MUS­CLE GARAGE RE­TURNS TO THREE

New Zealand Classic Car - - National And International News -

Guess what. Your favourite TV show will be com­ing back to the screen on Sun­day, 30 Septem­ber, pack­ing a whole lot more into a brand-new sea­son. That’s right, it’s 10 more episodes of Teng Tools Mus­cle Garage, which is en­ter­ing its third sea­son on Three’s Sun­day af­ter­noon CRC Mo­tors­port.

We’ve re­ceived loads of pos­i­tive feed­back from the first two sea­sons, and this one will be stick­ing to a sim­i­lar pre­sen­ta­tion for­mula, bring­ing to you just as many rad­i­cal rides, fan­tas­tic events, in-depth shed raids, and spe­cial fea­tures. And, while we can’t give it all away just yet, we can sneak a bit of a teaser in here for you.

Fea­ture cars in­clude Justin Walker’s su­per tough Ford Galaxie, Clint Wheeler’s slick Holden EK van, and Kay­ton Coughey’s tyre-smok­ing Ca­maro, with events in­clud­ing the Prowear Chrome Ex­pres­sion Ses­sion, Kaik­oura Hop, and a few spe­cial fea­tures in­clud­ing a catch up with the Oo­gah Rod­ders, and learn­ing about the T-bucket pro­ject be­ing built by the kids at Tikipunga High School in Whangarei. Sound good? We think so — book the couch and lock the date in!

While other parts of the world were in a state of up­heaval in 1968, revo­lu­tion was far from peo­ple’s minds at Volvo in Gothen­burg, Swe­den. In­stead, they were fo­cus­ing on the launch of the new pres­tige model, the 164.

The no­tion of de­sign­ing a slightly larger, more ex­clu­sive model had been around for a long time. In the late 1950s, a big lux­u­ri­ous Volvo with a V8 engine was planned. How­ever, that pro­ject died in 1960 when a sur­vey in­di­cated that com­pact cars were the fu­ture, es­pe­cially in the US.

Af­ter the 1966 launch of the 140 series, Volvo de­cided to squeeze a larger, more pow­er­ful six-cylin­der mo­tor into a sim­i­lar de­sign. That would al­low Volvo to cre­ate the com­bi­na­tion of pres­tige and com­pact size it was ab­so­lutely cer­tain that peo­ple needed.

Chief De­signer Jan Wils­gaard kept the chas­sis of the 140 series and used the front from the 1950s 358 pro­ject. The 140 chas­sis was ex­tended by 10cm from the wind­screen for­ward. This was to make space for the newly de­vel­oped straight-six, which was des­ig­nated ‘B30’, had a three-litre ca­pac­ity, and de­vel­oped 108kw.

The fit­tings were con­sid­er­ably more lav­ish than in the 140 series, with thick woollen fab­ric on the seats, tex­tile floor mats, and the rear seat de­signed for two peo­ple, with a drop-down arm­rest in the cen­tre.

Af­ter the first year of pro­duc­tion, the 164 was given leather up­hol­stery as stan­dard, in­te­grated halo­gen-type aux­il­iary lamps, and head­rests. The op­tions list in­cluded elec­tric win­dows, tinted win­dows, an elec­tric sun­roof, and air con­di­tion­ing.

Road testers of the time stated that Volvo’s new cus­tomers were pro­fes­sional types, such as doc­tors, lawyers, den­tists — peo­ple who could af­ford some­thing dif­fer­ent. Seems that part of their sales strat­egy was suc­cess­ful.

The Volvo 164 un­der­went con­tin­u­ous de­vel­op­ment through­out its life, with the ad­di­tion of fea­tures such as elec­tronic fuel in­jec­tion — as of model year 1972.

The last model year was 1975, and all the cars built in that year were ex­ported to the US. By then, the car’s suc­ces­sor, the 264, had al­ready gone into pro­duc­tion.

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