Quirky charm

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Quirky charm

Postby Ozmac » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:13 am

It was while looking at this car that I thought of this theme….

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The Citroen Ami. A good little car by all accounts, but let's face it, it has a quirky charm, rather than good looks. And so I thought a collection of cars which you love more for their quirky charm than good looks is worth a try. And so to kick things off, some of my quirks (re-photographed from the quirkiest angle I could find, for the occasion).

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I loved this the moment Johan showed his Giaur 750, and when I learned that it came 142nd in the Mille Miglia, I was hooked.

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This Panhard CD Coach looks sleek, aerodynamic and great side-on, but front-on it's a frog.

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Ummm, there's a few Panhards in this quirky thread. This is the Dyna X, from the late 40s. It scared children at night.

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This Panhard PL17 looks like a surprised lady, with her eyebrows raised in astonishment.

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This Tatra 603 looks like this emoticon… :mrgreen:

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And this BMW 503 looked so much better in the eBay photo that convinced me to get it, compared to what it looks like in the flesh. It looks stodgy, with pursed lips, like a disapproving Bavarian banker.

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby DeadCanDanceR » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:16 am

Great idea for a thread! :)

I recently bought a Citroën AMI model, and its quirky charm is simply amazing!
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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Ozmac » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:37 am

You're right Julio, there's not one other car in the world that looks quite like this. It's the lack of straight lines that charms me.

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I'd love to see one in the flesh, and go for a ride in it for a while.

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby DeadCanDanceR » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:48 am

Ozmac wrote:...
I'd love to see one in the flesh, and go for a ride in it for a while.


Me too! :)
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Postby Ozmac » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:06 am

Given it's based on a 2CV, there'd be a fair few rumbly revs to get going, and at first you'd barely start to move, but at least you'd be rolling. Then more revs and effort, a couple of upshifts, and after about 30 seconds you'd be all the way up to 60km/h, and then there'd be the first corner, a lot of leaning and body rolling with sure-footed grip form the tyres, no matter what… and as long as you kept on rolling, you'd just go faster, all the way up to 80 or 90. The thrills! I imagine it'd roll over rough pavement remarkably smoothly, you'd hardly feel it (but you'd hear it!), and the brakes would be good if needed, but hill climbing more sluggish than you could ever imagine.

My perfect drive would be a run from the country house down the winding road to the village. Then shopping for Sunday lunch, and back home.

I WANT ONE!

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby mikeC » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:54 am

I rather think there's going to be a strong French presence in this thread :lol:

Here's another Citroen, the C15 van based on the Visa - so gauche it has its own charm:

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Has anyone produced a model of the Citroen Bijou?
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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Tom » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:10 am

Nice thread!

Yes, Ministyle did a Bijou years ago.

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby DeadCanDanceR » Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:40 am

mikeC wrote:I rather think there's going to be a strong French presence in this thread :lol:

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Agreed! :D
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Re: Quirky charm

Postby grinbergs » Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:03 pm

I present the Siata 208 CS, 1952

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Just look at that face... cute? ... or plain ugly?

;) :D

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby JSB33 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:59 pm

Scary ;)
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Re: Quirky charm

Postby grinbergs » Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:50 pm

Also came to think about this "cyclops" of a car - the Stanguellini 1100 from 1948

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Featherless_Biped » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:39 pm

Ozmac wrote:Given it's based on a 2CV, there'd be a fair few rumbly revs to get going, and at first you'd barely start to move, but at least you'd be rolling. Then more revs and effort, a couple of upshifts, and after about 30 seconds you'd be all the way up to 60km/h, and then there'd be the first corner, a lot of leaning and body rolling with sure-footed grip form the tyres, no matter what… and as long as you kept on rolling, you'd just go faster, all the way up to 80 or 90. The thrills! I imagine it'd roll over rough pavement remarkably smoothly, you'd hardly feel it (but you'd hear it!), and the brakes would be good if needed, but hill climbing more sluggish than you could ever imagine.

:lol:

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby grinbergs » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:59 pm

Featherless_Biped wrote:
Ozmac wrote:Given it's based on a 2CV, there'd be a fair few rumbly revs to get going, and at first you'd barely start to move, but at least you'd be rolling. Then more revs and effort, a couple of upshifts, and after about 30 seconds you'd be all the way up to 60km/h, and then there'd be the first corner, a lot of leaning and body rolling with sure-footed grip form the tyres, no matter what… and as long as you kept on rolling, you'd just go faster, all the way up to 80 or 90. The thrills! I imagine it'd roll over rough pavement remarkably smoothly, you'd hardly feel it (but you'd hear it!), and the brakes would be good if needed, but hill climbing more sluggish than you could ever imagine.

:lol:

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Very well written and funny. :D

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Featherless_Biped » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:36 pm

This thread is on one end of the continuum from aggressive intimidators to quirky charmers. It's great that you can see them all on this forum. :)

I had to think about what constitutes "quirky." I was looking at grilles and figured that some would be considered quirky except for the fact that we've become accustomed to them. At any rate, I've picked out some that are somewhat eccentric if not particularly charming. Not all French, you'll notice. ;)

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TVR Tg500 'Tiger" and Messerschmitt KR 200.

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Toyota Sports 800.

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Nash Healey convertible.

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Kaiser Darin. (It may look weirdly like it wants to kiss you, but today it will cost you over $100,000 to buy.)

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Heinkel Kabine 153.

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Mercedes-Benz 150 Sports.

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Fiat Multipla 600.

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Zündapp Janus.

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and of course – Renault 4CV Vutotal Labourdette.

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Ozmac » Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:04 pm

Great selection, RT. I knew the Labourdette would be there, but your other choices are all very good indeed. I love that Zundapp Janus and the Toyota.

A lot of these 'quirkies' look like they've been designed by someone who used to be a cartoonist.
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Re: Quirky charm

Postby k1w1taxi » Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:43 am

grinbergs wrote:I present the Siata 208 CS, 1952

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Just look at that face... cute? ... or plain ugly?

;) :D

Only a mother could love it! Or most of the others so far. :D

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Ozmac » Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:58 am

Just for the record, Johan, I like your taste in cars! :)

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby grinbergs » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:15 am

I think the Abarth 750 "Goccia" fits this theme perfectly. :D

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby DeadCanDanceR » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:00 am

Oh yes, Johan! :)

That one does belong here!
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Re: Quirky charm

Postby GarageOnAWall » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:00 pm

Hope this one qualifies? It's probably commonplace in certain places, but is very unusual to my eyes :P Not sure where to display it in my collection? Is it a Jeep? Is it an Isuzu, maybe someone knows? :lol:

1:43 Jeepney Taxi Manilla by IXO
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Re: Quirky charm

Postby DeadCanDanceR » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:48 pm

Great looking model, BB! :)



Here's something similar:

1975 Renault Goelette -Dakar taxi-, by Ixo-Altaya
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;)
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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Featherless_Biped » Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:07 pm

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Quirky? Charming?

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Vitesse.

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby GarageOnAWall » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:14 pm

Featherless_Biped wrote:.
Quirky? Charming?

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Vitesse.

RT


That is both funny AND sad at the same time! Makes Julio and my public transport look downright lavish!

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