67. Auto Union type c

67. Auto Union type C

 

 

Between 1935 and 1937 Auto Union cars won 25 races, driven by Ernst von Delius, Tazio Nuvolari, Bernd Rosemeyer, Hans Stuck and Achille Varzi. Much has been written about the difficult handling characteristics of this car, but its tremendous power and accelaration were undeniable – a driver could induce wheelspin at over 100 mph (160 km/h). The cars throughout their production history were the main Grand Prix protagonists with Mercedes-Benz, particulary dominant in 1936. The dominance of the Silver Arrows of both brands was only stopped by the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

 

Original watercolour of Auto Union type c

 

  • Signed by the Dutch artist Giovanni Casander himself
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61. Lion-Peugeot

61. Lion Peugeot

 

To understand why there were two Peugeot automobile businesses it is necessary to refer to a family disagreement that culminated in 1896 in Armand Peugeot leaving the family business which was called, at that stage : “Les Fils de Peugeot Frères”.  The sons of Peugeot brothers, Eugène and Armand Peugeot, who were related to eachother as second cousins, had recently taken over control of the succesful Peugeot metal-working business specialising in certain types of industrial and domestic components and tools. Eugène Peugeot opposed the necessary scale of investment in automobile making and 1896 his cousin split away to form Automobiles Peugeot. The cousins signed an agreement that gave Armand’s business the sole right to manufacture Peugeot Automobiles, the corollary of which was that the residual Peugeot business, under Eugène would stay out of the powered vehicle business. Despite the agreement between the Peugeot cousins, the residual business Eugène Peugeot to produce bicycles, tricycles and quadricycles, some with motors and some without. Relations with Armand evidently were not cordial.

Original watercolour of Lion-Peugeot

 

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60. Darracq 200hp

60. Darracq 200hp

 

By 1905 it established branches in the UK, Spain and Italy and then expanded into both cars and aviation engines. In 1920 the British arm became the majority shareholder in Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq (STD Motors) which was sold to the Rootes group in 1935 such that Darracq ceased to be a distinct marque, instead becoming a badge-engineered Sunbeam.  In 1900, the company produced its first vehicle with an internal combustion engine by Ribeyvolles, this was a 6.5 hp voiture legère powered by a 785 cc single and featured shaft drive and three speed column gear change. While not as successful as hoped, one hundred were sold. In 1902 Darracq signed a contract with Adam Opel to jointly produce vehicles in the German Empire under licence, with the brand name “Opel Darracq”.

In 1905, the company expanded to Britain, incorporating the A. Darracq Company Limited with a capitalization of £ 650,000.–

Darracq won the 1905 and 1906 Vanderbilt Cup at Long Island, New York.

Here we see an Darracq 200hp in the 1907 Coppa Velocit di Brescia.

 

Original watercolour of Darracq 200hp

 

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59. Miller race car

59. Miller race car

From Yale he moved to Lansing, Michigan to work for motoring pioneer Ransom E. Olds at Oldsmobile, where he was employed as a race mechanic during the early Vanderbilt cup racer. After a poor 1906 race season, Miller left for Los Angeles, California, to open a small machine shop specializing in carburetor production. His involvement with the racing side of his carburetor business led first to repairing and then building race cars. In the early 1920’s , he built his own 3.0 litre engine. Inspired by a Peugeot Grand Prix engine which had been serviced in his shop by Fred Offenhauser in 1914. Miller then progressed to making Miller single-seater race cars that used supercharged versions of his 2.0 and 1.5 litre engines. The engines took four wins in the 500 up to 1929, twice (1926 and 1928) in Mille chassis, and won the race another seven times between 1929 and 1938 (twice again, in 1930 and 1932 in Miller chassis. In the 1920s and 1930s, Miller engines also powered speedboats to several race wins. Miller declared bankrupt in 1933. His foreman and chief machinist Fred Offenhauser purchased the business and continued development of the engine as the Offenhauser.

Original watercolour of Miller race car

 

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58. Auto Union type c

58. auto unionWhen, starting in 1938, the maximum engine displacement for Grand Prix cars was limited to 3 litres for blow engine, it became a V12. The Auto Union type c  was originally designed to 6 litre specifications, but would start at 4,360 cc and 295 bhp. It had two cylinder blocks, inclined at an angle of 45 degrees with 32 valves. The engine was designed to provide optimum torque at low engine speeds. The lay out of the car was unusual for the time, being mid-engined, years before the Cooper Car Company rediscovered the advantages. Hence, the lay out of the car front to rear handling reputation the cars had gained. Between 1935 and 1937 Auto Union cars won 25 races. Much has been written about the difficult handling characteristics of this car, but its tremendous power and accelaration were undeniable – a driver could induce wheelspin at over 100 mph (160 km). Here we see Manfred von Brouchitsch and Caracciola at the 1938 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Original watercolour of Auto Union type c

 

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56. MG C

56. MG - C

The three Motor Cycling Club long distance trials in the UK date from that time. All three are still held today. As vehicles became more reliable, the events became easier and the concept of observent non-stop sections was introduced. On these, the car or motorcycle is stopped at the foot of the hill and has to make a non-stop ascent. On a classic trial today there will typically be around fifteen such observed “sections’ with a road mileage between 40 and 400. Other forms of car trial are PCT’s for production cars and Sporting Trials for special ‘flyweights’. These trials are restricted to one venue without any road mileage.

