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It reminds me a lot of the Renault Gordini Teimoso, sold here under a cheap car tax that didn’t lasted long because all the cars under the tax were highly unsafe. It had 1 (ONE) tail light in the middle, and no mirrors!

And you also sat on beach chairs!


The other model was the Fusca Pé de Boi, equally unequiped.


We had a similar model in the Volvo PV444 Export. It had tent chairs, the few remaining “chrome” pieces was painted silver instead, and there was absolutely no equipment at all. The strippers in the 40s and 50s really went to the extremes sometimes.


1984-88 IP COLIBRI (Internal model code: J30)

When the third generation Colibri was released, it was marketed as the little brother of the Celestia. That’s why it followed the same styling theme, with the sedan having the round taillights that otherwise was a trademark for the Celestia. Hopes were that the image of the more upmarket car should improve the image of the Colibri too.

Four engines were available, the 1.3 litre 4E series engine was carried over from the J20 and an enlarged 1.5 litre version also was available, both with and without a turbo, also new was an 1.7 litre diesel, for the first time in the history of the Colibri.

The body types available was the 3 door hatchback, and a 4 door sedan, another first in the Colibri history. The hatchback was available with all the engines while the sedan was available with the 1.5 litre N/A and the 1.7 litre diesel. The available transmissions were a 3 speed auto (1.3, 1.5 N/A and 1.7 diesel), a 4 speed manual (1.3, 1.5 N/A) and a 5 speed manual (available with all the engines). The trim levels for the diesel and the N/A gasoline engines were the bare bones S and the more luxurious DX. With the S being bare bones with high back vinyl bucket seats, rubber carpeting on the floor, no glovebox door, no clock etc., the DX added full wheel covers, cloth trim with adjustable headrests, nylon carpeting on the floor, clock, radio, glovebox door, foam grip steering wheel instead of hard plastic, and remote mirrors. The Turbo added equipment like a leather sports steering wheel, contoured bucket seats, a full instrumentation, rear disc brakes, 14 inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, spoilers front and rear, a premium sound system with tape player and a glass sunroof.

Technically, it was still more or less a development of the 1970 Colibri, which meant a solid rear axle and McPherson struts up front. The J40 would see a change to a torsion beam rear axle. But the concept was working well on the small, simple and cheap Colibri, even though it was starting to feel less refined than the competition, which it got some criticism for in the automotive press as new.

The J30 Colibri was produced until the 1988 model year and replaced by the more modern J40 in 1989.

TECHNICAL DATA 1300S 4 speed hatchback (Turbo) (1700DX Diesel 5 speed sedan)
Wheelbase: 238 cm
Length: 396 cm (396 cm) /411 cm)
Width: 163 cm
Weight: 824 kg (964 kg) (973 kg)

Engine block type: 4 cyl inline cast iron
Head: 2 valve aluminium OHC
Displacement: 1296 cc (1488 cc) (1679 cc)
Bore: 72.5 mm (76 mm) (80 mm)
Stroke: 78.5 mm (82 mm) (83.6 mm)
Compression ratio: 8.5:1 (8.3:1) (21.8:1)
Power output: 47 kW@5500 RPM (85 kW@5500 RPM) (41 kW@4100 RPM)
Maximum torque: 97 Nm@3200 RPM (165 Nm@3400 RPM) (127 Nm@1800 RPM)
Fuel delivery: Single 1 barrel (MPI) (Mechanical rotary pump)
Fuel type: 95 unleaded (95 unleaded) (Diesel)

Tyre type: Radial
Tyre compound: Hard (Sports) (Hard)
Tyre dimension: 165/80R13 (185/65R14) (165/80R13)
Rim type: Steel (Alloy) (Steel)

Cornering: 0.84 G (1 G) (0.81 G)
Top speed: 166 km/h (191 km/h) (164 km/h)
0-100: 12.7 s (8.5 s) (19 s)
Quartermile:18.78 s (16.39 s) (22.6 s)
Gas mileage: 8.8 l/100 km (8.7 l/100 km) (6 l/100 km)

Brakes F/R: Solid disc/drum (Solid disc/solid disc) (Solid disc/drum)
Braking 100-0: 41.4 m (35.8 m) (44 m)

Price (recalculated to todays values): $10400 ($17200) ($12800)



Thanks, it’s not like I didn’t have that song on my brain already since last time you posted it! :joy:


You’ll hear it every time you post a yellow Colibri. And I didn’t posted the video last time because I was on mobile.


