Home | Wiki | Discord | Dev Stream | YouTube | Archived Forums | Contact

Quezon Motors Corporation | [1975 Quezon SR]


#1

not everything here is final and will likely be subject to change later

Quezon Motors Corporation is a Filipino automotive company headquartered in Brgy. Bagong Pag-asa in Quezon City, Philippines. Founded in 1959 by a former PAAC mechanic as a jeepney assembly plant, it was later known for manufacturing incredibly robust and reliable performance cars. Quezon Motors has grown to be one of the Philippines’ largest automotive companies.


Content list:


Background

In 1958, with the jeepney booming in popularity, former Philippine Army Air Corps mechanic Ricardo Alfonso Quezon was looking for business opportunities following the failure of his restaurant business in the late 40s (Partially his fault). He eventually met Leonardo Sarao, an entrepreneur who started an automotive shop, and signed a deal with him to launch an automotive plant in Quezon City to help with the assembly of Sarao jeepneys. And so in 1959, the Sarao-Quezon Automotive Plant was established, building and distributing jeepneys for Sarao Motors up until 1967 when Quezon bought it entirely from Sarao and Quezon Motors officially became a separate entity.

images%20(65)

An early 1960s Sarao jeepney similar to what the Quezon-Sarao plant was building during the late 50s to late 60s.
image taken from here


Car Company Directory
#2

Humble beginnings - Quezon SuperCab

In 1961, Quezon had begun taking an interest in sportscars following an encounter with a 1957 Ford Thunderbird. And so, using some leftover funds, he and a small team developed the Quezon Motor Company’s first car.


The Quezon SuperCab is a 2-door, 2-seat roadster built by the Quezon-Sarao Automotive Plant from 1962 to 1966. Powered by a 1-litre diesel inline 4 which made roughly 40 horsepower, it wasn’t the fastest thing in the world, but it certainly had enough to get it going decent speed. The small little diesel 4 was mated to a 4-on-the-floor manual, and could send the 800kg car from 0-100 km/h in roughly 25 seconds.
It didn’t handle like a typical sportscar, either. Being built upon a jeepney chassis, it handled… like a jeepney? It’s steering was rather heavy due to a lack of power steering. Combine this with a rear solid axle leaf suspension and rather useless brakes also from a jeepney, and you have something that was rather unique and fun to drive.
The interior was rather basic, only having 2 seats, no tachometer, a fuel gauge, an oil temperature gauge, a speedometer, some simple wood lining and an AM/FM radio to top it all off. At least there’s fewer stuff that might break…
Being based off a jeepney, however, gave it multiple perks. Most notably reliability. Since they shared a lot in common with regular passenger jeepneys; steering, chassis, suspension, and engine components, parts were cheap and easy to get, and if something broke you could simply ask your pare or that manong over there if they have any spares lying around.

178 cars were built during its rather short production span. It is unknown how much they were sold for, but estimates say that each car was worth at least ₱4500 in 1962. (Roughly ₱500,000 or $9000 adjusted for inflation.)
Numerous cars were imported overseas by collectors, and it is estimated that at least 150 cars are still running today, a testament of the SuperCab’s reliability. During the 1964 World’s Fair, two SuperCabs were exhibited at the Philippine Pavillon.

Gallery


#3

The Pinoy Pony - Quezon Laguna

A common complaint that Quezon got with the SuperCab was that it was simply “too small” or that “it lacked power”. Indeed it was small and it lacked power, being no sportier and no more comfortable than the owner-type jeeps of the era, it could barely even compete with any of the other cars being sold during that time.
And so, looking to satisfy these customer complaints, Quezon took the newer, and larger jeepney chassis and made something that he hoped could compete with whatever the American imports could offer.


