Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tatra Tatraplan - 1952

TATRA TATRAPLAN ....






After the First World War and after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the national car manufacturer is also changing nationality and becomes " Tatra ". At the head of " Tatra "a visionary engineer Hans Ledwinka will develop highly innovative cars (chassis beam, independent wheels, brakes on all four wheels, fixed differential, dual carburetor body, twin-cylinder engine air cooled, the heating interior, etc ...) who had a refinement unusual at the time allowing " Tatra "to acquire fame in Europe. After the Second World War, " Tatra "was nationalized by the government and the toggle activity gradually mainly on the construction of industrial vehicles. The range of cars will no longer be limited over time on a few models ....


The famous Ferdinand Porsche worked for Steyr, an Austrian automaker alongside Ledwinka Hans, born in 1878 in Moravia, the eastern part of the Czech Republic and was at that time part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Already in 1897, the young and talented Ledwinka had collaborated in the development of the Präsident first automobile company Nesselsdorf which became, in 1919, the company Tatra (named after the highest mountains of the Carpathians). In 1922, Ledwinka working on creating a small economy car, the Tatra Type 11. Launched in 1923, the Tatra Tatraplan is mounted on a chassis with independent suspension and central tunnel, powered by a twin-cylinder 1.1-liter flat-cooled air. This is also on board as a Tatraplan political campaign moves an ambitious young politician Austrian named Adolf Hitler. The uncanny resemblance, both aesthetically and mechanically, between the Volkswagen Beetle and the Tatra Tatraplan results in a prosecution for theft against Tatra patented by Volkswagen and Dr. Porsche. But we are already in 1939 and Europe ignites the thrust of the Third Reich and the continued turmoil in the Tatra disappears ....


After the war, the Tatra 600 is a large family car manufactured between 1947 and 1952 by the automaker Czechoslovakia. Rather known as the Tatra Tatraplan this impressive and amazing limousine is undoubtedly one of the most unusual cars of its time. In the late 1930s, the reputation of Tatra is more to do with his body dictated by aerodynamics and engine rear are trademarks of the manufacturer, and 97 manufactured between 1937 and 1938 is no exception to this rule. After the war, Tatra wants to reregister the car in its catalog, but in a different form. Two prototypes "Tatra 107 'roll in December 1946 and March 1947, with an engine of 1750 cc. A third, closest to the series, was tested in May 1947. But the final model, named Tatra 600 whose official name is Tatra Tatraplan in reference to economic planning in force in the socialist countries at the time, was unveiled at Prague in October 1947. Like its predecessors, it is equipped with a steel uni body and a backbone chassis ....


The unusual Tatraplan Tatra , the aerodynamics that provides thrust line profile allows this car 1510 kg, and more than 5 meters long curl of 170 km / h, a speed very unusual for the time. It adopts technical solutions still in the game today as the double floor that conceals pipes and electrical son, deemed "impeccable." The front and rear brakes are drums and front and rear suspensions are independent. The engine and gearbox are mounted on the rear of the car door position must. The cabin interior is treated with a panel painted the same color as the bodywork is provided over multiple storytellers and gauge fairly common on cars of this age. There are also thick carpets and leather seats that can comfortably accommodate five adults and their luggage. Radio and heater are present and the shift lever is positioned behind the steering wheel on the steering column. In the end, the Tatra Tatraplan is quite plush and very comfortable ....



In terms of mechanics, unusual Tatra Tatraplan is equipped with a V 8 air-cooled engine with a 2.5-liter 105 horsepower, cooling takes place by two turbines housed on both other motor. Power is supplied by four Solex carburettors. The transmission type drive with a manual gearbox with four synchronized gears. Tatra is still active and is located in the city of Koprivnice in the former Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic. The last Tatra Tatraplan the model T 700, lot of plants in 1998, ending 100 years of automotive engineering. But the brand still exists and is proudly on trucks crisscrossing Europe and compete with remarkable success sands formidable rally Paris-Dakar. Nowadays, it has become a classic vintage model quite uncommon and sought ....



Specifications:
  • Engine: V8 Boxer
  • Capacity: 2.5 Litres
  • Power: 105 hp
  • Speed: 170 km / h
  • Weight: 1510 kg

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sunbeam Tiger - 1966

SUNBEAM TIGER ....





