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Welcome to AutoSpanna

Welcome to AutoSpanna.com where we will discuss all things auto. You will see as we build this site and add more articles, that we are not fixed on any one segment, brand, make, type, model or Country. We will talk about all aspects of anything to do with cars, restoration, likes and dislikes, detailing, paint spraying, interiors, accessories, styling, and virtually anything that has anything to do with motoring.

During this journey you will learn that I am not an active fan of motor racing, although I do see it is the place of many advances that eventually find their way into the general everyday auto world.

You will also come to realise that I have more than a passing interest in 4 vehicle manufacturers irrespective of who actually owns them no...

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Packard Super Eight

Packard Super Eight

Packard Super Eight

Packard Super Eight

The Packard Super Eight was a luxury American Automobile produced by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, United States, and subsequently by the Studebaker-Packard Corporation of South Bend, Indiana. Diecast Super 8 Model

The first Packard automobiles were produced in 1899, and the last in 1958, with one of the last concept cars built in 1956, the Packard Predictor.

Packard Super Eight was the name given to the larger of the two eight-cylinder luxury automobiles produced by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan.

Packard Super 8

Packard Super 8

It shared frames and some body types with the top model Packard Twelve...

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Citroën Traction Avant

Citroën Traction Avant

The Citroën Traction Avant is an executive car produced by the French manufacturer Citroën from 1934 to 1957. About 760,000 units were produced.

The Citroën Traction Avant pioneered mass production of three revolutionary features still in use today: a unitary body with no separate frame, four-wheel independent suspension, and front-wheel drive. Traction Avant Book

Citroën Traction Avant History

Citroën Traction Avant

Citroën Traction Avant

The Citroën Traction Avant, French for front-wheel drive, was designed by André Lefèbvre and Flaminio Bertoni in late 1933 / early 1934.

The Citroën Traction Avant pioneered front-wheel drive on the European mass car market, along with DKWs 1930s models...

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Austin Westminster

Austin Westminster A99 & A110

Austin Westminster A110

Austin Westminster A110

The Austin Westminster series are large saloon and estate cars that were sold by the British manufacturer Austin from 1954, replacing the A70 Hereford. The Westminster line was produced as the A90, A95, A99, A105, and A110 until 1968 when the new Austin 3-Litre took its place. Essentially badge-engineered versions of the Farina, Westminsters were also produced using the premium Wolseley and Vanden Plas marques. 101,634 Westminsters were built. Westminster Sales brochure

The Westminster name was previously used by the Austin Motor Company in the 1930s for a four light version of the 16/6 and the Heavy 12/4.

Austin Westminster A99

Austin Westminster A99

Austin Westminster A99

The A99 Westminster appeared in 1959 with new Pininfarina-designed...

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Atlas Motor Car Company

Atlas Motor Car Company

Atlas Motor Car Company also known as Atlas (Springfield automobile) was a manufacturer of Automobiles, Trucks and Taxis.

Atlas Motor Car Company - 1909 Line

Atlas Motor Car Company – 1909 Line

The Atlas car was built in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1907-1911 (and became the Atlas-Knight for 1912–1913). Motor Encyclopedia

After Harry Knox left the company that had been building Knox cars in Springfield, he established the Knox Motor Truck Company in 1905 to produce Atlas commercial vehicles. His former partners at his previous firm took him to court over the name. After he was forbidden from using the Knox name, he formed the Atlas Motor Car Company in late 1907.

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Atlas Motor Car Company - 1906 Sunset Tonneau Sunset Automobile Co. San Francisco

Atlas Motor Car Company – 1906 Sunset Tonneau Sunset Automobile Co. San Francisco

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Hillman Imp

Hillman Imp

The Hillman Imp is a small economy car made by the Rootes Group and its successor Chrysler Europe from 1963 until 1976. It was the first mass-produced car with the engine block and cylinder head cast in aluminium.

Hillman Imp

Hillman Imp

Being a direct competitor to the BMC’s Mini, it used a space-saving rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout to allow as much luggage and passenger capacity as possible in both the rear and the front of the car. It used a unique opening rear hatch to allow luggage to be put into the back seat rest.

