1969 Chevy Camaro

When it was introduced, the 1969 Chevy Camaro was unlike any other muscle car or sports car at that time. Chevrolet understood Americas need back then for style and power, offered at a lower price point.

The Camaro had the long, lean look of its sports car cousin, the Corvette. It had the Corvette muscle too, with a 210-hp 327 V8 standard. Other V8’s available to order ran all the way up to a 325-hp Tubo-Jet 396.

Someone looking for a lot of muscle in their Camaro could also purchase the1969 Camaro SS. The SS was so popular it had been chosen the Pace Car for the Indy 500 multiple times. The engine choices started with a 300-hp 350 V8 and worked their way up from there. The SS also came with a special intake hood that, during acceleration, would gulp huge amounts of air to the engine increasing the power.

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The Mythical 1955 Ford Thunderbird’s Origins

When America fell in love with the Thunderbird back in 1954 it was a lively two seater. Yet the Ford Thunderbird has continued to evolve into many different auto market segments over its lifespan and miles of the product. Yet nothing seems to hold T-Bird fans attention and rapt attention at the original 1955 “bird”.

“Thunderbird” is undoubtedly a fine name for a motor car, with its connotations of power, flight with just a hint of mystery. Yet Ford Thunderbirds is also a truly American car badge and label, the icon being a magical one for the Pueblo Indians of the South-West United States. That is more than appropriate because the “T-bird” was and still remains the essence itself of the American car illustrating over it more than 50 year most of the foibles as well as many of the strengths of that particular breed.

 

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The Ford Capri

In January 1969, a few months before man walked on the moon, Ford introduced the new Capri into Europe, in a bid to capitalise upon the massive success that the Capri’s American cousin the Mustang had enjoyed in the pony car and sports coupe market throughout the decade.

When the Mark 1 Capri was launched at the Brussels Motor Show with the slogan ‘The Car You always Promised Yourself’ it became an instant success with the baby boomer generation.

Within a year of production, almost one in four of all cars that Ford sold in Europe, was a Capri.

In 1970 nearly 250,000 Capris were sold. The car was assembled at Liverpool and Dagenham in the UK and at Ford’s plants in Ghenk in Belgium and Cologne in Germany. By 1973 the millionth Capri an RS 2600 rolled off the production line at Ford’s Halewood plant in Liverpool.

The early success in Europe led to Ford introducing the car into the US and Australian markets in 1970 and guaranteed the production of two further models, the Mark 2 and Mark 3 Capris. Continue reading “The Ford Capri”

1967 Shelby Mustang

In the last 15 years or so the 1967 Shelby Mustang has become one of or maybe the most desirable Mustang model ever made. These days most Shelby’s are financially out of reach for many, but hey we can dream right?

Many movies have had effect on the desirability of cars but the Eleanor Mustang in Gone in Sixty Seconds seemed to secure its place in recent pop history. After the movie the demand for the cars and parts to convert cars to “clones” skyrocketed. Granted I’m not a big “clone” fan. I think you should customize your car to make it just what you want, heck go crazy. But I really hate to see the market diluted with fake cars. When Shelby build the 67 Mustang GT 500 it was a complete makeover. They left little unchanged. In 1967 Shelby rolled out the big guns with the 428 with dual carbs! This beefy engine produced 355 horsepower and had the now iconic oval Cobra air cleaner and cool finned cobra valve covers. Just as a side note did you know that a very limited number of 1967 GT 350 had Paxton superchargers? Dare you to find one of those in a junkyard. The 67 GT 500 had the heaver duty C6 transmission or the Ford top-loader 4 speed.

It doesn’t seem like Shelby did much to even identify the 67 GT 500 as a Mustang, maybe because of the classic lines they didn’t feel like it was necessary or maybe they just wanted to set it that much further apart from the more traditional Fords. In 1967 they made the front of the car 3 inches longer using fiberglass hood and other nose pieces. In the style that would look a lot like the 1969 Mustang Shelby mounted two driving lights at the very outside edge of the special Shelby replacement grill. Like in earlier models Shelby also put a larger opening in the fiberglass front valance to help with cooling the big block hidden under the restyled fiberglass hood. Continue reading “1967 Shelby Mustang”

BMW 760i

After the great success of the two world record vehicles G-POWER M5 HURRICANE RS and G-POWER M6 HURRICANE CS that were with your 750 horsepower 5.0L V10 bi-compressor engine only as a complete car on the G-POWER manufacturing company to refer to the are so-called “G-POWER Super Cars” in the future an integral part of the G-POWER program. The G-POWER manufacture is a rapidly growing division of G-POWER, in which all custom-made complete vehicles, the so-called “G-POWER Super Cars”, are established as an integral part of the G-POWER program to complete by hand.

Philosophy is only in small batches by the G-POWER factory produced vehicles in addition to the 100% customer orientation with respect to the features and the strict limitation of the G-POWER Supercars, the complete revision of the current base engine with the stated goal that each of the strongest and fastest BMW model of the world on its wheels.

Latest work and a striking example of the exceptional performance of the G-POWER manufactory is the G-POWER STORM 760i, which has a longstanding gap in the BMW program includes: M-feeling for the BMW “Luxury Liner”. Continue reading “BMW 760i”

A Mercedes Benz E320 Introduction

The Mercedes Benz model released in 2007 was the Mercedes-Benz E320 Blue Tec. This model is powered by a more futuristic and advanced 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6, which employs a sophisticated network of exhaust gas treatment devices. This makes BlueTec the world’s cleanest diesel engine. The engine produces a whopping 400 lb-ft of torque between 1600 and 2400 rpm. This equation is enough to propel the sedan from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. Fuel economy, of course, is a satisfactory 27-mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Now this is something the Mercedes Benz market can boast about.

