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Sunday, March 15, 2020

The most sophisticated Porsche sportscar of 1980s

Now, We're back to Porsche again. The Porsche 918 Spyder might be the car with the best technological achievements ever built by Porsche to date. Even so, long before the 918 Spyder was invented, this German manufacturer apparently had created a supercar concept that also carried the high technology of its day.
1986 Porshe 959 Komfort said to be the most advanced car of the 1980s(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q8XkRB)
The car is a Porsche 959, and it was known as one of the high-tech supercars that were successfully created by Porsche AG in 1986. The car was originally named Gruppe B because it was planned to be used as a racing car at the Group B rally, and began construction in 1981. However, when the prototype was completed in 1987, it turned out that the Group B rally had been disbanded in 1986.
1986 Porshe 959 Komfort is equipped with a 2,847 cc twin-turbocharged V6 engine coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission system(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TLf6N8)
This car was used for research before it was decided to be produced. The Stuttgart-based premium car manufacturer produced this supercar model in a limited number, which was only 337 units (including 37 prototypes and preproduction models) between 1986 and 1989.

This car is produced in two versions, namely Sport and Komfort, where the Sport version is a car made specifically for racing purposes while the Komfort is the legal road version. Because of the high demand for this car, in 1992 and 1993, Porsche made eight more 959 cars, which were built from parts in Zuffenhausen.
1986 Porshe 959 Komfort is capable of accelerating from rest to a speed of 100 kph in 3.7 seconds, while the maximum speed achieved was 336 kph. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q8XkRB)
The Porsche 959 is equipped with a 2,847 cc twin-turbocharged V6 engine coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission system. The machine is capable of spewing power output of up to 530 horsepower. Armed with its wild engine power, the Porsche 959 is capable of accelerating from rest to a speed of 100 kph in 3.7 seconds, while the maximum speed achieved was 336 kph. A pretty impressive performance, isn't?   

As for achievements, this car is very well known in the racing world because it is probably the only sports car that has ever won the Dakar Rally and 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was also recorded as the holder of the highest top speed record (197 mph) before being taken over by the Ferrari F40.
This supercar is reportedly never officially imported into the United States or other countries so that it is a fairly rare car. The difficulty of finding the existence of this sophisticated supercar also had contributed to making the selling prices of the used Porsche 959 cars in exorbitant. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1]
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Saturday, March 14, 2020

The new Aston Martin V12 Speedster tempting the rich speed-lover

When seeing the form of the latest supercar made by British premium car manufacturer Aston Martin, it seems they are inspired by the figure of Elva Speedster created and launched by its compatriot fellow premium car manufacturer McLaren last year.
The new V12 Speedster is an "uncompromising, visceral two-seater" from Aston Martin. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q52qhT)
By taking place at its headquarters in Gaydon, England, the company officially presents a new automotive work for the world's speed enthusiasts in the form of a roofless supercar named Aston Martin V12 Speedster. And it should be noted this supercar is made in a limited number that is only 88 units worldwide and is intended for the rich speed-lovers.

Indeed, no one doubts the work of 'Q by Aston Martin' because this car really demands adrenaline from the driver. This is reasonable because Aston Martin was born from a history of racing and aeronautical design. The design process of the Aston Martin V12 Speedster began about 12 months ago with intensive development and careful planning carried out by "Q by Aston Martin" and Aston Martin Design.
The roofless, no windscreen V12 Speedster was created by the Q by Aston Martin bespoke division and was made limited to 88 examples. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q52qhT)
"It is a matter of pride to unveil the newest Aston Martin model which is the most interesting now. The Speedster V12 is an extraordinary display of the vast capabilities and determination of the 'Q by Aston Martin' team, who tirelessly created this stunning two-seat sports car aimed at our hopeful and enthusiastic customers, "said Dr. Andy Palmer, President, and CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda Group.
Aston Martin V12 Speedster uses a 5,200 cc engine, twin-turbo that can burst peak power up to 700 horsepower with a torque of 753 Nm. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q52qhT)
Aston Martin V12 Speedster uses a 5,200 cc engine, twin-turbo that can burst peak power up to 700 horsepower with a torque of 753 Nm. Then those power amount is channeled to drive the wheels through its ZF 8-speed automatic transmission system. And its acceleration from 0 to 100 kph in just 3.5 seconds, the highest speed is limited to 300 kph.
Aston Martin V12 Speedster uses elements from DBS Superleggera and Vantage which actually have a unique platform. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q52qhT)
Aston Martin V12 Speedster uses elements from DBS Superleggera and Vantage which actually have a unique platform. Shock absorbers use independent double-wishbone on the front and multi-link for the rear.
As for the 21-inch rim supported by Ceramic Carbon discs with a diameter of 410 mm in front and 360 mm for the back. For those who want to have it, the price is estimated to reach £765,000 or equivalent to Rp.13.9 billion per unit and will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2021. Are you willing to have this V12 Speedster? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ASTON MARTIN | AUTOCAR]
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Friday, March 13, 2020

