SHDP, Day 3, Oct 28th

Today’s Journey started in a strange place. I woke up thinking about Nissan Micra’s.

The image above caught my eye over all the others. It was the weird door trim. I had never seen that before on a K11 Micra, so I decided to chase the trail.

The trim seems to appear only on UK/Euro versions of the K11 Micra. Almost Coca-cola like.

Inevitably we always seem to run into the Nissan March Super Turbo. A K10 chassis Micra/March. The super turbo features a 0.9L motor which is equipped with both a Turbo and Super charger from factory.

80's monochromatic Nissan Super Turbo March
80’s monochromatic Nissan Super Turbo March

One of the cheats I use to stumble on information is google images. It’s got a bunch of neat tools and features that allow a really nice flow of discovery. By clicking on ‘visually similar’ images it presents a bunch of photos that feel framed the same, with a similar color palette. This is often a great way to run into a vehicle you may have never seen before! Today’s find through this process was a Maserati, but not just any Maserati!

The Ellena Maserati G3.0. Coach built Hearse by Ellena Funeral Car.  http://www.ellenafuneralcar.com/
The Ellena Maserati G3.0. Coach built Hearse by Ellena Funeral Car. 

I know, a bit of a jump from a Nissan March super turbo, but this next jump wasn’t logical either. Digging further into images revealed what I thought was a 2009 Ford Focus….

2014 Lada Vesta
2014 Lada Vesta

Yup! That’s a Lada. Though it looks pretty competitively modern. It goes to show the economic and cultural progress of the Russia. It’s disappointing though, as I myself need a country to rely on for antiquated technologies still sold new. I guess I’ll rely on South America for now, as Cuba too will be making great progress towards modernization soon.

The Poch SA built Lada Niva Saint Tropez
The Poch SA built Lada Niva Saint Tropez

Naturally we had to dive into the world of Lada. Pictured above is a french built Lada Niva. The Saint Tropez was built by Poch SA a french importer of Ladas. It was mostly an exterior restyling. The above customer paid extra for the optional roof spoiler.

Poch SA also built the stylish Niva Grand Large.

Another 80's Monochromatic design approach.
Another 80’s Monochromatic design approach.

 

Another abstract Lada is the Porsche influenced Lada Samara (2100). This happens to be rare ‘Springer’ version. I can only imagine the name is inspired by the talk show.

 

While chasing the Porsche origins of the Samara I started dipping toes into the world of Porsche Prototypes. Below are a few examples of the 928, wrapping up today’s post.

 

Porsche 928 ASC-Estate concept. Apparently two were produced.
Porsche 928 ASC-Estate concept. Apparently two were produced.

 

This particular early 928 concept has similar taillight styling to the Z31 300zx. Porsche being the major influence for the taillight panels of the late 70's and early 80's.
This particular early 928 concept has similar taillight styling to the Z31 300zx. Porsche being the major influence for the taillight panels of the late 70’s and early 80’s.

 

An even earlier clay model with different proportions than the final production version.
An even earlier clay model with different proportions than the final production version.

Today’s drawings. I feel I’ll focus on high glass cars. I personally, really enjoy a car with more window than body.


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