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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Panhard PL 17 Tigre Cabriolet-1962


PANHARD PL17 TIGER ....


The origin of the firm "Panhard" dates back to around 1845 when the company was employed manufacturer of machine tools for the woodworking industry. In 1867, the young engineer René Panhard joined the firm where he was joined in 1872 by a fellow student Emile Levassor . In 1889, the death of the owner, the two friends transform the company into small automaker "Panhard et Levassor", the story was running. In 1891, the oldest automotive brand so French built the very first automobile history that was actually a kind of mid-engine truck. The " Panhard "will be synonymous with advanced technology and mechanical sophistication for many years as the pto, the engine cover, the backbone chassis, hydraulic four-wheel brakes, suspension torsion bar. After the war, " Panhard "facing the economic crisis will gradually binding agreements with Citroën to finally redeem in 1965 ....


Restrictions on fuel following the Suez crisis allowed Panhard enjoy the low consumption of its workhorse, the Dyna, to increase sales. But this is just a flash in the pan, as in 1958, sales of steam. The replacement of this aging Dyna is under construction for a while, its specifications shall it should be a 5 horses that consumes only 6 liters per hundred and is capable of carrying six people. As for the name, everyone at Panhard agrees that there is a break, some think "Dyane" but other, more pragmatic figures add up 6 places + 5 + 6 liters horses give 17. And since it is a Panhard & Levassor, we call the PL 17! This name is more perfect for marketing the DS 19 Quai de Javel. Finally, on 26 June 1959 the new Panhard PL 17 is presented to the press at the time and undoubtedly, she looks good ....


The Panhard PL17 replaces the Dyna Z, yet it is just an evolution of the Dyna Z lines having only been updated. Around the cell of its predecessor, the designer Bionier will therefore draw a new car, rather an evolution, both the similarity with the Dyna Z is significant. If we look a little closer, it is true that the designers of office study had moderate their passions because only the front and back of the predecessor have been changed. Indeed, the central cell remains the same and a subtle interplay of polished rods arranged horizontally aluminum body looks slimmer and even more slender. The front cover is flat and headlights are farther apart, which helps visually widen the car. As for the trunk of the Panhard PL17 , it became huge. Three models are available, a first "intentionally simple" model (sic Panhard!), A second, more luxurious model called "Penthouse" and a third model sports trend propelled by a "Tiger" engine. A utility version is also the appointment that comes in truck tarp, pick-ups and vans tôlée. The public appreciates and production Panhard PL17 starts on hubcaps in France but also in the Citroën factory Forest in Brussels. This launch has enabled the company to the rafters to become the third largest importer of vehicles in Belgium, behind General Motors and Ford ....


With the amazing success of the Panhard PL17 Tigre at Rallye Monte-Carlo in 1961, the firm Ivry can finally see the future under better auspices. Processing cabriolet not need special reinforcement structure, as the platform brings rigidity. The tubular platform originally designed actually allows rigidity and modularity that allows all variants. Thus, and from the outset, break the van and convertible were in the drawing cardboard. The design of this 2-door convertible 5 seats is very successful. In fact it is much more beautiful than the sedan. This slender look all curves and soft curves is a marvel. Even flipped the convertible Panhard PL17 Tigre has a catchy and timeless look. The interior is designed to be as comfortable as possible and as safe as possible. And the dashboard, pushed away from passengers, features rounded and padded shapes, protruding controls are abolished and the gearshift is placed behind the wheel. The windshield and rear window are designed to eject in case of accident and the floor is completely flat. Also the tank is located between the rear wheels, away from shocks. The driver of the unusual Panhard PL17 Tigre Cabriolet find all the information needed to conduct in his eyes because the instrumentation is assembled on the steering column ....


As for engines, the arrival of the "Tiger" engine in 1959 brings a little strength against the previous model with the engine only 42 horses. On the beautiful Panhard PL17 Tigre , the compression ratio is increased from 7.2 to 7.8: 1 and the power climbs to 60 horsepower at 5750 rpm / min. The speed then reaches 160 km / h and its handling is excellent. The transmission is assigned to a 4-speed manual transmission, but optionally it is possible to get a semi-automatic transmission Jaeger. Original car with its engine and its very aerodynamic design for the time, Panhard PL17 Tigre has known an honorable success. With only 169 units produced and thus because of their rarity, the convertibles are those who have the most important side of the market for Vintage Classic Collection, with prices up well over € 20,000 when the state is up ....



