A GUIDE TO 1938 HIGH PERFORMANCE CARS

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A GUIDE TO 1938 HIGH PERFORMANCE CARS

THIS LIST OF SPECIFICATIONS AND DATA HAS BEEN COMPILED TO ASSIST THE PROSPECTIVE PURCHASER OF A FAST CAR IN THE DIFFICULT MATTER OF CHOOSING HIS MOUNT FOR THE COMING SEASON

ALFA-ROMEO

Italian. Thompson & Taylor (Brooklands) Ltd., BrooklandS Track, Weybridge.

2.8B. 6 cyl., 70 x 100, 2,309 c.c., 18.23 h.p. abr. 7 bearing crankshaft. 80 m.p.h. at 4,400 r.p.m. Soles Carburetter. s.d.p. clutch. 4 speed gearbox, synchromesh, third and top. Central change. Freewheel, spiral bcvI 1ri ve. Hydraulic brakes. Worm

and at steoritig. Wire wheels ” -knock -on ” type. Tyres 5.50 x 18. Turning circle 33 3″. Wheelbase 9′ 10″. Wheel track 4′ 9″. Ground clearance Price, short saloon, £1,070. 2.3B Pescara. Chassis details as above except for

the following speed at 4,400 rpm). 90 m.p.h. 2 Soles: carburetters. Higher back axle gear-ratio. Price £1,225 saloon.

2.3B Mine filjglia. Mounted on Pescara eitassis as :above. Speed 90 m.p.h. at 4,400 r.p.m. Price, saloon £1,550. 2.3B Drophead Coupe (long chassis). Chassis details as 2.311 Short saloon, except as fellows. Tyres, 6.00 x 18. Wheelbase .10′ 8″. Overall length 16′ 67. Overall height 5′ 1″. Turning circle, 37′ 6″, Price, £1,700:

2.9B Short 2-seater Sports ” Spyder.” 8 cyl.. 68 x 100, 2,905 c.c., 22.96 h.p. 0.11.v. 10 bearing fully balanced crankshaft, water pump, pressure lubrication to all bearings. 2 oil pressure. pumps. Scintilla Vertex magneto. 2 Weber carburetters. 2 superchargers. Multiple plate clutch. Gearbox integral with back axle casing and wholeunited mounted on frame. 4 speed gearbox, central change. Constant mesh gears. Speed 120 m.p.h. Straight bevel final drive. Hydraulic brakes. Worm and

sector steering. Wire wheels “knock-On ” tYPc. Tyres 5.50 x 19. Wheelbase fr. Wheel track 4′ 5″. Ground clearance 7″. Overall length 13′ 8″. Overall width 5′ 6″. Overall height 4′ 6″. Turning circle, 32′ 6′. Price £1,950. This famous and respected Italian marque, for whom Messrs. Thompson and Taylor of Brooklauds are the British agents., is offered in two distinct forms. The “6c 2,300 B ” model is a 2,399 c.c. twin o.h. camshaft six-cvlinder car made in ” Lungo ” and ” Corto ” single Solex carburetted forms and as the ” Pescara ” sports job with twin Solex and high gears. The last named does 90 m.p.h. at 4,4,00 r.p.m. The more exciting model i8 the “Sc 2,900 B,” based on the racing Alfa-Romeo and possessed of a 180 b.h.p. 5.000 r.p.m. 2.9-litre twin o.h. camshaft straight-eight engine

of advanced conception. All wheels are sprung independently and this fine motor-car weighs 16 cwt. complete in short-chassis forth and does 115 m.p.h. at maximum revs.

ALTA

British. Alta Car and Engineering Co., Ltd., Fullers Way, Kingston By-Pass, Surbiton.

1,074 c.c. 4-cyl., 60 x 95, 9 h.p. Tax £6 15 0. Comp. ratio 7.5 to 1. 3 bearing crankshaft. B.h.p. at maximum revs. : 60 at 6,000. Pump and radiator cooling. Carburetters, unsupereharged 2 S.U. 4 point engine Mounting. E.N.V. Preselect 4 speed gearbox, central change. Ratios 4.00, 0,34 9.32, 16.85 to I. Road speeds at 1,000 m.p.h. 1st. 5.24, 2nd. 8.9, 3rd. 13.1, top 17.8 to 1. Maximum speeds: 1st. 32, 2nd. 53, 3rd. 70, top 80. Hardy-Spicer propeller shaft. E.N.V. spiral bevel rear axle, straight bevel racing model. Springs,

front 4-elliptic, rear I-elliptic. Luvax shock absorbers. Cam and lever steering. Turning circle 39′. Alta Servo 12″ brakes. Battery 12 v. 63 0.11. Mechanical pump feed. Consumption unsupercharged 30 to 35 m.p.g. Supercharged 15 m.p.g. Rear petrol tank. Tyre size 4.50 x 19. ‘Wheelbase 8’. Track 4′ 2″. Ground clearance 7″. Weight 15 cwt. approx. Prices : 2-seater £365; comp. 2-seater £385; 4-seater £375; racing model also available at 1550, supercharged single-seater. 14-litre. 4 cyl.. 68.75 100, 1,485 e.e., 12 h.p. Tax £0, Comp. ratio 7.8 to I. 3 bearing crankshaft.. 65 b.h.p. at 5,500 r.1.111. 1401).11.p. at 5,800 supercharged. Pump and radiator cooling. 2 S.C. carburetters, tinsels-Tel iarged . 4 point engine mount ing. 4 speed I. NV. Prcsch ct gearbox. Cent ral control. Rat if 8 14.3, ?.:19, 5.7 I. 4.2 to 1. Road speeds at 1,000 r.p.m.. I st 51o, ‘2.)01 10, 3rd 14.7, top 20. Maximum speck, 35.1, 2nd 58, 3rd 78,

top 90. Ilardy-Spieer propeller shaft. E.N.V. spiral bevel rear axle. 5riigs. front 1-elliptic, rear ic. Imvax shock absorbers. Cam and lever steering. Turning dcl 10. Battery’, 12 v,

63 -ail. Alta ;.I.ervi, 12″ brakes Mechattleal pump. ConsumptItm, unsupereharged 26 m.p.g. Rear petrol tank. Tyre. size 9, Wheelbase 8. ‘Track 4’ 2″. Ground clearance 7″. Weight, of complete

..car 15 cwt. Price : 2-seater £498, 4-seater 1:525, supercharged 2-seater £575, supercharged singleseater racing model, £850. 2-litre. 4 cyl., 79 x1.00, 1,906 c.c., 15 h.p. Tax £11 5 0. 0.h.c. Comp. ratio 0.5 to 1. 3 bearing crankshaft, 90 b.h.p. at 5,000 r.p.m. unsupercharged. Pump cooling. 2 S.LT. earth, otters un

supercharged. 4 point rigid engine mounting. Preaelector gearbox, central change. Ratios 1,0,

5.99, 8.0, 13,6 to I. Road speeds at 1,000 r.p.m., 1st 6.3, 2nd 10.8, 3rd 15.8, top 21.5 m.p.h. Maximum speeds, hat 37, 2nd 00, 3rd 84, top 97 m.p.h. Hardy

needle roller prop. shaft.. Spiral bevel rear axle. 4-elliptic front springs, 4-elliptic rear. Hydraulic

Shock absorbers. Cam ateering. Turning circle 40′. Cable operated brakes. Battery 12 v. 63 a.h.

Rear tank, mechanical pump. Bodge wheels. Tyres 17 x 6. Wheelbase 7′. Consumption unsupercharged 24 m.p.g. Track 4′ 2″. Ground clearance 7″. Wheelbase 8′. Weight of complete car 151 cwt. Prices : 2-seater £408; 4-seater £525; supercharged 2-seater V575. Independent 14-litre, Single-Seater Racing. 4 cyl., 08.75 x 100, 1,485 c.c. 3 bearing crankshaft. Pump cooling. S.U. carburetter, supercharged. 4 point engine mounting. E.N.V. type 110 gearbox. 3 Hardy needle roller prop. shaft. Straight bevel diff. on frame. Short prop. shafts to wheels. Coil

springs. Bishop cam steering. Alta servo 14″ brakes, 30 gallon petrol tank. Wheelbase 8′. Track 4′ ‘4″. Ground clearance 7″. Weight 12 cwt. Price £1,250. The Alta is a sports-car of very advanced design, hand assembled in not large quantities at Tolworth under the care of its creator, Geoffrey Taylor. It has distinguished itself as a very potent car In sprint events. The engine, which is made in 1,100, 1,500 and 2,000 c.c. sizes, is a four-cylinder with wet liners, twin

0.11. camshafts, and notably high compreSsion-ratios are employed. The chassis is of particularly low build and is one of the few modern cars to retain quarter-elliptic rear springing.

