1986 Rover SD1

1986 Rover SD1

The Rover SD1, there’s nothing much you can really say about it that hasn’t already been said. Often considered the last ‘true’ Rover, the SD1 was built in a time when the company was facing a painful decline under the weight of industrial tensions and economic pressure, and would end garnering a mixed reception at the time, but has since become a true cult classic.

The SD1’s history truly goes back to the formation of British Leyland in 1968, where at the encouragement of then Minister of Technology, the late Tony Benn, British Motor Holdings, owner of Morris, Austin, Austin-Healey, Jaguar/Daimler, Rover and a slew of other small car manufacturers, merged with the Leyland Motor Group, builder of many fine trucks and buses as well as being owner of the Triumph brand. The intention of this company was to create a utopian British General Motors, a selection of market beating … Read More

Ford Model T Roadster 1923 (3200)

Ford Model T Roadster 1923 (3200)

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan – U.S.A.
Type: Model T Roadster
Engine: 2896cc straight-4
Power: 20 bhp / 1.600 rpm
Speed: 72 km/h
Production time: 1908 – 1927
Production outlet: 15,458,781
Production outlet: 1,649,98 (all types in 1923, including 52,317 rolling chassis)
Curb weight: 740 kg

Special:
– On October 1, 1908, the company introduced the successful Ford Model T (also known as Tin Lizzie, Tin Lizzy, T‑Model Ford, Model T or T), designed by Childe Harold Wills, Joseph A. Galamb and Eugene Farkas,
– At first assembled in Piquette plant and from 1910 in the Highland Park plant.
– It was Fords first mass production car (instead of individual hand crafting). The chassis was drawn by workers on a carriage trough the factory. Later, the sleds were replaced by carts on rails and mechanically drawn ("electric lines").
– This was not the first production line with completely interchangeable … Read More

Marmon Model 34 Roadster (1924)

Marmon Model 34 Roadster (1924)

Marmon was a US maker of luxury cars. They developed the first production V16 engine, only to be beaten to production by Cadillac who were much better financed.

Key to building the marques reputation was the Model 34.

The following text comes from am Autoweek article published in 2003:

1917 MARMON MODEL 34 TOURING CAR: WAY AHEAD OF ITS TIME

As World War I began, Indianapolis car and flour milling machinery manufacturer Nordyke & Marmon decided to expand its automobile business by making an extraordinary new model. While the company’s genius engineer, Howard Marmon, is best known for the 1931 16-cylinder model, the six-cylinder Model 34 introduced in 1916 is probably Marmon’s more innovative vehicle. The 34 projected an image of progressive luxury, combining trend-setting design with excellent performance.

The exterior styling of the Model 34—drawn by Cleveland coachbuilder Leon Rubay—championed the beginning of streamlined automobile body shapes. The car’s … Read More

Adler Trumpf Junior 1G Cabriolet 1935 (1826)

Adler Trumpf Junior 1G Cabriolet 1935 (1826)

Manufacturer: Adler Fahrradwerke AG, Frankfurt am Main – Germany
Type: Trumpf Junior Cabriolet (Typ 1G)
Engine: 995cc straight-4
Power: 25 bhp / 4.000 rpm
Speed: 85 km/h
Production time: 1936 – 1941
Production outlet: 78,827
Production outlet: 102,840 (all Trumpf Junior models 1934-1941)
Curb weight: 820 kg

Special:
– Adler, the third largest car manufacturer in Germany, behind BMW and Opel, was one of the pioneers of front wheel drive cars, designed by Hans Gustav Röhr.
– This Cabriolet has an Ambi-Budd, Berlin body.
– It has a four-speed manual gearbox, a Solex carburettor, a 28 liter fuel tank and front wheel drive.
– The chassis with all-steel body has a 103.5 inch wheelbase, independently suspended wheels, transverse torsion bars at the rear and mechanical drum brakes all round.
– The Trumpf Series was also available as 2-door Sedan, as Junior Sport (995cc), as Junior Sport 1100 (1100cc), as 1.7 … Read More