1978 Accolam [2nd Generation]
Following Meliora’s attempt to diversify, in 1978 the next generation of the Accolam was introduced. The new car was designed to fit between several markets, and targeted to be the introduction of the company to new buyers.
It came in 5 trims, ranging from entry level, premium, sport and a mix version between sport and premium.
Designwise, the new generation carried some elements of the previous generation, such as the drivetrain, suspension, the engine and a very similar front end, but adapted to the new regulations.
Meliora’s president (Eugenio Quiroga Jr) was commited to expand the brand, so he personally was involved in this new porject, which began at the end of 1975. As part of increasing sales in European markets, as well as more interest in the United States for the brand, a very simple scheme was developed as a plan to divide the until then random line up of the brand.
2 models were developed as entry level (2 and 4 doors), then the 4 doors version could be upgrated to a more premium edition, with improved comfort. On the other hand, the 2 door could be upgrated to a more sport oriented version. And finally, there was a version that sat between the 2, with the comfort of the premium version and the engine and fun of the sport one.
|Block/head:||Cast iron/Cast Iron|
|Valvetrain:||Single Overhead Cam|
|Fuel System:||2 barrel Carb||4 barrel carb|
|Bore/Stroke:||84mm x 71mm||84mm x 80mm||89mm x 80mm|
|Max Power:||75hp @ 5,700rpm||85hp @ 5,700rpm||100hp @ 5,800rpm|
|Max Torque:||77lb-ft @ 4,300rpm||86lb-ft @ 4,000rpm||98lb-ft @ 5,000rpm|
|Transmission:||4 Speed Manual||5 speed manual|
|Chassis/panels:||Corrosion resistant steel|
|Front suspension:||MacPherson Strut|
|Rear suspension:||Semi trailing arm|
|Brakes F/R:||Vented discs/drums||Vented/solid discs|
|Weight:||932 kg||966 kg||1,059 kg||924 kg||978 kg|
|Top Speed:||157km/h||163 km/h||174 km/h|
*30Watt Celestion speakers
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