ALVIS

British. Alvis Ltd., Coventry. cy!., 92x 110, 4,387 c.c., 31.48 Tax £24. 7 bearing crankshaft. Comp. ratio (5125 to 1. 123 b.h.p. at 3,600 r.p.m. Pump and fan cooling. 3 S.U.:carburetters. Flexible 3 point engine Mounting. S.d.p. clutch. 4 speed, synchromesh gearbox. Ratios, 1St 12.95, 2nd 8.34, 3rd 5.90, top 4.11 to 1. Road speeds at 1,000 r.p.m., 1st. 6.8 2nd 10.6, 3rd 15, top 21.5. Maxi:mute speeds, 1st :54, 2nd 49, 3rd 68, top 95 m.p.h. Large tubular propeller shaft, needle rollers. Fully floating rear axle, noiseless spiral bevel and WW1’s. Springs, independent trmisvorse At front, ror, Hydraulic. shock absorbers. Independent steering. Servo brakes. Turning circle 40. 12 v. battery. FT gallon petrol tank. Consumption, 14 to 18 ni,p.g. at 40 m,p.h. _Knock-on wire wl teels. Tyres 5.50 x

19. Wheelbase 10′ 7″. Standard, 10′ 4″. Special short chassis. Track 4′ 8″, Ground clearance 7″. Weight, chassis 251 cwt., standard saloon 344 cwt. Prides, chassis £750, special short chassis sports tourer £095, four-seater drophead coupe £1,065. Four door sports saloon 11,145. Speed Twenty-Five. cyl., 83 x 110, 3,571 c.c., 25,63 h.p. Tax £19 10 0. 7 bearing crankshaft. Comp. ratio 6.35 to 1. 110 b.h,p. at 3,800 r.p.m. Pump and fan cooling. 3 8.11. carburetters. Flexible 3 point engine mounting. SAT. clutch. 4 speed all synchromesh gearbox. Ratios, 1st 12,95, 2nd 8.34,

3rd 5,90, top 4.11 to 1. Road speeds at 1,000 r.p.m., 1st 0.8, 2nd 10.6, 3rd 15, top 21.5 m.p.h. Maximum speeds, 1st 31, 2nd 45, 3rd 63, top go m.p.h. Large tubular propeller shaft. Fully floating rear axle. Noiseless spiral bevel and gears. Springs, independent transverse at front, 4-elliptic at rear. Hydraulic shock absorbers. Independent steering. Servo brakes. Turning circle 40′. 12 v. battery. 17 gallon petrol tank. Consumption 16 m.p.g. at 40 m.p.h. Wire wheels. Tyres 5.5 x 19. ‘Wheelbase 10′ tr. Track 4′ 81. Ground clearance V’. Weight chassis 25 cwt. Prices, chassis £625, open sports tourer £735, drophead coupe £885. 12170. 4 cyl.’ 73 x 110, 1,842 c.e., 13.22 h.perankshaft.3 bearing crankshaft. Overhead valVes, actuated by pushrods. Pump and fan cooling. 1 Solex carburetter. S.d.p. clutch. 4 speed gearbox, Synchro mesh 2nd, 3rd, and top. Gear ratios, 1st 14,86, 2nd 9.66, 3rd 6..65, top 5.0 to 1. Large tubular propeller Shaft. Semi-floating rear axle, with noiselees spiral bevel gears. Bend’s brakes. Marks steering. Springs, I-elliptic, front and rear. 11*

gallon rear petrol tank. hydraulic shock absorbers. 12 v. battery. Wire wheels. Tyres 5.50 x 17. Wheelbase 8′ 10″. Track 4′ 2″. Price, £435, four-door saloon, drophcad coupe £44. Outstanding new Alvis models for 1938 are the entirely new 1.8-litre fourcylinder car, a newcomer to the growing family of modern big fours, and the shortchassis edition of the six-cylinder 4.3 litre car. Alvis has long concentrated on extremely high-grade push-rod o.h.v, engines and the new four is of this type,

&seendant of the famous 12-50 fourcylinder of years ago and the more recent 12-60 h.p. models. Typically British in conception the Alvis range is fully upto-date and the specifications embrace leaf-spring independent front suspension for the sixes and all-synchro-mesh fourspeed gearboxes.

Alvis are to be complimented on introducing a complete new car into the field of 4-cylinder cars, which should be met with great approval.

ASTON-MARTI N

British. Aston-Martin Ltd., Feltham, Middlesex.

Mark IL 4 cyl., 69 x 99. 1,495 c.c., 12 h.p. Tax £9. 0.h.c. Comp. ratio 7.5 to 1. 3 bearing crankshaft. 70 b.h.p. at 4,750 r.p.m. Pump and thermsyphon cooling. 2 S.U. carburetters. Silent-bloc engine mounting. SAT. clutch. 4 speed straight tooth gearbox. Central change. Ratios 12.9, 8.1, 5.91, 4.66 to 1. Road speed at 1,000 r.p.m. 1st 6.61, 2nd 10.4, 3rd 14.2, top 18.1 m.p.h. Maximum speeds, 1st 32, 2nd 52, 3rd 71, top 90 m.p.h. Spiral bevel rear axle. 1-ell1ptic springs. Hartford Duplex shock absorbers. Cam type steering. Turning curie 41′ approx., 38′ short chassis. Directly operated

brakes through cables and rods. Battery 12 v. 63 a.h. Rear tank, 2/4 seater, 13 gallons, 4 seater and saloon 11 gallons. 2 electric pumps. Consumption 20 m.p.g. Budge wire wheels. Tyres 5.25 x 18. Wheelbase, 2/4 seater 8′ 7, 4 seater and saloon 10′. Track 4′ 4″. Ground clearance 6″.

One of the premier British sports marques, the Aston-Martin, which has done so well in past 24-Hour Races at Le Mans, is now offered in 2-litre form, as well as in the older form, as a refilled fast car of thoroughbred conception, easy to service and pleasant to handle on long journeys against the clock. The engine is of high-efficiency and the chassis very carefully designed and constructed.

BENTLEY

British. Bentley Motors (1031) Ltd., 14, Conduit Street, W,1.

41. 6 cyl. o.h.v. 88×114. 4,255 c.o. 29.4 h.p. Tax 422 10 0. 4 speed, synehrornesh, 3rd and top em.1 ax. Overall oiar ratios. 1st 11.30, 2nd 7.08, 5.10. top 4.10 to 1 Speed 90 m.p.h. Knock-off wire wheels. Tyres 5,50 x18. 12 V. battery. 18 gal 1( at petrol tank. Consumption 17 m.p.g. Tura’ lax Circle 40′. Oround C:earance fr. Wheel bat (1′. Track 4′ 8′. Weight 33 cwt. ll,tving much in common wit h the Rolls Royce, the British 41-litrc Bentley is a Sports-car of which this ountry is justly proud. Its }maini nily constructed six-cylinder engine does its work without a sound and driver-controlled shockabsorbers and mechanical servo-braking figure in the specification. At Earl’s Court will be shown two saloons, a drophead coupe and an open tourer, with coachwork by H. J. Mulliner, Park Ward, and

Vanden Plas, respectively. The 4litre car will remain unchanged for 1938, so that the comprehensive description and road-test already published in this paper covers the existing models.

BRITISH SALMSON

British. British Samson A ero Engines Ltd., Rayne:. Park, London, S.W .20.

20/90. 6 cyl., 75 x 98, 2,598 c.c., 20.8 h.p. Tax £15 15 0, 2 overhead camshafts. Comp. ratio 6.5 to 1. 4 bearing crankshaft. Thermo-syphon and fan cooling. 2 S.U. carburetters. Engine mounted on rubber blocks. Borg and Beek single plate clutch. British Sahnson 4 speed gearbox, synchro mesh

:3rd and 4th, central change. Ratios 18:2, 8.03, 5.17, 4.1 to 1. Road speeds at 1,000 r.p.m., 1st 5.5, 2nd 10, :3rd 14, 4th 20. Maximum speeds, 1st 25, 2nd 35, 3rd 60, 4th 90 m.p.h. Semi-floating rear axle. Springs, transverse front, felliptic independent rear. Front, British Salmson shock absorbers, Luvax mar. Turning circle 29′. Lockheed hand and foot brakes. Battery 2 6v. 90a.h. 11 gallon rear tank, pump feed. Consumption 20 m.p.g. Pressed steel wheels. Tyres 16 x 6.25. Wheelbase iV 4r. Track 4′ 31″ in front, 4′ 4I” at rear. Ground clearance 8. Weight of complete car 27 cwt. Prices, £695, saloon or coupe. £645, 2-seater.

