Sunday, November 18, 2012

Saab Sonett II - 1965


SAAB SONETT II ....



During the First World War in 1937, the Swedish firm " SAAB "is founded to participate in the war effort by building military aircraft. Leaders of the time had already decided that after the war, they would build automobiles. Cars " Saab "with Volvo are only manufactured in the Scandinavian peninsula and created as well as utility vehicles, they have greatly contributed to increase the technological supremacy and prestige of Swedish quality. In the 60s, the company will build a very strong track record in motor racing with the 96 Sport. In 1968, the company merged with Scania commercial vehicle leader in Sweden and it was not until 1972 that " Saab "offers its first motor home after Ford and Triumph ....




The Saab Sonett is the name of a model sports car two-seater, available in several versions over the years by the Swedish manufacturer. The Sonett I was initially called Saab 94, while the Sonett II and III are known under the code name Saab 97. The Sonett owes its existence to the initiative of a passionate engineer, Rolf Melde. The management of Saab is not interested in the project, that of a small sports car with two seats, he started working in January 1955, with several colleagues, in a barn located sixty kilometers from Trollhättan. The project is conducted in the utmost discretion and mainly on leisure time. A small team restricted to only a few people working in his spare time to the project on this car, whose name comes from the Swedish "Natt så är den" (it is!), An exclamation Rolf Melde often expressed during the development of model. Its production started in 1966, after some changes in the workshops at ASJ Arlöv as Saab Sonett . First 28 units in the same year, then 230 copies in 1967 ....



Rather than using a tubular chassis for Saab Sonett , Rolf Melde draws a box made ​​of riveted components made ​​of light alloy and ultra light which does not exceed 70 pounds. He is dressed in a body reinforced plastic fiberglass, although nobody Saab has any experience of this new technology from the United States. The material is also imported from overseas, which has just been presented Corvette equipped with a body thus produced. It is a small lightweight Roadster (500 pounds) and small size (3.5 meters long). Revealed premiered at Stockholm Furniture Fair, the car there was a sensation. Tests developed quickly and start momentarily Sonett receives the name of Saab 94, then made the trip to the United States where it is exposed as a show car. Saab decided to build five new copies will be made very quickly. However, the alloy frame gives way to steel and the gearbox has four reports. Finally, the company is planning a series of construction Saab Sonett in Jensen in England will rise later Volvo P 1800 ....



The Saab Sonett II is the brainchild of a Swedish designer Björn Karlström, who designed it in 1964. Called MFI-13, the first prototype was built the following year. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 1966, the car (now Saab 97) aims to enhance the image of Saab in the United States while expanding the range of the manufacturer. It is this time, a cut and not more than one roadster, whose body is always made of fiberglass. As the prototype Sonett I, the Saab Sonett II had a fiberglass body bolted to a body frame type cabinet with a roll bar added to support the hard top. The entire front cover was hinged to allow easy access to the suspension, the engine and transmission at the front. Designed as a race car, the amazing Saab Sonett II participated successfully against other small European roadsters such as the Austin Healey Sprite of the Triumph Spitfire or several races ....



Under the hood of the Saab Sonett II takes place on three-cylinder Saab Monte Carlo, a 841 cm3, which, with the three extra 40 mm Solex carburetors, develops 60 hp at 5200 rev / min. Weighing only 740 pounds, the car is traveling at 165 km / h and runs from 0 to 100 km / h in 12.5 seconds. Production starts in 1966 during which only 28 copies will be built. In 1967, the two-stroke engine gives way to the Ford 1.5 liter V4 and 65 horses. Sonett V4 become, the coupe is recognizable by its domed hood. It will be redesigned in 1970 in a style much more harmonious after Saab has given the car an Italian designer Sergio Coggiola. Sonett III called this the ultimate evolution will come to 1.7 liter V4 in 1971 but the power remains the same. The car will be produced until 1974, and in total, the Sonett II, III and V4 were built 10 219 copies ....



Specifications:
  • Engine: V4
  • Capacity: 1.5 Liters
  • Power: 65 hp at 5200 rev / min
  • Speed: 165 km / h
  • Acceleration: 0 to 100 in 12'' 5


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AMC SC / Rambler - 1969


AMC RAMBLER SC ....



