Curbside Classic Outtake: Forbidden Fruit

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer
curbside classic outtake forbidden fruit

Since today’s theme is the rapidly shrinking offering of genuine off-roaders available in the land of the free, here’s one that’s not on the list. That didn’t keep this owner from getting it registered in Oregon, along with several other “illegal aliens” I’ve nabbed so far.

It’s got the desirable diesel too. Ready for an around-the-world journey; or did it already do that and end up in Eugene?

A glance in the back window shows a cook-top and sink.

I’m going to have to acquaint myself with Oregon’s laws to figure out how all these forbidden imports are seeping through our borders, so I can start my wish list.

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  • Splateagle Splateagle on Oct 16, 2010

    Pretty much every second car in the Highlands and Islands here is one of these - I love 'em. Paul, a request/suggestion spurred partly by this and partly by the recent handful of French CCs - would it be possible to have a regular Curbside Classics Abroad feature? (regular in the way Trucks have become regulars at the weekends I mean) I'm avid fan of the series, but being a non-american very few of the cars featured are cars I'll ever have had the chance to see, so I never go for the clues - and I suspect I'm not alone. If there were a regular slot when we knew the upcoming CC would definitely be something originating from outside the US it might make the guessing fun for the rest of us too? Just a thought. However you structure it, please keep them coming!

    • Paul Niedermeyer Paul Niedermeyer on Oct 16, 2010

      splateagle, If someone wants to send me abroad, I'd be happy to oblige. Most of the cars I find here are imports, of course. And pointing out that a CC Clue is specifically for a foreign car would be a big hint.

      But I get your point, and I'll consider it. Thanks.

  • StatisticalDolphin StatisticalDolphin on Oct 16, 2010

    Haphazardly repaired corrosion can be seen along the door sill below the Tdi sticker.

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    • Acubra Acubra on Oct 19, 2010

      Nicodemus, It actually CAN be corrosion, although an electrochemical one. Oh, and not all Defender's body panels are aluminum any more.

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