Original watercolour of MG C

 

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54. Austin seven

54 Austin Seven

The Austin seven was nicknamed the “Baby Austin”. It was one of the most popular cars ever produced for the British market and sold well abroad. It wiped out most other British small cars and cyclecars of the 1920s, its effect on the British market was similar to that of the model T Ford in the USA. It was also licensed and copied by companies all over the world. The very first BMW car, the BMW Dixi, was a licensed Austin seven, as were the original American Austin. In France they were made and sold an Rosengarts. In Japan Nissan also used the seven design as the basis for their original cars, although not under license. Many Austin sevens were rebuilt als ‘specials’ after the Second World War, including the first Lotus, the MK 1 which was based on an Austin seven. Such was the power of the Austin seven name that the company re-used it for early versions of the A30 in 1951 and Mini in 1959.

 

Original watercolour of Austin seven

  • Signed by the Dutch artist Giovanni Casander himself
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53. Auto Union

53. Auto Union

 

In 1935, the engine had been enlarged to 5 l displacement, producing 370 bhp. Achille Varzi joined the team and won the Tunis Grand Prix and the Coppa Acerbo. Stuck won the Italian Grand Prix, plus his usual collection of hill climb wins, again taking the European Mountain Championship. The new sensation Rosemeyer, won the Czech Grand Prix. For 1936 the engine had grown to a full 6 liter and was now producing 50 bhp in the hands of Rosemeyer and his team-mates. The Auto Union Type C dominated the racing world. Rosemeyer won the Eifelrennen, German, Swiss and Italian Grand Prix as well as the Coppa Acerbo. He was crowned European champion and also took the European Mountain Championship.  Varzi won the Tripoli Grand Prix, while Stuck placed second in the TRIpoli an German Grand Prix and Ernst von Delius took second in the Coppa Acerbo. In 1937 the car was basically unchanged and did surprisingly well against the new Mercedes Benz W 125, winning five races to the seven of Mercedes Benz. Rosemeyer took the Eifel and Donington Grand Prix, the Coppa Acerbo and the Vanderbilt Cup. Rudolf Hasse won the Belgian Grand Prix.

Original watercolour of Auto Union

 

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49. Mors Grand Prix

49. Mors Grand Prix

 

Mors Grand Prix car 1903. The Mors automobile factory was an early French car manufacturer. It was one of the first to take part in automobile racing, beginning in 1887, due to the belief of the company founder in racing’s technical and promotional benefits.  Mors was one of the first automobiles to use the V engine configuration. The Mors 60 horsepower Grand Prix car was powered by a 10 litre V 4. The car had a steel chassis and a four-speed transmission that drove to rear wheels via chain drive and rear-wheel brakes. André Citroën became chairman of Mors in 1908 and restored the company’s viability. I 1925 Citroën bought Mors outright and closed it down,using its factory for the production of his Citroën automobiles.

Original watercolour of Mors Grand Prix

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48. Christie 20 litre V 4

48. Christie 20 litre V4 jpg

 

John Walter Christie was an American engineer and inventor. He is best known for developing the Christie suspension used in a number of World War 2 era tank design, most notably the Soviet BT and T34 series and the British Convenanter and crusader cruiser tanks. He was the first American to compete in the 1907 French Grand Prix : the V4 engine of 20 litre that powered his vehicle was the largest ever used in a Grand Prix race, but the car retired after four laps with ‘engine trouble’. On September 9 of that same year, Christie was seriously injured in a crash when his car struck loose debris during a lap at Brunots Island Race Track in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In a twelve car endurance race earlier that day, scheduled to run 50 miles, the Haynes cardriver Rex Reinertson had lost its right front tire with disastrous results, catapulting into the air and landing on its roof. Reinertson was crushed beneath the car. Next up was Christie, driving the car he had used at the Grand Prix only a few months before. He was attempting to break the track’s lap record of 58 seconds and due to receive a $500 prize if he was succesful. Christie completed the second half of his warmup lap in only 24 seconds. So he was well on pace for a new record, but at the 1/8 marker of his real lap his right front wheel struck part of Reinertson’s car that remained on the track. Christie was thrown from the car, traveling twenty feet in the air and fifty feet across the grounds before coming to earth.

Original watercolour of Christie 20 litre V 4

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