Saturday, March 17, 2012

1959 IKA Carabela

During 1958, Kaiser’s Santa Isabel factory finally starts the production of a local variant of the now defunct Kaiser Manhattan, aimed exclusively at the Argentinean market. Dies sent from the United States are used for the production, while the Continental six powering the car is locally made. The Carabela is identical to the last Manhattan, produced four years ago, except for the specific chromed scripts fixed to the front wings, the lack of a tinted windshield and the removal of the American version’s McCulloch compressor. Praise has to be given to Kaiser’s stylists for, despite its age, the Carabela seems just as fresh now as most new automobiles.

IKA Carabela
● Introduction: February 1950 as the American-built Kaiser, July 1958 as the Argentinean IKA. Construction: body on separate chassis. Engine: water-cooled supercharged inline six, 3.7-litre, 116 hp, mounted at the front. Transmission: to the rear wheels through a three-speed manual gearbox. Two-speed automatic gearbox optional. Suspension: independent at the front, rigid axle at the rear. Brakes: hydraulic, to drums on all four wheels. Length: 548 cm. Top speed: 140 kph. Range: four-door sedan.

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