14 h.p. 4 cyl., 72 x 98, 1,596 c.c., 14 h.p. Tax £9 15 0. 3 bearing crankshaft. Comp. ratio, 6.1 to 1. The.rme,syphon cooling. Solex 35 F.H.D. carburetter. 3 bearers, rubber engine mounting. Borg and Beck clutch. British Saimaon gearbox. Ratio, 4.9, 7.0, 9.8, 15.4. Reverse 13.6. Road speeds at 1,000 r.p.m., 1st 5.2, 2nd 8.2, 3rd 11.5, top 16.5. Maximum speeds, 1St 25. 2nd 39, 3rd 55, top 78 m.p.h. Propeller shaft, enclosed in torque tube. Spiral bevel drive, 4.9 ratio. Springs, front

transverse, independent, rear, 3-elliptic. Shock absorbers, British Salmon front, Luvax rear. British Sahnson steering. Lockheed brakes. Turning circle 29′. Battery 2 6v. 90a.1i. 11 gallon petrol tank. Consumption ’26 m.p.g. Jordan, centre lock, pressed steel wheels. Tyres 16 x 6.25. Wheelbase 9′ 44″. Track 4′ 31″ in front, 4′ 44′ at

rear. Ground clearance 8″. Weight 153 cwt. Chassis, 25 cwt. saloon. Price £395, saloon or coupe. 12 h.p. 8.4.0. 4 cyl., 1,406 c.c., 12 h.p. Tax £9. 3 bearing crankshaft. Comp. ratio 6.1 to 1. Thermo syphon cooling. Solex 30 F.H.D. with starter, carburetter. 4 bearers, rubber engine mounting. Borg and Beck clutch. British Salmon synchro mesh gearbox. Ratios, 5.2, 7.35, 10.4, 16.2 to 1. Reverse 14.6 to 1. Road speeds at 1,000 r.p.m., 1st 5, 2nd 7.6, 3rd 10.6, top 15.2. Maximurn speeds, 1st 23, 2nd 36, 3rd 50, top 72 m.p.h. Propeller shaft, enclosed in torque tube. Spiral bevel drive. Ratio

5.2 to 1. Springs, 3-elliptic front, 3-elliptic rear. Andre front and rear shock absorbers. Merles

Weller steering. Bendix brakes. Turning circle 37′. Battery ‘2 6v. 90a.h. 10 gallon petrol tank. Consumption 30 m.p.g. Rudge centre lock wheels. Tyres 18 x 5.00. Wheelbase 9′ W. Track 4’ 21″.

Ground clearance 8″. Weight, chassis 14 cwt., saloon 233 cwt. Price, saloon or coupe £345. The British-Salmson fills a long-felt need, as a car which has those characteristics proved correct in the stern school of racing, allied to the essential presentday qualities of dependability, ease of handling, and freedom from servicing problems. The engines all have twin overhead camshaft actuation of inclined overhead valves but they are by no manner of means racing units, indeed, the four-cylinder 13ritish-Salmson is as smooth as a good six and functions very economically. The engine, chassis and coachwork of these cars are beautifully

made and finished. The 12-55 h.p. model is a genuine 70 m.p.h. car, while the 15-70 h.p job does 80 m.p.h. or more on I ; -litres of engine, nor does closed bodywork materially reduce these speeds. The 20/90 h.p. six-cylinder BritishSalmson is a big husky motor-car capable of 90 m.p.h. and with other performance factors in keeping. It has independent front-wheel suspension by transverse leaf-springing and the two-seater is especially well laid out for trials and. rallies, etc., in which events it has, in fact, gained an enviable collection of awards.

BUGATTI

French. Ettore Bugatti, 1-3, Brixton Road, London, S.W .9.

578 Sports. 8 cyl., 72x 100, 3,255 c.c., 25.7 h.p. Tax £19 10 0. 6 bearing plain crankshaft. Pump

and fan cooling. Bugatti double carburetter. Gearbox with rear axle. Central control. Ratios 1st, 11.6, 2nd 7.5, 3rd 5.37, 4th 4.17 to 1. Road speed at 1,000 r.p.m., 1st 71, 2nd 111, 3rd 16, top 22 m.p.h. Ma.ximum speed, top, 115 m.p.h. Open prop. shaft. 1-elliptic front springs, 4-elliptic rear. De Ram shock absorbers on all four wheels. Mechanical brakes, cable operated, pedal on four wheels, hand on rear wheels. Battery 12 v. 120 a.h. 20 gallon rear tank. Consumption 18 m.p.g. Wire wheels. Tyres 5.50>: 18 front, 6.00 x 18 rear. Wheelbase 9′ W. Track 4′ 5. Ground clearance 5″. Weight approximately 19 cwt. Price, on demand. Type 57. Unsupercharged, 8 cyl., 72x 100, 3,255 c.c., 25.7 h.p. Tax £19 10 0. 2 0.h.c. 6 bearing crankshaft. Pump cooling. Stromberg carburetter, flexible engine mounting. Single Dry

plate clutch. Gearbox central control. Ratios, 1st 11.6, 2nd 7.5, 3rd 5.37, top 4.17 to 1. Road speed at 1,000 r.p.m., 1st 7, 2nd 11, 3rd 15/, top 20 m.p.h.

Silent second, third and top gears. Open prop. shaft. 4 floating rear axle. 3-elliptic front springs .1-elliptic rear. De Ram shock absorbers on front, IStertford on rear. Mechanical brakes, cable operated. 22 gallon rear tank. Battery 12 v. 75 a.h. Consumption 18 m.p.g. Speed 90 m.p.h. Wire wheels. Tyres 5.50 x 18. Wheelbase 10′ 10″. Track 4′ 5′. Ground clearance 6″. Chassis weight 19 cwt. Price, on demand. Although some people aver that the day of the really high-priced fast car is over, Ettore Bngatti’s Type 57 and Tylie 57S 3.3-litre cars, based on the ” 3.3 ” Grand Prix Bugatti of a few years ago, have sold remarkably well in this

country. The beautifully-finished twin o.h. camshaft six-bearing straight-eight engines are unblown but definitely of racing conception, though they run very smoothly and quietly for all that and are also most economical in relation to the power output and performance achieved. The gearboxes have constant-mesh third speeds but no synchro-mesh and the tubular front axles pass through the front hall-elliptic springs, while at the rear the famous Bugatti reversed quarterelliptic layout is retained. The Type 57 has a single carburetter and does over 90 m.p.h. The Type 57S has twin carburation, the very expensive De Ram shock-absorbers, and is able to reach 115 m.p.h. in catalogue form.

BROUGH SUPERIOR

British. Brough Superior Cars Ltd., Haydn Road, Nottingham.

31-1itre. 6 cyl., 76.2x 127, 21.6 h.p. Tax £16 1(1 0. 3 mains crankshaft. Comp. ratio to I. Alternative 7 to 1. 107 ith.p. at 3,800 r.p.m. Pressure pump circulation pooling. Thud intake-downdraught Carter carburetter. 3 point rubber engine mounting S.d.p. clutch. 3 speed ” synehro-shift ” gearbox. Ratios, 1st 2.42, 2nd 1.6, high 1 to 1. Reverse 3.3 to 1. Maximum speeds, 1st 35, 2nd 55, top 95 m.p.h. Open propeller shaft, needle roller bearings on U joint. Semi-elliptic springs. LUVaX shack absorbers. Variable pitch worm and

sector steering. Servo brakes, Turning circle 38′. Battery 12 v. 12 gallon petrol tank. Consumption 18 to 20 m.p.g. Wire wheels. Tyres 16 x 6. Wheelbase 10′. Track 4′ 10″. Ground clearance 9″. Weight 26f cwt. Price, £655. Drophead £095, saloon supercharged £775.

A very high-class Anglo-American car built by the famous motor-cycle manufacturer, and based on the six-cylinder Hudson, the 13rough-Superior has been improved in detail for the 1938 season. A full road-test of the 1937 model was published in MOTOR SPORT last January. The blown Alpine open sports model is possessed of truly impressive acceleration powers and exceeds 109 m.p.h.

DODGE

Dodge Brothers (Britain) Ltd., Mortlake Road, Kew Gardens, Surrey.

cyl. L head engine, 82 h.p. Floating engine mountings 82.55x 111.1. Comp. ratio 5.6 to 1. Camshaft-driven by silent chain, 4 camshaft. hearings. S.d.p. clutch. Pump cooling. Dodge synchrosilent constant mesh gearbox. Worm and roller steering. Hotchkiss type final drive. 3-elliptic

springs. Direct, double-acting shock absorbers, front and rear. Hydraulic brakes. Battery 12 v. Dowiadraught carburetter. Wire wheels. 4.00 x 16. Semi-floating rear axle. Wheelbase 115″. Prices. Victory saloon E365. Senior £385. The Dodge is a well built American car of straightforward design, employing a six-cylinder side-valve engine in a conventional chassis which carries very com

modious and roomy bodywork, The Victory saloon is a particularly popular model of the range, ptVed at [365.

