The Cars at Earls Court
Earls Court Exhibition
In the Special Show Number of Motor Sport will be found information on new models, improvements to existing models and notes on cars unchanged since 1948, make by make. As this issue will be retained for future reference, manufacturers and concessionaires addresses are given after each description. The Stand Numbers of the car exhibitors at Earls Court follow: —
A.C. — 136
Alfa-Romeo — 131
Allard — 132
Alvis — 170
Armstrong-Siddeley — 153
Aston-Martin — 180
Austin — 145
Bentley — 168
Bristol — 139
Buick — 178
Cadillac — 178
Chevrolet — 150
Chrysler — 147
Citroen — 156
Daimler — 149
Delage — 135
Delahaye — 175
De Soto — 146
Dodge — 146
F.I.A.T. — 141
Ford — 169
Ford (U.S.A.) —143
Frazer-Nash — 138
Healey — 165
Hillman — 162
Hudson — 164
Humber — 160
Jaguar — 172
Jensen — 161
Jowett — 151
Kaiser — 133
Lagonda — 179
Lanchester — 157
Lancia — 182
Lea-Francis — 176
Lincoln — 143
M.G. — 154
Mercury — 143
Morgan — 134
Morris — 167
Oldsmobile — 150
Packard — 181
Panhard — 166
Peugeot — 140
Plymouth — 147
Pontiac — 137
Renault — 158
Riley — 174
Rolls-Royce — 173
Rover — 152
Singer — 171
Standard — 144
Studebaker — 163
Sunbeam-Talbot — 159
Triumph — 142
Vauxhall — 148
Wolseley — 155
Enquiries: S.M.M.T. — 72
A.C. Stand 136
A.C. continue their 2-litre triple-carburetter "six," the o.h. camshaft engine of which made history in the early nineteen-twenties — so you see the best of both vintage and present-day features on this Stand. — A.C. Cars, Ltd., High Street, Thames Ditton, Surrey.
Alfa-Romeo Stand 131
That magnificent example of modern Italian automobile engineering, the 2,443-c.c. 72 by 100 mm., six-cylinder Alfa-Romeo, can, and should, be inspected on Stand 131.
It will be seen in 9 ft. 10in.-wheelbase, 90 b.h.p. "Sports" form with "Golden Arrow" saloon and drophead coupé bodywork, and as the 8 ft. 10 in-wheelbase, 105 b.h.p. "Super Sports," carrying elegant Farina drophead coupé and touring coupé coachwork. — Thomson and Taylor (Brooklands), Ltd., Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey.
Allard Stand 132
The famous Allard high-performance will be found in exciting new guise in the J-type two-seater, which soon after it was introduced broke the Prescott sports car record and finished third in the over 2 1/2-litre class in the Silverstone Production Car Race. Although Ford-base components are still used, a new chassis with tubular cross-members, coil springs for the divided front axle, and a very fine de Dion rear axle with coil suspension are used. The excellent road-holding which Allard cars have always enjoyed should be maintained at the higher speeds of which the "J" is capable and to this end a new three-piece steering track-rod is used to cope with greater spring deflection. The wheelbase is 8 ft. 4 in., and a low body comprising alloy panels over a tubular steel framework is fitted. The engine is a Mercury V8 modified by the adoption of increased bore and stoke (98.42 by 95.2 mm., 4,375-c.c.), external oil cooler, alloy heads, dual downdraught carburetters and free-flow exhaust manifolds. One hundred and twenty b.h.p. at 3,800 r.p.m. is claimed and as the car weighs only 17 cwt., the performance is very brisk indeed! Safe cruising speed is 88 m.p.h., with a 8.54 to 1 top gear and the basic price is £999. A remote central gear control is used and various competition extras, such as 3.78 and 4.11 to 1 axle ratios, light-alloy wheels and a limited-slip differential, can be supplied. This exciting new Allard owes much to the Steyr-engined racing Allard which has won for Sydney Allard this year's R.A.C. Hill-Climbing Championship.
