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1909 Rochet Schneider 12/16 "cab de ville" type 9000

January 13th, 2018 by admin

Edouard Rochet and his father were bicycle manufacturers before entering motorcar production. In 1894 they were joined by Théophile Schneider, a relative of the eponymous armaments family that in 1848 had a monopoly supplying arms to the French govt and supported the coup d’etat that put Napolean’s nephew on the emperors seat of France, because he hadn’t had enough of running France as president when his term was up.

Their first car appeared in 1894, based on the contemporary Benz, and by 1896 the partners were confident enough to form a limited company, the Societe Lyonnaise de Velocipedes et Automobiles Rochet-Schneider. Soon the company attracted the attentions of a wealthy Marseilles financier and automobilist, Demetrius Zafiropulo, who made sizeable investments in Rochet-Schneider enabling them to build a new factory in the Chimin Feuilat in Lyon, and helped the company over the difficult period around 1900 when sales of the old belt-driven model began to tail off.

at the Paris Salon of 1902, they were awarded a Gold Medal. President Loubet told the company: ‘Your Exhibits are the finest in the Salon’, while L’Auto-Velo commented: ‘Rochet, in 1903, will be at the head of the Automobile Industry’.

Around the same time, Rochet-Schneider ‘gained the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland’s 100 Miles Non-Stop Certificate, taking Dashwood Hill at 20.8 miles an hour with four passengers; made a World’s Record practically non-stop run of 450 miles, London to Glasgow, in 21 hours; lost one mark only (driver’s fault) in the Scottish Non-Stop 400 Miles’ Run, Glasgow to London; undefeated, power for power, as a hill-climber – no other car in the world can show such a record tor reliability and hill-climbing.’

Rochet-Schneider had become one of the most respected car manufacturers in France in the middle of the 1900s. In 1904 the company was sold for 4.5 million francs and a London-based company called “Rochet-Schneider Ltd.” was formed.

The company prospered because of the company’s acquisition, in mid-1909 of the Zenith Carburettor Company. The carburettors were produced in a factory adjacent to Rochet-Schneider in the Chemin Feuillat, and also in branch factories in Germany, Britain and Detroit, and were obligatory wear on many of the luxury vehicles of the day.

In 1909, just before Theophile Schneider left, the first small Rochet-Schneider was announced. There was little out of the ordinary in the chassis or bodies, save in one particularly entrancing type – the 9000 – of which this one example survives.

This “cab de ville” was modelled on the horsedrawn London hansom cab, in which the driver sat above and behind his two passengers. The car was a two seater, with half doors that swung across occupant’s legs, enclosing the steering wheel and controls. From the side the 9000 gives the curious impression that the car is being driven from a rear seat. This is heightened when the windshield provided for bad weather is lowered.

Rochet Schneider was one of the first companies in France to put a gas engined car onto the market, in 1894, and soon built a reputation for well-built reliable cars which lasted until the end of passenger car production in 1932. Though there were no more Rochet Schneider cars after 1932 the company made lorries and buses until 1951 when the were taken over by fellow Lyons firm Berlier.

the 1978 Hornet AMX had an optional hood decal

January 9th, 2018 by admin

Optional for the Hornet AMX was a large hood decal that was right around the time of Smokey and the Bandit, so perhaps AMC was trying to benefit from the halo effect, or maybe Mr. Wangers was applying the same ideas to both cars (he advised on the modifications for the Trans Am used in the movie).

AMC approached Jim Wangers of Motortown Corporation to create a more exciting version of the Hornet.

Motortown specialized in creating limited-run specialty editions of production cars that the large manufacturers couldn’t do profitably in-house, and was responsible for such cars as the Pontiac GTO Judge.

An appearance package was developed along with some suspension tuning, but unfortunately, the EPA certification requirements triggered by drivetrain upgrades prevented the possibility of a larger engine such as the 360, which would have been a drop-in replacement.

So the Hornet AMX debuted with either a 110 hp 258 c.i.d (4.2-liter) straight-six coupled with either a four-speed manual or an automatic with floor shift, or the 150 hp 304 c.i.d (5.0-liter) V8 with a Chrysler-sourced automatic.

http://www.curbsideclassic.com/curbside-classics-american/curbside-classicautomotive-history-1977-amc-hornet-amx-the-long-slow-decline-of-the-amx/

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A majority of the estimated 1,200 vehicles in the seven-storey car parking garage in Liverpool gutted by a fire on New Years Eve were destroyed, there was no fire suppression sprinkler system, ad budget cuts to the fire dept years ago meant few immediate response fire fighting trucks

January 3rd, 2018 by admin

No human nor animal was seriously injured in the blaze.

No sprinklers were fitted in the building, he said. “Had the car park had sprinklers, that would certainly have suppressed the fire and might even have extinguished the fire,” he said.