In addition to its aluminium engine, it was the first mass-produced British car to have an engine in the back and the first car to use a diaphragm spring clutch...

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Jaguar XJS

Jaguar XJS

Jaguar XJS

Jaguar XJS

The Jaguar XJS, a luxury grand tourer, was produced by the British manufacturer Jaguar from 1975 to 1996. The XJ-S superseded the E-Type (also known as XK-E) in September 1975, and was based on the XJ saloon. It had been developed as the XK-F, though it was very different in character from its predecessor. Although it never had quite the same sporting image, the XJ-S was a competent grand tourer, and more aerodynamic than the E-Type. The last XJS was produced on 4 April 1996; by then 115,413 had been produced during a 21-year production life. The model was replaced by the XK8.     XJS Diecast Model

Jaguar XJS 1975–1981

1975 Jaguar XJS

1975 Jaguar XJS

The XJ-S was launched on 10 September 1975...

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Lexington Motor Car Company

Lexington Motor Car Company

1920 Lexington Minute man six from Lexington Motor Car Company

1920 Lexington Minute man six from Lexington Motor Car Company

The Lexington Motor Car Company manufactured automobiles in Connersville, Indiana, from 1910 to 1927. From the beginning, Lexingtons, like most other Indiana-built automobiles, were assembled cars, built with components from many different suppliers. The Thoroughbred Six and Minute Man Six were popular Lexington models. Lexington History

Origins of the Lexington Motor Car Company

The Lexington Motor Car Company was founded in 1909 in Lexington, Kentucky, by Kinzea Stone, a Kentucky race horse promoter from Georgetown, Kentucky. Several months later, the company outgrew its original building.

Lexington at Park Connersville

Lexington at Park Connersville

In 1910, a group of Connersville businessmen noted the community ...

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Austin Cambridge

Austin Cambridge A60

Austin Cambridge

Austin Cambridge

The Austin Cambridge A60 is one of a range of motor cars (A40A50A55, and A60) produced by the Austin Motor Company, in several generations, from September 1954 through to 1969 as cars and to 1971 as light commercials. Farina A60 model

The A55 Cambridge Mark II, known as the first “Farina” model because of its Pininfarina design, was produced from 1959 through to 1961. It was a rebadged Morris Oxford and retained the 1.5 litre B-Series engine, now with an SU carburettor, and producing 55 bhp. 1963 Brochure

An updated model called the Austin Cambridge A60 model, was introduced in October 1961. It included a new 1.6-litre version of the B-Series straight-four engine which had first been used in the MGA. Power is now 61 hp...

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Hillman Super minx

The Hillman Super Minx is a family car which was produced by Hillman from 1961 to 1967. It was a slightly larger version of the Hillman Minx, from the period when the long-running Minx nameplate was applied to a series of designs. Manual

Hillman Super Minx Mk1

Hillman Super Minx Mk1

Announced in October 1961, the Super Minx gave Rootes, and particularly its Hillman marque, an expanded presence in the upper reaches of the family car market. It has been suggested that the Hillman Super Minx design was originally intended to replace, and not merely to supplement, the standard Minx, but was found to be too big for that purpose. An estate car joined the range in May 1962, and a two-door convertible in June 1962...

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Jensen FF

Jensen FF

The Jensen FF is a four-wheel drive grand tourer produced by British car manufacturer Jensen Motors between 1966 and 1971.

Jensen FF

Jensen FF

It was the first non all-terrain production car equipped with four-wheel drive and an anti-lock braking system.

The use of four-wheel drive in a passenger car preceded the successful Audi Quattro by fourteen years, and the Subaru Leone by five years. The Dunlop Maxaret mechanical anti-lock braking system had previously been used only on aircraft, lorries, and racing cars. An experimental version was first fitted to the earlier Jensen C-V8, but this did not go into production. Jensen Model Manual

The letters FF stand for Ferguson Formula, after Ferguson Research Ltd., who invented the car’s four-wheel drive system...

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