The older Allard, with Ford V8 engine and steering-column gear-change is continued unchanged, in K-type two-seater, L-type four-seater, M-type drop-head coupé and P-type saloon forms, the less expensive models costing £850 and the chassis £670. All these cars have 9 ft. 4 in. wheelbase, hydraulic brakes, 3.78 to 1 top gear and divided-axle i.f.s., the latter leaf spring on the two and four-seaters, coil spring on the coupé and saloon. — Allard Motor Co., Ltd., 24/28, Clapham High Street, London, S.W.4.
Alvis Stand 170
The well-tried push-rod o.h.v. four-cylinder Alvis Fourteen will remain the sole Alvis model for 1950, but it will be seen at Earls Court with detail improvements. These include a welded chassis frame, better oil seals in the back axle, additional grease nipples to ensure adequate lubrication of the steering kingpins, and a more rigid brake pedal with improved foot clearance. It is just such minor modifications that set the seal to an already well-established quality car. The modern Alvis has i.f.s. and the exterior finish of its engine should please the car-proud owner. The sports two-seater which was shown last year will again be on view. It gains 5 b.h.p. by the use of twin carburetters, as against a single carburetter, and pulls a higher axle ratio than the other cars. Its lines have been somewhat altered, the headlamps being now built-in to the front wings instead of behind the bulbous radiator grille, tiny separate side-lamps being employed, while the bumper design has been cleaned up and "over-riders" added. — Alvis, Ltd., Holyhead Road, Coventry.
Armstrong-Siddeley Stand 153
The Armstrong-Siddeleys appear with an enlarged-bore engine of 2,809-c.c. capacity, giving 75 b.h.p. at 4,200 r.p.m., and 12 per cent. increase in maximum torque. The "Lancaster" and "Hurricane" models are backed by a new semi-razor edge saloon, the "Whitley." — Armstrong-Siddeley Motors, Ltd., Parkside, Coventry.
Aston-Martin Stand 180
Beloved by enthusiasts ever since its introduction in side-valve form in 1921 and its redesign as an overhead camshaft car in 1926 by Bertelli, the Aston-Martin, mainly as a 1 1/2-litre, later in 2-litre form, has a long list of racing successes to its credit. The post-war version has a truly great tradition to maintain. Last year it won the Spa 24-Hour Sports Car Race and this year a team of aerodynamic saloons finished third, fourth and fifth. It uses a simple, high-output 2-litre four-cylinder push-rod o.h.v engine (90 b.h.p. at 4,750 r.p.m.) and very supple coil spring suspension, independent at the front, in conjunction with a very rigid tubular chassis of unique conception. It is available as a two/three-seater sports coupé, costing £2,331 14s. 6d., with purchase tax, and as a two/four-seater sports tourer, the equivalent price of which is £2,257 1s. The open car is claimed to do 90-95 m.p.h., and to give 24 m.p.g. The "Spa Replica" car, introduced after the 1948 Spa Race, is no longer made. — Aston-Martin, Ltd., Feltham, Middlesex.
Austin Stand 145
Apart from the well-tried A40 and A70 cars, Austin show the A90 and the A125 "Sheerline." The A90, with its 8-ft. wheelbase and an engine which develops 88 b.h.p. at 4,000 r.p.m. on a mere 2,199-c.c., is a high-performance car of real merit, which proved its stamina by averaging over 70 m.p.h. for 11,875 miles of the very-trying Indianapolis track in America early this year, appalling weather conditions notwithstanding. 63 American stock car records were broken. There is coil-spring i.f.s. and the "Atlantic" sports saloon in modified form is priced at £888 16s. 1d. inclusive of p.t. The car is very compact, capable of high speed with excellent acceleration, and is modern in the extreme, with electrically-operated hood. The 4-litre A125 "Sheerline" is typically the dignified, reliable large car in which Austin's have excelled for years. It is seen as a most imposing new eight-seater, six-light four-door limousine in metal with composite doors, priced at £2,140 7s. 9d. inclusive of double p.t. — Austin Motor Co., Ltd., Longbridge Works, Birmingham.
Bentey Stand 168
The Mk VI model will be shown without radical alteration, in four different versions — a Bentley steel saloon, a Mulliner four-door sports saloon, a Park Ward drophead foursome coupé and a two-door James Young sports saloon. — Bentley Motors (1931), Ltd., 14/15, Conduit Street, London, W.1.
