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Retro Age Motors (RAM), began business in 1943. Starting with a government contract to re-build engines for the United States Armed Forces during the Second World War. After the last engine was delivered to Uncle Sam in November of 1946, Retro Age Motors went in to the commercial sector, performing over hauls, re-builds and race tunes. In 1947, Retro Age Motors purchased its first foundry for the production of in house designed engines. In 1948, under the name, Legacy Auto Works (LAW), Retro Age Motors entered the American Open Road - East. The car was the 1948 Ghost 199v, and it did not even finish the race. Losing traction after barely navigating a turn the car skid into a guardrail and that was that. However, the design caught the eye of some famous people who inquired about purchasing the vehicle. Five were built and sold to two famous movies stars of the time. The other three, went to a baseball player, politician and bank president.

Following are the marques and their individual orientations:
Retro Age Motors-RAM: Every type of vehicle and in every configuration with a preference for performance, although non-performance is embraced as well. The primary task of RAM however, is the design and production of engines.
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Sidewinder: Begun in 1957 as a full size performance automobile, the Sidewinder marque has, over the years, gone from full size to compact and back again. Sidewinder aims for the muscle car market but does venture into the GT, Hyper and Super Car fields as well.

Saint: Begun in 1957, Saint would last until 1960, when new management bought with it a new name - Atomic. This marque would only last until 1961, when it was decided to drop the marque from the RAM umbrella and allow the company to go its own way. The Saint name would be revised in 1966 with the introduction of the Saint 200 series. This time, Saint would focus on a small line up of premium automobiles. Sedans, coupes, GT’s, pickups, even station wagons and vans but all had to earn the premium badge. Other cars produced under this division, Saint-Hawk and Saint-Eagle
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Diamond: Diamond is RAM’s luxury marque. First introduced in 1976, as such, they mostly focus on full to mid-size sedans and coupes but also venture into the GT and Super Car markets with an incline towards luxury performance.
Diamond - Luxury’s Best Friend

Marova: First imported into the United States from India in 1957, under the RAM umbrella, this manufacturer would set a world record in 1970 for having the longest running production car in the world. That car was the 1958 Model N2, also known as the Nimble N2a. This vehicle was used throughout Asia as a taxi, police car, private car and even diplomatic courier. Because the car was built from 1958 to 1970 with out any changes what so ever, spare parts were both plentiful and cheap. For the American market, various types of cars were manufactured, including mid-size sedan, compacts and sports cars. Engines were a combination of Marova designs and RAM power plants. Some even sported Legacy Auto Works engines.

Legacy Auto Works (LAW): Legacy Auto Works is a D.B.A (Doing Business As) marque. It was first used in 1948 and has continued to be used off and on, even to the present day. Legacy Auto Works has always been focused on racing but only so far as it promotes exclusive sales. Put another way, Legacy Auto Works is RAM’s way of saying, “…we don’t produce this on a daily basis but if you’ve got the money, we will produce it for you”!
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Retro Age Motors - Saint-GT 90.car (40.9 KB)
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Retro Age Motors - '57 Sidewinder Coupe.car (61.3 KB)
Retro Age Motors - '57 RAM Elite.car (59.4 KB)



Legacy Auto Works - Martha.car (44.3 KB)
Legacy Auto Works - Storm 100.car (52.3 KB)


#2

Loving the look of the Saint, nice


#3

1961 - History Flash Card - Retro Age Motors.
From 1957 - 1960, body and car style remained the same for both Sidewinder and Retro Age Motors as a whole. With only minor changes in headlight arrangement or grill shape. The Saint division was forced to halt operations in late 1958 due to federal investigations into tax fraud as well as the Department of Transportation’s own safety inquiries. The division was officially closed in January of 1959 and replaced the following year with the Atomic division, a moniker dreamed up by the marketing department and universally disliked by all.
1961 was a year of hope at Retro Age Motors. A new body style for RAM and Sidewinder, plus Atomic divisions first production automobiles where arriving in showrooms across America.
The introduction of the 287 cubic Inch Mid - B v8 was cause for excitement as well. This was the first complete engine design from RAM since 1957 and was expected to take the company into the mid to late sixties, when even newer designs would be ready. Atomic division introduced the 412 cubic inch G-441 v8 as well as the 221 cubic inch G-221 v8.
Retro Age Motors also sold in line six engines but these were not aggressively marketed and were mostly sold in Asia as a cheap alternative to more expensive vee-eights. It was believed at Retro Age Motors, four cylinder engines were going to fade out of vogue very shortly in favor of bigger, more powerful vee-six and vee-eight designs. No effort was made to develop any such engine for mass production but an experimental race engine was designed but not produced. The body of the Atomic G22 was originally designed to house that engine under the Legacy Auto Works marque.

