Following the rapid arrival at a solution of the last mystery car, I have decided to try again with what I believe might be a slightly harder one.
I suppose it’s fairly obvious that the view is from the rear of the car. It’s remarkably tidy, don’t you think? As ever the solution will be along at some point in the near future and if you want a little more article then you’ll have to make do with this talking point:
We were discussing this vehicle recently (after I saw this car, coincidentally). It’s a French registered example seen in the back lanes of Dublin 4. Notice the grey base-model bumpers and the off-white paint. It does have a rear wiper though (my 1990 205 had a black plastic grommet). There is also a rub-strip too. It also has plastic wheel covers. The interior (series 2 dash) had mid-grey checked cloth upholstery and for a change wasn’t entirely worn out. I would guess that makes it a car from the limit of the mid-series models.
This Pug is quite an ordinary car in the obvious way but also interesting (if you find this kind of automobile ethnography interesting) in that the owner has driven a nearly worthless car all the way to Ireland where a similarly low-value car might be a third of the age of this one. It is very much like bringing coal to a town famous for coal production. The indigenous equivalent of a car like this in Ireland is perhaps a 2002 Ford Fiesta or Renault Clio. Presumably this will have to be registered or scrapped.
I went to the Irish Department of Revenue website that calculates Vehicle Registration Tax and entered the details of a car like this: 1989, doors, SR model, 1.4 litre engine with 80,000 miles on the clock. The owner of this car might have to pay around 700 euros to register the car. That is somewhat of a surprise. I found some similar models for sale in Donegal for only 80o euros. Hmmm.
At least a prospective importer can estimate the fee if bringing a car to Ireland. In Denmark the fee is something of a pig in a bag: if the car you are importing is old and rare and there are none on sale in Denmark, the vehicle registration fee is a bit of a mystery. The Danish tax office won’t give a figure for a car until you give them the exact details of the one you might have your eye on and even then it’s an estimate only. What you actually pay on the day is revealed on inspection, as far as I gather.