Specifications :

    Engine: twin flat
    Displacement: 851 cm3
    Power: 60 hp at 5750 rev / min
    Torque: 6.8 kgm at 3600 rev / min
    Speed: 160 km / h


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Peugeot 504 Coupé V6- 1975

PEUGEOT 504 COUPE V6 ....



" Peugeot "is a French automobile manufacturing company that needs no introduction. This powerful company starts its business by manufacturing all kinds of tools and objects (the famous coffee grinders), before turning to bicycles and motorcycles. The very first automobile brand chains out in 1889 and foreshadows a long line of models that will ensure the success of the brand and one of the few old sector. After the war, in 1947, " Peugeot "begins production of one of its most iconic models that will be his first commercial success, 203. Primarily focused on family four-door sedans and four economical and robust places, the production of " Peugeot "is to be growing over the years. The success helping the Sochaux brand will start to diversify its range with coupes, convertibles and even some sports and even hugged a precursor of the diesel engine in France. With a recognized technical sophistication and body using renowned designers, " Peugeot "will cut the lion's share even abroad all his success in competition will help to increase this craze ....

At the Paris Salon in 1974, Peugeot unveiled a V6 with a new angle of 90 °. For brand new, the lion moved under the hood of his most prestigious model, the Peugeot 504 V6 Coupe , and so does the first Peugeot rivaling the prestigious foreign competition long. After several years without major changes, 1975 is the year of big facelift. The V6 engine carburetor, developed in cooperation with Renault and Volvo, replaces 4-cylinder injection engine. For the first time in the history of the automobile, electronic ignition without contact (Schlumberger Altronic) is mounted in a standard vehicle. If the technology is highly appealing to the press, it is mostly on the side of the car design that will surprise and pack customer ....

For Peugeot 504 V6 Coupe , designer Pininfarina went even further in his stylistic approach. If there is still no question of eccentricity or even originality, the designer offers a line 504 to the coupe and convertible, which no longer have any relationship with the sedan from which they derive. The general overall design exudes classic of good quality, elegance and style that emerged seem at odds with the stylistic heaviness on the sedan. To achieve this, engineers shortened the wheelbase by 19 cm and rear tracks have been widened by 5 cm. In total, the overall length of 504 coupe and convertible is 13 cm shorter than the sedan, but their weight is higher. Finally the chapter style Pininfarina knew spread here and there stylistic details such charmers four flagship AV amounts custodes fine and graceful, slender chrome door handles and taillights especially oblique very elegant. In addition to its online Vintage Classic must also insist on keeping his royal road extremely well supported by a strong and durable braking. In fact, the philosophy of the Peugeot 504 V6 Coupe is exactly the same as 406 today off. Very beautiful, but classic cars, maintenance of Royal and safe road and whose target audience is not the sport, but the middle class ....

The Peugeot 504 V6 Coupe has everything a modern car, while not being quite one, and this contributes to its charm. An improved braking system, a suitable frame and the new steering complement sochalienne propulsion. The exterior is also subject to various changes with two separate long distance lights that are grouped into a single lighthouse and bitter fires are replaced by lights in a plastic part. A more modern look fluid is provided through the door handles pressed, the writings of the emblem Pininfarina displaced before and most elegant new hubcaps. The grille and bumper sounds also subject to some cosmetic changes and a sign V6 adorns the tailgate. Inside, there is now a leather upholstery, headrests and automatic seat belts for the front seats. Power windows and air conditioning complete the comfort side. The speedometer reaches 220km / h and is framed in silver again. The stunning Peugeot 504 V6 Coupe is available with a gearbox 3 speed automatic brand General Motors Type 407 ....

On the unusual Peugeot 504 V6 Coupe , engine, designed by Peugeot in GRP, is quite modern. It is characterized by its aluminum block cast, trees overhead cam, and its original feeding two carburetors, a body double and one single body. This V6 engine with a displacement of 2664 cc finally gives us a power of 144 hp at 5750 rev / min for a couple of 21.1 mkg, which with a weight of 1295 kg content offers decent performances as the kilometer standing start in shot less than 32 seconds or a top speed of 190 km / h. At the time these benefits put the example in competition with the Mercedes C 250 more expensive, a Ford Capri less modern Renault 17 or less noble, the Citroen SM remaining much more elitist. Finally, the conduct of the 504 Coupé V6 is really nice because the belt low enough cash, fine amounts, large glass surfaces and easy to identify contours provide visibility and ease of operation that are no longer found today ....


Specifications :

    Engine: V6
    Capacity: 2664 cm ³
    Power: 144 hp at 5750 r / min
    Torque: 21.1 kgm at 3800 t / mn
    Speed: 190 km / h
    Performance: 1000 m DA 31'' 4

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Pininfarina Spider Europa - 1984


 Pininfarina Spider Europa ....