" Américan Motors Corporation "is a construction firm American automobile which was created in 1954 following the merger of the" Nash-Kelvinator "with" Hudson Motor Car. " These two companies joining forces regrouped in fact marks Nash, Rambler, Hudson, Mitchell, and Lafayette which they add in the 70 AMX two other brands and Jeep. Much of the success of " AMC "comes from the fact that it is virtually the only American brand to have tackled the niche of small compact car with the economic or Rambler Gremlin, a kind of small American Volkswagen somehow . The sporty side is not neglected with dedicated models such as Javelin AMX or ....



In 1966, American Motors Rambler abandon the name as a trademark, but not as a series. At this time, there is therefore at the bottom of the scale models Rambler Marlin followed by and finally the Ambassador. The series before us today, the Rambler, is divided into two sub-series, American (220 and 440) and Classic (550, 770 and Rebel). The American is therefore at the bottom, which prevented him from decline in sedan, coupe, convertible and family. Under the skin, the Rambler American hides a monocoque chassis, a virtually unique solution in the mid 60s. AMC was also one of the first American manufacturer to use this type of frame. The Rambler is in all cases adopted by a captivated audience, his line is simple with its chrome scattered sparingly, round headlamps and grille are the main attraction before the fireball. In 1960, the Ramblers will even remove the third place Plymouths, incredible views of the budgets for promotions of big American brands that are in the millions. The Ambassador logo that appears elsewhere on the grille of the Rambler was chosen with premonition, it reflects precisely the size of the mark, because the billion dollar sales is exceeded ....



In the mid 60s, Chairman, Roy Abernethy, realized that the Ambassador had obtained limited success as Rambler dressed up. It subodorait she had become bigger and occupy a higher range of the market, if it wanted to survive. Dick Teague, head of the design studio of the company, was entrusted with the mission to extend the wheelbase to 116 inches and give a design different from the Classic. At the same time, he was also responsible for reviewing a sports model that would compete with similar models that began to suggest other brands on the market. The arrival of a new compact sport with an old name or the Rambler Rebel, with bucket seats, the base price of content, look extravagant and colorful and V-8 engine more powerful, have identified the level of sales. From 1969, the company will even enlist the services of Hurst Performance to develop a killer muscle cars called Rambler SC approved competing in Class F of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) ....



The amazing Rambler SC has quickly become one of the most powerful cars of its time and especially a proposed unbeatable price. Hurst SC Rambler each also being equipped with a powerful engine, was also equipped with a four-speed manual transmission (with Hurst shifter), a limited slip differential, a dual exhaust with the "glasspacks" powerful disc brakes and a stabilizer bar, as well as a reinforced bridge and specific body parts. The wheel arches were enlarged front and rear to allow air rises more generous. Only available in two-door hardtop, the interior was standard gray vinyl padded bucket seats with reclining back and headrest. A tachometer was attached to the steering column. Outside, there was the wildest factory paint decoration ever offered on a muscle car. The body also featured a hood scoop-shaped box with lettering "390 CU. IN" and "AIR" in big letters on both sides of it. If someone failed to see a blue arrow on the lid pointing toward the air inlet. Finally, the SC Rambler was only available in white and two types of decorations, red and blue ....



In terms of mechanics, the unusual SC Rambler was equipped with a big block V8 with 16 valves with a displacement of 6392 cc OHV with a distribution which developed a power of 315 horsepower and a torque of 576 Nm. Officially presented for the first time in March 1969, at 61 ° Auto Show in Chicago, the very Classic Vintage SC will sell about 1510 copies only what makes a model really rare. Nowadays, this surprising Rambler SC is an exclusive and highly prized by collectors of old sports cars, which are always on the lookout for a model of this kind fairly unique and very flashy ....




Specifications:
  • Engine: V8
  • Displacement: 6.3 Liters
  • Power: 315 hp
  • Torque: 576 Nm at 5500 t / mn
  • Speed: 190 km / h 



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Rover P6 3500 S - 1970


ROVER P6 3500 S ....



