Saturday, March 17, 2012

1961 IKA Carabela

Abandoned in the United States since 1955, the production of the Kaiser Manhattan has started again in Argentina, where all the dies have been shipped. Under the name Carabela, it is there considered a luxury car, mostly purchased by officials and businessmen. After achieving good sales among these privileged few, due in part to the fact that the state strictly controls the importation of brand new vehicles, the Carabela’s success now seems to wane.

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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  1. what were the serial nuumbers of the cars made in Argentina??

  2. A good question... to which I unfortunately have no answer.