Clas­sic cross­word

New Zealand Classic Car - - AUTOMOBILIA - By

David Cass

Clues across: 7. Swe­den’s home-mar­ket model name for the suc­cess­ful Volvo 120–130 se­ries sa­loons — nearly 668,000 were sold from 1956 to 1970 (6) 8. Ital­ian-born stylist, ac­tive in France be­tween the wars, no­tably with the com­pany jok­ingly known as ‘phoney and flashy’ af­ter pro­duc­ing sev­eral flam­boy­ant de­signs! (6) 10. Prom­i­nent Bri­tish mar­que name, on mo­tor­cy­cles ini­tially, then on cars from 1923 to 1984 (7) 11. Model name for Iso’s 1967–’74 four-door sa­loon styled by Ghia (5) 12. Rac­ing car man­u­fac­turer from 1974 to the early 2000s, with early en­gi­neer­ing in­put from Ron Tauranac through to 1993 (4) 13. A ----- head en­gine is one with the com­bus­tion cham­ber formed mainly in the pis­ton top rather than the cylin­der head (5) 17. French car com­pany ac­tive from 1921 to 1933; it used sev­eral makes of pro­pri­etary en­gines in its cy­cle­car, light car, and sports car pro­duc­tion (5) 18. Brazil­ian car builder from 1962 to 1985, ini­tially DKW two-stroke based, then used VW com­po­nen­try from 1968, no­tably for some rather at­trac­tive coupés (4) 22. Tra­di­tion­ally, the first ma­jor in­ter­na­tional rally in each cal­en­dar year (5) 23. Clas­sic rac­ing cir­cuit com­plex in Ger­many, the -------ring, first used back in 1927, though the old cir­cuits are now lit­tle used for com­pe­ti­tion, hav­ing been re­placed by a mod­ern 1984 de­sign (7) 24. Suc­cess­ful 1934–’38 model se­ries from 10 across; four mod­els, with variant four- or six-cylin­der mo­tors from 1.1 to 2.0 litres (6) 25. Im­por­tant con­trib­u­tor to cabin com­fort in colder cli­mates (6)

Clues down: 1. De To­maso supercar, which sold over 7200 units in a 20-plus year run from 1971–’92; mixed opin­ions over th­ese, they cer­tainly per­formed, but build qual­ity was at times sus­pect (7) 2. Model name for the pre-war Fiat 508 built from 1932 to 1937 (7) 3. Ja­panese-mar­ket model name for Mazda’s top model GT and sports cars from 1967 through to 1995 (5) 4. Chrysler’s 1934–’37 at­tempt to in­tro­duce stream­lin­ing/aero­dy­nam­ics to the US mass mar­ket — too much be­fore its time, it was a com­mer­cial fail­ure (7) 5. Ma­jor Ja­panese car, mo­tor­bike, and small com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle builder, whose first cars were built in 1963 (5) 6. Low-pro­duc­tion (1978 on­wards)–but fondly re­mem­bered UK kit-car coupé of dis­tant Mini-mar­cos parent­age; it used Mini/metro run­ning gear (5) 9. Model name for Austin’s A110/A125 six-cylin­der big sa­loon, in­tended as a cheaper down­mar­ket ri­val to other man­u­fac­tur­ers’ pres­tige mod­els (9) 14. Model name shared by AMC and Jowett dur­ing the clas­sic car era (7) 15. Small Lan­cia sa­loon, a 1933–’37 pre-war ri­val to Fiat’s rather cheaper 508 sa­loon in 2 down (7) 16. In­flu­en­tial 1964 styling ex­er­cise / show car on Alfa Romeo GTZ chas­sis, penned by Gi­u­giaro while at Ber­tone; crashed and be­lieved de­stroyed, it was re­built and shown to re­newed ac­claim again in 2005 (7) 19. Model name used by GM for an Opel ex­ec­u­tive car (1986–2003) and an Oldsmo­bile compact (1973–’84) (5) 20. GM Canada’s mar­que name (1959–’70) for their at­tempt to sell Uk-model Vaux­halls and Bed­fords in Canada (5) 21. In­ter­est­ing Lan­cia small car, suc­ces­sor to 15 down, built from 1939 through to 1953 — note­wor­thy as the first mass-mar­ket car with a fivespeed gear­box (5)

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