The company was founded by James Starley and Josiah Turner in 1877 in Coventry, UK. The activity begins with the construction of sewing machines and bicycles from 1869. In 1888, Starley built an electric car, but production was never started. Three years after Starley's death in 1901, she began to build cars under the brand name " Rover "Rover coupe with 8. Production stopped in 1924 and resumed in 1947 for Land Rover. Rover in 1967 merged with the Leyland Motor Company (British Motor Corporation) to become British Leyland whose difficulties manufacturing quality in the 1970s ruined the intrinsic qualities of the car. In the early 1980s, the Solihull plant was used only for the production of Land Rover while the rest of the range was produced in factories formerly Austin and Morris Cowley and Longbridge respectively in England with Honda engines. Finally, British Leyland was renamed Rover Group and in 1994, BMW took control of the company and developed the Rover 75, which was released in 1998 ....



The Rover P6 is a type sedan model produced by the Rover brand from 1963 to 1977 in Solihull in England who was elected European Car of the Year in 1964. Three series will be launched in 2000 and named in 2200 and finally in 3500 refers to the various engines which equip. So in October 1963 that the P6 appears to compete mainly Triumph 2000 to the UK market. The P5 P6 succeeds who gave birth to the first cut 4 doors market well before the Germans did invent the concept and the success that goes with it. For this new car, Rover saw the big picture to mark a break as stylistic technique with aging P4 and P5. The body, a bit like a Citroen DS is attached to the monocoque in order to easily replace panels even re-stylist car cheaply, something that has never occurred, the design did hardly changed over the years. Damping side, the car has failed to have a way Citroen hydro pneumatic suspension and engine for a flat 4. Otherwise, the unusual Rover P6 had to settle for the launch of a 4 cylinder 2.0 liter engine, but had, however, 4 disc brakes, something quite rare at the time ....



The suspension of the amazing Rover P6 , however, was quite elaborate with an arm L who undertook to transmit the vertical movement of the springs positioned horizontally. This architecture, although eccentric at the time, was the main effect of free space in width. One drawback associated with this innovation was the complexity of the rear which had the unfortunate effect of reducing the volume of the box. Not content to snub the metric system, the English engineers have found a way to release unconventional space in the luggage compartment with the spare wheel that could find its place on the trunk, the collective unconscious forever associate this distinctive in this car. The cabin interior is treated in the purest English style which one is customary with thick carpets, leather good quality wood on the dashboard. Rolling lounge comfortable and quite luxurious provided the best accessories and equipment available at the time, this is what best characterizes the unusual Rover P6.



To replace the old P4, the new Rover P6 is a milestone in English production family cars. Aesthetically, it breaks with the canons of the time, and technically, it innovates in a number of areas such as the suspension or engine. It takes aesthetics involved in a project called T4 from 1960 and was interested in the propulsion through a gas turbine engine that ultimately will not be retained because it will have the beginning of a traditional 4 cylinder 2 liters and a 2.2 liter. However, the car is handy, well balanced and really fun to drive that fact that ultimately, the press and customers very much welcome the newcomer. She even became notorious a few years later because it is driving the car that Princess Grace was killed in 1982, following a stroke. A total of 322 000 copies of the Rover P6 were produced in Solihull between 1963 and 1976 before the SD1 and false airs Ferrari Daytona succeeded him ....



The astonishing Rover P6 will therefore adopt three engines during his career. A four-cylinder 2000 cc 2200 cc and then finally a big V8. The car has a 3500 cc V8 camshaft center in 1968, the original Buick block that has received some modifications for the occasion. This engine delivers a power of 135 horsepower and a torque which provides satisfactory performance for a family sedan as imposing a top speed of around 185 km / h and a 0-100 traveled in about 12 seconds. Transmission was provided by a three-speed automatic gearbox or optionally a four-speed manual gearbox. Aesthetically, during his unusual career P6 has only slightly changed by small details like vinyl on the mast between the front and rear doors, or front grille matt black plastic economy requires. Nowadays Rover P6 3500 S became a model Vintage Classic rather sought after by collectors of English fans ....



Specifications:
  • Engine: V8
  • Capacity: 3.5 Liters
  • Power: 135 horsepower
  • Speed: 185 km / h
  • Acceleration: 0 to 100 in 12'' 0



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Aston Martin Lagonda - 1985

ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA ​​....




