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Jeez just when you thought they couldn't get any fuglier.

I think I would commit suicide before I got behind the wheel of that abomination! 

 

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6 minutes ago, desertdude said:

Jeez just when you thought they couldn't get any fuglier.

I think I would commit suicide before I got behind the wheel of that abomination! 

 

I would not take things that far- I would simply push it through my front door into the lounge, let the air out of the tyres, and use it as a multi-level coffee table. Or use it as tool shed,or as something to store my cats' food in.  

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On 10/1/2018 at 6:00 PM, treks said:

I would not take things that far- I would simply push it through my front door into the lounge, let the air out of the tyres, and use it as a multi-level coffee table. Or use it as tool shed,or as something to store my cats' food in.  

A good place to keep chickens too. Stick them in at night, wind the window down a bit and close the door. Totally foxproof.

 

Does a clamshell count as a hatchback?

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1.8 BDT mid mounted engine coupled to 4WD system. 444 BHP, 489 NM torque. 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Runs a quarter in 11.4. That’s the homolgation model. The full fat version has a 2.1 engine, 815 BHP and does 0-60 under 2 seconds. That sounds impressive for a car now but imagine this car was doing that in 1984. A proper supercar terroriser. 

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Gartrac G3.

Any good petrolhead knows that the Mk2 Ford Escort is one of the most iconic rally cars of all time. When production stopped in 1981, Ford brought out the Mk3 Escort. The Mk3 was front wheel drive rather than the rwd Mk2. This didn’t appeal to the rally drivers at all. 

A UK company called Gartrac started buying up Mk3 shells and fitting them out with Mk2 parts, with the added bonus of an 80’stastic wide arch kit. It started life with a Pinto engine bored out to 2,200ccs with a twin cam head developed by Cosworth, but these days many have been modified and you can find them with anything from a 2.0 YB Cosworth to a 2.9 V6 Cologne. 

When this car came out, Ford we’re developing the RS1700T. The Gartrac lapped the Ford Boreham test track 3 seconds faster than the Ford developed car which caused Ford enough embarrassment to drop the RS1700T project. Fords answer to the Gartrac G3 was to take the engine from the RS1700T and develop the RS200 I posted above. Some change! I often wonder why Ford didn’t just go all out and build the RS200 originally instead of letting a small car modification company embarrass them.

Anyway, here is the Gartrac G3. You will recognise the Mk3 shape but it has phat arches and a RWD conversion. Also has the super sexy Mk3 Capri wheels. 

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Here’s one for you @sertac

The 205 1.9 GTi came out in 1986. Here’s the 205 1.9 GTi-S which came out in 1984

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How, you ask. 

In 1984 a man named Skip Brown (now a famous Peugeot tuner, I was lucky enough to have had one of his engines) started buying brand new 1.6 GTi’s and building his own 1.9 GTi model and selling them back to the dealerships. Skip was doing for the 205 what John Cooper did for the Mini years ago. 

The 1.9 GTi-s was special. Each engine had a gas flowed polished head, stainless steel valves, high lift cam, blueprinted bottom end and a large external oil cooler. 

This all prompted Peugeot to build the 1.9 GTi we all know and love today.

Heres another rare 205, the Roland Garros edition

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Came out in 1989 and was a 205 XS underneath with special bits added.

 

Finally the holy grail of 205s, the 1FM

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Only 25 were ever made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of BBC Radio 1 in 1992 and given away as prizes to lucky competition winners. The highest spec 205 below the T16 which has very little 205 DNA left anyway. There are only a handful left, my friend is a lucky guy who is restoring one now. 

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Just spotted a Metro GTA for sale in UK. £10,000 😳

 

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Lancia Delta Integrale. Godfather of the Delta S4. Most of them have rusted away now. The owner of chipcentric has one in his garage. Very cool piece of machinery. This particular one belonged to Jay Kay from Jamiroquai. D9A66441-EF26-4E4B-95CC-FAB8550CBAE1.jpeg.4b73975e29515dde2ee0b55556aa2a38.jpeg

And the monster it spawned, the Delta S4. Spaceframed animal. 890kg kerb weight. Supercharged, turbocharged and intercooled longtitudinaly mounted engine. 500 bhp, capable of 1,000 bhp just by increasing the boost. This is the car that was responsible for the death of group B after the death of Henri Toivonen and his codriver Sergio Cresto in 1986 on the Tour de Corse. Toivonen went off the course, down a ravine and the car exploded burning them both to death. The fuel tank was mounted under the seat with little protection for the driver. Back then it was all about achieving 50/50 weight distribution, safety was an afterthought.

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The Lancia Delta Integrale was/is indeed a monster. I had a regular '99 Delta HPE with lovely Recaro seats for a while and loved the revving engine and nimble precision steering.

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