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ADM - 1990 Rivera, 7th Gen


#97

1980 New Rivera!


Comfort and style

After way too many years (only 5), in 1980 it came the new generation of the oldest ADM model, the Rivera. Still aimed to the folks wanting something more refine that your typical ADM, the Rivera was now set to compete agains the Meliora Paludet in its own country, although the actual diferences in commodities (and price) were significant.


Summary
The Rivera has been a recurrent car in ADM lineup since 1948, and now in its sixth generation, there are no signs of ADM stop producing this model

This new generation, came with the same Barracuda V8, with 5.8L of displacement and 144hp and 278 ft-lb of torque, significantly lower on power due to the new CAFE regulations. In an efford from ADM to meet the regulations, all of its line up has been suffered significant power reduction. The engine mounted on a traditional monocoque chasis with a live axle with coils in the back and McPhersons struts in the front.


Would you buy a Rivera or a Meliora Plaudet?

To the public, two models were offered, the Rivera Estándar, the base version with disc brakes all around, a 4 speed automatic, vinyl seats, wood accents and carpet all around, with a simple AM radio. The second trim was simple called “Lujo” and it upgraded to a more comfortable leather seats interior, some electronic adjustments and a 4 speaker 8 track player, with a brand new hydroneumatic suspension system, making the Rivera Lujo quite the ride to enjoy.

Also, a third version was available, but only to the police. It had a stripped interior, upgraded brakes and suspension, as well as a 6.2L Barracuda V8 with 177hp.

A special version of the Rivera was used for the Policia Federal de Caminos


Price (in 1980) and stats

1978 Rivera Estándar $11,007

Stats

https://imgur.com/2Xkz6BY
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1978 Rivera Lujo $13,146

Stats

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#98

Love it! Front is badass but the rear lacks punch comparatively. Still, looks awesome as a police car :slight_smile:


#99

I like it, and speaking of the rear, even if it’s not the worlds most exciting design it certainly feels period correct so no complaints there at all!


#100

There are a few things that in retrospective I’d change from the rear, but at the same time, it feels like it goes well with the overall design and time period. And the police version looks awesome, I’d probably do more pictures with it or something. (although it handles like sh*t)


ADM of Europe™ - 1988 Madrid Diesel
#101

1980 Quijote

After the name Quijote was discontinued in 1969, it returned in 1980, as the only FWD car in ADM lineup, and one of the few longitudinal front wheel drive cars in north america.


Background

After 10 years of trying english names, ADM decided to go back to the old naming style, and resurected the Quijote (which replaced the Pilgrim name, that was now a different european model).
Despise the possible confusion with names, the Quijote maintained almost the exact formula of the last Pilgrim, instead of going back to the roots of the name.

The ADM V6 was still powering the unit, but due to emissions and CAFE regulations, the engine was downsized to 3.2L producing only 110hp @ 5,000rpm and 147ft-lb @ 2,800rpm and mated to a 3 speed + overdrive automatic transmision.


The rear is simple, with the ADM logo that differentiates the american and european models

The equipment was rather decent for its price [I guess…], with front ventilated discs, 5 seats and a dual speaker stereo with an 8 track player, and hydraulic power steering.

Despise it’s weak performance (0-100 in over 11 seconds) and only one single trim, was still fairly cheap, and that helped boosting sales in general.


Price and specs

(Price in 1980 US dolls)
1980 Quijote - $5,889.48


ADM of Europe™ - 1988 Madrid Diesel
#102

1981 Villa

By 1981 ADM revived the Villa name. Same as last time, it was a small compact car, for those who want a small inexpensive car, but require more cargo space than a sub compact. Also, it was the first ADM car with a transverse FWD configuration.


1981 Villa with Grand prix package trim


History and development
The 1981 Villa wasn’t truly an ADM car, underneath it was a rebadged Sanda Archer, it even was marketed as ADM Villa by Sanda in the US and Canada.

In fact, due to the expansion ADM was having into european markets, upper management was cutting corners whenever possible, using re-badged Sanda cars or re-engineered existing cars from its european counterpart. The villa was no exception, and it only received some minor tweeks. Front and rear bumpers were added, as well as rear reflectors and the ADM grille. The engine was the B series engine, also taken from Sanda, compatible with US emission standards.


