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Old 05-22-2016, 12:16 PM   #1011 (permalink)
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Anyone have an idea what car this is? Parked behind my new job in a trailer park, don't want to get too close and shot by the owner lol. I'm guessing an early 90s Dodge but never seen one with this rear end. Guessing it's an eco-car with the kamm.

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Old 05-22-2016, 03:01 PM   #1012 (permalink)
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That's a Nissan Pulsar NX. The Sportback wasn't very common; it's unusual to see one nowadays.
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Old 05-29-2016, 12:52 AM   #1013 (permalink)
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It may look like some sort of "poor man's Corvair", but it's a Brazilian version of the Volkswagen Type 3 notchback sedan. The wheelcovers are from the Ford Fiesta and the "donkey ass" taillights from the Chevrolet Opala. Popular nicknames for this model were "Coffin Joe" and "soap dish", but some folks still call it incorrectly "4-door Beetle".



And a Brazilian Type 3 TL. There was no Type 4 in Brazil, but the local Type 3 had some of its styling cues and the 4-door versions which were unavailable for the German Type 3.


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Old 05-29-2016, 02:37 PM   #1014 (permalink)
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I suggest you forward this post to Jason Torchinsky at Jalopnik. He may[ not] have covered these already.

The glass and doors look interchangeable with German versions. What does the dash look like?

Exporting a whole car might be expensive; but I'll bet there are people who would order in a rear clip and graft it onto their US Squareback. ...Hey, the Bug Run is coming up 20160604.
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The glass and doors look interchangeable with German versions.
Probably. But I'm not so sure about it. I have never seen a German Type 3 notchback, TL or Variant/Squareback, only a Type-34 Karmann Ghia once.


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Exporting a whole car might be expensive; but I'll bet there are people who would order in a rear clip and graft it onto their US Squareback.
They're becoming hard to find even here in Brazil, though there are still lots of Beetles and Brasílias still being daily-driven.
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I was hauling my trailer (beats owning a pickup!) on Saturday, slowing for an upcoming stop sign, when a car pulled a rolling stop out in front of me. No big deal except it was a Metro, and it looked great! He pulled into a parking lot right before the stop sign and I couldn't follow because of the trailer.

I was going to the hardware store, and when I came out the Metro was pulling into the lot. I threw my stuff into the car and ran over to ask about it. It was a 98 Chevy with the 1.0 and a manual. He said he was getting around 44 with it, and again, the car was in amazing shape.
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I spent a weekend covering a cycling event, and saw some pretty neat handbuilt junkers out in the far reaches of nowhere:


This one seems to be based on a shortened Toyota platform.


And this is based on a 70's Mitsubishi Lancer.
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Volkswagen Suran, known in Brazil as SpaceFox and in Mexico as Sportvan
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Is that a SpaceFox Terrier guarding it?

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