Falcon-Knight Model 12 Tourer 1928 (7517)

Falcon-Knight Model 12 Tourer 1928 (7517)

Manufacturer: Falcon Motor Corporation, Detroit, Michigan – U.S.A. / Willys-Overland Company, Toledo, Ohio – U.S.A.
Type: Model 12 Tourer
Engine: 2580cc straight-6 (Knight sleeve valve engine)
Power: 46 bhp / 2.800 rpm
Speed: 95 km/h
Production time: 1928 – 1929
Production outlet: 6,423
Curb weight: 1379 kg

Special:
– The Falcon-Knight cars were produced between 1927 and March 1929 after which the plant made truck parts. Willys-Overland (Ohio) was the owner, but Falcon-Knight was official headquartered in Detroit.
– The cars were built in Willys-Overlands former Garford Truck
plant at Elyria (Ohio)..
– The Knight in Falcon Knight refers to the sleeve-valve engine designed by Charles Yale Knight.
– This sleeve valve engine was patented by Knight and used twin alternating sliding sleeves.
– The higher oil consumption was heavily outweighed by the quietness of running and the very high mileages without servicing. Early poppet-valve systems required decarbonization at very … Read More

Ford Model A Type 82B Closed Cab Pick-Up 1930 (8265)

Ford Model A Type 82B Closed Cab Pick-Up 1930 (8265)

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan – U.S.A.
Type: Model A Type 82B Closed Cab Pick-Up Truck
Engine: 3236cc straight-4
Power: 39 bhp / 2.200 rpm
Speed: 97 km/h
Production time: 1927 – 1932
Production output: 4,849,340 (all A’s)
Curb weight: 1020 kg
Load capacity: 675 kg

Special:
– By switching production in 1927 from Model T to Model A, there were major delays.
– The A (also called A-Model Ford or the A, and A-bone among rodders and customizers) is a simple design with a L-Head 4-cylinder side-valve engine, Zenith carburettor, a three-speed manual gearbox (+ reverse), rear wheel drive and the traditional Ford suspension with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs with Houdaille-type double-acting shock absorbers.
– The exterior has design cues taken from the Lincoln ("baby Lincoln"), heavily involved by Edsel Ford.
– The model was available in 30 body styles (icluding this Pick-Up Truck) and four standard colours, … Read More

BSA Scout Series 1 1935 (9282)

BSA Scout Series 1 1935 (9282)

Manufacturer: Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA), Birmingham – UK
Type: Scout Series 1
Engine: 1021cc 9HP (RAC) straight-4 water-cooled
Power: 26 bhp / 4.000 rpm
Speed: 105 km/h
Production time: 1935 – 1936
Production time: 1935 – 1940 (all Series 1-6)
Production outlet: unknown
Curb weight: 640 kg

Special:
– These sports cars were manufactured and sold by subsidiaries of BSA, launched at April 1935.
– The body is built on a channel section steel frame and the front suspension by 8 quarter elliptic springs, the rear by semi-elliptical springs with a single brake for the front wheels (part of the differential unit) and drum brakes at the rear operated by rods.
– The engine has a so called side-valve high-efficiency detachable head block, a large diameter two bearing crankshaft, short and free from whip, mounted on ball and roller journal bearings.
– The cylinder block and crankcase are in … Read More

Citroën 11CV Traction Avant 11BL 1953 (8559)

Citroën 11CV Traction Avant 11BL 1953 (8559)

Manufacturer: Citroën S.A., Groupe PSA Peugeot Citroën, Saint-Ouen – France
Type: 11CV Traction Avant
Engine: 1911cc straight-4
Power: 56 bhp / 3.800 rpm
Speed: 118 km/h
Production time: 1939 – 1957
Production time: 1934 – 1957 (all TA’s)
Production outlet: 248,597
Production outlet: 759,111 (all TA’s)
Curb weight: 1100 kg

Special:
– The Traction Avant is designed by André Lefèbvre (spiritual father) and Flaminio Bertoni (final design) and was the first mass produced front drive and fully welded unibody construction car in the world.
– The original plan was to built the TA with an automatic gearbox. The first generation automatic gearboxes had "big troubles" and was nicknamed "Friteuse" (‘Fryer’), because it boiled constantly the oil in it.
– The engineers cobbled together (emergency measure and redesigned within three weeks!) a manual three-speed gearbox (column/dash shift), hardly fitted in the original housing of the automatic transmission. It remained the TA’s … Read More