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Luxury Antique Cars: Rekindling the crave for classic

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Luxury lives in the finer details. It’s a cloth napkin at a dinner table; it’s a mint on your pillow before bed; it’s that inner and the ultimate feeling that clouds the sense of judgement in getting something at all cost and fills you to the brim with pride when in use. These are the tales of one driving an antique sports car.

For those who enjoy the finer things in life, would still want to have a feel of vintage luxury sport cars such as

Jaguar XK-E

The Jaguar XK-E or the E-Type for the North American market, is a luxury British car that was made by Jaguar Cars Ltd in the 1961 and 1975’s. Its mix of magnificence, superior, and aggressive evaluation built up the model as a symbol of the motoring scene.

The E-Type’s 150 mph (241 km/h) top speed, sub-7-second 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) increasing speed, monocoque development, plate brakes, rack-and-pinion guiding, and free front and back suspension recognized the auto and impelled far reaching changes.

The E-Type depended on Jaguar’s D-Type dashing auto, which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three back to back years starting 1955 and utilized what was, for the mid-1960s, a novel hustling plan rule, with a front subframe conveying the motor, front suspension and front bodywork bolted directly to the body tub.

No step acclaim frame, as was regular at the time, was required and all things considered the principal autos weighed just 1315kg (2900lb)

The E-Type was at first composed and appeared to people in general as a back-wheel drive great tourer in two-seater car frame (FHC or Fixed Head Coupé) and as a two-seater convertible roadster (OTS or Open Two-Seater). A four-seater variant of the roadster, with an extended wheelbase, was discharged quite a long while later.

Morgan Aero 8

The Aero 8 is striking for a few reasons, fundamentally in light of the fact that it is the primary new Morgan outline since 1964’s. It doesn’t utilize hostile to move bars, a peculiarity in sporting cars.

It is additionally the main Morgan vehicle with an aluminum body and edge instead of conventional Morgan vehicles that have an aluminum cleaned wooden body tub on a steel suspension

The engine first powering the Aero 8 was a 4400 cc V8 built by BMW mated to a 6-Speed Get-rag transmission. In 2007, the Series 4 Aero 8 was released which had an upgraded 4799cc V8 built by BMW with an optional ZF automatic transmission.

All Aero 8s are assembled at Morgan’s Malvern Link factory, where they are able to produce up to 14 cars a week. It has been criticized for its “crosseyed” look which originally was justified by the manufacturers as conferring aerodynamic benefits. It comes with a Bore & Stroke: 93mm x 83.3mm an Engine size of 4799 cc (4.8 L).

Its Power Output measures up to 367 PS (270 kW) @ 6000 rpm and a Torque Output of 490 Nm (370 lbf·ft) @ 3600 rpm. The Valvetrain setup is a DOHC 32-valve Double Valvetronic with a Compression ratio of 10.0:1

Chevrolet Corvette C1

In 1927 General Motors employed designer Harley Earl who cherished sport autos, returning in the wake of serving abroad in the years following World War II, bringing home MGs, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos, and so forth.

In 1951, Nash Motors started offering a costly two-seat sports car, the Nash-Healey, that was made in organization with the Italian fashioner Pinin Farina and British auto build Donald Healey, however there were few direct valued models.

Aiming at keeping costs down, GM executive Robert F. McLean mandated off-the-shelf mechanical components, and used the chassis and suspension design from the 1949–1954 Chevrolet passenger vehicles.

The drivetrain and passenger compartment were moved rearward to achieve a 53/47 front-to-rear weight distribution. It had a 102-inch wheelbase.

The engine was a 235 cu in (3.85 L) inline six engine that was similar to the 235 engine that powered all other Chevrolet car models, but with a higher-compression ratio, three Carter side-draft carburetors, mechanical lifters, and a higher-lift camshaft.

Output was 150 horsepower (110 kilowatts). Because there was currently no manual transmission available to Chevrolet rated to handle 150 HP, a two-speed Powerglide automatic was used. 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) time was 11.5 seconds.

