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    I agree with CrystalBall on prestige brands being not quite so important in earlier decades. Before marques like Mercedes and Jaguar expanded their ranges into lower price brackets, most people simply couldn't afford to buy and run such a car, so up-market versions of popular cars were seen as a more affordable alternative. My dad owned a 1968 Ford Corsair 2000E, the "executive" version of the standard Corsair.

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    Default Re: Bad executive cars of the past

    Quote Originally Posted by staffslad View Post
    I agree with CrystalBall on prestige brands being not quite so important in earlier decades. Before marques like Mercedes and Jaguar expanded their ranges into lower price brackets, most people simply couldn't afford to buy and run such a car, so up-market versions of popular cars were seen as a more affordable alternative. My dad owned a 1968 Ford Corsair 2000E, the "executive" version of the standard Corsair.
    Don't forget Volvo and Saab as well, which were 'almost premium' in that they were more upmarket than Ford/Vauxhall/BL but still regarded as family cars. Remember how many Volvo 200s and Saab 99s there were in the late 1970s/early 1980s, before the Germans took over? Volvo seem to be back on track after a few years in the doldrums, but sadly (although unsurprisingly) Saab did not survive.

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    The Volvo 264 was quite classy, & replaced in the 1980s by the 760.
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    My dad had a Humber Sceptre and I remember having a few driving lessons in it. It was a bit boring bit OK I suppose. I remember trying to persuade him to get a Ford Capri instead.

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    On another site there was a discussion on the Mk4 Ford Zehpyr / Zodiac / Executive made from 1966 to 72.

    In spite of being an almost fresh design it missed the mark by quite a way, not helped by having a small boot & a bonnet like the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.
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    Any executive car made by the French, Renault20/30/25, Peugoet 604/605/505, and Citreon CX, and Italian big Fiats all lost value faster then sand though fingers.

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    The Talbot Tagora was another mostly French executive car that didn't inspire much.

    Some of the bigger Japanese cars didn't sell well in the UK during the 1970s, possibly as they were designed for the American 2nd car market. My Dad remembers they had a niche with people who wanted a big cheapish car, often large families as the bigger estates had 3 rows of seats.
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