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Friday, August 16, 2013

Holden Hurricane - 1969


HOLDEN HURRICANE ....


Founded in 1917, the "Company Holden's Motor Body Buiders" is an Australian company that manufactured the car bodies for some of which were adopted by the British brand Morris. In 1931, "Holden" merged with General Motors to devote himself exclusively to mounting U.S. and British cars for the Australian market. From 1948, "Holden" begins to produce its own cars but still strongly inspired models of GM. And his first creation baptized FX was actually a slightly modified 1938 Buick with a different engine adapted primarily for the Australian market ....

In 1969, Holden saw his first car "dream car" called " Holden Hurricane . " She had time for many innovations in multiple planes, design, technology, materials, electronics, but also some progress in the use of several electronic devices and also multiple safety systems. His beautiful body fiberglass was covered with a shade called experimental several layers of aluminum glitter. Are very futuristic design is really original and very unusual with the cockpit canopy which includes doors and side windows. This canopy was hydraulic control and synchronized with a vertical movement of the seats, allowing the installation of passengers in good conditions. Begun in 2006, the complete restoration of the very amazing and unusual Holden Hurricane was just recently completed. It will need thousands of hours using Holden designers and engineers. The end result will be presented in October at the rally Motorclassica Melbourne ....

The restoration of the futuristic Holden Hurricane was carried out in compliance with the history of the model, trying to preserve as much original parts, and the result is ultimately up to the effort. Born 42 years ago, this car very advanced for his time already contained technical solutions that can be found only in recent years in our cars every day, such as a rearview camera, a navigation system called "Pathfinder "the ancestor of the current GPS. The fiber body only 990mm high glass takes up the idea of ​​access to the cockpit with a canopy overhead, this innovation is still unique today. This sporty two-door coupe was the height of technology when it was presented to the public in 1969. Mounted engine and advanced equipment, this is a cut that has hit the headlines and the journalists of the time can be considered as utopian or crazy, it is certain that this concept was remarkably visionary. The Holden Hurricane had made ​​some brilliant ideas here more than 40 years, ideas now largely in series on our vehicles daily by almost all manufacturers ....

The incredible style and look of the pest Holden Hurricane have something to dream all lovers of beautiful GT. Its incredibly low line (less than a meter high) and slender, with voluptuous curves and a bow ending on lines stretched, admired a beautiful stroke of a pen that you might think straight from a transalpine pharmacies best design. Since the car is consumed in mass, there has always been a demand for high-performance models in very limited quantities, but the criteria and many different designs depending on the continents. Thus, the topographical differences gave us in the late sixties, sports antagonists such as Hurricane Holden is arguably one of the concept cars from the most futuristic of the late 60s. This is the fascination of the Yankee culture for the "Thirty Glorious Years" and promising opportunities in the U.S. market, which inspired the engineers at Holden, this machine also sulfur ....

On the very Vintage Classic Sports Coupe Holden Hurricane , only mechanical betrays the origins of the beast because Holden has installed an American V8. Hurricane, in French, is equipped with an experimental 4.2-liter V8 mid-engine (253ci) with a four-barrel carburetor, the end result being a power of 262 horsepower. This engine was the precursor to the Holden V8 program, which went into production in late 1969 and lasted for the next 30 years, until the Series II Commodore VT-released in 1999 is equipped with V8 Gen III-imported United States. But it is the airborne equipment that surprised most because remember, the Holden Hurricane in 1969. And yet, there is there air conditioning automatic temperature control, radio with automatic station search, a rear view camera, an electronic digital instrumentation and brace yourself, an ancestor of GPS! It was 42 years ago! ....

Specifications :

    Engine: V8
    Capacity: 4.2 Litres
    Power: 262 horsepower
    Torque: 350 Nm at 5500 t / mn
    Speed: 200 km / h


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Oldsmobile 98 Coupe Hardtop - 1960


OLDSMOBILE COUPE HARDTOP ....


