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Leviathan Motor Company (Remastered): 1988-1996 Selene


#1

The Leviathan Motor Company


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The Leviathan Motor Company is a Detroit based luxury brand founded in 1947 by David Townsend. LMC found early success in the crowded premium and luxury markets with the Captain line and rapidly expanded into new territories. The company’s interest in motorsports received a jumpstart when LMC landed a partnership with Rigore Engineering, supplying the Spectre RS1400 with powerful Boxer-4 engines which made an entry into the 1952 Corso di Fruinia possible. Soon after, LMC developed its first real sports car, the Halcyon. The Halcyon was a precursor to the Maladus, a model that has kept a place for LMC cemented in the US sports car market through the company’s high points and hardships since the early 60’s.

Historic Models (I'll be back to add more soon)

Thumb-Captain     1951-1957 Captain Series 6 & Series 8

Thumb-Spectre     1952-1954 Spectre RS1400

Thumb-Halcyon     1957-1962 Halcyon

Thumb-Sunspear58     1958-1964 Sunspear

Thumb-M1     1963-1967 Maladus (M1)

Thumb-Sunspear65     1965-1969 Sunspear

Thumb-Seabeast     1966-1970 Seabeast

Thumb-Missing     1968-1978 Maladus (M50)

Thumb-Sunspear74     1970-1974 Sunspear

Thumb-Scorpius     1973-1976 Scorpius

Thumb-Ares     1978-1982 Ares

Thumb-M100     1979-1984 Maladus (M100)

Thumb-M150     1985-1991 Maladus (M150)

Thumb-Selene     1988-1996 Selene

Thumb-Nessus     1989-1996 Nessus

Thumb-Scylla     1991-1997 Scylla

Thumb-M200     1992-1999 Maladus (M200)

Thumb-Megalodon     2007-2017 Megalodon

Current Models

Thumb-Tempest     2019- Tempest

Thumb-Maladus     2019- Maladus (M350)

Thumb-Nessus%202020     2020- Nessus



#2

1951


Captain


1951 Captain Series 6

The Leviathan Captain was the first full production model by LMC. It originally came in coupe or sedan form designated by the Series 6 and Series 8 monikers respectively. It was powered by a 280 OHV V8 "Serpent" producing 160hp. Equipped with a unique 4-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic, the Captain was capable of a sub-11 sec 0-62 mph time, which was very quick for its day.

The interior was not quite as lavish as its competition, but it was very reliable and relatively cheap to maintain. It had leather and cloth seats with a rosewood accented dash. Its impressive performance and affordability earned it Best Upscale Car by Motor World Review in its first year of production.


1952 Series 8 Auto-matic


1954



LMC Captain Advertising from 1954

In 1954, the Captain recieved its first major update featuring a plethora of interior options and improvements as well as a facelift. The 280 V8's output was increased to 173 hp and the 4-speed automatic became the more popular choice for the transmission. The Captain also gained a front sway bar and re-tuned suspension for better stability.
The '54 Captain line greatly expanded it's color options to go with it's bolder look. New to this year was a Frigidaire air conditioning system, which was controlled in-dash by a switch with 2 settings: low and high. It was an expensive option few cars sold with initially, but it was the first of many luxury technologies LMC would be early adopters of.

1956



1957 Captain Series 6 Convertible Delxue

The Captain recieved another change in styling, this time making increasing the length of the car, enlarging the grille, and adding tail fins to the design. Mechanically, little changed for the Captain, but the LMC lineup was expanded. 1956 was the first year the Series 6 finally got a convertible. A new Deluxe trim was added to the lineup, which included full leather interior, a/c, the works.


