Would you buy a brand new 'old' car?

  1. earthman Member

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    If say Ford started to reproduce the Sierra Cosworth for example, would you buy one? It doesn't have to be an high performance make/model, any vehicle from the past that you really fancied but couldn't have at the time. OK, I get that manufactures have to follow certain rules/regs to make a vehicle road legal now, emissions, air bags etc but surely that could be done without disturbing the overall size/look of the original version??

    We currently have BMW's version of the Mini, which is nothing much like the original in my eyes, Fiat's 500 is certainly closer in size but still a miss in my opinion.
    I'm into motorcycles too, Suzuki brought out the Katana this year, again it's not like the original version really.

    What do you chaps think, would basically a direct copy of X vehicle sell better than these half hashed attempts? And why haven't any of them done it??
     
  2. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    Good question.

    If Ford started making the Escort Cosworth, same shape with the wide boy whale tale on the back.

    I’d be ordering one in a heart beat
     
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  3. Mick Annick

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    I drive a Morgan, design little changed from the 30’s...
     
  4. ronan

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    Doubt they would be allowed to manufacture the same cars again, safety regs have moved on i reckon, as well as emissions etc. A lad went by me in a mid 80's opel manta the other day and the smell of the exhaust took me right back.
     
  5. TechnicAl

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    No
     
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  6. ronan

    ronan Forum Supporter

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    They have a BMW engine don't they ?
     
  7. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    Didn’t Richard Hammond do a thing on Top Hear once about the old, new Morgan.

    And if memory serves me correct doesn’t he have one too?
     
  8. ronan

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    The three wheeler wasn't it ?
     
  9. Mick Annick

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    Yes, Hammond has just ordered a new BMW engined one, mine has an old school Range Rover 3.9 lump in it
     
  10. Kayos

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    New new mini is allegedly going to be mini sized again

    I dont trust Ze Germans though
     
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  11. CompoSimmonite Member

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    I prefer older cars so it they were available new, and I could afford, then I'd jump at the chance. Capri would be top of my list
     
  12. Mick Annick

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    Comfort, reliability and crash protection are also from the 1930’s
     
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  13. owas

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    Abit like land rover selling completly rebuilt cars?

    I wouldn't be able to afford it :laughing:
     
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  14. Rudi McAnichal Member

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    Whenever geriatrics start talking about cars, at least half of them seem to wish they could still buy a Morris 1000 Traveller.
     
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  15. Wedg1e

    Wedg1e They call me Mr. Bodge-angles

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    About 10 years back I went to look at a Kat 750 Mk2 (the pop-up headlamp version, thought it'd look good alongside the TVR and Lotus) in Bury: £750 for a 750. Looked at it from every angle, started it up, guy said take it round the block. Tyres were narrower than my mountain bike's, wooden brakes, lots of revs and went nowhere fast. Couldn't bring myself to like it, and it did nothing better than my modern 1300 Honda. Shame, because I'd always wanted one yet couldn't make myself like it. They always say never meet your heroes. Even more of a shame: £750 then is more like £4500 now :rolleyes:
    It would be nice to think that some of the great car shapes could be brought back with modern tech, but re-engineering them to keep up with crash legislation would be practically impossible. Hell, even modern cars keep on getting bigger outside but smaller inside because of all the padding...
     
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  16. ronan

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    Yes, at £150,000 a pop !


     
  17. atomant48

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    Trouble is nothing made these days seems to be like it was. The chopper bicycles they re released took all the things that were cool and threw them away.

    Only car manufacturer I can think that does un molested updates with actual improvements is tamiya.
     
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  18. cheb Forum Supporter

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    The only car from the past I'd have any interest in would be a 1990's 1700 diesel Astra estate. Everything I wanted in a car and nothing more. Quick enough to batter on motorways, good fuel economy and few electricals to go wrong. Mine died of rust, as do most of my vehicles.

    I'm not looking forward to changing my mk7 Transit, new vans are too complicated. I do appreciate the comfort, quietness, economy and speed compared to my mk5 though.

    Other than that it's just a vehicle and modern ones are mostly better than old ones. I can't get all misty eyed over them, not even the ones I love but would never own, 6R4, Stratos and the like.
     
  19. R-D-R Member

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    I had a deposit down for a brand new twisted 110 last year. Paper work done for the modifications etc.

    It’s was a heart vs logic thing, logic won in the end and I bailed on the order.

    still have regrets though
     
  20. earthman Member

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    Not that I'm in the market for a new car or bike but if I were, I wouldn't even know what to choose, so many cars just look the same don't they, most are boring in my opinion.

    Chassis/crash protection wise, surely a lot of 80's designs could just be slightly altered under the skin?

    I forgot about Morgan and LR, if they managed to get past that hurdle, why couldn't the others??
     
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