 The English industrialist John Marston is the origin of the firm " Sunbeam Motor Car Compagny "he moved to Wolverhampton in 1905. If the beginning of the activity was devoted to the manufacture of bicycles, soon production cars will go accelerating from 1913 offering several models. After the first world war, in order to boost production, Sunbeam Talbot joins the French Darracq and creating the " Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq Motors LTD . " In addition to building classic cars, " Sunbeam "is also dedicated to the competition and records. In 1935, the STD group was bought by the firm " Rootes ". In the 50s, Sunbeam will win many successes in competition with famous drivers like Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn in big classics like Monte Carlo, the RAC, the Tour de France or the Acropolis. Finally, in 1967, Chrysler resume the Rootes Group ....

 

The Sunbeam Alpine Series I spell chains in 1959, at that time the brand is still owned by the Rootes Group. Powered by a 1494cc four-cylinder, singularly lacking power, it will be replaced in 1960 by the Series II, equipped with a 1592cc engine increased to. Follow the series III, the favorite of purists, in 1963 and early 1964 the Series IV which is characterized by the rear fenders and grille redesigned. This is a nice 2-seater spider to face increasing competition this will have to be improved engines. To fight against Triumph, MG and Austin Healey others, the firm decides to graft a V8. Adaptation work is entrusted to Shelby Cobra has already created. A prototype is built and brought to England and the parent Rootes and is seduced into a contract with Ford to supply engines. All the work put into production and certification is done by Rootes. The body of the Alpine is kept intact, yet the American V8 is under the hood. It retains most of his little sister and it was renamed Alpine Sunbeam Tiger ....


 Commercialization of amazing Sunbeam Tiger began in 1964. In fact, Tiger is produced in parallel to the Alpine, Sunbeam but does not make up the two sets, the production of the Tiger is entrusted to Jensen. This is a convertible type that became Spider sports and really rather unusual. Imagine a small Peugeot 204 cabriolet with a big engine Mustang, this is a bit like that reached the buyer of a Tiger at the time. Provided a model that takes these technical solutions as a fairly new alternator negative ground (12 volts) a revolution in the kingdom of Albion. Transmission is rear-wheel and four-speed gearbox + reverse, controlled from the floor, is controlled by a clutch Borg and Beck single dry plate diaphragm, all synchronized first report included. In addition, like many of its rivals England at the time it could be equipped, upon request, a Laycock de Normanville overdrive acting on the third and fourth, allowing him to drop significantly while reducing engine speed level sound. Throughout its production, the beautiful little Sunbeam Tiger will borrow its suspension models serial Rootes Group, in fact those Hillmann or Singer ....



The Sunbeam Tiger , there is therefore a combination of coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers on articulated wishbones, assisted in their task by an anti-roll bar. The rear suspension is made much more archaic leaf springs, semi-elliptic number six with added coil springs. The rear axle is rigid type. It should be noted that if the rear suspension seems outdated, it should be remembered until the Series III, semi elliptic springs were assisted by Armstrong lever dampers worthy of a pre-war car, not promoting or driving accuracy, neither the placement of self curve. The hydraulic braking system supplied by Girling, offers two cast iron discs with a diameter of 250 mm at the front and two rear drums. This system, which will prove very reliable assistance is provided, which emerged from the series II and uses the internal vacuum motor. The handbrake cable, for its part acts on the rear wheels. Although classic, this braking system will always be up to par. Management has a housing Burman recirculating ball bearing and has a singularity rare on this type of vehicle because it is adjustable in depth with a clearance of about six centimeters with a dial on the steering column. As we can see, the time, the Sunbeam Tiger offers technical solutions rather coveted by its competitors ....


