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Barricada [1988 Solara Spider Mk.1]


#1

My first all UE4 company. An italian make, an amalgamation of the major RL italian makes.

Lore wise, it’s the oldest brand in my roster, being established in 1898. Barricada produced all kinds of vehicles until WW2, before consolidating on primarily affordable and utilitarian cars, vans and trucks (the truck division has been sold to IMP in 1979). Barricada was also a prominent manufacturer of more upmarket vehicles until the 1960s. Lets make it clear that Barricada is not directly affiliated with my other brands.


A few milestones from Barricada’s 120 year history:

  • Founded in 1898
  • September 1899: First ‘Tipo 1’ model completed
  • October 1900: Tipo 4 Litri wins Bologna to Firenze trial.
  • 1902: Tipo 9 is produced in 108 units
  • 1905: First Truck produced
  • 1921: Tipo 23 & Tipo 24 become first truly mass produced Barricada automobiles, selling over 100.000 units combined until 1926.
  • 1922: Tipo 25 introduces four-wheel brakes
  • 1927: First V8 produced
  • 1933: Barricada 1350 (Tipo 40) introduces independent front suspension
  • 1937: Barricada 1350C features unibody construction and rack and pinion steering.
  • 1942: Barricada produces light, 4WD reconnaisance vehicle for Italian army
  • 1947: Barricada 1350E reenters production, effectively a 1350D using a simplified separate chassis.
  • 1954: Introduction of ‘775’ model, which would remain in production until 1968 and sell over 2 million times.
  • 1966: Junta 2900 introduced with all-aluminium OHC V8 and four-speed automatic transmission.
  • 1968: Introduction of the front-wheel drive ‘975’ series to replace the 775C.
  • 1977: 1350K introduced, last RWD family car by Barricada
  • 1985: ‘Solara Super Turbo’ introduces multivalve engine with turbocharger.
  • 1990: Solara II is voted european car of the year
  • 1996: Reintroduction of executive Junta model, with bespoke RWD chassis and a 240hp V6 engine, model flops.


We’ll start off in the post war years, after the 1947 1350E and 1000D had stabilized the company finances, work on a new flagship model began. The important ingredient here was an all-new 2.0 litre OHV V8 engine with alloy cylinder heads. The Barricada 8c 2000 Berlina was unveiled in 1951. It initially produced 85hp with a single carburetor. Alongside it stood a sports car with that same engine, the 8c Sport. A competition version of this car with three carburetors would race in the 1951 and 1952 Mille Miglia. 137 8c Sport were produced, of which 13 were in ‘MM’ specification. Only one example of the MM is known to survive.



Specifications:
1951 Barricada 8c Sport MM Berlinetta

Steel ladder frame chassis, aluminium bodywork
Independent front suspension with transverse leaf spring, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs
4-wheel hydraulically assisted drum brakes, 300mm diameter front, 280mm rear

90° OHV V8 with cast iron block and aluminium alloy cylinder heads
Bore x Stroke 72x61,3mm, 1997cc, three Weber carburetors
Compression ratio 9.5:1
127hp @ 5400rpm, 177Nm @ 4300rpm, Engine redline 6000rpm
Engine weight 172kg

4-speed ZF manual transmission, rack and pinion steering

Total weight 1177kg
0-100kph 11.6s, Top Speed 185kph

Price (2017) ca. €1,5m


#2

Okay, cool. Let’s see some cars, then.


#3

OP has been updated.


#4

O SHIT
THAT’S BEAUTIFUL


#5

Some really cool design touches. Slanted badge on the back with the car’s name is especially period correct! Nice


#6

image

HNNNNNNNNNG


#7

Mr.Regular impersonation 10/10


#8

That is fantastic…

To expand on this, I love all the little details like the hinges and hood latches, as well as the strakes on the hood and the fender portals. Also, that’s a fantastic colour too, it really makes things pop.

I can hardly wait to see these on track with the Scagliatis!


