So I guess it is time for a project build topic mostly about the Detomaso, but probably also some about the Sirion M301.
So to start at the start, I own an original 1994 Charade Detomaso, as far as I know the only one in the Netherlands and one of only a few in Europe. My first car was a white 1994 G200 and when I first heard of the Detomaso I know I had to own one someday, it is the Ultimate G200 (in my opinion:grin:).
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The car lived in Japan from 1994 till 1998 and at least part of its 4 year stay in Japan it lived in the Japanese city: Shimada, located in the Shizuoka Prefecture. It still has the Parking sticker on the front window of this city.
In 1998 the car was sold and exported to the UK, it was there until 2004, and lived at least part of its UK adventure in the city of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (from 2001 till 2004. After these 6 year is was sold again, this time to the Netherlands. A Daihatsu enthusiast had both if of EBay, and drove it from the UK (on UK license plates, I still have them) back to NL. There it was prepped for the Dutch registration check to get a license and become road legal. He own the car for several years, and eventually sold it at the end of 2011. Unfortunately for me it was sold before I even noticed it was for sale. It was sold within the, then still excising, Dutch Daihatsu club.
This person only had it for a few months after with is was sold again. This time outside the club and it was of the radar for about 2 year. In this time it has had another 3 owners that did not really treat the car as it should have.
In 2013 it serviced again, on a Dutch car website for sale. I called the owner and made an appointment to pick it up on Thursday (it was Tuesday). Unfortunately I got a text the night before that the car was sold. I tried calling but no luck.
I was then informed that the car was picked up by a Daihatsu enthusiast from the same city as me, I met him a few times, so got in contact with him and told him to get in contact if he ever would want to get rit op it. I had actually done the same as me, called the owner, got in the car and picked it up on Wednesday .
Anyway a few weeks later we got in contact, he had done some work on the Detomaso to get it running good again. It was running on 3 cylinders when he picked it up and had two blocked brake calipers. Anyway he called me to see if I was still interested. He got a change to buy back his old Charade GTti but for this he had to sell the Detomaso.
So fast forward to now, I have the car sins 2013. And most of this time it was stored to wait restauration. The car was in pretty bad state and did not pass the Dutch MOT (we call it APK) due to rust, lots of rust.
The last 4,5 year we had a lot going on, got married, children, so when I started stripping the Detomaso I planned on restoring it to original and kinde wanted it to be ready already. But life got in the way and the last 2 year it has sat in the garage pretty much untouched.
It feels like the car has been dragged over the seabed during one of its export adventures. Right now it’s completely striped and in need of a lot of love (and new metal). the floor is completely rusted true , the wheel arches are non-existing on the outside and also rusting on the inside. The sills have been welded ones already but they just welded over the old rust. So they just exist of body filler now.
Some photo’s to give you an idea, the goal is to get it back to original. I have an original brochure as well as some prerelease photos.
when I got it:
pasager side floor: