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It seems that this one is not an easy one as DonW said.

This car was powered by a 5.60l Chrysler LA V8 engine and  the time considered to be by many automobile aficionados a magnificent F...... luxury GT.

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On 12/17/2020 at 2:26 AM, DonW said:

Easy for some I suppose, maybe not all! ?

It wasn't easy, and the clues didn't help! And to be even more annoying, I had seen it before, but could not remember what it was!

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2 hours ago, otherunicorn said:

It wasn't easy, and the clues didn't help! And to be even more annoying, I had seen it before, but could not remember what it was!

And I suppose smug Poms like me don't help! ?

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7 hours ago, DonW said:

And I suppose smug Poms like me don't help! ?

Well, searching for "An easy one" didn't return anything useful at all, so no, you didn't help at all!

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I’ve developed a very long list of what it ISN’T, mind you. I thought I knew this category of car pretty well, but clearly not....

best,

M.

Edited by Matt Bacon

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On 12/16/2020 at 3:26 PM, DonW said:

Easy for some I suppose, maybe not all! ?

Pretty easy one, as you say Don, but it's like everything, you either know it or you don't. 

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So here is the solution of this weeks quiz. This car is a 1971 - 1975 Monica 560. Between 1972 and 194 about 40 cars were build. It was intend to be the succssor of the Facel Vega HK500 the last french build luxury sedan. The design combines stying ideas from A Maserati Indy/ Lotus Elan, Aston Martin DBS, Jaguar Mk II and the the american Coke Bottle design. It has named after the wife of Jean Tastevin, a graduate engineer of the École centrale de Paris. 

The correct answer were sent in by:

DonW

Earl Marischall

otherunicorn

GeeBee

dw1603

Richard Bartrop

jokar124

 

Congratulations

 

 

 

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On 12/18/2020 at 10:46 PM, otherunicorn said:

Well, searching for "An easy one" didn't return anything useful at all, so no, you didn't help at all!

? That made me laugh!

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I found the answer on an old forum elsewhere that was discussing good looking four-door cars. It seemed like a fitting place to look, and sure enough, after several pages, there it was.

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I'm kicking myself now. I'd somewhat convinced myself that it was a Pininfarina design, and spent a lot of time looking at all kinds of European cars powered by US V8s. Swiss ones, Italian ones, Italian-American ones, British ones, but not French. And now I look at the rest of the picture, it's obvious that it's parked in Paris (I worked there for a few years recently) and even more or less where it is.... but I didn't notice, so I didn't type "French four door V8 powered GT car" into Google, which results in Monica at the top of the results list and in the image examples! Doh! Zut Alors!

best,

M.

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Very interesting. Never heard of this one, but I was quite curious due to those very pleasing lines. I never would have guessed this as French.

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To me it is slightly uncomfortable in it's looks. The bottom line of the glasshouse should be straight and the tail a bit more muscular. Typical French chic!

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12 hours ago, DonW said:

To me it is slightly uncomfortable in it's looks. The bottom line of the glasshouse should be straight and the tail a bit more muscular. Typical French chic!

You should read the fascinating story behind this car, beyond the original idea and the money the French had surprisingly little to do with it. A very International collaboration.

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1 hour ago, dw1603 said:

You should read the fascinating story behind this car, beyond the original idea and the money the French had surprisingly little to do with it. A very International collaboration.

Thanks David, I shall. It's a car I've known of for many years but never seen one in the metal. I can certainly see why Matt saw a Pininfarina connection.

Cheers,

-Don.

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