the Sunbeam Tiger proves to be a thoroughly modern car with its uni body steel, reinforced with cross beams, giving it rigidity rarely achieved for a convertible this time. Simple, no frills, the checkout line drawn in a single line in a very smooth style is the work of Kenneth Howes, a student of Raymond Loewy, who have dedicated time to create a self designed to seduce the market U.S. where, among others, the rear wings. What strikes by moving to the edge, it is cozy and comfortable appearance. This manifests itself in details like spoilers, center armrest between the front seats, comfort them, to the ease of introducing behind the wheel. The dashboard provides all dressed in black, meanwhile, a volley of various instruments and meters. Finally, the large windshield allows you a wide panoramic view without blocking the view by excess given its unusual height for a vehicle of this type. In terms of mechanics, amazing Sunbeam Tiger is equipped with the Ford Mustang V8 4.7 liter engine that develops 203 horsepower and a torque of 39 mkg. With a light weight of only 1,150 kilograms, this power allows him top speed of 195 km / h. When the control group was taken over by Chrysler Rootes, the production of the Sunbeam Tiger stops in 1968 after 7066 copies made ​​....



Specifications:
  • Engine: V8
  • Displacement: 4.7 L
  • Power: 203 hp
  • Torque: 39 mkg
  • Speed: 195 km / h
  • Weight: 1150 kg

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Studebaker Avanti - 1965

STUDEBAKER AVANTI ....





For over sixty years, the name " Studebaker "was synonymous in the American automotive car quality, affordable, simple technique and economic and avant-garde style. The history of the company dates back to 1736 and the activity was then devoted to the construction of wagons and carriages in South Bend, Indiana. It was not until 1910 that was created the " Studebaker Corporation "which began producing trucks and cars which proved very robust and reliable. Before the war, from 20 to 45 years, the company began to diversify its production focuses primarily on four-door family sedan economical and robust and technologically advanced such as the front wheels independent in 1935. After the war, " Studebaker "will offer talented designers like the famous" Raymond Loewy "Virgil M. Exner and that will make the heyday of house designing innovative cars strong character. Unfortunately after trying to merge with Packard in 1954, " Studebaker "face fierce competition indulged American manufacturers, will encounter financial difficulties to finally stop its activity in 1966 ....


This is the most iconic brand was the Studebaker Avanti , a sports car with a strong character designed by the famous designer Raymond Loewy the "Coke bottle". Introduced in 1963, the amazing Avanti was a sports coupé described as one of the most significant milestones in the industry after the war has acquired a true icon status among fans and collectors. Developed rapidly under the leadership of President Studebaker, newly arrived at his post in 1961, the Avanti was intended to remove the frail American manufacturer of its slump. The great evils great remedies and for the occasion, it is still the team to Raymond Loewy we appealed. It is surrounded by Tom Kellogg, Bob Andrews and John Ebstein technicians in their fields, as saying that we are not dealing with a bunch of amateurs. To achieve its goals, the design team rented a house near Palm Springs to isolate themselves from birth until the design of the car. Its proportions and its simplicity, the result contrasts with the productions of time, the style of the unusual Studebaker Avanti seems to European rather than American inspiration. Finite lines overloaded cars dating from the period of President Eisenhower, the Kennedy era promises to be a fresh new style on American cars ....


The Studebaker Avanti , flanked by a cover asymmetrical, round headlights to rectangular frame 63 in the summer, framed by wings prominent, like no other car at the time. The rear is characterized by a panoramic window while the profile contains probably the most interesting detail of the vehicle i.e. curved waistline mimicking the design of the bottles of Coca-Cola. Two models rolling metal hull are made ​​in France by coach builder Pichon-Parrat. One to two volumes, one to three volumes, both with a door on the left and two on the right, to consider four possibilities body. On 27 April 1961, the final model is fully endorsed by the Executive Committee of Studebaker. Gestation has not requested 40 days the bet is won. The front of the car has no grille and headlights are recessed into the front, the air inlet is located under a thin blade bumper. Pressed for time, Sherwood Egbert decided to make the body laminated polyester, this solution is also economic. In the end, the future flagship of the range, is a two-door coupe, four-seater line novel, everything has been redesigned aesthetics, technology, comfort and safety. The Avanti Sudebaker publicly presented April 26, 1962, at the Salon International de l'Automobile in New York ....


