Illustrated Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Automobiles by Giles Chapman

By Giles Chapman

This chunky layout, retro-feel encyclopedia reports one hundred fifty of the main exceptional automobiles in motoring historical past from the earliest to experiments for the long run. each one vehicle is illustrated and followed via informative textual content, a colourful quote, and a necessities field. disbursed generously during the publication are pleasant photographic spreads exhibiting vehicles which are average in their period.

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It made contemporary alternatives seem positively unwieldy by comparison. Although its integral construction meant buyers had to accept the factory’s own style of coachwork, a “bare chassis” version was developed in 1925. A later sedan option was offered in the form of an enormous, detachable hardtop. SPECIFICATION YEAR REVEALED 1922 PLACE OF ORIGIN Turin, Italy HISTORICAL STATUS production car ENGINE V4-cylinder, 129ci (2,121cc) MAXIMUM POWER 49bhp LAYOUT front-mounted engine driving the rear wheels BODYWORK four-door, five-seater tourer TOP SPEED 70mph (113kph) NUMBER BUILT approximately 11,200 “Sgr.

Holes were cut in non-load-bearing areas to save weight. The Lambda’s single overhead-camshaft engine was the first to successfully enter mass-production, its aluminum pistons and block being a very bold move for the Italian company. But the independent front suspension was a breakthrough, too. The combination of excellent rigidity in the body, the carefully weighted front end, and the compactness of the power unit, gave the Lambda new standards of roadholding. It made contemporary alternatives seem positively unwieldy by comparison.

W. DRING, WOLSELEY CHIEF EXPERIMENTAL ENGINEER 38 ALFA ROMEO 40-60HP AERODINAMICA T while the elongated windshield section at the he Italian count Mario Ricotti turned front consisted of three separate pieces of out to be quite a visionary. His idea curved glass. that popular cars of the future would be The limits of contemporary technology, highly aerodynamic “one box” people however, were clearly visible. The substantial carriers was extraordinarily prescient. side-members and primitive suspension When Count Ricotti commissioned of the 40-60hp are obvious.

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