VeeZedCee 480

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Where: Leinster, Dublin City, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1965

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Since we had a fine collection of 1960 era cars yesterday, we thought if we had them in colour then it might be even more interesting, so here we are! For all of us who have been stuck in traffic treacle in the Pearse Street area, this will have been a familiar sight the Heiton McFerran shop on the corner of Tara Street.

Photographers: Michael S. Walker

Collection: Michael S. Walker Photographic Collection

Date: 1960s

NLI Ref: NPA WALK56

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    Foxglove

    • 05/Aug/2020 07:56:55

    an Austin, a VW beetle, a Morris Minor and a Ford Capri (?). I love the phrase traffic treacle - when traffic returns I think I will pirate your idiom

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    sharon.corbet

    • 05/Aug/2020 07:57:04

    Streetview The Kennedy's Bar sign appears to be still there. But the buildings either side are gone.

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    Foxglove

    • 05/Aug/2020 07:57:52

    sorry there is no VW, it's another Austin, is it a Princess (?)

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    Paddywhack56

    • 05/Aug/2020 08:08:55

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove The red one behind the Morris Minor? It's an 1100, possibly an Austin but it could also be the Morris sibling. I can't see a Capri in the shot. The beige car is a Hillman Avenger. The white car behind looks as if it might be a Fiat 1100R and the dark-coloured car entering the junction is a Vauxhall Viva. While most of the cars are, indeed, 1960s models (and VZC 480 is getting long in the tooth) the Viva and the Avenger are 1970s cars so I would guess that the photo might be from 1973 on?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Aug/2020 08:09:59

    I spy a Hillman Avenger, which appeared in February 1970. So the date range is 1970s, not 1960s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillman_Avenger [https://www.flickr.com/photos/carspotterandrew98/10275934806/] via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/carspotterandrew98/]

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    Paddywhack56

    • 05/Aug/2020 08:11:39

    According to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, the Hillman Avenger, the most recent car in the shot, was introduced in February 1970 so the photo could be from a couple of years earlier than I suggested in my reply to https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove I might be wrong about the Vauxhall Viva too. I can't quite make out if it's an HB (late 1960s) of HC (1970s).

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Aug/2020 08:19:29

    Snap @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/paddywhack56 ! Great minds . . .

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    Paddywhack56

    • 05/Aug/2020 08:20:39

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Indeed. I had just looked up Wikipedia to check the dates for the Avenger when I came back here to find that you beat me to it.

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    Foxglove

    • 05/Aug/2020 08:33:43

    you can tell from my knowledge about cars that I am a ...real petrol-head

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    rpgvlwqt88

    • 05/Aug/2020 08:45:39

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet] The Heiton McFerran building is now an empty site with planning permission approved for this 23 storey tower [www.irishtimes.com/business/commercial-property/ronan-get...] The edge of the building to the right can be seen and still stands. I always thought it was built in the 1980s but how wrong I was. There is also an 8 storey hotel planned for that site however these buildings are still occupied by coffee shops, drycleaners etc

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    rpgvlwqt88

    • 05/Aug/2020 08:46:54

    It was replaced with a squirrel mural in recent years https://www.flickr.com/photos/turgidson/34993299330/in/photolist-VjeNK5

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Aug/2020 09:42:41

    I wonder if bits from the trusty rusty A40, "VeeZedCee 480", have ended up in that squirrel mural !

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    Carol Maddock

    • 05/Aug/2020 10:51:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] And the squirrel Muriel is sadly no more. It was taken down as the building was to be redeveloped into a 22 storey hotel. Another blooming hotel. Just what Dublin doesn't need, and Dubliners do not want! That hasn't happened, and may not happen now. I passed it the other day, and that wall looks really sad and empty. www.irishtimes.com/culture/dublin-s-red-squirrel-mural-to...

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    rpgvlwqt88

    • 05/Aug/2020 11:46:30

    About 60/30/10 ratio of office/hotel/restaurant and retail to be more precise. Better than the derelict site that has been there c.20+ years at this stage.

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    suckindeesel

    • 05/Aug/2020 12:06:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet The building beyond Kennedys was also Heiton McFerran, now cleared cleared for a pedestrian access to Tara St. Station. I supposed they morphed into today's 'Heitons'

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    suckindeesel

    • 05/Aug/2020 12:49:41

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] You're probably correct, as Heiton McFerron was only formed in 1967 following a merger with McFerron. www.heitonsteel.ie/our-history/ Edit Here's a 1979 pic with Heitons demolished mobile.twitter.com/U2thenandnow/status/921064303616233472...

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    suckindeesel

    • 05/Aug/2020 13:37:16

    Heitons had a much grander office/showrooms in Tara House, out of shot to the right, built 1966/67 digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:47249

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Aug/2020 21:09:52

    [Aside] - The Google camera car spotted in the window of the Kennedy bar, 'the workshop.' - goo.gl/maps/DQiZ6zTVWty1ZQ8Y6 If you see a blue car with a contraption on its roof, remember to smile!

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    Ghost Radio

    • 05/Aug/2020 21:23:22

    The car at bottom right, just the left wing showing, is a Fiat. Possibly a Fiat 1100D or a Fiat 124.

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    silverio10

    • 05/Aug/2020 21:35:29

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    nlpnt

    • 05/Aug/2020 23:40:00

    I find it really interesting that Ireland kept the "British" registration format and style for so long. Not even going to ZC 10000 or putting the serial letter *after* the area code in the more usual way after xx9999 had been reached. Or changing the background color to green or something.

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Aug/2020 06:44:13

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I seem to recall a number of different colour reg plates: themriginal white on black, black on white background and black on red reflective background?

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    sharon.corbet

    • 06/Aug/2020 09:10:45

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] You can still see the mural on the 2018 Retro-Streetview. I have to admit, while the derelict site isn't pleasant, I don't really like the planned tower. (I'm not against even real skyscrapers - in fact I've a nice view down to the tallest building in the EU if I walk to my office. If they want to build taller buildings in Dublin, I'd prefer something like La Defense in Paris, or even if they'd put in a cluster in the docklands.) And as for another hotel...

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    nlpnt

    • 07/Aug/2020 00:52:38

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Black on red, yes, that was uniquely Irish - in the whole world. Every other jurisdiction that issued red-background registration plates used white characters on them.