March 31, 2011

1988 Laforza 5 Liter.





10 comments:

littlejason said...

What planet? Planet Washington?

ben said...

Yup Jason, and it looks like it's been parked since before the tabs expired last year.

I think a lot of people guessed that with a classic Ford Windsor under the hood, it would be easy to work on and cheap to fix. But in researching this post, I found some very cheap with confusingly low mileage.

Not many other cars I can think of where 30k miles can be had for $5950. But if I were about to invest that kind of money, I'd probably throw down the extra $1040 for this 17k mile specimen.

Mikael said...

Where have I seen those taillights before? On some european compact car?

Iwan Vlaar said...

Fiat Uno rear lights, here in Europe these cars were named Rayton Fisshore Magnum and came with the Alfa romeo 2.5 V6, Fiat/Lancia Vulomex and I believe VM Turbo Diesels. But I have only seen 1 in real life and that was at a wreckers yard minus engine. I think outside Italy not many were sold.

Iwan Vlaar said...

EDIT!
Sorry to confuse everybody but they are not Uno lights, after posting my comment I looked at the Uno and they are similar in style but different anyway.

tony said...

this morning's goose chase through google and wikipedia has been wild, indeed. thanks for this hilarious post. and i spy dad's 940 in the background.

Justin said...

Looks like your late 80's-early 90's LA resident's wet dream.
How come Curbside Classics was removed from the Blogroll?

tony said...

@justin: it could change in the future, but as the 'groll sits now, all links are to websites which we feel some kind of personal connection to. paul at TTAC is an incredible writer and a car genius, but we've never talked to him and don't really know him.

thanks for noticing :)

ben said...

You mean formerly of TTAC, they couldn't handle his car genius. It looks like he's having a lot more fun now on his own.

Very tough car to research, it's really a shame there doesn't seem to be any fan sites or clubs dedicated to them. I think this is a 1988 is mostly because of the lack of side markers on that front bumper. I can't find any other documentation of that feature on an early Laforza. This very detail might be why so few 88s could be imported, as US government loves side markers.

Fingers crossed that a Laforza expert finds us, because I often don't feel comfortable knocking on a door when cars are parked on the lawn.

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