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 email@example.com, 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.