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by JHV8 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:56 am

On the Piston Heads forum they've been debating what this car is since 2015 and still no-one knows.
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by garyc » Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:27 pm

An early TVR perhaps a Taimar although the rear window looks different but may have been an earlier one

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by Keith » Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:34 pm

garyc wrote:An early TVR perhaps a Taimar although the rear window looks different but may have been an earlier one

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No TVR there I think, especially as the Taimar was introduced in 1976. That photo was taken in 1962.

Nobody seems to be able to identify this since it the Mystery Car Competition in Classic and Sportscar's Feb '16 issue.
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by mojo » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:18 pm

It's been debated here before - I think earlier in this thread - so I won't be the first to point out that the rear end of the car looks poorly photoshopped.
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by Dion » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:02 pm

mojo wrote:It's been debated here before - I think earlier in this thread - so I won't be the first to point out that the rear end of the car looks poorly photoshopped.

It was not photoshopped. The pic was taken from a book which was published years ago (before Photoshop).
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by mojo » Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:11 am

That doesn't mean it wasn't altered though, does it? Anyone with airbrush skills could have modified it - in the days before Photoshop, that was the way that "artists impressions" were used to assess how a car might look before it was ever built.

The last time it was discussed here, people commented on the unreal cartoon-like appearance of the rear end, and how the lower clothing of the people behind it seemed a different shade of dark grey exactly where the rear of a longer vehicle would have been. And the strange line of light underneath the rear end does not look real at all.
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by Jens » Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:58 am

Nevertheless it looks like a nice toy to drive with.
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by wheel-turner » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:11 am

Daimler Dart Coupe prototype?
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by JHV8 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:12 pm

wheel-turner wrote:Daimler Dart Coupe prototype?

The doors are gull wing and the rear wheel arch is too close to the door to be Dart
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by RockyUSA » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:27 pm

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by RockyUSA » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:28 pm

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by cannonball » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:35 pm

Thats a London cab FX4 as we know it,, like your checker jobbie,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, made by AustIn i think originally Bentley now build a similar model called the Bentayga :wink: :wink:
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by shaun » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:35 pm

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by DaveT » Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:40 am

The FX4 shares a few front suspension components with the Jensen 541S, CV8 and mk 1 (V8) interceptor - however don't be tempted to use the kingpins as these will fit but will change the camber angle!

Some FX3s (not a typo) can also be a source of 541R and 541S overriders - two sizes were used so make sure you source the longer ones.

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by Per » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:55 pm

JHV8 wrote:On the Piston Heads forum they've been debating what this car is since 2015 and still no-one knows.
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That pic definitely rings a bell. Something about a Le Mans destined one off that never made it to the track ( any track). The styling was inspired by the Reliant Zabre and presumably the Merc SLR. IIRC it must have been in a motoring mag from the late seventies and in B&W.
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