In May 1930, the brothers Giovanni Battista Farina and based in Turin, Italy the " Società Anonima Carrozzeria Pinin Farina "that many still consider today as the most prestigious modern bodybuilders whose style school is being imitated around the world . Success will be immediate and already in 1932 " Pininfarina "was the official supplier of eight royal residences and numerous representatives of the aristocracy, industry and entertainment. His inventive mind was forms of expression into more of an art than metal worker-former, so that many manufacturers will use its innovative talent (Hispano-Suiza, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Cadillac, Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari , Fiat, Chevrolet, BMC, Peugeot, Volvo, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Nissan, etc ...) ....


At Fiat, from a friendly people-oriented sedan, the 124 Sport Spider was a bit to the 60 that the Mazda MX-5 was the 90s, the concept of convertible fun and unpretentious. Invited once again to sign lines (under an "institutional" installed in the working time), Pininfarina has mostly sought to please the greatest number. No boldness in this seemingly trivial design but with the passage of time, one must admit that the years have not been taken on these forms "obvious" who seduced without really tired. Since 1966, the success of the Fiat 124 Spider continues unabated and the car has undergone various changes primarily related to engine brand. The production line is finally transferred Pininfarina which renames the car Pininfarina Spider Europa . The transfer of production has the advantage of significantly increasing the level of equipment and finish. First, the quality of the plates used for the body is higher, the car is less susceptible to corrosion. But inside, the interior is plush, wood just decorate the dashboard and the fit of parts is more polished. At the rear, the optics are redrawn, wraparound bumpers are better integrated into the line, and the rims are more elegant ....


Boasting a coherent design, stunning Pininfarina Spider Europa also convinced its users that Latin origins were not usurped. Inaugurating the first engine "double tree" of wider communication (signed Aurelio Lampredi, formerly with Ferrari), the spider will also benefit from an excellent gearbox (4 or 5-speed, depending on the version), four brakes assisted disc and running gear "advanced" or very sophisticated. Technical range in relation to the honest performance of the model and contrasted with "rustic" solutions still preferred at the time of its main British rivals. Finally, the unusual Pininfarina Spider Europa will appeal to the public and will be even a nice extension that allowed him to hold his position until the mid-80s with a minimum of alterations circumstantial orchestrated by his regular bodybuilder became manufacturer-distributor .. ..


The Pininfarina Spider Europa sold under the Pininfarina brand offers a much more polished interior finish. More opulent appearance, these versions have redesigned optics, alloy wheels and wraparound bumpers that do not distort their shape too. It adapts a less casual and finishing materials are much more resistant to the ravages of time. The time pads are better and have a greater tendency to warp and wear prematurely under the action of sunlight. Nice consolation prize, the dashboard, well designed and full, enjoys a veneer of very good quality and a completely revised ergonomics. The driving position is perfect and the comfort of leather and carpet is really appreciable even in the roadster said playfully. In the end, nearly 200,000 copies were sold in Europe and the USA. It is more than enough to meet sustained demand, but, logically, it is the first series, the rarest, which are preferred by collectors. Today as yesterday, the odds of the Pininfarina Spider Europa actually one convertibles Vintage Classic the most affordable on the market of the former, and it is also one of the most frequentable everyday ....


Several engines have marked the career of the drawers Pininfarina Spider Europa oriented long. The 1400 and 1600 of the first generation (1966-1972) will appear, however, that 90 DIN hp, which may seem a fair bit today. More ambitious, the proposed 1608 cm3 from 1970 claims tidy output of 110 horsepower at 6,400 revolutions / minute, a flattering performance for engine mass born more than 30 years. Wiser in some respects, the engines for second and third generation (1592, 1756 and 1995 cm3) are derived for their share of the 132 series but their architecture retains distribution dual overhead cam head of their predecessors. Designed by the highly skilled Aurelio Lampredi these 4 cylinders are all characterized by their robust constitution and their propensity to hold high speeds without fail. Properly maintained, these engines are eligible for more than 200,000 miles without major problems. In 1983, the 2-liter engine with supercharger which is assigned to him and with 135 horsepower at 6,400 revolutions / minute offers far superior driving pleasure. Models 2 liter injection (versions Pininfarina Spider Europa ) appear more versatile and easier to live with on a daily basis ....



