Mystery Car

What a painful two weeks it has been. First, yous guys couldn’t identify a freakin’ Jeep Wrangler. Then yous got stumped by an iconic (sort of, for the lack of better terms) part of a Hornet AMX. Maybe yous guys just dunno yours AMC cars? Perhaps it was Peter’s detailed pictures that confused you. I just dunno. In the end it was the amazing mdharrell who correctly identified the vehicle in question, but it wasn’t after an unprecedented hint was given. 
Because of this, Mr. mdharrell gets only partial credit and thus becomes the first person ever to be named The Half-Person of the Moment! Half-Congrats!
This week’s Mystery Car once again comes from my friend Peter Ciani. To make it easier I chose to crop the image of the whole car and not just put an image of one of the detail shots that Peter took, which you ladies would never solve. Make and model, please. If this isn’t solved by the end of the day I’m going to change Mystery Car to Misery Car

And here is the AMC Hornet AMX that was so difficult to figure out. Next week, something very, very different!! [insert evil laughter here] 

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15 responses to “Mystery Car”

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Well, perhaps the Triumph V8 only seemed like an inline four.

      1. P161911 Avatar

        Nice article, but I call BS on this statement: “91 per cent of Stags still on the road today still have the Triumph V8 powering them”. I think that those numbers are reversed. I have seen several of these for sale, but I don’t think that I have ever seen a running example with a Triumph V-8. I say 91% of the Stags still running do NOT have a Triumph V-8. At least the ones in the US.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          Come to think of it, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen what’s under the hood of a running example.

        2. outback_ute Avatar

          Maybe that is the result from surveying Triumph club members?

        3. smalleyxb122 Avatar

          At least 50% of the Stags I’ve seen for sale have been swapped to a 3.8 liter V6.

      2. bv911 Avatar

        Half-credit for getting half the amount of cylinders?
        Let’s suppose those questionable electrics cut out one of the banks…

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          Half-credit misidentification as an inline four would be in the spirit of how the engine was developed in the first place.

    2. Kamil K Avatar


    3. Van_Sarockin Avatar

      Now, that’s a proper basket handle.

      1. crank_case Avatar

        basketcase you mean.

    4. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Specifically, it seems to be a Federal (US) specification Triumph Stag, with the indicator/sidelight all in orange.
      The ‘rest of the world’ Stag had the lower lens in white/clear plastic. All Stags apart from a few prototypes were V8s.
      And the Stag appears to be Tahiti Blue, one of the seven factory blue colours available as is this UK version.
      Or it could be a Triumph 2500 Mk II sedan or estate with the final model grille as standard, like this estate, and US indicators and Stag over-riders added.
      More than a few of those had the Stag V8 and a FergusonFormula AWD. Some were made just with the FF AWD, like this estate sold recently in Switzerland. As the engine is mounted higher they have a bonnet bulge to clear it.( There were also a few AWD V8 Stags made.)

  1. salguod Avatar

    To be fair on the Wrangler, it was an oddball version of the Wrangler everyone tries to forget. We just didn’t realize how well we had managed to do so.

  2. Victor Avatar

    Volvo 145 .

  3. Richard Gibbons Avatar
    Richard Gibbons

    Almost 8000 Stags still registered in the UK, most will have their original V8s as there are easy-to-fix kits available to upgrade the engine cooling (the real problem with Stags). Mint condition ones are now approaching £30k prices.