Railroad vs Railway?

David Nebenzahl wrote:


Of course.

It might well have been a Sunbeam Minx in the USa. Rootes had no pride and would pull any stunt to sell another car!
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Ach! . . .THAT must've been the Metropolitan. British, not French. Oh well, it was a looong time ago. They were neat little cars and seemed to have done OK from a maintenance standpoint
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Froggy, @, thepond..com wrote:

The Austin A40 mechanicals were very good and reliable, but I can't imagine them surviving a US coast to coast type of trip. Here in NZ they were one of those cars (the original A40 Devon) that you saw driving around long after other makes of similar vintage had died.
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Back in the 1970's my brother had an Alpine (and now has another one, in MUCH better condition) at the same time the second "family" car was a Rambler American.
The American was NOT "little".
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Methinks maybe he meant Metropolitan. Which I believe was made in GB.
The American was the upside down bathtub on wheels.
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greybeard spake thus:

Nope, pretty sure it was an American. It was a 2-door convertible. This would have been early '60s. Seem to remember the model was American 4-40 or something like that.
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You must have a pretty strange bathtub.
http://www.amxfiles.com/amc/part2.html#american
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On Sat, 11 Mar 2006 14:04:31 GMT, Joe Ellis wrote:

WARNING! The referenced site contains pictures likely to traumatize small children, pregnant women, and men with heart disease. Whatever you do, DO NOT scroll down to the picture of the Marlin, one of ugliest vehicles of all time.
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Steve Caple wrote:

I looked further down the page, and found the Rebel. We had a Rebel, great car. Fit and finish below par, but it was tough, and would cruise all day at 85mph without even breathing hard. Which netted me a speeding ticket in the middle of Saskatchewan one year, coming back from the West Coast.
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On Sat, 11 Mar 2006 18:08:00 -0500, Wolf Kirchmeir wrote:

I just sold our '95 VW Passat wagon yesterday. Great fit and finish, and I still remember how happy it was cruising across Montana at 95 mph; next best thing to taking it "home". We replaced it with a new Subaru Legacy GT. Feels just as comfortable on the freeway (although I haven't had it over 85 yet, and only momentarily at that speed), and the handling is incredible.
On the basis of a Car and Driver review of the Mazda 6 Sportwagon we droves 15 mile out of out way to a dealer who had both Mazda and Subaru. If only I'd known what my brother pointed out to me later, that Ford has a substantial piece of Mazda, and the Mazda 6 wagon and the Freestar supposedly share a lot of components and, worse yet, mindset. Those putzes at C&D must have been driving so many Silly Ugly Vapidities lately that they can't recognize piggish handling any more. What a mushy, numb, pig! No comparaison to the Legacy. We could have gone to the Subaru-only dealer just a couple miles away and not bothered with that putzmobile from Mazda.
Hmmmm -- maybe the Ford connection is why the new Miata got an bash in the face with the ugly stick? I have a '94 Miata and it looks better, less of the "Biff Bimbo, Steroid Abuser" jawline. But the Legacy handles better than it, too; almost as light and nimble feeling (although it's a lot heavier), and a whole lot stickier feeling in tight fast corners.
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On Sat, 11 Mar 2006 14:04:31 GMT, Joe Ellis

Try this one, <http://www.austin-metropolitan.co.uk/
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Keith spake thus:

Still doesn't look anything like a bathtub to me.
But it definitely is cute.
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Doesn't look much like an American to me. In fact, I think it would have fit in the trunk of our American!
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Keith wrote:

Yeah, that was the Nash Metropolitan, all right. We almost bought one when we were first married, but the mechanic at the dealership took pity on us and warned us away. So we went elsewhere and bought an old VW bug, a much over-hyped car IMO. Colder than the proverbial witch's teat in winter, a real gas guzzler considering how small and light it was, noisy and cramped. But with its big wheels and high ground clearance a great prairie pasture car. And easy to tune. It was the one with the flat windshield, so I had a second one cut and fitted to the inside: double glazed windshield, no frost on it in the winter! Shoulda patented that... :-)
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Joe Ellis wrote:

Rambler did make a car that looked somewhat like an upturned bathtub, but I thought that came from the late 1940s-or pre-tailfin era.
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greybeard wrote:

You've got it! The Metropolitan was made by Austin and based on their A40 mechanicals which were remarkably reliable, other than the Lucas, Prince of Darkness components.
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Joe Ellis wrote:

Hudson/Nash/Rambler became Rambler, became ... Nash made the small cars, Rambler the middle size and Hudson the big ones. The Nash Ramblers were small by US standards and even included a four cylinder model.
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Rambler also had the Metropolitan, which was a two-seater. The Metropolitan was not a NA design, but was built from a European design adapted for North American use. I can't remember if it was a French car, but I think it might have been. I give the French a lot of crap- most of which they deserve -but I think they build pretty good cars, airplanes and trains. Our transit system uses French-built transit cars which have performed beautifully for nearly thirty years now. True, I would rather see Merkin-built cars operating in a Merkin system, but the Frogs have done well.
Froggy,
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Froggy @ thepond..com spake thus:

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You must be referring to Alsthom (Alstom), right? Possibly BART?
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Froggy, @, thepond..com wrote:

No, it was built by Austin to a design brief from Nash, but designed around existing Austin mechanicals. The worst of both worlds!
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