1976 Renault 15 GTL. This would have been a pretty interesting choice back in mid-seventies Wales. Even more exotic than spaghetti bolognaise or steak diane. In 1971, Renault launched twin coupes based on the Renault 12: the 15 and 17. The former was a clean looking coupe with lots of glass space and rectangular headlights, while the latter had a sportier look with dual headlights and angular rear windows. The 15 was your sensible, constrained weekday self and the 17 was your rakish weekend self for getting your freak on. Cars for moods.
1975 Jaguar XJ6 Series II _____ The XJs of old will always be some of my favourite cars to look at, but I can't say the same about owning one. The first XJ was launched in 1968 to replace the aging 420 (#blazeit), which also looked like a proper gangsta-mobile in its own right. This one was the Series II, which came with a bigger 3.4L inline-6 (the XJ12 came with a V12) that made close to 160HP. These cars had an incredibly comfortable ride and handling, and it basically carried the ambience of a Rolls-Royce, without the maintenance costs of one...at least in the beginning. The late 60's to early 80's were a bad time for British car makers. Eventually all the car manufacturers, including Jaguar, were clubbed together to make up British Leyland Motor Corp (BLMC), and it was plagued with problems from mismanagement, to selling dated cars and designs, to focusing on all the wrong decisions at the wrong time. In addition, there were massive issues with the labour unions. As a result, workers simply wouldn't show up to work, and cars would be made really haphazardly. In fact, ask any mechanic for their thoughts on a Jaguar, and they'll always tell you to avoid Series II's made during the BLMC era, simply because of how notoriously unreliable these cars were. The electronics especially were a joke. As you can see, this XJ6 overheated just after driving for around 10 miles. If you ever come across one, you'll probably find it with its hood open like this; something's always going wrong. ...but my goodness, it's gorgeous... 😍