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Summer Classics – Easter Compton

After visiting Queen Square a couple of weeks ago I popped over to Easter Compton for the Summer Classics meeting.

Volkswagen Beetle, Summer Classics, Easter Compton

Representing the home of the Volkswagen, Wolfsburg (Wolfs Castle), was this 1959 Beetle.

Citroën CX 25 GTi Turbo, Summer Classics, Easter Compton

Turbo’s were all the rage in the 1980’s this is a top of the range Citroen CX 25 GTi Turbo from 1985 capable of 130 mph.

Raleigh Safety Seven, Summer Classics, Easter Compton

From 1933 an air cooled twin cylinder Raleigh Safety Seven 3 wheeler, built by the manufacturer in Nottingham better known for building bicycles since 1885 as it does to the present day.

Pontiac Firebird, Summer Classics, Easter Compton

If the signage on this California Highway Patrol car is to be believed this 1997 Pontiac Firebird was converted from a drug dealers car, though I suspect that might just be a bit of PR. If you know different please do not hesitate to chip in below.

Oldsmobile Delta 88, Summer Classics, Easter Compton

Delta was an upmarket trim option introduced to the Oldsmobile 88 in 1965, this Oldsmobile Delta 88 was built in 1972.

Dodge Deluxe Convertible, Summer Classics, Easter Compton Convertible, Summer Classics, Easter Compton

Dodge is celebrating it’s centenary this year, this 1948 Dodge Deluxe Convertible with Fluid Drive transmission was based on a design that went back to 1940 complete with L head side valve motor. These solid Chrysler Corporation D24 cars outsold Fords in the immediate aftermath of World War 2.

Thanks for joining me on this “Summer Classics” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow for a look at another vehicle with Can Am history. Don’t for get to come back now !


Civilian In A Smokey Wrapper – Plymouth Fury

This month’s Americana Thursday blogs will feature a selection of North American law enforcement vehicles, starting with today’s featured 1971 Plymouth Fury.

Plymouth Fury, Bristol

This car was registered in the UK on April 1st 1978 and is officially quoted as having a 5 litre / 302 cui motor which I suspect is actually a 5.2 litre / 318 cui motor.

Plymouth Fury, Bristol

In 1971 Mopar Police Packages included a 155 hp (net) 318 cui option for “all but pursuits“, while researching this blog I stumbled on this fascinating 1971 film made at the California Highway Patrol training facility which features a large number of Mopar law enforcement vehicles including a pursuit Speedbird !

Plymouth Fury, Bristol

Closer inspection of the grill reveals today’s featured car may have been supplied by Garage Visscher near Utrecht in the Netherlands, however Henk Visscher had kindly informed me that while Garage Visscher was under his fathers control only Simca, Chrysler, Sunbeam, Matra, Talbot, Mitisubishi, Alfa Romeo, Opel, Renault, Nissan, Peugeot and Citroèn were sold, but no Plymouth’s so the Garage Visscher badge may have been applied some time after the car was purchased. So far as I am aware Dutch “Polite” forces there used VW Beetles for patrols and Porsche’s for more demanding pursuit work at the time this vehicle was supplied, so in all probability this car was supplied to a non police customer.

Plymouth Fury, Bristol

Film buffs may recognise the paint job bears a striking resemblance to the thirteen 1974 Dodge Monaco “Bluesmobiles” used in the making of the Blues Brothers film. Indeed this vehicle was used on the streets of Bristol to promote a Blues Brothers stage/tribute act.

Plymouth Fury, Bristol

The 1971 incarnation of the fifth generation “Fuselage” Fruy offered for the first time an option of a stereo tape player “with microphone” with which customers could record the radio and or make dictations.

Thanks for joining me on this “Civilian In A Smokey Wrapper” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again for Ferrari Friday tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !