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Offline Reteb

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Merkur 500
« on: November 28, 2008, 12:05:52 am »
Has everybody seen this?

(Click on the '500' tab and then look at the outrageous blue model at the bottom of the page!)

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    Offline John501

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    Re: Merkur 500
    « Reply #1 on: November 28, 2008, 12:12:32 am »
    OH MY GOD!!!!! Its a 500 that Disney has thrown up on!! :o
    Please let  no one ever make that a possiblity.
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    Re: Merkur 500
    « Reply #2 on: November 28, 2008, 07:59:54 am »
    Is the bottom one done by Pixar?

    Some of the GP ones look quite nice. 

    Ryan

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    Re: Merkur 500
    « Reply #3 on: November 28, 2008, 11:44:21 am »

    magicmole

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    Re: Merkur 500
    « Reply #4 on: November 28, 2008, 03:03:41 pm »
    If you want that kind of thing, this is the way to do it.

    Gaydon September 2007.

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    Re: Merkur 500
    « Reply #5 on: November 28, 2008, 03:09:54 pm »
    The owner obviously had a large tub of fibre glass just laying around in his garage and one day thought "How can I ruin my 500? I know!!!!"
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    Re: Merkur 500
    « Reply #6 on: November 28, 2008, 03:35:03 pm »
    I quite admired the commitment and amount of work he had put into it. The quality of the work too.

    Anyway, let's not get too precious, it's only a (Fiat) car. :D

    Ryan

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    Re: Merkur 500
    « Reply #7 on: November 28, 2008, 11:11:26 pm »
    Laughed hard and loud at that blue blob of motoring disaster. What the hell was this owner thinking.

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    Re: Merkur 500
    « Reply #8 on: November 29, 2008, 06:58:45 am »
    Does it matter? He obviously enjoyed it and surely that's the point of it. Zagato, for one, is held in high esteem by many, yet he produced some very questionable cars.

    Regardless of what you think of the end result, he'd put a lot of effort into it and it appeared to be reasonable workmanship.

    Have you seen the drag 500s at Santa Pod? They're amazing, though they'd probably make the 'purists' wince.

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    Re: Merkur 500
    « Reply #9 on: November 29, 2008, 09:34:30 am »
    A fair point. at the end of the day your car should give you pleasure. It doesn't matter what other people think.
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    Re: Merkur 500
    « Reply #10 on: November 29, 2008, 11:34:51 pm »
    Yeah but, come on. I don't know many that could appreciate the workmanship when it looks that hideous.

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    Re: Merkur 500
    « Reply #11 on: November 30, 2008, 09:29:04 am »
    You think it's hideous, that's your opinion.

    I enjoyed looking at it, it's the kind of thing that would have been done in period if the parts had been available and someone's imagination had stretched that far.

    Don't forget that wheels and tyres in particlar have grown out of all recognition to what was available for use in the 60s.

    We thought Minis with 4½ Js skinned with Cinturatos were the mutts nuts back then and my mates Anglia (5½J 13" with, ISTR, 165/70/13 Cints) was pretty cutting edge.

    One particularly tasty car around then was a E-Type with oversize J.A. Pearce alloys and extended arches. That would have people screaming now. not to mention the fact that those mods would absolutely kill the value. It looked like a E-Type should have been, not a car whose arches just looked empty.

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    Re: Merkur 500
    « Reply #12 on: November 30, 2008, 10:25:14 am »
    When I first saw this I thought it was hideous, but you have to respect the amount of time, energy and money that this man has spent on a car he obviously feels proud of. If he didn't feel proud, he wouldn't show it.
    We should probably look at his as a one off original car in an age when pretty much all new cars look about the same.
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    Re: Merkur 500
    « Reply #13 on: November 30, 2008, 11:49:31 am »
    There are plenty of original cars that have had hours spent on them on this website:

    http://www.topgear.com/content/timetoburn/sections/carbage/pages/0392/

    magicmole

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    Re: Merkur 500
    « Reply #14 on: November 30, 2008, 12:24:59 pm »

     

    hungry