1956 Captain Series 6 Deluxe


The last '57 Series 6 Model



#3

1952

Spectre


1952 Spectre RS1400 in testing

Shortly after the debut of the Captain, LMC sought to compete in motorsports with a new light sports car: the Spectre. Made in time for compete in the 1952 Corso di Fruinia, it's short development was largely thanks to partnering with Rigore Engineering to use their 1.4L Boxer-4 engine rather than trying to engineer a new inline-4 for themselves. Versions of the LMC-tuned Rigore boxer engines ranged from 129-140 hp.
The Spectre did admirably for it's first event, but fell short against the more experienced teams. The #21 RS1400 managed to earn 11th place in its class at the Corso di Fruinia. While the car was powerful for it's class, it was far outmatched in aerodynamics as the car struggled to push past 100 mph.
While the Spectre ultimately wasn't as successful as LMC had hoped, it was enough for the company to continue competing and developing sports cars. From 1952 to 1954, LMC produced a handful of hand built road-going versions of the Spectre by request. No two 1400S models were exactly the same, but all featured de-tuned engines with a baffled exhaust and better road manners. There are no known surviving examples of the 1400S today.


#4

Your decision to reimagine the entire history of LMC has already paid off - everything you have (re)made looks and feels better, especially with all that flavor text. Well done.


#5

1957


Halcyon


1957 LMC Halcyon Coupe

The Halcyon was the first mass produced sports car by LMC. Inspired by the sleek European GT cars from the likes of Scagliati and others, the Halcyon's styling aimed to stand out as one of the most prestigious coupes on the road. A newly developed 245 OHV Inline-6 came standard with the new car, with a more performance tuned version of the 280 V8 also available. The I6 produced 175 hp while the V8 made 202 hp. All models came with a 4-speed manual. The Halcyon's interior was kept to the same standard the later Captains set when it came to materials and craftsmanship. The coupes had a 2+2 seating configuration and the cabriolets were 2 seaters.

1960



1961 Halcyon Coupe

The Halcyon received a sleeker new facelift in 1960, with a modernized grille, much less pronounced tail fins and cleaner colored accents. The only major change to the 1960 model year was the addition of front disc brakes. The 245 I6 was now producing 182 hp while the V8's output reached 212 hp.


1961 Halcyon V8 Coupe

The 1961-62 Coupe V8s were the fastest of the Halcyons. With a 0-62 mph time of 7.7 seconds and a 1/4 mile time of 15.76 seconds, they were a force to be reckoned with. It also had an impressive top speed of 137 mph. Production of the Halcyon ended in 1962 with 8,629 units produced. While the Halcyon is somewhat overshadowed by the long-running Maladus, it was a huge milestone for the company and are very valuable today.


1960 Halcyon Cabriolet


#6

1959


Maladus Concepts


1959 LXS-47

Following the release of the Halcyon, work began on a successor with a goal to make a sports car more aerodynamic, lighter, and more powerful. Early design prototypes experimented with low swooping fastbacks and sharp edges. The car was meant to have a fiberglass body on a steel unibody chassis. A new 357 V8 was in development as well for the new sports car.

1961


Sprezzatura


Sprezzatura replica based on a '64 Maladus Cabriolet

In 1961, an opportunity arose for the Leviathan Design House to create a one-off coach-built Scagliati 325. The proposed design, the "Sprezzatura 325", ultimately wasn't accepted, but it made progress on the evolution of the design that would eventually become the Maladus Cabriolet.

1963


Maladus


1963 Maladus Coupe

After a long development, the first generation Maladus was released in 1963. It originally came with a choice between the refined 280 V8 or the new 357 V8. The 280 produced 270 gross horsepower (216 hp) and had a 0-62 mph time of 7.5 seconds. While the 280 was better suited for a daily driver, the 357's power output dwarfed the older engine with 352 gross horsepower (282 hp). The improved acceleration was good enough for 0-62 mph in 6.9 seconds and it reached a top speed of 143 mph, the fastest Leviathan at the time. At its lightest, the fiberglass coupe weighed 2,420 lbs with the 280 and 4-speed manual equipped.

The Maladus came with either a 3-speed automatic or a 4-speed manual. It was equipped with disc brakes in front and drum brakes in the back as well as independent rear suspension. The interior was of premium quality, but not as lush as the other LMC coupes and sedans for the purpose of saving weight and production costs. The Maladus would sell more than the entire production run of the Halcyon in its first year with 11,634 units produced.


