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#35504 of 37019 Re: Subcompact> [texases]
Jan 09, 2013 (2:05 pm)
based on the plates that is a Euro version, hence the 5.
Our model was the infamous leCar.
#35505 of 37019 Re: Subcompact> [andys120]
Jan 09, 2013 (4:08 pm)
I am not sure about the LeCar but the R5 was ubiquitous in Europe when I was living there. They were remarkably space efficient. Like the R 16, the gearbox was in front of the engine, allowing the spare wheel to be stored above the gearbox. That made for a really spacious cabin for such a small car. However the odd gear linkages meant that the gear shift was sort of spongy, especially when the car was tired.
That red, usually badly deteriorated, seemed to be the favourite colour. Most that I remember had saggy suspension.
There were also two turbo derivatives, the R5 Turbo, which was basically a mid engine, rear wheel drive monster to compete with the Lancia Stratos in Rally competition and the later, more sedate, R5 Turbo II which used more of the normal R5 mechanicals. A colleague, a mechanical engineer, had one of the latter. It was thrashed mercilessly and cost so much to maintain that my employer banned them from our fleet! Gee, it was fun! (and terrifying).
#35506 of 37019 Re: a tasty morsel [andys120]
Jan 09, 2013 (6:24 pm)
The sign in front of the car read 1962, but I don't want to post it because it has the owner's name and city on it, although I know they ok'ed it for the show.
The only picture I have of a 1960 Sir Stirling Moss race car is this one.
#35507 of 37019 Re: a tasty morsel [explorerx4]
Jan 09, 2013 (6:29 pm)
Nice, that's a Maserati Tipo 61, better known by its "Birdcage" nickname (from the complex structure that lay under that swoopy bodywork.).
Maserati 's sports racing cars especially the 250S and the Tipo61 were the mounts of many famous racers in the 50s and early 60s.
Jan 10, 2013 (3:26 pm)
#35510 of 37019 Re: Tu-tone> [andys120]
Jan 10, 2013 (3:35 pm)
Rambler American. 1962 or so.
#35511 of 37019 Re: Tu-tone> [robr2]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 10, 2013 (3:42 pm)
i remember those. They cut the price so much that they used stick-on decals to label the instrument panel !
#35512 of 37019 Re: Tu-tone> [robr2]
Jan 10, 2013 (10:12 pm)
Yup, it's 1963 AMC Rambler American.
Jan 10, 2013 (10:17 pm)