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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-04-23 05:19
Subject: [photos] Odd car in Omaha, NE
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Location:Omaha
Mood:curious
Music:hotel noises
Tags:cars, omaha, photos
It's not often I see a car I don't recognize. Especially a recent make.

Yesterday in Omaha I spotted a car badged as a Salon. It looks like a Japanese sedan, though I can't twig the make from the body lines. (And just try Googling "salon" — that term is damned near Googleproof.) Thoughts from you motorheads?

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Sorry for the crummy photos, but all I had was the phone cam.
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avocadovpx
User: avocadovpx
Date: 2008-04-23 13:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It deflected my Google-fu as well. The website for Hemmings Auto Classifieds doesn't list it under Makes.

The body style reminds me of some of the recent Cadillac models. The black and chrome S in the rear logo looks like (I know this is a longshot) some of the S's used for the 90's and 00's Impala Supersports, but the red and chrome S in the full name looks a little different.

I have to wonder if somebody didn't do some body work to the car and then decide to re-badge his car for kicks.
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2008-04-23 13:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My google-fu hasn't identified anything. Back end is very Honda-ish. Badging is very weird - the S in the roundel doesn't seem to match the S in Salon (and that doesn't match the other letters). Looks like a one-off job to me...
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Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2008-04-23 13:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The name is something someone ginned up - that red S is almost certainly cadged from a Honda/Acura S-type of some sort, and the rest is from a Toyota Avalon. (http://www.toyota.com/avalon/exterior-360.html - check the rear / rear three-quarter view)

The headlights and front facia appear to come from a late-model Caddy, possibly a CTS.

It looks a lot like someone tricked out an Avalon and went the extra foot to re-logo it with something via mail-order or machine shop skills.
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J.K.Richárd
User: neutronjockey
Date: 2008-04-23 16:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Concur, thought the front end (minus the billet grille) appear stock to me. The faux side scoops, decals, billet grille and tires/rims are custom.
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Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2008-04-23 17:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Might be an '06 or '07 in that case - the '08 looks a lot more Camry-esque and boring (the lights were a much less interesting shape).
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Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2008-04-23 17:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Maybe it's the schnoz off a Lexus LS400, since they share the same underpinnings, and that would require the least wizardry to attach.

I admit that stodgy Japanese sedans aren't my forte; had they hacked up an Audi or BMW, I'd be much more confident in my assessment.
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J.K.Richárd
User: neutronjockey
Date: 2008-04-23 17:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's tough to see off the Toyota website because the don't provide a really great 3/4 profile to see the hood's curvature...but yes... interchangeable with the Luxury Toyotas certainly.
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Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2008-04-23 18:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Now, to figure out where that mystery S they stuck inside the oval of the logo came from...
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Hal
User: hal_obrien
Date: 2008-04-23 13:57 (UTC)
Subject: Sedan
The "S" clearly doesn't go with the rest of the word. At that point, I think the remaining letters come from a Talon. But none of those look like what you've got there.

So, yeah, it looks like someone's just playing around somehow.
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Willis Couvillier
User: will_couvillier
Date: 2008-04-23 14:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hummm... probably a garage-genius inventor's answer to the gas crunch. Pure electric, propelled by magnetic induction and olive oil.


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Jon Hansen
User: jonhansen
Date: 2008-04-23 15:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There's no car called Salon listed on AutoTrader.com or any of the various foreign car sale sites. So yeah, I'm with everyone else. It's a homemade rebranding job.
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When life gives you lemmings...: 1957 Lagonda Rapide
User: danjite
Date: 2008-04-23 16:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:1957 Lagonda Rapide
I got nothing.

If it were RHD, than I would think it a home market small production car- we get a lot of those shipped used to NZ. For now, I go with etcet.
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bondo_ba
User: bondo_ba
Date: 2008-04-23 18:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Moost manufacturers hide new models by changing badges, wheeels and grills (most people recognize cars by their badges anyway!) when doing real-world testing. You might have caught a pre-production prototype of some new version of a japanese sedan.
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barry_short
User: barry_short
Date: 2008-04-24 02:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't know where the 'S' came from, but I'm fairly certain the 'ALON' is from a Dodge Talon, so there may be one of those hidden under the assorted trim.
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Chris McKitterick: 64 Lincoln
User: mckitterick
Date: 2008-04-24 02:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:64 Lincoln
I agree with most of the folks here: Appears to be a mild custom to me.

But who knows! The Chinese are ripping off Japanese and Western designs like crazy these days, and someone might have imported one. Still, the simplest explanation is the most likely.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-04-24 02:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When I first saw it, the corner of my eye said "Camry", but the detail were so wrong for that.
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Chris McKitterick: Lincoln Tri-Power
User: mckitterick
Date: 2008-04-24 02:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Lincoln Tri-Power
It's done pretty well.

Me, I'm hoping to garner similar responses with my new Newport. People's eyes will say, "Big '60s sedan" while their ears say, "Muscle car."

*g*
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