The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said fire service cuts had contributed to the devastation. “24 months ago we would have had 8 fire engines from 4 stations responding instead of 2″

Fire investigators believe the fire started shortly after 4.30pm on Sunday, when the engine compartment of a Range Rover Discovery on the second level went up in flames. “There is nothing to suggest it was anything other than an accidental ignition,” said Stephens.

Crews were first called at 4.42pm and were on the scene eight minutes later.

The fuel in the burning cars emitted such heat that firefighters did not have enough water to extinguish the blaze quickly using the water mains, he said.

This would be a good use for a drone camera to record the damage the day after

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/01/six-dogs-rescued-liverpool-multistorey-car-park-fire-horse-show
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-42542556

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A majority of the estimated 1,200 vehicles in the seven-storey car parking garage in Liverpool gutted by a fire on New Years Eve were destroyed, there was no fire suppression sprinkler system, ad budget cuts to the fire dept years ago meant few immediate response fire fighting trucks

A moment to respect Tom Medley, an original Hot Rod staffer hired on issue #2, for his photography

December 22nd, 2017 by admin

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A moment to respect Tom Medley, an original Hot Rod staffer hired on issue #2, for his photography

some cool cars were lost in the fires

December 18th, 2017 by admin

Shrine of the Holy Grill, an oasis of Edsels

December 15th, 2017 by admin

His first car was an Edsel, bought a month after production ceased, and the dealership wanted it gone so bad they knocked a 1/3rd off the price. It lasted 12 years and 120,000 miles, and then life got in the way until he restored it, won trophies with it, and started collecting more Edsels.

He found and purchased 1960 Edsel Serial Number One – a four-door hardtop coincidentally painted the same Sahara Beige as his first four-door sedan. A lot of the his cars are low-mileage originals, including a black ’58 Citation four-door hardtop that has clocked just 22,000 miles, and a ’59 Corsair two-door hardtop – red, with cream-yellow inserts and a white roof – showing just 16,300 miles

In 1994, Jim’s 1960 Ranger sedan – the first Edsel he ever purchased, 34 years before – earned a Grand National First Prize from the Antique Automobile Club of America. It was the first Edsel ever to be so honored.

http://performance.ford.com/enthusiasts/newsroom/2017/12/-jim-popp_s-_shrine-of-the-holy-grille.html

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If you have to ask "what the hell is that" then I’m happy to say, it’s a Argentinian Torino, and ain’t it cool that we still have cars to appreciate that we’ve never seen or heard of before? Not just another Chevy!

December 13th, 2017 by admin

The Torino is an Argentinian car that was born in 1966, as a licensed redesign of the AMC Rambler by Pininfarina, produced originally by IKA ( Argentinian Kaiser industries), a partner with the Renault company that would eventually buy them out.

Mario Suárez and his son Francisco are responsible for restoring the original #1 and #2 Torinos from the three built to challenge the Europeans on their home turf in one of the most grueling races in the world. 84 hours of the 1969 Nurburgring endurance racing Marathon de la Route.

the #3 Torino resides in the Fangio museum

Fangio oversaw the IKA-Renault Torino effort at the Nürburgring and his son was among the team of of Argentinian drivers assigned to the three cars.

Fangio traveled with the team to the ‘Ring to guide the cars around both the Nord and Südschleife, and though the team would complete the most laps with their #3 car (the other two, #1 and #2, retired early), an assortment of time penalties would see the Torino finish in fourth place officially.

At the end of 84 hours, only one of the three Torinos finished, and though it completed the most distance, it was penalized because of the high decibels of the exhaust, and so a Lancia Fulvia HF finished as the winner officially.

That race represented a remarkable milestone in the Argentinian motoring history, and it proved the country could build cars that could compete with the likes of Porsche, Lancia, Ford, etc.

the #2 car, with the yellow nose, has an astonishing rebuild story:

Mario or his son decided to search in old magazines in order to find information about what really happened. In one from 1971 a driver called Juan Carlos Palma was said to have bought a Torino to compete in the TC series, and that the vehicle was the #2 car ran at the Nürburgring.

When searching for Palma they figured they could find his phone number by his mechanic that was also mentioned in the article. So, the number was got from him and then they called Palma.

With the license plate number that Palma had they went to the Registry to look for the report and

I’ve never seen a flip front van before

December 1st, 2017 by admin

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I’ve never seen a flip front van before

stored for investment since 2006, this 10.8 mile Ford GT might not make any profit when it is pushed to auction

November 29th, 2017 by admin

I wonder if they are selling it merely to buy the new Ford GT 40?

https://journal.classiccars.com/2017/11/23/10-mile-ford-gt-offered-rm-sothebys-fort-lauderdale-sale/

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the Smokey Yunick / Gurney Eagle, and the Yunick / Kurtis Kraft Indy roadster, are both coming to auction. you still have time to sell a kidney

November 29th, 2017 by admin

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the Smokey Yunick / Gurney Eagle, and the Yunick / Kurtis Kraft Indy roadster, are both coming to auction. you still have time to sell a kidney