Atomic - A Division of Retro Age Motors
Motoring for the Atomic Age!




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The G22 is a stunning machine from any angle, and looks and feels just a little bit cooler with its hood-mounted instrument panel - something real-life muscle cars wouldn’t have for another few years afterwards in real life. And yes, even with just 214 horsepower, it is fast enough - although it might be possible to swap the 221ci V8 for the 412ci unit from the G40. However, the 240Z body (as used by the G22) certainly has weight distribution and wheelspin issues when fitted with really big engines; as such, the G22 would be far more challenging to drive if it were ever to receive the 412ci V8. It might be worth trying, though.

As for the G40, if you wanted to cruise down Route 66 (or what’s left of it), it would make an ideal choice with its plentiful grunt, ample interior and trunk space, and commanding road presence.


#5

The G22 cannot fit the 412 cubic inch engine because the body is too narrow. I do have a 244 cubic inch engine for another car but I haven’t tried to fit that engine to this body. Plus, the 244 is from 1958 instead of 1961.

Thank you for reviewing these two cars and posting your thoughts on both of them.
Please try our other vehicles inside this post above. I highly recommend both the Saint GT-90 and the Legacy Auto Works Twins (Martha and her sister, Storm 100).


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Retro Age Motors - 1961





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1966 - History Flash Card- Retro Age Motors
Just a brief re-cap of what was transpiring at RAM between 1961 and 1965.
In 1961, Retro Age Motors introduced the s60, as a “entry level car”, “good for first time buyers”. These two statements landed RAM in hot water with the motoring public. The price break between an s60 and a Sidewinder was not that large but RAM wasn’t talking about the price tag. RAM referred to the performance index value, for the s60 was much lower then the Sidewinder. Thus, a first time “performance” buyer would be less likely to harm themselves when pushing the car to it’s limits. The public, impressed as they were, none the less demanded lower costs to go along with lower performance. The only way to lower costs, was to lower material standards and reduce engine size down to a six cylinder. But in North America, six cylinder engines were still an un-checked options box on sales forms, sales people pushed vee-eights and ignored mostly everything not related to going faster.

1966 saw Retro Age Motors offer as standard equipment, an in line six cylinder, the RAM S-Six. 292 cubic inches producing 196 horsepower. This was now the standard engine for the s60 sedan. But the s60 could also be ordered as a coupe, called the Deluxe and equipped with the same 287 Tempest v8 as earlier model Sidewinders, producing 312 horsepower. For the first time, the s60 lineup was built as a station wagon. Still equipped with RAM S-Six as standard, it also came with a towing package, which allowed the wagon to pull a camper when going on vacation excursions. Lastly, a police special could be ordered by law enforcement agencies, equipped with the newly developed RAM Easton 350 v8, more on this later …

s60 Sedan


Deluxe


s60 Coach


Police Special


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1966 - History Flash Card pt 2 - Retro Age Motors
In November of 1960, Albert Easton joined Retro Age Motors in the Fuel System Design Bureau. By 1964, he had become the Assistant Director of the department. In 1965, he and his team had developed, The Easton Mechanical Fuel Delivery System. While other automobile manufacturers had long had a mechanical fuel injection system, Retro Age Motors did not. When one was desired for an engine design, RAM had to purchase a License Agreement from a larger auto maker. This of course, escalated the price, they were competition after all.
But the Easton System changed this condition. For the first time, RAM was able to manufacture it’s own mechanical fuel injection system and thus lower cost markedly. The the first inclination was to apply this development to the current 287 cubic inch engine. The Board (a key leadership committee within RAM) advised against this and offered the idea to develop a larger engine, something in the neighborhood of 500 cubic inches. Nothing that large was in development but two, larger engines were and they were both ready to serve as test beds for the Easton System.
The first of these new engines, a 350 cubic inch unit, dubbed, the Easton 350 v8. Compared to their carburetor using cousins, the Easton’s produced more torque and horsepower but also used more fuel. This latter part was not a concern at the time and mass production of the new engine was approved.