Inside the Sudebaker Avanti has a dashboard with a central console which evoke shapes and volumes that are still found on cars of the 80s. Orders are inspired aeronautics and interior is modern and full of interesting details like padding at some reinforcements cash. Among the fun details, we note an opening on the rear to access the trunk. The interior is functional and very large, the driver has 1.18 m between the pedals and seat type tub. Visibility is excellent 2, 40 m2 glass tinted windows are curved and laminated glass for the windshield and rear window. Inside an ingenious crash padding envelope dashboard style aeronautical all instrumentation is housed by a visor extended beyond the windshield by a projection on the cap and asymmetric line of sight is used to pilot giving a certain character on the front. Headlight orders, the rheostat panel and heating in the ceiling are still similar to aviation. Also in the radius of the novel, a rollbar before time is incorporated into the roof and side panels, doors are equipped with a locking system original, safety cone preventing them from opening when accident. These two innovations contribute to the rigidity of the entire structure of the incredible Studebaker Avanti ....


The Studebaker Avanti , the technique is not set aside for that. The front brakes are disc type, Dunlop, manufactured under license by Bendix, this is a first for an American car series. The engineer Eugene Harding uses a convertible chassis Lark shortened and stiffened by a central cross strengthened to compensate for the reduced resistance to twisting of the fiberglass body. The suspensions were derived from Lark Wagon for rear blades while amortization was increased from Lark of special police. Regarding the engine, the engineers will largely draw from the organ bank group. Under the hood of the classical model, a V8 4.7 liter engine that develops 240 horsepower will be chosen to propel the coupe. On the model of luxury, Paxton supercharger was available as an option to boost the power to 289 horsepower. Finally, at the top of the range sports version called the Studebaker Avanti use a block bored that develops 400 horsepower. Nowadays it has become a model Vintage Classic typically highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors wealthy U.S. warned ....




Specifications:
  • Engine: V8
  • Displacement: 4.7 L
  • Power: 400 hp
  • Torque: 450 Nm
  • Speed: 190 km / h

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Skoda 1000MB - 1969

SKODA 1000 MB ....




One of the biggest industrial Czechoslovak "Skodovy Zavody" vehicles built since 1925 under the brand L & K will become in 1927 after buying a brand merger and full " Škoda ". This new industrial production headed by the Director Emil Škoda will occupy the niche success with the popular car to the point of its competitor Tatra represent with the symbol of the Czech automotive industry. Škoda Auto is an automobile manufacturer Czech, founded in 1919, and owned since 1991 by the German Volkswagen. If the industrial group " Škoda "exists since 1869, the automotive division appears only 50 years later, and it will take until 1927 to see the brand name on a production car. The automotive division was founded in 1919 and for seven years, she survives by producing trucks. But at the end of the year 1924, the company bought the French manufacturer Hispano-Suiza license its torpedo H6b released in 191 ....


From the thirties to the present day, "Škoda" has continued to build cars popular especially economical and reliable with legendary ruggedness due to the nervousness of the engines are made really wanted vehicles leaving the factory in Pilsen, Czech Republic. After the Second World War in 1946, the government of the day nationalize the company still will begin to slowly diversify its range. The Škoda 1000 MB (for 1000 cm ³ and Mlada Boleslav) was released in September 1964, and is distinguished by its manufacturing technique using modern materials, it weighs 200 kg less than the predecessors. Completely new, this car marks a turning point in the history of Škoda because it is also the first to benefit from Škoda's new plant, which required the intervention of 134 foreign suppliers from over 15 countries, including Renault, which supplied machine tools. The main innovation of 1000 MB was the location of the engine in the rear, while all previous Škoda had the engine at the front, with a rear-wheel drive mode. Although this technique seems totally obsolete today, it was still in the 60s heyday of the Renault, Simca, Volkswagen, NSU, Hillman and Fiat. With hindsight, we can see that the choice of the amazing technical Škoda 1000 MB was crucial, because it would involve the firm Czechoslovak quarter of a century ....


