1975-79 WRAITH NEAPOLITAN
The 1975 Neapolitan was the first attempt ever to build a “smaller” Wraith. Of course, small was relative, since this car still had a wheelbase of almost three metres and a length way over five.
Technology wise, the Neapolitan borrowed heavily from the Vaughn Hierophant and Vaughn Silverbird, which meant a somewhat simpler, leaf sprung rear axle, compared to the coil sprung axle of the larger Wraiths.
(OOC: Yes I see how badly the doorcard is poking out and I have fixed that now)
Engine wise, it had the Wraith OHV V8 that had been around since 1949. In this version, a 350 cubic inch example with a power output of 165 hp. After all, this was the malaise era.
With the 3 speed auto, the only choice of transmission, this meant that the Neapolitan did the 0-100 sprint in 12.2 seconds and had a top speed of 185 km/h. Not terribly bad, after all.
On the inside, the car was worthy of its Wraith name. Like other cars from the brand, it was spacious, featured velour or leather upholstery, as well as some tasteful application of wood trim here and there.
And it hardly lacked any luxury features compared to its larger siblings either. Air conditioning, 8 track player, electric windows and mirrors, etc. - all standard.
The first generation Wraith Neapolitan was built until the 1979 model year.
Its 1980 replacement was way more radical, with front wheel drive, a fastback body and a newly developed, smaller, all aluminium V8. Something that may have attracted some customers, scared some, but that’s a story for another time.