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Oct 01, 2010 01:40 |  #31

My old work truck was a 76 International with 400,000 plus miles on it. With a trailer on the back I was lucky to get it upto 50 on the freeways.

Personal was a 1990 Suzuki Samurai, stock 66 HP baby!! With me driving and 2 good sized buddies in it we were lucky to hit 30 going up a freeway hill. But take it out in the woods and it would go places. That thing was so small, it would fit on the dirt bike trails.


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Oct 01, 2010 04:30 |  #32

I still own an Austin A30... I wondered wether the starter motor had more horsepower than the 803cc engine, but then I could always use the crankhandle to add some xtra.


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Oct 01, 2010 04:42 |  #33

The slowest would be the Toyota Tamaraw FX... I think I pushed it quite hard..and at 5th gear it only went around 50-60kph

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Oct 01, 2010 06:19 |  #34

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my first car would definitely be the slowest car.. 1989 Ford Festiva

Actually, Festivas were quite zippy for what they were (if you had a 5-spd manual transmission + 1.3L combo, that is). I remember the Road & Track article on the "SHOGUN" Festiva...essentially a modded Festiva with a Taurus SHO 3.0 engine and transaxle in the rear making a severally rear-heavy, but crazy-fast/light car.

There were only a handful, and, of course, Jay Leno has one. :rolleyes:

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Oct 01, 2010 06:57 |  #35

Slowest vehicle I have ever driven on a road - the Ford Fiesta!

Got my parents one when they decided to replace it for the measly sum of £75 but I think I overpaid! I got the 1.1 variant but it still couldn't pull the skin of a rice pudding! 0-60 was possible, in fact I think I managed it in 2(minutes as opposed to seconds) - it would manage 70 on a motorway but only just! If you were game enough to try 70, the wings would start to shake and steering became a matter of luck. Braking was decent ( I think that was the best thing on the car) I do remember having to come down the gear box to allow me to get up hills - sometimes to second!

It didn't come with a radio, cassette or anything else modern like that - the window washer system was a foot operated pump!

Definitely nothing like power steering or any of that modern nonsense!


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Oct 01, 2010 07:24 |  #36

My first car, and also my slowest was a 78 Nissan/Datsun Cheery 100a.
Powered by an Austin A series motor built under license by Nissan, it had a massive 58hp from 998cc. Single carb, 4 speed gear box, it arrived with out a radio as a gift from my Grandmother.
It was so small and under powered I even got it stuck in the gravel car park the first time I drove it to school.

Top speed on a flat road was about 120kph, but did manage 140kph down a hill with all 8 valves bouncing wide open.
The suspension set up was nice, but it's agility was let down by 155, 70R 13 tyres. I used to be able to throw it at a corner then work it sideways around the corner changing between over steer and under steer, all while doing about 40kph.

Possibly one of the best worst cars I've ever owned though, everything happened in slow motion, but there was no power steering or assisted brakes to blunt response, and the very tight suspension combined with small tires and curb weight of well under 1,000kgs made it very responsive to drive.
I learned a lot about car control, all at speeds to slow to do myself any damage.
Then I learned about preserving momentum, and managed some point to point times in it that I have a hard time matching in much faster cars.


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Oct 01, 2010 07:24 |  #37

This old girl! The fastest I dared to drive her was 135kph. At that speed she was shaking and felt like she was about to fall apart.

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Oct 01, 2010 08:27 as a reply to  @ S7000's post |  #38

Rode in a cart drawn by a caribou (water buffalo) in the Philippine countryside once. That's probably the slowest vehicle I've ridden in with a wide-open road ahead of me.


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Oct 01, 2010 08:38 |  #39

I had a Mercedes /8 200D (114 series) automatic which I thought was the slowest car in the world. 55 hp diesel no turbo.

Then, later I got a 123 series Mercedes that was a 250 gasoline converted to said 55 hp 200D engine. Same engine, a little more weight but the longer transmission from the "high-powered" fast 250 :D


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Oct 01, 2010 08:55 |  #40

The slowest vehicle I have owned was also the biggest vehicle I have owned.
This van has been to 39 different states and traveled almost 100K ;)

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Oct 01, 2010 09:02 |  #41

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The slowest vehicle I have owned was also the biggest vehicle I have owned.
This van has been to 39 different states and traveled almost 100K ;)

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And judging by the rust underneat its seen lots of NY! ;)

I just purchased a used Jeep GC that has gobs and gobs of rust underneath. Had to replace the exhaust immediately, but he engine is solid (4.0 six) and should last longer than me!

That vans a trooper for making it this far...hope you have many, many more slow plodding miles to come. :lol:


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Oct 01, 2010 11:57 |  #42

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Rode in a cart drawn by a caribou (water buffalo) in the Philippine countryside once. That's probably the slowest vehicle I've ridden in with a wide-open road ahead of me.

ohhh haha where in the Philippines did you go?

are you talking about something like this? :lol: there are a lot of them in rural areas :lol:

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Oct 01, 2010 12:39 |  #43

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ohhh haha where in the Philippines did you go?

are you talking about something like this? :lol: there are a lot of them in rural areas :lol:
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That looks like fun...


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Oct 01, 2010 12:53 |  #44

My grandmother had a late 70's chevette that would drop ten MPH at highway speed if you turned on the AC.




  
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Oct 01, 2010 13:04 |  #45

Thats an easy one for me,
spent many years driving these around

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