Vauxhall Saloon Car

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Vauxhall Motors was founded in Vauxhall, London in 1857 under the name Alex Wilson and Company. They specialized in pumps and marine engines, and shortly after the company’s birth, changed their name to the less-ambiguous title of Alex Wilson Iron Works. In 1903, as an experimental trifle, the company constructed its first motor car–a 5-horsepower job with two forward gears and, unfortunately, no reverse gear. They began work to improve this design and soon emerged with a car suitable for public purchase. With the newfangled “horseless carriages” beginning to attract the attention and demand of buyers, Alex Wilson Iron Works picked up and moved to Luton where they were able to increase production, finally changing their name to Vauxhall Motors in 1907.

1925 brought about a bit of an upheaval for Vauxhall when, for $2.5 million, General Motors made Vauxhall an overseas subsidiary of their company. This event spurred a chain reaction that greatly affected Vauxhall’s design decisions. General Motors was being influenced by their competitor–the Ford Company–and that influence transferred across the pond to Vauxhall. What had until 1925 been a thoroughly British car was now distinctly American in flavour. When World War II began, Vauxhall put their car production on hold to build 5,600 Churchill Tanks.

The vehicle featured here is a Vauxhall Saloon (perhaps a Vauxhall 14/6 or a 25), most likely built right around the time World War II began–in 1937. The ads for Vauxhall vehicles from this era boasted the car’s ability to go from 0 to 80 in thirteen seconds and referred to the car as “an embarrassment of riches” and something “to meet world competition, ” which, given the company’s inadvertent imitation of the Ford design, was an accurate statement!

1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo hawk.

Owned by John Harrison

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The Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk (or GT Hawk),was a radical development in the form of a sporty coupe and was sold between 1962 and 1964. It was the final development of the Studebaker Hawk series that began with the Golden Hawk of 1956 .

The 1962 Studebaker was a unique design, as its styling was an assimilation of both European as well as American design marvels, and reflected a classic , smooth and aerodynamic styling.

The 1962 Studebaker boasted of several unique features including:

Engine: 2 or 4-barrel carbureted versions of Studebaker’s 289-cubic-inch (4.7-liter) V-8 engine (210 or 225 horsepower) teamed with standard three-speed manual, overdrive, four-speed or Flight-O-Matic automatic transmission.

Rectangular parking lights below the headlights

Woodgrain-effect dash and a tailored crash pad

Fine mesh covered front grille

Bucket seats and a console in the front, befitting a sporty-type car, and all seats were upholstered in either cloth and vinyl or all-pleated vinyl

Today, the 1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk is considered fairly collectable, although prices are affordable, reflecting the car’s specialist interests and the car enthusiast’s passion for milestone vehicles.

 

1924 Rugby Tourer

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Owned by Greg and Kay Shuker.

The Durant Motor Company, in its quest to export its Star motor cars outside America and Canada in 1923, found that the name Star had already been registered for commercialization in England. This prompted them to export cars under the trademark Rugby, which was incorporated with a few changes in some specifications, relative to the Star production line.

The 1924 Rugby Tourer was a variant of the four cylinders Star Model F and had several special features in order to attract the customer’s attention, such as:

Equipped with a nickel radiator and disc wheels.

Furnished body panels in maroon or blue

Engine: Continental W-4, four-cylinder, 3-1/8″ bore; 4-1/4″stroke; and 130.4 cubic inches displacement.

Piston: Piston and connecting rod assembly was detachable from the top or bottom of case.

Tank: 10 gallon capacity fuel tank attached to the rear.

Transmission: Standard, selective sliding-gear type; three speeds forward and one reverse.

Brakes: External contracting; internal expanding; 10-inch brake drums

Carburetor: One-inch, single jet.

Cooling System: Honeycomb type radiator; 16-inch fan; four blades; water pump; radiator capacity, 8 quarts.

The Rugby make of cars was produced at three Durant motor factories located within the United States and Canada. However the public identity of the 1924 Rugby was never stable, due to the lack of consistently performing models coming out of the assembly lines.

