@Sam-Blockhan Someone parked an early bubble Taurus in front of my place and I swear it isn't from around here. Not sure if it's novel enough now for me to want it to stay or whether it's just an affront out front.
@WhoIsTheLeader aesthetics are subjective but to me this is not nearly as good looking as the contemporary C6 corvette. In "base" spec it has a worse engine, weighs more, cost 50% more to buy new, and now some critical parts are impossible to find.
@Sam-Blockhan Nope. Fintails are W110/W111/W112 (that's not chronological). The 108s/109s replaced the highline fintails in late 1965, but lower line fintails remained in the lineup until early 1968. Most 6 cylinder fintails did use the same headlight bezels as the 108/109s, which from the correct angle can cause mis-identification.
@Sam-Blockhan Wienermobile. Those Google cars are around. And trivially easy to spot on Street View (I need to get back to doing CCIARAT...), just look for a business that had floor to ceiling windows and the right lighting to get a reflection.
@Taylor-Martin Honda is already more upmarket over there, so they basically just get the Acura.
Semi-related, but Acura also sold a Civic in Canada for many years before we ever got it (the CSX, predecessor to the ILX). A lot of it is about perceptions of brands, as well as purchasing power.
For the most part, Japanese luxury marques have never succeeded in Europe due a lack of brand heritage or recognition.
Remember, in Europe, VW is considered reliable, so they're not looking for the level of reliability we expect 🙂
I thing Honda's image is about the same in the UK and US. Having said that Honda built up quite a reputation in the UK as the car you brought when you retired, especially the Accord and the Jazz (Fit). Car's like the Civic Type R have done a lot to make the brand appeal to a younger audience in more recent years.
@DrDanteiii I’ve always been partial to the double curve on the XJ tailpipes (which also have rolled tips). Apparently it was done to reduce exhaust fumes entering the trunk, but it looks like they put some gratuitous bends in purely to make the pipes look more decorative. “If we have to have the dashed things, let’s at least make them elegant!”
I like that it's trying, it's quite tasteful and not over modified.
This Mach 1 looks too shouty.
at the same time, this GT Shadow Edition looks plain.
Had a yellow one of these in the Netherlands, just like this one.
The thing was great around the city but was very low powered for Dutch motorways and any side winds meant you had to steer into it to keep going in a straight line. Lol.
A new Rocky / Taft / Blizzard in the mould of the old one would be pretty awesome. It would be nice if it sat somewhere between the Jimny and a short-wheelbase Prado in size. The Jimny is, after all, a kei car. That said, the Jimny is roomy enough for front seat passengers and goes well, in spite of having a small petrol engine. I think it's really well geared, though it could use a sixth, as it's spinning at about 3,000 rpm at 100km/h. A small turbodiesel would probably alleviate that somewhat as well.
@powered_by_howard 250SE only model years 66-68. Distinguishable by its 15" (or maybe 14, but I think 15) wheels with the non-spoked trim rings - earlier and later cars had spoked trim rings. This would have cost around 10K USD new. Gotta be careful restoring these, as work is not inexpensive, tons of wood and leather inside.