Friday, March 16, 2012

1954 Kaiser Darrin

The final production model of the Kaiser Darrin fibreglass sports car is at last released in November 1953, though sales do not start before the following January. An obvious departure from the prototype is the adoption of a split windshield. Under the bonnet, the Darrin finally has to settle for a conventional Willys F-head six, with a single carburettor.

Kaiser Darrin
● Introduction: November 1953. Construction: fibreglass body on separate chassis. Engine: water-cooled inline six, 2.6-litre, 90 hp, mounted at the front. Transmission: to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual gearbox. Suspension: independent at the front, rigid axle at the rear. Brakes: hydraulic, to drums on all four wheels. Length: 465 cm. Top speed: 150 kph. Range: two-door sports convertible.

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