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Old 05-08-2016, 01:10 PM   #1
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Default Super low mile 145

Yesterday I saw a bright orange '73 145 driving down the road so I had to stop and take look.

When I walked up to it it looked so shiny I thought it was a re-spray. But when I saw the odo and ran the license plate I was pretty shocked. It only had 1640 km (~1000 mi) on the odo and had not been safety inspected since 1974 and therefore had been illegal to drive since 1975. It also looked to have the original tires on.

Judging by the condition and the history I could find I'd say that milage is correct. Pretty amazing!
it's the second lowest mile old car I've seen outside a museum.

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Old 05-08-2016, 01:36 PM   #2
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Wow!!!!!!! I need to know how that full size mud flap attaches so I can use mine.
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Old 05-08-2016, 01:39 PM   #3
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Very cool. What is with the trim piece coming out of the headlight bezel on each side?
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wow so clean. love the orange, looks like the same orange on my 75 242

so did 73s in europe have solid mounts for the bumpers? they look like the proper 73 thick ones but so tucked

EDIT: or are these 72 and below bumpers with 73 rubber stripping?

also looks like 164 wheels by the lip depth
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Old 05-08-2016, 01:41 PM   #5
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headlight wipers?

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Very cool. What is with the trim piece coming out of the headlight bezel on each side?
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Old 05-08-2016, 01:59 PM   #6
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Very cool. What is with the trim piece coming out of the headlight bezel on each side?
Like said before headlight wipers. Optional on 73 and standard on 74 here.

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wow so clean. love the orange, looks like the same orange on my 75 242

so did 73s in europe have solid mounts for the bumpers? they look like the proper 73 thick ones but so tucked

EDIT: or are these 72 and below bumpers with 73 rubber stripping?

also looks like 164 wheels by the lip depth
It's color code 113.
I'm no 140 expert but I think it's the same bumpers as the pre 73 but different rubber. Not like the ones you guys got.
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Old 05-08-2016, 02:01 PM   #7
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By trim do you mean wiper arms?

Those are original 73 euro mini commando bumpers. European laws didn't require the bumper come out so far=euro bumper shocks.
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By trim do you mean wiper arms?

Those are original 73 euro mini commando bumpers. European laws didn't require the bumper come out so far=euro bumper shocks.
Yes. I can't even imagine a wiper blade on a headlight surface like that. It would not have occurred to me that is what those are.
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i love the useless pass side mirror placement
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Old 05-08-2016, 02:40 PM   #10
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That is stunning!
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Old 05-08-2016, 04:11 PM   #11
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why illegal on road? that is the real question
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Old 05-08-2016, 04:14 PM   #12
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Safety inspection. If you read the top it says it has not had a safety inspection since 74. OP says its illegal in 75 so it seems logical to say It needs one every year. It's a 73 model

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Old 05-08-2016, 04:19 PM   #13
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Yes, safety inspection once a year is mandatory. Unless it's 30 years or older, then it's every other year. The car was inspected later that day, so it's now legal again.
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Old 05-08-2016, 11:10 PM   #14
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Please tell me you didn't leave there without talking to the owner or something!
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Old 05-08-2016, 11:17 PM   #15
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Very nice!

Strange it has 70-72 tails?
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Please tell me you didn't leave there without talking to the owner or something!
No I didn't have the time to wait around

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Strange it has 70-72 tails?
No it's the same tails 68-80 here
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Very, very nice!
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Wow.
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That's unreal.
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Safety inspection. If you read the top it says it has not had a safety inspection since 74. OP says its illegal in 75 so it seems logical to say It needs one every year. It's a 73 model
Just can't understand why don't they pass the inspection, but good new for the actual owner
Love that car

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Old 05-09-2016, 04:21 PM   #21
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Liking that wide rear mud flap. Never seen one. Also has the snow scoop too.
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Just can't understand why don't they pass the inspection, but good new for the actual owner
Love that car
because it hadnt been driven in 40 years.......................
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Old 05-10-2016, 03:54 PM   #23
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Now that's a $10,000 brick. Pun, given the other $10,000 catastrophe on FleaBay.
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Now that's a $10,000 brick. Pun, given the other $10,000 catastrophe on FleaBay.
Probably more like a $20-30k brick given that MANY collectors would love to have an almost 0 miles pristine car like that.
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Probably more like a $20-30k brick given that MANY collectors would love to have an almost 0 miles pristine car like that.
This.

My 60k mile 73 145 was 5k back in 2002, would be worth a lot more these days in the same condition. That car is easily 20k in the US.

I'll trade one healthy kidney, no diseases, fully functional, or a portion of my liver, for the car.
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