Range Škoda 1000 MB count in its ranks MBX a small cut, MBG a family sedan, and the MBT that wants a more affordable base model. In 1969, visitors to the Belgrade Fair discover even more sporty version Rallye. If the overall design of the car u change slightly over the years, the basic technique is almost no changes, the remaining engine always back on all versions. Moreover, the plant celebrated the release of the 500,000 th Škoda equipped with a rear engine 11 February 1970. In September of the same year, the Škoda 110 R has a coupe derived from the 110, soon to be a success in Western Europe. Sometimes called the "Porsche of the East ', this beautiful 2 +2 coupe yet merely a modest four-cylinder. The first cosmetic change intervened in March 1966 at the Geneva show. The impressive rear side air intake was replaced by a more sober grid, and better suited to this type of vehicle. Meanwhile, the engine power was increased. At the same Geneva Motor Show 1966, Škoda presented a new two-door version, named 1000 MBX whose power jumped violently 4 horses on this new version. From a Škoda 1000 MB , stylists factory was redesigned with a new flag rear window, then they removed the lateral central ....



The brand is very active in this end of the decade significantly changed the appearance of the models of the unusual 1969 Škoda 1000 MB . A large silver trim barred the width of the grille, the roof lost its central peak, and C-pillars thickened, removing at once the presence of the rear view. From a technical point of view, the reliability of the engine was improved, and the soundproofing of the cabin and protection against corrosion. In April 1969, living in Belgrade, the manufacturer Czechoslovak the sporting soul, had the Rallye 1000 MB, with an output of 65 horsepower. Four additional headlamps and interior side based black bands and inscriptions "Rallye" finishing convince the hesitant buyer. Again, more aesthetic changes accompanied these new models, front cover plate, turn signals in the bumper, complete disappearance of the ailerons, vertical taillights replaced by lights horizontal grid across the width back under the lights, etc. .. . In the interior of the amazing new version of the Škoda 1000 MB , there was a new dashboard, while the removal of the wheel arches freed more space for passengers ....



At the end of 1969, with all these changes of the range, it was like in America. The Škoda 1000 MB S became 100 with the motor 988 cm3, while the MB 1100 was called S 110 with 1107 cm3. The offer was simplified with the mere presence of a four-door sedan in configuration S 100, S 110 L, or SL. The latter was equipped with the engine of the new S 110 R Coupe. The "S" disappeared shortly after the name, so that only the name of Škoda "100" and "110". In terms of mechanics, this beautiful 2 +2 coupe yet merely a modest four-cylinder 62 hp, allowing it to reach 100 km / h in 8.5 seconds, and push up to 145 km / h. The career of the 110 will end in 1976 and that of 100 in April 1977. 110 R coupe, which has not yet successor in the new range will not be extinguished in 1980, having been produced 56,902 copies. Today the Škoda 1000 MB model is a very Vintage Classic not very expensive, however, justifies its place in the collection ....



Specifications:
  • Engine: 4 cylinders
  • Displacement: 988 cm3
  • Power: 62 hp
  • Speed: 145 km / h
  • Acceleration: 0 to 100 in 8'' 5

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sears Allstate - 1953

SEARS ALLSTATE ....




Sears, Roebuck and Company is an American distribution group founded by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Roebuck in the late nineteenth century. The company distributes its products in Canada under the name Sears Canada and Mexico under the name Sears Mexico. Since its inception, the company has grown to become the largest retail in the United States in the mid-twentieth century. Competition and changing demographics of its customers have been a challenge for the company after World War II so that in 1949 the vice-president of the chain stores had the idea to sell a car under the brand " Sears Allstate "in its stores. But buying a car store did not fit into the public morals and the process was really very innovative and daring ....



The retail chain Sears had tried to sell cars under the name "Sears Motor Buggy" between 1908 and 1912 with some success. These horseless carriages with large wheels were a type of passenger vehicle quite popular in rural areas in the early twentieth century, as the ground clearance was high, they were well suited to mud, roads and ruts. More time to the rural people were accustomed to ordering in the Sears catalog and Sears Motor to be delivered by mail. Like virtually all Sears merchandise, these cars were manufactured by other companies and sold by Sears. But the market in 1952 at the Allstate Sear , a version customized by Alex barely Tremulis the Henry J for sale in stores "Sears, Roebruck & Company" located primarily in the southern and southwestern United States, it There was a huge gamble involved. However, the CEO at the time thought he might enjoy the wide distribution network that could provide the chain of Sears and his immense catalog touched the bottom-end of America ....