1963 #24 Maladus GTS-R

The Maladus was also built to compete in motorsports. The '63 GTS-R entered the in the 1963 World Sportscar Championship. Its 357 V8 was heavily modified to output 490 gross horsepower (394 hp in game). Heavy emphasis was put in aerodynamics to maximize use of its powerful platform. A front lip was fitted to battle front end lift that plagued the Maladus in early testing. The GTS-R would go through many iterations after this first model to try and stay on top in the fierce World Sportscar battle between manufacturers.


A '64 Coupe along with a GTS-R

1966



1966 Cabriolet

The Maladus saw minor changes throughout its run. By 1966, the 357 V8 could make up to 365 hp and the fastest trim could go 0-62 mph in 6.4 seconds. Rear disc brakes were the biggest addition which allowed the heavier cabriolets especially have better performance under hard driving. Visually, the design was cleaned up some with the non-functional vents removed from the hood and changes to the side vents, taillights, and rims. Production ended for the first gen Maladus in 1967.

Model 1963 Maladus Coupe
Layout Front longitudinal RWD
Chassis Galvanized Steel Monocoque with Fiberglass Panels
Suspension Front Double Wishbone and Rear Semi Trailing Arm
Brakes Front Solid Disc and Rear Drum (SLS)
Transmission 4-Speed Manual
Weight 2,650.2 lbs
Engine 357 ci (5.85L) V8
Power Output 282 hp @ 4400 rpm, 354.6 lb-ft @ 3700 rpm
0-62 mph 6.91
1/4 mile time 15.06
1 km time 26.41
Mpg (US) 11.9

#7

With the new photoscene update, I had some fun messing around with the new mirror scenes. I won’t be adding lore for awhile but this car has been around long enough.


1989-1996 LMC Nessus

Model 1995 Nessus Type S
Layout Mid Transverse RWD
Chassis Corrosion Res. Steel Monocoque with Partial Aluminum Panels
Suspension Front and Rear Double Wishbone
Brakes Front and Rear 3-Piston Vented Disc
Transmission 5-Speed Manual
Weight 2,882.4 lbs
Engine 3799cc DOHC 4v V8
Power Output 418.5 hp @ 7400 rpm, 347 lb-ft @ 5600 rpm
0-62 mph 3.80 s
1/4 mile time 11.82 s
1 km time 21.54 s
Top Speed 177 mph
Mpg (US) 17.5
ATT Lap Time 2:08.55


#9

In 1968 through 1970, LMC commissioned a series of design studios from around the world to create new concepts for the next generation Maladus (CSC 18). One of the most radical designs came from the prestigious Italian carmaker, Scagliati.


1968 LMC Maladus Concept, by Centro Stile Scagliati


(Made by @MrChips)


1970 LMC Scorpius Concept

Inspired by the Scagliati Concept, Leviathan Design House created the Scorpius as a smaller mid-engine sports car. This concept would become the basis for the short-lived 1973 Scorpius.


1973-1976 LMC Scorpius

In 1973, The Scorpius was released. Unlike other LMC models of the time, the Scorpius had an all thrills no frills approach. It was extremely light, small, and passed on many of the luxuries usually associated with LMC. Further leaning into Italian influences, this time from Beneventi, its design evolved further into the future with an all new rear design.

The Scorpius is powered by a 3.2L V6 derived from the 280 OHV Serpent that has been with LMC since its first model. It came in two variants; a coupe and a T-top targa. Both were under a ton in weight thanks to its fiberglass bodywork and somewhat spartan interior. What it lacked in top speed, it more than made up for in acceleration and nimble handling characteristics.

The Scorpius was produced in limited numbers for 4 years until 1976, when the company turned away from all perfomance models except the Maladus. While it wasn't very successful in its time, it is a valuable collector's item today for its unique styling heritage and its eventual influence on better known mid engine LMCs like the Nessus.