FRAZER-NASH

British. A. F. N. Ltd., Falcon Works, London Road, Isleworth. 65 x

Falcon. C cyl., 65 x 95, 1,911 c.c., 15.75 h.p. Tax £12. Pushrod o.h.v. Comp. ratio 6.8 to 1. 4 bearing crankshaft. Pump and fan cooling. 3 Solex carburetters. S.d.p. clutch. Chain drive, right-band gear-change. Ratios to choice–standard f’ 3,8, 4.8, 7.0, and 11.6 to 1. Solid rear axle. 1 elliptic springs front and rear. Hart ford Duplex shock absorbers. Frazer-Nash high-vett red steering. Tubular clutch shaft with ball-centred Hardy joint-spiral bevels. Iliad drive by chains with dog elutch engagt III ‘lit . Turning circle 34’. 12″

brake drums, mechanically operated. Battery 12 v. 7.5 a .h. 12 gallon rear tank, electric pimp or hand feed, Racing wire wheels. Wheelbase 8′ 6″. Track, front 4, rear 3′ 6″. Price £425. (With:alternat ive 4-01. o.h.v. ,490 c.c. engine) £150. ” Cohnore ” 3-4-seater. 6 cyl., (10

brake *homes, cable operated. 12 gallon rear tank.

Racing winwheels. Track 4 frOnt, 3′ 6′ rear. Price

” Shelsiey ” Supercharged. 4 eyl., 69x 100, 1,496 c.c.. 121t.p. Tax O. Single overhead camshaft. 3 bearing erankshaft. water cooled. Twin Centric superchargers NO h single large S.C. carburetter, S.d.p. dutch. chain drive, right hand gear change. Solid rear axle. Hartford duplex shock absorbers: F.N. cam steering. Turning circle 34′. 14″ brake drums. Dagal battery. 17 galloit rear rietrol tank.

pressure and S.U. pump feed. Racing wire wheels. Tyres Dunlop Fort 00. Wheelbase 9′. Track, front 4′, rear 3′ 6′. Price £850. “Ulster 100.” 4 cyl., 69 x 100, 1,496 c.c., 11.9 h.p. Tax £9. Single overhead camshaft. High compression racing pistons, 3 point suspension. Twin car

buretters. Chain drive, right-hand gear-change. Ratios optional. Solid rear axle. 1-elliptic springs. 20 gallon rear petrol tank. Price £425. Tourist Trophy Replica. 4 cyl., 69 x 100, 1,496

c.c. 11.0 h.p. Tax £9 S;tftte ete,ine specification

as ‘Ulster 100 model. Witeelbase fr. Track, front 4′, rear 3′ fr. Overall length 12′ 8′. Turning circle 36’. Weight approx. 16 cwt. Price £600. Retaining the famous easy-change, high-efficiency all-chain transmission, and very definitely a thoroughbred, all enthusiasts will rejoice that the FrazerNash is still with us in this age of stan dardisation. The ” Falcon ” model has a 2-litre push-rod o.h.v. six-cylinder engine, Or may be had with a 14-litre, four-cylinder power-unit. The famous ” Colmore ” job is a twin o.h. camshaft six-cylinder, while the ” Shelsley ” model, which justifies its name as the singleseater, which is a production model,

took the Shelsley record last month, is a four-cylinder, single o.h. camshaft job with twin Centric superchargers. Other models are the ” Ulster 199 ” and T.T. Replica cars, with unblown single o.h. camshaft, four-cylinder engines. Specifications and equipment can be considerably varied at the time of ordering to suit clients’ individual requirements. Frazer-Nash-B.M.W. Type 34, Saloon. 6 eyl.. 58 94, k190 c.e., 12 1lip Tax £9 15 O. Pushrod o.h.v. Comp. ratio 5.6 to 1. 4 bearing crankshaft. Pump and Ian cooling. Twin Solex carburetters, 4 point cushioned engine mount iug. S.d.p. clutch, 4 speed synchro mesh gearbox. central change. Open prop. shalt. Spiral bevel rear axle. Springs, front independent, rear somi-ellipl ie. independent high geared steering. Taming circle 29′ 3″. Internal expanding cable operated brakes. Consumption 30 m.p.g. Wire or disc wheels. Tyres 5.25x 16. Wheelbase 8′. Track, front 3′ 10″, rear 4′. Ground clearance 8r. Weight 161 cwt. Price £325,

Frazer-Nash-B.M.W. Type 45 Saloon. 6 cyl., 65 96, 1,911 c.c., 15.71 11.p. Tax £12. Pushrod o.h.v. Comp. ratio 5.6 to t. :3 bearing crankshaft-. Impeller plum) and fan cooling. 2 Solex carburetters. 4 point cushioned engine mounting. S.d.p. clutch. 4 speed synchro mesh gearbox, central change. Open prop. shaft. Spiral bevel rear axle. Springs, steering, etc., as Type 34. Pri !e Standard saloon £350, tourer £375

Frazer-Nash-B.N.W. Type 40, 2-seater sports. 6 cyl., 65 x 96, 1,911 c.c., 15.71 ‘Fax £12. Pushrod o.h.v. Comp. ratio 6.5 to 1. 3 bearing crankshaft. 3 Solex carburetters. Cooling. Engine mounting, clutch speeds, gearbox, transmission, rear axle, springs, etc., as Type 34, 10 gallon front

petrol tank, Auto-pulse feed. Weight 141 cwt.

Frazer-Nash-B.M.W. Type 55, 2-seater sports. As type 40, with the following exceptions. Comp. ratio 6.8 to 1. Ground clearance 81″. Weight 14f cwt. Price £475 Frazer-Nash-B.M.W. Type 328. Sports 100 m.p.h. model. 6 cyl., 66 x 99, 1,971 c.c., 17 0.h.v. 80 b.h.p. at 4,500 r.p.m. 3 Solex downdraught carburetters. Camshaft driven by a silent

running Duplex roller chain. Valves push-rod operated from the camshaft. 4 bearing crankshaft. S.d.p. clutch. Hydraulic shock absorbers. Turning circle 29′. 4 speed gearbox. Gear ratios, let 14.2, 2nd 8, 3rd 5.8, top 3.9 to 1. Tubular propeller shaft. Suspension, front independent, rear, 1-elliptic.

Rack and pinion steering. 11 gallon rear petrol tank. Steel disc wheels. Tyres 5.25″ x 16″. Thick, front 3′ Af”, rear 4′. Wheelbase 7′ 10f”. Overall length 12′ 91″. Overall width 5′ 1″. Ground clearance 8″. Petrol consumption 22 m.p.g. Maximum need-100 m.p.h. Price 1695.

Combining remarkable road-clinging qualities with excellent all-round performance and very fine steering, the Frazer-Nash-B.M.W. is highly spoken of wherever motor-sportsmen meet, though, in reality, it is essentially a fast touring rather than a sports-car and in consequence is notably dependable. In 11and 2-litre forms it is extremely popular while the Type 328 2-litre sports model, with pushrod operated o.h. valves inclined at 90°, is a genuine 100 m.p.h. motorcar of great appeal. One of these cars covered over 102 miles in an hour at Brooklands under R.A.C. observation this year, and they have performed outstandingly in trials and races, winning their class in the recent T.T., finishing third in that Race.

FORD

American. Ford Motor Co. Ltd., Dagenham.

“Eight.” 4 cyl., 56.6×02.5, 033 ex., 7.06 h.p. Tax £6, 3 beating counter balanced -crankshaft. Comp. ratio 6.2 to 1. 23.4 b.h.p. at 4,000 r.p.m. Thermo syphon and fan coaling. Downdraught

carburetter. 4 point rubber .engine mounting. 8.4.p. clutch. 3 speed gearbox, synchromesh 2nd and top. Ratios, 1st 3.071, 2nd 1.765, top

1.1 direct.. Road Speeds at 1,000 r.p.111.. st 1.51. 2nd 7.84, top 13.85. Torfine tube with enclosed drive propeller shaft. Spiral la vol ‘1’ran sv rse

springs. 4 double acting autnmatio hydraulic sliock absorbers. Worm and nut steering. tiirling hraki s. Turning circle 33′. 6 V. 60 a. Ii. bat It ry, 7 gallon Petrol tank. Pressed steel wheels. Tyres 4.50 17. Wheelbase mr. Track 45″. Ground clearance

13*”. Weight chassis 1,210 lb., tie luxe saloon 1,660 lb, Prim, saloon £117. Ten. Specification as” eight ” with the follow ing exceptions. 63.5x 92.5, 1.172 cc., 10 h.p. Tax £7 10 O. Comp. ratio 6.06 to 1. 32.5 b.h.p. at

4,300 r.p.m. Turning circle 36′ 6″. Wheelbase 04-. Weight ehassis 1,232 lb. Prim, saloon E.150.

