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What Is This Car a Reader Saw in Nicaragua?

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author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2016

Today, I come to you with an automotive mystery: a vehicle, spotted in Nicaragua by a reader, that I cannot possibly identify. Above, you see the images of the vehicle. Below, in text form, you have the email from the reader, whom I have decided to call "Colin" because that is his name. Colin writes:

Hi Doug,

Your columns are of immeasurable aid to me. When friends of mine bring up the benefits of kale, for example, thanks to you I don't need to argue with them. I simply scoff and hand them a phone with your article on the subject -- problem solved. However, I happen to have another problem that can't be solved by your old columns. I was recently in Nicaragua, and while there I ran across an odd car that I couldn't identify. At the time, I was trying not to be left behind in a strange land, so I didn't get a good look at it. I presumed that the back of the car in these pictures was a box, like some weird Eastern European El Camino. However, I now wonder if this car might simply have had no trunk lid. The rope cleats also throw me off. Can you please help me?

Normally, when I get a note asking me to identify a car, it comes from a friend of mine named Roger. Roger never really leaves his house and will flip out when he sees, for example, a Hyundai Elantra. So I generally do pretty well with these. But this time, I was truly, deeply stumped -- so I'm turning to you, the Oversteer community, to help answer this question.

Typically, I wouldn't care to find out what vehicle this is, because it looks like a fairly standard 1970s or 1980s automobile sold in Central America that will never affect my life. But there are two reasons why I'd like the answer to this particular riddle. One, because Colin read my column about kale, which I wrote over a year ago and which was read by approximately 14 total readers. And two, because this appears to be a fairly normal coupe with an El Camino-style trunk bed. Is it a hack job? An OEM configuration? Some strange Nicaraguan-market oddity?

Please let us know.

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