Does anybody know this car?

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Does anybody know this car?

Post by JoshWard » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:13 am

Not one I have seen about before, earliest single carb 1.8 I can recall seeing a picture of, although the number plate is blanked out it looks like the last letter is more likely to be a J than a K. Photo was taken in Eastbourne.
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Post by tathoarder » Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:06 pm

Rat look marina coupe!

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Post by JoshWard » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:46 pm

Is there anybody down near Eastbourne who would be willing to get a photo of this car without the reg obscured? I know where it is usually parked.

It is quite a significant find....There's only one bit of trim that gives it away.....let's just say GPC 421J is no longer the oldest Marina coupe left. This is without a doubt earlier than that.
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Post by MarinaCoupe » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:51 pm

Early front valance, early wipers, badged on offside front wing.

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Post by JoshWard » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:01 pm

Those features definitely make it an early car and the wiper pattern makes it a 71 but there is one bit of trim that I have only ever seen on photos of pre-production cars before.
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1936 Ford Model Y- On loan from the CCLP
1962 Morris Traveller
1967 Triumph Herald
1971 1.3 DL Coupe (VRU362J)
1971 1.3 SDL Coupe (JGC240K)
1971 1.3 SDL Saloon (OVW292K)
1971 1.8 SDL Coupe (MCU274K)
1980 Ital 1.3 HL (NPB34W)

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Post by locost_bryan » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:43 pm

JoshWard wrote:Those features definitely make it an early car and the wiper pattern makes it a 71 but there is one bit of trim that I have only ever seen on photos of pre-production cars before.
Take your anorak off, Josh :geek: , and spill the beans. ;)
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Post by JoshWard » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:50 pm

Check out the rear side window. There is a body colour coded trim strip running along the bottom of the glass, most of it is covered in black tape but the corners are definitely there. Later cars did away with the trim running along the bottom of the glass and just had it on the top and side of the glass.

The only time I have seen this is on the press photos, brochure photos etc of pre production cars. GPC 421J, the previous oldest coupe, does not have it and has the rubber fitted which all later cars had. This was an SDL only feature, DLs had rubber all the way round the rear side window from pre-production cars onwards.

It's a shame there isn't another reference point, as at the moment we don't know whether the changeover was very early on or a couple of hundred cars before GPC 421J. So it could be the oldest coupe out there but not the oldest Marina, or it could be the oldest Marina, possibly a pre-production car.

I have contacted the person who photographed the car, I have also managed to persuade a friend of mine who is local to leave a note on the car with my details on it (I don't intend to save it-unless the situation is desperate- but the owner needs to know what they have). Should all that fail I will drive down to Eastbourne in the hope the car will be around.....A nice day at the seaside if not :thumbup:
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1971 1.8 SDL Coupe (MCU274K)
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Post by 1972TCCOUPE » Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:15 pm

I was in Eastbourne this afternoon,bugger.Next time i'm over that way I'll have a look. Josh is it parked in the road shown in the picture? If you do come down,send me a pm and we could meet up.
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Post by JoshWard » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:10 pm

It certainly parks around that area as it's round the corner on Google Streetview.

I will let you know if I do come down :thumbup:
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1971 1.3 SDL Coupe (JGC240K)
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1971 1.8 SDL Coupe (MCU274K)
1980 Ital 1.3 HL (NPB34W)

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Post by JoshWard » Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:50 pm

Just found out the chassis number, it's now the third oldest known Marina.

Lineup as follows...
Oldest FPH 441J
then CUE 679J
then this coupe
then TDL 229J (only newer by about 50 cars!)
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1967 Triumph Herald
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1971 1.3 SDL Coupe (JGC240K)
1971 1.3 SDL Saloon (OVW292K)
1971 1.8 SDL Coupe (MCU274K)
1980 Ital 1.3 HL (NPB34W)

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Post by tathoarder » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:23 pm

Is the owner now aware he has something special?

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Post by JoshWard » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:37 pm

The owner may already know but I am sorting out a way of letting them know in case they don't already.
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1967 Triumph Herald
1971 1.3 DL Coupe (VRU362J)
1971 1.3 SDL Coupe (JGC240K)
1971 1.3 SDL Saloon (OVW292K)
1971 1.8 SDL Coupe (MCU274K)
1980 Ital 1.3 HL (NPB34W)

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Post by 1972TCCOUPE » Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:16 pm

I have spoken to the owner today,he's called Steve,very enthusiastic and has his work cut out with this coupe. He has loads of documentation including the original bill of sale with all the extras listed,dated 2nd of June 1971.
He is a member of the club,but hasn't used this forum. I hope he'll be along soon. I have his contact details if needed. I'll try and post some pictures up but it was getting a little dark.
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Post by JoshWard » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:58 pm

Hi Glen, If you could PM his contact details to me I'd love to get in touch with him to chat about it, it's a very special car :)
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1936 Ford Model Y- On loan from the CCLP
1962 Morris Traveller
1967 Triumph Herald
1971 1.3 DL Coupe (VRU362J)
1971 1.3 SDL Coupe (JGC240K)
1971 1.3 SDL Saloon (OVW292K)
1971 1.8 SDL Coupe (MCU274K)
1980 Ital 1.3 HL (NPB34W)

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Post by 1972TCCOUPE » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:38 pm

As you were saying Josh the bottom rails on the rear window are painted body colour. The offside had rusted away but the nearside is better. The trims and corners around the window look the same as my tc coupe but painted not chrome. He paid £40 for it a couple of years ago!
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