We all know the venerable English firm " Aston Martin "which begins its automotive business in the twenties in the hands of its founder" Lionel Martin. " But after financial problems and the takeover by "David Brown" is from the 50s and the first model DB1 (the initials of David Brown) that the mark " Aston Martin "will produce a long series of models that enviable will make his fame. There was a time when Aston Martin was the economic headlines with his multiple bankruptcies and in the 70s, it had become even incredible. This explains the chaotic development of a draft sedan because at the beginning, the company was limited to two doors add to the V8 model. But the project was soon consigned to oblivion, oil and financial crisis are hardly conducive to this kind of fantasy. In 1975, " Aston Martin "is taken over by a consortium that decides to invest in a new sedan and this time, no question of adding two doors to the existing cut, you need a completely new car ....



The first prototype of the amazing Aston Martin Lagonda in 1969. It was designed by William Towns, author of the DBS, which drew together two versions of the same car, the DBS coupe and sedan Lagonda in wheelbase. The car, which is powered a prototype version of the 5.3 liter future, not experience immediate aftermath and will be used personally by David Brown. Indeed, Lagonda will be marketed only five years later and it is only fair London's Earls Court in 1974 that the car will be exhibited for the first time in public. Unfortunately, the period with the oil crisis and economic hardship is not favorable to launch a super sedan can travel at 250 km / h and proposed a very high rate, so that only seven cars will be built. The unusual Aston Martin Lagonda Series 2 appears in October 1976. Aesthetically, it was completely renewed but it is also designed by William Towns. The new version boasts the characteristic style of the 70s, the "edge design" angular wish. Retractable headlights allow the design of the front blade knife ....



The style of the incredible Aston Martin Lagonda Series 2 has totally changed and claims forms very square. Between presentation and marketing in 1976, two years were necessary to ensure the development, most of the developmental delay is to bring to account the electronics very advanced for the time. It was the most expensive car in the world and therefore this sumptuous sedan attracts the customers in the Middle East, including the princes of Saudi Arabia. But ultimately, the production will not start until 1978, the time of the many reliable electronic equipment which is equipped Lagonda (seats including memory). Lagonda sedan shocked the traditional clientele with its line corners, cut with an ax. But this festival was nothing straight lines facing the passenger as English engineers had invested heavily in the cockpit, especially in electronics. Result, customers had frankly impression of being in control of a spaceship straight out of a science fiction movie. Surprising, amazing, confusing, but unfortunately, the reliability was tested primarily by customers, they often find themselves frustrated at the whim of the instrumentation of the amazing Aston Martin Lagonda ....



The sultry Aston Martin Lagonda was meant to equivalent Bentley and Rolls. The price was also aligned with the latter, but with a more sporty philosophy, however. The evolution of the model will give birth to the 3 Series injection and the new Series 4 face lift body. 645 copies will be built until production ceased in late 1989, with a total of 6 different versions (3 in series 2, 2 in series 3, series 4 having a known version). Initiated in 1975, the Lagonda remained in the catalog for 15 years, until 1990! A nice career, which may seem ridiculous, but for a vehicle of this kind, it is a beautiful performance. Especially when we know the early misadventures. Stylistic trends remain fairly minor, some familiar rounded body in the 80s. As for the interior, the folklore of early calmed down later with a more classical. Finally, the mechanics will wolverine carburetor injection more efficient. Nowadays, the very unusual Aston Martin Lagonda has become a model Classic Vintage quite sought after by collectors, but it speaks to a certain elite, amateur shifted luxury, sportiness and wanting to stand out from the all-car .. ..



In terms of mechanics, the amazing Aston Martin Lagonda , engineers have placed a V8 coupe Aston Martin again, nothing less. While the engine has been reworked a bit, but with a displacement of 5.3 liters, four camshafts head and a sequential electronic fuel injection Weber-Marelli, there are enough things to do and the power is around 305 horsepower. Subject to emission standards, the car is less greedy and more "clean". The automatic transmission was considered mild, but very reactive because only three reports were in the program but the colossal power of the V8 does the rest. The different versions were able to achieve a respectable top speed of 250 km / h. You will all understand, even today, the odds in the incredible collection of Aston Martin Lagonda remains relatively high and it takes approximately € 50,000 for a copy correct, or a lot, but so much more to a copy state perfect ....