Model 1973 Scorpius Coupe
Layout Mid Transverse RWD
Chassis Galvanised Steel Monocoque with Fiberglass Panels
Suspension Front and Rear Double Wishbone
Brakes Front and Rear 2-Piston Solid Disc
Transmission 5-Speed Manual
Weight 1,963.6 lbs
Engine 3187cc OHV 2v V6
Power Output 175.2 hp @ 5400 rpm, 183.5 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
0-62 mph 5.59 s
1/4 mile time 14.23 s
1 km time 26.56 s
Top Speed 132 mph
Mpg (US) 15.8
ATT Lap Time 2:24.13


#10

Hope to see one of these wedgie boys in the next auction


#11

2020 Nessus

The landmark supercar of the 90’s returns in the form of Leviathan’s first hypercar. Unveiled at the 68th International Motor Show in Frankfurt, the new 2020 Nessus features a hybrid powertrain with a 738 hp 5.6L V10 along with 2 electric motors generating 202 hp each, bringing the total output to 1,142 hp (in game i’m using the turbos to get those figures). 8.9 seconds is all it takes for the Nessus to complete a quarter mile from a standstill. Top speed is in excess of 230 mph. This is the fastest Leviathan to ever hit the road.

All 250 examples are unique, each built with the highest level of craftsmanship. The panoramic roof is made of electrochromic glass, acting as a panoramic that at the push of a button drastically increases tint to block virtually all UV light. Inside is a state of the art HUD system with leather, carbon fiber, and aluminum materials. The Nessus sold started at $950,000.



Model 2020 Nessus (Standard)
Layout Mid Longitudinal RWD
Chassis Crabon Fiber Monocoque with Carbon Fiber Panels
Suspension Front and Rear Pushrod
Brakes Front and Rear 3-Piston Carbon Ceramic Disc
Transmission 7-Speed Dual Clutch
Weight 3,409.1 lbs
Engine 5608cc DOHC 5v V10 with 2 electric motors
Power Output 1141.7 hp @ 9300 rpm, 786.8 lb-ft @ 7000 rpm
0-62 mph 2.10 s
1/4 mile time 8.94 s
1 km time 16.26 s
Top Speed 230+ mph
Mpg (US) 16
ATT Lap Time 1:50.11 (1:46.99 with GTS-R version) (Semi-Slick Tires)


#12

2019 Maladus M350


Original Concept

The iconic LMC sports car returns for its 8th generation in its largest form as a GT car. Unveiled at the 2019 New York International Auto Show to great fanfare, the Maladus looks to compete with the many new GT releases and keep the Leviathan name among one of the best in American sports cars. The M350 was released in time for the 60th anniversary of the LXS-47 Concept, the first iteration of the original Maladus.

The M350 generation is powered by a new 5.5L V8 with VVL. It boasts 617 hp and 431 ft-lb of torque. The M350 is also equipped with a new 7-speed DCT transmission to replace the aging automatic and 6-speed manual options. The result is enough power for a 200+ mph top speed and a 0-62 mph time of 3.9 seconds, all while having a respectable 23.1 mpg combined.

This is the most customizable Maladus to date, with virtually any historic LMC paint option available for configuration as well and numerous carbon fiber and luxury options. Along with the base model, Lusso and GTS trims are both offered. The Lusso features a full luxury leather 2+2 interior and Active suspension tuned for comfort. The engine is mildly dialed back for better fuel economy and a quieter exhaust note. The GTS is built lighter with more power and tighter suspension. In 2020, the GTS-R was released with an naturally apirated 760 hp V10 sourced from the Nessus. This limited run trim also featured more carbon parts, larger wheels with semi-slick tires. It was 5 seconds faster around the ATT than the base model with a time of 1:59.12.


GTS-R


Seabeast Motorsports Maladus Twinturbo R

SBM created a new monstorous version of the Maladus. Initially shown at Goodwood in 2019, 12 examples of this radical track package were built. It’s 5.5L V8 was refined and fitted with turbos to boost power output to 1116 hp. An aggressive aero kit and high performance semi-slicks help the car pull north of 1.4 g’s at speeds. 1/4 mile time is tested to be 9.55 seconds and it’s top speed is increased to 215 mph. While the Twinturbo R is essentially turbos, a bodykit, and moderate weight reduction, its track times were drastically improved, with a 1:55.01 around ATT.