Theodore V.Houser, CEO of Sears was also on the board of the young Kaiser-Frazer automobile group so it will entrust Kaiser design its new car the amazing Sears Allstate was one of the trademarks of Sears. So an agreement was quickly reached between Henry and J.Kaiser Houser, president of the automotive group. The first idea was to affix badges Allstate on large models Kaiser 1949, but the president of Sears did not believe it really, and preferred to wait for the compact model, which was in preparation at Kaiser, the future Henry J. It was launched in 1951, and exactly what looking Houser, a car simple, economical, cheap and easy to maintain. Somehow, Kaiser convinces its dealers to accept competition from chain stores. Finally, the Sears Allstate will be built by Kaiser-Frazer (Kaiser-Willys), Michigan, and was based on the compact style of the Henry J Kaiser, a two-door hatchback in two models, the Series 4 and Series 6 ....



The unusual Sears Allstate differed from the Henry J not only details of body (such as the grille) but also by a much improved interior, Spartan edge on the side of the original model. Few visual details differed as cars of both brands such as changes in the level of assessment. Obviously, since the car is clean Sears is given the "treatment Sears' front grille and hubcaps are changed. But the retailer goes a little further, there installs components already provided by the Sears catalog, such as tires and Allstate, and a host of option that Henry J does not offer origin, such as locks best qualities, "seat cover", armrest, sunshade etc. ... and to the chagrin of Kaiser-Frazer dealer, Sears is able to sell Allstate well equipped the same price as Henry J base. In 1952, two models are available, the A 230 Allstate offered in 3 finishes Basic, Standard and DeLuxe and the Allstate 240 A available in two finishes Basic and Deluxe. In 1953, the A 230 is no longer offered in Standard and DeLuxe finishes and only A 240 DeLuxe. Then this is the end of collaboration with Kaiser and the disappearance of the Allstate brand ....



In terms of mechanics, unusual Sears Allstate next version will be equipped with 4-cylinder engine Four Hurricane with a displacement of 134 of these Jeep that delivers a power of 68 horsepower, 6-cylinder or 161 of this engine that develops 80 horsepower. For several reasons, the strong competition that engaged Nash Rambler with small and Metropolitan models that offered much more "high-tech" and high quality will limit sales of Allstate. Another factor that will play to his disadvantage, the options it did not have such a heating system that offered competition for only a few dollars more as Ford, Plymouth or Chevrolet model. Unfortunately, the results were very disappointing business, and not just because Allstate was more expensive, but also because the U.S. did not really want to make a purchase as important as auto life jackets stowed between a baby and feed. Sales did not exceed 2000 units in 1952, and less than 1,000 in 1953 and therefore V.Houser Theodore threw in the towel at the end of 1953. Today, Henry J is rare, but a model like Allstate Vintage Classic has become very, very rare and therefore very expensive in good condition ....



Specifications:
  • Engine: 6 Cylinder
  • Capacity: 161 cubic inch
  • Power: 80 hp
  • Torque: 450 Nm at 5500 t / mn
  • Speed: 125 km / h

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Bertone Mantide - 2009

Bertone Mantide - 2009



 

It is no longer the Italian designer "Bertone" to its reputation as toured the world. Indeed, this Italian born in Mondovi began in 1921 with a very personal style and avant-garde ideas that quickly make known the name of "Giovanni Bertone." The most important car manufacturers around the world have at one time appealed to him, and more than 600 different design studies will be conducted to among each other like as Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Ferrari, Lancia, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Ford , Lamborghini, Maserati, NSU, BMW, Iso Rivolta, Citroen and Simca. "Bertone" has made ​​cars GT series not only in Italian but also in German, English, French and even American, which made ​​him undoubtedly one of the pillars of the very exclusive clan best bodybuilders in the automotive world ....


Bertone now focuses more particularly on its activities to build stylist car mainly for wealthy clients. Commissioned by a client who wishes to remain anonymous time, his latest creation the Bertone Mantide is for Italian studio demonstrating its expertise in the automotive industry in the 21st century. With this new development, the studio wants to demonstrate the reality of his return to power. The Shanghai Motor Show this unusual car detonates in the middle of BYD, Brilliance, Geely and other Chinese without flavors. This command displays a customer drawing well extrovert in mind creations Bertone, the hidden purpose is to give the Italian coachbuilder on the front of the stage. This amazing Bertone Mantide is an achievement for the least surprising, rather angular and aggressive, it is also provocative and uncompromising ....



