Buick Skylark (1964-1972)

Buick Skylark (1964-1972)

Manufacturer : Buick
Productions : 1964-1972
Engine : V6, 152.00 PS (111,44 kW or 149,25 HP) at 3800 Rev. per min.
Transmission : 3 speed manual transmission
Source : wikipedia.org

Beginning with the 1964 model year, the Buick Skylark, along with the lower-priced Special from which it was derived, would move to a new intermediate-size chassis that was shared with the Oldsmobile F-85, Pontiac Tempest, and the new Chevrolet Chevelle. The new chassis had a wheelbase of 115 in and the Buick Special and Skylark had a length of 203.5 in. The 215 cubic-inch-displacement aluminum block V8 engine was discontinued, and the associated tooling eventually was sold to the British manufacturer, Rover. That company would produce the engine in several versions for use in its sedans and Land Rover sport utility vehicles and trucks.

The standard Skylark engine was now a 225 cubic-inch all cast iron block V6 with a Rochester 1-barrel carburetor that generated 155 hp (116 kW) at 4400 rpm. This engine was introduced in 1964, very similar to the earlier V6 beginning with the 1962 model year which had a smaller displacement of 196 cubic-inch. This engine was basically a Buick V8 300 CID engine with two cylinders sawed-off. The optional engine was a 300 cubic inch cast iron block and aluminum heads V8 with a Rochester 2-barrel carburetor that generated 210 hp (160 kW) at 4600 rpm. An optional V8 version of the 300 CID engine was offered with a 11:1 compression and a 4-barrel carburetor generating 250 hp (190 kW). A long-throw, 4-speed Hurst shifter was available. For the 1965 model cast iron blocks and heads were used for all engines.

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Buick Riviera (1967)

Buick Riviera (1967) 5

Manufacturer : Buick
Productions : 1967
Engine : inline 8 cylinder, 309.00 PS (225,87 kW or 303,48 HP) at 5000 Rev. per min.
Transmission : 3 speed automatic transmission
Source : musclecarclub.com

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Opel Kadett Roadster (1938)

Manufacturer : Opel
Productions : 1938
Engine : 1.1 liter displacement, 23 hp
Transmission : three-speed transmission
Source : netcarshow.com

The Opel classic experts were so fascinated by the 3.62-meter long study that they came up with the idea of producing the Strolch 70 years after its was initially developed. In this way they could also demonstrate that even back during the first compact class generation, Opel engineers put a tremendous amount of imagination and passion into their work on new models.

A normal Opel Kadett from 1938 in the classic car collection that has served as a source for spare parts is to be used as the basis. The technology specialists in the classic team immediately started in on their new project. Particularly challenging were the design of the aerodynamic rear and work on other body parts that were not part of the Opel Kadett series. Building the folding fabric top without detailed plans required a lot of imagination and technical skills, especially because the only reference materials were the old pictures.

But the engineers managed to elicit even some of the old pictures’ secrets. In order to determine the color of the old prototype, the historical black-white pictures were put through a precise greyscale analysis. This showed that the original Strolch was a bright red.

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Cadillac Allante (1989)

Cadillac Allante (1989) 1

Manufacturer : Cadillac
Productions : 1989
Engine : V8, 4.5 L HT-4500, 200 hp (149 kW) at 4300 rpm and 270 ft·lbf (366 N·m) at 3200 rpm
Transmission : 4 speed automatic transmission
Source : netcarshow.com

Originally designed under the code name “Callisto”, the Allanté was intended to restore Cadillac to its position as a credible competitor to the Mercedes-Benz 560SL. Its chassis and engine were originally taken from the Cadillac Eldorado, though it also shared components with the Buick Reatta, Riviera and the Oldsmobile Toronado.

The chassis of the Allanté was made in Detroit, then was loaded onto specially equipped jets and shipped to Italy where the body (which was designed by Pininfarina of Ferrari fame) was mounted to the chassis. Afterwards, the cars were loaded back on the jetliners and shipped back to the Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly plant in Michigan for completion. This led to a few interesting nicknames, such as “The Flying Italian Cadillac” and “the world’s longest assembly line.”

The Allanté was initially priced at US$54,000, far above the price of any other contemporary Cadillac. Today’s Cadillac XLR, also a convertible roadster, at roughly $70,000 is similarly priced at the top of the Cadillac range. Only 21,000 were built.

The car has appeared in the movies Tango & Cash, Cadillac Man, Terminal Velocity, Lethal Weapon 3 and “Rocky V’, and was the pace car at the 1992 Indianapolis 500. JR Ewing also sometimes drove an Allante in Dallas.

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Cadillac Eldorado (1953-1959)

Manufacturer : Cadillac
Productions : 1953-1959
Engine : 5422 cc, 8-V, OHV, 2 valves per cylinder
Source : netcarshow.com

The Cadillac Eldorado was the longest running American personal luxury car as it was the only one sold after the 1998 model year. Its main competitors included the Mark Series and the lower-priced Buick Riviera. The name Eldorado was derived from the Spanish words “el dorado”, the “gilded one”; the name was given originally to the legendary chief or “cacique” of a S. American Indian tribe. Legend has it that his followers would sprinkle his body with gold dust on ceremonial occasions and he would wash it off again by diving into a lake. The name more frequently refers to a legendary city of fabulous riches, somewhere in S. America, that inspired many European expeditions, including one to the Orinoco by England’s Sir Walter Ralei

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