V8. 8 cyl.. 66.04x, 81.28, 2,228 c.c., 22 11.p. Tax £16 10 O. 3 bearing counter balatited crankshaft. (:omp. ratio 6,6 to 1. 60 b.h.p. 4,200 r.p.m. Thermo syphon, pump anti fan cooling. Dual dowitdraught ca rbunitter, 4 paha suspension

rubber engine mounting. elliteh. 3 speed. synchro mesh 2nd and top. G.earl s .x )8, 1St 2.819, 2nd 1.604, top 1 to 1 direct. Road speed at 1,000 r.p.m., 1st 6.18, 2nd 110.7, top 17.43 m.p.h. Torque tube enclosed drive propeller shaft, spiral bevel drive-. Transverse springs. H ydraitlie s lock absorbers. Worm and roller steering. Turning circle 40′. .6 v. 86 amp. hrs. battery. 12; gallon petrol tank. Pressed steel wheels. Tyles 5.75 36,

Wheelbase 108r. Track, front 55.25, rear 55″.

Ground clearance 8″. Weight chassis 1,920 10.

Price £240.

The new Ford Eight, with Girling brake.s, enlarged bodywork and new lines, selFng at 4117 10s., in saloon form, is likely to be one Of the Major sensailons or Show week. It will be on show at the Ford Exhibition at the Albert Hall during the period of the Earl’s Court show. The h.p. model is continued, likewise those remarkable performers the V8s, the 22 edition of which has undergone very material improvement quite recently.

H.R.G.

British. H.R.G. Engineering Co. Ltd., Oakcroft Road, Kingston By-pass, To/worth, Surrey.

2-seater Snorts. 4 cyl., 69 Ita), 1,197 c.c.. 12 14.p. Tax 4:9. Special large oliameter, balanced crankthat. Comp ratio. 71 to I. 11.11,p. at ma x m um revs, (5,000) 58 b.h.p. Thermo-syphon cooling. .1Vin S.U. carburetters. 3 point engine Mounting. s.d.p. clutch. 4 speed gearbox, constant mesh sHut t bird. Ratios, 1st .14.88, 2nd 9.2, 3rd 5.56. top 4 to 1, Road speeds at 1,000 1st 5.36, 2nd 8.7. 3rd 14.4, top 20 m.p.h. Maximum speeds, lst 26.8. 2nd 43.35, 3rd 72, top 100 m.p.h. Open Hardy Spicer propeller shaft. Spiral bevel drive, full differential. Springs, front rear semi

elliptic. Friction type shock absorbers. Manes Weller steering. Internal expanding brakes. Turning circle 32″. Two 6 v. batteries. 15 gallon petrol tank. Consumption 30 to 35 m.p.g. 17″ wire racing type wheels. Tyres 4.75. Wheelbase 8′ 7″. Track, front 4′, rear 3′ 9. Ground clearance 6. Weight 14 cwt. Price £395. The H.R.G. represents an attempt to offer a car retaining such features as appeal to those, who enthuse over “real motor-cars” while incorporating important modern conveniences. Designed by H. R. Godfrey, the designer of the immortal G.N., the H.R.G. has a 1i-litre push-rod o.h.v. Meadows engine, a Moss plain four speed gearbox, and an E.N.V. rear axle, while the tubular front axle is suspended on Godfrey’s famous quarter

elliptic layout. The brake drums and back-plates are particularly light and the complete cat weighs under 141 cwt., so that acceleration is excl)tional for a 1i-litre car and the maximum speed is almost 90 m.p.h. An imposing list of speed trial and trials successes has already been secured by private owners. The price is L395.

HILLMAN

British. The Hillman Motor Car Co. Ltd. Coventry.

Minx, 4 cyl., 63 95, 1,184.5 c.c h.p. Tax 10 0, S. V , comp. ratio 5.9 to I. 3 bearing

crankshaft. 3$ b.h.p. at 4.1110 r.p.m. Thermosyphon and fan toting. Solex t.arf molter. 3 point. rubber engine 11101.11It i a g. S.d.p. clutch. 4 speed geirbox, synchromesh all gears, tient ml ehatige. R dios 19.6, 13.7. 8.16, 5.44 to 1. Maximum speeds:, 2nd 28, 3rd 47, top 02 m.p.h. !lardy-Spicer opcn shaft, needle bearing imivi mils. spiral bevel rear axle. Semi-olt ipric springs. Lovax hydraulic shock absorbers. Worm and nut stet ring. Turning eirele 36′. Bendix brakes, cable oprmtod. Battery 6 v. 63 all, 7.1 gallon roar tauik, pump feed. Consumption 33 m.p.g. Wire wheels, Tyres 5,25′ 16″. Wheelbase 7′ A”, Traci; 1′. 1;rottrul clearance

6. Weigbt of tionnilote oar fs; sob ‘on £169, de luxe saloon :184. tin ip lioad coup! 4414.” 4 cyl.. 75 1133, 1.913.345 cc., 13.95

Tax £10 10 0. :1 bearing crankshaft. Comp. ratio (I to I. 51 b.h.p. at 3,61)0 revs. Impeller and fan cooling. St romberg carburet ter. 3 point rubber engine mounting. S.d.p, clutch. 4 speed. all synchromesh gearbox. Ratios lot 17.6, 2nd 12.37, 3rd 7.335, top 4.89. Road speed at 1,000 r.p.m. 1st 4, 2tal 7. :’,rd 12, top 16. Maximum speeds, 2rul 32, 3rd 52. top 72. open Hardy Spicer prop. shaft. Silent bevel drive. Springs, ” Even keel” independent front suspension. les rear. Ifydranlie shock absi whets. Worm and nut st tiring. itendix brak( 8. Turning circle 38′ 6″. 12 v. 63 amp. battery. 13 1.e,;t1firro petrol tank. Constanption 23 to 24 pressed steel wheels. 0.75 16. W1,4111,8,8,0, 9′ tr. Track, 4′ 7r front. 1′ 8″ roar. Ground

clearance 7r. Vceight 27 owt. Erico, saloon t £248, de luxe saloon /:205.

“Seven Seater.” 6 cyl.. 75 ..1120. 3.181 c.c.. 2149 14p. Tax £15 15 O. S. v. Comp. rat 10 6.0 to 1. 4 bearing crankshaft. 73 11.11,3). at 3,400 r.p.m. Pump and fan cooling, I St rombera downdraught carburetter. 3 point rubber engine mounting. S.d.p. 1’1 tit CI . 4 speed gearbox, syttcltro tilos]] top and 3rd. Ratios 1st 18.1, 2nd 12.1, 3rd 7.16. lop 4.59 to 1. SPecds it 1,000 r.p.m.. 1st 5.0. 2nd 7.5, 3rd 12.5, top 19.1i m.p,h. Maximum speeds 1st 20, 2nd 31, 3rd 52, top 71 m.p.h. Open prop. shaft.. Semifloating rear axle. laivax slawk absorbers. Burman Douglas worm and nut steering. Turning circle -10′. Bendix brakes. Bat tory 19 v. 63 amp. 14 gallon rear tank. Pump feed. Cousumpt 16 to 17 m.p.g.. Tyres 6.50′ la”. Track. fruit-.!’ 9r, rear 4′ Ill.’. Wheelbase 10′ tr. r1 mnd clearance (311′. Weight 36 cwt. Price, saloon £375. Limousine The Hillman range embraces a usefully wide variety of cars, from the economical, cheap-to-purchase ” Minx,” completely re-designed for 1938, to the “Hawk,” and ” Eighty,” the Wingliam cabriolet on the last-named costing only L445 in

spite of its size and comfort. There is also a new Fourteen for next season that will attract widespread attention at Earl’s Court, the saloon edition ol which is l’sted at 1,248.

HUDSON

American. Hudson Motors Ltd., Great West Road, London, W.4.

