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Franschhoek Motor Museum,part 2

The Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors a special opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L’Ormarins.Across the length and breadth of Southern Africa, only one place can adequately portray the evolution of the automobile, The Franschhoek Motor Museum. The museum’s collection exceeds 220 vehicles – ranging from a 1898 Beeston motor tricycle to a 2003 Ferrari Enzo supercar – and more than 80 exhibits will be on view at any one time, displayed in four de-humidified halls with a total floor area of 2700 m², and presented in chronological order.
MERCEDES-BENZ

540K CABRIOLET ,1936

Straight 8 engine with selectable supercharging

Vacuum-Assisted hydraulic brakes all round

Unique beige leather dashboard and matching hood

1938 wedding gift from Hitler to Egipt’s King Farouk


Engine supercharged 5 401 cc ,8 cylinders SOHC

Power 86-130kW,3500 r/min

Transmission manual four speed handrat

Max speed 170 km/h

90% of the car is original



CHEVROLET

“SUPERIOR ” PICK UP TRUCK 1926

Following the success of Chevrolets “Superior” passenger car range ,General Motors in 1926 introduced a sturdy  commercial chassis ,using the same mechanical specification as the car .As was the case in those days ,the customer bought the rolling chassis ,installing the load bed and cab according to his requirements.However ,since the success of the Dodge picks – ups of the mid 1920’s,sporting factory built cabs,Chevrolet also offered a closed cab model in their 1926 range .

Four cylinders ,overhead valves ,2803 cm3

35 HP,1900 r/ min

Three speed usynchronized gearbox 



FORD. MODEL A pick up

1930

The model A was available in a pick up form almost immediately after the introduction of the model A sedan.There were two body styles to choose from ,the 76 A, a soft top roadster pick up and the 82A which was the closed cab form of the pick up.The pick up was later followed by an enclosed panel van that was also available in a deluxe model.The production of the model A pick up came to an end in 1931.

Four cylinder L- head design engine 

3286,2 cm3,40HP,2200 r/min

Three speed gearbox

Mechanical brakes on all wheels 



CITROEN “TRACTION AVANT “

1954

The man behind the car was Andre Citroen ,who had within a short period of time become one of France’s major motor manufactures.The Traction ,as the French lovingly called it ,was in production from 1934 to 1956.

By the way – in England it is known as the Light Fifteen after its taxable RAC horspower

Four cylinders ,overhead valves

1911cm3 ,56 HP,4250 r/min

Three speed gearbox .2nd and 3rd gears synchronized,with shift lever on dashboard ,front wheel drive 

Full unit construction 

Hydraulic drum brakes all raund 



BUGATTI

TYPE 23

1925

The type 23 Bugatti is a touring version of the extremely successful Type 13,nicknamed “Bresica” after the resounding 1,2,3,4 victory in the voiturette class of the Italian Grand Prix of 1921.They were indecently fans for their day – even the touring version being able to maintain 120 km/ h all day long .The Bresica  Bugatti and its derivatives were in production from 1922 until 1926 


4 cylinders in line ,single overhead camshaft ,16 valves ,1496 cm3 

40 HP ,3500 r /min 

Top speed 120 km/ h 

4 speed manual transmission 




LA ZEBRE

TYPE A 1909

This French car was designed by Jules  Salomon who later designed the first Citroen .The first 50 cars built in 1909 were manufactured for LE ZEBRE at the Unic factory in Paris .The LE ZEBRE is a car with a musical connection ,as the owner of the factory Jacques Bizet was the son of Georges Bizet composer of the opera Carmen .They were produced from 1909 to 1931.


Single cylinder side valves 

601 cm3 ,5 HP ,1600 r/min

Two speed gearbox ( three speed box optional at extra cost )

Top speed “slightly faster than man running “



CHEVROLET 1925 

SUPERIOR TOURER


Launched in1923 .1925 model known as series K

Built on GM “A”chassis shared with others GM makes 

Electric starter .11″ rear brakes 

Engine 2802 cm3 ,4 cylinders OHV

19,4 kW ,2000r/min 



MERCEDES-BENZ 

540K Cabriolet B 1938″



ROLLS-ROYCE 

20/25  1935

On the effects of the economic depression of the early 1930 was a less formal lifestyle ,even among the very wealthy .Instead of being driven by a chauffeur in a lordly Phanthom .The wealthy person drove himselfe .Further successful businessman and professional people ,who had no experience of any army of servants ,and therefore ,no chauffeurs,preferred a smaller car than the Phantom if they wanted to move upmarket.The Roll- Royce 20/25 successor to the 20 ,was an admirable choice for the owner – driver .As well made as the bigger car ,it was still the epitome of dignified refinement 


Six cylinders ,overhead valves 

3699cm3 

Four speed gearbox with synchromesh on 3 rd and 4 th,shift lever on right 

Servo assisted ,mechanical brakes all round 

One shot central lubrication 


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Franschhoek Motor Museum,part 1

The Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors a special opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L’Ormarins.