The last Bugatti Type 101 by Virgil Exner

As stated in the previous article, regarding the rise of the French premium car manufacturers in the post-war period. At that time the manufacturer in difficult times and tried to regain a place of honor in the world automotive industry through its famous model, Bugatti Type 101.
The 1965 Bugatti Type 101C Ghia was was designed by Virgil Exner and built by the Italian coachbuilder Ghia. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TR4c79)
These models were built using the basis of the legendary Bugatti Type 57 Pre-War model. In total there were 7 chassis of Type 57 Pre-War built and bodied by three different coachbuilders, such as Gangloff, Guilloré, and Antem before the company sank into bankruptcy.
Sketch of the Bugatti Type 101C Ghia is made by Virgil Exner. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2vGRcct)
The last Type 101 was designed by Virgil Exner then built by the Italian coachbuilder Ghia atop the legendary Type 57 Pre-War chassis with the chassis number of 101-506 and later known as Bugatti Type 101C Ghia. It was exhibited at the 1965 Turin Motor Show in an attempt to revive the brand, but financing could not be arranged and production plans were scrapped. In the end, the car sold to Exner, and he owned the car for many years.
This Bugatti Type 101C Ghia was exhibited for the first time at the 1965 Turin Motor Show in an attempt to revive the brand(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2vGRcct)
It all began in December 1963, when Virgil Exner in Esquire published a series of seven design proposals to revive classic cars (mostly Americans) drawn according to modern tastes. Where four models in-between successfully transformed into a full-size car by Virgil Exner himself, namely Stutz Blackhawk, Duesenberg Model D, Mercer-Cobra and this Bugatti Type 101C Ghia.
The 1965 Bugatti Type 101C Ghia also featured the sporty high-class dashboard. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2vGRcct)
For the Bugatti case, he then sent the chassis he bought in 1961 to Ghia, to realize the car figure in accordance with his previous design. Then at the Ghia atelier, the Type 101 chassis were shortened by a full 460mm and the steel bodywork with Virgil’s design was placed on it with only minor changes, namely the side-mounted exhaust pipes and raked windshield (which gave place to a tasteful split windscreen).
The 1965 Bugatti Type 101C Ghia used a slightly updated version of the 3,257 cc straight-8 supercharged engine, producing around 200 hp(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2vGRcct)
After 6 months of work, the work was completed presented at the 1965 Turin Motor Show, at that time there were 50 buyers signed up for the car, and said Elvis Presley the most notorious among them.
The rear-design of 1965 Bugatti Type 101C Ghia is also very "sexy," with the slim and high rear end. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2vGRcct)
Unfortunately, Exner fell into financial problems before the production could start and the project was aborted, the car is taken as a part of the payment for debts. Exner was obliged to sell the car to Thomas Barett III, who after that sold it to Irving Tushinsky and subsequently to Mr. Anderson. 

The Blackhawk Behring Museum bought it in about 1984 and sold it in December 1988 to General William Lyon, its current owner who also owns the famous Type 10 Petit Pur-Sang, the first real Bugatti which Ettore built in the basement of his house while working as a manager for Deutz, two years before the foundation of his factory. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTO.HOWSTUFFWORKS | DRIVETRIBE | WIKIPEDIA | CARSTYLING.RU | ALLCARINDEX | SPECIALCARSTORE]
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Thursday, March 12, 2020

This is the Koenigsegg unique hypercar for family-oriented rich couple

Although the Geneva International Motor Show 2020 was canceled, but the well-known hypercar manufacturer from Sweden, Koenigsegg stay presented in Geneva to unveil its newest unique hypercar figure named Koenigsegg Gemera which was officially introduced as a family hypercar due to its cabin filled 4 comfortable seats. The hypercar also claimed has abundant power despite carrying a slightly little than regular hypercar engine.
Koenigsegg Gemera was officially introduced as a family hypercar due to its cabin filled 4 comfortable seats. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3awXw54)
Gemera is the first model of the Koenigsegg that has a four-seat configuration, which is referred as the Mega-GT. This car can also be referred as a hypercar for family not only because of its 4-seats configuration, but also has a large luggage capacity.