Hudson Eight. Special sports saloon. 8 cyl.,

70.2x 114, 4,168 c.c., 28.8 h.p. Tax 121 15 0. 5 bearing crankshaft. Comp. ratio 6.25 to 1. 122 b.h.p. at 4,000 r.p.m. Pump and fan cooling. Carter Duilex dowudraught carburetter. Rubber and air engine mounting. S.d.p. clutch. 3 speed constant mesh gearbox. Ratios, 1st 9.9, 2nd 6.6, top 4.1. Road speed At 1,000 r.p.m., top 20 m.p.h. Maximum speeds, 1st 40, 2nd 62 top CM m.p.h. Tubular steel

propeller shaft. Ifotchkiss drive helical bevel. 4-elliptic springs, front and rear. Worm and roller steering. Hydranlie brakes. Turning circle 36′.

Battery 12 v. 75 amp. 13i gallon petrol tank. Consumption 171, m.p.g. Pressed steel disc wheels. £T5y5r5e.s 16 N 6.25. Wheelbase 122″. Track 4′ tr. Ground clearance 8i”. Price special sports saloon

One of the higher-class American cars the big straight-eight Hudson has found many friends in this country amongst those who appreciate a really high performance allied to silent running, comfortable riding and a very flexible engine. The Special Sports Saloon, priced at 055, is capable of 90 m.p.h. at quite moderate engine re vs. , and is thus amongst the fastest cars of its type.

LANCIA

Italian. Lancia (Wembley) Lid., Alperion, Nr. Wembley.

April’s. 4 cyl.. 72 8:1, 12.05 lop. Narrow V-angle. monobloe engine in Lancia patented cushion

ed mounting. 0.1i.v. Hemispherical combustion chamber and central sparking plugs. Pump water circulation. Gear pump cult nit ion. 6 v. ignition, lighting and starting i nstalla t itu. Zenith mrlmretter. 4 forward speeds, with silent third intl direct. fourth. Single plate clutch. Hypoid bevel drive. Hydraulic Lockheed braking system-on all four wheels: 14 x 40 low pressure tyres. Lancia patented independent springing on all 4 wheels ; front by cylindrical coil springs and hydraulic dainping. Track 4′ 2″. Wheelbase 9′. Price £330.

Very popular with discerning sportsmen since the ” Lambda ” days; which started fifteen years ago, this Italian marque now appears as the 12 h.p. ” a most advanced car with a V four-cylinder alloy-construction engine, independent suspension of a.i1 wheels,

and air-flow closed coachwork. With very fine controllability and capable of 85 m.p.h. this Lancia will make its mark. It has a plain gearbox.

M.G.

British. The M.G. Car Co. Ltd., Abingdon-On-Thanies, Berks.

Midget T. Type. 4 cyl., 63.57

roller chilli. speed Os ix with remote control. Synclincinesh top ?11{Ii third. Ratios, top 4,875, 3rd 6.44, 2fid 9.95, 1st I6.s Ii I. Roar axle ratio

4.875 to 1. Speed at 1.000 ill lop gear, 16.67.

Revs peak at 1 ,80)) r.o.111. r,ly-Spicor prop. shaft. I-floating rear axle. 1-elliptic springs, front, and sliding trunnion bearings at rear. Ltivax shock absorbers. Mi’ditIM ratio cam steering. Cable

brakes. Rattery 12 v. 1:•., gallon rear tank. Knock on wire NOIN’iS. Tyres 1.9 :-. 4,511. Whixibase 7′ W. Track 3′ 9″. Price. ex works, k”222.

4 ryl., 0.11.N’. operated by enclosed pushrods. 1,545 c.c., 12 h.p. Pump and fan cooling. Twin semi-downdraught 8.U. carburetters. S.d.p. clutch. 4 speed gearbox, cent rat remote control. Gear ratios, top 5.22, 3rd 7.07, 2nd 10.18, 1st 17.64 to 1. 1-floating rear axle, spiral bevel providing -final drive ratio of 5.22 to I. Springs Hydraulie-shock absorbers. Medium ratio cam gear steering. Lockheed hydraulic brakes. Battery 12 v. Electric petrol pump. :121 gallon rear tank. Knock on Wire wheels. Tyres 5.00″ x 19″. Wheelbase 91 0″. Track 4′ 2″. Overall width 5′ 2″, all models. Overall length saloon, 14′ 1″. Tourer

14′ r. Foursome 14′ 8″. Prices, saloon i.:325, Tourer £280, Foursome :051. 2-litre. 6 cyl., 69 x 102, 2,288 c.c., 17.71 h.p. Taxed £13 10 0. 0.h.v., pushrod operated by high lift camshaft. Rubber mounted. 2 S down

draught carburetters. Cooling by impeller, fan assisted, thermostatically controlled. S.d.p.. clutch. 4 speed gearbox, with double helical gears for constant mesh, synchro-mesh top and 3rd. Gear ratios, top 4,75, 3rd 6.55, 2nd 10.1, 1st 17.85 to I. Remote gear control. 1-floating rear axle, ratio 4.75 to 1. Road speed 18 m.p.h. at 1,000 r.p.m. top gear. Prop. shaft. Hardy-Spicer needle roller type. 1-elliptic springs. Hydraulic shock absorbers. Cam steering.

Turning circle 40′. Lockheed hydraulic Inakes. 12″ brake drums, racing type hand-lever. Battery 12 v. Electric petrol pump. 10 gallon rear tank. Rudge wire wheels. Tyres 5.50 x 18. Wheelbase 10′ 3″. Track 4′ 5″. Prices, chassis ex works £260.

2-litre saloon £389. 2-litre tourer £399, 2-litre ” Tickford ” folding head -foursome drop head coupe 1415. Most popular of all the British sportscars and built in a factory near Oxford that concentrates solely on sports-car manufacture, the M.G. needs little introduction. The model T Midget has a very willing 1,292 c.c. twin S.U. earburetted three-bearing push-rod o.h.v. four-cylinder engine installed in a com paratively light chassis. Consequently it has very tine acceleration for its capacity and is capable of a genuine 80 m.p.h. Years of experience with small competition cars have enabled its designers to equip it very practicably for all forms of competition work, and, apart from winning the Team Prize in the 12-Hour Sports-Car Race at Donington. it has shown up very well in trials and at Brook

lands. The 11-litre and 2-litre cars, which also remain unchanged for 1938, provide fast, luxurious travel in great comfort, in cars of exceedingly smart appearance. The 2-litre six saloon is an excellent proposition at £389.

MERCEDES-BENZ

German. British Mercedes Benz Ltd., Grosvenor Road, London, S.W.1.

170V. 4 cyl., 73.5x 100, 1,697 c.c., 13.4 h.p. Tax £10 10 0. 3 bearing crankshaft. 38 b.b.p. at

3,200 revs. Maximum speed 75 to 80 m.p.h. Water pinup cooling. Solex carburetter. Floating power principle engine mounting. S.d.p. clutch. 4 speed gearbox. Open prop. shaft. Springs, front, two transverse. Rear, coil. Hydraulic shock absorbers. Independent steering to both front wheels. Hydraulic brakes. Turning circle 36′. 6 v. battery. 71 gallon petrol tank. Consumption 30 to 33 m.p.g. Disc. wheels. Tyres 5.25x 16. Wheelbase 9′ 4″.

Track, front 4′ 4″, rear 4′ 31″. Ground clearance 8″. Weight of chassis 121 cwt. Price, roadster £525. Type 230. 6 0,1., 72.5:,: 90, 2,229 c.c., 19.5 h.p. Tax £15. 4 hearing crankshaft. 55 b.h.p. at 3,200 revs. Maximum :31wed 80 ID 8210.101. Wafer PuliM cooling, Special carburetter. 4 point rubber suspension engine mounting. S.d.p. clutch. Gearbox, optional, either semi automatic self change or full synchromesh gears. Open prop. shaft. Springs, front, two transverse. Rear, coil type. Hydraulic

Shock absorbers. Mercedes awn type steering. Hydraulic brakes. Turning circle, short Chassis 34′ 2″, long chassis 38′ 9″. 6 v. battery. II gallon petrol tank. consumption 23 to 25 m.p.g. Disc wheels. Tyres 5.50 17. Wheelbase, 8′ 10″ short chassis, 10′ long chassis. Track, Inalt, 4′ 6″, rear

