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    Default Bad executive cars of the past

    There were several bad executive cars around in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s including the:

    Humber Sceptre Mk3
    Talbot Tagora
    Rover 800
    Alfa Romeo 6
    Fiat Argenta

    Only the Rover 800 was a big seller. The Talbot Tagora is so rare that very few people saw one even when they were in production.

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    I think the Humber Sceptre was a tarted up Hillman Hunter, wasn't it? My dad came close to buying a used one, but the garage wanted him to buy it on HP and he wouldn't. I seem to remember that the Hunter was also the basis for the Singer Gazelle and Hillman Minx and Sunbeam Rapier. And possibly the Rootes Arrow was the originator of them all.

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    i'm tempted to say the chrysler 180. think it ceased production around 1980. my mates dad had one as a company car. my mate hated it, but i kinda liked it.

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    Default Re: Bad executive cars of the past

    what about a Ford Granada......smart cars but BIG and the one I inherited from my boss had a car alarm that was always going off at the merest touch...and the Zodiac ?

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    Default Re: Bad executive cars of the past

    Quote Originally Posted by DSCOMAN View Post
    what about a Ford Granada......smart cars but BIG and the one I inherited from my boss had a car alarm that was always going off at the merest touch...and the Zodiac ?
    I loved the look of Ford Granadas - probably as they were used by Jack Regan in the Sweeney .

    Can't recall seeing many around our way , plenty of Capris though

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    We had a Silver Granada Gear with w black vinyl roof for a while, like this one:



    Turned out to be three different cars welded together. We sold it to the milkman.

    We also inherited my Grandad's Humber Hawk, that was a lovely beast, this model in Black:



    I remember him dropping me off at Junior School in it once and other kids asking if it was the Mayor's car. XD

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    The Ford Zodiac was mentioned by a previous poster. My dad's mate had a Zodiac Executive, pale metallic blue with--I think--front bench seat. It was a very big car. One day he took it into a multi-storey car park, but its turning circle wasn't tight enough to get round the corners and he had to back it all the way out again.

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    Funny enough a fella in the street where i lived as a kid had a black one of this green one well as far as i can remember it was pretty similar.

    I used to love going round to see it.


    Quote Originally Posted by mulletino View Post
    we had a silver granada gear with w black vinyl roof for a while, like this one:



    turned out to be three different cars welded together. We sold it to the milkman.

    We also inherited my grandad's humber hawk, that was a lovely beast, this model in black:



    i remember him dropping me off at junior school in it once and other kids asking if it was the mayor's car. Xd
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    Humber was the upmarket division of Rootes. During the 1950s and 60s the Humber Hawk and Super Snipe were elegant large saloons sometimes referred to as a poor man's Rolls Royce. They were discontinued without replacement in 1967 leaving the Mk3 Sceptre as the last car with a Humber badge. The executive car that wasn't. It was nothing more than a top of the range Hillman Hunter with a wood veneer dashboard and quad headlights. It even used the same 1.7 litre engine. At its best it was a competitor for the Ford Cortina Ghia but even that was a more refined car and available with a 2.0 litre engine.

    It's late replacement was the Talbot Tagora but it sold in such small numbers that hardly anybody knows it even existed. Unlike the offerings from Humber with wood veneer as standard, the interior of the Tagora was very bland and plasticy.

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    The Chrysler 2 Litre was planned to be sold in the UK, but Chrysler decided to start merging the Rootes & Simca ranges.
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