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Walking past a nearby house today, and their garage was open. Deep in the shadows at the back was the 1st model coupe based on the Vauxhall Corsa. After racking my brains for a few minutes I was forced to admit defeat in remembering what it was called, and recruit Google to refresh my memory - the Tigra.

What cars have you seen around and had remind you of their existence.

I guess this thread might fall flat, because the likely reason you've forgotten them is because, like the Tigra, they're really boring. :facepalm:
 

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On the other end of things, I recently came across some pictures of the Maybach Exelero, the one off concept car built to test tyres. Quite how I could forget something so incredibly extravagant I have no idea.


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On Wartburgs:

They freeze them now and they soon drop off. :)
They did pretty much the same in the GDR in winter when they were actually a car :D

I remember as a teenager listening to one making an interesting noise on the way down the hill near my school, and then watching with some amusement as lumps of the sump landed on the road, followed seconds later by a couple of pistons. "hey, mate, I think a bit's dropped off your car!" I joked...
 

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Made in Eisenach , now the home of small Opel/Vauxhall’s.
That was the original BMW factory before WWII, so they pinched all the pre-war BMW tooling, and were still presumably using it 'til the fall of the Berlin wall. They even pinched the BMW name and roundel, repainting it and calling the car manufacturer EMW originally. Wartburgs were the car of choice for the Stazi, along with cheapskates in the UK.
 

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I saw a Ford Probe a couple of weeks back, completely forgot those were a thing, they were bit of a dog also, if I remember
I definitely remember those, quite pretty for the time since they were designed as a replacement for the Capri. But a complete sheep in wolf's clothing.

How about the FSO Polonez? A complete skip in skip's clothing...

or those Yugo fiat clone thingies, with the silly, blingy bodykits in the UK to try and make them look modern and relevant (it didn't work).
 

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How about cars which used to litter the roads in their thousands but have long since disappeared?

Ford Cortina, Escort, Sierra, Vauxhall Cavaliers, Mk2 Astras...


The survival rate must be extremely low.
 

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How about cars which used to litter the roads in their thousands but have long since disappeared?

Ford Cortina, Escort, Sierra, Vauxhall Cavaliers, Mk2 Astras...


The survival rate must be extremely low.
Every car show I go to they’re all well represented.
 

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Just been reading up on the FSO Polonez monstrosity - it was partially designed by Giugiaro and Walter de Silva (he of VW / Alfa 156 fame of course), not one of their finest moments...
 

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I rather liked the first Tigra. Then I drove one. Didn’t like it anymore after that.

Back on track...

The Talbot Tagora. You may need to look that up. Then regret doing so...
 

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Just been reading up on the FSO Polonez monstrosity - it was partially designed by Giugiaro and Walter de Silva (he of VW / Alfa 156 fame of course), not one of their finest moments...
Don't be too harsh on old Walter. It wasn't exactly a clean sheet of paper design given that it had to utilise the running gear from an already elderly and very upright Fiat 3-box saloon. I doubt there was a lot of money for retooling either.

Also, if you were living in Poland in 1980 the alternative was probably Shanks' pony.

I often wonder what happened to all those Nova SRs. It doesn't seem all that long ago that every tracky-bottoms-tucked-socks scrote was flicking fag ends out of them.
 

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The Quattro arches on the Corsa were because Martin Smith, my boss a while back, moved to Opel from Audi and they asked “what’s new from your last place?” He’d been at Porsche before that and they’re on the 928..
 
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