Specifications:
  • Engine: V8
  • Capacity: 5.3 L
  • Power: 305 hp
  • Speed: 250 km / h 
 


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Renault R5 Turbo - 1984


RENAULT R5 TURBO ....



In the 70s, the French manufacturer " Renault "launched its new R5 model was a huge success. While Renault 5 continued his splendid career versatile city, the Renault 5 Alpine bombinette into the sport, now the engineers at Renault imagine creating a central engine car with big wheels and big jacks air to increase printing sports car that is agile and has a flawless road holding served by a major power. In 1977, the project was born from the imagination of Jean Terramorsi, Deputy Director in the Directorate of product, in charge of small series in the Alpine factory in Dieppe and Henry Lherm, his young assistant. This premium will help sell the Renault 5 base, it will also respond to precise specifications to register to compete in the FIA ​​Group 3 and Group B. Thus the two visionaries succeed in convincing management to consider the project further. This study will be conducted at Dieppe Renault Sport, with the help of the company Alpine Renault ....



The Renault 5 Turbo is a very unusual car. Extrapolated from a small Renault 5, it has a motor positioned centrally turbocharged rear. It will look great on the road and in competition. The style will be assigned to Yves Legal, while the engine is being developed by Serge Philippe Masset and Chasselut. Finally, the study of the running prototype will be made ​​by Joel Michel. The first prototype to emerge undergo many changes and receive different configurations and engines. Advantage of a bareboat team change the little Renault 5 and rear plates of the hull can accommodate a motor and gearbox as provided in the specifications. For a time, it was question of producing a tubular chassis, an idea quickly abandoned under the seal of the need for profitability. Not receiving sufficient funding, the team first and foremost passion excluding overtime fortunately, otherwise the Renault R5 Turbo would perhaps never existed ....



The proposed body Marcello Gandini for Bertone was not selected for the Renault R5 Turbo and it is ultimately a collaboration between Renault and Heuliez that will lead to the final lines of the car. Also what is the structure of the Renault 5, which was chosen and entrusted to Heuliez to lengthen to receive the central engine. Boxes are then sent to Dieppe in Alpine. Some parts are made of polyester (wings and bonnet) to maintain a lightweight technique nascent at the time which will give a very artisanal manufacture of the Renault 5 Turbo. In order not to increase the price, the car gets the 5-speed transmission from the Renault 30 TX, 4 disc brakes from the R17 for the front and Alpine A310 for the rear and front turn signals are straight from the Renault 16 TX. Once fully assembled, the car offers the best possible ride quality, road holding worthy of the best sports, agility and maneuverability unmatched. In July 1978, the amazed crowd discovers the Renault 5 Turbo , which has nothing in common with the Renault 5 series. Eventually production will not start until 1980 in Dieppe, workshops Alpine. 1000 copies are sold in a very short time ....



It is competition that Renault R5 Turbo is a legend. From the first rally, she fights against the Lancia Stratos and other Porsche 911 but almost twice as powerful. After a few special R5 is head and race team can not get to see the competitiveness of the car. In the mid 80s, wins Championship of France, Corsica, Monte Carlo will follow one another. Enjoying an excellent weight distribution, the Turbo bends the requirements of its driver. In fact, it combines, handling, traction, handling and precise steering, braking and power, qualities that were missing from the R5 Alpine Group 2. The most amazing little Turbo is beautiful, impressive and passionate heart of is immediately captivated by her generous curves and sensual. However, produced at 5 cars a day at its start, we must be patient when placing the order. Side stunt, the goal is reached and its popularity will seriously benefit the Renault brand, well beyond the French borders. The Renault R5 Turbo is a symbol, a myth, a legend throughout the world for its sporting success and its relative rarity, it has become a real Vintage Classic ....



