Unusual sighting?

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Unusual sighting?

Post by MTXM » Fri May 18, 2018 7:50 pm

Not an XM or even a Citroen but I could not resist taking a snap of this funny little thing earlier today and posting up. Regards, Matthew T.
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Re: Unusual sighting?

Post by MTXM » Fri May 18, 2018 9:48 pm

I have now identified the car as a Toyota Sera of which the 'gull wing' doors are certainly a distinctive feature. According to Wikipedia the model was not officially exported from Japan that confirms my feeling that it is something exotic! I saw the elderly couple owners climbing out which was quite a weird sight. Regards, Matthew T.
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1990 V6.24 Pallas (Germany car)
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Re: Unusual sighting?

Post by MTXM » Fri May 18, 2018 10:06 pm

The car was also made between 1990-1995 and therefore is an almost exact contemporary of the XM! The owners club is based in Norfolk by a strange coincidence. Regards, Matthew T.
1989 V6 Exclusive (Poland car)
1990 V6sei auto (grey auto)
1990 V6sei manual (gold car)
1990 V6.24 Pallas (Germany car)
1990 V6.24v (Scotland car)
1992 V6sei auto (blue auto)
Other previous XM sold and broken too many to mention!

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Re: Unusual sighting?

Post by Dieselman » Sat May 19, 2018 5:20 am

I've heard of the Sera before. Who says Toyota only make boring cars?
It looks like the headlamps need a good wet sanding and polishing, UV has caused the coating to go cloudy.

The difference between the Sera you sw and an XM is that the Sera will have been on the road every day and not had anything done to it other than routine maintenance.

Who would want that?
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Re: Unusual sighting?

Post by russ92xmsed » Sat May 19, 2018 4:27 pm

One of the tech guys at Cov uni had one. Used to see it parked out the back of the design block workshops. It's a great thing.

Not sure about this, it might be a kei car??. My other fav is the Mazda Autozam AZ1. That is a Kei car.
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Re: Unusual sighting?

Post by Jan-hendrik » Sun May 20, 2018 6:28 am

The Sera is not a kei car. It's equipped with a 1.5 ltr engine that delivers 110 horsepower. Wheelbase 2.3m, width 1.65m, length 3.86m, height 1.26m. But have a look here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Sera" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;.
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Re: Unusual sighting?

Post by Dieselman » Sun May 20, 2018 6:48 am

It's a Starlet in a fancy frock with a Corolla engine.

Nice little 2 door, sport-coupe.
1992 3.0 V6-24.Rp 5713 EXY Black
1992 2.1SD M.RP 5685 in ENT Blue Sideral
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1990 2.1SD M.RP 5049 in EJV Mandarin
1992 2.1SD A.RP 5698 in EJV Mandarin
1994 2.1SD A.RP 6218 in ERT Triton Green
1991 2.0SI M.RP 5187 in EWT White

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Re: Unusual sighting?

Post by Jan-hendrik » Sun May 20, 2018 8:42 am

It's a Starlet in a fancy frock with a Corolla engine.
I think the Sera [owners] would be offended. :)
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Re: Unusual sighting?

Post by Julianw » Mon May 21, 2018 5:53 pm

That suggests it has something in common with the Mk1 MR2 - the engine for that was lifted from the Corolla twin cam that was so popular, and they sold more with the T bar roof than hard top or sunroof models iirc. But the mk2, released in 1990, was bigger and got the bigger engines that also went in the Celica, Carina, Rav4etc. Being front engined, front wheel drive, I'm not suggesting this was a spiritual successor though. Possibly intended as direct competition to Nissan's 100NX...

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