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travellering
travellering HalfDork
4/18/22 9:40 p.m.

Just saw a car/van that was clearly not a US domestic vehicle.   Front was reminiscent of an R33 Skyline, but just behind the front doors it looked like a back half of a midsize van was grafted on.  Plenty of windows in the back, so didn't look like a home-brew cargo van build.  Mid 90's to early 2000's vintage-looking..

What the heck was that thing?

dj06482 (Forum Supporter)
dj06482 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/18/22 9:49 p.m.

Nissan Stanza Wagon?

johndej
johndej Dork
4/18/22 9:55 p.m.

Imported stagea?

 

travellering
travellering HalfDork
4/18/22 9:56 p.m.

No, I'm a wagon and long roof fanatic.  This wasn't a station wagon. The roofline of the front portion did not continue straight back like most factory wagons.  It was more like those city delivery vans from Ford and Vauxhall in Europe, just the front of a car and a box grafted on back...

travellering
travellering HalfDork
4/18/22 9:58 p.m.

Like the Ford Ecostar...

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/18/22 10:08 p.m.

Mitsubishi Expo?

travellering
travellering HalfDork
4/18/22 10:12 p.m.

Had a longer hood, and again, the roofline was not straight..

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
Antihero (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
4/18/22 10:15 p.m.

Ford Transit?

ae86andkp61 (Forum Supporter)
ae86andkp61 (Forum Supporter) Dork
4/18/22 10:32 p.m.

I suppose someone could have imported a 90's European Ford Escort van or Opel/Vauxhall Combo:

 

johndej
johndej Dork
4/18/22 10:35 p.m.

VW caddy?

ae86andkp61 (Forum Supporter)
ae86andkp61 (Forum Supporter) Dork
4/18/22 10:43 p.m.

Was there a version of the Citroen C15 after this one, or did they hop straight to the modern tall-roof hatch/small van type design?

 

Rons
Rons GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
4/19/22 1:50 a.m.

Nissan Fuega Hearse or some other professional car?

travellering
travellering HalfDork
4/19/22 7:48 a.m.

We're getting way warmer here.  With windows all around the sides, a hearse seems unlikely.  My own searches turned up a Holden vx panel van as the closest but it looks too long.  

Rons
Rons GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
4/19/22 1:09 p.m.

In reply to travellering :

I quickly found that one being a Nissan. Outside of North America hearses often have the coffin raised up with lots of glass - many Mercedes in Europe as an example.

stroker
stroker UberDork
4/19/22 1:58 p.m.

Dodge Colt Vista?

DrBoost
DrBoost MegaDork
4/19/22 2:26 p.m.

Could it be an engineering mule? Car companies will often graft a body on a chassis for chassis testing. Here's a Prowler with a Wrangler body on.

stroker
stroker UberDork
4/19/22 2:43 p.m.

In reply to DrBoost :

That's almost a crime against humanity...

mad_machine
mad_machine GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/19/22 5:01 p.m.
DrBoost said:

Could it be an engineering mule? Car companies will often graft a body on a chassis for chassis testing. Here's a Prowler with a Wrangler body on.

I am not sure which part I hate more.. the Prowler grafted to the jeep.. or the Jeep grafted to the Prowler part.

Rons
Rons GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
4/19/22 7:51 p.m.

Going with my morbid theme - Nissan Leaf hearse?

travellering
travellering HalfDork
4/19/22 10:15 p.m.
mad_machine said:
DrBoost said:

Could it be an engineering mule? Car companies will often graft a body on a chassis for chassis testing. Here's a Prowler with a Wrangler body on.

I am not sure which part I hate more.. the Prowler grafted to the jeep.. or the Jeep grafted to the Prowler part.

Weeelll, both of the headlights on the thing I saw were the same height, so it sure wasn't that monstrosity...

Leaning towards one of the cargo/delivery van conversions with windows cut in later.  If I see it around Knoxville again I'll be damn sure to get a picture.

Darwinz
Darwinz New Reader
4/19/22 11:37 p.m.
DrBoost said:

Could it be an engineering mule? Car companies will often graft a body on a chassis for chassis testing. Here's a Prowler with a Wrangler body on.

That is an interesting one!

Rons
Rons GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
4/20/22 12:15 a.m.

Was it right or left hand drive?

Run_Away
Run_Away Dork
4/20/22 12:58 a.m.

I want the job of the guy who came up with the Prowgler.

 

I can just picture someone... "So boss says we need to disguise this prototype real well, how can I go about this......*spies a Wrangler tub in the corner* hehehehehehehehe"

DrBoost
DrBoost MegaDork
4/20/22 7:32 a.m.

The Prowgler has to be the best/worst example of body grafting since Dr. Frankenstein. I'm impressed that they actually flared the rear wheel arches, instead of just plopping some straight sheet metal on there. 

STM317
STM317 PowerDork
4/20/22 11:22 a.m.
DrBoost said:

The Prowgler has to be the best/worst example of body grafting since Dr. Frankenstein. I'm impressed that they actually flared the rear wheel arches, instead of just plopping some straight sheet metal on there. 

It's not terrible execution, but it is just flat sheet metal:

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