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  • Morris Ital
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    Morris Ital. Maligned and forgotten.

    It was overcast that day with a lot of showers, uncle Arie won a roulade at the bingo in the evening and Henk Wijngaard's Container song rose to number 17 in the top 40. Probably more people can remember that better than the introduction of the Morris Ital on the same Tuesday, 1 July 1980. But we have not forgotten him. More

  • Nissan Laurel
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    Nissan Laurel (C31). The fat one from Datsun

    The well-to-do bourgeoisie, or whatever wants to pass for it, is now invariably talking about premium. Interesting. The people consistently call it fat. Nice and short. But in fact, the here and there somewhat hysterically adored class of the larger sedan has existed for much longer and this segment was already unjustified at the time by purely Germanic dikbolides […] More

  • Austin Maestro
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    Austin Maestro. Moderately miraculous

    Miracle Maestro, honored British Leyland when it was introduced in 1983. But as the successor to the infamous Austin Allegro, he didn't have his pedigree with him. The Allegro… This generously glazed Austin had the thankless task of making you forget “the worst car in the world”. For in spite of all optimism and feigned objectivity; the Allegro turned out […] More

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    Barkas B1000. Lightning best (s) eller

    This diligent workhorse lugged a ton of Ost-Zeug around without grumbling or apathetic. Performance With 42 hp between the front seats, that seemed like a daunting task. However, the small two-stroke three-cylinder had little trouble with it, as long as it didn't go at dizzying speeds. In addition, those 990 cc produced more horsepower than […] More

  • Bizzarrini 5300 GT
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    Bizzarrini 5300 GT. Stunningly unknown

    The supercar that made smug Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati secretly nervous. Justly. Talented That latent threat came from within: the talented engineer Giotto Bizzarrini was high on Ferrari's payroll from 1957 to 1961. After his studies at the University of Pisa, the promising technician gained his first experiences at Alfa […] More

  • Jowett Javelin
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    Jowett Javelin

    Forgotten very early on Splendid loss, as only the British could. The Jowett Javelin is an early and masterful example of this. World car The British car industry was always about ideas, but never that about testing. If it were correct in theory, nothing could go wrong in practice, right? This is probably how […] More

  • trade in
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    The Bandentrapper and trade-in

    There was a time when you could also write crisis with a K (because it didn't exist anyway) and semi-classic cars were still tax-free. Yes really. In those days long gone, I decided to trade in my daily Renault 4. It seemed like a good idea, it was tough. This is how a curious journey begins […] More

  • Alfa Romeo Arna
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    Alfa Romeo Arna. Exactly wrong

    No one still knows exactly what the intention was. Combining the worst of both worlds only worked well on land, at sea and in the air. Collaboration Still, at the beginning of October 1980, top executives Ettore Massacesi and Takashi Ishihara stepped into the soapbox called Alfa Romeo Nissan Autoveicoli and thundered downhill together. The thought […] More

  • Renault 14
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    The Renault 14. How Renault got stuck with the baked pears

    Taking the attack on the competition is necessary for car manufacturers. But killing your own product is the wrong ammo. However sharp it is. Full of life Because that was the Renault 14. Basically, this intended VW Golf alternative was a promising concept. The friendly hatchback had a number of things on board that certainly […] More

  • AMC Eagle
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    AMC Eagle, landed earlier than the rest

    Many car manufacturers claim to have put the very first crossover-sister or crossover-so in the desperately hip-craving market. But the AMC eagle landed way before. American steel Above all, the first real crossover was born more or less out of necessity. It was the late XNUMXs and nobody was waiting for hip. It just had to […] More

  • Citroën GS
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    Citroën GS Birotor. Unstable prodigy

    Rarely has a car flopped into oblivion so progressively. Perhaps one of the most special Citroëns since ages, yet hardly anyone knows about its existence. Just like Dries Roelvink, except for that special one. And this car was never available in swimsuit yellow, Dieu merci. Brown metallic or beige, there were no more choices for the […] More

  • Porsche 928
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    Porsche 928. Unrecognized perfection

    But now that it seems to be yet another cold investment, it suddenly seems interesting. That is in fact an even grosser misunderstanding. Its strength does not suddenly lie in an ill-considered amount of euros, dollars or other earthly mire: the Porsche 928 as a car has always been brilliant. Successor The über-Porsche was perfectly intended; a top model without […] More

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