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The Secret Life of Machines, Documentary, 1988-1993 IMDB

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BBDesign HU

2010-06-01 22:51

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Illustration for the modern, computer designed car body, which is not easy to recognise, but it isn't hard to identify as a Peugeot 405:
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Triumph, Jaguar, Ford and the blue car could be a Vauxhall:
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dsl SX

2010-06-01 23:23

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Triumph 2000 Mk2, Ford Granada mk1, Jaguar XJ Mk1 or Mk2, Vauxhall Victor FE. Now what's the car just visible in the centre between the Jag and the Victor - could it be a Triumph Stag?

richard Davies EN

2012-04-04 23:52

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A Hillman Avenger is flipped over in a stunt during The Washing Machine.

tocsa120ls DE

2019-01-27 19:15

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What on Earth was Rex driving around? Some sort of Celica/Hilux hybrid?
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dsl SX

2019-01-27 19:49

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^ definitely a strange mongrel, and the Q plate means it's officially a weirdo
We've identified this vehicle using the details you provided
TOYOTA OTHER 1999
Registration number: Q857 EGV
Body type: Pick-Up
Colour: Blue
Date of first registration: May 1988
✗ Untaxed Tax due: 22 September 1992
Year of manufacture: 1988
Cylinder capacity (cc): 2200 cc
Fuel type: PETROL

Sandie SX

2019-04-14 14:11

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http://www.timhunkin.com/a229_rex.htm

Also a bit of a snippet on the Toyota:

Quote There were a lot of chemicals and stuff for spray painting. Its not easy to spray a car perfectly, but Rex was very, very good at it. In fact he was good at anything related to cars and engines. Soon after I first met him he bought a crash damaged Toyota Celica sports car to convert into a pickup truck. He made a beautiful job of it but the DVLA wouldn’t licence it. He eventually wrote to his MP and astonishingly this did the trick. What I didn’t know at the time was that when he eventually went into the DVLA office to collect his tax disc, he demanded to see the manager. After being stalled for hours the man eventually appeared. Rex asked him if he was a civil servant and then told him he should in future try to be more civil and a better servant.


Also a forum snippet: Link to "www.pistonheads.com"

Quote I've seen many rare and unique cars in museums, but the rarest car I have ever seen in real life, on the road (and that I have been in) has to be this unique Toyota Celica pickup truck built by my old next-door neighbour Rex Garrod, and featured on The Secret Life of Machines.
https://youtu.be/gfr3_AwuO9Y?t=1145

It was made from a US-spec Celica (hence the Supra arches and left hand drive) that had been rolled by a USAF serviceman, and I spent many a happy summer's day helping Rex build mad stuff like this.

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