Bristol Stand 139
Built by the company which has made such an excellent job of Sir Stafford Cripps' "Brabazon" flying machine, the Bristol is one of Britain's really fine cars. It contrives to offer extremely high performance in spite of its modest engine capacity of under 2 litres, it is the essence of refinement and comfort and it is beautifully constructed and equipped. The Type 400, although not raced, has a creditable list of competition successes to its credit — winner of the XIV International Polish Rally and first British car home in this year's Monte Carlo Rally, for example. The Monte Carlo car, seals still on its engine, averaged over 92 m.p.h. for 100 km. at Montlhèry — which gives an excellent idea of Bristol's 2-litre performance!
The Type 400 is a close-coupled saloon on a framework welded to the chassis and carrying steel panels and light-alloy doors and bonnet. The engine is the Type 85A, 66 by 96 mm. six-cylinder with special short push-rod actuation of 80-deg. o.h. valves in an alloy head, triple Solex carburetters, balanced crankshaft with copper-lead bearings and nitride-hardened journals, full-flow oil cleaner, 12-volt Lucas coil-ignition and 10-mm. plugs. With a 7.5-to-1 compression ratio 80 b.h.p. is developed at 4,200 r.p.m. The chassis has i.f.s. by transverse spring, torsion-bar rear suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, a gearbox with freewheel on first gear and synchromesh for the other gears, the ratios being 3.9, 5.07, 8.48 and 16.77-to-1, and a dynamically balanced propeller-shaft.
The Type 401 supersedes the Type 402 convertible and is a full-width five-seater two-door saloon. It uses the Type 85C engine which gives 85 b.h.p. at 4,500 r.p.m. The chassis is longer to support the lengthened bodywork and has a larger fuel tank; both have a wheelbase of 9 ft. 6 in., but third gear ratio on the Type 401 is 5.51-to-1.
All Bristols have one-shot chassis lubrication, two-point jacking, high-grade hide upholstery, while radio is standard on the Type 400, which, in this day and age, we consider offers excellent value-for-money at £2,723 14s. 0d., inclusive of p.t. — Bristol Aeroplane Co., Ltd, Filton, Bristol.
Buick Stand 178
The Buick exhibits are of exceptional interest, being representative of high-class American practice, with a dynaflow torque-converter consisting of a pump, turbine and super-charging assembly rotating in a self-contained, oil-filled drum devoid of clutch and all gears save reserve and an emergency "low." The new 4-litre straight-eight, coil-sprung, Series 40, o.h.v. Buick will be shown, together with a Series 43 sedan, Series 46 sedanet, Series 51 sedan and a Series 56 sedanet. — Lendrum & Hartman Ltd., Buick Works, Old Oak Lane, London, N.W.10.
Cadillac Stand 178
The high-grade Series 60 Cadillac special sedan will be with the Buicks on Stand 178. It has a 90-deg. V8 5 1/2-litre o.h.v. engine giving 160 b.h.p. at 3,800 r.p.m,. — Lendrum & Hartman, Ltd., Buick Works, Old Oak Lane, London, N.W.10.
Chevrolet Stand 150
The General Motors o.h.v. Chevrolet will be shown as a Model-1503 four-door standard sedan and as a Model 2103 de luxe four-door sedan, both with r.h. drive and Fisher bodies. These are some of America's most popular cars and typical of modern U.S. automobile engineering and styling. — General Motors, Ltd., 23, Buckingham Gate, London, S.W.1.
Chrysler Stand 147
The Chrysler "Windsor" four-door saloon with "Prestomatic" fluid-drive transmission makes its debut in this country. In common with many other American cars, the Chrysler has a longer wheelbase but is more compact externally. A restyled rear end, new instrument panel, wider, roomier seats, more leg-room and better, draught-free ventilation are practical modifications, while under the "hood" we find a new air-cleaner giving quieter running, stronger oil filter mounting, new fuel pump and detail improvements to the 116 b.h.p. engine. The accelerator now operates more easily, the hydraulic transmission is improved and rivet-less bonded brake linings are a feature. — Chrysler Motors, Ltd., Mortlake Road, Kew Gardens, Surrey.
