Quirky charm

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby DeadCanDanceR » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:09 pm

Cool model, RT! ;)
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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Featherless_Biped » Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:11 pm

It is sad, BB, when you see the real thing.

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby GarageOnAWall » Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:38 pm

Featherless_Biped wrote:It is sad, BB, when you see the real thing.

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Indeed, much of us, despite our own set of troubles, are pretty fortunate in comparison.

However, that pic also makes me think it's another way to have a 'prancing horse' in front of your Italian car :P

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby JSB33 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:46 am

GarageOnAWall wrote:
Featherless_Biped wrote:.
Quirky? Charming?

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Vitesse.

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

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby stewil » Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:45 pm

Am loving this thread Ozmac, :D
I like the way you think based on other threads you've started. Quite a bunch of interesting cars shown already - "Like".

Some cars that I find Quirky yet charming:

1769 Carriage du Cugnot, 1st self propelled land vehicle, designed as a steam powered artillery hauler.
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1905 White steamer, a Vanderbuilt Cup racer.
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1910 Brooke Swan Car. This amazing vehicle was built on a Brooke truck chassis was used in India and did amazing things.
It is/was reputed to be the most finely detailed model available but I am not sure that is still true. A wonderful model non the less.
Story links:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/474 ... n-Car.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vermazeren ... 6/sizes/o/
http://www.loqu.com/brooke-25-30hp-swan ... k3y-485350

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1917 Harry A. Miller Race Car, The "Golden Submarine" Driven By Barney Oldfield
Race Record: Competed in 54 races; 20 wins, 2 seconds 2 thirds. Competed in the 1919 Indy race but did not finish.
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Rumpler
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1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Aerocar,
A streamlined car with an American body which was fitted in 1933/34 and was designed to pull gliders into the air.
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Tatra
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1962 Infinity jet car is an almost perfect design for the solution of speed. Note the drivers cockpit is out of the airstream as it is built into the air intake. Glenn Leasher drove it at Bonneville and sadly, this ill-fated LSR attempt resulted in Glenn’s death.
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1971 Lola T260, #1, 2nd at Laguna Seca, Jackie Stewart
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1974 Fascination #2 “Tomorrows Car Today”
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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Featherless_Biped » Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:07 pm

Wow, Steve, now those are quirky. I think the Swan car has to be the quirkiest. :shock: Interesting story on the Telegraph link.

I'm surprised to see that the Jeantaud held the LSR at less than 40 mph. I would have guessed that railroad steam engines would have been faster in 1898.

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Ozmac » Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:37 pm

Yep, the Swan car is the benchmark. It's fantastic, but your other cool quirkies are all quite fascinating. Love the futuristic "tomorrow's car", haven't seen it before.

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby k1w1taxi » Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:54 pm

Ozmac wrote:Yep, the Swan car is the benchmark. It's fantastic, but your other cool quirkies are all quite fascinating. Love the futuristic "tomorrow's car", haven't seen it before.

Actually only the last one is truly fascinating :D
Lovely collection of interesting cars Steve.
Whilst there have been many interesting designs of 'Aerocar', surely that Roller has to be the least successful. After all what is the point of rounding the rear of the car when the front is a giant cliff of a radiator.

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Tom » Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:22 am

I love the examples posted. Keep 'em coming!

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby David MG » Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:27 am

k1w1taxi wrote:
Ozmac wrote:Yep, the Swan car is the benchmark. It's fantastic, but your other cool quirkies are all quite fascinating. Love the futuristic "tomorrow's car", haven't seen it before.

Actually only the last one is truly fascinating :D
Lovely collection of interesting cars Steve.
Whilst there have been many interesting designs of 'Aerocar', surely that Roller has to be the least successful. After all what is the point of rounding the rear of the car when the front is a giant cliff of a radiator.

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The car was converted to tow gliders. The curved wide visibility rear window would be better then a 4" slit window when towing !
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Re: Quirky charm

Postby BertOne » Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:33 am

An amazing selection Steve. The Swan car certainly does look fantastic and it must surely still rank among the best closed models in terms of detail.
I was looking at my old Brumm Cugnot steam wagon a few days ago and was amazed how good it still looks. It's nice to see that cheap models can sometimes hold their own against pricier ones. The Roller looks great, I keep hoping Neo or one of the Chinese makers considers making it but my favourite is the Miller - a lovely, rare and expensive model that I'd love to get my hands on.

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Featherless_Biped » Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:49 pm

No quirky charm collection would be complete without this concept car from Russia.

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1955. DeAgostini.

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The driver gets in by swinging the whole front of the car open – like an Isetta. Because of the divided windshield, it looks like only one side of the windshield is served by the single windshield wiper. :?

"Belka" means "squirrel" in Russian. 20 hp.?

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby jinx » Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:46 pm

How about a quirky truck?

Norev : Willeme W8 - used by Michelin to test tyres

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby grinbergs » Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:50 pm

This is truly one of my favorite threads. Everytime I see an addition being made, I know I am up for a big smile. That truck is quite suitable for the theme Steve. :)

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby stewil » Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:08 pm

That "Belka" concept car and that big-strange-Michelin truck define quirky.

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Walter Christie sold many of the front drive units to fire departments where the horse drawn fire wagons were rigged with the front drive engine units;
thus saving the costly fire apparatus for continued use and doing away with the truly quirky horses and the mess they left behind. :lol:
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The drive unit.
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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Tom » Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:14 am

Those are really nice! Amphicar added to the wish list, as soon as I can find an affordable example.

The Metropolitan proved that downsizing Nash styling didn't work too well.

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby GBOAC002 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:34 am

In late 1950s Britain the Metropolitan was regarded as exotic! Never mind the feeble BMC A-Series Engine, the style was miniaturised Americana. A white and turquoise Coupe was bought by a stylish lady in our small Cotswold town and her car was a frequent sight around the place for a few years. Amongst black, grey, fawn Standards, Ford Populars, Austin A30s, to us 10 year old school kids this motoring icon was from outer space!!!

As Minis and two tones from a brighter colour pallette Ford Anglias, Triumph Heralds and Ford Cortinas became the norm in our town the little Metropolitan may have lost a little of it's novelty value but never it's charm.

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Johnny_Bravo » Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:46 am

i don't have this kind of models but i am amazed by this thread, i love all that is posted here especially the big haul of stewil, mate they are great, i am glad to see and read a little abou them. The truck is also great.

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby grinbergs » Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:55 am

I thought this Fiat Multipla would fit into this theme's category. :)

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby GBOAC002 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:13 am

Very nearly the world's first MPV....

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby dcast » Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:54 am

Second Toyota for this thread :D
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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Tom » Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:07 am

DKW defined quirky with their Schnelllaster, or quick transporter

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Not a true beauty, the Dainler SP250 Dart. The fins look a little out of place and the nose looks like somebody closed the garage doors too soon. However, it is a charming car

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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Jager » Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:36 am

I think this thread needs some quirky Alfa's. Anyone have a 50's Disco Volante or 90's Zagato SZ ?
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Re: Quirky charm

Postby Arizona Joe » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:16 pm

stewil wrote:Am loving this thread Ozmac, :D
I like the way you think based on other threads you've started. Quite a bunch of interesting cars shown already - "Like".

Some cars that I find Quirky yet charming:

1769 Carriage du Cugnot, 1st self propelled land vehicle, designed as a steam powered artillery hauler.
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I wish to correct you here. The first true self-propelled land vehicle was built in 1701 (also by Cugnot.)


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