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Posted on 07/01/2012 8:40:08 AM PDT by djone
The best car made. Style, Utility, Audacity Rolls-Royce 10EX Concept Car, 1925. "The experimental New Phantom"
In 1925 Rolls Royce selected one of their new Phantom I chassis No. 10 EX and ordered a special open sports body from the coach builders Barker and Co. of London. This departure from their traditionally staid image was inspired by Claude Johnson's desire to develop a modern equivalent to their famous Continental Silver Ghost.
Royce instructed his brilliant young designer I.F. Evernden to tackle this task.
10 EX remained at the works till sold as a second hand car in 1931. During the years at the factory 10 EX remained a favourite among the employees, often travelled to the Schneider Cup trophy races and was even lent to Lawrence of Arabia for a european tour.
Text at http://www.bentleyspotting.com/2009/05/1925-rolls-royce-phantom-10ex.html
Shot at 2012-07-01
Must be an English site. That’s not even an especially pretty example of a Rolls.
I’d nominate the 1955 Citroen DS, myself. Startlingly innovative, hugely influential. Survived twenty years in pretty much the same form, and automobiles of today lack some of the technical features found in that car.
You guys are in agreement...
The Citroen even looks like the AMC!
People forget, those things were fairly popular in their day. Head stylist Dick Teague did the best he could, considering that his original design specs were for a much smaller car with a Wankel engine. Budgetary woes dictated that it had to go on an existing underbody.
In high school, I dated a girl whose parents were AMC people, they bought her a new burgundy one with the indian blanket rust, red, burgundy and off white upholstery. You can’t say it didn’t have personality, lol.
The Citroen was a long, low teardrop shape, influenced in equal parts by Buckminster Fuller’s experimental vehicular efforts and Raymond Loewy’s stunning Starlight Coupe of two years prior.
The Pacer was an ambulatory fishbowl.
Looks like an over-sized marital aid.
NO car will ever surpass the 1937 Cord Supercharged 812 In September of 1937, a Cord crew driven by Ab Jenkins set 35 American stock car speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats, certified by the AAA Contest Board, including 24 hours at an average speed (including stops) of 101.72 mile per hour.
1967 Dodge Charger. With the hemi of course
I like the way you think, but I would pick the 37 Cord 812 Sportsman convertible coupe over the sedan.
I learn to drive on a 1970 OLDs F85 350. It was fun.
always my favorite Ferrari
In November 1971, journalist Brock Yates and racing driver Dan Gurney won the inaugural Cannonball race across the United States in a Ferrari Daytona. They made the 2,876-mile run from the Red Bull garage in Manhattan to Redondo Beach, California, in 35 hrs 54 mins at an average speed of 80.8mph.
The Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona is one of the most beautiful cars ever made. ...
This was the last and greatest of all the front-engined, rear-wheel drive two-seater Ferrari's and some purists regard it as one of the best Ferraris of all time. The Daytona, model name 365GTB/4, oozed style with its Pininfarina body with long hood that hid a quad-cam VI2 fed by six Weber carburettors. To balance out the huge engine, the gearbox was mounted at the rear in the transaxle, giving near perfect 52:48 weight distribution. As with many Ferraris of the era, the Daytona used double wishbone suspension and anti-roll bars both ends, and had vented discs to cope with the enormous speed it was capable of. The chassis was a multi-lube affair hidden by a steel body but with alloy doors, hood and trunk lid. For 1970 this was the fastest car in the world; in fact, it remained that way for years, because 100mph (160km/h) could arrive in under 13 seconds.
Top Gear - Ferrari Daytona - falling in love
The 65-70 GTO is my favorite. But Bugatti is the bomb...
Seems like history has forgotten the Tucker.
The Big 3 tried successfully to make America forget.
I say bring back the Tucker!
A modernized Tucker, has a fuel cell, runs on tap water, has no Onstar black box, is sold as a modular car, you can simply swap out body sections to make it a convertible, a wagon or a truck similar to the El Camino.
It has AWD, it has a suspension thats infinitely variable, has a tire inflation system like a Hummer.
It isn’t built by GM, Ford, Dodge or Mercedes.
All parts are built in America, nothing comes from offshore.
And its affordable.
I was lucky to have spent some time Saturday in Plano, Texas in the presence of about 30 authentic Shelby Cobras, which I was put up with any car ever built.
Yeah I was joking.
I rather think GeorgiaDawg32 was as well.
Thanks for the lecture though. Ol’ Bucky and them. Fascinating.
Didn’t intend to come across as lecturing, lol.
Automotive history, particularly regarding the design aspect of it, has long been of interest to me, and te DS is one of the prime automotive achievements of the modern era. Fascinating vehicles.
You’re a good soul.
I shouldn’t have popped off at you-—twice no less, and yet you are still so gracious.
Actually I didn’t know a thing about the Citroen and appreciate your comments. It appears that of the two of us I was definitely the one Fuller of it!
Either the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile, or the Batmobile, obviously.
* The GM Wankel, If my memory is correct, they were to be a customer.
* The one they spent some 2 billion late 60's early 70's dollars to design, develop and production tool for.
* One of my gnomes told me they made 1 or 2 for tax purposes off the production line then scrapped it all.
Dang shame, now Mazda has killed their Wankel for good.
With it's smooth-ness and small size, I can only imagine how much different the Pacer would have been with the GM Wankel.
Only Warren Buffet, Zucky Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates could afford it, LOL.
Looks like old 270zx.. (1975 model))
Links for what? a car called the Tucker?
I never heard of a Tucker until I saw the movie, and then I read about the advancements it had and how much Detroits Big Three hated that as they could not afford to have the same safety features.
“Dang shame, now Mazda has killed their Wankel for good.”
Mazda claims it is going to come back. I don’t know if it will.
The RX8 got 20 MPG on a good day.
Government mandated fuel economy standards killed it.
The EPA has upped CAFE standard to something like 62 MPG starting soon.
We won’t be able to buy anything more than a four banger or a stupid hybrid after that.
Ah, same here. (Saw the movie, and the wikipedia article)
I was rather hoping that there was an “updated version” as your post seemed to imply.
Yeah the Wankel has many positive attributes, especially for performance.
Unfortunately fuel economy and emissions aren’t up to the best piston engine levels, and those are the goals (set by the govt) today.
I saw the Weinermobile here in Calgary several years ago, parked at a hotel.
Had a sign saying it was taking part in the Tour de Franks. Laughed out loud.
:’) There’s a Detroit-area museum (has a lot of cars, heh) with one of the retired Weinermobiles, that’s the only time I’ve seen one.
I spent some time casing it. /rimshot
Ironically, there’s a “no smoking” sign nearby. /rimshot
Okay, I’m out.
Obviously, your humor is abundant.
Looks like someone has a woody.
Not yet. But I woke up to a "two woody" dream this morning ...
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