Tudor Tuesday: A Pair Of Real Beauties


As this olelongrooffan has been a lazy *ss Hoon of late the Hooniverse is running a bit light on this 30th Tuesday in this year of the Snake, this olelongrooffan thought I would share with my fellow Hoons a pair of sweet tudors I spotted recently out in the wild. Although neither of these silver ones are in the most pristine of condition, I thought they might be Hooniworthy enough to share. This beat up 944 is a freebee. Making the jump is necessary to see the other silver one this olelongrooffan spotted.


And this W123 has certainly seen better days. To this olelongrooffan, this one is the perfect counterpoint to the newest Hooniverse project car longroof that is comfortably residing in our Chief Blooger’s garage out there on the left coast. I need to find some young punk to gather those wheels and shoes to send that way. As if this olelongrooffan had those connections.


After this olelongrooffan spotted these two grey haired beauties, upon leaving that shop’s parking lot, I spotted the Blue Oval’s Interceptor replacement in the new Ford lot across the street.

What? These tudors aren’t Hooniworthy enough to make the cut? Well, my fellow Hoons, this olelongrooffan has learned a lesson or two about not posting blurry images of picnic tables and images of mundane F bodies by the General so I feel compelled to include a few images of a couple of other Blue Oval Special tudors this olelongrooffan recently spotted out in the wild.


Yes, my fellow Hoons, that is an Honest To God Merkur XR4ti. It is in immaculate condition and based on the fact that it is not always seen in its parking location whenever I am lucky enough to pass by, this olelongrooffan is calling it a quasi daily driver.


The reason I call it a “quasi daily driver?” Well, all of the times I have seen it in the parking lot of a local condominum, this Cosworth (is it a Sierra?) was not in its regular parking slot. Yes, that is correct. Not one but two of these beauties parked nose to nose out in broad daylight just waiting for this olelongrooffan to stop and gather some images for all ya’all.


Yes, that day I was able to capture both of these beasts in one image and dang was this olelongrooffan excited. A buddy of mine had one of these XR4’s back in the day and as cool as that car was, man-o-man, was it a handful of maintenance for my, still, non Hoon friend. Although he did later own a sleek black XJR. And based on the license plate of this Merkur, I am guessing a Hoon of the female persuasion is the driver of this automatic transmission equipped Hoonimobile. And before my fellow Hoons choose to mock this owner about parking etiquette, these are Cosworths!


But it wasn’t until I strolled around to the rear of the Cosworth and spotted this license plate that I knew, not just one of these, but both of them are owned by a female Hoon, whether she realizes she is a Hoon or not. Yeah, a Turbo Cosworth and a XR4ti owned by a Hoon of the other sex? This woman, along with another Blue Oval fan and Hooniverse regular, $kagcog, is a fellow Hoon this olelongrooffan can’t wait to have the opportunity to meet in person.


This white one appeared to be bone *ss stock and in pristine condition. From all corners this one looked great. And while this olelongrooffan is unsure of the exact year of these near twins, I am confident my fellow Hoons will agree it is gorgeous.


And, as there does not seem to the universal database of license plate idenification abilities here in the good ole United States as there is overseas, I would love to know the origin and vehicle these plates were original prescribed to.


While that black three pedal possessing Cosworth was just beautiful, I seemed, for whatever reason, to gather more images of the white one. The discoloration of the grille of it was the only flaw I could spot on it.


But as much as this sighting drew so many levels of excitement from this olelongrooffan,


this sighting extracted even more.

And know, it was a blast finding these, rare to this olelongrooffan, tudors to share, along with the mundane 944 and W123, with my fellow Hoons.

Til the next time.

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29 responses to “Tudor Tuesday: A Pair Of Real Beauties”

  1. Toxic Avenger Avatar
    Toxic Avenger

    There was a 944 Porsche in my neighborhood for $500. a few weeks back. Complete except rear bumper. On blocks with a cover. Not run in 5 years. After doing a little research and looking it over I passed.
    I haved saved my share, but not one 944 in the 4 yards within a 100 mile radius.

  2. FreeMan Avatar

    To what does the term "tudor"refer, since we're not talking about English royalty?
    Also, had an '86 944. long story, but gave it back to mom when the first offspring came along.
    The Merkur was such a lustworthy mobile when it came out!

    1. jeepjeff Avatar

      Well, most of the machines pictured have two doors.

