Saturday, August 24, 2013

1953 Corvette

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The greatness of the original Corvette lies in that it was the very first of its species.

When the first Corvette debuted at the GM Motorama in New York City on January 17, 1953, it was an instant sensation. It wasn't because the mechanical bits were exotic — the engine under the hood was a slightly tweaked, 150-hp version of the Chevy "Stovebolt" inline-6 that had been around since 1941, the transmission was a two-speed automatic and the suspension was lifted straight from the Chevy sedans — but the fiberglass body was gorgeous.

It was a two-seater that exuded confidence without looking European or fragile. It was a robust American at a time when the most popular sports cars of the day were spindly contraptions like the MG-TF.

Based on crowd reaction, Chevrolet immediately ordered the Corvette into production. And 300 examples of the new 1953 Corvette were hurriedly built — all painted Polo White.

A great start. Or at least good enough.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

1977 Oldsmobile 98 Regency

The Oldsmobile 98 (originally Series 90; a.k.a. Ninety-Eight) was a full-size automobile and the flagship model of the Oldsmobile division of General Motors. The name first appeared in 1941 and was used again after American consumer automobile production resumed post-World War II. It was, as it would remain, the top-of-the-line model, with lesser Oldsmobiles having lower numbers such as the A-body 66 and 68, and the B-body 76 and 78.

The Series 60 was retired in 1949, the same year the Oldsmobile 78 was replaced by the 88. The Oldsmobile 76 was retired after 1950. This left the two remaining number-names to carry on into the 1990s as the bread and butter of the full-size Oldsmobile lineup until the Oldsmobile Regency replaced the 98 in 1997.

Occasionally additional nomenclature was used with the name, such as L/S and Holiday, and the 98 Regency badge would become increasingly common in the later years of the model. The 98 shared its General Motors C-body platform with Buick and Cadillac. As it was the top-line Oldsmobile, the series had the most technologically advanced items available, such as the Hydramatic automatic transmission, the Autronic Eye, an automatic headlight dimmer, and Twilight Sentinel (a feature that automatically turned the headlights on and off via a timer, as controlled by the driver), and the highest-grade interior and exterior trim.

Model years 1977–1984 Assembly Lansing, Michigan, United States Linden, New Jersey, United States Body style 2-door coupe 4-door sedan Layout FR layout Platform GM C platform Engine 252 in³ (4.1 L) Buick V6 307 in³ (5.0 L) Oldsmobile V8 350 in³ (5.7 L) Oldsmobile V8 350 in³ (5.7 L) Oldsmobile diesel V8 403 in³ (6.6 L) Oldsmobile V8 Transmission 3-speed TH350 automatic 3-speed TH400 automatic 4-speed THM 200-4R automatic Wheelbase 119.0 in (3,023 mm) Length 221.4 in (5,624 mm) Width 76.3 in (1,938 mm) Height 55.3 in (1,405 mm) Related Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Cadillac De Ville Buick Electra Designer(s) Bill Mitchell

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Plymouth Sport Fury

The Plymouth Fury is model of automobile which was produced by the Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1956 to 1989.

The Fury was introduced as a sporty, premium-priced model designed to showcase the line, with the intent to draw consumers into showrooms.

 The word "fury" denotes a type of anger, inspired by the Furies, mythological creatures in Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman mythology.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Mercedes-Benz 190E W201 2.5-16 Evolution II

The Mercedes-Benz 190 (W201) introduced in 1982 rapidly made a name for itself as the “Baby-Benz”. But who would have thought that it would also acquire a reputation as a compact sports car over the years and after several engine and equipment refinements? This development finally culminated in the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1990.

A first sports version came onto the market in 1983: in the ECE version, the engine of the 190 E 2.3-16 developed 185 hp (136 kW) and accelerated the car from standstill to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds; the top speed was 230 km/h. The 190 E 2.5-16 which followed in 1988 with an advanced 195 hp (143 kW) sixteen-valve engine boasted similar performance.

These were the sort of top-class performance figures which warranted the car’s use in motor sport. As early as 1985, the 190 E 2.3-16 was entered by private teams first in the French production car championships and from 1987 also in the German Touring Car Championships (DTM). In 1988, Daimler-Benz became active by officially supporting teams competing in the DTM. One year later, a homologation version with type approval for road use, the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution I, made its debut. Engine output had remained the same but the running gear had been modified for the sort of racetrack work for which the EVO I had been designed, forming as it did the basis for a Group A DTM touring car. Of this model, 502 units were built to obtain homologation – a precondition for participation in motor sport. This model was highly successful in numerous races. Demands, however, were rising and so, the only logical step was to develop an even more powerful EVO.

This new car – the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II – celebrated its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1990. The 2.5 liter engine of the EVO II, as the car was known for short, developed an output of 235 hp (173 kW) and a torque of 245 Newton meters between 5000/min and 6000/min. The car, weighing some 1300 kilograms, accelerated from standstill to 100 km/h in just 7.1 seconds and reached a top speed of 250 km/h. The sports suspension afforded highly precise handling, being adjustable to three different heights by means of an inconspicuous switch to the left of the steering wheel. Sports seats gave the driver and front passenger firm support while rear passengers were provided with two contoured individual seats.

The EVO II stood out for its bodywork modifications designed to reduce drag still further and to raise downforce at the front and rear axles. Particularly distinctive and eye-catching features were the large rear airfoil and the wheelarch flares.