Classic early 80s Sanda tail lights. The Same style font used for Sanda was kept, but it said Villa instead of Archer

There were 3 trims, Base, Cruise and Grand Prix. All came as a coupé with a 4 speed manual transmision, with solid discs front and drums rear. The main difference came in the interior equipment, as well as the engine and wheels. The Base and Cruise came with a 1.6L engine with 78hp while the Grand Prix came with a 1.8L engine and 95hp, plus alloy wheels and upgraded suspension.


Villa with Cruise package trim


Price and stats
Prices are in 1981 US dlls

1981 ADM Villa Base - $2,926.20


1981 ADM Villa Cruise - $3,355.96


1981 ADM Villa Grand Prix - $3,161.44


#103

1981 Quijote Sedán

By 1981, in order to fill the gap between the luxury Rivera and the less than luxurious Villa, a new trim was added to the Quijote, a mid size sedan.


80s White


History and development

ADM needed to fill the gap in their line-up between the Rivera and the rest of the models. As it was still strained moneywise due to expansion to Europe, instead of import a new model (such as the Sanda Admiral or the Madrid, both based in the same platform), ADM engineers opted for taking the existing Quijote and make a Sedan variant.

Although the chassis and the engine remained the same (all steel monocoque with a longitudinal 3.2L 90° V6 FWD), the suspension and transmision were revised, for more comfort and better fuel economy (gotta meet the CAFE regulations).

It came with an standard interior with sufficient amount of padding and manual adjustments, and a dual speaker AM/FM radio with 8 track player. 110hp were send to the front wheels through an auto 3 speed + overdrive transmission.


Specs and price
Prices in 1981 US dlls

1981 Quijote Sedán - $4,353.73



#104

Great looking car although the tail lights look more early 70s. In the early 80s big square tail lights were more popular


#105

You’re right. I just carried the design from the previous model, which took it from other model, but I’ll change the headlights for the next facelift.


#106


Now more than half the line-up used either transverse or longitudinal FWD

1981 Madero

Finally, in 1981 also the Madero name was brought back, this time in a re-badged Chapeau. For those curious, a Madero in spanish means either a random piece if wood, or a baseball bat, however it is also a last name (as Rivera, Villa) and within Mexico it is the last name of a revolutionary and president from early 1910s.


Development
In the early 80s, there was a lot of preference for more smaller cars, and ADM saw the opportunity to try and enter this market. The choosen car was the Chapeau from ADM of Europe. The exterior was pretty much the same, only a few details were added to comply with regulations, such as bumpers and side reflectors. Instead of the 1.2L series B engine from the original Chapeau or the modern Series A, the engine was taken from the Sanda Archer hatchback, a 1.4L series B engine that meet US emission regulations. With 70hp, it was most powerfull than the Sanda Majime and any version of the european Chapeau, both sharing the same platform.


Mandatory front bumpers

Equipment was spartan, and it is better described as 4 seats with wheels. That said, it’s low price and decent fuel economy help ADM in sales in the small niche market, as well as pump up it’s corporate fuel economy figures.


More bumpers, the rear fog light was removed and the ADM logo swaped for the Amerian version as well as the name


Price and stats
Price in 1981 US dlls

1981 Villa - $2,629.02



ADM of Europe™ - 1988 Madrid Diesel
#107

1982 ADM Galgo


Galgo Grand Prix

In 1982 the Foxhound was discontinued and instead replaced by the brand new Galgo. The new Galgo came in 4 trims (V6, V8, Grand Prix or Convertible) with either the ADM V6 or the Barracuda V8 under the hood.

Intended as ADM’s take on a sports car, it is considered one of the few american muscle cars in the 80s.


Galgo V6. Each Galgo had a badge of a greyhound in the center of the grille and at the rear


Background

Despise the new name, the Galgo was internally called and considered the 3rd generation of the original Foxhount, but due to the new naming philosophy the name was changed to Galgo, spanish for Greyhound, making it the only model with a name not taking for a last name. Also, along with the Rivera, they were the only models offered with RWD drivetrain.


