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Arion Automotive

Epitome of Elegance.

History & Lore

Beginning in 1930 as Arion Coachwork, the brand created elegant designs for other automotive brands. Come 1936, they expanded into creating their own GP car to take on the championships.

Aruna Arion Leone born in 1900 is the founder of Arion Coachwork, who enjoyed both designing and racing the cars he and his brand crafted.

With the success of their GP cars and various commissioned coachwork bodies, Arion went on to become established as a car brand with it’s first road-going prototype in 1945 then production of the very first Arion: The Celeste 16C Royale in 1947.

Early Years

Based in North Yorkshire the small startup company Arion Coachwork began by designing car bodies for brands. Slowly they would grow into a larger firm, now crafting their own engines and chassis as well for GP racing. With podiums sometimes, and lots of happy clients from their coachwork bodies it was time to develop further, as they forked a loan out for two plots of land, an engine and car plant for creating the very first Arion car.

Few different concept ideas were sculpted out from clay eventually: Project Celeste and Project Aquila. The Celeste was an elegant swooping large luxury car, whilst Aquila was a sporty sleeker coupe car. Judging by the larger markets for a comfortable, large premium car, the team opted to produce the Arion Celeste, reserving the Aquila for the future.

Major expansion of the company

With the successful release of the prestigious Celeste 16C Royale Saloon & Cabriolet, orders were coming in from all over the country, with even a few international buyers intent on shipping them over. After 3 & 1/2 years in production, Arion forged another loan out for more land: The Aquila was on it’s way!

1953 marked the release of the Arion Aquila, a sporty 5 litre V8 and room for four the GT car performed well on road and the track. The Aquila was entered in various GPs around Europe, doing Britain proud with it’s results whilst also boosting the brand’s reach to the public, helping Arion grow further.

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Arion Automotive

Epitome of Elegance.

Hierarchy

Classification

Engine Series

3-Cylinder {3C}
4-Cylinder {4C}
6-Cylinder {6C}
8-Cylinder {8C}
16-Cylinder {16C}

Supercharged {S}
Turbocharged {T}
Fuel Injection {I}
Supercharged Fuel Injection {SI}
Turbocharged Fuel Injection {TI}
Time Attack {TA} - Specific to track-only & sometimes street-legal editions
Racing Specification {RS} - Specific to highly tuned performance editions

Codename example: AR3/16C TI
Codename system: Arion 3 Litre, 16 Cylinder Turbocharged Fuel Injection

Quality Series

Premium {PM} (Premium)
Luxury {LX} (Luxury)
Prætulit - {EM} (Embodiment of magnificence)


Colours

Premier Series

AR01P Racing Red
AR02P Piano Black
AR03P Aquamarine
AR04P Beige
AR05P Raspberry
AR06P Golden
AR07P Teal
AR08P Moss Green

Luxury Series

Placeholder

Prætulit Series

AR01 Wine Red
AR02 Sea Blue
AR03 Hazelnut
AR04 Platinum
AR05 British Racing Green
AR06 Celeste Blue
AR07 Royal Red
AR08 Glaze White


Lineup

Hatchbacks

Wren - A-Segment
Virgo - B-Segment
Antares - C-Segment

Saloons

Cormorant - C-Segment
Shoebill - D-Segment
Mythos - E-Segment
Celeste - F-Segment

Estates

Cormorant - C-Segment
Shoebill - D-Segment
Mythos - E-Segment

SUVs

Arietis - J-Segment
Hercules - J-Segment
Polaris - J-Segment

Coupes

Heron - S-Segment
Starling - S-Segment
Cygnus - S-Segment
Aquila - S-Segment
Hydrus - S-Segment
Cassiopeia - S-Segment

Cabriolets

Cormorant - C-Segment
Shoebill - D-Segment
Mythos - E-Segment
Celeste - F-Segment

Spyders

Heron - S-Segment
Starling - S-Segment
Cygnus - S-Segment
Aquila - S-Segment
Hydrus - S-Segment

Utility & Offroad

Andromeda - J-Segment
Gruis - J-Segment
Hercules - J-Segment
Polaris - J-Segment

MPVs

Apus - M-Segment
Tucana - M-Segment
Vela - M-Segment




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With LCV 4.1.12 now in the open beta phase, it makes sense to re-imagine the entire history of Arion - and not just because everything will look better. It also provides a perfect opportunity to fill any remaining holes in their lineup from the previous thread - assuming they exist at all.


