went to Italy in 2016, seen some (along with other great looking cars) and I've liked them ever since. I have no idea why I find them so endearing? Rugged simplicity perhaps?

Author:  Lonnie-S [ June 23, 2019, 11:40 am ]
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ngpmike wrote:
Lonnie, I have to ask! Does that center lamp steer like the center lamp on a Tucker? :?:


No, it's stationary, Mike. Funny you should ask, though. I read about a model of the Panhard that has a center light which appears to most folks as the car "sticking its tongue out" at the world. I'd say that's the penultimate French car, wouldn't you? :D

Cheers,

Author:  Lonnie-S [ June 23, 2019, 11:49 am ]
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Cardot60 wrote:
I suppose my weird car affliction is a bit different than previous mentioned cars. I really like the old Fiat Panda 4x4. Went to Italy in 2016, seen some (along with other great looking cars) and I've liked them ever since. I have no idea why I find them so endearing? Rugged simplicity perhaps?


Cars are like art, "you know what you like when you see it", even if you can't explain it. There's a reason, for sure. It may be at a very subconscious level, however.

For years I used to laugh at the idea a lot of 50's cars, particularly American cars, being modeled on voluptuous women. It was the day of Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Sophia Loren, etc. I considered it BS until I looked at a Pontiac Trans Am in the late 70's/early 80's and the whole thing hit me. It is really a voluptuous female form laid horizontal [let's pass on the sexual implications of that LOL. We're serious affectionados here at LocostUSA].

Cheers,

Author:  RichardSIA [ June 23, 2019, 12:43 pm ]
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I miss the Fem inspired French Curve styling of the 50's into the 60's, Dagmar bumpers, Edsel grill, "V" Pontiac tail-lights and all. :cry:
The modern cars look like insects and Battle-Bots inspired them, creepy, not attractive at all! :ack:

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No luck finding the image, but for Locost folk there was a version of this poster featuring a tatty looking Bug-Eye Sprite. :wink:

Author:  ngpmike [ June 24, 2019, 3:53 pm ]
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Lonnie-S wrote:
the car "sticking its tongue out" at the world. I'd say that's the penultimate French car, wouldn't you? :D


Yeah! Until the German cars come in and kick their butt, and then the Britts and the Yanks have to come and rescue them!!! :wink: :lol: :roll:

Author:  kreb [ June 24, 2019, 6:11 pm ]
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I've come to the conclusion that we're all weird, as is our taste in cars. And that's just OK.

Author:  KB58 [ June 24, 2019, 8:37 pm ]
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This is an amazing shape to me, the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150 C-SS “Teardrop” by Figoni and Falaschi:

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Though this is epic as well, a 1939 Delahaye Type 165 Cabriolet, which at one point in the 1970's you could have picked it up for $1,200. Read the details here, https://robbreport.com/motors/cars/fren ... o-2797042/

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Author:  RichardSIA [ June 24, 2019, 10:30 pm ]
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Quote:
1939 Delahaye Type 165 Cabriolet, which at one point in the 1970's you could have picked it up for $1,200.


Yah, I miss going to "Auto Row" in the 70's to early 80's and heading strait the very rear of the used car lots.
A friend of mine still has the Lagonda Drop-head I found.
More typical finds were Sprites, MG Midgets, MGA/B, TR3/4, Porsche 356, Mercedes 190 SL, Tri-5's, and a lot of strange stuff too.
Bought a 54 Dodge PU for $300 with a 392 Hemi in it, and returned it an hour later 'cause it overheated so bad.
Transaxle Tempest, "Square-Bird" converts for $200.00, Buick Special with the 215 v8 at $50.00, Devin's on Porsche pans, etc., etc., and I'm only including cars that ran!
Yes, "The good old days" really were better, or at least a lot more fun!

Author:  benny_toe [ June 24, 2019, 10:59 pm ]
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We called them 'Back Row Beauties'. Among those that caught my eye were a J2X Allard w/SBC, a worn out but complete RS 550 Spyder (bad crank), Lotus Elan, plus several Alfas. Crapped out Healys 1004, 30006, Sprites. various MGs. My youth was an automotive heaven.

Author:  Lonnie-S [ June 25, 2019, 12:11 am ]
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KB58 wrote:
This is an amazing shape to me, the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150 C-SS “Teardrop” by Figoni and Falaschi:

<snip>

Though this is epic as well, a 1939 Delahaye Type 165 Cabriolet, which at one point in the 1970's you could have picked it up for $1,200. Read the details here, https://robbreport.com/motors/cars/fren ... o-2797042/

<snip>



I'm sure you have noticed, Kurt, that these very shapes (Talbot-Lago, Delahaye) have re-appeared, slightly modified, here in the USA done by custom coachbuilders and even some hot rod types.

The French coachbuilders are crossing over several generations and being rediscovered. I think it's great. They're beautiful cars.

Cheers,

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