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    197o's South African Cars

    My Memory cells are awakening!.. I stand corrected

    South African Cars! of the 1970's ....strange beasts

    Ford Ranchero.....Aussie Falcon Ute rebadged
    Ford Bakkie ...Ford Cortina ute.... never saw thise in OZ or NZ


    Chevrolet Kommando/Kommandant?.....HQ Holden rebadged
    Chevrolet El Camino..... HQ Holden Ute rebadged
    Chevrolet De ville ....Holden Statesman Devile rebadged.......NZ has some of these also...Was this to make those down under think they were buying a Caddy
    Cherolet Firenza...A UK Vauxhall Viva
    Austin Victoria.......what!! ...IMHO..a real bitsa ....Austin Allegro/ Triumph 2000 hybrid..or something like that

    BMW...well I saw models that did not even resemble the BMWs fron the rest of the world

    Back to the Chevs...a 3800 and a 4100 ...these were basically the Opel Commodore with a different front.....later to be the Commodore that replaced the Holden Kingswood in Oz. I had some pics of these but destroyed by fire
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    Re: 197o's South African Cars

    Makes me want to put on my "Toecutter" outfit!

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    Re: 197o's South African Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Kwozzie1
    Austin Victoria.......what!! ...IMHO..a real bitsa ....Austin Allegro/ Triumph 2000 hybrid..or something like that

    BMW...well I saw models that did not even resemble the BMWs fron the rest of the world
    The Victoria was an Austin 1300 with a longer boot, also built in Spain as the Authi Victoria. It was styled by Michelotti, hence the resemblance to the Triumph 2000.

    The BMWs were probably 1800SAs. When BMW bought Hans Glas in the 1960s they transferred production of the Glas 1700 to South Africa & Brazil, suitably modified with BMW drivetrains, grilles & badges.

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    Re: 197o's South African Cars

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    The BMWs were probably 1800SAs. When BMW bought Hans Glas in the 1960s they transferred production of the Glas 1700 to South Africa & Brazil, suitably modified with BMW drivetrains, grilles & badges.
    Thems were the days. We had 'proper' 1800s in NZ., as well as the full range of other hydrolastic cars. I owned many and various; best maybe a modified 1969 Aussie-assembled Mini automatic with 1275 engine and a Automotive Products MkIIb sequential/full auto 4-speed, 12G940 late Coopper 'S' head ... great to leave those pesky Cortinas behind!

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    I am the Night Rider.... a fuel injected suicide machine!

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    [. We had 'proper' 1800s in NZ., as well as the full range of other hydrolastic cars. I owned many and various; best maybe a modified 1969 Aussie-assembled Mini automatic with 1275 engine and a Automotive Products MkIIb sequential/full auto 4-speed, 12G940 late Coopper 'S' head ... great to leave those pesky Cortinas behind!
    Oh the 1800. What possesed my father to buy not one but 2! First was UK assembled, say no more, the second was built in Oz. What was the motto "the car of the century floats on fluid"

    I rmember the Mini Automatics....Hertz NZ had some of those. I don't think the auto lasted well.
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    A whole new world!

    I've gotta get "down under" one of these days and see it for myself.

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    Re: 197o's South African Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    A whole new world!

    I've gotta get "down under" one of these days and see it for myself.
    You will be welcome
    Both NZ and OZ would give you some great roads to ride your Kawasaki on. We see a lot of foreign plated cars on our roads
    Rex
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