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Niko Bellic 10-22-2011 07:43 PM

Vintage, Classic, Historic and Old Spy Shots.
Hi everyone!

I made a thread for the following thing: Spyshots from older cars, from any time to around 2000. Does anyone know any good sites to find these shots or does anybody have some old magazines with some spy pics in it? I have very much car magazines from the 70's, i'll make some shots of spyshots from them. Thanks in advance evryone, i'm hoping to see 80's-90's spyshots the most!

pjl35 10-22-2011 08:15 PM

The Car Connection used to have an extensive database of spyshots...going back until sometime around 2000 I believe. I haven't been on there in a while I'm not sure if they still have them but it's worth a shot!

Nath 10-23-2011 04:34 AM

One i would like to see is when Rover were testing the MGF it was in disguise of a Metro van, that and BMW E46 3 series had a Rover grille during testing

Rob 10-23-2011 09:14 AM

From a small thread on here a few years ago...

Cortina/Sierra mule

Pre-launch Sierra

That's all I've got, there must be loads of gems out there. Would love to see some spy shots of the Mk1 Focus, or Mk7 Escort as it was.

Niko Bellic 10-23-2011 10:04 AM

Don't know if these were ever used as testing beds, but it are pre-production cars for cars that never reached production.

W118_W119 Sedan prototype

W118_W119 Coupe prototype

EDIT: Bugatti EB110 test car!

Front view, testing on the 'ring

Back view

Engine shot

Trabant P610 and P601z test cars:



Niko Bellic 10-23-2011 01:29 PM

Double post, i know, sorry.

VW Jeep Front

VW Jeep Back

Lancia Beta

Fiat Ritmo, or something like that, front view

Fiat again, side view

The luxury version of the Fiat 127(?)

Opel Corsa

Also some big Fiat, can't remember the name XD

Alfa, front view

The same Alfa, front view in some other angle

Porsche 928, back view

Porsche 928, fornt view

Porsche 928, different angle back view

Opel something, but in a Fiat mule

The same opel, un-camoed plastic prototype

Rover 2,5, or 2500

Mercedes Coupe, front view

Ditto, back view

Can't remember number one

Can't remember number two

Both of 'em

What do you think? I've got some more for the intrested people!

swizzle 10-23-2011 03:35 PM

The w118 sedan and coupe were hideous prototypes.

mick78 10-23-2011 06:51 PM

The Luxury version of the Fiat 127 is actually the 126 facelift, about when it officially gained the Bambino name. This car was bult in Poland until a few years ago with more or less teh same design .

An interesting find is the large luxury Fiat, as this car actually never materialzed. Given the 126 oin the background, I gues it must be from the 70ies, so when the 130 was already out - probably a planned successor, killed by the oil crisis?

The Fiat mule said to be an Opel is IMO VW Golf Mk. I mule, the wheel asre VW, and thw wheelbase is too long for a Corsa, apart from that both VW for the first Golf and Ford for the frst FIesta used the 127 as a mule, for GM swithcing to FWD only in 1979 with the Kadett D/Astra Mk. 1 the 127 would already be a bit outdated as mule. So, VW wheels approx. fitting wheelbase and proportions tell me that is the first GOlf ;-)

Anyway, great finds, teh Merc W118 look scary, but also way smaller than the final product, resp. twith a longer wheelbase and FWD liek proportions - did MErcedes consider a FWD car in the 60ies? It does seem to look a lot like the first Audi/late DKW F102, and at this time DKW/AUdi was owned by MErcedes, would they source FWD there? As we know today, the kept RWD and sold AUdi to VW...

Nath 10-23-2011 07:38 PM

Regarding the Fiat/Opel/VW..
The article its attached to shows a GM model, though actually a Vauxhall not an Opel (from when the marques were sharing hardware but with strong styling differences.
As it appears the "Fiat" mule is wearing German plates (again look at the picture with the model, you can just about see them above) and at the time a Vauxhall would be tested on UK plates and not German then I think it also supports the VW theory.
Could be the contemporary magazine was incorrect in thinking its GM

caarmike 10-23-2011 09:39 PM

Jim Dunne recently released a book with more than 200 old spy photos in it. I'll be getting a copy soon.

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