Citroen Stand 156
The front-drive "Light Fifteen" Citroën has won esteem from those who really know a good car when they try one, by reason of its outstanding road-holding and handling qualities, its resistance to wear, its comfort and its roomy interior made possible by the front-drive which, with torsional suspension, Citroen pioneered on a production car over fourteen years ago. Consequently, Stand 156 will attract a crush and you will be glad to know that a fine car has been further improved by altering the rather Edwardian pedals to bring the action in line with modern ideas, and by substituting a rod for the cable on which you relied previously for clutch operation. Other improvements to this four-cylinder car (in which you derive the collective benefits of f.w.d., integral all-steel construction, easily renewable wet cylinder liners, rack and pinion steering and low-pressure tyres) number a new Vokes air-cleaner and silencer, a more accessible brake master cylinder, lighter clutch action and three additional clutch springs. Remember that the 2-litre Citroën was the only car to complete the Alpine Rally without loss of marks.
The 3-litre six-cylinder Citroen, introduced last year, continues unchanged and is one of the truly-desirable moderns, not yet much seen in this country. One of our best-known Bugatti exponents stated recently that the Citroën is second only to a Bugatti, and we understand he will be changing his "Light Fifteen" for a "Six" at Earls Court. — Citroen Cars, Ltd., Trading Estate, Slough, Bucks.
Daimler Stand 149
If you wish to appreciate the English motor car at its best, go to Stand 149 and view the 2 1/2-litre "Special Sports," which is a perfect blending of advanced chassis and brilliant body styling, with finish and detail work of a high order. In addition, there is the new "Consort" four-door, six-light saloon on the 2 1/2-litre chassis, which has been given a hypoid 4.3-to-1 rear axle and larger wheels for, the occasion. The normal 2 1/2-litre saloon and those truly magnificent 27-h.p. and straight-eight 36-h.p. cars, which carry on Daimler tradition, a tradition supported by Royalty since the early days of the industry. American hydraulic transmissions, too, have their answer in the Daimler fluid flywheel and pre-selector gearbox. — Daimler Co., Ltd., Radford Works, Coventry.
Delage Stand 135
The D68L 2,997-c.c. six-cylinder, 80b.h.p. Delage, one of France's fine cars, will be shown as a two-door saloon, a four-door saloon and two versions of cabriolet. The transmission incorporates the excellent Cotal gearbox and a 8.9-to-1 axle ratio, and i.f.s. is by transverse spring and wishbones. — Selbourne (Mayfair) Ltd., 82, Park Street, London, W.1.
Delage Stand 175
Four examples of the Type 135M Delahaye are on show, a metallic-grey saloon with red upholstery, and three foursome drophead coupés, in sky-blue, red and grey finish, respectively. All use the same 3,557-c.c., six-cylinder, 130b.h.p., o.h.v. engine, with triple down-draught Solex carburetters, and have a 9 ft. 7 in.-wheelbase chassis with a Cotal gearbox, 3.42-to-1 top gear ratio and transverse spring and wishbone i.f.s. The bodies are claimed to be devoid of wind-roar, even at 90 m.p.h., and some very imposing performance figures are claimed: 98.7 m.p.h. for the timed half-mile, 0-50 m.p.h. in 9.9 sec. and 0-70 m.p.h. in 19.2 sec. — Selbourne (Mayfair) Ltd., 82, Park Street, London, W.1.
De Soto Stand 146
Companion to the Dodge, a "DiplomatCustom" saloon and a "Custom" saloon with fluid drive and "tip-toe" hydraulic four-speed transmission are on view. — Dodge Bros. (England), Ltd. Chrysler Works, Mortlake Road, Kew Gardens, Surrey.
Dodge Stand 146
The Dodge models, announced early this year, canw now be inspected in this country. They follow the present American trend of longer wheelbase and increased accommodation with more compact external dimensions. The concessionaires state: "Rather than being flamboyant, the new Dodge has an elegant appearance. Modern streamlining has been blended with a careful regard for the practical needs of the motorist." A "Kingsway-Custom" saloon and coupé and two "Coronet" saloons are on Stand 146. Dodge Bros. (Britain), Ltd.,Chrysler Works, Mortlake Road, Kew Gardens, Surrey.