Regarding the mechanics of the Renault R5 Turbo , the engineers will opt for the 1400 cm3 "Cleon" already mounted on the R5 Alpine, but with the help of a turbo sees its power increase of 70%. In fact, it is imperative to strengthen, head gasket and strengthened valve guides with brass crank, crankshaft, oil pump, replacement carburetor double body by a mechanical injection Bosch K-Jetronic. Ignition is transistorized and without interrupter, the compression ratio is reduced to 7:1. Finally, the turbo selected to provide the required breath is a Garrett T3, helped by an air / air intercooler. Delivering as standard 160 horsepower at 6000 rpm / min and a torque of 21.4 kgm at 3250 rpm / min for a weight of 970 kg, it allows performance worthy references the time as 1000 m DA in 27 "8, 0 to 100 km / h in 6" 4 and 220 km / h peak, plus a kick in the ass rather demon during acceleration. Offering a subsequent change to 185 horses, and various sports kits, the 1400 cm3 do not you finish whistling in his ears domesticated little power. In total, 5000 Renault R5 Turbo were produced in various versions until 1987. It was not until the Clio V6 24 to find him down ....



Specifications:
  • Engine: 4 Cylinder
  • Displacement: 1.4 Liters
  • Power: 160 hp at 6,000 rev / min
  • Torque: 21.4 kgm at 3250 rev / min
  • Speed: 220 km / h
  • Acceleration: 0 to 100 in 6'' 4
  • Performance: 1000 m DA 27'' 8 


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Reliant Scimitar GTE - 1980


RELIANT SCIMITAR GTE ....




British brand " Reliant "was created in 1935 by TL Williams, for making the delivery vehicle with 3 wheels Raleigh. The first model was announced for 4 wheels 1962, and developed in conjunction with the Israeli Sabra, this model, the Sabre was a sports car two-seater with an engine of 1.7 liter Ford Consul ( subsequently replaced by Zephyr 2.7 liter 6-cylinder), independent front suspension with coil spring, a ladder-type frame, and front disc brakes. His style provoked mixed reactions, but in 1966, she became the unusual cut Reliant Scimitar GT fiberglass, very elegant with its synchronized gearbox, and always a Ford engine ....



In 1968, the astonishing Reliant Scimitar GTE (Grand Touring Estate) was presented at the London Motor Show. This two-door wagon displays honorable performance thanks to V6 Ford GT team already. The wheelbase of the GT has been extended by 18 cm to accommodate four passengers and their luggage. GTE resumed its consideration of the topic sports-wagon already developed by the Chevrolet Nomad 1954 and based in Radford Aston Martin DB5 and DB6. GTE was a logical and more industrially to break GTS 1965. Therefore, the Reliant Scimitar GTE was largely contribute to industrial expansion and Reliant reputation around the world for a brand whose distribution was previously limited to the United Kingdom ....



With a fiberglass body, the Reliant Scimitar GTE is insensitive to rust, and thanks to its weight of only 1107 kg, performance is significant. The concept of sporting break (or break hunting "shooting break" in English) is here at its peak. This body type coupe combined the advantages (performance, sporty appearance) and break (four seats, large trunk). The tailgate opened upwards and the rear seats fold flat could, which freed a load volume so. A client famous in his own way helped to popularize the Scimitar GTE. Indeed, Princess Anne became GTE offer for twenty years and since then she has owned eight Scimitar. The interior is luxurious and comfortable, the roof can discoverable beautiful walks in the open. In early tests by the press, journalists were seduced by the car as any other car on the British market was able to combine a high cruising speed, with room for four adults and their luggage. The theme of the Reliant Scimitar GTE will be a success which was later declined by Volvo with the 1800 ES and Lancia Beta HPE with ....



In 1972, a new version of the Reliant Scimitar GTE made ​​its appearance. The new series called SE 5a saw the Ford V6 3 liter improved. In 1975, without change aesthetically, the SE6 increases by 10 cm wheelbase and 5 cm in width. Mainly minor changes in equipment followed in 1979 with the SE6b. But in the early 80s, the style of the car began to show its age face competition from increasingly aggressive and competitive on prices and thus ultimately produce the Reliant Scimitar GTE 1986 cease ....



Regarding the engine of the Reliant Scimitar GTE , two Ford engines were offered at commercial launch, a 2.5-liter V6 and 3.0-liter V6 engine capacity. 3 liter engine was the most used, it proposed a bore and stroke of 93.67 x 72.42 mm and a compression ratio of 8,9:1. Distribution was central camshaft and 12 valves head. The power supply is made by double body carburetor and developed all the power of 138 hp at 5000 rpm / min for a torque of 260 Nm at 3000 r / min. The transmission was entrusted to a manual gearbox with four synchronized gears plus overdrive. The performance period for this type of car was quite good with a top speed of around 195 km / h and a 0 to 100 km / h in about 9 seconds gone. Nowadays Reliant Scimitar GTE is a stunning car that belongs to the category of Classic Vintage collectors that fond ....



