Hello once more folks, and welcome back to Earls Court. Whew! Let me tell you, champagne is one very easy drink to down when you’re in the mood. I wonder if this alcoholism runs in the family…
Let’s see what’s been going down in London these past few days!
Today’s music of choice is the wild Chuck Berry with You Never Can Tell!
Absolutely NO prices for guessing what film this is from. It should be mandatory to know this frankly. If I were in power, it’d be part of the school curriculum.
LVC showed of a concept of a thing they’re calling the ‘Land Yacht’. Unsurprisingly, it is from America, and is lavishly equipped with a plush interior and powered by a hunking great 6.0l pushrod V12. The chrome may be decadent, but boy we like sitting in it. You could land a plane on that bonnet, we’re fairly sure the time zone changes from one end of the car to the next. Will this sort of massive car catch on? Pah, of course not!
Petoskey wheeled out a soon-to-be classic today in the form of the Ventnor Premium. This lavish behemoth is a relic of the old days of true luxury motoring, harboring a 9.35l V12 under its bonnet, a hand made interior and enough leather to keep 10 cowboys happy for the next decade. One of these, the one on display, was famously owned by Dominic Bambino of the Gam…sorry, Bambino crime family in the 40s. After a meteoric car chase acorss the US, it was brought down - just - after a record 1187 bullets were fired into it. What a car!
Another car from [Cornaldie]9http://discourse.automationgame.com/t/1960s-automation-earls-court-auto-show-day-5/20534/53?u=deusexmackia) was the stunning Bonkers 195 GT. We’re not too sure about the name, but the styling is most certainly approved by us; it’s a classic 30s aerodynamic coupe affair, yet underneath, it’s thoroughly modern. 4 Bar Carbs, massive 17" wheels and double wishbone suspension put this right at the cutting edge. Truly a beautiful blend of old and new.
Rennen gave us a glimpse of one of these new damn-fangled supercars, called the Kusanagi. Powered by a 3.0l V6 that produces 223 hp, it’ll do 0-60 in ~6 seconds and tops out at 150 mph. We can expect it in 1967, by which time it’ll be as fast as the fastest cars from today. We can’t wait for the days when those looks are a standard of sports cars too. I mean for god’s sake, just look at it!
A challenger to that style crown came from Astranti with the Visconte SS Prototype, which is even more powerful than the Kusanagi, with a 4.2l mid-mounted V8 that is good for 356 hp. Its smooth, angular body means it’ll top out at 170+ mph at the top end, which will make it the fastest car in the world upon release…as in, 5 years from now.
G&W gave us a weirdly low quality image of their new family car, the Seax. The cute mini-sedan looks to be a cheap and cheerful runabout for the every man, sporting charming looks and an entire 60 horse powers! That 4 speed manual is certainly a big plus, and should make it quite fun to drive with any luck.
AB Sundets Bilar gave us the Mk 3 S-PB, which some are calling a “muscle-car”. Packing a 6.5l V8, 544 Nm of torque and 400 metric tons of chrome, this menacing coupe might be a little divisive with its looks but will no doubt impress everyone with its huge amount of power and sheer sense of grandeur.
ADM annoucned their line up for this year, announcing that they will now be selling cars across the American continent for the first time. The new Madero entry-level sports car and Rivera luxury sedan really took main prominence, both being praised for their new and modern styling. We certainly look forward to seeing how the Madero stacks up against European sports cars in its class.
Alongside this stood the new family cars from ADM, the Quijote and Villa. Although we won’t see them here in the UK, there’s no denying that they carry similar values of practicality, usability and reliability that we expect on such vehicles here in this country. The extra chrome of these American cars (because more is, of course, always better) set them apart from rival European models.
Finally, Le Mans racers-turned-road car maker Erin showed off their two current sports cars, which are availible on a made-to-order basis and are…well, quite bare by modern standards…
That does it for today’s round-up! We’ll be back again next week as we continue to see what the 60s will be brining us in the world of the automobile. Cheerio for now!
- Gordon Anderson