The Blue Tec oxidation catalytic converter reduces carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbons, and uses a filter to reduce nitrogen oxide emission ensuring that this Mercedes Benz model is environment friendly and in a league of its own. There are several ways you can get your hands on this car. One is importing and the other is auctions. Let’s talk about importing first.

Importing used Mercedes cars has its advantages. The cars are in very good shape due to a variety of reasons. One reason being state regulations in Japan, which limits the maximum driving speed of the vehicle to 80 kilometers per hour, as compared to about 125 kilometers per hour in other countries. However, importing a used Mercedes car on your own would require a thorough knowledge of the custom clearance laws, regulations and other legal requirements related to the import. Therefore, it would be best to buy from a Mercedes Benz importer, or appoint a professional like an import registration agent, to take care of all the formalities for you. Continue reading “A Mercedes Benz E320 Introduction”

Mahindra Xylo – Stylish and Powerful

Mahindra & Mahindra is known for introducing large family vehicles. The MPV from this company are the perfect blend of bold styling and strong performance. Mahindra Xylo is another popular vehicle among other popular Mahindra cars. This MPV has got bold and sleek exterior styling and stylish yet comfortable interior features. Originally named as Ingenio, this vehicle is for those who desire for cutting edge technology, great performance with safety features.

The Xylo (pronounced as Zy-lo) is powered by a m-Eagle engine which is designed at NEF CRDe platform like mHawk in Scorpio. The Xylo is designed and developed with great care. It’s soft and suave details get blended with its masculine lines and curves which give it a unique look. This vehicle is designed to fill the gap between styling of SUV and the convenience of a MPV.

This Mahindra vehicle is available in several variants; E4, E6, E8, E8 ABS and D2 (BS III). Except D2, all the other variants are equipped with a 2.5-litre engine. It is a 4-cylinder, turbocharged diesel m-Eagle CRDe engine. It generates the maximum power of 112 BHP at 3800 RPM. It delivers the maximum torque of 260 Nm at 1800 to 3000 RPM. The D2 is powered by the 2.5L mDI CRDe engine. It generates the maximum power of 95 BHP at 3600 RPM and a torque of 220 Nm at 1400-2600 rpm. The m-Eagle engine of this vehicle is a unique kind of engine ensuring the enhanced fuel efficiency and great power output. Continue reading “Mahindra Xylo – Stylish and Powerful”

The Bentley Mulsanne

Bentley is one of the most famous names in the automotive industry. The name is essentially synonymous to the best in British car engineering, with its high level of sophistication, technology, manufacturing, and luxury, seen in all of its cars. Today, it is the brand of choice for many celebrities, businessmen, and affluent people, opting for famous models like the Continental T and the Azure that have placed very good numbers of Bentley sales. These 2 models, however, owe their lineage to a car named the Bentley Mulsanne, an iconic model that paved the way for many of Bentley’s famous modern models today.

The Mulsanne, named after the “Mulsanne Straight” of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, was created with the intent of epitomizing the essence of what it is to be a Bentley car: high performance, topnotch luxury, advanced engineering. This was achieved by using some of the most expensive materials, machinery, and technology of its day, a truly top-of-the-line vehicle produced between 1980 and 1992.

Originally, the Mulsanne was equipped with a 6.75L Rolls-Royce V8 engine which had cylinder heads made out of aluminum alloy, with a 3-speed automatic transmission system. A Bosch fuel injection system replaced the original SU carburettors on cars made after 1986, and continued on until the end of production. Continue reading “The Bentley Mulsanne”

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Vehicle Electrification Initiative

Beginning December 2010, the Chevrolet Volt will be on sale in limited quantitites and in limited markets in the United States. This unique car, powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and supplemented by a 1.4-liter four cylinder engine, has been in the works for several years. The hype has far exceeded the product’s impact, nonetheless the Chevy Volt could eventually lay the groundwork for future vehicles utilizing what GM calls its Voltec technology.

Modern EV

What is so special about the Volt? Many things including that it will allow GM to finally say that it has built and sold an electric car. GM did build a modern electric car dubbed the EV1 beginning in the 1990s, but that program was canceled. GM never got beyond the test phase for those vehicles and received criticism for “killing the electric car” with some people suggesting a widespread conspiracy with the oil companies.

Conspiracy theory aside, the earlier electric vehicle or EV likely cost too much to produce and that technology wasn’t as advanced as what will be found in the Chevy Volt. For one, the lithium-ion battery pack is far superior than the nickel-cadmium pack used in the EV1, offering better range and lighter materials. In addition, the testing GM has been doing with the Volt demonstrates that the car won’t wilt under Arizona desert driving conditions or freeze up in a Minnesota winter. Continue reading “2011 Chevrolet Volt – Vehicle Electrification Initiative”

Electric Cars the Future?

With the environment becoming an ever increasingly debated topic, as is reducing carbon emissions with one of the main contributors to this problem being auto mobiles. Over the past decade the cars on the road have become much cleaner and are leaps and bounds ahead of what they were in terms of carbon emissions. However there is still a call for internal combustion engines to leave the roads and to replace them with new electric car engines.

The technology has now become advanced enough for this concept to be seriously considered as an actual alternative to fuelled cars. These types of cars are powered and fuelled by battery packs that are placed into the car and are rechargeable. There is a lot of appeal for these cars to become much more popular as they do not use any fossil fuels which is a major contributor to global warming.

There seems to be a big demand for electric cars as a city car, which means that they will be primarily introduced in the cities so that it can have a direct impact on city pollution. Also be keeping them in cities initially, it means that the electric cars do not have to be able to cover extra long distances however this aspect of the technology should develop as the years pass. Continue reading “Electric Cars the Future?”