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March 17, 2009

Car Photo of the Day: Sort of a Gremlin

Filed under: Car Photo Of The Day,Uncategorized — chuck goolsbee @ 10:08 am

Seen at the Tulip Rallye a few years back… might as well be a Gremlin. I’m sure it has its share of Gremlins! 😉

BTW, on an administrivia note, I’m clearing out a bunch of “subscribers” to the website today. These are mostly accounts with gibberish-names and gmail or .ru email addresses. I strongly suspect that they are just auto-created by spamming scripts and have no real business here. If I accidentally delete your account, apologies in advance. Next time put a real name in there so it at least appears that a human did the input! If you need to reach me I’m not that hard to find via email or AIM.


  1. Ah, the MG Metro. A Mini in a horrid frumpy dress. What a slight to a noble old marque! I was loaned one once in the early 90s when my daily driver Mini was being fixed: it gave new meaning to the term “dog box” (I’m not talking about the type of gear engagement here!). The turbo version was mildly entertaining. Can’t be compared with a Gremlin or Pacer though -that accolade is reserved for the Austin Princess.

    Comment by Mad Dog — March 17, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

  2. I think my camera would explode in seppaku-protest should I merely try to shoot an Austin Princess!

    Comment by chuck goolsbee — March 17, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

  3. Yes photographic hara kiri is entirely possible with an Austin Princess. The Austin Allegro (All Aggro) might have a similar effect and the Morris Marina was a piece of junk too (almost redeemed by an MGB engine). I think you need to hold a “Worst cars of all time” poll/competition…

    Comment by Mad Dog — March 17, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

  4. Damn you Goolsbee, now look what you’ve started. The same bloke with the Austin Princess for sale (it’s not Roger, is it?) has a Metro for $5000. Honest! See here:

    Now my productivity for the afternoon is ruined.

    (Exits in fits of hysterical laughter)

    Comment by Mad Dog — March 17, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

  5. John…. you’re insane.


    Comment by chuck goolsbee — March 17, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

  6. chuck, MD’s only insane…if he *buys* it.

    I remain in wait for news….

    Comment by vrooomie — March 17, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

  7. It’s the same one that’s in CG’s foto!!! Holy sheepdip, Batman! To the BatCave!!!!

    Comment by vrooomie — March 17, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

  8. I’m afraid I’m not that mad and I don’t want a dog (I’ve had my share of mechanical nightmares) and in addition I have the E to complete. If I had a spare $5000 I’d buy an MGB for running around. However I was just checking back to see if Roger had made an offer for the pair…

    Comment by Mad Dog — March 17, 2009 @ 6:58 pm

  9. “Very early car with black interior, very little rust for a UK car.”


    MG-o-philes must have hated the use of the badge on things like this…


    Comment by gondwana — March 17, 2009 @ 10:34 pm

  10. OOOO! OOO! I see one of my fave non-Jag 2-seaters; the Beemer Z8 in the upper left of the pic…yuuuuuMEE! got any good pix of it, CG?

    Comment by vrooomie — March 18, 2009 @ 9:19 am

  11. “Very little rust” in UK parlance generally means that only the front and rear subframes, the A panels, the rear wheel arches and the floor pan need to be replaced. If you’re lucky the doors and roof might be ok. The USA equivalent in understatement is “in need of some TLC” meaning a total restoration.

    BTW, did any of you guys make an offer yet…?

    Comment by Mad Dog — March 18, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

  12. MD, that’s called, in adverts, a ‘mechanic’s special.”

    RUN, Martha, ruuuuuuun……!!


    Comment by vrooomie — March 20, 2009 @ 5:07 am

  13. I love the “minor issue” for wish he created a special tool to deal with. I mean, I had a Saab I started with a screwdriver in the ignition switch but I didn’t consider that quaintness to justify a $5000 selling price…

    Comment by Mark Webber — March 20, 2009 @ 9:21 am

  14. That should be, “which.” Unless you “wish” to read my post in a Foster Brooks voice in “which” case the original is just fine. :/

    Comment by Mark Webber — March 20, 2009 @ 9:23 am

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