Posts Tagged ‘car timeline 70s era citroen tvr austin british leyland’

Like all ‘petrol heads’ it is essential to have compiled a list of your most favourite and desired automobiles!  I think I will take the concept sideways by starting a series of blogs discussing a weird car (that I like) a classically great car of that era (that I also like) finishing with something I hate!

WEIRD

I will start with my current weird favourite, don’t laugh – it’s a Citroën.

Maserati engined Citroen

I love Citroën of old, they were inventive and whacky.  The Citroën SM has everything I want and is missing some things you might think you would need, like a brake pedal.  Here’s why everyone needs to spend a spare £15,000 on a decent example of an SM: A 2.7 litre Maserati engine nestled under the bonnet.  Self levelling headlights that track the steering.  Hydro neumatic self levelling suspension.  The steering is self-centering and fully powered (as opposed to hydraulically assisted).  The brake pedal is what can only be described as a rubber button!  A rare classic, reminiscent of Citroën’s innovative past.

HOT

The 70s was really not a good decade for car makers. The price of fuel took a huge hike and so I come to a great former British manufacturer, based in Blackpool up North or course.

During 1973-1974 TVR were ‘busily’ pushing a limited number of 3000Ms out of the door. It looks good, was quick and was a TVR, which means that it is raw, manly and not for girls!

NOT

A truly horrible offering. The 1970’s spelled diseaster for the fledgling British Leyland marque. During the oil crisis and ‘3 day week’ BL did manage to offer the world with the crappy 1800 or Princess.

I think it looks rubbish and in no way conjurers up associations of a princess, reliability wasn’t well renowned either!