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Old 01-28-2003, 11:20 PM
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Can anyone identify this marque?

I removed this from the steering wheel of an odd little vegetation-encrusted British-looking thing awaiting the crusher at my favorite junkyard. It had obviously spent years lying in state elsewhere. I looked very carefully but could find nothing that identified the make of the vehicle. I'm hoping someone here will recognize it.

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Old 01-29-2003, 01:46 AM
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I think it's from an old, early '50s Hillman Minx. Got a picture of the car?

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Old 01-30-2003, 02:17 PM
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According to a friend who is a British car buff:
"That badge is from a Hillman Hunter. A real boring, piece of crap car."
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Old 01-30-2003, 04:12 PM
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I have fond memories of a childhood in a Vauxhall Cresta. 60's though I think.
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Old 01-30-2003, 04:50 PM
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Ah, English cars . . . the smell of Castrol everywhere . . . the tick tick, no-tick of a Lucas fuel pump . . . checking the wood pieces of the body to make sure there was, not rust, but no rot . . . guesstimation as part of synchronizing twin SU's . . . wondering why, if Hitler had Dr. Porsche, Daimler, BMW, and Leitz, he would ever want to take over England . . .
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Old 01-30-2003, 08:00 PM
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MTI:
I've assumed it was because of the British cuisine.


Paulc:
Yes, that Cresta had a certain similarity to a 1959 Impala.
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Old 01-30-2003, 10:29 PM
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Had a friend about 16 years ago that had a Triumph Sport 6. Was a cool car!!
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Correction

A Hillman dude tells me that badge is horn button from a Minx, probably pre 1956.
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My first convertible was a '62 Hillman Super-Minx. Bought it for $50 in 1973. Horrible rust! Vacuumed about 50 pounds of rust flakes from the rockers and patched it up. Car was a blast to drive! Used to sneak it out of my parents driveway for joy-rides until I got caught. Sold it a year later to a lawyer from Maryland for $250. Thought I made out like a bandit. 10 years later, bought a '67 Sunbeam Alpine. Drove it for 12 years, including a trip to Canada in 1990. Retired it in '97. That was one fine automobile. British cars weren't all bad or boring!

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Old 01-31-2003, 10:15 AM
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Yes, your prize is a bucket of rust flakes.

Since you mentioned the Alpine, I'll tell you that the friend whom I involved in this thread is in the process of restoring a Sunbeam Tiger. Not a Alpine, not an Alger, but a genuine Tiger. He's very meticulous so it should really be something when he's done.
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I pit-crew for a buddy that races a '65 Sunbeam Tiger. We've run it in vintage events at V.I.R., Summit Point and Hershey Pa. In June 2001 we took 'First in Class' at V.I.R.

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How about a...

Lotus Cortina ?

Fantastic automobile.

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Old 02-01-2003, 08:54 PM
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Angry Not all British sedans were boring . . .

My first "foreign car" was a MG Magnette that looked just like this one:
http://www.mgcars.org.uk/mgccz/owners/21932a.jpg

It was an absolute ball on TSD rallies - the tail hung out quite nicely if you came into a corner too hot - and I've always thought the styling "paid homage" to the 3.8 Jag sedan of the times. I guess you could say the late '50's Magnettes were the British equivalent to a AMG Hammer sedan (well, I could say it).

Every once in a while I see one, and my checkbook twitches. Maybe I could put my extra 4.5 drivetrain in one . . . .
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Old 02-01-2003, 09:11 PM
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ok... I was told that i'm not a true benzo fan because I don't know what a hammer is... please educate me
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Old 02-02-2003, 01:17 AM
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Thumbs up It's Hammer-time!

See http://mercedes-amg.tripod.com/amgcars.htm#AMG-Hammer
and be sure to click on the PIC icon in the left margin to see the pictures.

AMG (and Lorinser, etc.) was to MBenz as Shelby used to be to Ford.

I think MBenz has recently bought out AMG, though, and that would make it a house brand.

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