Clas­sic crossword

New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia - By Answers on page 112

David Cass

Across 1. Volk­swa­gen’s 1940–’45 light mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle, to some ex­tent based on the type 1 VW, was known as the -----wa­gen, and an al­most all-new ver­sion was rein­tro­duced in 1969 for mil­i­tary and later civil­ian use (5) 8. VW again, this time the neat coupé built on the clas­sic Golf plat­form from 1974 to 1992, and again from 2008 (8) 9. Suc­cess­ful model for TVR, built 1967–’73 — most cars were fit­ted with Cortina GT Kent-se­ries mo­tors (5) 10. Ger­man en­gi­neer and auto-in­dus­try mag­nate, suc­cess­ful for a while, but a ma­jor bank­ruptcy case in 1961 brought his com­pany’s Ger­man pro­duc­tion to a close, though hints of skul­dug­gery are still aired (8) 11. Form of su­per­charger in which mesh­ing lobed ro­tors ro­tate to com­press the air-fuel mix­ture (5) 12. Ab­bre­vi­a­tion for an oft-used mea­sure­ment of aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency, the prod­uct of drag co­ef­fi­cient and frontal area (1,1,1) 16. Early French mo­tor­ing pi­o­neer, whose name lives on in de­scrib­ing an ef­fi­cient method of sus­pen­sion de­sign (2,4) 17. New Zealand mo­tor sport­ing broth­ers, ac­tive in ral­ly­ing and sin­gle-seater rac­ing in New Zealand from the ’70s and, lat­terly, in the US, where they both founded suc­cess­ful au­to­mo­bile devel­op­ment com­pa­nies (6) 18. GM’S spe­cial­ist com­mer­cial and util­ity-ve­hi­cle divi­sion (1,1,1) 23. V6-en­gined 2+2 mini su­per­car built by Maserati; 1830 were built in an 11-year pro­duc­tion run from 1972 (5) 24. US mar­que name, the first to be used by John North Willys early in the 20th cen­tury as he built his au­to­mo­bile man­u­fac­tur­ing em­pire (8) 25. Acro­nym for the four­wheel steer­ing sys­tem used by Nis­san from 1986 (5) 26. Ital­ian de­signer and stylist, named Car De­signer of the Cen­tury in 1999 (8) 27. Ger­man engi­neer­ing com­pany; its prod­ucts in­cluded cars, mo­tor­bikes, bi­cy­cles, and type­writ­ers (5)

Down 2. In­ter­est­ing small UK GT coupé, built from 1966 to 1970, with a BMC Mini Cooper or Cooper S en­gine/ trans­mis­sion unit in a rear mid-en­gine con­fig­u­ra­tion (8) 3. ‘EVS’, or ‘-------- ve­hi­cles’, are in a heavy devel­op­ment phase now, but, in the early days of mo­tor­ing, were very prom­i­nent: in 1900, 28 per cent of ve­hi­cles in the US were pow­ered thusly, and so, too, was the first land-speed record car in 1898 (8) 4. Honda’s 1976-on­wards mid-size devel­op­ment of the suc­cess­ful Civic hatch­back de­sign theme: now, nine gen­er­a­tions later, many mil­lions have been sold (6) 5. Suc­cess­ful Czech com­pany, from 1907 pro­duc­ing cars, mo­tor­bikes, trucks, mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles, and aero­planes: the mar­que name still ex­ists, with 2016 plans to build high-per­for­mance sport­ing road cars (5) 6. New Zealand rac­ing driver and con­struc­tor: very suc­cess­ful from the mid 1960s to 1978, win­ning sev­eral F5000 cham­pi­onships and de­sign­ing/build­ing class-win­ning rac­ing ve­hi­cles (5) 7. Fore­most Bri­tish mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ist, with an ac­tive writ­ing ca­reer span­ning 81 years from 1930 to 2011 (5) 12. Al­ter­na­tive clean-burn­ing fuel for in­ter­nal-com­bus­tion ve­hi­cles; heav­ily pro­moted in New Zealand in the 1980s but it never ac­quired main­stream ac­cep­tance, de­spite some tech­ni­cal ad­van­tages (1,1,1) 13. US au­to­mo­bile com­pany formed from the merger of Nash-kelv­ina­tor and Hud­son in 1954: though suc­cess­ful for a while with the Ram­bler and Amer­i­can Mo­tors mar­que names, mar­ket share and prof­its even­tu­ally fell, and Chrysler took over in 1987 (1,1,1) 14. Suc­cess­ful Dat­sun/nis­san model name from 1957, and also the name of the Camp­bell fam­ily’s speed-record cars and boats (8 or 4,4) 15. French auto maker, ac­tive 1894–1954, prob­a­bly most suc­cess­ful in the 1930s, when six-cylin­der and V12 sports and rac­ing cars won in­ter­na­tional renown (8) Model name for Holden’s sport­ing coupés built 1968–’77, and again 2001–’6 (6) 20. Af­fec­tion­ate nick­name for the mi­cro­car saloons, van and coupés built by Glas from 1955 to 1969; over quar­ter of a mil­lion were built (5) 21. Pre­mium mar­que name for Toy­ota, first in­tro­duced in 1989 (5) 22. UK mar­que ac­tive from 1920 to 1967: its well-built sport­ing cars had a fine rep­u­ta­tion and were tech­ni­cally ad­vanced, early in us­ing front-wheel drive and syn­chro­mesh gear­boxes (5)

