Tuesday, 29 December 2015
Every bonnet-protector ever - and the 1984 Telstar TX5..
Ironic when the bonnet protector is fitted to stop the nose getting stonechips, but likely does more damage as a rust trap.
Like dirty cloudy headlight-protectors.
Like a stone caught behind a car-bra.
Sort of sad that its far from uncommon to see accessory protector parts on cars at the wreckers; knowing that the best intentions were in mind up until the car ended up thrown away anyway..
In the world of most old cars though? Bonnet protectors.. headlight protectors.. car bra's.. floor mats, dash mats, seat covers - whatever - these are no longer items merely used to protect..!
Seat's ripped? seatcovers!
Hole in the carpet? Floormats!
Crack in the dash? ..well a dashmat will hide that!
Maybe so far as a bit of front end damage? ..a second-hand car-bra might just be enough to stall out some paintwork..!
Sports variant of the first generation Ford Telstar - and Ford's equivalent of Mazda's GC-chassis 626/Capella. Locally built, with production starting in 1983.. and the next generation arriving four years later. 1984 puts this as one of the pre-update 'AR' cars, with a facelift for the first genetation cars happening ~1985.
Power came from your choice of either a 2litre single-cam four cylinder.. or... the same 2litre single-cam four cylinder. Nope.. there was no choice here! It sent a fiery ~70kw/100hp to the front wheels through an automatic (like this car) or a 5speed manual.
here, I love these damn wheels! For a factory wheel, there definitely up there as one of the most unique and interesting. Not just another mesh or spoked variation of the same same.. no, this 14" one-piece alloy is a hot-cross-bun-esque chunk of amazing..
..with square centre-caps..
This car has done only 182,000km (~113,000miles)...
Sad to see it was sport-to-the-end (!!), regardless of whether or not that may have just been because the shocks were going out..!
Another classic that doesn't get enough love.