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781 of 814  Sat 21st Sep 2019 9:56am  
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Is it a Wartburg from the former East Germany? I have never seen a convertible but the wing shape looks correct.
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pixrobin
Canley
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782 of 814  Sat 21st Sep 2019 7:32pm  
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Well done NL. It's a Wartburg 311-2 Cabriolet.
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Helen F
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783 of 814  Sat 21st Sep 2019 8:44pm  
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I'll confess that I cheated. I could read the 1959 and thought it looked American. A Google search suggested a Cadillac but failing to find a match, I moved on to the next biggest name. Big grin I've never heard of Wartburg. Edited by member, 21st Sep 2019 8:45 pm
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Not Local
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784 of 814  Sat 21st Sep 2019 9:58pm  
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To put a Coventry twist on this - in the 1970's there were always about 6 or 8 cars parked in Aldermans Green Rd outside the still unoccupied old butcher's shop. One of them was a Wartburg saloon of this shape. They were never common, but I did once drive a later Wartburg Knight which was bit disconcerting. They had a 2 stroke engine which burbled away but when you took your foot off the accelerator the car just carried on forward because it was fitted with a free-wheel system. To slow down you needed to brake so I gently pressed the brake pedal - nothing. I pressed a bit harder, still no reaction, and with the junction looming up I pressed even harder. The car then shuddered to a stop under the influence of a braking system which was either on or off. They were cheap to buy so people bought them, but they soon fell out of favour when you could buy a brand new Lada or Skoda which both had a more conventional feel, and had brakes which worked a bit better.
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pixrobin
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785 of 814  Sun 22nd Sep 2019 12:44am  
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Helen. The Wartburg was a car marque manufactured in former East Germany founded in 1898. The name derives from Wartburg Castle on one of the hills overlooking the town of Eisenach where the cars were manufactured. Yes, NL, I forgot to put the Coventry link to the Chevrolet Impala. It was the first American car I saw in Coventry during my teens. It was parked at the eastern end of Pool Meadow.
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PhilipInCoventry
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786 of 814  Sat 12th Oct 2019 3:00pm  
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Hi all Wave I wonder where this goes? I love mysterious gateways.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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787 of 814  Sat 12th Oct 2019 5:18pm  
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Next door’s front room? Lol
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Helen F
Warrington
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788 of 814  Sat 12th Oct 2019 7:32pm  
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ROTFL. Great one MR. Lol Philip, it looks like it is caught in perpetual winter. Might it be a doorway to Narnia?
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argon
New Milton & Tiptoe
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789 of 814  Sat 12th Oct 2019 7:47pm  
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If you made it and can't remember Philip, that is worrying
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pixrobin
Canley
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790 of 814  Sat 12th Oct 2019 8:24pm  
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Philip - you could always create a gated community Wink
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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791 of 814  Sun 13th Oct 2019 2:54am  
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On 12th Oct 2019 5:18pm, Midland Red said: Next door’s front room? Lol
As long as it isn’t the Ladies & Gents Roll eyes
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3Spires
Leicestershire
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792 of 814  Sun 13th Oct 2019 10:04am  
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Are they perhaps Bill's Gates - leading to Windows 10 (remember Windows 7 ceases to be supported after January 2020)?
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PhilipInCoventry
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793 of 814  Sun 13th Oct 2019 7:51pm  
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Evening all Wave
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Helen F
Warrington
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794 of 814  Wed 16th Oct 2019 7:23pm  
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I'm worried about the clearance of the bus. They'll need to take care if the snow builds up.
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PhilipInCoventry
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795 of 814  Wed 16th Oct 2019 9:08pm  
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Hi Helen Wave The height of the bridge clearance is the Coventry standard of 15' 6" Coventry Corporation buses were clear to a minimum height of 15'. Nowadays 14' 6" . During the war, where buses were begged, borrowed or donated, the Alvis bridge on the Holyhead Road did receive some direct hits, and I recall a Guy utility bus hitting the bridge about 1954. The road had just been resurfaced.
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