Ravon car company

Ravon is an automaker founded in 1956 in Dalluha, previously engaged in servicing trucks and producing engines for heavy equipment. But in 1956, the company decided to enter the automobile market, and registered as an automaker to introduce the first
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production car, “RESTRAINT,” in 1958. The company then decided to go mainly into the truck/SUV market, and also to become alone of the first companies, thinking about fuel economy and ecology.

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RESTRAINT is the first car from the RAVON company, and, however, this is not a simple small car, but quite a premium convertible with a V8 under the hood.

However, RAVON immediately decided to set a trend to reduce the fuel consumption of current cars, and began to think about the environment.

Therefore, in the “RESTRAINT”, not an 8 or even 10L huge v8 with a consumption of more than 30 liters of fuel per hundred kilometers was installed, but only a modest 6L at that time. Even though it used leaded gasoline, and did not have catalysts, and was also not very efficient, it was smaller and still required much less fuel, only about 24-25 liters per hundred, with a car weighing about 1.8 tons, and installed automatic gearbox.

Thanks to the tuning of the carburetor, and the size of the intake and exhaust manifolds, the engine was quite seriously “strangled” in favor of fuel economy, so it produced a modest 175 hp with a volume of 6 liters.

But the first development of an engine using the first bio-fuel and catalysts was already underway…

And RESTRAINT was the first and last car to use non-eco-friendly fuel.

But has the “RESTRAINT” achieved recognition and success in the Dalluha market? The demand was small, but it was still there, and of course many did not like the fact that the “car” turned out to be too “lazy”, it could only do “Burnout”. But as soon as the wheels stopped slipping, RESTRAINT began to accelerate quite slowly, and did not even reach the desired 200 km/h, even on the highway; rather, its limit was about 170 km/h and acceleration to 100 was about 12 seconds.

Therefore, the target audience of RESTRAINT buyers were elderly people who simply needed a large comfortable car for trips out of town or for shopping, and the removable soft top was an additional highlight, a convertible for a leisurely comfortable ride!

As a result, the first car from RAVON was produced from 1958 to 1969, and was quite popular among those over 40 with large wallets.




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Ironically, there’s not as much restraint in its exterior styling as I hoped - but then again, it’s a more upmarket offering, so there’s method in their madness.

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And so, after the release of the premium convertible, RAVON decided to focus more on the SUV and truck market, and in ’63 it already registered the G-Series model range.
A lineup of SUVs for harsh conditions, immediately prepared from the factory for serious OFF-Road.
The first of these was the G-60, the development of which began in 1962, and as a result it was presented by 1968, becoming the first in the line.
It looked like an archaic SUV on axles with leaf springs, large off-road wheels, ground clearance of more than 500 mm, and an archaic Spartan interior.
But what was under the hood of this beast? But here, however, it’s not a huge OHV v8, but a modest inline 6 sohc-2 with 4 liters of volume.
Producing a not so impressive 126 hp and only 295 h.m of torque, but that was enough for such low gears, and at the same time the consumption was already significantly less, the engine already passed environmental standards, and was powered by Bio fuel.
That for the price of an SUV, the price suv wasn’t that high…
It was produced for many markets, including the “GASMEA” market, but until 1972 many still complained that they could not fill with regular leaded fuel, but after 72 it began to actively appear at gas stations.
But in ’77, the 60 body was already replaced by the 80… Which had already abandoned the use of a carburetor in favor of a new mechanical injection, and was a little more comfortable.





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RESTRAINT II, the 2nd generation of a passenger car from RAVON, the 1st generation of which was produced until 1969, the 1st generation of RESTRAINT, with which the company began… And in the period 69 to 73, RAVON nevertheless developed a new generation of a passenger car.

This is what RESTRAINT II became, but this time the company took into account some mistakes, and the 2nd generation was already a more utilitarian 4-door premium sedan.

An ordinary sedan, only large and premium, using the new line of “HG-6” engines, which were a fashionable at that time V-Type 6-cylinder engine with a 60-degree camber angle, and already using fuel injection, mechanical, instead of a carburetor, which gave greater engine efficiency, and reducing fuel consumption.

But the power in the first “HR-6 303” was not so much, only about 150 hp, but the torque… there was already quite an impressive 303 H.M.

But for such a sedan, for a leisurely comfortable ride, it was enough.

But still, the demand was mainly among older people; for young people, the 2nd generation was also weak, and there was actually less power than even first generation, and there was no longer any V8.