4′ or. (In oust (lea-ranee Price, Chassis £440. Saloon £570. Cabriolet. £710. Type 320. 6 cyl., 82.5 100, 3.208 c.c., 25.3 h.p. Tax £19 10 0. 7 bearing crankshaft. 78.8 blip. at 3,200 revs. Maximum speed sS to 90 m.p.h. Thermo syphon cooling, special Solex carburet ter, Rubber ‘

chassis 41′ 7r, 12 v. battery. 151 gallon petrol tank, consumption 16 to 18 m.p.g. Disc wheels. Tyres 6.50 .17. Wheelbase, short. chassis, 9′ 51″, Long chassis 10′ 10″. Track, short and long chassis, -4′ 9r. Rear, 4′ 101″. Ground clearance Type 540K. 8 cyl., supercharged. 13.88x 111, 5,601 c.c., 39 h.p. Tax £20 5 0. Pushrod O.h.v. 115 b.h.p, without supercharger, 180 b.h.p. with supercharger at 3,400 r.p.m. 8 bearing crankshaft. Pump and fan cooling. 2 Mercedes mrburetters. 4 point elastic engine mounting. S.d.p. clutch. 4 speed gearbox, with over-top, silent third and second, central change. 5 gears including over-top, plus reverse. Rear axle ratios, direct top 4.88 to 1, overtop 3.03 to 1. Swinging half axles. Differential casing direct. on frame with rubber buffers. Independent coil springing front, and rear. Hydraulic shock absorbers. Worm and nut steering, each wheel individually. Turning

circle 44′ 4″. Lockheed brakes, servo 81018t(K1. Battery 12 v. 60 a.h. 261 gallon rear tank, pump feed. Consumption 10/12 m.p.g. ‘Wire wheels. Tyres 7.00 x 17. Wheelbase 10′ 9+”. Track 4’ 11″. Ground clearance 8″. Weight of complete eat 45 cwt. Price, chassis £1395, cabr.olet £1890, special bodies £2250

500N. S cyl., 82.5 115, 4,918 c.c., 33.7 h.p. Tax £25 10 0. 4 speed gearbox with overdrive. 12 v. battery. Price chassis £1,040, tourer £1,525.

Mercedes-Benz and their products are SO well known that they hardly need much mention in this article. They have won a great reputation for the manufacture of a really fast car, but behind the production is also a wish for 100 per cent. reliability. The type 540K is well known to readers of ” Motor Sport,” having already been road-tested in the April issue of this year. The 230 type model is the development of the utility cat type 200. The model 170 is the low Priced car of this range, and has rapidly won immense popularity and proved itself thoroughly reliable. It does 30 miles to the gallon and 2,000 miles on a gallon of oil.

The new Mercedes-Benz type 320 is the latest in progress of this marque. Several bodies are made, designed to meet every need, both on the standard and short chassis. As with all products of thu:. firm, all their cars have remarkable road holding qualities, and the longest of journeys becomes a pleasant experthice.

PO NTIAC

American. Pontiac Cars, 36, Berkeley Street, London, W.I.

6 cyl. 28.3 h.p. s.v. Pump and fan cooling.

Single downdraught carburetter. S. 16. Wheelbase 11W. Track 581″. Double action shock absorbers, front and rear.

8 eY1. 33.8 h.p., Wheelbase 1211″. Track 581″. Other details as 6 cyl.

The Pontiac is one of the better-class American cars, made in both six and eight-cylinder form, and of very striking external appearance.

RA ILTO N

Anglo-Canadian. Fairmile Engineering Co., Cobham, Surrey.

8 cyl. 76x 114, 4,168 c.c., 28.8 h.p. Tax £21 130. S.v. Comp. ratio 7.5 to 1. 5 bearing crankshaft. 12,1 101.1). at 4,200 r.p.m. Pump cooling. Double down draught carburetter. 3 point rubber engine mounting. S.d.p. clutch. 3 speed synchro-mesh gearbox. Central change. Ratios, 1st 10., 2nd 6.6, top 4.1 to 1. Open prop. shaft. Spiral bevel final drive. 1-el1iptic springs. Both hydraulic and friction shock absorbers. Cam steering. Turning circle 42′. Primary system hydraulic brakes. Battery 12 v. 13 gallon rear tank, mechanical pump. Coil

sumpt 16;18 m.p.g. approx. Wire wheels. Tyros 16 6.25. Wheelbase 129″. Track 4′ 8″. Ground clearance 81″. Weight short. wheelbase 19f cwt., long wheelbase 201 cwt. Prices on application. Some years ago Reid A. Railton, chief designer to Messrs. Thompson and Taylor, Ltd., at Brooklands, designed around a famous Canadian car a sports model to appeal in respect of appearance and roadholding with the standards set by British enthusiasts, while retaining its smooth, easy running and immense acceleration that characterises cars from across the Atlantic. The result was remarkably successful and the R ailton enjoys great popularity. Although the straight-eight motor is of side-valve type a compression ratio as high as 7.5 to 1 is used and, running on ordinary pump fuels, a b.h.p. per litre of thirty is realised, a very good

output indeed. Nor is the Railton a heavy car, iso that its acceleration is of a very high order indeed, the light sports example not only exceeds 100 m.p.h., but beats well known supercharged sports cars off the mark. Dignified coachwork has long been a Railton association.

ROLLS-ROYCE

British. Rolls-Royce, Ltd., 14-15, Conduit Street, London, W.1.

40/50 h.p. 6 cyl., 41″:; 51-, 7,668 c.c. 43.3 h.p. Tax £33. 0.h.v. Pump and fan cooling. 1 RollsRoyce carburetter. S.d.p. clutch, 4 speed gearbox, synchromesh, right-hand change. Ratios 3.487, 2.003, 1.335, top direct (rear axle ratio not given). Open prop. shaft. Fully floating rear axle, hypoid gears. Rolls-Royce hydrau ie shock absorbers. Semi

elliptic springs. Turning circle, right 27′ 11″, left 25′ 37. Servo foot brake on 4 wheels, hand on rear wheels Only. 12 v. battery. 28 gallon rear tank, vacuum engine-driven pump. Wire wheels. Tyres 31″x 6.75″, Wheelbase 12′ fr. Track, front 58.75″, rear 60.25″. Ground clearance S. Chassis weight 314 cwt. Price, long chassis £1,800, short chassis £1,750.

20/25 h.p. 6 cyl., 34″-x 44″, 3,669 c.c., 25.3 11.1). Tax £18 15 0. Rest of specification as 40/50 h.p., with following exceptions : Gear ratios3.307, 1.709, 1.374, top direct. Rear axle, spiral -bevel. 18 gallon rear tank. Tyres 31″ x 6″. Wheelbase 11′. Track 5134″. Chassis weight 234 cwt. The Rolls-Royce is British motor-engineering at its best and, as such, is unsurpassed by any other production. The ” Phantom III” 40/50 h.p. has a V twelve-cylinder 7.6-litre power-unit of outstanding technical merit and truly beautiful external finish. It has pushrod actuation of overhead valves and is carburetted by a Rolls-Royce carburetter. The front suspension of the big chassis is independent and the wheels are clamped by automatically adjusted hydraulic shock-absorbers that are also under full control of the driver. The synchro -mesh gearbox retains the

aristocratic right-hand control. The Rolls-Royce is the most silent car on the road, yet its performance shames most sports-models and, beyond that, it handles with extreme accuracy, every control, major or minor, functioning with perfect precision.

The 20/25 h.p. model is a Six-cylinder small brother of the world renowned ” Phantom.”

ROVER

British. The Rover Co., Ltd., Coventry.

Twelve. 4 cyl., 69 x 100, 1.495.72 e.e., 11.9 h.p., Tax £9. Pushrod o.h.v. Corm). ratio 5.7 to 1. 3 bearing crankshaft.. 48-b.h.p. at 4,200 r.p.m. Pump,

fan and thermostat cooling. 1 S.U. carburet ter. Rubber engine mounting. S.d.p. clutch. 4 speed constant mesh gearbox, free wheel, central change. Ratios, 19.8, 11, 7.45, 4.88 to 1. Road speed at 1,000 r.p.m., 1st 4.1, 2nd 7.2, 3rd 10.9, top 16.6 m.p.h. Maximum speeds, 1st 21, 2nd 37, 3rd 50,

top 70 m.p.h. Hardy-Spicer open prop. shaft. Spiral bevel rear axle, 4-elliptic springs. Hydraulic shock absorbers. Worm and nut steering. Turning circle 39′. Girling brakes. Battery 12 v. 104 gallon rear tank, Mechanical pump. Consumption 28 m.p.g. Wire wheels. Tyres 17 x 5.25. Wheelbase 9′ 4″. Track 514″. Ground clearance 64″. Weight of complete car 25 cwt. Price, £300, sports saloon £310. Speed Fourteen. 6 cyl., 61 x 90, 1,577 c.c., 13.9 h.p. Tax £10 10 0. Pushrod o.h.v. Comp. ratio 6 to 1. 4 bearing crankshaft. Pump, fan and thermostat cooling. SAL carburetter. Rubber engine mounting. S.d.p. clutch. 4 speed constant mesh gearbox, free wheel. Central remote control. Ratios, 21.1, 11.85 7.93, 5.22 to 1. Road speed at 1,000 r.p.m., 1st 3.9, 2nd 6.86, 3rd 10.6, top 15.31 m.p.h. Maximum speeds, 3rd 50, top 68 to 70 m.p.h. Hardy

Spicer open prop. shaft. Spiral bevel rear axle.

