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Name the make and model

  • 03-07-2020 11:32am
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    Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 4,408 Mod ✭✭✭✭ spacetweek


    Spotted on the Belgard Road, Tallaght.
    Can anyone name the make/model?

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,892 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    Sunbeam Rapier Fastback, from around the late 60s, early 70s

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



  • Registered Users Posts: 942 ✭✭✭ outfox


    Like the b4st4rd child of an Audi coupe and a Jensen interceptor.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,557 ✭✭✭ Miscreant


    spacetweek wrote: »
    Spotted on the Belgard Road, Tallaght.
    Can anyone name the make/model?

    KwwP39c.png

    I think that used to live in the garden of a small bungalow just off Kildare Road in Crumlin. I definitely used to pass a red Rapier like that regularly years ago and admired it. What are the chances of 2 of them in Dublin and so close to each other? :D


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 4,749 Mod ✭✭✭✭ kadman


    Used to be 2 or 3 of them in the breaker just coming into Portarlington.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 4,408 Mod ✭✭✭✭ spacetweek


    Do you reckon they're gonna wreck it or try to restore it?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,192 ✭✭✭ mgbgt1978


    Looking at the Transporter (it's very clean, well kept, not cheap, etc) I'd guess they're not bringing it to the local Metal Recycling place to claim their €45 :).


    If that was picked up for scrap it would be hanging on for dear life to the back of a 20 year old Ford Transit Recovery Yoke....


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 4,408 Mod ✭✭✭✭ spacetweek


    mgbgt1978 wrote: »
    Looking at the Transporter (it's very clean, well kept, not cheap, etc) I'd guess they're not bringing it to the local Metal Recycling place to claim their €45 :).

    If that was picked up for scrap it would be hanging on for dear life to the back of a 20 year old Ford Transit Recovery Yoke....

    I'm glad, cause that car would look fantastic if restored.


  • Registered Users Posts: 530 ✭✭✭ unfit2006


    spacetweek wrote: »
    I'm glad, cause that car would look fantastic if restored.

    I always liked those Alpines. It was in my shortlist for many years to restore one.
    That and a 2002 or a Dolly Sprint.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,269 ✭✭✭ MercMad


    unfit2006 wrote: »
    I always liked those Alpines. It was in my shortlist for many years to restore one.
    That and a 2002 or a Dolly Sprint.

    Alpine ??


  • Registered Users Posts: 530 ✭✭✭ unfit2006


    MercMad wrote: »
    Alpine ??

    Yep. like the one in the pic above.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 549 ✭✭✭ chillyspoon


    unfit2006 wrote: »
    I always liked those Alpines. It was in my shortlist for many years to restore one.
    That and a 2002 or a Dolly Sprint.

    I must admit I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the Rapier and the Alpine version visually, still - they look good enough when they're well sorted.


  • Registered Users Posts: 530 ✭✭✭ unfit2006


    My bad. You're right. They're a Rapier. I remember seeing a few of them back in the 70's and 80's and thinking they were a lovely looking car. I remember reading somwhere later that they were "a fancy shaped Hillman Hunter" or words to that effect.It still did'nt put me off them though and I always held a gra for them.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 17,132 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Sam Russell


    Those Rapiers a whore to drive. The long sloped window at the back makes rear view bad, and they mist up and that makes it worse. Road holding is crap as well.

    They are basically a Hillman Hunter re badge.


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