1923 Rolls-Royce Sedan

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Owned by Bob and Marion Hudson

The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost sedan produced during 1906-1925 is arguably the best car of its era. The name referred to the car’s GHOST- like quietness. Originally named the 40/50 h.p. the chassis was produced at the Manchester and Springfield factory

The aim of the Silver Ghost sedan was to raise public awareness of the company’s uniqueness and to show the reliability and quietness of their new car. This was a risky idea, as cars of this time were notoriously unreliable and roads of the day could be horrendous.

However the car was a huge success in the company’s history and the reputation of Rolls-Royce was set. The public image of the car was quite awesome as it provided the innovative features which were not experienced before-hand in the automobile history. Some of the car’s unique and attractive features include:

Engine: Six-cylinder cast in blocks of three each. L-head 4 ½ x 4 ¾ -inch bore and stroke

Suspension: Semi-elliptic leaf springs with Rolls-Royce friction shock absorbers

Suspension (rear): Cantilever type with Rolls-Royce friction shock absorbers

Brakes: Mechanical internal expanding on rear wheels

Frame: Ladder type with tubular cross members and front diagonal braces

Wheelbase: 143 ½ inches. Height: 143 ½ inches

Steering: Screw and nut

Transmission: Four-speed manual

Lavish luxury seating of the customer’s preference

The Rolls-Royce owes its longevity and stunning initial growth mostly based on the success of the Silver Ghost sedan which has fascinated car lovers all over the globe for so many decades.

1929 Pontiac

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Owned by Martin and Lynn Whitley.

The Pontiac cars were created by GM to fill a long-standing price gap between Chevrolet and Oldsmobile divisions in order to serve as a platform to share vehicle components in an effort to improve volume efficiency. But what it did create was a revolutionary transformation in the automobile industry.

The Pontiac took the market by storm and it was warmly welcomed by customers and car enthusiasts who were looking for something new. Soon the demand outpaced production and new production units were built only for the Pontiac series of cars!

In 1929 Pontiac introduced the Series 6-29 Big Six, which was originally a Vauxhall, the British subsidiary GM had acquired. The series features several auto-innovations worthy of its time , such as:

Pontiac’s first convertible (optional)

Engine displacement was 200.4 c.i., and hp increased significantly with respect to the previous version by 25 percent to 57 at 3000 rpm

Exterior color became popular, and Pontiac began offering an array of standard paint colors for every model

It is mention worthy that the Pontiac built its 500,000th car in 1929. However, in 1929 the stock market crashed, leading to the first decrease in demand for the 1929 Pontiac and its subsequent production losses due to the depression.

1950 Oldsmobile 88

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Owned by Cliff Crawford.

The 1950 Oldsmobile 88 was a full-size car sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors, which is heralded by car lovers as the precursor to the muscle car, due to its combination of a relatively small body and large, powerful engine.

The 1950 Oldsmobile saw the introduction of the revolutionary tail fin which was consequently adopted by several car makers of the time. While viewing the US air force’s F-58 “lightning” fighter planes in 1944, G.M’s legendary chief stylist, Harley Earl struck upon the idea of tail fins in automobiles .This set the GM artists to work designing the tail fins of all sorts to be adapted for use on automobiles.

Oldsmobile entered the 1950s following a divisional image campaign centered on its “Rocket” engines, and its cars’ appearances followed suit in their themes. The classic design was coupled with several innovative features such as:

A wide, “open maw” grille, suggestive of jet propulsion

Introduction of a ringed-globe emblem to attract universal appeal

A powerhouse V8 Engine , of 5 L capacity, and 303.7 CU IN displacement

The 4977 cc engine served up an astounding 135 Bhp of raw power – compliments of a two-barrel side-draft Rochester carburetor drawing air through a silencer and an oil bath deluxe air cleaner.

The Whirl away hydraulic transmission providing excellent power transfer.

Coil springs at each corner of the car cushion the ride, as the 7.60×15-inch tires support the 119.5-inch wheelbase.

The 1950 Oldsmobile 88 enjoyed a great success, inspiring a popular 1950s slogan, “Make a Date with a Rocket 88”, and also a song, “Rocket 88”, often considered the first rock and roll record.