1952 Ferrari 342 America Cabriolet

The Ferrari 342 was the improvement by Aurelio Lampredi of a bigger form of the first Colombo-composed Ferrari V-12. The transient target was to exploit new Grand Prix controls allowing normally sought motors of up to 4.5 liters to contend with supercharged 1.5-liter motors like Ferrari’s unique V-12 and the Alfa Rome 158 Alfettas.

Larger displacement also had advantages in reliability and performance in sports-racing cars and gran turismos, leveraging additional competitive and economic benefits from the time and effort invested in designing, building and developing Lampredi’s engine.

Designed with the basic parameters of Colombo’s V-12 to fit with minimal changes in Ferrari’s existing chassis design, with a 60-degree angle between the cylinder banks and a single overhead camshaft on each bank, Lampredi’s engine was, of necessity, longer.

Piston stroke grew from 58.8 mm to only 68 mm but the bore of the design-capacity 4.5-liter engine increased to 84 mm from the Colombo’s 68 mm bore in the 212 necessitating a longer cylinder block with 108 mm between cylinders, up from the 90 mm in the original Colombo engine.

Bugatti Type 57

The Bugatti Type 57s were worked from 1934 through 1940, with a sum of 710 productions delivered. It was an altogether new outline made by Jean Bugatti, child of founder, Ettore. Type 57s used a twin-cam 3,257cc engine based on that of the Type 49 but heavily modified by Jean Bugatti, unlike the single cam engines of the Type 49 and earlier models.

The engines of the Type 50, 51 used bevel gears at the front of the engine to transmit power from the crankshaft, whereas the Type 57 used a train of spur gears at the rear of the engine, with fiber gear wheels on the camshafts to achieve more silence in operation.

The Type 57 was a touring car model produced from 1934 through 1940. It used the 3.3 L (3,257 cc; 198 cu in) engine from the Type 59 Grand Prix cars, producing 135 hp (100 kW). Top speed was 153 kilometres per hour 95 mph.

It rode on a 3,302 mm 30 in wheelbase and had a 1,349 mm 53 in wide track. Road-going versions weighed about 950 kg 2,090 lb. Hydraulic brakes replaced the cable-operated units in 1938, a modification Ettore Bugatti hotly contested. 630 examples were produced 

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was the main emphasis of the SL-Class fabulous tourer and quickest generation auto of its day. Presented in 1954 as a two-seat car with particular gull-wing entryways, it was later offered as an open roadster. Like the W194, the 300 SL borrowed its 3.0 litre overhead cam straight-6 from the regular four-door 300 luxury tourer introduced in 1951.

Featuring an innovative diagonal aluminum head that allowed for larger intake and exhaust valves, it was canted to the right at forty-five-degrees to fit under the SL’s considerably lower hoodline.

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing; top car rating and specifications

In place of the W194’s triple two-barrel Solex carburetors, a groundbreaking Bosch mechanical direct fuel injection was installed, boosting power almost 25% over the Gran Prix cars.

Derived from the DB 601 V12 used on the high-powered Messerschmitt Bf 109E fighter of World War II, it raised output from 130 kW; 177 PS (175 hp) to 160 kW; 218 PS (215 hp), almost double that of the original Type 300 sedan’s 86 kW; 117 PS (115 hp).

An optional, even more powerful version, with radical camshaft developed 179 kW; 243 PS (240 hp), but was rough for city use. The result was a top speed of up to 260 km/h (160 mph) depending on gear ratio and drag, making the 300 SL the fastest production car of its time.

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4 stunning electric suv concepts for auto fanatics

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It’s been a long time coming but electric cars are finally set to make a breakthrough, with 2019 expected to be the year when they become a realistic option for most new car buyers.

By the end of this year, at least 25 different electric cars will be on sale, from small city models to tall and rugged Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs).

In this edition of Vaultz wheels, we shall be focusing on 4 stunning electric Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) concepts that will strike the auto market in the near future.

 

BYTON M-BYTE

The world’s first Smart Intuitive Vehicle. Designed with expressive proportions and iconic digital elements, the BYTON M-BYTE reminds you that future mobility is fueled by intelligence. You might say this car looks like an SUV, but smarter. And that’s exactly what it is: the first Smart Intuitive Vehicle!

