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Saab Sonett II (1966)

home Saab Sonett II (1966) Manufacturer : Saab
calendar Saab Sonett II (1966) Productions : 1966
settings Saab Sonett II (1966) Engine : Three-cylinder, two-stroke engine giving 60 hp (45 kW)
world Saab Sonett II (1966) Source : netcarshow.com

In the 1960s Björn Karlström suggested that Saab should develop a new two seater sports car with a two stroke engine, but this time it would be a coupe and not a convertible. Two prototypes were developed, the Saab MFI13 by Malmö Flygindustri and the Saab Catherina by Sixten Sason. The MFI13 was the one selected for production. In 1966 the MFI13 was, after some modifications, put into production at ASJ in Arlöv as the “Saab 97″ – that year only 28 units were produced, and a further 230 in 1967. The body was fibreglass bolted to a sheet-steel chassis and lower frame. A roll-bar was fitted. The entire front section hinged forward, to allow clear access to the engine, transmission and front suspension. Access to the rear compartment was via a small hatch in the near-vertical rear panel. The engine was a three-cylinder, two-stroke engine giving 60 hp (45 kW). The Sonett II could do 0 to 100 km/h in 12.5 seconds and had a top speed of 150 km/h.

When Saab started using the Ford Taunus V4 engine in their other models, they also wanted to use it in the Sonett II. The car was redesigned and renamed the Sonett V4, with the 1500 cc Ford V4. A new hood was designed by Gunnar A. Sjögren, with a ‘bulge’, necessary to fit the higher engine. The bulge was slightly offset to the right, so that it would not obstruct the driver’s view. The engine produced 65 hp (48 kW) and the Sonett V4 made 0 to 100 km/h in 12.5 s, with a top speed of 160 km/h.

In total, only 1868 Sonett IIs and V4s were produced.

An interesting side note is that the local SAAB dealership in Czechoslovakia opened in 1962 and run by the race driver Zdenek Treybal. Apart from selling Saab 96 he also managed to sell two Sonett V4s. One to a race driver in Prague. The other to AZPN (Automobilové Závody Narodni Podnik) in Mladá Boleslav in 1968. AZPN used the Sonett as the basis of a prototype for Škoda Auto called the Škoda 1100 GT. From the doors and rear it is almost identical with the Sonett, but the front is inspired by Ferrari Dino.

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Alfa Romeo Series 1 Spider (1966-1969)

Alfa Romeo Series 1 Spider (1966-1969)

Alfa Romeo Series 1 Spider (1966-1969) Specification :
home Alfa Romeo Series 1 Spider (1966 1969) Manufacturer : Alfa Romeo
calendar Alfa Romeo Series 1 Spider (1966 1969) Productions : 1966-1969
settings Alfa Romeo Series 1 Spider (1966 1969) Engine : 1.3 L I4, 1.6 L I4, 1.8 L I4
config Alfa Romeo Series 1 Spider (1966 1969) Transmission : 5-speed manual read more »

Lamborghini 350 GTS Spider (1966)

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home Lamborghini 350 GTS Spider (1966) Manufacturer : Lamborghini
calendar Lamborghini 350 GTS Spider (1966) Productions : 1966
settings Lamborghini 350 GTS Spider (1966) Engine : 3.5 litre quad-cam V-12 engine
config Lamborghini 350 GTS Spider (1966) Transmission : 4 speed manual transmission
world Lamborghini 350 GTS Spider (1966) Source : netcarshow.com

The Lamborghini 350GT was the first production car by Lamborghini, first shown at the Turin Motor Show in 1963.

The car featured a 3.5 litre quad-cam V-12 engine (hence its designation), independent rear suspension (while Ferrari still used live rear axles) and a controversial 2+1 semi-fastback body by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan.

The 350GT generally drew high praises at the time for its flexible and high-revving engine, its stable cornering, even on rough surfaces, and its high level of finish. 120 copies were built from 1963 to 1966.