      1. Pidgeonsplatz Avatar

        Thanks. Looking at the pics, I thought it meant "to park like an asshat".

      2. FreeMan Avatar

        So, what makes a ferdor Merc qualify as a tudor?

        1. jeepjeff Avatar

          ? I only see two doors on the Mercedes and the Merkur, and I don't see any Mercuries. The only forder that got called out is the Taurus.

          1. FreeMan Avatar

            my bad, you are correct. is the Taurus included on the tudor collection (and, if so, why), or just a random side note?

    2. longrooffan Avatar

      Back in the day, even my old man TheGentlemanFarmer did so, nearly every two door sedan was referred to as a "tudor."
      thisoldmotor has a column on one.
      IIRC, by the 50's, two doors became known as "hardtops", no "B" pillar or posts, equipped with a "B" pillar.
      I always loved the word tudor and try to use it as often as this olelongrooffan can.

        1. longrooffan Avatar

          thanks man….how are things in the near Ozarks these days?

    3. RegalRegalia Avatar

      Started out (as far as I know) as Ford nomenclature in the 1920s. The models were tudor and fordor with trim levels like deluxe, special, etc. listed after the door count. But help me out hoons, when did Ford switch from this naming system to model names closer to what we have today? Or did Ford take that naming system from someone else and I'm just here extrapolating from my incomplete info?

  3. Manic_King Avatar

    I guess there is just 2 XR4Tis as there's seemingly nothing "Cosworth" in that black one except claim made in pink tape. Sierra Cossy had one piece rear side window as it was later model 2-door Sierra based. Only if owner has managed to find Cosworth motor in US and dropped it in…..
    PS. Porsche is freebee, as in "free of charge?". Damn, here in Europe similar car would still fetch 2k euros = $3k.

    1. nanoop Avatar

      25-30yo cars are currently pretty cheap in the Netherlands: they'll raise the veteran threshold from 25 to 40(!) years, so people might want to get rid of their third cars.
      For 3500€ you'll get a runner with new APK (dutch annual technical/safety check).
      500$ for a parts car isn't much, if you're into fleabaying off the things you don't need…

  4. marmer01 Avatar

    Wait, what? Headlight taillight red what? Clear taillight? Someone is insane and I don't think it's me…

    1. vroomsocko Avatar

      Bizzaro Cosworth?

      1. jeepjeff Avatar

        Broken transmission? Cheaper to swap the lenses on the lights than rebuild?

    2. stigshift Avatar

      Beat me to it. Red headlights, white tail lights and parked like that. I believe that is an asshat trifecta!

      1. Manic_King Avatar

        These tail lights were originally (nearly-) black, if they're Hella or similar better quality units but 30 years of sun and they look like s_it. The red headlight covers…..I don't even.

  5. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Does TRBO GAL have a sister? Who can park better?

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      These two cars are always parked misaligned. I would suspect there might be a small Hooncommune, hey I made a rhyme, at that complex based on the cars seen, and unseen, in the background of these images.

  6. faberferrum Avatar

    Looks like the white XR4ti's grille is painted with stripes in the colors of the german flag

    1. dead_elvis Avatar

      Yeah, I was thinking it appears intentional.

    2. Felis_Concolor Avatar

      Indeed it is; having checked the image files before scrolling down, I can confirm those stripes are definitely indicating the vehicle's country of origin.
      Good eye!

  7. MVEilenstein Avatar

    If TRBO GAL is dating the driver of the XR4Ti, does that make him a Turbo Lover?
    [youtube JhY9GOhFwN4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhY9GOhFwN4 youtube]

  8. dead_elvis Avatar

    I can't be the only one here who automatically thinks "Volvo" when seeing 944, can I?

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Do you also think of the 911 as a top-of-the-line 1-cylinder 1-door car? 😉

      1. dead_elvis Avatar

        Ha! Best sounding single, ever! If I had one, I suppose I could weld the passenger door shut, since I'd prefer to drive around alone, just listening to the engine note.

  9. owl Avatar

    H417 XBC would be a UK plate for the year Aug 90 July 91 – but that is a stamped metal plate in the German style and anyway the car is not RHD so the provenance of that old plate is anyone's guess…
    Are those wheels standard for a Merkur because they aren't UK or Herman spec for a Sierra XR4i?

  10. passinthru Avatar

    XR4T GAL and TRBO GAL – uh, i'm guessing boyfriends aren't involved here – sorry mveilenstien… good tune though