Category Luxury

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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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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Isotta Fraschini 8

Isotta Fraschini 8

Isotta Fraschini 8

Isotta Fraschini 8

The Isotta Fraschini 8 was the world’s first production car with a straight eight engine, and was announced by this Turin based Company in 1919.

The launch in the USA, which originally, was the seen as the primary market for the Isotta Fraschini 8 luxury car, did not happen until 1922.      Historical Italian Cars

Famous Americans did indeed, buy the cars, but only 450 out of the total production of 1380, which over 12 years or so, was hardly enough to justify the one-model policy adopted by Isotta.

Italian Tourers

Specifications

Centered on the straight eight (in line) engine, the design for the chassis and running gear was unremarkable.

A straight eight as such was not new, and in effect the Isotta Fraschini 8 engine was made up of two four cylin...

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New Humber Hawk

Humber Hawk – Series I to IVA

New Humber Hawk Series I

Humber Hawk Series I

The new Humber Hawk announced in May 1957 had a completely new body with unitary construction which it would go on to share with the 1958 Humber Super Snipe. The Estate Car was the biggest bodyshell for a saloon based estate car built in Great Britain at the time. The 2267 cc engine was carried over, though with modifications to the distributor mounting, and other details; and an automatic transmission, the Borg Warner D.G. model, was now available. The body was styled in Rootes’ own studios and featured more glass than previous models, with wrap-around front windscreen, which gave it a considerable resemblance to a base model 1955 Chevrolet 4-door sedan. The missing rear quarter-lights were returned in Series IV...

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Hispano-Suiza

Hispano-Suiza

Hispano-Suiza – Early Model

Hispano-Suiza

Hispano-Suiza (literally: Spanish-Swiss) was a Spanish automotive/engineering company and, after World War II, a French aviation engine and components manufacturer. It is best known for its luxury cars and aviation engines pre-World War II. In 1923, its French subsidiary became a semi-autonomous partnership with the Spanish parent company. In 1946, the Spanish parent company sold all its Spanish automotive assets to Enasa. In 1968, the French arm was taken over by the aerospace company Snecma, now a part of the French SAFRAN Group. Hispano-Suiza designed the first 4-cylinder 16-valve engine and the car considered to have been the first sports car, the Hispano Suiza 45 Cr. HS Diecast Model 1934 J 12

History

Early years

In 1898 a Spanish ar...

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Cord

Cord

Cord was the brand name of an American automobile company from Connersville, Indiana, manufactured by the Auburn Automobile Company from 1929 to 1932 and again in 1936 and 1937.

Cord

Cord – Hayes bodied L-29

The Cord Corporation was founded and run by E. L. Cord as a holding company for his many transportation interests, including Auburn. It was noted for its innovative technology and streamlined designs. They had a philosophy to build truly different, innovative cars, believing they would also sell well and turn a profit. This did not always work well in practice.

L-29 Diecast Model

Innovations

Cord innovations include front-wheel drive on the L-29 and hidden headlamps on the 810 and 812.

Hidden headlamps did not become common as a standard feature until the 1960s (though...

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Austin Princess

Austin Princess

The Austin Princess is a series of large luxury cars that were made by Austin and its subsidiary Vanden Plas from 1947 to 1968. Princess Limousine Diecast Model

The Princess name was also used as from October 1959 on a deluxe version of BMC’s full-sized executive cars badged as an Austin Westminster, Vanden Plas Princess and Wolseley 6/99-6/110

Naming

The first Austin Princess A120 was launched in 1947 as the most expensive flagship model in the Austin range at the same time as the A110 Austin Sheerline (designed during the war) which body was built on the same chassis at Longbridge, the A110 produced 10 less horsepower being fitted with a single carburetter. Both cars always had bodies that were massive and heavy in appearance...

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Auburn Automobile

Auburn Automobile

Auburn Automobile was a brand name of American automobiles produced from 1900 through 1937.

Corporate history

Auburn Automobile

Auburn Automobile – 1900 Eckhart Buggy and 1904 Auburn

The Auburn Automobile Company grew out of the Eckhart Carriage Company, founded in Auburn, Indiana, in 1874 by Charles Eckhart (1841–1915). Eckhart’s sons, Frank and Morris, experimented making automobiles before entering the business in earnest, absorbing two other local carmakers and moving into a larger plant in 1909. The enterprise was modestly successful until materials shortages during World War I forced the plant to close.

In 1919, the Eckhart brothers sold the company to a group of Chicago investors headed by Ralph Austin Bard, who later served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for President...

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Bristol 411

Bristol 411

The Bristol 411 is an automobile which was built by the British manufacturer Bristol Cars from 1969 to 1976. It was the fifth series of Chrysler-V8 engined Bristol models. The car was rated highly for its comfort, performance and handling by contemporary reviewers.

Bristol 411

Bristol 411

With the 411, Bristol, for the first time since the 407 was introduced, made a change of engine. Although they were still using a Chrysler V8 engine, the old A type engine was gone. Replacing it was the much larger big-block B series engine of 6,277 cc (383.0 cubic inches) – as compared to the 5,211 cc of the 410. This much larger engine gave the 411 an estimated 30 percent more power than had been found in the 410. The 411 was capable of 230 km/h (143 mph)...

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Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II

Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II

The Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II was introduced in 1977, the model being renamed in recognition of several major changes, most notably rack and pinion steering; modifications to the front suspension improved handling markedly. Emergency and Safety Auto Tool Kit

Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II

Externally, the bumpers were changed from chrome to alloy and rubber starting with the late 1976 Silver Shadows. These new energy absorbing bumpers had been used in the United States since 1974, as a response to tightening safety standards there. Nonetheless, the bumpers on cars sold outside of North America were still solidly mounted and protruded 2 in (5 cm) less. Also now made standard across the board was the deletion of the small grilles mounted beneath the headlamps...

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