Across the length and breadth of Southern Africa, only one place can adequately portray the evolution of the automobile, The Franschhoek Motor Museum. The museum’s collection exceeds 220 vehicles – ranging from a 1898 Beeston motor tricycle to a 2003 Ferrari Enzo supercar – and more than 80 exhibits will be on view at any one time, displayed in four de-humidified halls with a total floor area of 2700 m², and presented in chronological order.

MERCEDES -BENZ 280 SE, 1972

Introduced at the Frankfurt Auto show in 1956 the W 108/W109 was seen as the Mercedes- Benz upper class model,available at first in 250 and 300 SEL but later the 250 was replaced by the super reliable 280 S and SE range of  engines .

Gone were fins of is predecessor giving the car a smoother and more refined look,it was also 17 % large with lager windscreen and windows.

The six cylinder fuel- injected delivers 160 HP at 5500 r/min and red lines at 6500 r/ min at top speed of 200 km/ h was no problem for this rather large sedan.

They were available with a four speed manual transmission or automatic AUDI 1000S, 1959

Auto Union was the name of the so -called “German Generel Motors” which came into being in 1932by the merger between Horch,Wanderer.Audi and DKW . In 1959elegant sports coupe called 1000S was edded to the range ,and when introduction of the DKW Junior became imminent,the bigger DKW’s were renamed Auto Union

Three cylinders in line ,water cooled ,two stroke 980 cm3,55 ps at 4500 r/min.

Four speed gearbox with shift lever on steering columnFront wheel drive with freewheel

Independent front suspension with transverse half elliptical leaf spring and wishbones .


BMW 502, 1953

Big and sturdy machines ,the 500 series were BMW’s mainstay from 1951 until 1964.They were nicknamed “Batoque Angels”because flowing lines reminded people  of the carven wooden figures of the baroque period.

The 502 was Germany’s first 8 cylinder car since the War and was known for its speed and acceleration.

8- cylinder normally aspirated engine 

49,4 kW ,4800 r/min

4 speed manual transmission .rear weel drive 

Top speed  159,3 km/h



MERCEDES-BENZ

300-SEDAN 1952

This model ,nicknamed “Adenauer” after Konrad Adenauer ,the German Chancellor at that time ,was the most expensive German sedan produced at the time ,being the preferred vehicle for high ranking Goverment officials and diplomats.

Six cylinders in line ,single overhead camshaft ,two Solex carburetors

2996 cm3, 115 PS ,4600 r/min.

Four speed manual gearbox,gear shift lever on steering column.

X frame oval section chassis,independent front suspension with coil springs and wishbones,independent rear suspension with wing axel and coil springs .Electrically operated torsion bar leveling device at the rear .


OPEL OLYMPIA 1950

Technologically,German’s automobile industry led the rest during the late 1930’S.

German’s cars had independent suspension at a time when most of the British and French cars were cart -sprung.and Germany were also at the forefront of design.A typical example is the Opel Olympia,which had debuted in 1935,sporting independent front suspension and a unit body.

Four cylinders in line ,Opel Carter carburetor 

1488 cm3,37 PS,3500r/min

Three speed gearbox,shift lever on steering column

Monocoque body construction

Hydraulic brakes on all 4 wheels


MERCEDES-BENZ. 170D,1948

It is almost impossible to picture the devastation in Germany following World War ||.The Allied bombs flattened entire factories and the tolling that existed was totally inappropriate for civilian production.Component suppliers were in the same boat and the modest production that rolled out of those factories was a miracle indeed.Mercedes was fortunate in that the only passenger car  built in those troubled times .The 170D was the only diesel -engined car available at that time and technologically far ahead of the cars in its class.

Four cylinders in line ,water cooled,overhead valves,diesel

1697 cm3,32 PS,3200r/min

Four speed gearbox with shift lever on floor

Hydraulic brakes 


BMW 328, 1938

Six cylinder,1971 cm3,80HP,5000r/min with triple Solex carburetors 

Normally aspirated,four manual transmission 

Top speed 150 km/h


MERCEDES-BENZ 

130 H  TWO -DOOR. 1935

The 130H with his engine at the rear ,made its debut in 1934.It was first Mercedes -Benz with a central tubular frame .Like the 170 ,it had independent suspension all round and hydraulic drakes on all four wheels.Sels were disappointingly low and production was terminated in 1936.

Four cylinders ,side valves,water cooled,engine mounted at the rear

1299 cm3,26PS,3400r/min

Four speed  forward,fourth gear overdrive .Engine,differential and gearbox bolted together as the unit.

Foot operated one shot chassis lubrication system

Top speed 80 km/h

Only 4298 were made 

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