The Swedish premium car company says that the concept of this car has been thought of by Christian von Koenigsegg (the company CEO and founder) since 2003, when his first son was born. At that time he thought about how to stay'n close with the family while driving in a hypercar. Finally the idea was realized in the figure of the Koenigsegg Gemera.
Koenigsegg Gemera claimed has abundant power despite carrying a 3-cylinder twin-turbo 2.0 liters engine dubbed 'Tiny Friendly Giant (TFG) and connected to a revolutionary hybrid-drive system. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3awXw54)
Not like the 2 + 2 format is usually applied on a sports car or grand tourer in general, Gemera has two seats in the back that can accommodate two adult passengers to sit comfortably. Uniquely, passengers, especially those who sit in the back seats do not need to bow when entering or exiting the cabin, because this hypercar is equipped with a pair of very long dehydral-type doors.
Koenigsegg Gemera has two seats in the back that can accommodate two adult passengers to sit comfortably. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3awXw54)
On the back seats are also equipped with four cup holders, wireless charger for smartphones, and the infotainment system with 21-inches screen in the middle. The relief of cabin space for the passengers in this car, thanks to its 3,000 mm wheelbase long, which also offers more dynamic performance when maneuvering.

This Swedish premium car manufacturer installed a 3-cylinder twin-turbo 2.0 liters engine dubbed 'Tiny Friendly Giant (TFG),' which has applied advanced three-valve technology. Yes, although only has three cylinders, but this engine is capable of producing power up to 600 hp and 600 Nm of torque.
Koenigsegg Gemera is able to produce power reaching up to 1,700 horsepower and 3,500 Nm of torque. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3awXw54)
Overall the Gemera's powertrain uses a hybrid plug-in system, that accompanied by the electric motors that able to provide extra power output of 1,100 hp. So in total, Gemera is able to produce power reaching up to 1,700 horsepower and 3,500 Nm of torque. So making it able to accelerate from 0-100 kph in 1.9 seconds with a top speed of more than 400 kph.

And while the car using the electric motors alone, it can be run up to 300 kph in a distance as far as 50 km. The Swedish company even claims Gemera as the hypercar with the lowest CO2 emition level, even almost as clean as the full electric-powered car.
As mentioned above, that Gemera has luggage storage in the back that able to contain three cabin-sized suitcases. This spacious trunk is because this car uses a relatively smaller engine unit in the hypercar class.

While the price of the Gemera is estimated to reach US $1 million or equivalent to more than Rp.14 billion. Uniquely, despite the Gemera made in limited numbers, which is only 300 units, but said is to be the largest-number hypercar models produced by Koenigsegg ever. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | KOENIGSEGG]
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The story of Bugatti post-war comeback with its Type 101