Answers to last month’s crossword, No. 292 Across 1. F-head 8. Panorama 9. Wills 10. One-o-four 11. Swing 12. Ami 16. Zo­diac 17. Miller 18. EHP 23. Hoare 24. Ig­ni­tion 25. David 26. Crowther 27. Solex Down 2. Hail­wood 3. At­lantic 4. Mag­num 5. Mo­tor 6. Carol 7. Ta­tra 12. Ace 13. Imp 14. El­do­rado 15. Near­side 19. Hooper 20. Simca 21. En­voy 22. Stutz This month, Mys­tery Car No. 252 is a rak­ish Euro­pean two-seater coupé. Only just over 100 were built over a 10-year pe­riod from 1969 to 1979. Send your so­lu­tion by email to ed­i­tor@clas­s­ic­car.co.nz, with ‘Mys­tery Car 252’ in the sub­ject line, or mail to Mys­tery Car 252 De­cem­ber 2016, New Zealand Clas­sic Car, PO Box 46,020, Herne Bay, Auck­land, by Jan­uary 16, 2017. Last month’s Mys­tery Car No. 251 was the Volk­swa­gen Brazil SP2. Its gen­e­sis was back in 1969 as Project X, sup­ported by VW Brazil’s then-man­ager Ru­dolf Lei­d­ing, and the pro­to­type was un­veiled in 1971, reach­ing pro­duc­tion in 1972. It was built on the Brazil­ian model Volk­swa­gen Type 3 plat­form, specif­i­cally the Brazil­ian model Vari­ant es­tate but used an un­usual 1679cc en­gine size for that se­ries’ VW, nor­mally sold with a 1600 en­gine. It was a good-look­ing car, and the main rea­son it did not sell well was prob­a­bly that a lo­cally built ri­val, the sim­i­larly Vw-based Puma GT, per­formed rather bet­ter, as it was much lighter with its fi­bre­glass body. It also had a wider va­ri­ety of Puma-mod­i­fied but Vw-based en­gine op­tions, gen­er­ally of­fer­ing more ca­pac­ity and power, so, VW’S more stan­dard SP2, though it looked the part, of­fered rather less on-the-road per­for­mance. There was also an SP1 ver­sion, which used the 1584cc en­gine: only 162 were built, as its per­for­mance was just too lethar­gic for most cus­tomers. Ad­di­tional draw­backs were that the in­ter­nal fit­tings were pared down, and there was not much price dif­fer­ence in favour of pur­chas­ing the smaller-en­gined ver­sion. There is a very good Ger­man-lan­guage web­site with lots of info about the car, which Google Trans­late does a sort-of job trans­lat­ing, so, if you need to know more, try your luck! I can now re­port a win­ner for our Mys­tery Car No. 249 com­pe­ti­tion, which was the cheap and cheer­ful French mid-’50s fun car, the Pan­hard Dyna Ju­nior. Reg­u­lar en­trant David Tay­lor of Mairangi Bay was up to speed on this one, so, con­grat­u­la­tions, David, on spot­ting this un­usual lit­tle car.

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