This car company would make cars of all types between 1885-1984.Not known for its sedans it would gain fame for its spirited sports cars.This “sports sedan” was produced from 1933-1938 in many confusing versions. Body types included a four door saloon in two different wheelbases,a drophead (convertible) coupe, 2 seat sports tourer and a “golphers coupe” with a nifty storage for your clubs.During WWII those storage bins were used to carry weapons in case of a German invasion. Considered a mid priced automobile it came with a high priced interior consisting of wool rugs,burled wood trim and leather seating. Its styling was very 34 Ford-like. It was rumored that Ole Henry Ford stole some styling tips from it..or did they rob it from Ole Henry?? Knowbody knows for sure. While most of the cars of the days used mechanical or cable brakes this sporty sedan used full Lockheed hydraulic braking with large 12 inch drums. The four speed manual transmission could be fitted with a free wheeling type clutch that would allow for “clutchless” shifting. Engines would range from four cylinders to six. The smallest being a 1087 cc four and the largest a 1991 cc six with overhead intake valves and unusual side mounted exhaust valves. The suspension was a very unsporty leaf springs mounted front and rear. Despite its buckboard type suspension Englands “Motorcar” magazine called it a “Thrilling ride” This car company would continue on and make some of the most iconic sports cars of all time. Closing its doors in 1984 in a strange twist of fate this storied car maker is more popular after death than it was in life. What Auto is This??
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The founder of this company was one of the greatest automotive pioneers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Henry Ford would copy his mass production methods for his Model T. This company was founded in 1905 when its creater left GM to form his own company. They would make vehicles till 1975. The last car was made in 1936 and they would make trucks till 1975. This model was introduced in 1928. Its name evoked “Lightness and speed” as the magazine ads of the day boasted. It would be the first mass production car to use the then new Lockheed’s new hydraulic internal expanding brake system. Its swoopy shape was penned by famous Italian designer Fabio Segardi..another first in the mid-priced automobile field. Advertising guru Ned Jordan is credited with its flamboyant name and with the very “Art Deco” ads of the day. This would change how cars were named for decades to come. In 1933 they would introduce at the cost of two million dollars in production costs the innovative “Self Shifter”..An $85 option on this mid priced sedan. The semi automatic was dependable but never sold well. The costly and slow selling option would hurt the already cash strapped company during the Great Depression. In later years the founder of the company would blame the option on the demise of car production. An option or idea he never approved of. Powering this last of the line was a 90 horsepower 228 cubic inch six cylinder. The company would call it “America’s finest six cylinder engine” Featuring full pressure oil system and automatic choke it was much more sophisticated than Chevy’s Stovebolt six..After 1936 the company would only produce trucks till 1975. What Auto is This??