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That last image reminds me I still have to do a point by point comparison of the Peugeot 407 Coupé and saloon. And why are there so many Mehari’s in Uruguay? So such to do and so little time.
8 thoughts on “Connect the Dots”
There might be a Haynes manual for each of these cars. That’s not what I am looking for.
The Imp was a product of the Rootes Group
The Eldorado in your photo was once owned by Alex Haley, author of the book Roots : The Saga Of An American Family
The Peugeot can often be seen in its home country cruising down the Grandes Routes
Apart from the completely different spelling and the fact that, as far as I know, item 2 is a total fabrication, I think that solves it.
Again, not the right answer. Think of James Burke’s “The Day The Universe Changed” and you might get a solution.
Or Mornington Crescent.
the Imp is rear-engined but is styled like a front-engined car (close to a Riley Elf or a DAF 33)
the Eldorado is a FWD mammoth with the proportions of a large RWD barge
the 406 is a FWD coupe that looks like a RWD car (at least more than its close contenders, like the Volvo C70 and the Lancia Kappa), it even has some resemblance to a Vauxhall Monaro in some angles.
so the dots are joined by the fact that all of them have designs that don’t go with their powertrain layouts?
That’s quite good. Again, it’s not the answer I had in mind.
This is troubling me. Is it trim materials? Or limited editions?
Or possibly Greek Al:
He was in close contact with Parkes and Fry during the Imp’s development, and thought highly of it, apart from it being built “the wrong way round”.
The “-ado” in the Eldorado and Toronado was said by some to be in homage to the Austin (or Amalgamated) Drawing Office – Issigonis was regarded highly by some GM engineers.
Peugeot turned Issigonis’ “bunk-bed” engine and gearbox configuration for the 204 and 304, then built millions of a properly-sorted 9X which they called the 104. They’d gone all Giacosa long before the 406 arrived.
I’m sure the foregoing is nowhere near the correct answer. I have high expectations.
They’re all two door cars, as the shot of the Peugeot reveals it to be the coupe. In addition all three have engines/drivetrains at one end of the vehicle instead of front/rear traditional layout.