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|24th September 2007, 22:16||#1533|
Senior - BHPian
@Shreeram, it has been 125 hours since you posted that image.
Your car is very rare and unusual and tragically none of the dozen or so that were built, survive today.
ID:340 is a 1928 Burney "Streamline"
These cars were made by Sir Charles Dennistoun "Dennis" Burney at his factory at Maidenhead Berks., England. Today, Maidenhead is in England's 'Silicon Corridor' along the M4 motorway west of London.
Britain's first front wheel drive was the 1928 Alvis.
Sir Burney, turned the Alvis's front wheel drive chassis back to front and returned the steering action to the front wheels.
The principles of airship design yielded a teardrop shaped body.
The car had a space frame chassis with independent suspension on all four wheels using transverse leaf springs. It was a big 20 foot car.
One of the rear doors carried the spare wheel. Must have put an enormous load on the hinges and door pillar. The other opposite rear door held a cocktail cabinet.
The Alvis engine was mounted at the rear behind the rear wheels.
Note the engine's huge air intake scoops at the D-pillar above the rear wheels.
The Alvis engine could propel the Streamline to 128 km/h.
Rare for 1928, Sir Burney's design even featured hydraulic brakes.
A dozen examples were produced between 1929 and 1933. One was bought by the Prince of Wales. Another was exhibited in the USA at the Detroit Motor Show.
Last edited by Ram : 24th September 2007 at 22:27. Reason: typographical error
|25th September 2007, 00:06||#1534|
Senior - BHPian
ID:355; 1956 Alzmetall/B.A.G/Victoria Spatz
Spatz means sparrow in German.
It was designed by 77 year-old Tatra designer, Dr. Hans Ledwinka for the machine tool company Alzmetall. (proprietor:Harald Friedrich)
The engine was a 245cc Fichtel & Sachs (Messerschmitt) single-cylinder air-cooled two-stroke engine. It developed 14 bhp @ 5200 rpm and drove the rear wheels, making the car good for 120 km/h.
Dr. Ledwinka gave it a fixed central backbone tube. The front wheels were suspended with coil sprung struts on a separate subframe.
The rear wheels were on swing axles. The car had hydraulic brakes.
It debuted at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, Frankfurt in 1955 as the Alzmetall Spatz.
In 1956 Alzmetall's car manufacturing division was incorporated as Bayerische Autowerke GmbH (BAG) in Traunreut, Bavaria, Germany, 75 km east of Munich.`
The car was called the BAG Spatz.
Sales and A.S.S. was handled by the motorcycle firm Victoria Werke in Nurnberg.
By end 1956, Harald Friedrich sold his rights to Victoria, and the car was thereafter called the Victoria Spatz.
859 vehicles were built until May 1957.
|25th September 2007, 08:54||#1536|
Hillman Avenger - use Hillman Hunter bits. Rear wheel drive. What you see is the later version. Earlier ones had a more plainer front end and interesting hockey stick shaped rear end.
|25th September 2007, 09:07||#1537|
Senior - BHPian
ID:356; 1979 Talbot Avenger GL
@ajmat, You are right about Avenger.
ID:356 is a 1979 Talbot Avenger GL. The hockey stick tail lights were on the early Hillman Avengers and discontinued on the Chrysler Avenger and Talbot Avenger.
The Talbot Avenger was made by Chrysler-Europe from 1978-81.
There were four saloon models (1.3 and 1.6 engines and LS and GL trim levels). All had vinyl covered roofs.
Earlier cars from 1970 to 76 were made in the UK and called Hillman Avenger.
Cars exported to the USA were called Plymouth Cricket.
In 1976 production was shifted out of the UK to Europe and the car was called Chrysler Avenger.
Then in 1978, when Peugeot took over a bankrupt Chrysler-Europe, the car was rebranded as a Talbot Avenger.
@speedy's pic is a 1979 Talbot Avenger GL.
A 1295 cc that developed 59 bhp @ 5000 rpm, 69 lb.ft. @ 2600 rpm or
A 1598 cc that developed 69 bhp @ 4800 rpm, 91 lb.ft. @ 2900 rpm.
All electronic ignition -- distributor with vacuum and centrifugal feedback control.
The Avenger had a socket for an electronic probe. A diagnostic spark-plug firing point sensor, that Talbot workshops carried.
My aunt in Wimbledon, UK, back in 1986 had one. I remember his car for its peculiar "A" shaped steering wheel. The dash even had idiot lights for front brake pad wear and brake fluid level.
The Talbot Avenger competed with the Vauxhall Viva, Ford Escort and Austin Allegro in the UK
What is unique about the Avenger?
It was one of the first cars to be designed with CAD software.
And it was one of the first production cars to have a plastic grille.
|25th September 2007, 13:07||#1543|
Fore runner of hatchbacks and the 5 speed gear box
Choices were the 1500 cc and later the 1750 cc engine.
Uses Austin 1800 doors. Like all British Leyland Cars - great concept - poorly developed. Maxi suffered from transmission selector issues and poor quality. Great space utilisation
|25th September 2007, 13:19||#1545|
Fiat 127, fore runner of the Uno. along with the Renault 5, the sawn of the supermini's. Great fun to drive but the rust.....
Quite a few bits ended up in the Uno
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