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It's certainly one of the best colours of the era - Teal Blue, my favourite of all time too. Probably a date-less colour, a bit like the what we used to call service' colours. Block white, red etc
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I always said that Teal Blue was the one colour of that period which suited EVERY car in the BL range - whether it was a Mini, an MG a Maxi or whatever, they all suited the colour - and working for a BL dealer at the time, we all believed that their cars were the best you could buy :D :( :roll:
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I thought that mechanically and technically their cars were good too. But dear o' deary me, the quality control and attention to detail - and corrosion prevention was dire.
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Peter Laidler wrote: Sat Dec 11, 2021 11:46 am But dear o' deary me, the quality control and attention to detail - and corrosion prevention was dire.
You're right of course - but it kept me in a job and paid the mortgage for many years :P
And now, we all drive German or Japanese cars :oops: :cry: ........
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As a family, we're VW drivers - except for my two mini's of course! I like to think that our VW's are historically British. After all, it was the RAF who flattened the old VW factory on their way to a party at nearby Duisberg one evening and a British Army Major (from my own former Corps) who decided to resurrect the factory. VW's post-1945 ancestry goes back to Britain
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Old English White wrote: Sat Dec 11, 2021 11:11 am
surfblue63 wrote: Sat Dec 11, 2021 10:50 am

Bingo, we have a winner (unless it's a Clubman with a 1000 badge).
That's what I reckon is most likely. BL wouldn't expect anyone to notice and just photographed whatever they had to hand ;)
Especially on earlier adverts and brochures there was a lot of "touching up" by hand wasn't there :lol:
It is a UK advert, so they used a UK car and just stuck an Italian plate on it.
It also has a Mk.1/2 boot handle on a Mk.3 lid. Unless that was an 'Innocenti thing'.
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I thought the flush bootlid handle was a later thing? I've never owned a Mk3 so I could be wrong but I don't remember the flush handle being a fitting at that stage.
The car in the picture isn't an Innocenti anyway is it - which as others have said, is what the Italians would actually have bought! ;)
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'S'-type wrote: Sat Dec 11, 2021 2:18 pm

It also has a Mk.1/2 boot handle on a Mk.3 lid. Unless that was an 'Innocenti thing'.
Early Mk3 and Clubmans had the t-handle for a bit. A better handle to use as you can actually get hold of it. The later version is a bit tricky, especially if your car has a new boot seal of the fit is tight.
Peter Laidler wrote: Sat Dec 11, 2021 2:12 pm ... and a British Army Major (from my own former Corps) who decided to resurrect the factory. VW's post-1945 ancestry goes back to Britain
Major Ivan Hurst got the VW factory going. It was offered to Rootes and I think Austin, but they both said there was nothing of any use there. Funny how Rootes sort of copied the VW philosophy with the Imp.
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surfblue63 wrote: Sat Dec 11, 2021 6:03 pm
'S'-type wrote: Sat Dec 11, 2021 2:18 pm

It also has a Mk.1/2 boot handle on a Mk.3 lid. Unless that was an 'Innocenti thing'.
Early Mk3 and Clubmans had the t-handle for a bit. A better handle to use as you can actually get hold of it. The later version is a bit tricky, especially if your car has a new boot seal of the fit is tight.
Peter Laidler wrote: Sat Dec 11, 2021 2:12 pm ... and a British Army Major (from my own former Corps) who decided to resurrect the factory. VW's post-1945 ancestry goes back to Britain
Major Ivan Hurst got the VW factory going. It was offered to Rootes and I think Austin, but they both said there was nothing of any use there. Funny how Rootes sort of copied the VW philosophy with the Imp.
Very interesting. As a member of the local Probus group (Prostrate Removed Other Parts Under Surveillance) we had a talk about the rebuilding of the VW factory post 1945. Apparently the British Army Major (ex Royal Engineers?) was very good at rebuilding tanks from spare parts and was allocated the task of recreating the VW production line. :D
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Not being pedantic. He was REME, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
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