Galgo V8. It had several V8 badges and a buldge in the hood

The engineering was very familiar to ADM. Steel monocoque chasis/panels, McPherson struts at the front and solid axle with coils at the rear. All models came with Front vented discs and rear drums.

The Basic trim was simple called “V6”. It had the same 3.2L ADM V6 used in the Quijote, mated to a 4 seed manual transmission with a std interior and a std 4 speaker 8 track player.

The “V8” trim came with a 6.2L Barracuda V8 used in the Rivera police interceptor and a 5 speed manual transmission, with a top speed of 203 km/h. It had a revised and improved premium interior, as well as a high quality stereo. It had a bulge in the hood as well as several V8 badges around the car, making it easier to distinguish from the other versions.


Galgo Grand Prix. Besides the Greyhoundm it had the GP package badge in red

The “Grand Prix” was the top of the line. It had a Barracuda 6.0L V8 with a new throttle injection system co-developed with Sanda. The result were 226hp and 279ft-lb, which the car struggled to put down without wheel spinning. It also came with a 5 speed gearbox and a LSD. The result, a top speed of over 220 km/h, 7.14s from 0 to 100 km/h and 15.43s in the quarter mile, nothing bad for a 1.5ton car. It only came in black with red accents, red calipers and 2 scoops for feeding the engine.

Last trim was the “Convertible”. It had the same V8 as the middle version, but it came only with an automatic transmission, and a more comfy and softer ride.


Galgo Convertible


Stats and price
Price in 1982 US dlls

Galgo V6 - $3,766.50

Galgo V8 - $6,665.81

Galgo Grand Prix - $9,768.77

Galgo Convertible - $6,070.96


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#108

1984 Galgo GTO


Galgo GTO on american colors, for some reason

In 1984, finally ADM made an entrance in the racing world, with a factory team running a couple of modified Galgo Grand Prix in the IMSA GT championship, in the GTO class.

The main modifications were bigger wheels, weight reduction, and a much powerful engine. Most of the drivetrain and suspension was re-tuned and swapped for bigger and stronger parts. The engine was the same as the one in the Galgo Grand prix on the roads, with forged internals, lighter and stronger valves. The TBI system was also swapped for 4 racing Weber Carburetors.

The result, the car had over 500hp and a top speed of 274km/h and do the 1/4 mile in 12.78 seconds. The car runed 3 years, from 1984 to 1986, then it was retired.

Automation Test track: 2:14.95
Airfield: 1:20.84


Regulations prohibided aero pieces to extend beyond the car’s silhouette




ADM of Europe™ - 1988 Madrid Diesel
#109

1985 Rivera Facelift

The Flagship and now older runing model of ADM received its facelift. It had minor differences in the grille, as well as a more modern rear end and a new different trim.


Prime trim, with its 2 color paint scheme


Summary

The revisioned facelift had a couple of differences in the front facia (mainly a new indicator and reflector configuration) as well as different rear lights configuration, as it was one of the regular complaints of some buyers. Also, it had a more comfortable suspension configuration and overall improved comfort.

Another key difference, was the incursion of a new trim, called Fleet and as the name suggests it was intented to be sold as fleet car for companies to be used in different types of situations. It was equipped with a simpler interior, no entertainment, it came with a revised version of the ADM V6, this time making around 117hp (1985 was the time ADM changed to Single throttle body injection on all models). Also it lacked some external features such as foglights or the Rivera logo on the bonet.

The other trims were as expected, a regular version with the Barracuda V8 downsized to 5L with TBI mated to an automatic 3 speed + OD transmission with premium interior. The Luxury package include a premium radio and ADM’s hydroneumatic suspension, plus a 2 tone paint job.

The police chaser version was also upgrated, this time it came with a powerful 5.5L Barracuda v8 putting down 230hp


Specs and Price
All prices are in 1985 USD dlls

Fleet - $5,419.21



Estándar - $9,278.78



Luxury Package - $11,575.60



#110

1985 Quijote Facelift

1985 was the year ADM revitalized almost of all its models (except the Galgo and the Madero). Different to the Rivera, the Quijote saw a more depth change both aesthetically and mechanically.


