Let's show some historical propositions from Airborne Automotive, since I had nothing to post last time...
1978-1980 Airborne Mercury Coupe/Targa
In 1974 the founder planned to make supercar that would wipe out everything, including Lamborghinis, Ferraris and even De Tomasos and other exotic speeders. The car was presented in 1976 as Hades, but in result of terrible accident which founder died in, next CEO (his son - at time of he became the CEO he was only 15 in late 1976) decided that Airborne needs to strike sports car market, but not with THAT radical car. That's how Mercury was born. By times when it was presented in Geneva in 1978 reviewers quickly took it as response to british Lotus Esprit and the car made initially kind of success - not a failure, but not a hit. Unlike Esprit, it's main rival it was not turbocharged until 1985 and was offered in two variants - coupe and targa (joined the offer in 1980). Both Mercurys in their NA stage were powered by 2,8 litre V6 that had power of "only" 208 hp that was transferred to rear wheels by Airborne's classic - manual gearbox made in cooperation with Getrag, which allowed to use unique setup with "reverse 1st" gear. Combined with small curb weight (964 kg targa, 971 kg coupe) could reach impressive 0-100 result of 5.9 seconds and respectable top speed in it's class (245 km/h coupe, 241 km/h targa). In fact, Mercury Targa made bigger success due to possibility to take off roof and make the car lighter. In 1978 Mercury Coupe was costing $24.653 and Targa in 1980 was priced at $30.443.
1975 Airborne A27
In 1973 oil crisis struck many small, but also big companies. Airborne Motor Company was assassinated due to bankrupcy in 1973, but was reborn quickly in the same year as Airborne Automotive and was only manufacturing Valletta (first post) in small amounts to 1976. But there was another project - family car focused on economy for times of crisis. Result of this plan was Airborne A27 - pretty simple name came by A from Airborne and 27 was from fact that the model was presented 27 years after founding. A27 was extremely crappy, slow, boxy (but featured some nice looks), and pretty economical and went Airborne back from the dead in first year of production - the car became a hit! However, it hurt company's name pretty badly - Airborne fans turned out and said that the company went it's sports factor, so founder sent desperate letter to Kraft Haus Technik for possibility to tune their car. In fact, A27 had 2 litre inline 4 producing only 60 hp. The car could reach only 157 km/h and needed 16 seconds to reach 100 km/h, which was pretty... well... explain it to yourself It had also it's pros - it was RWD and light, so some drifts could be performed (and in late 90s A27 became one of drifters' favourite cars). In shortcut: A27 was car only for crisis times and it did pretty well, however production of this "budget" version was cut in 1978 due to plans of introducing new, better commuter sedan which would be made better, more powerful and in total better. A27 in 1975 costed only $2.152. Also, as a funfact - two exemplars of A27 were reported to be shipped to PRL in December 1977, however what happened to them is unknown.
1966 Airborne Beta 1000
In Anno Domini 966 christians went to territory of Polans and christianized Mieszko I from Piast dynasty and his people causing the beginning of Poland. In 1966, 1000 years later Polish Church released Bible of the Millenium which was direct translation of original Bible and Airborne did anniversary thing too - Beta 1000. Because what car was better to modify into anniversary edition than Beta, Airborne's flagship car from 1961 to 1969? Beta 1000 kept the V8 engine what started it's lifespan in Monocoque and then went to original Beta. Compared to Beta, Beta 1000 received visible design overhauls and in fact became pretty modern design-wise. It could catapult itself to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and reach 232 km/h, which was pretty comparable (if it comes to acceleration) with most of muscle cars of it's era. It wasn't a track car - it was more like 2+2 GT. It was however very thirsty - it burned 23 litres of fuel per 100 km! The car was limited in production to 966 units (which of around 71-73 were shipped to Poland) and was available only in two colors - Championship White or Flag Red, which are colors of polish flag. In it's times Beta 1000 costed 16.050$.
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