Specifications:
  • Engine: V6
  • Capacity: 3.0 Liters
  • Power: 138 hp at 5000 rpm / min
  • Torque: 260 Nm at 3000 r / min
  • Speed: 195 km / h
  • Acceleration: 0 to 100 0 to 9''


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Prince Skyline Sports - 1962


PRINCE SKYLINE SPORTS ....




Like many other Japanese auto brands, "Prince" is from the world of aviation. At the end of the second world war, many factories and manufacturers of military equipment are grouped in order of SCAP (Supreme Commander Allied Powers) to form an industrial conglomerate Fuji Sangyo named. The first car brand was officially presented to the Prince first motor show in Tokyo in 1954. Tama Motors Company becomes Prince Motor Company in 1955, is the official start of the Prince brand, Japanese automaker and an important player in the development of Japanese motorsport ....



In the early '60s, the brand Prince had critical acclaim in the automotive and enjoyed some success in the prestige market. Among its lines of cars most famous one remembers the Prince Skyline and Gloria, both of which were absorbed into the Nissan range after their merger in 1966. Prince The organization continued to exist within the Nissan, though the brand has definitely gone by the time of the merger. It has long been said that the real reason for any Nissan Skyline models have been really successful in Europe or North America is a long-standing rivalry between the branch "Prince" and branch "Nissan" . The problem will also finally settled in its entirety only when its merger with Renault Carlos Ghosn when intervened personally ....




In 1960, at the Turin Motor Show, the famous Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti marks the first cooperation of Italian coach builder with a Japanese automobile company presenting its new creation, very amazing Prince Skyline Sports . He officiates for BMW and Triumph in 1957 and founded his company in 1959 body. For Skyline Sport, it will tap into its register the most recent BMW and Triumph Herald 700. 4m66 long, the Prince is very close to the 2200 Fiat Abarth revealed in Geneva a few weeks earlier and under the hood, the 1.9 of Gloria took place. Announced 94cv is the most powerful engine in automobile production special Japanese in 1960. There still style quite elegant and rather classic Prince Skyline Sports unusual that nowadays is still not really outdated ....



With its sleek and sporty look, the Prince Skyline Sports is a coupe sports tend to say 2 + 2 dimensions rather compact length of 4.66 m, 1.70 m wide, 1, 40 m tall and a wheelbase 2.55 m. Its weight of 1.350 kilograms enough content gives it good handling all the geometry and suspension are fairly well studied. The low weight also provides a fairly efficient braking the car which is nevertheless equipped with drum brakes on all four wheels but with hydraulic assistance. In the end, the technical side, nothing extravagant at the time, that's classic, the Prince Skyline Sports adopts Japanese solutions widely proven, solid, and on the functional. Nowadays, it has become a model to be classified in the category of Classic Vintage really rare in good condition ....



In April 1962, the Prince Skyline Sports is finally sold, with two bodies either open or closed. His mind and his parentage makes a proposal closer to a coupe or a convertible as a 404 Spider 2000 Alfa Romeo except its price. Its bodywork Italian handcrafted with a fine finish makes the car too expensive to sell. She does not know a critical success on the Japanese archipelago, and it was built in a sixty copies Altogether, including coupes and convertibles. The experience ceases to spring 1964. It will be offered with two engine series with a 4-cylinder in line OHV with a displacement of 1862 cm3 developing a power of 94 hp at 4800 rev / min and a torque of 153 Nm at 3600 rev / min. Or an optional 6-cylinder 2494 cm3 developing a power of 134 hp 5500 r / min and torque of 170 Nm at 4000 rev / min, which allowed him to reach the speed of 160 km / h .. ..



Specifications:
  • Engine: 6 cylinders
  • Capacity: 2.5 Liters
  • Power: 134 hp 5500 rev / min
  • Torque: 170 Nm at 4000 r / min
  • Speed: 160 km / h


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