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AlainDupuis

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    Renault Alpine A110

    Sure, coming from those cars, the A110 could feel quite slow. I (unfortunately) do not have the same reference point.
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    Renault Alpine A110

    What kind of car are you driving usually? I found the power delivery pretty awesome when I test drove that car last year. I would have to be careful not to lose my licence with this car. I got a ticket a few weeks ago doing 91 instead of 70 on Lornie Rd without even realizing that I was doing that speed in my sedate CLK cabriolet. The police notice was describing me as a dangerous criminal who was putting other citizen's life at risk. With the A110 I would have probably been sentence to be terminated one and for all!
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    Unusual or rare cars

    The car from the French resistance at the end of WWII. My grand dad had a few. Great car that was designed to take the rough road with ease. The front wheel drive gave it a very sharp handling compared to the competition. It was the favorite car of gangsters and the police. Nice to see that there is one in Singapore.
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    Unusual or rare cars

    Sent my car for a change of tyres this morning to come across this very nice Lincoln Zephyr.
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    How do you accelerate in an automatic car?

    I guess most drivers in Singapore use method 3 and probably are worried to rev past 2000rpm worrying that their expensive piece of metal may explode past that threshold. It takes them forever to pick up speed from red light and they slow down when they reach a little gradient. That way of driving is probably the first cause of traffic congestion here. No need to jam the throttle either. A steady press is all what is needed. Modern gearbox addapt the gear change according to the throttle angle so there is no need to force shifting by lifting off the throttle. And the taxi drivers who pump the throttle all the time they should be arrested, jailed, canned and hung for the sake of common good!
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    Renault Alpine A110

    Not quite that much drama when I did the test drive. I was not familiar enough with car and there was to much traffic to drift her. But excitment was on par with that of the copilote!
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    Renault Alpine A110

    picture and test drive comments here: http://www.mycarforum.com/topic/2674677-unusual-or-rare-cars/?p=6449046
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    Unusual or rare cars

    This one is not available in Singapore and is rare even in France. Only a few hundreds have been built thus far and there is a 14 month waiting list to get yours, starting with a tempting S$3000 deposit. The car price varies between 75 to S$100k depending on options and trim, quite a good price compared to a Porsche Caiman. The best part is that car is the demo car from the La Rochelle dealership, one of the few places where you can test drive the car. La Rochelle is one cool place on the west coast of France with a great history and a lot of things to see and do. It is also only 50kms away from my familly's place so a visit was a must. I went there with my 15 year old son. After a friendly discussion with the sales guy I was offered a test drive. He said: "I won't go with you. You go with your son. This is a road book for him with turn by turn instructions that will guide you to a variety of roads where you can appreciate the performance of the car". The road book was indeed in the form of a real rally road book that a copilot would get at the RAC! This is never going to happen in Singapore! And it was a real blast. The car is a lot of fun. It is light, rigid, sharp. It is really connected to your brain. The auto box is incredible. I couldn't do a better job with a stick and wouldn't miss it. There is plenty of usable power. 250hp does not sound a lot but with only a ton to move it gives a pretty impressive push with a nice top end of the rev range that gives that extra boost. 30mn in the car on roads that I was discovering gives only a glimps of what this car can do. I want one... And this is the ancester it was built upon. This probably is the most iconic French rally car along with the Peugeot 205 Turbo. This nice piece is in museum condition and estimated at a cool S$200k.
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    Unusual or rare cars

    nice old E coupe
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    Unusual or rare cars

    First NG NSX I see. Pretty fast of the traffic lights....
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    Unusual or rare cars

    He would have never come to his mind that one day he would have to buy a COE!
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    Unusual or rare cars

    http://www.sgcarmart.com/used_cars/info.php?ID=683073 One more CLK A208 for sale. This one looks pretty pathetic/tricked out (choose your preferred opinion!)
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    Unusual or rare cars

    Catch of the day: Brabus G700 spotted this afternoon at Dempsey. Only 15 ever made specially for Malaysia in 2015. 700Hp and 4 metric tons on the scale. A monster truck not very suitable for city driving.
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    Unusual or rare cars

    I believe the MB we are talking about above is model W115 instead of W123. W123 was the model that followed W115. The picture of the dash in the previous post is from the facelift version. The original version has a larger steering wheel with a thin rim and a large chrome ring to activate the horn. The car that we had did not have the pull handle. It was the traditional foot pedal with a small pull button on the dash located between the air vent and the door.
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    Unusual or rare cars

    This is one of the car with which I learnt driving. My grand father bought one pre-facelift of those in 1972, a white 220 with a manual 4 speed gearbox with a red interior. This was a very rare car in my area. Not many people were driving MBs in the countryside. He would let me drive her while going to the boarding school and back home. I was 17 and not holding a driving licence yet! Your description of the feel of the car is exactly what I remember it was like. I was not very happy with the clutch that had a very long travel. The other car I was allowed to drive at that time was my mother's Mini 1100 Special, the exact opposite in terms of driving feel with ultra short travel for the pedals - more switch action than anything else - and overly vague stick for gear change.
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