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 Post subject: "Uncovered" Australia Sigma Turbo Concept car
PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:33 pm 
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Look what I found in the dirty corner of a warehouse at work!
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Check these wheels;
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I remember seeing this car at the national motor museum when i was a kid. We were there on a school trip and all the boys were very impressed at the wild features.
I found some info about the project from;
http://www.sigmaturbo.com/sigmaturbo_048.htm

"It serves as a timely reminder of how big turbocharging was in the late '70s and early '80s and how Chrysler Australia looked at it as a potential saviour, before the company surrendered to a takeover by Mitsubishi in 1980.

According to documentation supplied by the museum, the "Sigma Turbo" show car pictured here was a highlight of the 1980 Melbourne Motor Show. Apparently this one-off wild-bodied Sigma sedan was the brainchild of Chrysler National Sales Promotion Manager, Malcolm Miller, to try and re-stimulate interest in the 2.0 litre Sigma range following the introduction of the larger 2.6 litre Astron engine.

To do that, the Chrysler factory had been experimenting with various turbocharged versions of its locally-made Astron 2.0 litre four cylinder engine and needed a show car that could get the public all excited about the program's potential. The wild body treatment was farmed out to Alan Pervis, who was building the VW-based Pervis Eureka sports car at the time and had the necessary expertise in fibreglass construction techniques.

Pervis based his Sigma design on the wild-looking European Group 4 racing sedans of the era, like works Porsches and BMWs. His fully enveloping aero bodywork included a huge front spoiler, boxed wheel arch flares, side skirts, large integrated rear wing and various scoops and vents. Fat wheels, big rubber and Recaro seats filled in the gaps."

I forgot to get shots of interior, it was clad in orange and red velour!

Some original magazine scans from the time;
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I might offer my boss $50 for the scrap!
Just kidding! I would love to get it running.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:55 pm 
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Crazy! Should try to pick it up for sure and get her running!

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Someone needs to buy this thing and restore it. Total silhouette racer style!

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ben wrote:
Someone needs to buy this thing and restore it. Total silhouette racer style!


+1 :tu::D

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This car has to be saved. I am surprised it actually left the National Motor Museum?

Keep us all informed of your progress!

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i'm not diggin' its looks but for the sake of history save this car :)


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Please ask the owner how much, I'll buy it!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 12:53 am 
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That is unbelievably cool, I'll have it at the museum any day.

Toecutter look out........... :lol: :lol:

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I need it.

So it's a 2.0 running a 2.6 camshaft... interesting...

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i have heard some people say that it dose not have the turbo engine. Perhaps the engine specs were "virtual" specs, or someone swapped out/over the motor years ago.
Think im down there tomorrow, will try and take a peek and get some shots under the hood.


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I believe there was a thread on this on sigma galant a long time ago. I fI rememeber right it either wasnt turbo it it was a stock turbo. They are refering to the 4g52 probabl robert.

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I saw a photo shoot a few months ago in a car trader magazine. I'll see if my mate has it.


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Get a mold of those fibreglass parts, that would be well worth reproducing a few of those parts for it!


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I definately agree. Would love to rock that body kit

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:56 pm 
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I'm Angry!!!!

Why was this ever taken from Birdwood Motor Museum???? I also remember always loving this car since I was a kid and I took a photo of it every single time I went to visit the Museum. The last time I was there which was earlier this year for Rock 'N' Roll Rendezvous, I went looking for this car and was disappointed because I couldn't find it. Now I see why. It looks so sad :cry:

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:22 am 
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i have an australian muscle car magazine with pics of this car in it! they'd be interested to hear of it's survival i'm sure...


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Any updates on this car?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:20 pm 
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sorry no, no one is talking about it or has any plans. So i guess it is just going to sit there. =(
i am gonna keep asking every now and then, next time im in the shed i will take more pic


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:19 am 
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Mate, such a shame really, such a rare car sitting like that, particularly after being at the museum, it would be welcome anytime at my museum shed! I would like to add a Sigma and that's the coolest around!

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 Post subject: Re: "Uncovered" Australia Sigma Turbo Concept car
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:07 am 

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I have just recently joined this forum, just so I can personally say... OH MY GOD!!! :shock:

instantly in love with this car!!

Oh why didn't they start knocking these out of the production line.

And also, WHY is it just sitting there doing nothing ?? :(

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