Moderator and Bon Vivant
Would you believe this car was designed in 1970? A Lancia HF Zero one-of-a-kind concept car currently in the Peterson Museum in L.A.
"A station wagon with a sports car heart?" Many of today's auto manufacturer's SUV's were built with that design goal in mind. We must each reah our respective conclusion(s) regarding the success of such efforts.Damned straight! A station wagon with a sports car heart? It's got shooting brake written all over it.
I know. I once had the chance to buy a MB 220 coupe for $1500 in about 1967. Then it disappeared from the lot and came back at $3900! And it had a better color scheme than this one.When I was in college, I drove an Austin Healey 2+2 (a '62, I think?), which I'd bought cheap (as one could back in the 80s); it existed in a state of perpetual restoration.
If you walked towards it, you started smelling it (a mixed aroma of gasoline, oil, and Old British Engine) from about fifteen feet away, and it was as noise as a motorcycle. I don't recall ever having the top up, though I must have driven it in the rain at some point (though I had current model 5-series BMW which was the reliable-ish daily driver/rain/snow car, so maybe not.)
It was two-toned, something like the attached pic, only much less pristine.
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After retiring it, I looked at a Volvo P1800, which appealed to me because that's what The Saint drove, but never pulled the trigger on it; I bought a BMW 2002 instead. You used to be able to get really interesting, affordable classics "pre-Internet" (when you were only really competing with local buyers), and they were perfect if you knew your way around a ratchet & socket set.
(The above-depicted Austin-Healey sold for $69,000! I think I bought mine for $500...)