There is still some generations left to post… 1989-94 and all the 2001-> generations… :roll_eyes: Oh, great…


1975-79 IP PANDORA (Internal model code: C10)

In the mid 70s, there was a growing demand in the market segment between the coupé versions of the regular family cars like the Commuter and Warbler, and the more pure sports cars like the Flaire. The IP Pandora was the entry in that market. Technically, it was more or less a mix between the Warbler and the Commuter. The 4L series engines were taken from the Warbler, as were the coil sprung rear axle, while the front suspension and parts of the structure and floorpan was borrowed from the Commuter.

The only available bodystyle was the 2+2 seater fastback coupé. It could be had in three versions, the 1700S, the 1700GLX and the 2000 GTX. The entry level model was the S, it was however not a completely bare bones affair. Standard equipment included cloth/vinyl reclining high back bucket seats, nylon carpeting, flow through ventilation, clock, cigar lighter, AM radio, padded dashboard, 3 point inertia reel seatbelts up front (static lap belts in the rear), collapsible steering column, lockable glove box and radial tyres on steel wheels with small center caps.

The GLX was more of a little luxury cruiser, with velour upholstery, tinted glass, fake woodgrain panels on the inside, better sound insulation, storage pockets in the doorcards, foam grip steering wheel, colour matched dashboard and seatbelts, chrome side trim, black/chrome styled steel wheels and an 8 track player.

The S had a 4 speed manual as its standard transmission and an optional 3 speed auto. The same was true for the GLX, that however also added a 5 speed manual option.

The sporty trim was the GTX, with spoilers front and rear, special GTX-striping, 14 inch alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, centre console, full instrumentation, contoured bucket seats, 4 wheel disc brakes, twin tail pipes, 5 speed transmission, limited slip differential and a more sporty suspension tuning.

Even though looking sleek, the fashion went on to favour boxier styling and the shape quickly felt a bit dated. Already in 1980, the more squared off C20 took its place in the model programme, perhaps a little less sporty, but more contemporary looking.

TECHNICAL DATA 1700S 4 speed (1700 GLX automatic) (2000 GTX 5 speed)
Wheelbase: 235 cm
Length: 407 cm
Width: 169 cm
Weight: 916 kg (957 kg) (962 kg)

Engine block type: 4 cyl inline cast iron
Head: 2 valve aluminium DAOHC
Displacement: 1700 cc (1700 cc) (2003 cc)
Bore: 82 mm (82 mm) (89 mm)
Stroke: 80.5 mm
Compression ratio: 9.3:1 (9.3:1) (9:1)
Power output: 64 kW@5200 RPM (64 kW@5200 RPM) (81 kW@5500 RPM)
Maximum torque: 134 Nm@3500 RPM (134 Nm@3500 RPM) (160 Nm@3900 RPM)
Fuel delivery: Single 2 barrel
Fuel type: 98 leaded

Tyre type: Radial
Tyre compound: Hard (Hard) (Sports)
Tyre dimension: 185/80R13 (195/75R13) (195/70R14)
Rim type: Steel (Steel) (Alloy)

Cornering: 0.82 G (0.83 G) (0.99 G)
Top speed: 173 km/h (170 km/h) (185 km/h)
0-100: 11.5 s (13.4 s) (9.3 s)
Quartermile: 18.18 s (19.39 s) (16.99 s)
Gas mileage: 11.7 l/100 km (12.6 l/100 km) (12.9 l/100 km)

Brakes F/R: Solid disc/drum (Solid disc/drum) (Solid disc/solid disc)
Braking 100-0: 40.9 m (40.4 m) (35.1 m)

Price (Recalculated to todays values): $11500 ($12900) ($14700)