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Old 10-22-2011, 07:43 PM
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Default Vintage, Classic, Historic and Old Spy Shots.

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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!
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:15 PM
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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 though...so I'm not sure if they still have them but it's worth a shot!
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:34 AM
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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
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:14 AM
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From a small thread on here a few years ago...
http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/9483/proto9241bm1.jpg
http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/5838/proto9242ld9.jpg

Cortina/Sierra mule
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuart1...57606054199107

Pre-launch Sierra
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuart1...7606054199107/

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.
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:04 AM
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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:

P610

P601z
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Old 10-23-2011, 03:35 PM
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The w118 sedan and coupe were hideous prototypes.
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:51 PM
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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...
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:38 PM
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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
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:39 PM
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Jim Dunne recently released a book with more than 200 old spy photos in it. I'll be getting a copy soon.

http://www.amazon.com/Car-Spy-Indust...dp/1934709816/
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