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1968 Quasar Unipower City Car

1968 Quasar Unipower in Elle boit pas, elle fume pas, elle drague pas, mais... elle cause !, Movie, 1970 IMDB

Class: Others, Microcar — Model origin: UK

1968 Quasar Unipower City Car

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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Rinspeed FR

2008-11-11 16:28

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twingoman EN

2008-11-11 18:58

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This is called a Quasar.

I only read about it in a book a couple of days ago, which does mention about it's appearance in this film.

DynaMike NL

2008-11-11 19:28

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Nice, Twingoman! Me too I've recently read about it, but I couldn't remember (or find) its name. Cf http://flickr.com/photos/quasar-unipower/2469918819/

twingoman EN

2008-11-11 20:16

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Got a book out the library over the weekend called "Naff Motors" and this was in it, surprisingly!!!

garco NL

2008-11-11 20:35

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Something different than:
/vehicle_35254-Quasar.html

twingoman EN

2008-11-11 21:20

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garco wrote Something different than:
/vehicle_35254-Quasar.html


Probably.

According to this book I have, this Quasar was built in Middlesex by a company called Universal Power Drives Ltd, and based on a design by Quasar Khanh, a North Vietnamese engineer living in Paris.

It doesn't say how many were built, but it does say that a few went to the French textile group SNIP, and that one was used in this film.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quasar-Unipower

-- Last edit: 2008-11-11 21:22:15

CougarTim US

2008-11-11 23:24

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Very unusual.

I think I see a 1961-1962 Buick Special in the main image just to the left of the Quasar.

valiant1962 AU

2008-11-11 23:39

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I remember reading about these too. Weren't they powered by Mini mechanicals?

valiant1962 AU

2008-11-11 23:40

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Some info here (in French) http://www.quasar-unipower.com/

DynaMike NL

2008-11-11 23:44

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Looks like it, indeed.Maybe the same as the blue wagon just in front of the Peugeot van in /vehicle_200175-Porsche-911-E-Targa-1969.html ?

greybear EN

2008-11-12 00:25

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The Unipower name was also attached to another mini-based design...

http://www.motorbase.com/vehicle/by-id/149/

DynaMike NL

2008-11-12 00:39

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And to a truck: /vehicle_45055-Unipower-Forester-1952.html

nlu413f FR

2008-11-27 19:56

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Hi all, I'm always glad to see a few comment about the Quasar-Unipower City Car. I'm the author of quasar-unipower.com and the flickr site. I started some research about this car 14 years ago and I'm writing a small book (in french, sorry) dedicated to this car. I hope to publish it soon.
Your pictures are nice. I already got these but Gaumont ask me 250 euros by picture for the right to use one in my book. Sad !!
An other Quasar-Unipower appears in the movie "Les Anges" from Jean Desvilles (1973).
The genuine files have been lost and "memory" also but around 15 cars have been built. 13 came in France, one was sold in Uk and one to Canada. I know six cars still surviving in France.
All the best

nlu413f FR

2008-11-28 10:53

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twingoman wrote Got a book out the library over the weekend called "Naff Motors" and this was in it, surprisingly!!!


Hello do not know this book and would be glad to have a look on it about the Quasar...

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