F.I.A.T. Stand 141
It is good to see F.I.A.T.s on show again, the range comprising the 500C, as a saloon, a convertible and a "Belvedere" station wagon, the 1,100E as a saloon, the 1,500E, also as a saloon, and a very attractive 1,100S with Pinin Farina sports-saloon bodywork, the last-named illustrated elsewhere in this issue. The 500C has a 570-c.c. engine giving 16 1/2 b.h.p. at 4,400 r.p.m., the 1,100E a 1,089-c.c. power unit developing 35 b.h.p. and the 1,500 a 47 b.h.p. 1,943-c.c. six-cylinder engine. The 500C uses transverse spring i.f.s., the later cars having coil-spring i.f.s. The 1,100S sports saloon by Farina has a 7.5-to-1 compression-ratio and develops 50 b.h.p. at 5,200 r.p.m., has the coil-spring i.f.s. and leaf and coil-spring rear suspension of the 4.1-to-1 back axle, and, like all these F.I.A.T.s, hydraulic brakes. The wheelbase is 7 ft. 11 1/2 in., the fuel capacity 13 gallons and 5.00-15 White Star racing tyres are fitted. This car is likely to be one of the Earls Court high-lights in point of appearance and if it lives up to the maker's claim of 87 m.p.h. and 22 m.p.g. at maximum speed, on performance also. It is the very type of 1,100-c.c. car of which Motor Sport has long been a keen advocate. Moreover, many people will eagerly inspect the 500C, so well-known in this country, in its latest form. — F.I.A.T. (England), Ltd., Water Road, Wembley, Middlesex.
Ford Stand 169
Contrary to rumour, no new Ford cars will be exhibited. The well-known 8-h.p. "Anglia," 10-h.p. "Prefect " and 80-h.p. V8 "Pilot" models will be shown, the "Anglia" and "Prefect" with new duo-colour schemes for the body interiors. They are, respectively, the lowest-priced "Eight" and "Ten" on the British market, the respective basic prices of the saloons being £242 and £290. The "Pilot" will be shown as a "Utility," useful in divers ways to the motor racing enthusiast and l.h. or r.h. drive is available. — Ford Motor Co., Ltd., Dagenham, Essex.
Frazer-Nash Stand 138
The 2 1/2-litre six-cylinder push-rod o.h.v. Frazer-Nash, engine reminiscent of that successfully used pre-war in the German B.M.W., will be seen in two guises, the Type 85C and the "Le Mans Replica." The former gives 80 b.h.p. at 4,200 r.p.m. on a 7.5 to 1 compression-ratio, while the "Le Mans Replica," which so creditably finished third in this 24-Hour Race at Le Mans, develops 110 b.h.p. at 5,250 r.p.m. on an 8.5 to 1 compression-ratio, or 120 b.h.p. at 5,500 r.p.m. on a 9 to 1 compression-ratio. Both engines are of 66 by 96 mm. (1,971 c.c.) and have triple carburetters.
The former engine will figure in the 8-ft. wheelbase Frazer-Nash "Sports" two-seater of unstressed panels on a steel framework and in a specially low 9-ft. wheelbase chassis carrying a foursome convertible cabriolet body which is only 4 ft. 2 in. high with the top up and 3ft 1 in. high with it down. The "Le Mans Replica" has a body conforming to A.I.A.C.R. sports car regulations and, like the "Sports" two-seater, pulls a top gear of 3.54 to 1, whereas the Cabriolet is normally geared 3.9 to 1. A very fascinating new model on the "Le Mans Replica" chassis is the "Mile Miglia " low-drag all-enveloping two-seater, which has an overall height of only 2 ft. 11 1/2 in. The prices, with p.t., are: "Sports," £2,723 14s. 8d.; Cabriolet and "Le Mans Replica," £3,501 10s.; "Mille Miglia,"£3,890 7s. 10d. — A. F. N. Ltd. Falcon Works, London Road, Isleworth, Middlesex.
