Mystery Car

Our correspondent in Dublin, Mick, has kindly sent us a blurry close-up which might be a candidate for a mystery car competition.

… or not a mystery at all?

What is remarkable is that among our readers are people with the skill to recognise what this car is without having seen one in the metal for what could be years. This says something about how much visual consistency is applied at all scales of a car compared to a building, for example.

I would guess that if you pick 1% of the surface of a car and 1% of the surface of a building then the cars would be easier to identify. Another interesting point is whether a car from today is more or less easily identified from a 1% sample compared to one from, say, 1960. That’s a researchable question!

Mystery Car

Our correspondent in Sweden, Niels, has had the good fortune to see one of these. What is it?

What is this?
What is this?

This kind of thing is what you can see if you keep your eyes peeled when roaming around Sweden. It was behind glass, hence the reflections that are apparent in the image. There was an old-favourite of DTW parked nearby which I will show a little later on in the week.

Forthcoming

Tomorrow, Driven to Write is pushing aside all other issues to deal with a single car. It’s the Big Ask:

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Our writing team will offer their deep wisdom and cogent analysis of the times and fate of one of Europe’s most discussed saloons from the recent past. Above is a small indication of what will be presented in the course of this unique day. As a sample, the car had a 1.9 litre common rail diesel engine among those offered during its nine-year run. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow to find out just how the Big Ask was answered…

Forthcoming: The Big Ask

Simon Kearne, the editor, has asked his team to apply their minds to a single car worthy of this combined firepower.

mystery car

To that end we will be clearing the decks of all other subjects on one special day: October 27th, 2016. The car in question had, among its range, a 1.3 litre four cylinder petrol unit with 16 valves.

Mystery Car

Our Leinster correspondent has spotted a mystery car on his travels around Ireland’s capital.

What is that?
What is that?

There are no prizes for identifying it but we do welcome some interesting insights. I suspect the paint colour is enough to trigger recollections. That paint colours are so undistinguished now means such gut-responses will be harder to make when we see the mystery cars of 2016 in 2030. Hmmm; metallic grey. It must be a VW, or Audi or Ford or Renault or Opel or  Kia or maybe a Benz… they did that colour in the period 1995 onward? By the way the mystery car is the one in the centre of the photo and not the Laguna parked to the left of it. Those paved front yards are dismal.

A Photo for Sunday Night

This one baffles me. It has a Ferrari badge on the tail and steering wheel. Is it?

What's this? Seen in Dublin. The licence plate is for imported cars that were registered first outside the ROI.
What’s this? Seen in Dublin. The licence plate is for imported cars that were registered first outside the ROI.

The engine sits in the rear. Inside is a tatty but complete set of interior parts. Fibre-glass was used for the body. It has a flush under-body and Triplex branded windows.