By DK Publishing
This chunky structure, retro-feel encyclopedia studies one hundred fifty of the main marvelous autos in motoring heritage from the earliest to experiments for the long run. every one motor vehicle is illustrated and observed by way of informative textual content, a colourful quote, and a standards field. disbursed generously through the e-book are pleasant photographic spreads exhibiting vehicles which are ordinary in their period. The chapters hint the tale from the 1st steam-powered cars and the Ford version T, to favorites akin to the James Bond amphibian vehicle, the holder of the supersonic land velocity checklist, and correct as much as the newest Air vehicle, which has been hailed because the real motor vehicle of the following day.
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5mph (160kph) until it was suggested that draining the gearbox and rear axle of all but a splash of oil, would reduce weight. 06kph). As a niche manufacturer, Vauxhall was making around 200 cars a year at the time, and the KN paved the way for the launch of its Prince Henry and 30/98 sports cars in subsequent years. However, after General Motors took over in 1925, the era of handmade thoroughbreds and sporting success soon gave way to mass-production. ” RUDOLF SELZ, VAUXHALL DIRECTOR AND RACING DRIVER ON THE KN SPECIFICATION YEAR REVEALED 1909 PLACE OF ORIGIN Luton, Bedfordshire, UK HISTORICAL STATUS speed record car ENGINE four-cylinder, 186ci (3,053cc) MAXIMUM POWER 20bhp LAYOUT front-mounted engine driving the rear wheels BODYWORK single-seater racer TOP SPEED 100mph (161kph) NUMBER BUILT one 33 34 FIAT S76 300HP T he quest for ultimate speed has led to some bizarre-looking machines—none more so than Fiat’s elephantine S76.
With “streamline” the 1930s buzzword equivalent of “digital” today, Courtauld was eager to own an airship-inspired car himself. The fabric-covered body frame of Burney’s “R100 on wheels” was built like an aircraft fuselage, a sort of inverted truss steel girder, cross-braced by strainer wires, with a completely flat underside. Rear-engined, the Burney had all-round independent suspension, and a spare wheel was concealed inside the rear door. Seven passengers could be carried and, despite appearances, the Burney was said to handle well and 80mph touch (129kph).
Turnover fell and Austin’s company briefly operated under administrators. Clearly a big idea was needed. Salvation came along when Austin proposed to “motorize the common man” with a very small, economical car. He might have been inspired by the many cheap-to-buy “cyclecars” being offered by enterprising French companies, but this type of flimsy device wasn’t quite what he had in mind. Instead, he wanted to make a car in miniature, with none of the compromises of using motorcycle parts. Yet, it would have to sell for about the same as a motorbike-sidecar combination.
Illustrated Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Automobiles by DK Publishing