1990 coup

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The Coupés from the midsize series (from front to back) are the Coupés from the W124 series (1987 to 1996), W123 series (1976 to 1985) and W114 series (1968 to 1976)

Personal note: growing up in New Zealand some friends of my parents had a W114 250CE which, as a child, I thought was very special indeed. They had a bad accident in it but a tribute to Mercedes safety engineering, they walked away with a few bruises though the car was damaged beyond repair. They replaced it with a Series 3 Jaguar XJ6

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Audi A8 Coupe Concept, 1997. Audi contracted IVM Automotive of Munich, Germany to build a two-door Audi A8 Coupé and was considering production of the vehicle. It was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show. Ultimately, Audi decided not to put the A8 Coupé into production, citing lower-than-expected sales figures for the similar BMW 8 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé. Only one A8 Coupé was ever built

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With a gun pointed to his head during the 1990 coup attempt, Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson, the third Prime Minister of T&T, was given a telephone and ordered by Jamaat-al-Muslimeen insurgents holding him hostage in Parliament to tell the Army to back down. Instead, Mr Robinson shouted into the receiver, “Attack with full force!”

For his defiance, he was beaten by his captors and shot in the kneecap – an injury that would stay with him for the rest of his days.

In 1987, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honour from California Lutheran University. On a state visit to Nigeria in 1991 he was made Chief of Ile Ife by the Ooni of Ife. He was a Freeman of the cities of Los Angeles and Thousand Oaks and holds Venezuela’s highest award - the Simon Bolivar Award. 

RIP, to one of the last true statesmen of Trinidad and Tobago; our former President and Prime Minister.

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Nissan Figaro, 1991. A limited edition retro-style coupe based on the Micra, the Figaro was sold only in Japan though many have subsequently been exported. Another product of Nissan’s Pike Factory, demand for the cars was so great that prospective owners had to enter a lottery to win the right to buy one. Originally 8000 cars were made but a further 12,000 were added to production numbers.