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Aquila 8C 1953

One of the most luxurious and fastest GT cars on the market.


Shown in Glaze White with Royal Red accent two-tone

Introduced in 1953 was Arion’s Aquila, a luxury GT car which seats 4 adults comfortably whilst being sporty and performance driven. It was offered with two trim grades; Touring: The more snug and softer tuned suspension version with a smooth 2-gear automatic & Sport: The 4-gear manual with harder dampers and tweaked for performance.

Shown in Celeste Blue with Platinum accent two-tone

The Aquila features a full cast iron 5 litre V8 outputting maximum power of 213.2hp @ 4900RPM and peak torque of 284.8lb-ft @ 2.900RPM. Given enough space it was estimated to go all the way to 150mph and a bit more still.

Shown in Hazelnut with Glaze White accent two-tone

Buyers could opt from an array of eight colours at the time, even having optional two-tone colour schemes. Not only was the styling quite extravagant, but the Aquila was one of the first cars of the time to have indicators and fog lights front and rear, as well as a reversing light.

Shown in Sea Blue

Buyers wanting even more from their already exquisite purchase could opt to having a Phonograph installed with two of the highest quality speakers front and rear for exceptional audio performance.

Shown in British Racing Green

Whilst being a successful car in terms of sales, it was also used in official racing. There was few used in touring car racing, but some were used for rally events, being lightweight when stripped down of luxuries and equipped with racing gear the Aquila was certainly a racing machine not to be taken lightly.


Specifications

Arion Aquila 8C Touring {EM} '53

Chassis: Galvanised Steel Monocoque with Aluminium panels (1,190kg - 57F/43R)
Drivetrain: Front Longitudinal RWD
Gearbox: 2 Gear Automatic
Suspension: Double Wishbone (F&R) Standard suspension and Twin-Tube Damping with Passive Sway Bars
Engine: Cast Iron 5.0L V8 16-Valve OHC producing 213.2hp @ 4,900RPM & 284.8lb-ft 2,900RPM with 5,000RPM redline
Economy: 16.7mpg combined (13.5mpg City and 19.9mpg Motorway)
Performance: 0-62mph in 10.3s & 152mph top speed
Wheels: 15 inch Steel rims on radial medium compound (P130/90C15 92Z)
Brakes: 300mm 2LS Drum front & 275mm SLS Drum rear
Exterior layout & Interior: 2 door coupe - Hand Made 4 Seater & Luxury AM Radio or Phonograph Entertainment
Price: For sale starting at 6,000GBP before paint and accessories in '53

Arion Aquila 8C Sport {EM} '53

Chassis: Galvanised Steel Monocoque with Aluminium panels (1,189kg - 57F/43R)
Drivetrain: Front Longitudinal RWD
Gearbox: 4 Gear Automatic
Suspension: Double Wishbone (F&R) Standard suspension and Twin-Tube Damping with Passive Sway Bars
Engine: Cast Iron 5.0L V8 16-Valve OHC producing 213.2hp @ 4,900RPM & 284.8lb-ft 2,900RPM with 5,000RPM redline
Economy: 16.8mpg combined (14.1mpg City and 19.5mpg Motorway)
Performance: 0-62mph in 10.0s & 157mph top speed
Wheels: 15 inch Steel rims on radial medium compound (P130/90C15 92Z)
Brakes: 300mm 2LS Drum front & 275mm SLS Drum rear
Exterior layout & Interior: 2 door coupe - Hand Made 4 Seater & Luxury AM Radio or Phonograph Entertainment
Price: For sale starting at 5,900GBP before paint and accessories in '53


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