Despite the company glory years of success during the 1920s and 1930s, both on and off the racing track, turn out Bugatti should be entered into difficult years postwar in the long and exhaust disarray. It started when a tragedy happened, Ettore's heir, talented and creative Jean Bugatti, died in a tragic testing accident in 1939, making them all feel sad and devastated. At the same time, the company was ruined apart physically, managerially and financially as a result of the raging of the 2nd World War in Europe.
The one-off Bugatti Type 101 'Berline' with the chassis number 101.500 is designed by Louis Lepoix and then constructed by the German coachbuilder, Karosseriebau Hermann Spohn. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3aunMwK)
While Ettore Bugatti himself was isolated in Paris shortly after war's end. He was judged a belligerent by the postwar French government because of his Italian citizenship and stripped of his property. The climax, when he died in 1947, at only age 58, split everything that could be recovered from the Bugatti's enterprise into two camps along the lines of the families of his two marriages.
The prototype of Bugatti Type 101 'Berline' 4-doors saloon was built based on a prewar chassis of Type 57. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3aunMwK)
Meanwhile besides families, workers, and designers who previously had worked under the guidance of Le Patron to the onset of the war felt that's also were their responsibilities to help the company to get out of these difficult times and seem had spurred them to make the allure Bugatti automobile emerged again and respected in the world's automotive.
This early model of Bugatti Type 101 'Berline' 4-doors saloon with the chassis number of 101-500 was only one unit ever built and now sat on display at the Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39An5lz)
Under the leadership of Ettore's youngest son, Roland and assisted by Bugatti General Manager, Piere Marco who was also known as a former company's racer tried to blow some new life into the family company after Le Patron died. Shortly after, the Bugatti Type 73 powered by a supercharged one-liter engine is made and displayed at the 1947 Paris Salon de l'Automobile but it gains less attention and noted as one of the unsuccessful car models.
The Bugatti Type 73 powered by a supercharged one-liter engine is made and displayed at the 1947 Paris Salon de l'Automobile(Picture from: http://bit.ly/3aCowA0)
Finally, they decided to make a new model. Actually, the French company was not build one, but more than one on six (some said seven) chassis of prewar Type 57 and called it under the same name the Bugatti Type 101 and built by four different coachbuilders, ie Gangloff, Guilloré, Antem, and Ghia. As quoted by Coachbuild, the first known as the prototype, its design is done by Louis Lucien Lepoix and then the German coachbuilder, Hermann Spohn (Karosseriebau Hermann Spohn) is contracted for the execution in 1950. There is a mismatch of data, when some said it build by Alphonse Guilloré. Then who actually built it? Who knows?
1951 Bugatti Type 101 Guilloré Coupe with the chassis number of 101-502. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q2milt)
As we mentioned above, it is built based on a prewar chassis of Type 57 and then had a minor design change by Lepoix and became the prototype of Type 101 series produced by Bugatti's coachbuilding partner with less good quality and weird look as it is. It's known only one unit ever built in this body configuration. This one-off car still existed until today and displayed at the Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse.

As quoted from Wikipedia, after the prototype finished and then on the chassis number of 101-501 and 101-503 made as the Type 101 Coupe and Cabriolets by Gangloff. Followed by the chassis number of 101-502 built as another Type 101 Coupe by Coach Guilloré.
At the 1950 Paris Salon de l'Automobile, Bugatti showed two examples of Type 101, a Coupe (up) and Cabriolet (below) with the chassis number of 101-501 and 101-503, both clothed by Gangloff, a Swiss/French coachbuilder. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2xqVZz9)
The next car was built one of a kind with the chassis number 101-504. The coupe was bodied by Antem in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris for shown off at the 1951 Paris Salon de l'Automobile. This new model was largely based on a similar brilliant prewar Type 57, including the 3.3-liter dual-overhead-camshaft inline eight-cylinder engine and semi-independent front and live rear axle suspension.
This Bugatti Type 101 cabriolet with the chassis number of 101-503 was bodied by Gangloff. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TAlvur)
The car is also equipped with a Cotal pre-selector gearbox, it is the only example of Type 101 with this dramatic coachwork. Its coachwork, however, was thoroughly modern, a full-width streamlined envelope creation that owed only Bugatti’s trademark 'horseshoe' radiator grille to its prewar design heritage It brilliantly presented in black over red, and the Bugatti Type 101 Van Antem coupe has been preserved over the years by its succession of noted owner-collectors.
This Bugatti Type 101 with the chassis number of 101-504 was bodied by Antem in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris for shown off at the 1951 Paris Salon de l'Automobile. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2IsX2AM)
There were only six copies of these made at the time. It was displayed together with the Gangloff drop head coupe before returning to Molsheim, where it was eventually registered for driving on the road and likely used by Rene Bolloré, the next husband of Ettore Bugatti’s widow Geneviève Delcluze.
This Bugatti Type 101 had once owned by the famous Hollywood star Nicolas Cages. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3aCoWWV)
After that this legendary car repeatedly changed the owners, starting from Gene Cesari, Robert C. Stanley, Bill Harrah known became the next owner before being bought by Jacques Harguindeguy. From here the car was then sold to the famous Hollywood star Nicolas Cages.
This Bugatti Type 101 was bodied by Antem in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris and sold to an unknown buyer at the prices of the US. $616,000 in one auction event held by RM Sotheby at Monterey on August 20, 2011. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3aCoWWV)
Subsequently, it was in the noted collection of Gene Ponder and later entered the John O'Quinn Collection in 2008. In the end, the car was sold to an unknown buyer at the prices of the US. $616,000 in one auction event held by RM Sotheby at Monterey on August 20, 2011.

And finally the last of Bugatti Type 101 was designed by Virgil Exner then built by Italian coachbuilder Ghia in 1965 on the chassis number of 101-506. 
It represents an elegant car of a revered French marque, although it ever lay dormant for the next four decades before the introduction of the stunning EB110 in the 1990s, then there's the breathtaking Veyron followed by the most recently the Chiron and the most expensive models like La Voiture Noir and many other.

