Clas­sic cross­word

New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia - By

David Cass

Clues Across 7. French sport­ing car builder, ac­tive from 1956 to the mid 1960s, us­ing mainly Pan­hard com­po­nen­try (6) 8. Ma­jor UK engi­neer­ing com­pany, suc­cess­ful with cars pre World War I and through to 1924 and sub­se­quently in air­craft and diesel rail­way mo­tors (6) 10. UK car­maker founded in 1958; own­er­ship has changed over the years, but it has made lots of clas­sic sports/ GT cars — the G4, G12, G15, and G21 come im­me­di­ately to mind (7) 11. Char­ac­ter­ful cars and, these days, awe­some trucks have been built by this Czech com­pany since 1899 (5) 12. Spe­cial cab fit­ted to for­ward­con­trol trucks to per­mit ac­cess to the en­gine (4) 13. Bri­tish mo­tor­cy­cle com­pany that briefly built cars in 1912–’13, though its name is re­mem­bered for the ef­fec­tive ----Whit­worth wire-spoked road-wheel de­sign (5) 17. US car com­pany that has been one of GM’S cor­ner­stone com­pa­nies since 1910 (5) 18. The old-style looks for this 1976–’81 sports car from Pan­ther be­lied its mun­dane Vaux­hall Viva Mag­num floor­pan and en­gine (4) 22. Model name used down un­der for the Honda N360/N600 mini car of the early ’70s (5) 23. Bel­gian car com­pany, ac­tive from 1906, and, af­ter takeovers of Ex­cel­sior, Mé­tal­lurgique, and Min­erva, it car­ried on till 1958, lat­terly as­sem­bling Adlers from Ger­many and Stan­dards from the UK (7) 24. Fondly re­mem­bered Lo­tus sports-racer, suc­cess­ful from 1956 to ’58 and much repli­cated since (6) 25. Ital­ian mo­tor­cy­cle maker; its fast and pow­er­ful 500cc four- cylin­der rac­ing bikes won six Mo­togp rac­ing cham­pi­onships from 1950 to ’57 (6)

Clues Down 1. Aus­tralian engi­neer­ing com­pany, noted for two suc­cess­ful 1960s/early 1970s twin­cam Aussie rac­ing en­gines, one based on the Holden Grey mo­tor, and the sec­ond Ford Cortina based (7) 2. Ital­ian coachbuilding com­pany, ac­tive from 1948 to 1973, lat­terly un­der Ford own­er­ship — there are signs that the brand name will reap­pear in 2016 (7) 3. Prom­i­nent US pres­tige car, noted early on for high-per­for­mance rac­ing cars, then sport­ing and lux­ury cars through to 1935; the brand name is pe­ri­od­i­cally re­vived (5) 4. As­ton Martin’s model name add-on that sig­ni­fied the tuned-en­gine high­per­for­mance vari­ant of a par­tic­u­lar model (7) 5. Ital­ian com­pany — pre World War II, a tuner of Fiat cars, but mostly re­mem­bered for low-pro­duc­tion GT, sports, and niche cars built from 1948/’49 to 1975 (5) 6. US ter­mi­nol­ogy for what in UK terms is the track or lat­eral dis­tance be­tween tyres on the same axle (5) 9. French coach­builder ac­tive from 1905 to 1954, its palmy days were the ’30s, with flam­boy­ant but el­e­gant coach­work on pow­er­ful Euro­pean and Bri­tish cars (9) 14. Ger­man de­signer ac­tive in the early 1920s with ad­vanced air­flow ideas for cars and planes (7) 15. French com­pany founded in 1919, with a won­der­ful his­tory of in­no­va­tion and oc­ca­sion­ally ec­cen­tric de­sign over its near 100-year his­tory (7) 16. UK coachbuilding com­pany ac­tive from 1935 to ’38, with bod­ies for Rail­ton, Rapier, and Lanch­ester, among oth­ers (7) 19. This US make was Hud­son’s low-priced com­pan­ion mar­que from 1918 to 1932, then was re­placed by the Ter­ra­plane (5) 20. Model name shared by Valiant in Aus­tralia (1969–’72/’73) and AMC’S unloved 1975–’80 com­pact sedan (5) 21. Lan­cia’s 1100cc sa­loon built from 1953 to 1963 in three main se­ries be­fore re­place­ment by the Ful­via (5)

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