1966 Saint - 200 (Street Name: Deuce Oh-Oh)
4-door, 6-seat, premium interior
Engine (standard): Easton 350 cubic inch v8. 248 horsepower
Transmission: 3-speed automatic, Top Speed: 132 mph
Class: Family P-Muscle
Options:
*RAM S-Six engine
*Towing Package (trailer hitch plus roof luggage rack)


1966 Saint Wessquire (Street Name: Blanket)
5-door, 6-seat, premium interior
Engine (standard): Easton 350 v8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic, Top Speed: 132mph
Optional: 3-speed automatic-manual lock 4x4 drivetrain, 130 mph
Class: Family P-Muscle with 4x4 system, Offroad P
Options:
*Towing Package (trailer hitch plus roof luggage rack)
*Camper Trim:
*Towing Package
*Camper Badging

1966 Saint 200t6 (Street Name: Tug-Tug or Tee-Six)
2-door, 2-seat, premium interior
Engine (standard): RAM S-Six 292 cubic inch, in line six. 196 horsepower
Transmission: 2-speed automatic. Top Speed: 116 mph
Class: Utility P
Options:
*Easton 350 v8 (suggested transmission upgrade at extra cost)
*Towing Package (trailer hitch only)


Retro Age Motors - 66 Saint - 200.car (44.3 KB)
Retro Age Motors - 66 Saint - Wessquire Camper.car (59.4 KB)
Retro Age Motors - 66 Saint - 200T6.car (43.2 KB)

Saint
A Division of Retro Age Motors
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1966 - History Flash Card pt 3 of 3 - Retro Age Motors
Since Sidewinder is the performance marque for Retro Age Motors, Sidewinder often gets the bigger or at least, higher horsepower engine(s). 1966 was not different with one exception, the standard engines could be swiped out at the factory for a Easton System version of the same displacement …assuming the customer was willing to wait four to six weeks for delivery to the nearest dealership.
Up to this point in automotive history, the manufacturing philosophy of auto makers could be summed up in the phrase …Skill Behind the Wheel. This meant the responsibility of knowing how to drive any given type of car was squarely in the lap of the consumer. Automakers had to fulfill government regulations for safety equipment and minimum standards of production but automakers were not held accountable for a driver injuring themselves or even having fatal car crashes unless the fault could be blamed on faulty production quality. In 1966, this was starting to change towards the more modern day philosophy of …Skill in the Wheel. The U.S. government was pressuring automakers to make cars safer …but to do that required technologies that were either on the drawing board or in the realm of science fiction …science fiction for 1966 anyway.
1966 basically marks the last year when engine sizes were ever increasing, the limiting factor was rising insurance cost. But a luxury car is not seen as a performance car, so engines for cars like the Eldorado, Thunderbird and Cordoba did increase for a few more years after 1966.

1966 Sidewinder GT360
2-door, 4-seat with Premium Interior
Engine (standard): RAM 360 Prime, 360 c.i. v8, 280 h.p. Optional: RAM 426 Flamer
Transmission: 4-spd manual / RWD. Top Speed: 138 mph. Optional 2-spd automatic available
Factory Installed: Phonograph Player-Trunk mounted
Class: GT - Muscle P
Real Life Inspriation(s) from 1966: Ford Fairlane, Plymouth Fury, Pontiac LeMans and Buick Special


1966 Sidewinder Pro AM
2-door, 4-seat Sport Interior
Engine (standard): RAM 426 Flamer - Easton 471-459, 426 c.i. v8, 470 h.p.
Transmission: 4-speed manual / RWD, Top Speed: 148 mph
Factory Installed: Side mounted exhaust with chrome heat shield - luxury AM radio - Rear Deck mounted Aero Wing - Color keyed steel Rally rims
Class: Muscle P - GT
Real Life Inspirations from 1966: Dodge Charger, Oldsmobile 4-4-2, Pontiac Bonneville and Mercury s55.
Historical Footnote: 1966 was the year Dodge released their research findings on giving cars aerodynamic items such as spoilers, wings and air dams. The 1966 Dodge Charger was the first production car to have a spoiler built into the rear deck lid from the factory, in the U.S. anyway.


