Timelines: September 1913, 1938, 1963 & 1988 Classic cars

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August 19th, 2013 by NZ Car

Once again, Graeme looks back on the motoring of 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago


On 10 September  a meeting was held by of the British Motor Manufacturers in Wolverhampton to discuss the need for a Brooklands track. The idea was to a track located in the Midlands than the South, to serve as a track closer to Coventry, the of the motor manufacturing industry. was just too far away, so the answer was a new track at Dunstall, Wolverhampton.

Boillot gave Peugeot a major win in the Coupe de Voiturettes run at on the 21st driving a car with a new 90bhp engine which won at an speed of 63.32mph, also up the fastest lap of 66.25mph. In second was the recent Indy 500 winner Goux driving a second In third place was Kenelm Lee the Irish gentleman racing and inventor of the KLG Spark Plug, in was basically a 1912 3-litre

On September the 29th Rudolph boarded the SS Dresden bound for He was not seen alive again. Two after his disappearance two Channel fishermen picked up a body turned out to be that of the famous Rumours abounded – did he jump or was he Sources close to the time he was depressed, in debt, unhappy, unfulfilled therefore jumping off the – suicide was the obvious answer. more recent conclusions are different and centre on why he was travelling to why the crew stated they had to in the door of his cabin, and why the porthole was One answer is that he has been to hand over his engine to the German Military, had refused and was on his way to the UK to to English officials.

September 1938 

Wolseley’s saloon was road tested. fulsomely described as having power and handsome lines, its speed was no more than although it could cruise ease at 90 to 100km/h, swinging steadily and firmly. At these the six–cylinder ohv 1818cc engine was to be delightfully quiet. Fuel was around 11-12 litres/100km, and without passengers 1372kg. at £285 complete with roof fog lamps, a rear blind and twin external the tester thought it was good

William Morris (Lord purchased the old firm of Riley, in trouble after running too a range of models in recent The firm was well respected for its expertise, and under Nuffield continued marketing a reduced of models, using the Riley four cylinder ohv 1.5-litre and ‘Big Four’ engines.

A new Railton designed to fit in between the big models and the small ‘Ten’ was – the six-cylinder 20hp model by a 3.5-litre 101bhp side engine of Hudson parentage. In of being mounted in the same as used for the straight-eights and retaining a gearbox, the new six was claimed to possess performance. With four–door bodywork by Whittingham and Mitchel, of the Railton suffered from its price of £588.

Late in the before its official introduction in October, news of the new Ford broke – the first time a had a model name as opposed to a letter, though there was innovation to the car, essentially a of the Model 7W, with a crocodile and slightly more streamlined grille.

Sports writers were sick of writing about coming first, second and or all through the season and were Auto Union would get act together and put up some real for the Silver Arrows. That make the racing ten times attractive. “Better still,” one writer, “it would be twenty more attractive if some country could develop real rivalry for the Germans.” On 11 some of their prayers answered, as Tazio Nuvolari, now Union’s number one driver, won the GP, while Farina and Biondetti second and fourth places in the Romeo 316, its 16–cylinder consisting of two 158 blocks on a common The best Mercedes-Benz could do was for Caracciola and Von Brauchitsch, sharing the Mercedes to  finish the race.

On the 27th September 1938 two – one lunch and a dinner – were in honour of two legendary motor personalities; Mercedes-Benz GP driver and GP winner Dick Seaman and Land Speed Record John Cobb. RAC Chairman Lt Col congratulated Seaman on being the second Englishman to win a premier motor race. In reply, commented on the difference between the and ordinary racing cars that one had to treat the throttle the utmost respect.

John dinner was held at Brooklands. had returned from Utah Flats at 3am that morning that he’d held the for at least 24 hours. On September the he’d driven his new Napier-Railton to to claim the WLSR from George Eyston’s Thunderbolt. On the George Eyston went out and set a new of  357.5mph, the last for the mighty which weighed seven and needed all the 3500kW/4700bhp from its 36.5-litre Rolls-Royce V12 engines to it to its triple WLSR success.  A technical question here – was the 3500kW of those two mighty the most power ever put a single back axle? met its end in a fire at a Rongotai warehouse a tour of NZ during WW2.

