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Can Anyone Guess What Car Is Under This Car Cover? [UPDATED WITH NEW CAR]

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Welcome to Car Cover Challenge, a new series in which we take a picture of a car under a car cover, and you try to figure out what it is. This particular car sits on the side of a street in Santa Monica, California, where I walked past yesterday as I returned from a stroll to my go-to ice cream shop. My initial guess of what this vehicle was — based solely on its diminutive size — was Opel GT, but I was quite wrong. Let’s see if you can be less wrong.

The first thing I noticed about this mystery car is that it is small. Not quite microcar small, but far, far smaller than anything almost anything on sale in the U.S. today.

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The Mitsubishi Mirage, Mini Cooper, and Miata be shorter, but I cannot imagine they’re narrower, because whatever this car is could be a foot from the curb and it still wouldn’t stick out as far as the Kia Telluride behind it:

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Here are a few more shots of this vehicle. Notice the angled buttocks and the big straight tailpipe jutting out:

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Let’s hear your guesses!

Update: Somehow you folks guessed the answer within seven minutes. How is that even possible?! Slightly embarrassed, here, allow me to offer another challenge, also from the streets of Santa Monica:

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I’m concerned that this one will take even fewer than seven minutes. Gulp.

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Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
3 months ago

The station wagon looks a lot like a 60 Mercedes estate conversion, likely by IMA as other commenter mentioned (but hey, it could be an even rarer Portuguese conversion, we did have some of those, built in small batches by a few local coachbuilders).

Drew
Drew
3 months ago

Both of them are entirely custom one-off fabrications that just happen to mostly mimic the shape of existing vehicles. It’s all been a mean trick you’re playing on us.

Vetatur Fumare
Vetatur Fumare
3 months ago

Fulvia Coupé and then a Corvair Wagon?

Urban Runabout
Urban Runabout
3 months ago

This is easy:
Mercedes-Benz Heckflosse Universal conversion by IMA.

Last edited 3 months ago by Urban Runabout
Rad Barchetta
Rad Barchetta
3 months ago

ECTO-1, sans roof-mounted ghostbusting hardware.

Jakob K's Garage
Jakob K's Garage
3 months ago

Family Truckster Wagon Queen?

Jimmy7
Jimmy7
3 months ago

Checker Wagon?

Mortalcombatant
Mortalcombatant
3 months ago

1. Lancia Fulvia
2. Checker Station Wagon

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
3 months ago

“I’m concerned that this one will take even fewer than seven minutes. Gulp”

1967ish Mercedes Wagon is my guess

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
3 months ago
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TOSSABL
TOSSABL
3 months ago
Reply to  Cheap Bastard

I don’t see the hood ornament. Otherwise I’d be agreeing with you

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
3 months ago
Reply to  TOSSABL

Stolen decades ago to hang around some hoodlum’s neck.

Electric Truckaloo (formerly Stig’s Chamorro Cousin)
Electric Truckaloo (formerly Stig’s Chamorro Cousin)
3 months ago

1: Lancia Rally 037 (my god, I’m sure I’m wrong but I very much want to be right)
2: I would very much like this to be a Citroen ID21. But I suspect it’s … not.

Addicted To Brittish
Addicted To Brittish
3 months ago

Second car: I’m struggling to recall the size of 1970 station wagons compared to modern day minivans. I’m leaning towards 1970 Ford Country Squire.

Toecutter
Toecutter
3 months ago

2nd set of images: Cadillac Eldorado Estate

Last edited 3 months ago by Toecutter
Not The Ford 289
Not The Ford 289
3 months ago
Reply to  Toecutter

I don’t think it’s wide enough to be a Cadillac. Besides, how often do you see an old Cadillac wagon?

Last edited 3 months ago by Not The Ford 289
Not The Ford 289
Not The Ford 289
3 months ago

I really think the second car is a 1954 or 1955 Studebaker Conestoga wagon.

Last edited 3 months ago by Not The Ford 289
Crank Shaft
Crank Shaft
3 months ago

Excuse my French, but Holy Fuck is it insane how fast some of you can do this. I’d be on Cars.Com for weeks!

I think you’re correct. Just amazing.

Not The Ford 289
Not The Ford 289
3 months ago
Reply to  Crank Shaft

I’ve always been in to Studebakers, my dad almost bought a Conestoga once.

Crank Shaft
Crank Shaft
3 months ago

Still, my sincere compliments.

Not The Ford 289
Not The Ford 289
3 months ago
Reply to  Crank Shaft

Thanks

Bizness Comma Nunya
Bizness Comma Nunya
3 months ago

I was feeling REAL confident in my 1962 Chrysler wagon answer… then I saw this. I think you’re correct on the Studebaker!

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
3 months ago

That rear ‘porch stoop’ certainly fits. I remember circling back repeatedly to a junkyard one in the 80s just in awe of the splendor of that beast

MaximillianMeen
MaximillianMeen
3 months ago

Front bumper looks like match. Top of grille to top of headlights looks good. Fins past the rear window line up. Rear wheel arches are a match.

A jorb well done, Cooper!

Not The Ford 289
Not The Ford 289
3 months ago

I forgot to add this, the bump in the center of the hood is the hood ornament studebaker conestoga

Not The Ford 289
Not The Ford 289
3 months ago

damn, that link doesn’t work…

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