In 1897, one of the oldest American manufacturers was born under the name of " Olds Motor Vehicle Company "in Lansing, Michigan. Its founder Ransom Eli Olds began with steam engines dice 1887. In 1908, the firm enters the young group and General Motors takes its final name " Oldsmobile Division . " The "brand Oldsmobile "was one of the first to build in serial assembly lines complete cars all. After the war, when entered in the GM group, the firm will adopt its trade policy in producing a full range of vehicles for each particular purpose, sedans, coupes, sports, still good but class and average price. In its 107 year history, it produced 35.2 million cars before stopping any activity in 2004. Oldsmobile was the oldest surviving American automobile marque, and one of the oldest in the world, after Daimler and Peugeot. The closure of the division Oldsmobile presaged a larger consolidation of GM brands group ....

The very amazing and unusual " Oldsmobile 98 Hardtop Coupe "60s is an amazing and impressive six-seater coupe with a hard top that can transform into a comfortable convertible brief atypical device that meets the sweet alias" Ninety-Eight ". It is the origin of the Series 90, and it was auto size and most upscale of the Oldsmobile division of General Motors. At the time, General Motors had developed a system of sharing between body panels, models of the group, but the Ninety-Eight was finally broken with this system because almost everything in it was new apart from the mechanics. It was a much more modern car with the line broke with the traditional family sedan to an elegant space cut. In fact the metamorphosis of the Oldsmobile 98 Hardtop Coupe compared to other aging models in the fact that we could not share his body components with other high-end brands like Buick and Cadillac ....

The beautiful Oldsmobile 98 Hardtop Coupe is therefore part of the fifth line produced from 1959 to 1960. Its all new body size really different from the normal to the time at Oldsmobile, proposed a rather flamboyant design but reducing the size of steamer had widely adopted the automotive industry these years in the United States. At that time American cars begin to return to more reasonable dimensions. Compared to the previous generation, the 98 loses in wheelbase and length, but still 5.52 m anyway. But these dimensions hide a reasonable luxury equipment and finishes. We feel that the brand plays in the background niche of luxury and comfort to all floors. Compared to other models, the specificity of the comfortable Oldsmobile 98 Hardtop Coupe is its equipment. The front seat is a three-seater and three-seater rear is also split (60/40). These benches can be coated with leather, velvet or leatherette on demand. On the dashboard, instrumentation is also very specific and complete ....

Although the design of the unusual Oldsmobile 98 Hardtop Coupe is not a masterpiece, it is clear that it still has a certain allure and charm. Its rear part in particular is pretty amazing, a mix of nautical and aeronautical which gives it a very special look. The obvious increase in size of the glass surface was greatly involved the visual impact even more that there is no center pillar to support the roof. The pavilion adopts a fall gently to the trunk is a real stylistic success especially as the huge rear window is also involved in this line. The front grille is more conventional to offset the rear bolder. Since it was a high-end Oldsmobile, the series had the most technologically advanced components available as the "Twilight Sentinel" (which allowed a remote to turn on the lights outside), electric windows and electric heated seats , air conditioning, power steering, assisted braking, or the highest quality interior and exterior trim. In the final Oldsmobile 98 Hardtop Coupe is a coupe Vintage Classic still enviable ....

Regarding the engine of the unusual Oldsmobile 98 Hardtop Coupe , it remains in the very classic since the firm has simply tapped into the organ bank at GM. The engines range from "small" 3.8-liter V6, the big 6.6-liter V8 through the 5.7-liter diesel. The car is powered by the GM Rocket V8 with a displacement of 6.6 liters and a four-barrel carburetor, saw its power rise from 240 to 325 horsepower, a beautiful horse well enough to give life to this show rolling. A new four-speed gearbox "Turbo Hydra-Matic" automatic transmission and torque converter replaced the old "Jetaway Roto" which began to be aging, it was also the first Oldsmobile in this generation not have a manual transmission. Given the comfort, luxury and all onboard equipment of the beautiful Oldsmobile 98 Hardtop Coupe , weight is important so that the performance is quite far from that of a sports car, but fortunately the fun is elsewhere ....


Specifications :

    Engine: V8
    Capacity: 6.6 Litres
    Power: 325 hp
    Speed: 190 km / h

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Opel Manta B I240 - 1978


OPEL MANTA B I240 ....


