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Old 11-04-2008, 05:11 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Traban out of East Germany. Cold War Commie fugliness epitomized.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:07 AM
 
Location: European Union
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Never would I expect for BMW to manufacture such monstrosity of a car. Never.
One have to understand the history of BMW to acknowledge the importance of that car... without the Isetta, there would be probably no BMW cars today.

"By 1959 the automotive division of BMW was in financial difficulties and a shareholders meeting was held to decide whether to go into liquidation or find a way of carrying on. It was decided to carry on and to try to cash in on the current economy car boom.

Therefore the rights to manufacture the tiny Italian "ISO-Isetta" were bought using a modified form of BMW's own motorcycle engine. This was moderately successful and helped the company get back on its feet."
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:10 AM
 
Location: European Union
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But what's to expect from Europeans? They prefer junk to class.
You mean to choose the Multipla over the Aztek?
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Old 11-04-2008, 09:37 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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You mean to choose the Multipla over the Aztek?
FIATS are one of the few cars less reliable than a GM minivan. Fix It Again, Tony!
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Old 11-04-2008, 06:37 PM
 
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One have to understand the history of BMW to acknowledge the importance of that car... without the Isetta, there would be probably no BMW cars today.

"By 1959 the automotive division of BMW was in financial difficulties and a shareholders meeting was held to decide whether to go into liquidation or find a way of carrying on. It was decided to carry on and to try to cash in on the current economy car boom.

Therefore the rights to manufacture the tiny Italian "ISO-Isetta" were bought using a modified form of BMW's own motorcycle engine. This was moderately successful and helped the company get back on its feet."
I guess BMW had to start somewhere and despite what is going on in the economy, BMW continues to prosper. I do like BMW vehicles and other models I do not particularly fancy. I did not mean to get all carried away about the Isetta. I was kinda in the moment as I was bashing the poor little car that made BMW what it is today. My apologies. I hope I did not offend any BMW fans on this thread.
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Old 11-04-2008, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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In a strange way I actually quite like that.
Ironically, my grandfather has one of those... Its a 1976 it has 50K actual miles. He loves it, but most everyone else in my family hates it and embarrased to ride in it, but when he takes it to cruise-ins, everyone just loves it. Here you go... It was pretty rare because it was so high optioned... pretty unusual for these.. it has power steering, power brakes, cold A/C, FM radio, etc. These are ugly, but they have bulletproof inline 6-cylinder engines that seem to never break. Jeep used these engines for years.

Here she is!



Here is his other classic... I like it better... 1955 Cadillac... been garaged since new....

and this was his old car...
1955 Buick...
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Old 11-04-2008, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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That car in the original post would not look all that bad if not for all of that nonsense going on toward the back cargo window area. That should have been ONE window.
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:20 AM
 
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This might have to be considered, although they were quite comfortable when the gas shocks kicked in (or whatever that was)

Introducing the Citroen
I think the Citroen DS is gorgeous.. and it has received design accolades
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:28 AM
 
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Subaru Brat was pretty ugly:


Subaru did not learn their lesson with the Baja:
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Subaru Brat was pretty ugly:


Subaru did not learn their lesson with the Baja:
Brats are collectors items if you can find one thats not eat up with rust. The only ones that did not rust are the ones that never had a speck of water on them. Even here in the south they rusted.

The little VW truck was the same way.
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