1966 Sidewinder PURSUIT
2-door, 2-seat Luxury Interior
Engine (Only Available): RAM 426 Flamer - Easton 485 Blaze. 426 c.i. v8, 484 h.p.
Transmission: 5-speed manual / RWD, Top Speed: 162 mph. Optional 3-spd automatic
Factory Installed: Chrome exhaust headers with straight, side mounted, under body, short exhaust piping - Luxury AM Radio - Rear Deck Mounted Spoiler.
Class: Muscle P - GT
Real life inspiration from 1966: Lincoln Continental, Ford Thunderbird and Oldsmobile Delta 88


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Retro Age Motors - 66 Sidewider Pursuit.car (64.6 KB)

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1968 - History Flash Card 1 of 3 - RETRO AGE MOTORS
Since Retro Age Motors began producing cars, full time in 1956 …the general direction has been, each marque was it’s own master. Having their own engine sizes, cars bodies etc. But rising costs of production caused a re-think, starting around 1964. This re-think was accelerated by retirements between 1964 through the end of 1966. Once the dust had settled, a clearer picture was developed, although some contention was still present. The Sidewinder division was getting, what they thought was in house competition from the RAM division in the form of the s-60 series. Through questionnaires, large scale surveyor pamphlets mailings and soliciting of answers, marketing discovered that for years, many loyal Sidewinder customers had been dreaming of a performance car that could take curves as good as it could deliver straight line getty-up and gone! It was these dreamers that were switching to the s-60 series, starting with the 1966 Deluxe.
The direct result of this discovery, the largely still old timers running Sidewinder division, downsized the Sidewinder from full size to intermediate size even as RAM upscaled the s-60 series from mid-size to the same intermediate level. Only Saint division remained at full size.

During the re-think, everyone agreed, more or less that engine size should be standardized across multiple platforms …no one agreed which engine size should fit all.

1968 would still see Retro Age Motors producing different size engines across the board. a 430 cubic inch race engine for the Legacy Motor Works marque, the S-Six would still be the standard engine for the s-60 sedan. As was done in the past, Sidewinder’s RAM 360 Prime engine would be handed down to the coupe version of the s-60 series. What did change was both Saint and Sidewinder agreed to share a common engine platform, tuned for the needs of each division.

Introducing for 1968, the 302 cubic inch, RAM 302 Sinister v8. Performance figures vary across all makes and models in which the engine is used.

1968 s-60 Sedan
4-door, 6-seater with Standard interior
Standard Engine: RAM S-Six 292 c.i. in line 6. 196 h.p. No Optional Engines for 1968 model year
Transmission: 2-speed automatic / RWD. Top speed: 126 mph
Factory Installed: Standard AM Radio
Class: Muscle / Family P
Real life inspirations from 1968: Plymouth Valiant and Oldsmobile Cutlass


1968 s-60 GT
2-door, 4-seater with Premium interior
Standard Engine: RAM 360 Prime - GT360. 360 c.i. v8, 280 h.p.
Transmission: 3-speed manual. Top speed: 132 mph
Factory Installed: Standard AM Radio, Truck lid mounted spoiler, front air dam.
Real life inspiration from 1968: Buick Skylark and Dodge Dart GTS


1968 s-60 CROWN
4-door, 6-seater with Premium interior
Standard Engine: RAM 302 Sinister. 302 cubic inch v8, 215 h.p.
Transmission: 2-speed automatic. Top speed: 125 mph
Factory Installed: Premium AM Radio
Class: Family P / GT
Real life inspiration from 1968: AMC Rambler Rebel, Mercury Comet


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1968 - History flash Card 2 of 3 - RETRO AGE MOTORS
For 1968, the Saint division retained it’s full size build but did down size the engine from 350 c.i., to the newly manufactured RAM 302 Sinister v-8. The other issue addressed by the Saint division during the 1968 model year was the complaints from both sales people and customers of Retro Age Motor’s lack of a luxury car. To solve this problem, Saint redesigned the 200 Sedan to have a smoother ride. Gave the entire 200 Series more luxurious interior appointments and generally spent more money on higher quality material.

