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1979 Colt 1400 GLX [A150]

1979 Colt 1400 [A150] in Bergerac, TV Series, 1981-1991 IMDB Ep. 3.07

Class: Cars, Hatchback — Model origin: JP — Made for: GB

1979 Colt 1400 GLX [A150]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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Sandie SX

2012-01-29 02:06

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dsl SX

2012-01-29 02:10

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Colt. Were these called Mirage?

Lateef NO

2012-01-29 02:39

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Sold as 1200 or 1400 AFAIK

cko US

2012-01-29 04:22

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Yes. Filmed in the UK, so most likely sold as "Colt" instead of "Mitsubishi"

dsl SX

2012-01-29 14:35

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Glass's says this series introduced UK March 79 as 1400 GLX 3 door, 5 door added June 79; 1200 added March 81 as GL and then EL. 1200 never available as 5 door. Jan 83 - both versions renamed Mirage (1250/1400 as appropriate). As 5 door this one is 1400 GLX.

Sandie SX

2012-02-23 16:41

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I swear every Colt 1400 made must have been a hire car on Jersey at some point. Pages for five doors regrouped and new main image added.

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dsl SX

2012-02-23 17:26

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Sandie wrote I swear every Colt 1400 made must have been a hire car on Jersey at some point.

May or may not be relevant, but many UK spec mainstream cars (Fords, Vauxhalls etc) in 1990s were used on Channels Isles (Guernsey and Jersey) for hire cars for 2-3 months then shipped to UK for retail as nearly new with very low mileage. Not sure what the logic/advantages were, but there were substantial volumes and far more than needed in normal CI taxi situations. Would be interested if anyone can explain why this happened.

Gag Halfrunt UK

2012-02-23 17:51

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Perhaps it was some kind of tax dodge?

Sunbar UK

2012-02-23 18:00

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More than likely as Guernsey and Jersey are outside of the EU being dependant territory status. VAT and import duty (10%) would be payable as a used car if more than 6 months old. Don't know how the cars were valued for duty and VAT however.

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dsl SX

2012-02-23 19:18

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Had a light-bulb moment about Sandie's original question. In late 70s/early 80s, Thatcher put a fixed quota on Japanese car imports into UK; there was a total annual limit (200,000 cars?), which was then allocated (by SMMT?) amongst the importers. Led amongst other wizard wheezes, to a brief attempt to import Aus-built Mitsubishi Galants as Lonsdales. Probably flooding CI taxis with Japanese things like small Colts and then shipping as nearly-new to UK was another response, slipping in without being counted against quotas. Bizzarre thought about all this - Thatcher killed off so much British industry, yet her restrictions could have been the catalyst for Japanese firms setting up factories in UK in the late80s/early 90s. It sticks in the throat to ask this, but does The Evil Destroyer deserve some credit for the fact that we still have a car industry in the UK? If only she had not stopped Rover merging with Honda, instead of forcing the stupid sell-off to BAe.

As for 1990s CI taxis, I'm sure Sunbar's comment is close to the answer. Would it have been manufacturer-driven (eg to shift over-production?) or entrepreneurial dealers/distributors?

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Sandie SX

2012-06-08 02:48

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