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blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
April 29, 2009 1:29pm

Hi Kayes, is this Citroen road worthy? It actually looks quite well kept. Might be fun to take a drive in it with the top rolled back.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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April 30, 2009 1:40am

hi Blue Grass, this 2CV used to belong to a chap who runs an antique shop in Chulia Street. I think he has sold it and the new owner lives somewhere in Batu Ferringhi. I see it dashing along the coastal road now and then. Cute little car with that extra large "sun roof". It was used in a James Bond (Roger Moore) movie. Can you see a red Duetto in the background? That car has been lying there for over a year but I was told the owner is not selling it.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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April 30, 2009 10:04am

Here is one waiting to be restored. It is an earlier model. I love that sun roof.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics4/cv222.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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April 30, 2009 11:12am

Blue Grass, talking about those vintage/classic cars with rolled back canvas sun roofs, here is a Fiat Topolino.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics4/topolino9.jpg
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
May 1, 2009 6:46am

Thanks Kayes for the pics. Looking at the second 2CV, I am constantly amazed by what careful restoration can do. It is difficult to imagine, at the moment, what this 2CV will look like after its transformation.

Where did you find this vintage Fiat, Kayes? Amazing that it has been kept in this good condition. It looks as though it is in storage and not driven?
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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May 3, 2009 4:46pm

The Topolino used to belong to a friend of mine in Butterworth. It has since been sold to a lawyer in KL. Noticed the suicide doors of the Topo and that fancy wiper?


Here's another one, a later model.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics4/topo99.jpg



The speedo goes up to 70 mph. This was some kind of mighty mouse in ye olde days Smile


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics4/topo111.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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May 4, 2009 12:49am

Another one.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics4/topo222.jpg
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
May 6, 2009 4:50am

Amazing dashboard, it certainly reflects the easy and uncomplicated way of life in the days when the Topolino was in production.


Hard to imagine the 'Mouse' can get up to 70mph. I think I would enjoy a souped-up Topolino and beat everyone at the traffic lights!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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May 6, 2009 11:51am

hi Blue Grass, like I said before, you certainly know your cars Smile The "Topolino" started production in 1936 and it was officially known and sold as the Fiat 500. However, its resemblance to a mouse earned it the nickname Topolino which I am sure many of you know is the Italian equivalent of mouse. The later Fiat 500s were nicknamed "Cinquecento" which is Italian for 500.


In the mid 60s, one of my cousins won a battered Topolino in a poker game. Must have been a pretty low stake game. He brought the car back to his house and dumped it there. That Topolino had a rollover canvas sun roof and I borrowed it whenever I wanted a "cabriolet". Due to lack of servicing and neglect, the gear stick would sometimes come off when changing gears ....... but it was easy to put it back. Just put the gear stick back into the slot on the floor board and it "clicks" back in place. I use to frighten my passengers by lifting up the gear stick and waved it about when the car was going at a steady speed. It could do 60 mph easily. The speedo read up to 70 mph but I didn't want to push my luck Smile
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
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May 8, 2009 10:20am

Kayes, I had a look at the Topolino with the suicide doors again and was reminded of the movies depicting American gangsters in the 1930s. They used cars with these rear-hinged doors and it must have been for the convenience of shoving people/bodies out with the wind holding the door!



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