Great looking car although the tail lights look more early 70s. In the early 80s big square tail lights were more popular
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.
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.
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.
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.
Price and stats
Price in 1981 US dlls
ADM of Europe™ - 1988 Madrid Diesel
1982 ADM Galgo
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stats and price
Price in 1982 US dlls
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1984 Galgo GTO
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
ADM of Europe™ - 1988 Madrid Diesel
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.
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
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.
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)
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 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)
Price an specs
All prices are in 1985 US dlls
New model, based on the current Pilgrim from ADM of Europe
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.
The two engine offered was the B series engine from sanda for the base version and the ADM V6 for the GP
Specs and price
All prices in 1985 US dlls
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…
1989 Galgo facelift
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.
|Engine:||A4-181U-ADM||Barracuda V8-5.2L GT|
|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|
|Max Power:||102hp @ 6,200rpm||227hp @ 5,200rpm|
|Max Torque:||105lb-ft @ 3,200rpm||262lb-ft @ 2,800rpm|
|Transmission:||4 Speed Auto w/OD||5 speed manual|
|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|
|Weight:||1,112 kg||1,481 kg||1,638 kg||1,470 kg|
|Top Speed:||168 km/h||207km/h||204 km/h||216km/h|
|Fuel economy:||17.4 mpg||10.1 mpg||9.4 mpg||10.6 mpg|
|Tyrelli™ 5100 tires||--||Std.||Std.||Std.|
|Electric Seats:||--||Only driver||Only driver||Only driver|
|Speakers:||4||4 HD||4 HD||4 HD|
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.
|Engine:||Barracuda V8 4.7L||Barracuda V8 4.7L Performance Pack.|
|Block/head:||Cast Iron/Cast Iron|
|Valvetrain:||Direct acting OHC|
|Fuel System:||Throttle Fuel Injection|
|Bore/Stroke:||98.6mm x 76.9mm|
|Max Power:||194hp @ 5,300rpm||214hp @ 5,300rpm|
|Max Torque:||231lb-ft @ 2,400rpm||244lb-ft @ 3,300rpm|
|Transmission:||4 Speed Auto w/OD||4 Speed Auto|
|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|
|Weight:||1,787 kg||1,797 kg|
|Top Speed:||210 km/h (electronically limited)||220 km/h|
|Fuel economy:||11.4 mpg||9.3 mpg|
|Alloy rims||Std.||Magnesium rims w/bronze finish|
|Tyrelli™ 5100 tires||Std.||Std.|
|Speakers:||4 HD||4 HD|
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