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« on: 02 October, 2013, 07:18:23 PM »

I am re-reading the Inspector Morse novels as a cure for insomnia and have always known that the learned gent drove a Lancia rather than the Jaguar ..... but which one ?

In his first novel,  published in 1975, Colin Dexter described Morse's car as "The faithful old Lancia ..... It had been a good buy. Powerful, reliable , and 300 miles on a full tank."

I have always imagined it as a Flaminia , probably  a PF Coupé ... but who knows ?

Flavia ? Aurelia Huh? Lambda ( his garage was too small) ?

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« Reply #1 on: 02 October, 2013, 08:39:05 PM »

Given the TV series had a Jag it could be a B20??
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« Reply #2 on: 03 October, 2013, 11:43:03 PM »

I seem to remember reading somewhere that it was a Flavia. I also remember reading a quote by Colin Dexter when he heard that Morse would be driving a Jag in the TV series. He said 'Morse wouldn't be seen dead in a Jag!'. The thing that's always puzzled me, bearing in mind the TV Morse at least (haven't read the books) is a bit of a connoiseur of fine things, is why they lumbered him with that terrible car with a vinyl roof? I read it was a Daimler converted to a Jag, which is neither here nor there but I have never, ever seen another Mk 2 with a vinyl roof. Has anybody else?
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« Reply #3 on: 04 October, 2013, 04:02:03 PM »

The famous Coombs modified Jaguar Mk2 road cars were distinguishable by their vinyl roofs.
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« Reply #4 on: 04 October, 2013, 05:02:12 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: 04 October, 2013, 08:10:20 PM »

On my crore Escort 1300E it was standard, and my Capri 3litre
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« Reply #6 on: 07 October, 2013, 04:13:58 PM »

Well, never knew that. Still can't remember seeing a Coombs Jag with one either, but there you are. Yep, my Daytona Yellow Mk III Cortina had one too.................................well, I was young and it was affordable.
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« Reply #7 on: 08 October, 2013, 09:55:52 AM »

I am re-reading the Inspector Morse novels as a cure for insomnia and have always known that the learned gent drove a Lancia rather than the Jaguar ..... but which one ?

In his first novel,  published in 1975, Colin Dexter described Morse's car as "The faithful old Lancia ..... It had been a good buy. Powerful, reliable , and 300 miles on a full tank."

I have always imagined it as a Flaminia , probably  a PF Coupé ... but who knows ?

Flavia ? Aurelia Huh? Lambda ( his garage was too small) ?



To return to the original question ...........  I know !

Confirmed by the great man himself, but I don't think I'll tell you just yet.

When I organised our Silverstone stand I was going to run a little competition for a free ticket but never got round to it, so, just for fun, I wonder who will get exactly the right car, spec and colour ?

Martin.

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« Reply #8 on: 08 October, 2013, 10:06:42 AM »

I'll stick to my original Flaminia pf coupe - dark blue
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« Reply #9 on: 08 October, 2013, 10:09:26 AM »

If it's Morse it has to be tasteful. So I'm going for a dark blue Flavia coupe, 1500 cc so it doesn't cost him too much in fuel!
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« Reply #10 on: 08 October, 2013, 10:14:54 AM »


Dark blue B12.

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« Reply #11 on: 08 October, 2013, 10:31:56 AM »

My money is on a Lancia Flavia 2000 Berlina in grey.
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« Reply #12 on: 08 October, 2013, 10:45:53 AM »

Bi-colour Flaminia sedan in black and silver.  2.5l.
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« Reply #13 on: 08 October, 2013, 05:08:27 PM »

A four door model perhaps? According to the Inspector Morse Society, the details of the model can be found in the books.On one occasion the Inspector is pleased with  "300 to the tankfull"(as mentioned earlier in the thread). That is the only clue I have,so does this MPG value eliminate any of the larger capacity Lancias? "Fiat-Lancia" is suggested elsewhere.  
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« Reply #14 on: 08 October, 2013, 05:21:28 PM »

According to the Inspector Morse Society,   

Been doing some research Richard ?
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