Forgotten harmonies and curves, the Bertone Mantide done in the angular and disproportions. One can recognize the Bertone leg but in a very exaggerated. The style is reminiscent of the 70s where some Lamborghini Countach, also designed by the Italian coachbuilder, was also talk of it by its bold lines. But faced with this Mantide the Countach figure is nice car mass. The progenitor of the booming Bertone Mantide is none other than Jason Castriota, known for his stroke of a pen. Previously employed at Pininfarina, he was the author of world famous models like the Ferrari 599 GTB or as the Maserati GranTurismo. He had already rubbed exercise unique creations, drawing the Maserati Birdcage, the Rolls Royce Hyperion or the Ferrari P4 / 5 that does not deny some stylistic similarities with Mantide, as the offset of the rear which reminiscent of the Ferrari 599 GTB. Jason Castriota has chosen themes that evoke clear masterly achievements Nuccio Bertone, the Stratos to Nivola through the Carabo, or Marzal. In the end, this incredible aesthetic tortured Bertone Mantide was dictated by aerodynamic requirements, this might explain it ....



This Bertone Mantide is a beautiful supercar futuristic lines very clearly a design worthy of the best stealth aircraft design and is its all-carbon body really sets the other GT lines that you're not ready cross every day. Tailored to the sickle for a futuristic look, she recalls the Corvette muzzle, Ferrari aerodynamic appendages in the side or the Nissan GTR for the general line very square and dipping. Here we are in the pure provocation borders between the imaginary and the Bertonien Zagato. The period that inspired the American designer is the ultimate extravagance. The Bertone Mantide based on the bowels Corvette ZR1 is exuberant, exhibitionist, tortured, almost vulgar, it is a condensed history of Bertone. We find pell-mell evocations fin line with BAT, foils a Stratos and gills of Zero, the sharp edges and the wheel of Lamborghini eighties, or vents piercing body. Vents galore on the bow and stern, elongated optical, shapely front and rear bumpers, nothing bland about this car. Technically, Cx the beautiful Bertone Mantide is announced to 0.29 while the use of carbon panels for the body lowers the weight of 100 kg compared to the ZR1 ....



Technical side, the creation of Jason Castriota not ashamed of that which lends its platform. In fact, the Bertone Mantide is equipped with chassis and engine V8 6.2-liter turbocharged Corvette ZR1 which develops a power of 647 horses that it allows a 0-100 km / h in 3.2 seconds and a maximum speed of 351 km / h. Performance obtained with a gain of 100 kg achieved compared to the American. This decrease was significant weight permitted by the use of carbon fiber in the cons-doors, seats and even the wheels. It is this weight reduction associated with aerodynamic developments (25% gain on the Cx and 30% claimed to support) that would allow such performance, the mouth, but not only. Achieved so far in a single copy in the Shanghai Motor Show, the Bertone Mantide will begin its mission to showcase the expertise of the Italian pharmacy certainly hope so subtract a few wealthy clients Pininfarina and Zagato, but subsequent models that can be exchanged against a check for about € 1 million duty of course, is the price of exclusivity and novel ....



Specifications:
  • Engine: V8 turbo
  • Displacement: 6.2 Liters
  • Power: 647 hp
  • Speed: 351 km / h
  • Acceleration: 0 to 100 in 3'' 2

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Simca 1000 Rallye 2-1977

SIMCA 1000 RALLYE 2 ....







In 1935, a former scrap of Italian origin, Henri Pigozz i, based in Nanterre society " Simca "whose early activity are closely related to Fiat because in reality the cars produced are Simca-Fiat. The first model is the Simca 5, which is actually a Fiat 500 Topolino rise in France. After the war in the 50s, " Simca "find the complete autonomy of its projects and launches Aronde this famous family that will ensure its success and finally allow him to redeem the manufacturer Unic truck and tractor manufacturer Someca. The brand " Simca "will be taken successively by Chrysler and Peugeot, it will be abandoned in 1980 in favor of Talbot. It is today part of PSA Peugeot Citroën Heritage ....



