other car types?


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The hump backed Vanguard was 1949 -1952. What did you expect from England right after the war?
But I'll never forgive them for putting the column shift on the right hand side of the steering wheel. What were they thinking? The later models were ok especially once they put a six in it.


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Not a huge fan of Triumph cars, but their bikes are fantastic.
In between workshops I took a job spannering them for a couple of years, not hard to see why they failed.

I don't mind going for a squirt on a late 60's 650, or a good 5 speed 750, but happy to hand them back too.


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About 15 years ago I bought a Speed Triple from a bloke in Melbourne. Unfortunately for some reason best known to himself, he'd dropped out the original engine and replaced it with a Daytona donk... but hadn't replaced the computer. Instead he had a mechanic manually tune it until it was humming perfectly.

Not long after I bought it the engine light went on, so of course I rode it up to Ulverstone (north west Tas) as that was the only Triumph service centre at the time. Of course they tuned it according to the computer. Naturally it didn't run as smoothly and in fact ran out of fuel on the way home.

In the end they manually tuned it but it was always a worry to me, so I sold it. When it was on song though I loved that bike. Even now when I hear that distinctive Triumph exhaust note I miss it.


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How about the first car's to crack 100mph,
Stanly-steamer, there was one in Castle Hill, New South Wales where it was driven in the late 1920s. A Stanley Steamer set the world record for the fastest mile in an automobile (28.2 seconds) in 1906. This record (127 mph (204 km/h)) lasted a while.
Doble luxurious steam-car owned by Howard Hughes who took it up to 132.5 mph in 1925!
The killer of steam was the "registration by weight", couldn't get Light water.
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