Specifications :

    Engine: 4 cylinders
    Displacement: 1995 cm3
    Power: 135 horsepower at 6,400 revolutions / minute
    Torque: 250 Nm at 5500 t / mn
    Speed: 185 km / h


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AC Aceca Bristol - 1960


AC ACECA BRISTOL ....




Founded in 1904 by the Weller brothers in West Norwood in England, the company will take the name of Auto Carriers Ltd in 1911 and then to AC Cars in 1922. "AC" is more than a century old company that has experienced a chaotic life until the Second World War. The founders left the ship in 1922. The company was liquidated in 1929 and bought by the Hurlock brothers. Until the late 30s, AC is confined to the production of economic utilities. It was only after the Second World War that the company will diversify its range with small sedans and sports coupes. In the collective memory of auto enthusiasts, the name of AC is forever linked to that of the Cobra sports car of the 60 driven by a huge V8 Genuine Ford. " AC Cars Group Ltd. "has become over time a small British car manufacturer, today known for its sports cars ....


In the early 50s, after the war, recovery and hard and the firm is then limited to a facelift to the old 2-liter models seriously dated technically. To boost this aging range, the new owners proposed various sports versions, especially AC Ace roadster and its derivative off, the amazing AC Aceca . Ace was not an original creation of the firm AC. Ernie Bailey, the head of the body workshop AC, prompted the Hurlock brothers became interested in roadster made ​​by a local craftsman, John Tojeiro, a British engineer Portuguese origin. The body of the roadster was Tojeiro modern aspect, and especially lighter than the production of AC. The proposed Hurlock brothers John Tojeiro redeem his manufacturing rights of his roadster. The prototype was exhibited at London in October 1953. Compared to the car Tojeiro, the figure was slightly redesigned, with a more prominent grille and headlamps repositioned. The unusual AC Aceca was born ....


Officially launched in 1954 at Earls Court area, cut AC Aceca is dressed in an attractive aluminum body (where a featherweight 850 pounds) who has a family resemblance to the Aston Martin DB Mk III. This is a very elegant small closed coupe will be produced from 1954 until 1963. It is one year after the AC Ace roadster with which it shares the mechanics. This very small coupe Vintage Classic 2 +2 was a great road built by hand in the great British tradition. One notable feature of the car was the hatch at the rear, as it was the cut AC Aceca the second car after the 1953 Aston Martin DB2, to incorporate this unusual item on sports at the time. On the design side, the designer John Tojeiro had done an excellent job as the overall look is very harmonious with its elegant curves and bumps, but the aerodynamics party had not been set aside so far. The chassis of the beautiful AC Aceca Bristol adopted similar to that of the Italian Touring Superleggera structure, known for its excellent stiffness / weight ratio ....


For the production of cut AC Aceca Bristol , the firm moved to Thames Ditton with the motto not to compromise on the quality of manufacture of its cars, and it had a cost. At the time, the Aceca was 50% more expensive than a Jaguar XK 140, but well below an Aston Martin DB 2/4 its direct competitors, or at least those it affects. They have serial disc brakes at the front, while a full overdrive equipment. The beauty of the car is obvious with this subtle mix proportions supported by the spoked wheels, it is beautiful, elegant but also sporty and classy. The interior of the cut AC Aceca is also very neat, nothing is missing, at the height of the British reputation grade wood, leather upholstery color, comfortable carpet, even tabeau board is complete and put enhanced by a stunning aluminum wheel rim and wood. Only downside, the mechanics of the cut AC Aceca whose design dated back to the '20s quickly showed its limits in terms of power so that the small British firm eventually procure engines at Bristol from March 1956 ... .


Dice 1957 coupe AC Aceca Bristol Bristol receives the six-cylinder two-liter (1971 cm3) more efficient that its distribution is ensured by a central camshaft. Powered by three Solex carburetors, it now develops more than 130 horsepower and provides the AC so enviable performance as a top speed of 210 km / h. The AC chassis well designed no problem cashing the extra power. The Bristol Motor enjoyed at the time an excellent reputation. Extrapolated BMW prewar and seizure under spoils of war, this mechanism is built by the automotive division of the manufacturer "Bristol Aeroplane Company," which was reworked to increase power. It was machined with extreme care as identical to those of aviation standards, using the best materials. More powerful than the old AC motor, it also proved more suited to motorsport. The engine power of the cut AC Aceca Bristol evolved over time, reaching 140 horsepower. Very quickly, it was necessary in the range, at the expense of the old mechanical AC ....


Specifications :

    Engine: 6 cylinders
    Displacement: 1971 cm3
    Power: 140 hp
    Torque: 250 Nm at 5500 t / mn
    Speed: 210 km / h




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