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Old 06-16-2007, 11:03 AM   #183
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Is that a Citroen to the left of the Spit in the last photo??? If not, what is it?
Looks like a Lotus Elan 26R
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:35 PM   #184
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Looks like a Lotus Elan 26R
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Ooops--you're right, Jeff! Sorry, Cracker! There was a white Elva in the same event and I get them mixed up all the time.

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Old 06-16-2007, 09:07 PM   #185
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While we're playing around with the classics, my wife has often asked me if I was familiar with a twin engine car - either a Saab or a Citroen (---or other) - that was apparently used in some of the desert areas of the world. Her understanding is that it had an engine in the front and one in the rear driving the related set of wheels - however it was not a particularly large car. Can anyone offer any information about this mythical beast? The twin engine setup was supposingly to provide redundancy in remote areas where the loss of an engine could be life-threatening.
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Old 06-17-2007, 12:38 AM   #186
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While we're playing around with the classics, my wife has often asked me if I was familiar with a twin engine car - either a Saab or a Citroen (---or other) - that was apparently used in some of the desert areas of the world. Her understanding is that it had an engine in the front and one in the rear driving the related set of wheels - however it was not a particularly large car. Can anyone offer any information about this mythical beast? The twin engine setup was supposingly to provide redundancy in remote areas where the loss of an engine could be life-threatening.
Hi, the only thing close to what your wife is talking about was in a magazine. [Hot Rod / Motor Trend] Where someone took a Honda Civic and put a matching drivetrain in the back, locked the wheels straight, and hooked all the linkages up together. [shifter, throttle, Etc.]
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Old 06-17-2007, 11:57 AM   #187
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Hi, the only thing close to what your wife is talking about was in a magazine. [Hot Rod / Motor Trend] Where someone took a Honda Civic and put a matching drivetrain in the back, locked the wheels straight, and hooked all the linkages up together. [shifter, throttle, Etc.]
It could be that, as I suggested, the beast is purely mythical - however she's talking about something that roamed back in the 50's and was supposingly a production vehicle. I can't back her up on this - and if I question it's existence I'm in deep trouble! Without fact I'll simply keep quiet on the subject and hope it goes away.
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Cracker--your request tweaked my brain as well. I can swear I have heard of something similar a long time ago, but cannot bring it to mind.

There have been several two-engined cars purpose-built for racing (see the Citroen, here, for example), but I have not been able to track down a production car (yet).

Edit: This may be it, a Citroen 2CV Sahara. This might be what she is thinking of. I think it is the one I remember hearing about. It apparently did go into production, but not many were made. Here's another link to one that was on eBay, and here's an informative article.

Gee, another challenge!

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Cracker--your request tweaked my brain as well. I can swear I have heard of something similar a long time ago, but cannot bring it to mind.

There have been several two-engined cars purpose-built for racing (see the Citroen, here, for example), but I have not been able to track down a production car (yet).

Edit: This may be it, a Citroen 2CV Sahara. This might be what she is thinking of. I think it is the one I remember hearing about. It apparently did go into production, but not many were made. Here's another link to one that was on eBay, and here's an informative article.

Gee, another challenge!

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Susan:

You made my wife's day - and mine too! Her familiarity with the 2CV Sahara originated in the Dominican Republic where she lived for many years. Apparently a few of the Saharas made it there and spent a few years on less than good roads! No doubt the salt atmosphere evaporated most of them. I once caught a ride with a local Corps of Engineers employee on the island of Ponape, in the North Pacific. He was driving a one-year-old Toyota pickup, with less than 5000 miles on the speedometer. The roof was totally eaten off the body -but held in place with duct tape. Has anyone ever wondered why some of our largest salt mines are hundreds of feet below Detroit???
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Yay! Always happy to make someone's day.

That is wild about the one-year-old Toyo, and very sad. That salt is absolutely the worst.

Hmmm... salt mines below Detroit? Can you say "Job Security" for the big three?!?

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Just set this photo up to be my avatar. Thought you'd like to see the 47 Chrysler Windsor sedan as the TV of our 62 Bambi. In reality, there is no hitch on the 47 but it would be really cool to set this up. Oh, well, the Chrysler is for sale (no room and downsizing) Need to keep the 48 Jeep and 48 Plymouth woodie. Will try to post photos of those soon.
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I noticed your avatar in an earlier post I read tonight and I thought Hey, I haven't seen that set up before. Looks pretty trick. Yep, keep the woody, they are incredibly rare - but you know that. And it would also make one heck of a TV for that Airstream of yours.

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While we're playing around with the classics, my wife has often asked me if I was familiar with a twin engine car - either a Saab or a Citroen (---or other) - that was apparently used in some of the desert areas of the world. Her understanding is that it had an engine in the front and one in the rear driving the related set of wheels - however it was not a particularly large car. Can anyone offer any information about this mythical beast? The twin engine setup was supposingly to provide redundancy in remote areas where the loss of an engine could be life-threatening.

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You ask about a twin engined car. Back in the late sixties Saab did produce a prototype with two of their twin cylinder engines mated side by side. It required a widening of the engine compartment and the appearance of the finished car, I'm sure I read, got it the name "elephant". Not exactly a mythical beast but automotively very strange!
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You ask about a twin engined car. Back in the late sixties Saab did produce a prototype with two of their twin cylinder engines mated side by side. It required a widening of the engine compartment and the appearance of the finished car, I'm sure I read, got it the name "elephant". Not exactly a mythical beast but automotively very strange!
Marc

Love the Lotus Elan! But for me, it was never complete without Emma Peel, aka the very leggy Diana Rigg getting out of it dressed in a skin tight cat suit! See here: http://ddr.theavengers.tv/publicity/emmapeel/69.jpg
Oh sure, you bring back a vision from the past. She was about the only reason my TV (television folks - not tow vehicle) ever got, ahem, turned on.

Thanks for the reminder. Now my wife is going to wonder what the heck happened to me all day today.....

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What a neat car. I love the older european cars. They always left a sense of quality. The smell of leather, the "look" of the dash, all work nicely for an older guy like me.

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