Quick! How many cars can you think of that you could purchase with either a 2- or 4-stroke engine? Anybody? DKW had a 3=6, which became the Auto Union 1000, but that stuck with the two-stroke formula. Citroen’s 2CV looks like it should have a two-stroke, and various Soviet-bloc cars did have two-strokes. In the late 1980s, Trabant and Wartburg started installing VW 4-cylinder engines in their cars, but Saab pioneered the approach of putting a 4-stroke in the home of a 2-stroke in 1967, with candidates vying for a place behind the airplane badge including the Volvo B18 (sacrilege!), the Ford V4 (meh), Triumph 1300 (foreshadowing!), Lancia V4 (philosophically closest), Hillman/Climax, as well as engines from Volkswagen and Opel. The final winner was the Taunus V4 engine, so if you don’t mind an ordinary powerplant in an extraordinary car, try out this 1972 Saab 96, for sale for $3950 in Hobe Sound, FL.
Archive for September, 2014
Thanks to our self-imposed price ceiling, you’ll probably never see a Rolls Royce here on these pages. And while you might have heard that the Vanden Plas Princess was at one point powered by a 4-liter Rolls Royce FB60 engine with a pretty stout 175hp, this is not that car, but its predecessor. That said, for the fancy pants trim level of the Austin Westminster, you’ll get an elegantly trimmed interior, with burr walnut, leather and high-grade carpeting. And since this is a 1964 version, you get the upgraded brakes, drop-down rear picnic tables, and the 120hp version of the Austin C-series inline six. Take a look at this 1964 Austin Princess Vanden Plas for sale for $4500 in Cool Ridge, WV.
Think of the compact family cars available back in 1961 – VW Beetle, Renault Dauphine, Citroen 2CV, Fiat Millecento, Morris Minor – many had debuted in the 1950s, late 1940s, or even before the war. And even though they’re interesting to enthusiasts, most of those cars could not lay a claim to being sporty – perhaps the Millecento and the Minor, if any. So the niche for a sporty, inexpensive family sedan with modern styling was wide open, and Triumph was there to fill it with their Italian-designed Herald. Check out this 1963 Triumph Herald for sale for $3800 in Everson, WA.