The question came up on why did we change the station wagon’s name from Wessquire to Chess. Long story short …
…as is custom, Retro Age Motors hires non-professional drivers to test drive preproduction cars and give us feed back on quality of production, driving quality …etc. One such driver, from Ohio, was a mother, homemaker and wife, Mrs. Annabel Chess. While waiting to make a left turn, a intoxicated driver, approaching from the opposite direction, crossed the center line and struck Mrs. Chess on the drivers side, completely dislodging the left rear axle assembly. After the driver was arrested, officers tried to tell Mrs. Chess she was missing a wheel and could not possibly drive the car the 12 miles to the gas station. But knowing she was upset and knowing the car was most likely immobile, the officers did not try to restrain her. I wish I could have been their myself to see their faces when to their complete surprise, not only did the 200 Wessquire, as it was still called at the time, pull off and go down the road but did so while maintaining an average of 48 - 50 miles per hour road speed and …and did not waiver once! The wagon remained just as stable as if all four wheels were still present! In view of this fantastic feat and to honor the heroine of the hour, Retro Age Motors management decided to rename the car to 200 Chess.

1968 Saint 200L Sedan
4-door, 6-seat luxury interior
Standard Engine: RAM 302 Sinister - Saint 200b Series. 335 horsepower.
Transmission: 3-speed automatic / RWD. Top speed: 146 mph
Class: Luxury / GT
Factory Installation: Luxury AM Radio
Real life inspiration from 1968: Pontiac Catalina, Dodge Coronet and Lincoln Continental


1968 Saint 200 Chess
5-door, 6-seat station wagon with premium interior
Standard Engine: RAM 302 Sinister - Standard 216 302 c.i.d., 215 horsepower.
Transmission: 2-speed automatic. Top speed: 125 mph
Class: Family Premium / Utility Premium
Factory Installation: Premium AM Radio
Real life inspiration from 1968: Ford Country Squire LTD and AMC Rambler American 440


1968 Saint 200c Convertible Coupe
2-door, 4-seater with premium interior
Standard Engine: RAM 302 Sinister - Easton 302 - 200c Series, 413 horsepower
Transmission: 3-speed automatic. Top speed: 154 mph
Class: Convertible Premium / Muscle Premium
Factory Installation: Premium AM Radio
Real life inspiration from 1968: Chevrolet Impala SS, Buick Wildcat and Chrysler 300 Convertible


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Retro Age Motors - 68 Saint 200 Chess.car (56.6 KB)
Retro Age Motors - 68 Saint 200c E302.car (61.8 KB)

Saint
A Division of Retro Age Motors
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#12

Cool cars. I might download them and do a slugfest with the Gasmean CMT competitors, would be a good review I guess.


#13

1968 - History Flash Card 3 of 3 - RETRO AGE MOTORS
During the 1967 model year, Sidewinder experienced a slight decline in sales. Some of this decline can be traced to former Sidewinder fans switching to the s-60 Coupe. But it could also be said, that having been a full size performance car for 10 years running, may have made the Sidewinder name seem stale. While other manufacturers were still producing full size performance cars, it must be noted their sales slipped as well. As younger, more “hip” drivers entered the car buying field, the very definitions of sporty, performance, hot rod and muscle car was being …redefined.

For 1968, Sidewinder reduced it’s size from full to intermediate-mid size. The Sidewinder division even agreed to reduce the size of the engine from a proposed 430 cubic inches, to the RAM 302 Sinister, 302 cubic inch v8, tuned for Sidewinder needs. There were rumors circulating around, that Sidewinder was trying to develop a front wheel drive system for the 1968 model year. This rumor was true but technical difficulties prevented the project from making any headway.

1968 Sidewinder
2-door, 4-seater with sport interior / premium radio
Standard Engine: RAM 302 Sinister - Easton Whisper 395. 302 cubic inch v-8, 394 horsepower
Transmission: 4-speed manual / RWD. Top Speed: 155 mph
Class: Muscle / GT
Real life inspiration from 1968: Chevelle SS and Mercury Cougar XR7
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1968 Sidewinder GX
2-door, 4-seater, sport interior / luxury radio
Standard Engine: RAM 302 Sinister - Easton Whisper 395. 302 cubic inch v-8, 394 horsepower
Transmission: 3-speed automatic / RWD. Top Speed: 145 mph
Class: GT / Muscle
Real life inspiration from 1968: Buick GS and Chevy Nova II
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1968 Pro Am
2-door, 4-seater with sport interior and Hi-Fi radio (just imagine, the phonograph is a 8-track)
Standard Engine: RAM 302 Sinister - Easton 302 418-379, 302 cubic inch v-8, 417 horsepower.
Transmission: 4-speed Manual shift / RWD. Top Speed: 148 mph
Class: GT / Muscle Premium
Real life inspirations from 1968: Mercury Cougar XR7-GT and AMC Javelin
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