Holy Moly even more beautiful cars !
Holy Moly even more beautiful cars !
Still at 1960, ADM was partially founded and owned by the Mexican government, meaning that most of their prices were low to allow the national market to take off. But in 1961 the government decided that too much money was invested into ADM and the company was warned that they would stop receiving support by 1965.
Preparing for that, ADM managers put a lot of effort into a more aggressive international campaign, and they offer all the line-up across the whole continent. All the models were redesign (face-lift and a more intensive engineering) to compete with other makers.
Also all their new models came out with a higher price, to cover the new costs per vehicle and the lack of support by the government.
One of the first models to receive a face lift and a complete re-worked engineering was the big sedan Rivera. Only the chassis and the engine (4.9L OHV V8) along with 90% panels remained the same, but everything else was reworked.
It had 5 seats (a seat was removed to place a phonograph) with the a nice premium interior (a lot of leather and woodgrain) and the most advance safety. The brakes were solid disc front and drum brake a the rear with wider tires (in comparison to the older model).
Since it weighted a lot and had an anemic engine with a 3 speed automatic, the car was pretty slow. It did 0-100 km/h in 13.9s and it could reach a top speed of 181.7 km/h.
The Rivera was pretty good received, and the only complain was the lack of power, but must owners just re-tuned the engine and added more carbs to it.
Market price w/38% mark-up: $18,438
1964 price: $4,234.00
That is a fantastic looking car.
Thank you! If only (as KLinardo said in the car shopping round) my engineers put as much effort in the performance as the designing and styling guys
Hmm, it seems that art is much easier to do than engineering in hot climate, like Mexican
Let’s say that and not that my engineers are lazy xD
Moving on to another piece of work
Sames as the Rivera, the Mastín Familiar was re-engineered and offered in 2 trims, the Familiar Base and the Familiar Clase (the one in the picture).
For those in a tighter budget, the Familiar base was offered. In the exterior, the main difference was the absence of the roof racks, but the interior and the suspension were completely different.
1964 price: $2,409.00
The Villa always had a difficult life. It started as a replacement for the early 50s Gomez, that wasn’t a bad seller, but it fail to attract people looking for small city cars. It received later in 1960 a facelift and a new engine. Again, failed to attract the targeted group of buyers, and ended up competing against the Quijote.
After the recent facelift, pretty much everything that is not in the outside was re worked (except the engine), this time, aiming not to city or budget buyers, but rather small families looking for a simple car for daily use or commute.
The Quijote took the name of the main character of the spanish novel titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.
First introduced in 1960, it was a model designed to fill the gab between the luxurious Rivera and the cheap Villa. 5 years later, a facelift was in order, and also 2 new trims were introduced, the Coupé (a sports family car) the Sedán (a 4 doors premium saloon) and the Familiar (the first ADM station wagon).
The engineering behind it was simple, steel ladder chassis with steel panels, mcpherson strut at the front and solid axle leaf in the back. All of them used the same engine, a 2.2L OHV 4 cylinder in a FR configuration, mated to either a 4 speed manual or a 3 speed automatic. While it wasn’t the most emblematic design, it was a key model in the expansion of the company.
1965 price: $2,274
1965 price: $3,045
1965 price: $2,111
While a year earlier the Mastin Familiar was presented to the market, in 1965 two new trims came to life, the 100 & the 120. Both were pickups, basically the same 60 Mastin Cab and 4x4 but with re-worked names, and better engineering.
Although both share the same chassis and over all layout, there were critical differences in the engine, the suspension and the drivetrain.
For starters, the Mastin 100 was shorter and was equipped with the same L6 as the Mastín Familiar paired to a 3 speed automatic with manual locker powering the rear wheels. The longer Mastín 120 was equipped with the Rivera’s V8 a 3 speed automatic w/manual locker and 4x4 switch, plus a more off-road oriented configuration.
1965 price: $2,706
The only spaceframe chassis ADM has ever produced. The original madero was launched in 1950 and was aimed to be a simple small car with just a sporty touch. Then in 1960 it was transformed in sort of a light sport car, with the Meliora Perenne as the closest competitor. By 1966, the car received a facelift and a re-worked engineering. But sadly, that didn’t make it faster. By that time, the car was quite slow compared to other cars, and when the new version kept the old engine, it pretty much kill the model. The demand was low, and not much cars were sold (thankfully, not many were produced either) and it only remained in production for 2 years.
Gorgeous colour on the Madero
In 1968, only 4 years after the last generation was presented to the world, the Rivera was re-newed with a brand new design, still large and prestigious and by far, the most expensive car in the ADM line-up.