Morris Minor

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Owner  Alan Dawes

The Morris Minor was a well established and respected small, family sized car, which contested for the title of “the world’s supreme small car” for over 3 decades of production history in the form of several renowned variants.

The Minor offered several technical innovations at a budget price which characterized its public appeal. The Minor, which was known as the Mosquito during development was originally planned to be powered by an air-cooled, horizontally-opposed 800cc four-cylinder engine. For a number of reasons, including the relaxation of Government legislation which had taxed larger-capacity engines, production models were actually fitted with the reliable old 918cc side valve unit.

The Minor’s several variants boasted of numerous innovative features such as:

The mono-construction body.

Independent front suspension.

Seating arrangements, with all passengers seated within the wheelbase.

Superb, pin-sharp rack-and-pinion steering.

In 1956 Morris Minor fans were  thrilled by the introduction of the Morris Minor 1000, powered by an improved A-series engine of 948cc S4 OHV. The new engine gave the 1000 the capability of higher cruising speeds and generally more flexible drivability.

In 1962 what would be the last of the Morris Minor / 1000 series derivatives arrived on the scene, the (1098cc) Morris 1000. The new 1000 introduced some worthwhile improvements, the biggest change of coarse being the new, larger capacity engine and the new dashboard layout.

 

1951 Jowett Jupiter Sports

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Owned by  Brian Holmes.

The Jowett Jupiter sports cars, powered by a Jowett and Gerry Palmer designed 1486cc flat four pushrod engine of 60-62 BHP, are a good example of British engineering eccentricity.

The engine’s clutch housing is detachable; gearbox and starter motor attach to the clutch housing. Beneath the black cover-plates on the top of the engine the pushrods can be accessed. The horizontally opposed four cylinder unit of bore 72.5mm x stroke 90 mm engines had a compression ratio of 7.6:1 or 8:1.

Other innovative and admirable features include:

Transmission: Compact transmission offering 4 forward ratios (synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and top) plus reverse. Gear lever is steering-column-mounted.

Steering: Steering is by a solidly mounted rack-and-pinion unit, rare for it’s time. As a result the steering is light and positive.

Brakes: The brakes are all-round hydraulic, with twin leading shoes at the front. Brake shoe area is very adequate except for fast mountain descents when fade will be experienced.

Suspension:   Front suspension is independent, unequal length wishbones, with torsion rod springs and telescopic shock absorbers.

Rear suspension (Mk1, Mk1a) is live axle, well-located by Panhard rod (no axle tramp), with transverse torsion rod springs and telescopic shock absorbers.

Miscelleneous:

Length : 168in / 427cm

Height : 56in / 142cm

Width : 62in / 157cm

Wheelbase : 93in / 236cm

The Jupiter Sports did not disgrace itself in national and international competition rallies and races – during its production life and beyond. Historic races and rallies continue to provide happy hunting grounds for the Jowett Jupiter sports cars.

1933 Humber Sedan

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Owned  by Greg and Helen.

Humber was a British automobile marque which was started by Thomas Humber in 1868 and grew into one the largest and most well renowned British automobile manufacturer of all time.

One of the most famous cars coming out of its production lines was the 1933 Humber Snipe and Pullman sedan . The four door sedan’s the power unit was a straight six of 3,948.5 c.c. with a bore and stroke 80×116 mm and over-head inlet and side exhaust valves.

Other mechanical innovations utilized in this car included:

A mechanical fuel pump

Radiator shutters operated by thermostat in the header tank

Engine and gearbox in one unit with Silent-bloc trunnion mountings

A starter motor with 2 to 1 drive to ensure that the engine

was spun rapidly when old

A new frame with deep-section sides had an extra stiff and deep triangulated cross member in the middle

Suspension was, of course, non-independent with beam axles and half-elliptic springs

A new downdraught carburetor.

In 1931 when the Rootes Brothers bought a majority shareholding, the Humber lost its independent innovations , as numerous designers left Humber, lacking the freedom of work space.. But eventually the Humber model regained its market share lost during the depression period and brought “the eccentricity” back into the British Automobile market.