i like the Monza, especially the GSI which was the big GM GT car of Europe when I was in my early teens. The first car I bought after I got my license was an 84 Manta GTE coupe. It was black and had the 400 bonnet and twin headlights. It looked fantastic but terribly dangerous. The steering was so heavy that I would sweat driving it even at 40mph. It eventually got used it. The car is long gone but I still have the arms
My first car was an 87 Manta GTE Exclusive Hatch also with the 400 quad headlights.
I don't remember the steering being too heavy at all although it was certainly heavy than cars with PAS as I later found out.
Ah, a Dolly Sprint, that's a blast from the past.There was a nice Monza running about in Ayrshire a few years back registration 300 GSE, I think it belonged to a Doctor.
I ran an SD1 Vitesse until earlier this year, actually replaced it with the SL. The steering wheel is not square but off set and slightly oval shaped to allow better legroom, before Mercedes had the same idea with their AMG Design models I have to say !
British Leland, Austin Rover etc came up with many innovative ideas before many other manufacturers like concealed wipers in the 18/2200 (Wedge) series later renamed the Princess and flush fitting door handles in the Marina. They also produced the first 16 valve engine production car with the Dolomite Sprint.
What Scott says! Had thirteen SD1's none with a square steering wheel
Yes I did too ... reasonably quick for a normal 'family car' as well. I had one funny incident - the linkage bar between the two carbs came loose, and the one that was no longer connected to the throttle cable sprang fully open. This was enough for the car to continue accelerating after I took my foot off the accelerator ... scary few seconds till I turned the ignition off.I owned a Dolomite 1850 once which was a nice car in its day.
Remember them well as I worked with the Main Dealer at the time. Those twin exhaust pipes look ridiculously small by today’s standard.
I owned a Dolomite 1850 once which was a nice car in its day. The Marina door handles were adopted by Lotus and a few other Marques.
I did get a rather good Fiat 132 with (not a lot) of rust for £270 off an old fella in Staines. It had “cruise control”.
This I found out was actually some kind of throttle locking device like a choke lever. You pulled it out at your desired speed, say 95, then twisted it.
When the brakes were applied it didn’t actually turn off, you just kept going lolz.