PDG Auto Parts Sign – Side View – Campbell, Calif.

PDG Auto Parts Sign - Side View - Campbell, Calif.

Address: 566 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA

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Chevrolet 1965 Corvair Corsa Two-door Hardtop

Chevrolet 1965 Corvair Corsa Two-door Hardtop

Once in a while things change from the everyday and someone tries something new.

If you are on top, and things are going great, this tends not to happen. So it was with some surprise that the great General Motors, leading vehicle manufacturer of the world, with more than 30% total global market share, tried something ‘new’.

Having successfully built its huge empire, primarily in the US, by producing ever larger Body-on-Frame (BOF) full sized cars, exhibiting more chrome, more fin and more engine than the facing competition, it was a small (by US Standards), rear-engined, bath-tub shaped car named Corvair (after a Corvette-based concept from 1955), that showed that the big dog could learn a new trick.

The ‘new’ was not without precedent. In the back rooms, GM engineers were trying all sorts of interesting things, but Styling and Marketing were more than happy to fill up customer orders faster than the factory could build them. However, as the facing ‘Independent’ US manufacturers were in terminal decline during these early post war period, a new competitor was slowly gaining ground, not by copying GM’s flash and fins, but with a little, ugly, slow car from Germany. The badge said VW, but the car was known as the ‘Beetle’.

The Beetle template was straight forward: engine in the back, behind the rear axle. The engine was made of aluminium to help with the weight distribution, and featured horizontally opposed pistons to keep the engine height down. The ‘chassis’ was a simple platform, with the engine hung out the back by four bolts and a throttle cable. The bodywork, designed prior to the war under Adolph Hitler’s close watch, wore an aerodynamic profile, grilleless nose and room for four passengers. The original brief for the car was to be capable of 100 km/h on the new Autobahns, all day long, reliably and economically. Not only was the car designed to a tight, modest brief, it was also intended to put the German populace on wheels, much the way the Ford Model T had in the US 30 years earlier.

Such a modest car was not within the ‘competitive set’ for any of GM’s US product lines, but it was an irritating itch during a prosperous 1950s post-war America, and GM’s crystal-ball readers had forecast that the economy could not continue you grow in an interrupted manner, and there would be a market for a cheaper, more modest car that wore a well-known US manufacturers badge. Ford had similarly crystal-balled this scenario, and produced the cost-focused Falcon, and similarly Chrysler with the Valiant.

Of these products though, GM was the most ambitious, and reset the US-made template.

The car: Corvair.

The Legacy: Disaster!

How could it all go so wrong?

The same drivers that led to the very modest Ford Flacon found their way into the specification of the Corvair’s rear suspension. Missing the stabiliser bars of high-spec performance models, the base Corvair developed a reputation for falling off the road. The …

Triumph Spitfire Mk I Roadster (1962)

Triumph Spitfire Mk I Roadster (1962)

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries during and after the Second World War. The Spitfire was built in many variants, using several wing configurations, and was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter to be in continuous production throughout the war. The Spitfire continues to be a popular aircraft, with approximately 55 Spitfires being airworthy, while many more are static exhibits in aviation museums all over the world.

The Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works (which operated as a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrong from 1928). In accordance with its role as an interceptor, Mitchell designed the Spitfire’s distinctive elliptical wing to have the thinnest possible cross-section; this thin wing enabled the Spitfire to have a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane. Mitchell continued to refine the design until his death from cancer in 1937, whereupon his colleague Joseph Smith took over as chief designer, overseeing the development of the Spitfire through its multitude of variants.

During the Battle of Britain (July–October 1940), the Spitfire was perceived by the public to be the RAF fighter, though the more numerous Hawker Hurricane shouldered a greater proportion of the burden against the Luftwaffe. However, because of its higher performance, Spitfire units had a lower attrition rate and a higher victory-to-loss ratio than those flying Hurricanes.

After the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire superseded the Hurricane to become the backbone of RAF Fighter Command, and saw action in the European, Mediterranean, Pacific and the South-East Asian theatres. Much loved by its pilots, the Spitfire served in several roles, including interceptor, photo-reconnaissance, fighter-bomber and trainer, and it continued to serve in these roles until the 1950s. The Seafire was a carrier-based adaptation of the Spitfire which served in the Fleet Air Arm from 1942 through to the mid-1950s. Although the original airframe was designed to be powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine producing 1,030 hp (768 kW), it was strong enough and adaptable enough to use increasingly powerful Merlin and, in later marks, Rolls-Royce Griffon engines producing up to 2,340 hp (1,745 kW); as a consequence of this the Spitfire’s performance and capabilities improved, sometimes dramatically, over the course of its life.

Mk V (Types 331, 349 & 352)

Spitfire LF.Mk VB, BL479, flown by Group Captain M.W.S Robinson, station commander of RAF Northolt, August 1943. This Spitfire has the wide bladed Rotol propeller, the internal armoured windscreen and "clipped" wings.
Late in 1940, the RAF predicted that the advent of the pressurised Junkers Ju 86P bomber series over Britain would be the start of a new sustained high altitude bombing offensive by the Luftwaffe, in which case development was put in hand for a pressurised version of the Spitfire, with a new version of the Merlin (the Mk VI). It would take …

Supermarine Spitfire Mk VB (1941)

Supermarine Spitfire Mk VB (1941)

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries during and after the Second World War. The Spitfire was built in many variants, using several wing configurations, and was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter to be in continuous production throughout the war. The Spitfire continues to be a popular aircraft, with approximately 55 Spitfires being airworthy, while many more are static exhibits in aviation museums all over the world.

The Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works (which operated as a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrong from 1928). In accordance with its role as an interceptor, Mitchell designed the Spitfire’s distinctive elliptical wing to have the thinnest possible cross-section; this thin wing enabled the Spitfire to have a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane. Mitchell continued to refine the design until his death from cancer in 1937, whereupon his colleague Joseph Smith took over as chief designer, overseeing the development of the Spitfire through its multitude of variants.

During the Battle of Britain (July–October 1940), the Spitfire was perceived by the public to be the RAF fighter, though the more numerous Hawker Hurricane shouldered a greater proportion of the burden against the Luftwaffe. However, because of its higher performance, Spitfire units had a lower attrition rate and a higher victory-to-loss ratio than those flying Hurricanes.

After the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire superseded the Hurricane to become the backbone of RAF Fighter Command, and saw action in the European, Mediterranean, Pacific and the South-East Asian theatres. Much loved by its pilots, the Spitfire served in several roles, including interceptor, photo-reconnaissance, fighter-bomber and trainer, and it continued to serve in these roles until the 1950s. The Seafire was a carrier-based adaptation of the Spitfire which served in the Fleet Air Arm from 1942 through to the mid-1950s. Although the original airframe was designed to be powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine producing 1,030 hp (768 kW), it was strong enough and adaptable enough to use increasingly powerful Merlin and, in later marks, Rolls-Royce Griffon engines producing up to 2,340 hp (1,745 kW); as a consequence of this the Spitfire’s performance and capabilities improved, sometimes dramatically, over the course of its life.

Mk V (Types 331, 349 & 352)

Spitfire LF.Mk VB, BL479, flown by Group Captain M.W.S Robinson, station commander of RAF Northolt, August 1943. This Spitfire has the wide bladed Rotol propeller, the internal armoured windscreen and "clipped" wings.
Late in 1940, the RAF predicted that the advent of the pressurised Junkers Ju 86P bomber series over Britain would be the start of a new sustained high altitude bombing offensive by the Luftwaffe, in which case development was put in hand for a pressurised version of the Spitfire, with a new version of the Merlin (the Mk VI). It would take …

Supermarine Spitfire Mk VB (1941) and Triumph Spitfire Mk I Roadster (1962)

Supermarine Spitfire Mk VB (1941) and Triumph Spitfire Mk I Roadster (1962)

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British one-seat fighter plane that was used by the Royal Air Power and a lot of other Allied nations for the duration of and just after the Next World War. The Spitfire was created in a lot of variants, employing many wing configurations, and was created in bigger quantities than any other British plane. It was also the only British fighter to be in continual output through the war. The Spitfire continues to be a well-liked plane, with somewhere around fifty five Spitfires staying airworthy, even though a lot of extra are static exhibits in aviation museums all more than the planet.

The Spitfire was developed as a small-selection, superior-efficiency interceptor plane by R. J. Mitchell, main designer at Supermarine Aviation Is effective (which operated as a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrong from 1928). In accordance with its function as an interceptor, Mitchell developed the Spitfire’s distinct elliptical wing to have the thinnest achievable cross-part this thin wing enabled the Spitfire to have a larger prime pace than many modern fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane. Mitchell continued to refine the style and design till his dying from cancer in 1937, whereupon his colleague Joseph Smith took more than as main designer, overseeing the enhancement of the Spitfire by its multitude of variants.

For the duration of the Battle of Britain (July–October 1940), the Spitfire was perceived by the general public to be the RAF fighter, although the extra several Hawker Hurricane shouldered a bigger proportion of the stress from the Luftwaffe. Having said that, because of its larger efficiency, Spitfire units experienced a decrease attrition rate and a larger victory-to-loss ratio than these traveling Hurricanes.

Just after the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire outdated the Hurricane to become the backbone of RAF Fighter Command, and observed action in the European, Mediterranean, Pacific and the South-East Asian theatres. A lot cherished by its pilots, the Spitfire served in many roles, including interceptor, photograph-reconnaissance, fighter-bomber and coach, and it continued to serve in these roles till the 1950s. The Seafire was a provider-primarily based adaptation of the Spitfire which served in the Fleet Air Arm from 1942 by to the mid-1950s. While the authentic airframe was developed to be run by a Rolls-Royce Merlin motor generating 1,030 hp (768 kW), it was strong ample and adaptable ample to use progressively strong Merlin and, in later marks, Rolls-Royce Griffon engines generating up to two,340 hp (1,745 kW) as a consequence of this the Spitfire’s efficiency and capabilities improved, sometimes considerably, more than the training course of its life.

Mk V (Sorts 331, 349 & 352)

Spitfire LF.Mk VB, BL479, flown by Team Captain M.W.S Robinson, station commander of RAF Northolt, August 1943. This Spitfire has the huge bladed Rotol propeller, the internal armoured windscreen and “clipped” wings.
Late in 1940, the RAF predicted that the advent of the pressurised Junkers Ju 86P bomber sequence more than Britain would be the commence of a new sustained superior altitude bombing offensive by …