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Random oddball cars you've seen

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Good point. I think this particular topic is just for oddball vehicles that we've actually spotted. Of course if you saw one but didn't have your camera, you might choose to post a 'found' photo of same.

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Someone in town -- looked like a friendly, aging hippy -- drives an early-90s Subaru Dias (Sambar) microvan. It looks like a typical kei microvan built on a Justy chassis, and the decals on the side proclaim "4WD CVT" just like the old Justy did.

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Sean and I saw a Volvo C 304 on Saturday in Nanaimo. It was registered in WA USA and the owners gave me a nice tour. Powered by a 3 litre inline six from the Volvo 164 (minus the Bosch injection), it was REALLY cool. Looks a bit like a Pinzi.Then 20 minutes later we saw it pulled over by the cops. Not for speeding, top end is about 80 km/h. Welcome to BC.This is not the actual vehicle (I didn't have a camera on me) but it looks the same as this one.

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I drive a 1989 Honda Acty pickup, all wheel drive, 3 cyl, 45 HP. (www.minitrucktalk.com)In summer, I also drive an Electric motorcycle based on the 78 Honda HawkII that I built.Last year I rebuilt a 82 Iltis (Canadian army jeep).I love fixing up and modifying vehicles, including a 72 VW van with a Porsche 911 turbo, Porsche 924 on a Chev Blazer 4X4 frame, 78 Alpha Alfetta ice racer and now working on a 1800 hp Alcohol injected blowen 4X4 mud dragster (Danish Dragon on CMRO.net).Working on the Smart is a breeze in comparison! Just for more information, North American Diesel Performance can get a chipset (Akins i think) and larger injectors for the 450 Smart! (http://www.nadp.ca)Gotta love these little cars....... Long live the underdog! :D

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Went to the body shop today -- it's a Mercedes-affiliated shop, and is as high-end as they come -- to settle the final account for my smart with the last cheque from the insurance. Sitting there in the reception area is a stunning, concours-restored BMW Isetta 300 Export cabriolet. It belongs to one of their better-heeled customers and they had just finished the full restoration. It is flawless. Of course, I had no camera or cell phone handy, but it looks almost identical to the one at the Microcar Museum.

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Saw this fellow merrily chugging down the highway at less than super-sonic speeds. Kit car maybe?

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Went into my garage the other day and 2 Citroens, a DS21 & an SM, my past father's toys. Possibly the love for French cars started there. But I'll stick to my 2 Smarts. Anyone want a Citroen or a few truck loads of parts? Sure would like to find a needy go home for them rather than sending it to the scrap. Maybe the spare Maserati V6 engine sitting there would transplant into a Smart?

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Is the SM rusty?I have a friend who might be interested.

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The SM has no rust, it was his sunny, Sunday car. It has had some mods so it's not 'collector original'. Stainless exhaust, hydraulic lines to name a few. It has not been driven for a couple of years and needs a battery (on the SM you have to remove the front tire & inner fender for access) (sound like the easy battery access like in a Smart) Would love to find a genuine, caring lover of such strange cars. Spare engine & other stuff too.

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So what kind of price are we talking about here? You did threaten to scrap them.....Has the SM engine had the cam drive upgrade?

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Back on topic. :)Saw this beautiful example of a RHD 1962 Morris Minor (unrestored), taking advantage of the cool but sunny weather today.

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I forgot to mention, a couple of weeks ago in Vancouver, within ten minutes, I saw a well restored ~1970 Fiat 124 Coupé in traffic, a ~1995 Renault Twingo on BC plates and a Mercedes-Benz Unimog with camper body.

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Yeah the Mog was BC-registered, these sightings were all in White Rock.

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post-375-1319589191_thumb.jpgJust got back from Cuba - more odd balls coming once I sort through the picutres - here is one to hold you over.Cheers,Cameron

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Polski-Fiat 126. The successor to the 500. The next generation Cinquecento should look like this ;)

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Spotted near Dorchester today. A nice example of a mid-60's Morris 1000 Woody (from New Zealand I gathered from one of the window stickers)

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post-375-1319589191_thumb.jpgJust got back from Cuba - more odd balls coming once I sort through the picutres - here is one to hold you over.Cheers,Cameron

Sweet! My mom had one in the 80's. We called it Grasshopper :-) Gutless but fun to be in.

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