4-elliptic springs. Hydraulic shock absorbers.

Worm and nut steering. Turning circle 40′. Girling brakes. Battery 12 v. 104 gallon rear tank. Electric pump. Consumption 24 m.p.g. Rudge wire wheels. Tyres 17 x 5.25. Wheelbase 115′. Track 51r. Ground clearance 64″. Weight 251 cwt. Price, £320, sports saloon £330. Ten. 4 cyl., 66.5x 100. 1.389 c.c., 10.8 h.p. Tax £8 9 0. 3 bearing crankshaft. Comp. ratio 5.9 to 1. Pump, fan and thermostat cooling. 1 downdraught carburetter. Flexible engine mounting. clutch. 4 speed gearbox, with free wheel. Ratios, 19.8, 11, 7.45, 4.88 to I. Road speeds at 1,000 r.p.m., 1st 4.15, 2nd 7.48, 3rd 11.05, top 16.8 m.p.h. Maximum speeds 3rd, 45 to 50, top 67 to 70 m.p.h. Open prop. shaft.. Spiral bevel rear axle. Semi-elliptic springs. Hydraulic shock absorbers. Burman Douglas. Worm and nut steering. Girliug brakes. Turning circle 37′. Battery 12 V. Petrol, approximately 94 gallons. Consump

tion 30 m.p.g. Wire wheels. Tyres 18x 4.75. Wheelbase 8′ 9″. Track 4′ 34″. Ground clearance Ni”. Weight 234 cwt. Price 055. 10 h.p. coupe fixed head £280.

Famous British cars since very early days, the present Rovers are mediumsized comfortable cars of considerable refinement and smart though unobtrusive lines. All models can do approximately 70 M.p.h. and the Sports Fourteen saloon is an attractive car at 1330. rree wheels figure in the sliecifications and all models have as a distinctive feature a free-wheel in the transmission.

S.S.

British. S.S. Cars, Ltd., Coventry. 4 73x c.c. 13.23

4 cyl., 73x 106, 1,776 c.c. 13.23 h.p. Tax £10 10 0. 7 bearing crankshaft. 65 b.h.p at 4,600 r.p.m. 0.b.v. Downdraught S.U. carburetter. Comp. ratio 7.2 to 1. 4 speed synehro mesh gearbox. Ratios, 4.86, 6.66, 10.25 and 17.50 to 1. Final drive 4.86 to 1. (lining brakes. Wheelbase 9′ 4. Track 4′ 7″. Price, four door saloon £298, drophead coupe £318. 24-litre. 6 cyl„ o.h.v. engine, 2,663 c.c., 19.84

h.p. Tax £15. Specification as above with the following exceptions, Final drive, 4.5 to 1, gear ratios 4.5, 6.16, 9.5 and 1.1 to 1. Wheelbase 10′. Track 4′ 8″. Price, four door saloon £395, drophead coupe £415.

34-litre. 6 cyl., 82 x 110, 3,485 ex. Comp. ratio 7.2 to 1. Peak speed 4.500 r.p.m. 25 h.p. Tax £18 15 0. 0.h.v. operated by pushrods. Twin &U.

carburetters. 4 speed gearbox, ratios 4.25, 5.12, 7.9 and 13,45 to I. 14 gallon petrol tank. Burman steering gear. Dunlop ” Ott ” tyres. Prices, four door saloon £445, drophead coupe £465.

The S.S is one of the best-looking bigproduction cars on the road, and the 21.litre S.S. 100 has, perhaps, more speed for its price than any other car, being capable of about 97 m.p.h. and selling at ‘395. The new 81-litre sports model, with a new engine of great technical interest, holds out every promise of being a genuine 100 m.p.h. car-at a price as low as /445. Already this new 3i-litre has performed outstandingly at Shelsley Walsh.

TALBOT

British. Clement-Talbot Ltd., Barlby Road, London, W.10.

“Ten.” 4 cyl., 63 x 95, 1,185 c.c., 9.8 h.p. Tax £7 10 0. Side-by-side valves. 3 bearing crankshaft. Comp. ratio 6.8 to 1. 40 b.h.p. at 4,400 r.p.m. Thermo-syphon and fan. 1 downdraught Zenith carburetter. Single dry plate clutch. 3 point rubber engine mounting. 4 speed gearbox.

Synchro mesh all forward gears. Ratios 19.6, 13.77, 8.16 and 5.44 to 1. Road speeds at 1,000 r.p.m.lst.4, 2nd 6, 3rd 10, top 15 m.p.h. Maximum speeds 20, 20, 50, and 70 m.p.h. Open prop. shaft. Spiral bevel back axle. Semi-elliptic springs. Undershing chassis. Luvax hydraulic shock absorbers. Worm and nut steering. Duo-servo brakes. Turning circle 35′. Wheelbase 7′ Cr. Track 4′. Ground clearance 5/”. 84 gallon petrol tank. Consumption 33 to 34 m.p.g. 16 x 3 steel disc wheels. Tyres 16 x 5.25. Weight, saloon 19 cwt. Coupe 184 cwt. Tourer 17 cwt. Price, Sports saloon £255. Sports tourer £248. 34-litre Speed Saloon. 6 cyl., 80x 112, 3,377 c.c., 23.8 h.p. Tax £18. 7 bearing crankshaft. Comp. ratio 7.1 to 1. 120 b.h.p. at 4,500 r.p.m. Pump and fan cooling. Downdraught carburetter. 4 point rubber engine mounting. S.d.p. clutch. Synchromesh gearbox. Ratios, 1st 16.143, 2nd 10.77, 3rd 6.396, top 4.363 to 1. Road speeds at 1,000 r.p.m. 1st 5 2nd 8, 3rd 14, top 20 m.p.h. Approx. maximum ads, 1st 24, 2nd 36, 3rd 61, top 90 m.p.h. Prop. s t, enclosed on torque tube. Spiral bevel final drive. Springs, front 4-elliptic, rear 4-cantilever. Hydraulic shock absorbers. Worm and nut steering. Self-servo brakes. Turning circle 39′ 10″. Battery 12 v. 19 gallon petrol tank. Consumption 16

m.p.g. Wheels 18 x 3.62 wire. Tyres 18 x 6.00. Wheelbase 10′ Of, Track 4′ 8″. Ground clearance 74*. Weight coupe 34 cwt. Price, saloon £695, coupe £795.

A very high-grade and refined British car, the Talbot is now offered as a Ten, with an entirely new power-unit for 1938. and as a 31-litre Speed Saloon capable of over 85 m.p.h. The Ten is a very smart, thoroughly modern and particularly smooth-running little car at a very attractive price.

TRIUMPH

British, Triumph Motor Co. Ltd., Coventry. ” “

” Dolomite ” 4 cyl., 69 x 100, 1,496 c.c.,

11.81 h.p. 4 point flexible mounting. Pushrod operated overhead valves. 3 bearing crankshaft. 4 speed synchromesh gearbox. Central change. Lockheed brakes. Knock-on wheels. Tyres 5.00

17. 12 gallon petrol tank. Telescopic steering column. Wheelbase 9′. Track 4′ 44″. Price £318.

” Dolomite ” 14/60. Engine and chassis specifications as ” Dolomite ” 14-litre, except as to engine, 75 x 100, 1,767 c.c., 13.95 h.p. Twin carburetters. Wheelbase 9′ 2″. Track 4′ 44″. 13 gallon petrol tank. Price £348.

” Dolomite ” 2-litre. 6 eyl., 65 x 100, 1,991 c.c..

15.72 h.p. Pushrod operated overhead valves.

4 bearing crankshaft. 55 b.h.p. at 4,500 r.p.m. Pump and fan cooling. 4 point engine mounting. S.d.p. clutch. Twin carburetters. 4 speed synchromesh gearbox. Transmission springs, brakes and steering as 4 cyl. 13 gallon rear tank, electric pump. Battery 12 v. 53 a.h. Knock-on wheels. Tyres

5.50>’ 17. Wheelbase 9′ 8″. standard. Track 4′ 44″. Ground clearance 6″. Price £388. The Triumph range is one that must appeal to those seeking reasonablypriced, good performance cars of smart appearance. Typically modern in conception, the present-day Triumphs come into that widely-appreciated class of car which owes a great deal to the sportscar, yet which is ” touring ” in respect of comfort, ease of maintenance, and appearance. A new model for next season is the 11-litre ” Dolomite,” while the larger “Dolomite “saloon was comprehensively road-tested by MOTOR

SPORT earlier this year. Very smart radiator grilles are a distinctive feature of the modern Triumphs.