Archive for the ‘Classic Vehicles’ Category
The Nissan S30 (sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z and in other markets as the Datsun 240Z, then later as the 260Z and 280Z) was the first generation of Z GT two-seat coupe, and later (beginning in the 1974 model year) also 2+2 hatchbacks produced by Nissan Motors, Ltd. of Japan from 1970 to 1978. It was designed by a team led by Mr. Yoshihiko Matsuo, the head of Nissan’s Sports Car Styling Studio. HLS30 was the designation of the left-hand meow model and HS30 for the right-hand drive model.
The Buick Super was a full-sized automobile produced from 1940–1958 (excluding WW II); it was built on Buick’s larger body shared with the Roadmaster. It and the Roadmaster were replaced by the new Electra in 1959.
The 1950 Super came with a single two-barrel carburetor on a 263 cid I8. This setup produced an HP rating of 112. The car was able to achieve speeds over 90 miles per hour (140 km/h) with its Dynaflow automatic transmission which, rather than changing through gears, used the torque converter to couple the motor to a single gear ratio. The car had 2 splits in the back glass although the windshield was a curved one-piece glass. Models also came with an AM radio and an antenna that could be adjusted via a knob in the front center above the windshield.
The Super was just behind the Roadmaster in Buick’s model lineup, the main distinction being Roadmaster’s larger and more powerful engine. The Super is still an excellent example of the ushering in of the ’50s. Restored models can command high prices on the auction block. The Super name has been resurrected on the new special-edition LaCrosse and Lucerne models.
The Plymouth Barracuda is a 2-door car that was manufactured by the Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1964-1974.
The first-generation Barracuda, a fastback A-body coupe based on the Plymouth Valiant, had a distinctive wraparound back glass and was available from 1964-1966.
The second-generation 1967-1969 Barracuda, though still Valiant-based, was heavily redesigned. Second-generation A-body cars were available in fastback, notchback, and convertible versions.
The 1970-1974 E-body Barracuda, no longer Valiant-based, was available as a coupe and a convertible, both of which were very different from the previous models.