I recently poked around on Google Earth while I was bored. I happened to land in Marseilles, a port city on the southern Mediterranean coast of France. The makeup of cars on its streets was distinctly French, but there were a few surprises.

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Mixed among the milquetoast diesel manual two door hatchbacks (forbidden fruit in the US), I find quite a fun looking two car garage. What is that little gray hatchback with sporty modifications? And that color combo on the Mini is simply amazing. UPDATE: It’s an Autobianchi A112, a relative of the Fiat 127. Thank you, Knowsaboutcars and Rallydarkstrike!

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Ooh, a classic mini! This city environment does not seem conducive to street parking a classic, but some dedicated gearhead will always prevail.

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An old K car based Chrysler minivan is not what I was expecting to find parked on the street. This look laughably out of place.

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There’s another one! This image also begs the question of why everyone doesn’t just pick a side of the street so pedestrians can pass in safety. Then again, that hasn’t succeeded on my street either.

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Hold up! WHAT? How have they managed that? How do they get in and how do they get out? I’m hopelessly confused. Also, nice wheels on that Mini.

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