Interesting/unique cars in Europe

Nov 6th, 2003, 08:20 AM
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SMART cars are pretty cool. Yes, you are allowed to park them perpendicular to the kerb because they're so small.

The Fiat Multipla is probably the weirdest looking car on the road at the moment:

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Nov 6th, 2003, 09:14 AM
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We have owned a smart car for three years, and I can honestly say we still think its cute! Some of the added benefits are:
- excellent on gas, as gas is 1.39 chf/litre
- half price at the car wash (less to wash!!)
- low insurance rates
- being able to create your own parking spot in crowded lots
- specially designated smart parking spots close to store entrances

I think these cars would sell well anywhere!!
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Nov 6th, 2003, 09:41 AM
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Suzette, we saw one in Seaside Florida when we were there on spring break. Everyone kept doing double-takes, and my daughter thought we should strap it on the roof of our car and bring it home with us.
Dec 13th, 2005, 08:19 AM
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Hail to all the Deux Chevaux aficianados on the board...I've owned two, here in Arizona. I use one as a daily driver..the act of a brave man or of a fool, given Phoenix traffic! 42 miles per US gallon, 75 miles per hour top speed with the later 602cc engine. The earlier cars had smaller engines and were a lot slower. They're wonderful little cars, full of Gaullic style and charm and true icons of French history and culture.

Deuches can be hard to find in the United States, and cost three times as much as in Europe, but they're worth every penny in entertainment value.

Incidentally, they did stop building them in 1990 (the last came out of a plant in Portugal)and they can be hard to get by US emissions warned.

The reference earlier in the thread to the speedometer powered windshield wipers is accurate, if the car was built before 1963. The engineers at Citroen, however, thoughtfully provided a hand device on the dash with which one could turn the wipers when one was at a stop. Later cars have a more conventional wiper motor.

A German automotive magazine recently designated the Deuche as the number 1 'cult car' (whatever THAT means) of history, closely followed by the VW Beetle.

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Dec 13th, 2005, 08:32 AM
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There’s loads of unique europeans cars. You won’t see them in America as you have to give the US transport people about 50 of them to smash – and that’s a year’s output.

Personal favourites are the Bristols:

these are Nobles and they go like stink:


As I have said there are many interesting small-production cars in Britain and europe. Also the Jaguar that comes out next year is absolutely stunning.
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Dec 13th, 2005, 08:36 AM
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ah souvenirs souvenirs....
my very first car was a blue 2cv (2 chevaux)and when you can drive that you can drive any other car!
thanks for reminding me this Jeffrey
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Dec 13th, 2005, 08:42 AM
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I have always lusted after a Morgan of any age or type. But I also like the old Fiat Multipla, the little kooky Renault, and most of all the old Czech Tatra, which hasn't been built for 65 years or so.

Finding a Tatra that runs is like finding a jewel in the desert. It was (and still is) one of the most unique and, for its time, most advanced of all cars in the world. It's a large, powerful car with a V-8 engine in the rear, making it somewhat interesting to drive until you get used to it. It was so desirable that the Nazis used Tatras rather than Mercedes as staff cars when they occupied Yugoslavia.

I know one place where Tatras can be found in pristine condition -- the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, actually located in St Petersburg. They now have FOUR Tatras, which for a car buff is like owning four Hope diamonds.
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Dec 13th, 2005, 08:50 AM
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You're most welcome, Coco.

No reason you can't own another one, you know...there are still a lot of them on the road. Check out Ebay France...always a number of them for sale.
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Dec 13th, 2005, 09:02 AM
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In my street, there is a nice blue and white one. I wouldn't like to have another one though, I appreciate comfort now! no heating in winter, forced to stop to take the ice off the windscreen, too hot in summer with the motor heating...(I couldn't open the roof) but so funny in the curves!ouiiii!
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Dec 13th, 2005, 09:29 AM
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Definitely an old thread, but I have a new story to add.

While in Berlin this last July I was walking down the street and noticed 3 vintage beetles in a row. Didn't think much of it other than perhaps it was a group out touring around toghether. At the next intersection I noticed another group of about 4, some old, some new & started to get curious.

To make a long story short, there was a Beetle rally to celebrate the "Herbie" movie premiere. Final count was something like 2000 Beetles ranging from the very old to brand new, original condition to highly modified. I'm not really a VW fan, but it was a fun site to see all of them lined up 3 abreast for over a mile.
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Dec 13th, 2005, 01:22 PM
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When I lived in the UK back in the mid-late 70's I owned at various times
1) a beautiful red 1966 +4 Morgan (My favorite all time car),
2) a Jensen Healy bought from Donald Healy himself
3) 911S w/ German specs that was flat fast!
4) BMW 2002tii (a great touring car if one needed more than 2 seats)
and various minis, Austins, MG1100's and a VW campervan.

My 1st mini had the teensy 875cc engine, and no door handles or roll up windows. You had to slide the side window forward and pull down a cord to unlatch the door.

But the Morgan - Oh My!. Unfortunately I couldn't bring it back to the States because of all the safety rigamarole -- or I would own it still. The day I brought the car home I had to drive into Oxford to get the MOT disc (car tax). I gloried on the drive in Banbury Rd, parked it and went inside the office. When I came out there were a few young men hovering around the car admiring it. I struted over to the car - a real show off and being a very petite redhead, I tried to make the most of it. Junped in the car (the top was down of course) AND I COULDN'T FIND REVERSE!!! Aargh! try as I might - every pattern I could think of - no use. I finally gave up - hard to show off when you can't back you car out of the car park.

I ended up taking it out of gear and having a couple of those admiring young men push me out into the lane so I could drive out forward. The shame of it all.

When I got home I played w/ it for about 15 minutes before I found the trick -- sort of a double gate where you had to push down and pull up to get it in reverse.
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