#9

Can one really call this a teaser when you already know what is coming up next?


#10

The Barricada V8 was the first premium sedan made after the war. It shared its body with the 1952 1350F. a practice that would prevail for nearly two decades. The main difference was the eponymous eight cylinder engine, a highly advanced 1997cc unit with OHV valvetrain, lightweight hollow pushrods and aluminium alloy cylinder heads. The initial engine with a single Solex two-barrel Carburator produced 85hp. Within weeks a twin-carb version with 105hp was added. The V8-S Berlina could exceed 170kph. 1952 saw the addition of a “Familiare” Station Wagon and the “Giardinera” Van with a detuned 66hp V8. The first generation V8 was produced until 1957.


#11

Headlight in the middle :heart:


#12

Period-correct styling? Check. V8 engine under the hood? Check. Premium interior? Check. All in all, it’s one of your best efforts yet.


#13

Two words that can describe the '51 Barricada V8 Berlina? Positively. Stunning.


#14

These are amazing designs, all period correct like others have said and so many cool little details. I look forward to seeing what else you come up with.


#15

1947 was the year when passenger car production restarted.
The initial models were the 1.3L 1350E and 1.0L 1000D. Both those cars used the body of the 1939 1350D, that had been heavily modified for the post war economy to simplify and reduce cost. Most significantly it had lost the unitary body construction which had been a huge innovation. Instead the body was mounted on the ladder chassis of the 1350 Commerciale. Other changes included a one-piece rear window, a modernised front fascia on the 1350E and dual rear taillights. The engine, a 1.0L or 1.3L OHV engine with 30 or 39hp had not been altered. The 1000D was equipped with a 3-speed manual transmission while the 1350E was fitted with a new 4-speed column shift gearbox. Interiors were appropriately bare with two bench seats capable of seating six. The 1000D was only available painted in grey, with the wheels being painted either in red, grey, or blue.




A surviving 1948 1000D in the finishing stages of a restoration by the Barricada Centro Storico

While the model really did not offer anything new to the table, it was popular due to its simplicity and spacious interior, and proved to be a very robust workhorse which sold over 70.000 units by the time an all-new 1350F was launched in 1952. The 1000D meanwhile remained in production until 1956, when it was superceded by the smaller 775 and the 1075E, bringing total production of the model to 110.000 cars.


#16

What torque does the 1.3 engine make? I’m quite interested in that car…


#17

Two digits.


#18

It may only be a mass-market car, and it isn’t very fast even for its time, but the 1000D/1350E looks the part and helped get Barricada get back up to speed and on its feet after the war.


#19

Well yes what did you expect. Power is indeed low for the time when a 1.2L Peugeot 203, arguably the best car of its class, made 45hp. But a top speed of 76mph for is pretty good comparatively.


#20

Taking a break from the chronological approach due to the wiping of the existing files. A small treat to end the year.



The Junta supplemented the V-8 Berlina and would eventually replace it altogether. The original version was a clean sheet development with fully independent suspension, four wheel disk brakes and an all-new 2.8 litre OHC V8 with 174hp. The fastback styling was especially modern with classic long bonnet proportions (despite the compact engine being mounted fairly far forward) and large light clusters. The body also made liberal use of aluminium to keep weight lower than the V-8 Berlina despite the bigger size. Being Barricada’s flagship the Junta came with a full list of standard equipment including metallic paint, air conditioning, electric windows, alloy wheels and even a Becker Mexico Olympia Stereo Cassette Radio (1969).
Standard equipment was a 5-speed ZF manual transmission, with an optional 3-speed automatic also sourced from ZF.
With a top speed of 203kph and a 0-60mph time of just 8.3s the Junta was no doubt one of the quickest european four seaters of the time, not to mention one of the best sounding thanks to the distinctive small-displacement V8.
A second series with a 190hp 3.0 litre engine and many detail improvements was introduced in 1972, but the car was discontinued shortly after in 1975.