Leviathan Design House Samurai GT-V

The same year as the release of the M350, Samurai Motor Corporation was celebrating its 70th anniversary and called upon designers globally to create their visions for a re-imaginingof one of Samurai's most well known historic sports cars: the Samurai Tormenta GT-V. Using the new Maladus as a starting point, Leviathan Design House experimented with a rounder body shape and incorporated some of Samurai's design language including the bold light designs. The concept was a success, and the concept would be used for a future production car. (CSC17)

Model 2020 Maladus M350 (Standard)
Layout Front Longitudinal RWD
Chassis Glued Aluminum Monocoque with Aluminum Panels
Suspension Front Double Wishbone and Rear Multilink
Brakes 3-Piston Front and 2- Piston Rear Carbon Ceramic Disc
Transmission 7-Speed Dual Clutch
Weight 3,675.6 lbs
Engine 5491cc DOHC 4v V8
Power Output 617.4 hp @ 8700 rpm, 431.4 lb-ft @ 6600 rpm
0-62 mph 3.90 s
1/4 mile time 11.47 s
1 km time 20.25 s
Top Speed 201 mph
Mpg (US) 23.1
ATT Lap Time 2:04.09 (Sports Tires)


#13

1979 Maladus M100

The Maladus entered its third generation in 1979. LMC was struggling with performance car sales in the 1970s and saw the new Maladus as an opportunity to take a different approach with its flagship GT sports car. The new Maladus was cheaper, lighter, and focused on balanced performance rather than raw power. With the Scorpius out of the picture in 1976, that made the M100 Maladus LMC's only sports car for a time.

The M100 initially came with a SOHC 4L V8 with mechanical fuel injection. Power output started at 225 hp and steadily rose over the following years. 0-62 mph was 6.3 seconds and its top speed was a respectable 140 mph. Where the M100 really came into its own though was in the corners. It was capable of pulling nearly 1.1 lateral g's during magazine testing. The interior featured leather seats, but otherwise nothing out of the ordinary for most cars of the time.

1982 M100 GT

In 1982, the M100 recieved an update along with a new faster trim. The GT utilized a new iteration of the 4L V8 with EFI making 256 hp. It also received an LSD which contributed to much greater acceleration and handling. The result is a 0-62 mph time of 5.7 seconds an ATT laptime over 3 seconds faster than the base model. The aero kit and different bumpers differentiate the GTs from the base car. The M100 generation would last until 1984, where the Maladus would see a sort of return to form as a GT car.

Model 1979 Maladus M100 (Standard)
Layout Front Longitudinal RWD
Chassis Steel Monocoque with Steel Panels
Suspension Front and Rear Double Wishbone
Brakes 2-Piston Front and 1-Piston Rear Solid Disc
Transmission 5-Speed Manual
Weight 2,682.5 lbs
Engine 3999cc SOHC 4v V8
Power Output 224.7 hp @ 6100 rpm, 231.1 lb-ft @ 3700 rpm
0-62 mph 6.30 s
1/4 mile time 14.59 s
1 km time 26.56 s
Top Speed 140 mph
Fuel Efficiency 14.8 mpg
ATT Lap Time 2:23.95 (2:20.69 with GT version) - Sports Tires


#14

That rain effect is beautiful with that photoscene holy hell. Is that wet canal?


#15

Thanks! yep just wet canal


#16

Happy Holidays!

Thank you for a wonderful year with the Automation community


#17

1985 Maladus M150

LMC found much success with the Maladus in the early 80’s and opted to built on its strengths than reinvent the wheel. At a glance, the M150 could almost be called a facelift, but underneath holds a new beast. The body panels were now partially aluminum, the chassis was better equipped to prevent rust, and the thick bbumpers were now a thing of the past. The styling was more uniquely LMC, kicking off a new design language for future sports models.

The biggest change was the introduction of the 4.6L V8 "Wraith", improving the base model's power output by over 80hp over the last generation. The engine would continue to be used into the 2000s. The M150 could achieve a 0-62 mph time of 5.22 seconds and reached up to 1.11 lateral g. The M150 was recieved with praise for its balance of performance and daily drivability. It was named Best Sports Car of 1988 by Motor World Review.

