V8X Supercar Magazine celebrates the strange creations from a variety of different manufacturers by ranking the top 10 quirkiest racers in Australian touring cars in issue #103.
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French manufacturer Citroen can lay claim to some of the quirkiest touring cars to race in Australia, starting with the ID19 (pictured above). The front-engined car best known for its rallying exploits was designed by an Italian sculptor and had success in the 1962 Armstrong 500 at Phillip Island with third place in the hands of future champion Norm Beechey.
Japanese manufacturer Subaru debuted in the Australian marketplace with the GSR 1400 at the 1973 Bathurst 1000. The Subaru couldn’t match it with the likes of the Alfa Romeos, Datsuns and Mazdas in the under two-litre class, 30 laps down from the race winners.
The world’s first hatchback, the Renault 16TS, competed at the 1969 Bathurst 500. The French manufacturer’s innovative four-door car had its quirks, including an uneven wheelbase, and finished 10th in class albeit 12 laps down from the class winners.
Joining the Renault 16TS hatchback in the 1969 Bathurst 500 was the Volkswagen 1600 Notchback, which unlike the Renault featured just two doors. Despite running in a class above the Renault, the Volkswagen finished just one place ahead on the same lap.
At a time when Nissan was making waves with its turbo-charged Bluebird, the Japanese manufacturer also campaigned an EXA. The EXA also had a turbo-charged engine but, as opposed to the Bluebird, was front-wheel drive. The car simply couldn’t handle the power output and the car, complete with its flared guards, was described as undriveable.
The 1987 Bathurst 1000 was a round of the World Touring Car Championship and featured an eclectic mix of cars, including the Maserati biturbo. The red coupe was powered by a 2.5-litre V6 with two turbochargers. Despite having more power than the Sierras, the lack of adequate handling from the rigid chassis left the car down in 34th place on the grid.
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