1985, the year of the facelifts


Summary

The Quijote was now offered in 3 trims instead of 2, a Base one, a Wagon and a more premium one. The basic engineering remained the same, all were powered by the ADM V6, now equipped with a throttle body injection, more efficient (but not that much poweful)


Not a Bogliq

Both the base and the Wagon came with a revised 3.2L engine in a Longitudinal FWD configuration, mated to a 3 speed automatic with 117hp and a improved fuel economy (16mpg combined). Interior equipment was standard for the time.


The rear end was a point many buyers didn’t like on the previous version

The Lx trim was equiped with a bored version of the same engine, 3.6L and 136hp, with a 3 speed + OD automatic transmission, reaching 16.5 mpg combined. As the name implied, it came with a better stereo and a more refined interior (tho not as much as the Rivera’s)


Wagon trim. Not particularly exciting


Price an specs
All prices are in 1985 US dlls

Quijote Base - $5,119.47



Quijote Wagon - $5,489.59



Quijote Lx - $6,927.49



#111

Lol


#112

1985 Villa


New model, based on the current Pilgrim from ADM of Europe


Summary

After 4 years, ADM finally updated the Villa, not just a facelift but a completely new version. This time heavily based on the Pilgrim, from ADMoE. Two trims were introduced, a regular or base version and the Grand Prix. Compared to previous generation (wich was a rebadged Sanda) this time it came as a RWD instead of FWD.


Base version

The two engine offered was the B series engine from sanda for the base version and the ADM V6 for the GP


Grand Prix Package


Specs and price
All prices in 1985 US dlls

Villa Base - $4,173.21



Villa Grand Prix - $6,655.75



#113

1987 - Galgo GTP

After the Galgo IMSA GTO was retired in 1986, ADM followed next year with a race prototype, the Galgo GTP. It was powered by the same Barracuda V8 as the road ongoing version, but bored to almost 6.2L of displacement. It was also the last GTP car to use carburetors. It pushed around 650hp, able to reach 330km/h.

The galgo GTP ran from 1987 to late 1989 with mixed results in the IMSA championship. It ran in the 24 of le mans in 1988 where it managed to finalized, albeit in mid of the pack, given its awful fuel economy.


Wanna see it in action? I’m a slow driver tho…


#114

1989 Galgo facelift


From left to right, Galgo GT, Galgo Base, Galgo GT Convertible and Galgo Sport

Finally after 7 years [and almost a year in RL] ADM facelifted the Galgo, this time with significant changes in the trim models offered in comparison to previous years.

For 1989 and onwards, the main changes were that the Grand Prix trim line was ditched and instead replaced with a Sport trim, and now the base model came with a Sanda L4 engine instead of the ADM V6 offered previously. The V8 model was now called GT and the convertible GT Convertible, both sharing the same equipment. The Sport trim was top of the line, and was a package built upon the GT, with mostly cosmetic changes, the only mechanical differences were disc rear brakes, ABS and a 5 speed manual transmission, all other models came only with an auto transmission. Despise that, all models (but the base) were considered very well equipped, and even with an auto transmission, the Galgo was considered a performance car.

TECHNICAL Base GT GT Convertible Sport
Engine: A4-181U-ADM Barracuda V8-5.2L GT
Placement: Front Longitudinal
Type: L4 90º V8
Block/head: Aluminium/Aluminium Cast Iron/Cast Iron
Valvetrain: DOHC Direct acting OHC
Fuel System: Throttle body Injection Throttle body Injection
Bore/Stroke: 83mm x 82.3mm 106.7mm x 72.7mm
Displacement: 1,779cc 5,197cc
Max Power: 102hp @ 6,200rpm 227hp @ 5,200rpm
Max Torque: 105lb-ft @ 3,200rpm 262lb-ft @ 2,800rpm
CHASSIS
Transmission: 4 Speed Auto w/OD 5 speed manual
Drivetrain: RWD
Chassis type: Monocoque
Chassis/panels: Steel / Steel
Front suspension: McPherson Struts
Rear suspension: Solid Axle coils
Brakes Front: 2 piston 220mm Vented discs 2 piston 300mm vented discs
Brakes Rear: 220mm drums 300mm drums 220mm solid discs
Tire size: 195/75R14 225/60R15
Weight: 1,112 kg 1,481 kg 1,638 kg 1,470 kg
PERFORMANCE
Top Speed: 168 km/h 207km/h 204 km/h 216km/h
0-100km/h: 13s 8.23s 9.06s 7.14s
400m: 19.26s 16.02s 16.75s 15.43s
Fuel economy: 17.4 mpg 10.1 mpg 9.4 mpg 10.6 mpg


