VW Beetle

Technical Specification of the VW Beetle Styling and interior Although later cars are much nicer to drive than the earlier models because of radically revised underpinnings and better visibility, they aren’t as popular. However, the styling of all models of the VW Beetle is timeless. It was surely the last car to use running boards…

Triumph TR6

The predecessor of the Triumph TR6 was the TR5. They look very similar, but the TR6 has a simpler front, without a power bulge in the bonnet.  The coachbuilding firm Karmann in Germany carried out what was essentially a low cost face and tail lift on the TR5, giving the TR6 a distinctive truncated rear…

Rolls Royce Convertible

Rolls Royce Corniche: Technical specification All the two door Corniches used the Rolls Royce V8 shared with the contemporary saloon model. Early cars used the 6230 cc, which in 1970 was upgraded to 6750 cc. Although this was the era when rolls  Royce famously chose not to disclose power output, most specialists rate it at…

Morris Minor Traveller

Original Specification An original 1968 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller had a four cylinder in-line cast iron, 1098cc water cooled engine.  With 64.6×83.7mm bore and stroke, 8.5:1 compression ratio, pushrods and rockers, single side camshaft, and single SU HS2 carburettor.  Torque at 2,500 rpm was 50bhp at 5100rpm, 60lb-ft. The Traveller had a four speed manual…

Jensen Interceptor

Technical Specification of the Jensen Interceptor MkII The predecessor of the Jensen Interceptor was the CV8, with the 541 before that. The 541 had become uncompetitive in the Grand Touring market and the CV8’s styling was unpopular. Jensen began work on the Interceptor in 1965, named after the earlier 1949 model. The Jensen Interceptor Mk1…

Jaguar XJS

Technical Specification of the Jaguar XJS The XJS was the actual, if not the spiritual successor to the E-Type.  It was based on the early short-type XJ saloon floorpan shortened by almost 7 inches. The saloon’s all-independent suspension was retained, although moved forward at the rear with double wishbones fore and aft. Coil spring rates…

Aston Martin DB7 Convertible

Technical Specification of the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante The predecessor of the Aston Martin DB7 was the Aston Martin Vantage. In 1994 the first straight six supercharged DB7 came off the production line, and by 1999 the V12 engined DB7 Vantage had superceded it. 4100 of the Vantage models were produced, around half of…