And so the EVO II caused quite a stir, quite literally. Within three months, a small series of 502 units was produced to obtain homologation for motor sport. The car’s price was self-assured, in keeping with its performance. The EVO II was to be had at a price of DM 115,260 (equivalent to € 58,932) – with air conditioning at DM 119,717 (€ 61,210). Buyers were ensured exclusiveness in return: every EVO II had a plate with its consecutive number next to the shift lever.
The car may have been ever so well developed and designed – for the motor sport teams, it was no more than the basis for additional modifications. And there was plenty of scope for the latter: engine output was boosted to well over 300 hp and the car’s weight was reduced to less than 1,000 kilograms, resulting in a top speed in the range of 300 km/h. It is therefore not surprising that the EVO II was a highly successful competitor on the racetrack – as borne out by the DTM driver’s title clinched by Klaus Ludwig in 1992.

Der alte Donnerbolzen rennt 250 km/h 

Mein Mercedes 190 E holte aus zwei Liter Hubraum 118 PS. Ein großartiges Auto – günstig, gutmütig, genügsam – mit recht flachem Spannungsbogen. Ob als Besitzer oder Beifahrer – beinahe jeder hatte schon mal mit dem bequemen Baby-Benz zu tun. Und wird bestätigen: Aufregung kommt an Bord nur selten auf. 

Die meisten wissen nicht, daß es fernab aller Großserien-Gemütlichkeit einen 190er mit Thrill gab. 1990 bauten die Schwaben zu Homologationszwecken 502 ganz spezielle Exemplare auf. Deren komplizierte Bezeichnung 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II läßt erahnen, daß Mercedes-Benz damit mehr zu bieten hatte als einen 190er mit etwas mehr Power.

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Specifications - Mercedes 190E W201 2.5-16 Evolution II

Model190E, W201
Years of production1990 - Limited edition, only 502 cars
Engine typeR4, 16v
Displacement2463 cc
Power235 hp /7200 rpm
Torque245 Nm /5000-6000 rpm
Top speed143 mph (230 kph)
0-60 mph7,7 s
Gear type5 speed manual
Trunk space70 liter
Kerb weight1300 kg

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Alfa Romeo Alfetta

The Alfa Romeo Alfetta (Type 116) is an executive saloon car and fastback coupé produced by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo from 1972 to 1987. It was popular due to its combination of a modest weight with powerful engines, selling over 400,000 units until the end of its production run.

The Sedan had a body designed by Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, and the Alfetta GTV coupé (not to be confused with the more recent 1995 Alfa Romeo GTV, or the classic Giulia GTV), was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. The Alfetta introduced a new drivetrain layout to the marque. Clutch and transmission were housed at the rear of the car, together with the differential for a more balanced weight distribution, as used on the Alfetta 158/159 Grand Prix cars. The Gold Cloverleaf (Quadrifoglio Oro) model was actually sold as the Alfetta 159i in some markets. The suspension relied on double wishbones and torsion bars at the front and a de Dion beam at the rear. The Alfetta was renewed in 1979 with a revised frontend, new wheel rims and new lights, as well as a diesel version.

It was available with two four-cylinder DOHC engines with two valves per cylinder and a turbodiesel engine supplied by VM Motori. The 1.6 and 1.8 L base models had two double-barrel carburettors, while the 2.0 DOHC received fuel injection in 1979.

The diesel, Alfa Romeo's first passenger car thus equipped, was initially of 2.0 litres, but was increased to 2.4 L in 1982. The diesel added 100 kg (220 lb) over the front axle, but for some reason it did not originally receive power steering as standard.[4] Nonetheless, respecting Alfa Romeo's sporting heritage, it received a tachometer - very unusual in diesels of this era.[4] The diesels were mostly sold in Italy and in France, as well as a few other continental European markets where the tax structure suited this model.

The four-door Alfetta was sold in the USA from 1975 through 1977 under the name Alfetta Sedan. From 1978 to 1979 a mildly restyled version was sold under the name Sport Sedan. The four-cylinder coupé was available from 1975 to 1977 under the moniker Alfetta GT, renamed the Sprint Veloce for the final two years of production in 1978 and 1979. Finally, the V-6 version was marketed from 1981 to 1986 as the GTV-6.

The Alfa Romeo Alfetta became well known throughout the world since it was Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro's official escort car, when, in 1978, he was first kidnapped, then killed, by the Italian Terrorist left-wing organization The Red Brigades. A fictionalised account of these events was produced as a critically well regarded Italian film, The Advocate, which also heavily featured Alfettas of all types, from Carabinieri 'Short Nose-Round Light' through to the Prime Minister's own 'Long Nose-Square Light' 2000 Super Saloon.

A special semi experimental version of CEM (Controllo Elettronico del Motore) was developed in 1981 in collaboration with the University of Genoa, it was made 10 examples derived from the "2.0", this engine could use two- or four-cylinder as needed in order to reduce fuel consumption. The cars were assigned to taxi drivers in Milan, to verify operation and performance in real-use situations. After the first trial, in 1983, was produced a small series (991 examples), which were entrusted to a select clients. Despite this second experimental phase, the project had no further developments.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Ford begins the countdown to the Mustang's 50th anniversary

Turns 50 on April 17, 2014

Ford is gearing up for the Mustang's 50th anniversary by launching a "Mustang Countdown" video series. Designed to reveal stories about the car and the people who love it, the series will explore the Mustang 1 concept, the Flat Rock Assembly Plant and the car's racing pedigree - among other things.

As Ford marketing manager Steve Ling explained “Fans around the world share a passion for Mustang that embodies the freedom of the open road and the spirit of performance driving. The ‘Mustang Countdown’ series is another way in which Ford is honoring that heritage with numerous celebrations over the next year." Since the model was introduced in 1964, Ford has sold over 9.2 million Mustangs.

It has also appeared in more than 3,000 films and TV shows including Bullitt, Drive and Gone in 60 Seconds.

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