With its masculine proportions and a length of 191 inches (4.85 meters), the BYTON M-BYTE shows its new design aesthetics in every aspect, including the closed front-end fascia, disappearing door handles, hidden antennas and a sleek, sloping roofline.

Conventional automotive styling features are giving way to innovative design icons. Side-view cameras replace side mirrors, iconic face recognition cameras provide user identification and BYTON Smart Surfaces show a situation-based interacting light design. These are just some of the intelligent signature elements that reinforce the visible digital power of the vehicle.

Your BYTON understands you like a trusted friend. It recognizes you through face recognition, talks to you and adapts to your needs. With a simple swipe of your fingers, you can intuitively operate the touch displays. And as communication is never a one-way street, BYTON Air Touch also responds to your hand gestures. All in all, it gives you five dimensions of control.

 

 

GAC ENVERGE

The ENVERGE is very catchy with outstanding features and its inexplicable design is its selling point. It is electric and very futuristic especially with its gull-wing doors, digital dash screen and unconventional head and tail lights. Reportedly, it will have a range of 370 miles on a single (full) charge.

A very ridiculous feature of the car is the fact that the headlights would slide out and detach to serve a flood lights, a feature GAC nicknamed “G-Light”. It’s an SUV coupe (only two doors) with wireless battery recharging and stipulated time for a 240-mile range in just 10 minutes.

 

 

GFG STYLE’S KANGAROO HYPER-SUV

Automotive Hall-of-Fame Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son, Fabrizio, are behind the Italian company GFG Style “hyper-SUV” concept.

It’s called the Kangaroo and it resembles some of the other supercar concept designs seen. But, this one is different from the rest. A special adjustable hydraulic suspension system helps convert the concept from a sports car to an off-roader. Ride heights are able to vary from 5.5 inches in “Racing” mode to some 10.2 inches in “Off-Road” mode. The car’s front splitter can also retract while in “Off-Road” mode to improve approach angles on challenging terrain. Talk about a transition!

GFG Style says the Kangaroo can be used on any surface, from pavement, to sand, to mud. It comes with two electric motors, each rated at 241 horsepower. The combined output is listed at 482hp and 501 lb.-ft. of torque. A 90 kWh battery pack is said to deliver a driving range of more than 280 miles on a single charge.

Inside the vehicle, there’s three screens that dominate the space. One is an ultra-wide screen atop the dash that serves as the rear view mirror by displaying the output from a rear-facing camera. Another noticeable aspect of the interior is the color of the leather. The bright orange of the exterior is reflected inside.

While it’s certainly not holding its breath for this vehicle to make its way to production, GFG Style says it does plan on showing off a version of the Kangaroo concept wearing snow tracks. The design company wants people to see how the Kangaroo could be used for fun, while conquering some snow-covered terrains.

 

 

LAGONDA ALL-TERRAIN SUV

Lagonda All-Terrain SUV concept from Aston Martin is mesmerizingly long and perhaps the most striking. With softly rounded edges and an elongated shooting-brake body that stretches way out over the rear wheels, this cocoon-shaped car is not quite what the teaser images had us imagining.

The British manufacturers are hoping to breathe new life into the Lagonda badge with this fully electric four-seater SUV. The Lagonda All-Terrain Concept is regarded as the stylistic forerunner of the Lagonda brand, which is set to resume production in 2021.

The car’s lengthy appearance is supported by a spoiler on the wide front, as well as the headlight slits that are pulled far into the side. A thin strip of light illuminated with LEDs emphasizes an already lengthy rear end.

Despite the futuristic design, the Lagonda All-Terrain concept still gives the driver a steering wheel to hold onto. But when autonomous mode is turned on, you can turn the front seats backwards to create a sort of self-driving sitting room.

The Lagonda SUV will use potentially game-changing solid state batteries which offer many advantages over the regular lithium-ion ones used in most electric cars. Solid-state batteries do not use liquid electrolytes to move energy around. The cells are made of solid, dry conductive material which mean they are less prone to fire and can supply energy and accept a charge more readily.

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