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    Default "What automobile is this?" challenge

    The success of the "Where in North America" thread, coupled with a thread on a mods forum re. "Vehicles I've owned" got me thinking - maybe there's room for another challenge: "What's this auto?".

    To get the ball rolling, can anyone identify this car? I ran it for a couple of years in the 1990s but it obviously dates back to, well, you tell me ...



    Peter

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    Default Out on a Limb

    Well, I'll take a shot in the dark to get things started. If that's a domestic (U.S) production car, then my guess (and it's not much more than that) is a Hudson Jet from the early 50's

    AZBuck

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    Default Not a domestic (US) production car

    ... but produced by a company that had been part of General Motors since 1925 - and I think it's fair to say that the design is American-infleunced!

    This car's from 1956, had a 2.3 liter straight 6 engine and a 3-speed gearbox. Don't know if it'll help but here's a 3/4 view:


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    Default Well. Then

    Quote Originally Posted by vambo
    produced by a company that had been part of General Motors since 1925
    .


    That would pretty much mean Opel or Vauxhall, and a quick look at the grill - even at this scale - shows it can't be Opel (too many letters). And since it's 1956, that and the grill say it's a Cresta. But given the similarity of this marque to the Hudson, one can see why the styling 'wars' broke out in the late 50's.

    AZBuck

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    Default Excellent work

    You got it - it's a Vauxhall Cresta E ... and a quick Google confirms the similarity with the Hudson Jet. Nice one.

    Peter

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    This is my favorite "classic" car - the styling was way ahead of its time.


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    Default You Guys Are in My Wheelhouse

    I was just the right age (early grade school) to be a true car buff when these cars were hitting the road. glc's object of devotion is a Studebaker Hawk, and the lack of fins makes it a 1954 model.

    And from the same era, this one should be easy:


    Photo Credit: Manufacturer's Publicity Photo

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    Last edited by AZBuck; 04-12-2010 at 02:47 PM.

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    Default Saab.

    With the old "suicide" door that reminds me of an early Saab ?

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    Default A twist.

    Cool game Peter !

    A car site I am familiar with runs a "guess the car thread" but to open up other possibilities and a wider range of vehicles without being too obvious, they use a partial shot [like a front corner] to hide the identity of more recognisable cars like there own modern ride to "dream machines" to classics as above.

    This is all I have as a sample, so what is it ?


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    Default SAAB Actually

    Those of us who knew and love these cars know that they are not Saabs, but SAABs. Even
    SAAB has seemingly forgotten that their name is an acronym for Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (or Swedish Airplane and Automobile Builder). I have written about my own SAAB 93 previously. It was one of these early 'split windshield' models, but had been painted flourescent orange by the time I had acquired it.

    AZBuck

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