1975-79 IP PANDORA (Internal model code: C10)
In the mid 70s, there was a growing demand in the market segment between the coupé versions of the regular family cars like the Commuter and Warbler, and the more pure sports cars like the Flaire. The IP Pandora was the entry in that market. Technically, it was more or less a mix between the Warbler and the Commuter. The 4L series engines were taken from the Warbler, as were the coil sprung rear axle, while the front suspension and parts of the structure and floorpan was borrowed from the Commuter.
The only available bodystyle was the 2+2 seater fastback coupé. It could be had in three versions, the 1700S, the 1700GLX and the 2000 GTX. The entry level model was the S, it was however not a completely bare bones affair. Standard equipment included cloth/vinyl reclining high back bucket seats, nylon carpeting, flow through ventilation, clock, cigar lighter, AM radio, padded dashboard, 3 point inertia reel seatbelts up front (static lap belts in the rear), collapsible steering column, lockable glove box and radial tyres on steel wheels with small center caps.
The GLX was more of a little luxury cruiser, with velour upholstery, tinted glass, fake woodgrain panels on the inside, better sound insulation, storage pockets in the doorcards, foam grip steering wheel, colour matched dashboard and seatbelts, chrome side trim, black/chrome styled steel wheels and an 8 track player.
The S had a 4 speed manual as its standard transmission and an optional 3 speed auto. The same was true for the GLX, that however also added a 5 speed manual option.
The sporty trim was the GTX, with spoilers front and rear, special GTX-striping, 14 inch alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, centre console, full instrumentation, contoured bucket seats, 4 wheel disc brakes, twin tail pipes, 5 speed transmission, limited slip differential and a more sporty suspension tuning.
Even though looking sleek, the fashion went on to favour boxier styling and the shape quickly felt a bit dated. Already in 1980, the more squared off C20 took its place in the model programme, perhaps a little less sporty, but more contemporary looking.
TECHNICAL DATA 1700S 4 speed (1700 GLX automatic) (2000 GTX 5 speed)
Wheelbase: 235 cm
Length: 407 cm
Width: 169 cm
Weight: 916 kg (957 kg) (962 kg)
Engine block type: 4 cyl inline cast iron
Head: 2 valve aluminium DAOHC
Displacement: 1700 cc (1700 cc) (2003 cc)
Bore: 82 mm (82 mm) (89 mm)
Stroke: 80.5 mm
Compression ratio: 9.3:1 (9.3:1) (9:1)
Power output: 64 kW@5200 RPM (64 kW@5200 RPM) (81 kW@5500 RPM)
Maximum torque: 134 Nm@3500 RPM (134 Nm@3500 RPM) (160 Nm@3900 RPM)
Fuel delivery: Single 2 barrel
Fuel type: 98 leaded
Tyre type: Radial
Tyre compound: Hard (Hard) (Sports)
Tyre dimension: 185/80R13 (195/75R13) (195/70R14)
Rim type: Steel (Steel) (Alloy)
Cornering: 0.82 G (0.83 G) (0.99 G)
Top speed: 173 km/h (170 km/h) (185 km/h)
0-100: 11.5 s (13.4 s) (9.3 s)
Quartermile: 18.18 s (19.39 s) (16.99 s)
Gas mileage: 11.7 l/100 km (12.6 l/100 km) (12.9 l/100 km)
Brakes F/R: Solid disc/drum (Solid disc/drum) (Solid disc/solid disc)
Braking 100-0: 40.9 m (40.4 m) (35.1 m)
Price (Recalculated to todays values): $11500 ($12900) ($14700)