The boys driving down the road

EQUIPMENT Base GT GT Convertible Sport
Alloy rims Std. Std. Std. Std.
Tyrelli™ 5100 tires -- Std. Std. Std.
Sitting: 4 4 4 Std.
Leather Seats: -- Std. Std. Std.
Electric Windows: -- Std. Std. Std.
Electric Seats: -- Only driver Only driver Only driver
AC Std. Std. Std. Std.
AM/FM radio: Std. Std. Std. Std.
Cassette player: Optional Std. Std. Std.
Speakers: 4 4 HD 4 HD 4 HD
Power steering: Hydraulic Hydraulic Hydraulic Hydraulic
ABS -- -- -- Std.
Safety rating: 43.6 47.1 43.2 47


Galgo Sport


#115

1990 Rivera ( 7th Generation )

After a decade, ADM finally released a new generation of their flagship, the Rivera, a name used since early 50s, still going (somewhat) strong. For this new generation, ADM changed strategy and tried to improve the brand recognition for this model (some say there are plans of making Rivera their own brand) by dropping the extra trims offered in later years, such as the police, the fleet and the entry level trims, to focus on the best experience for the “Comfort” version, which was the only trim offered as standard. In 1990 an additional “Performance Package” was offered at dealers, later on in 1991 it was only accessible via order at any dealership and by 1992 only certain dealership offered the package as a special order (some even offered the possibility to upgrade previous sold comfort models).

All models came with ADM Hydro suspension™ and the barracuda V8, now with extra power and a smaller displacement. The “Performance Package” added Magnesium rims with a Bronze finish, a small spoiler lip, some performance badges and dual exhaust. Mechanically, the engine received a minor tune resulting in 20hp extra and different gearing in the differential, from 3.17:1 to 4.08:1 to improve acceleration, and the speed limiter was removed.

TECHNICAL Comfort Performance Package
Engine: Barracuda V8 4.7L Barracuda V8 4.7L Performance Pack.
Placement: Front Longitudinal
Type: 90º V8
Block/head: Cast Iron/Cast Iron
Valvetrain: Direct acting OHC
Fuel System: Throttle Fuel Injection
Bore/Stroke: 98.6mm x 76.9mm
Displacement: 4,700cc
Max Power: 194hp @ 5,300rpm 214hp @ 5,300rpm
Max Torque: 231lb-ft @ 2,400rpm 244lb-ft @ 3,300rpm
CHASSIS
Transmission: 4 Speed Auto w/OD 4 Speed Auto
Drivetrain: RWD
Chassis type: Monocoque
Chassis/panels: Galvanized Steel / Steel
Front suspension: Double Wishbones
Rear suspension: Solid Axle with coils
Brakes Front: 3 piston 300mm Vented discs
Brakes Rear: 2 piston 300mm solid discs
Tire size: 215/70R15
Weight: 1,787 kg 1,797 kg
PERFORMANCE
Top Speed: 210 km/h (electronically limited) 220 km/h
0-100km/h: 10.9s 9.06s
400m: 17.94s 16.86
Fuel economy: 11.4 mpg 9.3 mpg


Rivera Performance Package exterior details

EQUIPMENT Comfort Performance Package
Alloy rims Std. Magnesium rims w/bronze finish
Tyrelli™ 5100 tires Std. Std.
Sitting: 5 5
Leather Seats: Std. Std.
Electric Windows: Std. Std.
Electric Seats: Front Front
AC Std Std.
AM/FM radio: Std. Std.
Cassette player: Std. Std.
Speakers: 4 HD 4 HD
Power steering: Hydraulic Hydraulic
ABS Std. Std.
Front airbags Std. Std.
Safety rating: 58.7 58.7


Available colors


#116

That’s a nice presentation here.