Overall, it seems that all the revival efforts mentioned above do not bear fruit and finally the French car manufacturer was sold to Hispano Suiza in 1963. And once again the ownership of this company changed hands in July 1998 to the German automotive giant Volkswagen. Until now the company is owned by the German automotive company Volkswagen Group as a division of Volkswagen France. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | COACHBUILD | CONCEPTCARZ | MADLE.ORG | RMSOTHEBYS]
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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Let's get grow with future Morphoz by Renault

As it is well known that the organization of the Geneva International Motor Show 2020, one of the world's major automotive exhibitions has been canceled due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 on the European mainland. 

But it does not dampen the spirit of the French manufacturer, Renault to innovate by displaying the latest concept car of the future called Renault Morphoz. And through this concept, the French automaker wants to show the direction of their SUV design in the future, especially in the midsize segment.
Renault's Morphoz Concept is a shapeshifting go-anywhere SUV. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39C2jSm)
This concept car is specially designed in such a way as to be able to function as a convenient city car for urban use and a reliable cruiser when long distances traveling. This is the latest concept car from the development of the CMF-EV platform from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance which fully relies on the electric-powered powertrain.

The Morphoz has the vision to be an urban family car in 2027 to come, while the platform will be the base of the Renault electric crossover that will launch this year. Not only that, but the platform will also be used for use on a series of prospective new models of Renault electric cars.
Renault Morphoz in normal size or while at 'City' driving mode only packs a 40 kWh battery, so that it can only cover a distance of 400 km.  (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2IvZs1A)
At least, there're three unique vehicle design elements translated into the Morphoz, ie taken from a saloon or sedan, SUV, and coupe. Then all those three are combined into one car to optimize the efficiency and ease of a vehicle. So that in further development, the concept car has unique features that accommodate all the design elements above.
Renault Morphoz in elongated size or while at 'Travel' driving mode providing an extra space of 20 cm to be filled with an additional 50 kWh battery thus a total of power of 90 kWh and make the car able to roam as far as 700 km. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2IvZs1A)
Yes, the car concept has unique features that made the chassis can be elongated according to its driving mode. As we all can see, Renault's electric-powered Morphoz car concept said to have two driving modes, ie City-mode and Travel-mode.
A futuristic steering wheel and compact-size dashboard were providing in the cabin of Renault Morphoz. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/38yz3uw)
The chassis-elongated process followed by the A-pillar section occurs in the Travel-mode, thus providing an extra space of 20 cm to be filled with an additional 50 kWh battery. In this mode, the battery total power of 90 kWh is claimed to make the car able to roam as far as 700 km. Conversely, in the City-mode, the Morphoz concept car only packs a 40 kWh battery, so that it can only cover a distance of 400 km.
Rear side view of Renault's Morphoz Concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/38yz3uw)
In Travel-mode, besides providing extra space for the battery, it also provides extra space in the cabin. Incidentally, the cabin is also designed so that it can adapt to the needs; the front passenger seat can be faced backward if necessary, but not for the driver's seat, considering Morphoz only supports of the Level-3 autonomous driving system (the highest Level-5).
The interior nuances are presented in a very futuristic manner, this is natural considering that the Morphoz which is present this time is a concept car. To Autocar, The Renault representatives said that the safety factor would be the most difficult challenge for producing this car. Renault basically had to do a hit-and-test twice on Morphoz considering that there were two of them. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1 | AUTOBLOG | GIZMODO]
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Monday, March 9, 2020

The unique torpedo-likened car of the 1960s

You are certainly familiar with an Italian designer named Giovanni Michelotti, who works more as an independent designer and has designed many famous vehicles from various world-renowned automaker brands. 
1968 DAF 55 Siluro designed by Giovanni Michelotti made its first debut at the 1968 Geneva Motorshow. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39myrJQ)
One of the concept vehicles ever designed by him is the DAF 55 Siluro (the name derived from an Italian word which roughly means 'Torpedo'), due to the car has a unique design with long sloping silhouette lines that runs on both sides of the exterior and hood.
1968 DAF 55 Siluro has a unique design with long sloping silhouette lines that runs on both sides of the exterior and hood. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Iukr53)
The DAF 55 Siluro made its first debut at the 1968 Geneva Motorshow and has not seen in public since then until the last appearance at the 2005 AutoRAI held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Yes, after being sat silently for almost 37 years, The car was later re-appeared as memorabilia for Giovanni Michelotti, who was known to have died suddenly in 1980.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of 1968 DAF 55 Siluro. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Iukr53)
Before starting to design this Siluro, Michelotti had worked as a consultant for the Dutch automotive company, DAF. During his work, he is known to have designed cars made by Dutch manufacturers such as DAF 44 and 55.
1968 DAF 55 Siluro is used 1,108 cc inline four-cylinder engine coupled with DAF's unique Variomatic Transmission system. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Iukr53)
One of the most remarkable features embedded in the figure of this tiny sedan is an automatic transmission system called Variomatic Transmission, which allows the car to run at the same speed in forward or reverse conditions.