September 1963

What was to become one of the most famous in the world, albeit fully with weaponry designed to obliterate or foil one’s the Aston Martin DB5, was this month. Moving upmarket from the DB4, the new car electric windows, wool twin fuel tanks, wire wheels, an oil cooler and upholstery.

Doing battle the world’s villains required amounts of urge and this was by enlarging the dohc all-aluminium six 3670cc to 3995cc. Fuelled by SU carbs, the upgunned motor 210 kW (282 bhp), which the car to 233 km/h (145 mph).

More UK news included BMC’s of the Austin version of the 1100 while Rootes introduced the V range of the Hillman Minx and Gazelle, with a restyled featuring a squared-off roofline and windscreen.

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Vauxhall’s popular FB Victor and its tuned version the now featured a 1.6-litre engine, little else was changed. The big PB models had a change in axle but Vauxhall’s big news was the introduction of new small car, the HA Viva, in the month. The new car, GM’s UK market small car in many bore a close resemblance to Kadett, which had been a year previously. Though not at the time, it now seems likely the and Viva were part of the design and development program. The two-door body featured passenger and luggage space, and it was a lively little car, with a good gearbox and a gearchange.

Another Italian supercar, but one an exotic Italian powerplant, was readied for the Turin Motor This was the ISO Grifo with styled by upcoming designer Giugiaro and mechanicals by Giotto For a limited production GT coupé was a bewildering assortment of engines on For those not rushing there was a (327ci) Chev V8 developing 224 to to 355bhp). For those wanting a more but not too much there was a (351ci) Ford V8 developing Top of the line cars had either a (427ci) Chev V8 developing or a 7.4-litre (454ci) Chev V8 out at 325kW(435bhp).

Wheels tested the 1500cc Toyota Tiara in and decided it was a lot of car for the £915 price tag curiously it only had a three-speed although the gears were spaced. Fifty kilometres an was possible in first, 85km/h in and almost 130km/h in top. The was a ribbon type which had a drum displaying different as the speeds got higher, the horn rim as the indicator switch, and there controls in the dashboard for a heater and which weren’t actually to the version being tested. the Aussie testers were why the windscreen remained relatively after splashing through six inches deep? What did them away were all the – courtesy lights in each backing lights, a battery switch and a fully lined Priced a few pounds less the Datsun Bluebird, Ford Hillman Minx and VW Beetle the were sure the Tiara have been exceptional even at £930 with the and demister systems fitted as

September 1988

Two of the world’s weekly motoring magazines forces this month 85 years of rivalry. The senior Autocar was 103 years old, been founded in 1895 there was a British car industry. came along just years later in 1903. The of the new publication was to be Autocar Motor .  But not for

Autocar did a scoop on the long-awaited Elan, codenamed the M100 and due for in January 1989 with starting in June. There mixed feelings about using the twin-cam, 1600cc Isuzu motor but this in with the aim of reinventing the affordable car. Maximum speed was to be a fraction over 200km/h and 0 to took no more than 7.2 In a major departure, Hethel front engine and front drive at a time when the was still out on whether this was the layout for a small, responsive fun car priced at £15,000.

A new batch of new sports cars was due for announcement. second generation MR2 was claimed to be upmarket, more expensive, comfortable and more expensive. It be powered by the 2-litre dohc, Celica engine in various of tune. The wildest version be capable of 230km/h (143mph) and a standing 400m in just seconds.

Honda was about to a mid-engined sports car powered by a V6 developing 186kW(250bhp).

The final discussed was the Mazda sports described as a new Elan-like roadster, and compact, powered by a 1.6-litre twin-cam engine.

It turned out Alain Prost had not or moved over for the intense Ayrton Senna. He dominated the GP, leading for most of the race. It was turn to self-destruct, first by a dangerous passing manoeuvre on in the first few laps by swerving in his bows to force him into the then giving in to desperation to the drivers championship up as quickly as he and finish no better than Prost regained the lead in the Championship, but was angry enough at to grab his arm and say a few well-chosen Gallic

Remarkable GM stylist and designer (Bill) Mitchell died month aged 76. Mitchell was for the dignified Cadillacs from for the next 24 years.  From 1954 he was made Vice and Director of Styling at GM. Mitchell over the transition from the fifties ornate look to the sculptural lines of the cars of the – none better than the Stingray and the stunning 1963 Riviera.

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