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Datsun 1000 (1966)

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home Datsun 1000 (1966) Manufacturer : Datsun
calendar Datsun 1000 (1966) Productions : 1966
settings Datsun 1000 (1966) Engine : inline 4 cylinder, 61,69.90 PS (45,77 kW or 61,69 HP) at 6000 Rev. per min.
config Datsun 1000 (1966) Transmission : 4 Speed Manual transmission
world Datsun 1000 (1966) Source : google.com

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Bentley T1 (1966)

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home Bentley T1 (1966) Manufacturer : Bentley
calendar Bentley T1 (1966) Productions : 1966
world Bentley T1 (1966) Source : netcarshow.com

The Bentley T-Series was even more rarely built than the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. The Bentley being technically an identical twin of the Rolls Royce seems to have been bought mostly by owners wishing a little more understatement. The formerly more sportive image of Bentley motor cars differing from Rolls Royces was gone by the time the Silver Shadow/Bentley T was introduced and thus couldn’t motivate buyers any more. The outward appearance of a Bentley T is slightly more dynamic because the bonnet design is a few centimeters lower and the radiator shell shape with its rounded edges is smoother.

BMW 1600-2 (1966)

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home BMW 1600 2 (1966) Manufacturer : BMW
calendar BMW 1600 2 (1966) Productions : 1966
world BMW 1600 2 (1966) Source : netcarshow.com

The 1600-2 or 1602 appeared in 1966 and was sold through 1975. Power output was up to 96 hp (71 kW) gross with 91 ft·lbf (123 N·m) of torque. Road & Track was impressed by the 1968 1602 coupe, calling it “a great automobile at the price”, which was $2676.

Aston Martin DB6 Volante SWB (1966)

home Aston Martin DB6 Volante SWB (1966) Manufacturer : Aston Martin
calendar Aston Martin DB6 Volante SWB (1966) Productions : October 1965 – July 1969
settings Aston Martin DB6 Volante SWB (1966) Engine :  dohc I-6, 3995 cc, 282 bhp @ 5500 rpm, 288 lbs-ft @ 3850 rpm (Vantage: 325 bhp @ 5750 rpm)
config Aston Martin DB6 Volante SWB (1966) Transmission : ZF 5-speed overdrive manual or Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic
world Aston Martin DB6 Volante SWB (1966) Source : netcarshow.com

The Aston Martin DB6 Volante was the first Aston Martin to carry the name Volante – which means “flying” in Italian. It was in fact the last thirty-seven Aston Martin DB5 chassis that were used to build the short-chassis Volantes and were completed between October 1965 and October 1966.

Although clearly derived from the Aston Martin DB4 through the DB5, the new model was announced at the London Motor Show in October 1965. The most noticeable styling change on the Aston Martin DB6 was the spoiler – then called a Kamm tail – integrated into the tail of the car, which improved high speed stability. The split front and rear bumpers; a redesigned oil cooler opening in the front valance, a higher roof (136 cm) and longer wheelbase (258.5 cm), 9.5 cm more than the DB5, giving an overall length of 462 cm.

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1966 Honda RC166 250

1966 Honda RC166 250 Specification :
home 1966 Honda RC166 250 Manufacturer : Honda
calendar 1966 Honda RC166 250 Productions : 1966
settings 1966 Honda RC166 250 Engine : 250 cc
However technically interesting and highly developed the Honda RC116 and RC149 may be, the most appealing, the most glamorous racing bike ever built is no doubt the 1966 Honda RC166 six. Although the Italians are known for their creations, Carcano’s masterpiece, the Moto Guzzi V8 500 cc, was a lumpish, ungainly hunk of a motorcycle when compared to the sleek, beautiful lines of the Honda. It’s the comparison between a dray horse and a thoroughbred. In addition to its specifications and beauty came the incomparable, ear-splitting howl of its six megaphones and its invincibility in the hands of Mike Hailwood, which made it a legend in its time.
Although outwardly very like the RC165, internally the engine has been changed and now has a bore and stroke of 41 x 31 mm. See second image at left. Carburetors have cylindrical slides, although sometimes flat slides are used. Power output is 60 bhp at 18,000 rpm. Like the RC149, the bike has oil coolers in the right and left hand side of the fairing. Also new are the brakes, which have now radial cooling fins instead of circumferential ones. Dry weight of the seven speed bike is 112 kg.

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