With arguably one of the most confusing names in the car industry (at least to the locals), the Quezon Laguna is a 2+2 sportscar made by the Quezon-Sarao Automotive Plant, and later Quezon Motors Corporation from 1966-1971. Being built upon newer and larger jeepney chassis that were designed for hauling more ass people and cargo, it was significantly larger and heavier than the SuperCab that preceded it.
What does a larger and heavier car need, you may ask? That’s right! More Power Baby! The Laguna was powered by a 283ci Chevrolet Small Block engine taken out of older Impalas, and they produced somewhere in the range of 190-210 horsepower. The engine was mated to the rear wheels by a 4-speed manual probably taken from a jeepney, and could send the car to 100km/h in around 9 seconds.
The interior was much more lavish than the SuperCab, with some leather and wood lining, a less shitty sounding radio, and wow! This time it actually has a tachometer! Would you look at that!
That aside, underneath it was still pretty much just a jeepney with a more sportier suspension. So most of everything was easily replacable and easy to work on. Though again, being based on a jeepney would obviously give it jeepney-like handling, which is something left to be desired.

This car gained the attention of American foreigners and tourists who came for a visit. The resemblance of its proportions to a first generation Ford Mustang (long hood, short decklid) gave it a nickname; “The Pinoy Pony”.

It’s estimated that at least 5,000 Lagunas were built from its 5-year production span. This time they were actually sold for a fixed price; ₱9500 (₱850,000 or 15,000$ adjusted for inflation.)
It’s estimated that at least 2300 Lagunas are still running on Philippine soil, and approximately another 900 on foreign soil. A lot of these cars were sold off to foreign collectors following the 70s gas crisis, and most others were either scrapped or written off.

Gallery


#4

A Filipino muscle/pony car? I never thought they existed until now, but this is a worthy example of the breed.


#5

i have writer’s block rn send help

The Opulent - Quezon Princesa

"Oy, don't you have more luxurious cars in your stable?"

“Laguna is too uncomfortable! We need big luxury barges or bust!”

“Your company wont get anywhere without a car for the elite! We want a luxury car!”

“Mr. Quezon, we believe that the president would love a luxury car made by pinoys, for pinoys.”

To which Quezon replied;

“Putang ina! Eto na nga!”


After some customer requests of wanting a more prestigious car, Quezon eventually got to work. Stretching the already fairly large jeepney chassis to 3.2m, this would be the largest car Quezon would ever make.
Introducing the Princesa; a big, inefficient, and opulent luxury beast made by Quezon from 1968 to 1974.
Powered by a 409ci Chevrolet Big Block engine taken from somewhere and produced somewhere in the range of 300-315hp. Mated to a 3-speed slushbox automatic also taken from somewhere, it hit 100km/h in around 10 seconds. Obviously though, being a luxury car, none of these stats really mattered all too much. What really matters in a luxury car is the amount of chrome luxurious amenities you can stuff, of which on the Princesa there were… some. The basic interior configuration was wrapped in leather, Narra wood and Bamboo lining, with the seats wrapped in Piña fabric and lined with the same material in abaniko fans, the steering wheel made from special polished aluminium and lined with Narra and Philippine Teak. The console mounted stereo was just as exquisite, with Narra wood lining and chrome accents all around. The interior was also available with made-to-order goodies for an extra premium however.

As these cars had incredibly complicated interior making processes, the asking prices were fairly high at ₱20,000 per car with the common interior trim (₱1,500,000 or 27,000$ adjusted for inflation.), customers had to place their order before a car would be built.
368 cars would be hand-built from 1968-1974, making these cars incredibly sought after.
The Princesa was the first Quezon to be officially sold outside of the Philippines. 63 cars were officially sold in the United States, Canada, and Mexico from 1971 to 1973 through a chain of small experimental shops which sold already built cars for a slightly higher price.

Gallery

this was so poorly written aaaaa


#6

1972 Quezon Laguna

Calm before the storm…


The second generation Laguna was produced by Quezon Motors from 1972 to 1980, succeeding the previous generation. The new design is more streamlined, with a fastback look which was designed to help with aerodynamics and give it a much sleeker look. Throughout its 8-year production span, it recieved many updates and changes.


1972-1974

From 1972-1974, the Laguna was sold exclusively in the Philippines. Its powerplant was now a larger 327 cubic inch Chevrolet Small Block license built by Quezon in their new engine plant in… Quezon… City. This 327ci engine ran on leaded 87 AKI, and produced 265 horsepower.
Interior features included a leather and Narra wood lining, an AM/FM radio… whATEVER you get the point.
The car was also optionally available with an “on black” paint scheme which included matte black hood paint. These model year Lagunas only came with a 4-speed manual transmission and allowed the car to hit 100km/h from 0 in 7.6 seconds.