1988 M150 GT

The top trim of the M150 was introduced in 1988 with a more powerful 373hp version of the Wraith with VVT. The GT was a push for supercar performance with sports car money as well as a test bed for some new technologies being developed for a future full fledged LMC supercar. It featured every option on the base Maladus as well as adaptive dampers and vented disc brakes. The wider fenders allowed for wide enough tires to put the extra power on the ground. The GT nearly achieved its goal with a 175 mph top speed and a 12.9 second quarter mile all while further improving its handling. Production for the M150 would end in 1991 to make way for new car fit for the 90s.

Model 1985 Maladus M150 1988 Maladus M150 GT
Layout Front Longitudinal RWD Front Longitudinal RWD
Chassis Galvanized Steel Monocoque with Steel and Aluminum Panels Galvanized Steel Monocoque with Steel and Aluminum Panels
Suspension Front and Rear Double Wishbone Front and Rear Double Wishbone
Brakes 3-Piston Front and 1-Piston Rear Solid Disc 3-Piston Front and 1-Piston Rear Vented Disc
Transmission 5-Speed Manual 5-Speed Manual
Weight 2,789.0 lbs 2,853.6 lbs
Engine 4600cc DOHC 4v V8 4600cc DOHC 4v V8 with VVT
Power Output 308 hp @ 6100 rpm, 292.9 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm 373 hp @ 6600 rpm, 320.8 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
0-62 mph 5.22 s 4.90 s
1/4 mile time 13.51 s 12.90 s
1 km time 24.31 s 23.10 s
Top Speed 157 mph 175 mph
Fuel Efficiency 16.6 mpg 16.7 mpg
ATT Lap Time 2:17.85 - Sports Tires 2:14.41 - Sports Tires


#18

1986 Io Concept

While its sports cars were back on the rise with the new M150 Maladus, LMC's luxury car sales continued to slump well into the 80's. Leviathan Design House unveiled the Io Concept at the 1986 Chicago Auto Show. The Io was an experiment of bringing futuristic and sporty elements to a luxury coupe in an attempt to grab the attention of younger car enthusiasts. It would serve as the basis for the design of the new Selene in 1988.

1988 Selene

The Selene released as a radically different car from anything LMC had made. It replaced the conservative Ares with concept car-like features including a window-in-window design for the coupes and a space-age digital dashboard. The Selene was powered by a heavily modified 4.6L V8 derived from the Maladus. The Selene was also the first international LMC, selling RHD units in Europe and Asia.

The Selene's transverse V8 was built to boast numbers that would garner attention on a world stage among the other big hitting luxury brands. The 242 hp propelled the Selene SLX to 62 mph in just 6.8 seconds and to a top speed of 146 mph. The interior featured 8-way adjustable leather seats, a Bose sound system, and a sunroof. The early Selenes were expensive the buy and maintain, but today they are a treasure trove of 80's technology.

1992 Facelift

The Selene lineup expanded in 1992 with a less quirky facelift and cheaper models that helped bring the car to a wider market while making more room for the new LMC GT car; the Scylla. The facelift integrated the bumpers for a smoother design as well as increase the size of the greenhouse and change the grille mesh to recall older LMC luxury cars. The GL and SL used the same engine, but some of the extraneous features including the sunroof, foglights, and memory seat adjustments among others were removed for a greatly reduced sticker price. The Selene continued to be produced until 1996.


1988 Selene SLX (left) and a 1992 Selene GL (right)

Model 1988 Selene SLX
Layout Front Tranverse FWD
Chassis Galvanized Steel Monocoque with Steel Panels
Suspension Front Macpherson and Rear Semi Trailing Arm
Brakes 2-Piston Front and 1-Piston Rear Solid Disc
Transmission 4-Speed Adv. Automatic
Weight 3,084.3 lbs
Engine 4565cc DOHC 4v V8
Power Output 242.4 hp @ 5900 rpm, 271.5 lb-ft @ 2700 rpm
0-62 mph 6.78 s
1/4 mile time 14.94 s
1 km time 27.00 s
Top Speed 146 mph
Fuel Efficiency 20.9 mpg
ATT Lap Time 2:32.68 - Medium Tires