3 trims were offered, with 3 different approaches (and prices). The first one is the Base, which is sort of a entry level car for those wanting to have the classic Rivera name and design in their garage. It used a new variant of the old Mastiff V8, this time producing 172hp (against the 148hp it produced before). Now, with this amount of power, there were less critics about the anemic engine.
The next trim was called GLX… for apparently no good reason other than there were some GLX badges around. This one used a beefed up version of the same V8, prepared to run on high octane leaded fuel and producing 212hp. This along with the fine tuned suspension, it gave it a nice sportier feel (despise weighting over ton and a half.
Finally, the more expensive, the presidential was the epitome of luxury. 4 seats, luxury interior with refined materials and a nice phonograph, it was perfectly suited for only the top tier politician, dictators and the like, using the same Mastiff V8 high octane.
1968 price: $3,999
1968 price: $4,340
1968 price: $5,236
I love the fact that your cars are mexican and they really look mexican, too.
btw that’s a compliment in my book!
@SeriousSimon Thanks, I’m glad to receive positive feedback for my models… but I don’t know how a mexican car should look But I guess the influences of my childhood came up when I make my cars
After the cancellation of the Madero, ADM was not ready to give up the sport market, dominated by the American car makers and (to some extend) by the national rival Meliora.
A few years earlier, a new project was in process, and finally in 1968 was presented the FoxHunt (the first car with a non-spanish name) named after the hound bred. Initially it was designed for racing in the American Trans-am racing, but due to lack of time and resources (it was meant as a mass produced car) at the end it didn’t participated.
3 Trims were offered, the L6 powered by a re-tuned variant of the 3.6L OHV inline 6 used in the Mastin trucks line-up, the V8 powered by the same engine as the Rivera GLX and finally the Grand Prix, which was the top of the line, using a more powerful 4.9L V8. All of them matted to classics 4 speed gearbox (a close-gear ratio in case of the Grand Prix).
Sadly, due to the lack of power, the Foxhunt is considered a Pony car and not a Muscle car, but that doesn’t diminish of what the car is capable. Thanks to its well engineer chassis (it was the first monocoque ADM car) and engine, it had a perfect weight distribution [tho it was a coincidence, since the ADM engineers are the less… experimented of all my companies] and it had a perfect sport handling, easy to control but capable of roll out the tail when you press the pedal too hard.
With a 7.4s time from 0-100 km/h, it was in the range and even faster than the
Ford Fairlane GTA 390 6.4 V8, the Ford Mustang Mach 1 351 and even the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Sport Coupe from 1967, but a tad slower than the Dodge Dart and the Chevrolet Impala.
1968 price: $2,799
1968 price: $2,620
1968 price: $2,400
If the Foxhunt looks very much like an HK-HG Monaro that’s because it practically is one, since it uses the HK coupe body from @Corvette6317, is available with a variety of OHV straight-sixes and V8s, and has a similar independent front/live axle rear suspension setup. However, I have built similar cars with this body using double wishbones at each corner, as well as a galvanized steel monocoque chassis for better environmental resistance, although they usually cost more, with the extra price being justified through the use of larger, more powerful engines and a premium interior. Then again, those cars, unlike the Foxhunt, compete in the Muscle class, not the Pony class…
And this company of yours is one of your best efforts, just like your other company. I would like to see how it evolves in the future.
@abg7 other than comparing my car to the Monaro (which by the way, other than the siluete of the car and maybe the air intakes it does not look like one), your post has nothing to do with my car, or the car company. You actually wrote about YOU and your amazing habilities designing cars. I don’t know if I should feel annoyed or upset, because going to someone else’s thread and just go like loudmouth is not cool.
Leave him. There’s always that type of person on the forum who always has something to say about everything even when he’s not welcome.
The second generation of the Quijote was presented at the end of 1958 and to be sold as a 1959 model. 2 trims were offered, the sedan and the coupé, this time there was no wagon (although the wagon of the last generation was still offered, since there were enough in stock).
This generation offered a less boxy body style and a more conservative design. It was based in a new platform, featuring a steel monocoque (the second for the company) with the old and reliable FR configuration with mcpherson struf front and a heavy duty solid axle in the back.
The more important part of the car was a brand new type of engine, called ALU4. It was a 4 cylinder engine, but this time with an aluminum block and iron head, with a Direct Acting overhead cam instead of pushroads. ADM was ready to move to more complex engine designs, and decided to begin with a small engine. Originally was designed to have an aluminum head and a iron block, but that prove to unreliable. Although the mix of iron and aluminum was too expensive to manufacture (and thus, ADM abandoned the idea for a couple of years), the use of DAOHC prove to be efficient and was adopted for future models.
1969 price: $3,197
1969 price: $2,452
Very nice work. Genuine curiosity; why the much lower markup on the coupé? $600 is a lot for two more doors (I do prefer sedans). Were ADM trying to push sales of the coupe?