TV & Movie Car Challenge (Round 6) : Courtney private detective


March 21st 2020, New Orlean, NOTC headquarters

NOTC TV channel head writer is planning the last details of their next TV series with the production designer. They are together looking for the heroine’s car.


1982 – New Orlean, USA

Courtney is a private detective in New Orlean. She is about 30 years old, smart, fearless and has a great sense of humour. She is single with a dog (probably a French bulldog) but without any children.

Producers are looking for a car that’s looking popular but rare and original. Producers would like an iconic car like the Peugeot 403 of Columbo, the Ford Torino of Starsky & Hutch or the Citroen DS of Mentalist.

Requirements :

  • Trim and engine should be set between 1973 and 1982.
  • Every body types are allowed.
  • Minimum 4 seats (2+2 authorised)
  • Maximum Automation approximative cost: $ 20,000 (It’s a hard limit.)
  • Economic (service cost, fuel economy)
  • Reliable
  • Automatic transmission required
  • Silent
  • The car can come from everywhere in the world but it has to meet US regulations:
    • Sidelights markers
    • 5 MPH bumpers
    • 7 inch (178 mm) round (two headlamps per vehicle) or 5 3/4 inch (146 mm) round (four headlamps per ehicle) are allowed
    • four-headlamp rectangular sealed beam system, 4 inches by 6 1/2 inches (100 mm by 165 mm) is allowed from 1974
    • a 142 mm by 200 mm rectangular two headlamp system is allowed from 1976
    • Popup headlights are allowed.
    • Two-way catalytic converters required until 1981
    • Three-way catalytic converters required from 1981
    • 91 RON regular unleaded gas

Judging criteria

  1. Realistic style and technology for a popular car (35%)
  2. Service cost and fuel economy (10% each)
  3. Reliability (15%)
  4. Comfort (15%)
  5. Driveability (10%)
  6. Sound level (5%)

Each judging criteria will be scored out of ten : 0 to the worst and 10 to the best. Each car will obtain a final score out of 10. Best score wins.


Naming Convention

Model and family name > TMCC6-(username)

Car and engine trim name > Whatever you want…

The rules are not final. Submissions will be opened Monday, March 23rd.

The deadline is the 4th of April, 2020 in 12:00 am GMT.

Press the link to see the exact countdown of the challenge.

If there are any more questions, feel free to ask me. Thanks and enjoy the challenge!

I am not fluent in English. Be tolerant.


Basilio Tasmania Coupé


I take that to mean a low loudness rating for the engine - most likely 30 or fewer.

You think right. This car is to be used for spinning and surveillance. The engine must be silent.

Maximum cost?

No maximun cost, but don’t forget it has to be a popular and economic car. To give you an idea, I consider that a price over 25,000 $ is a bit expensive for such a car.

I’m pretty sure some of the larger cars in “Inspirations” exceed that price point by about 20,000 adjusted for Inflation*
Not to mention the Torino in Starsky and Hutch with that sort of trim was roughly $43,000.
Just my 2 cents

Mind you I do plan on a lower end Personal Barge like a Ford P5 Landau

Am I right in thinking stock headlights in automation are already the required size?

It might depend on which fixture you choose. I had to resize mine slightly larger in order for it to look right. Since we can’t really measure size in the game it’ll come down to whether or not it looks correct enough I guess. Just remember that single headlights are larger than dual headlights… and look at some real life inspiration to try and get the size right. Just my take on it.

More on the Headlight questions. may a bit too Premium


Though regular will probably make it less conspicuous

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In order to help you control the size of your headlights, you can use this chekerboard.

As you can on this picture below, it measures approximately 8 inches, that is to say around 20 cm.

However, I will be tolerant on this point.


I will take the age of the car into account when comparing prices.

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With what methodology?
Older is cheaper? Newer is cheaper?
This is apparently a round set in the current using older cars… so I would presume the Later and more Prestigious cars will hold more value, with what appears to be current mint or near mint conditions.

The wet finger? :wink:

I am thinking about it.

Do tell when you have finalised thinking.

I made a decision : the price is no longer a judgement criteria but a requirement. The Automation approximative cost can’t exceed $ 20,000. It is a hard limit whatever the model year is.

Prepare to get some very spartan or very very slow and crudely engineered cars

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$20,000 is very low…
And I could image Courtney being in a Mid-top Spec Mustang or LTD… which would be about 35,000-45,000.

$35,000-45,000 for 1973-1982? Are you taking the piss? This round ask for Peugeot 403 and 505, not a bloody Rolls Royce.

My car has Galvanised chassis, DW/STA suspension. It’s overhead cam and fuel injected V6. The 0-60mph is sub 10 seconds which while not the fastest will pretty much outrun nearly all of the example cars. It has 4 wheel disc brakes, good tyres, decent interior, standard safety and a few quality points. In fact, it might be even a little bit too fancy.

All of this comes out at $18,200. If I wish to put a V8 and give my car Mustang 302 level of acceleration I can also do it within $20,000. Easily. Hell, if I make it shit exactly like a Mustang? Remove all the good stuff from it? It can be a hella cheaper than $18,000.

Have a go at it first. Because I think you guys have not.


Keep in mind the inspiration cars included an American Ford Escort and a Dodge Omni. Cars not even in the same caliber of Charlie’s Angels and their Mustang II (though I’m sure you could duplicate even that within the price limit). I’m not sure how you spend so much money on a realistic car. Mine is almost done already and I’m just cracking $16,000.