The DAF Siluro is built based on the DAF 55 Coupe platform with a capacity of four passengers, used a 1,108 cc inline four-cylinder engine, capable of producing power of 50 bhp at 5,000 rpm. This engine is combined with DAF's unique Variomatic Transmission system.
Rearview of 1968 DAF 55 Siluro. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Iukr53)
DAF manufacturing production has stopped a few years ago. When it was rediscovered, Siluro was in poor condition and needed a lot of repairs. Because many of the Siluro parts were made by Michelotti, restoring this prototype car became a pretty heavy task. However, thanks to generous sponsors, DAF Siluro was finally returned to its original condition.
At present, DAF Siluro's unique car is stored and displayed permanently at the DAF Museum, which is located at Tongelresestraat 27, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SUPERCARS.NET | UNIQUE CARS AND PARTS]
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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Seeing how beautiful the Flajole Forerunner prototype was?

You may have heard or known about the Nash Metropolitan. The car was a unique two-door American classic car that is one of the works of designer William J. Flajole. And also know that the car was produced in the period 1953 to 1961 by Nash Motors which was later merged and changed to American Motor Company in 1954. Here's the car that was modified to an automotive work called Nashole.
1955 Flajole Forerunner prototype is built based on Nash Metropolitan by William J. Flajole. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2VGhmGI)
After his success with Nash Metropolitan, the automotive designer Bill Flajole then began to design his private-owned car, which then built the Flajole Forerunner prototype in 1955. From its appearance, it can be seen that the design of the Flajole Forerunner is heavily influenced by the Jaguar XK120, but it has a high fender design plus its fastback body shape decreasing at the rear and is equipped with a retractable cabin roof.
Interior view of the 1955 Flajole Forerunner prototype. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TATMsf)
Besides having a dramatic long hood profile, the Flajole Forerunner car also has a Plexiglass glass roof that can be opened automatically. In addition, the rear also has a sharp downhill design with a hole that functions as the place where its spare tire stored right above the rear bumper.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of the 1955 Flajole Forerunner prototype. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2VGhmGI)
The beauty of the Flajole Forerunner car more shines when the entire exterior is covered with a bright beige paint mixed contrasting with dark purple and combined with pearl white in the niches around the front and rear wheels.
Left side view of 1955 Flajole Forerunner prototype. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2VGhmGI)
The appearance of the Flajole Forerunner also marks the first appearance of the design of the body niche around the wheel, before Chevrolet then applied it to the Corvette model in 1956. In addition to the innovative small niche design and automatic retractable roof panel, the Flajole Forerunner also features commercial airplane-style seats that have head restraints on the top.
The 1955 Flajole Forerunner prototype is used dual overhead camshaft six-cylinder engine coupled with the four-speed transmission system. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TATMsf)
Besides being able to add comfort while driving, this head restraint is also an innovation that is fairly advanced at the time, because it has not been thought of by other automotive designers for the safety factor held by car seats in minimizing injury in the car accident.
Left-rear side view of 1955 Flajole Forerunner prototype. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2VGhmGI)
Once completed, Bill Flajole then used this Forerunner car as a means of personal transportation until the early 1970s and attracted many people's attention wherever he was. Then he donated the Flajole Forerunner to the Blackhawk Automotive Museum and then sold it to Sidney Craig through an auction in 1998.
Eleven years later, Bonhams auctioned off the Flajole Forerunner prototype at their 'Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia' event at Quail Lodge Resort in 2009, the car is valued at the US $188,500. Then in 2012, the car was auctioned once again and this time auctioned by Barrett-Jackson and is worth the US $200,000 or around Rp.2.6 billion. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BONHAMS | BARRET-JACKSON | SILODROME]
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