In 1862, the young and enterprising Adam Opel takes over the ironworks of his father and transformed into plant Sewing. In 1886 he moved to the production of bicycles but it was not until 1900 that the company began construction in car license and it was not until 1902 to see the appearance of the first car fully design and manufacturing "Opel". So we can say that the brand is part of the closed oldest car manufacturers in Germany circle. In perfect agreement with the German automobile spirit "Opel" will produce simple and economical vehicles robust, reliable. Many sporting success and a wide range of basic utility to the big luxury sedan quickly earned him high esteem customer ....

Today, Opel is one of the most traditional car manufacturers in Germany, and one of the largest car manufacturers in Europe. Opel and its sister brand in the UK, Vauxhall, sell vehicles in over 40 markets worldwide. The company plant in Rüsselsheim has been transformed into one of the most modern plants in the world with a production capacity of about 180,000 vehicles per year. In 2010, its market share increased in 18 of 27 European countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain. Opel was among the top three brands in eight European countries, including the two largest markets, Germany and the United Kingdom ....

In the early 70s, the company is struggling market with a model that is called Opel Manta . The Manta is a fun cut product from 1970 to 1988 in two generations, Manta A (1970-1975) and Manta B (1975-1988). Opel had decided at the time to produce the Manta to compete with the Ford Capri. It shares its platform with the first Ascona and will be replaced in 1988 by the Calibra. Opel Manta markets in 1972 in 1200, equipped with the engine of the Kadett. Externally, it is very different from most motorized versions, but on the road, she says a severe lack of power with only 60 horses. However it has all the comforts of Manta. It will be replaced in 1975 by the very unusual Opel Manta B with superior performance and design subtly restyled ....


The amazing B Opel Manta I240 is quite sporty coupe with elegant lines that could easily be taken for an Italian GT came straight from a Turin design studio known. In fact, it offers a fluid and harmonious look that few would envy transalpine wonders. Like what the Germans also know the beautiful, let us remember that we are in the year 75. The front features a small air Lamborghini 350 with its lights embedded in the cover. As for the rear, it is characterized by a smooth ramp that descends smoothly to the fallen trunk pavilion. The sides are just curves and curves to include passages rather large wheels. The glass surfaces are important as large rear quarter, but also the immense barrier inclined breeze that contributes greatly to this elegant and stylish design ....

Rigorous and well-designed chassis of the unusual B Opel Manta I240 is equipped with a special lowered suspension and sportier with gas shocks front and rear as well as four-wheel ventilated disc more efficient front. The suspension is not left with aluminum wheels front Irmscher 7 x 15 with tires 195/50/15 steel radial carcass and rear wheels 7x15 with tires 205/50/15 steel radial carcass. Option it was possible to take up to a calender four headlights (H4 + H1) for better visibility at night. Regarding the interior, it remains in the Germanic, functional, comfortable, efficient, all with a finish and a faithful mounting reputation. The general atmosphere is quite sporty, but the choice of materials and good driving position give some comfort to all. The car is well equipped and everything at hand, it feels good and it is the principal. Nowadays, it has become very popular for its sublime line and its legendary robustness Vintage Classic model ....

The beautiful B Opel Manta I240 second generation had many possible engines. In fact, the customer can opt for several drives that start with a modest 1300 and amounted to a 2.0-liter. Each engine is both engine types N or S, which differ in compression ratio and thus a higher power. So for the 1900 version N provides 75 horsepower, while the S version higher compression rate claims 90. With the injection, then the power is 110 horsepower, but only 2 liters have this opportunity. At the top of the range, there is a 4-cylinder engine of 2396 cm3 which develops 136 horsepower at 6,000 t / min to 206 NM of torque at 4 100 r / min coupled to a Getrag 5-speed gearbox. It is an engine that demonstrates a willingness and is quite alive even if not the brilliance of an Italian engine that seeks its high power in the towers. The German engine itself is rather round, more torque and a lot more flexible. Satisfactory performance, but the car lacks a bit of punch as it accuses his 1370 kg on the scale ....

Specifications :

    Engine: 4 cylinders
    Engine: 2.4 L
    Power: 136 horsepower at 6000 t / mn
    Torque: 206 Nm at 4 100 r / min
    Weight: 1370 kg
    Speed: 200 km / h




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