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I read these cars where quiet popular amongst criminals, because it was able to outperform any police car while holding four people.
For those who don’t know this car a little bit of Wikipedia: The Lotus Carlton (the Lotus Omega and sometimes called the Opel Lotus Omega outside the United Kingdom) was a Vauxhall Carlton/Opel Omega A saloon upgraded by Lotus to be a 177 mph (285 km/h) sports saloon with acceleration to equal contemporary supercars. The external differences were minimal with the addition of a rear spoiler, vents on the bonnet, Lotus badges on the front wings and bootlid, a bodykit and considerably wider wheel arches distinguishing it from a standard Carlton/Omega. The car was only sold in one colour, a shade called Imperial Green, a very dark green that in anything but direct light appears black.
Side view of 5 German made BMW 3 Series e36 M3 coupes build from 1992 – 1999. The BMW E36 is the third generation of the 3 Series compact executive cars produced by BMW. Design by Joji Nagashima.
The BMW M3 is a high-performance version of the BMW 3-Series, developed by BMW’s in-house motorsport division, BMW M. (Wikipedia)
– M3 GTS-2 PTG race car
– M3 GTR touring car
– M3 Lightweight White With Checkered Flag
– M3 estoril blue coupe
– red coupe
The Alfa Romeo 164 (codenamed Type 164) is a four-door executive saloon that was manufactured by the Italian automaker Alfa Romeo from 1987 to 1998 and designed by Enrico Fumia of Pininfarina.
In 1993, The Q4 (short for Quadrifoglio 4) was equipped with the most powerful 3-Litre V6 engine fitted to the 164. The Q4’s four-wheel-drive consisted of a viscous coupling unit, central epicyclic differential and Torsen differential in the rear. Connected to the ABS and “Motronic” engine management modules, the power driven to the rear axle was continuously variable from 0 to 100% subject to road conditions. This model was equipped with a Getrag 6-speed manual gearbox. (Wikipedia)
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1984 Toyota Tercel SR5 4WD Wagon by Monkey Crisis On Mars
Here is the story: At the age where kids (mostly boys) start bragging about the family ride there was this constant question about the car someone drives. If your dad’s car didn’t pull it off there was of course always the option to put in the brother’s, uncle’s, cousin’s or other relative’s car to top the opponent. And then there was this new kid: Just moved into town, single mom, mostly quiet. His simple answer was: “My mom drives a Toyota Tercel.” I remember the first time I saw the car I was really upset. Why would anybody want to drive such an ugly, small, japanese (yes, that was an issue back then) car, when there where so many nice and big cars available? The interesting thing is that from all the cars that existed around me in my friend’s family I only remember maybe two. But I can clearly recall the Tercel. So this one is for you Todd. It took me a while but I have to admit your mom had a pretty cool car.
More Tercels to come
You like it strong? For all the caffeine junkies, coffee lovers, and morning haters.
I don’t collect die-cast model cars. I do buy them though, but I hand them over to the kids since believe the cars you play with when you are very young will influence you for the rest of your life. Usually they are Hotwheels (the cool, realistic ones, not the weird fantasy racers), but there are exceptions: Saw this one at the local Ralph’s supermarket on the shelf sitting between cheap looking super cars and trucks. I feel I had to safe it. It has all the details of Petter Solberg’s Subaru Impreza WRC2007, correct number and even a roll cage for only 5 Dollars! So now it’s sitting on my desk, giving me inspiration until some little person will ask me for the keys to hoon it over the floor.
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