And there were reasons for this, the 2nd generation was even more focused on older people, who needed an exceptionally spacious, comfortable car for trips out of town or for shopping, but at the same time even more utilitarian than the 1st generation, which was a 2-door convertible.

Now it was possible to travel more comfortably to the dacha with grandchildren.

As a result, the 2nd generation lived for quite an impressive 11 years, until 1985, and was quite successful.

And bought it for trips to the cottage, traveling. Or even to cab companies for use as cabs.






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And so, the time has come for the legendary 80 from RAVON, back in 1977, when no one thought that the G-80 would become such a success in many markets.
Development of which had been going on since 1973, which was supposed to replace the old G-60.
The main task that should have been incorporated in the new G-80 is more utilitarianism, more comfort.
It should have been a more versatile, comfortable car, and not the harsh old G-60, which was created exclusively for harsh conditions; the G-80 should have made it possible to move comfortably on ordinary roads, and, if necessary, show itself off-road.
This is what it turned out to be, a classic modern SUV, ready for any operating conditions, and transporting potatoes to the dacha, and children to school, and going hunting or picking mushrooms.
He has already received axles on springs for greater comfort and controllability, an automatic transmission in a luxury version, a cassette recorder, more comfortable seats, and of course a fresh engine!
Well, as you already understood, several configurations were already offered:
Base-Differentiated by the installed manual transmission, an additional downshift lever, manual differential locks, a new generation of the “T-6” engine, namely the second version, although in fact it was a completely new engine, of course with a mechanical injection system.
It produced about 146hp and 300H.M of torque, while being quite economical for its age and environmentally friendly.
Luxe-Differentiated by the installed automatic transmission, different color, including the interior, and the already familiar v6 “HR-6 303”, which was first installed in the RESTRAINT II sedan, with minor changes and modifications, which made it possible to gain a couple of Newtons of torque.
And not to say that the LUXE with an automatic transmission was less passable, no, the passability in real conditions was often no worse, but it was more comfortable due to the automatic transmission, you sit and just operate the gas pedal, that’s all that is required.
But still, those who wanted more control over the situation preferred manual transmission and took the base, it was also cheaper.
And as a result, the G-80 made a sufficient impression on buyers, and there was decent demand, thanks to which this generation lived right up to 1990, and after… it was replaced by the G-90, which was already… even too breakthrough in the spirit of the times, in the spirit late 20th century…







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And finally, the beginning of the 1990s, the sunset of the 20th century, and the RAVON G-80, the legend, is replaced by a less legendary, but a more youthful suv G-90.

The G-90 came out more universal, and was the first of the G series to have many configurations for every taste, task, and budget.

But in general, the G-90 acquired a more recent design, a CD radio in some trim levels, independent front suspension, a new V8- “LP-8 F2” in 1 configuration, and improved T-6 2(FA) and HG-6 303 ( FA).

And there were as many as 4 configurations:

BASE-It was distinguished by particularly poor equipment, the absence of wood, chrome, foglights, CD-radio, spare tire, automatic transmission, v8 and even v6, good off-road tires, panoramic sunroofs… The absence of a lot, but. It was simply cheap, and was the most ordinary cheap SUV with a manual transmission and all-wheel drive.

OFF-ROAD-bundlingt with high ground clearance of more than 500mm, large wheels with good off-road tires, manual transmission with all locks and low gears, natural wood in the cabin, panoramic sunroofs, spare wheel, CD radio, fog lights.

LUXE-Simply a rich universal package with an automatic transmission, with the same rich equipment as the previous one, but no longer having manual locks, manual transmission, low gears, large off-road tires. It was particularly distinguished by the abundance of chromium.

SPORT-The same as Luxe but in a black package, in a sports body kit, with downforce, universal tires on 19 alloy wheels for asphalt, a powerful new v8 “LP-8 F2”, he was the fastest and most powerful, at the same time less versatile, was designed primarily for Roads.

However, due to its power, it sometimes performed well, and off-road.

There was also an interesting point that the instrument panels were the same everywhere, and were marked up to 220 km/h and 6,000 rpm, although most trim levels could not show such results, but the sport could have turned all the hands 180 degrees.

But still, in the end, the cheapest, most stripped-down, basic configuration was in greatest demand, followed by OFF-Road, Luxe, and as it turned out, the one with the least demand, including perhaps for the price, sport.

But in the end, the G-90 was produced until 2002… Although it was less successful and profitable than 80. But was exported to many countries, and came in many versions.










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