In 1961 Simca proudly presents its new purpose will be a popular model of conquest. The Simca 1000 is a small 4-door sedan with engine position door to rear overhang, which is in the tone of the time. The following year, Bertone coupe signed is presented and marketed, but with a small engine and physics too slender to be sporty, it is a coupe sports a real ladies. While Renault makes a 180 ° turn with the Gordini from 8 to 12, Simca advantage of this change to replace the R 8 Gordini in the heart of enthusiasts with its popular model, and one of the main objectives is to make a cheap vehicle. Simca 1000 Rallye is a model sports car derived from the Simca 1000 series. The physical cut 1000 is seriously revised in character, and most importantly, performance and chassis are finally revised upwards. The suspension is completely redesigned, management has been significantly improved accuracy and consistency by abandoning the ancient technique and roller screw, it has been advantageously replaced by a rack system a lot more current to make the Simca 1000 rally sport really ....



Look at the outside, the changes are less obvious but very real and it is a real facelift blowing across the range and above the Simca 1000 Rallye . To boost a range that has already 10 years Simca will use a method that has worked with Renault Gordini Cup. Also in 1969, Henry Way, with support from the manufacturer launches Challenge Simca. This award includes all aspiring pilots cut 1200 S owners, CG and even improved Simca 1000. This is the winning idea Simca, as soon as this challenge was an immediate success due to its low cost and more sales Simca 1000 rose significantly. Engineers have taken a box of Simc'4 (the economic version of 1000) and the group of the 1000 Special. Simca is for any profit since investments are more limited and customers is happiness in terms of prices. For this reduced price, Simca offers a glare matte black hood, bucket seat for the driver and round dials. Outside the car, the rear cover is surrounded by two transverse bands with the monogram "Simca". Finally the small bombinette Simca 1000 Rallye will be a success that will be available in four versions, called Rally Rally 1 and Rally Rally 2 3 ....



The Simca 1000 Rallye 2 stands out wipers enlarged matte black, projectors additional iodine, type mirror shells, a black hood matte black wheels without hubcaps and a Sardinian red body color, canary yellow, green white mustard or decorated with black transverse bands at the rear. Launched in 1972, the Rally 2 is equipped with an air intake fitted under the front bumper to cool the water cooler now located at the front. Rear spoiler black rubber mat is also appearing on the bonnet. Weight distribution and improved brakes with 4 disks are those of 1200 S Coupe while the chassis is obviously enhanced. The interior sees his dash move timidly with strapping counters rather than chrome but matte black, but the inside is still black with the adjustable driver bucket seat and steering wheel three-spoke sport a diameter of 35.6 cm . Other developments, the dynamo is a party to oblivion, the alternator is finally set and especially essential to mount a ramp leading from the perspective of competition. The chassis is the biggest new evidence, so much so that the new settings will be deployed found across the range from 1000 to 1972. The rear and evolves significantly with wishbone always oblique, but equipped with welded reinforcements. Geometry progresses from a 3 ° negative camber which will become characteristic of Simca 1000 Rallye 2 ....



Regarding the mechanics of the amazing Simca 1000 Rallye 2 is the engine of the 1100 TI, which is used but this time powered by two double body Solex carburettors. This is a four cylinder 1294 cm3 tumbled who now develops 82 hp at 6000 rev / min and a torque of 9.36 kgm at 3600 r / min. The Simca 1000 Rallye 1 and 2 share the same engine block, thus benefit concert many technical improvements, the thicker walls of the engine block, the new crankshaft and flywheel, connecting rods, pistons, cylinder head original Simca 1100 Ti, larger valves, the compression ratio lower than 9.5, and the largest diameter of the inlet. Transmission is entrusted to a four-speed manual box. Thereby changing performance with a maximum speed of 180 km / h, a 0 to 100 km / h in about 14 seconds gone and crossed kilometer standing start to 32 "5. Nowadays the amazing Simca 1000 Rallye 2 has become a model rather sought Vintage Classic ....



Specifications:
  • Engine: 4 cylinder in-line
  • Displacement: 1294 cm3
  • Power: 82 hp at 6000 rev / min
  • Torque: 9.36 kgm at 3600 r / min
  • Speed: 180 km / h
  • Acceleration: 0 to 100 in 14'' 0
  • Performance: 1000 m DA 32'' 5

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