1975-1977

The second generation Laguna would enter the International market for model year 1975, being sold in the US, Canada and other South American countries. Differences from the MY1972-1974 Laguna included the now regulated 5-mph bumpers, hubcap wheels that were either uncolored or body colored, an automatic transmission option, and the 327ci Small Block engine now ran on 87 AKI Unleaded fuel and as mandated by the US Government, had catalytic converters. Because of the lower octane unleaded fuel and exhaust choking caused by the cats, horsepower was now down to 223hp. All other interior features were the same as previous model years. The car was now available with either a 4-speed manual, or 3-speed automatic optional. As a result of the lower horsepower ratings and overall higher weight, the car now sprinted from 0-100 in 8.2 seconds with the manual transmission, and 8.8 seconds when equipped with the 3-speed auto slushbox.

1978-1980

For its last 2 model years, the Laguna switched to a better flowing 3-way catalytic converter, which increased horsepower ratings to 242hp, and helped improve 0-100 times to 7.7 seconds for the manual transmission option. The hubcaps were no longer available and have been replaced by 5-spoke alloys. Interior amenities were improved, with an 8-track stereo available as an option. Exterior options now included a white vinyl roof instead of a black one.


The car went on sale for ₱15,000 in 1972, and in 1975 for ₱27,000 lol inflation amirite. (₱850,000 or 15,000$ and ₱880,000 or 16,000$ respectively adjusted for inflation.)

Sales outside and within the Philippines were fairly strong, with almost 30,000 cars being sold yearly from 1975-1980, owing to a total production run of 210,462 cars until production was cut in late 1980 to make way for the third generation Laguna. The car was made popular for its rather affordable price, and its impressive durability; The Lagunas were very reliable until they broke down. HAH

Gallery


#7

1975 Quezon SR


After over a decade without a proper roadster, Quezon began experimenting with different chassis types and materials. He talked with a friend who recently started working on fibreglass making and took an interest in it. And so with his company in mind, he contacted the people over at Chevrolet if he could license build their straight 6 engines, and thus the successor to the SuperCab was born.

The Quezon SR.


The Quezon SR is a 2-seat, fibreglass bodied roadster built by Quezon Motors from 1975 to 1983. The SR was a technological leap over the Laguna and its predecessor, the SuperCab. Featuring a fibreglass body and a monocoque chassis, it wasn’t that much heavier than the SuperCab, and was significantly lighter than the Laguna at just under 950kg. It also featured independent rear suspension, which greatly improved handling.
Its power was provided by a 2.8L or 230ci Chevrolet Straight-6 that made 150 hp. Mated to a 4-speed manual, it could hit 60 in a swift 8.3 seconds, and had a top speed of 200km/h.
Unlike its predecessor, it had a much more premium interior, with leather and Narra wood lining, as well as a full gauge cluster set and an 8-track player.
Also unlike its predecessor, the SR was targeted at the European market as a competitor to British roadsters.

The car went on sale in late 1975 in the Philippines, and in early 1976 in the UK and parts of Europe. The sale price was ₱31,000 or 3000$. (₱1,005,000 or 20,000$ adjusted for inflation.)
23,000 SRs were made during its 8-year production span. Unlike contemporary British roadsters of its time, the SR didn’t have much reliability problems thanks to proper engineering and quality control, allowing it to be incredibly robust. At least 15,000 SRs are estimated to still be running, with at least 8,000 of those cars in Philippine soil.

Gallery


#8

That would have been its USP in a world where most Euro equivalents were not very reliable at all. But what’s with the trunk-mounted spare wheel and tire? It’s very anachronistic and out of place, being better suited to something from the Fifties, and should be omitted. At least it’s one of the best uses of the Capri mod body regardless.

As for the Laguna line, it looks like you used the Falcon body for that one - or did you? If not, what body did you choose?


#9

I honestly don’t know myself, i made this at like 2 am and i dont like it that much
might redo in the near future

yes