Healey Stand 165
The Healey, using a "Big Four" 2.4-litre Riley engine in a special chassis, is a really rapid car with many competition successes to its credit. Last year the saloon model was the attraction, because one of these had covered 101.7 miles in the hour at Montlhéry. This time the "Silverstone" two-seater will be the centre of interest, having made its debut in the Alpine Trial, finishing second in company with a Simca, and three of these new models winning the team prize in the Silverstone Sports Car Race. An 8 ft. 6-in. wheelbase is used, the body has clean lines in the modern style but is not all-enveloping, and alternative 3.1, 3.25 and 3.50 to 1 axle-ratios are available, while the steering layout is rather special. The price is £1,245 11s. 8d. with p.t.; the normal Healey chassis costs £850. — Donald Healey Motor Co. Ltd. The Cape, Warwick, England.
Hillman Stand 162
For many years the Hillman Minx has served the British family motorist faithfully, but never so efficiently as in its present roomy, elegant, economical form. It is available as a saloon, as a convertible coupé with rear side-windows and disappearing hood, and as a useful 90 cubic feet estate car. The performance and comfort reach a high level, the 1,100-c.c. engine size spells economy of the 80 m.p.g. order, and the front seat is 4 in. wider than on previous models, while the steering-column gear-change gives a clear floor space. The saloon is priced at £505 9s. 5d., with p.t. — Hillman Motor Car Co., Ltd., Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Near Coventry.
Hotchkiss Stand 177
The Hotchkiss exhibits at last year's Earls Court impressed us by reason of their straightforward design and appearance. This is the car that won the Monte Carlo Rally, and it will be shown in "Paris-Nice" saloon and "Gascoigne" five-seater forms. Both are 3 1/2-litre, six-cylinder, o.h.v. 10 ft. 3-in.wheelbase cars with Lockheed brakes, but the former has two Zenith-Stromberg carburetters, 7-to-1 compression ratio, and 3.6-to-1 top gear, whereas the latter does with one carburetter, 6.5-to-1 compression ratio, and a 3.9-to-1 top gear. These fine cars can be had with Cotal gearboxes if preferred and they will command your respect. The "Paris-Nice" is said to do 95 m.p.h. over a timed 1/4-mile and 17-18 m.p.g.; the "Gascoigne" 90 m.p.h. and 18-19 m.p.g. — Harold Radford & Co., Ltd., Melton Court, South Kensington, London, S.W.7.
Hudson Stand 164
For the first time the Hudson Super Six will be shown in this country. It has a 90.48 by 111.2-mm., 4,288-c.c. side-valve engine, giving 121 b.h.p. on a 6 1/2-to-1 compression ratio, three-speed transmission, a 4.1-to-1 hypoid back axle, coil-spring and Bendix duo-automatic brakes, and will be exhibited as a four-door, six-light, six-seater saloon, and as a two-door, four-light, six-seater brougham. A speed of 90 to 95 m.p.h. is claimed, with 16 to 18 m.p.g. Backing these "Super Sixes" will be the well-tried straight-eight, also a side-valve, but of 4,168 c.c., giving 128 b.h.p. on the same compression ratio, and having identical performance. A "Commodore" saloon, club coupé and convertible brougham will be shown, the last-named with hydraulically-actuated hood and Hudson "Drive-Master" trans-mission control. — Hudson Motor Car Co., Great West Road, London, W.4.
Humber Stand 160
The Rootes Group Humbers offer extremely good value for money, as large, imposing and very commodious cars. The "Hawk" saloon in 2-litre Mk. III guise, the "Super Snipe" saloon, touring limousine and Thrupp & Maberley pullman limousine are backed up by the new "Imperial" seven-seater saloon, a very dignified car, planned particularly for the owner-driver, long-distance touring. The "Hawk" is 3 cwt. lighter than before, more compact in spite of greater interior accommodation and head-room, and has a new steering-box and 5.50-section tyres. — Humber, Ltd. Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Near Coventry.
Jaguar Stand 172
Enthusiasts will flock to Stand 172 to pay their respects to what is unquestionably one of the world's great high-performance cars, judged by the standards of any age. The new twin o.h.c. Jaguar engine, devised during the war, first appeared in 2-litre four-cylinder form in "Goldie" Gardner's record car and propelled it at over 172 m.p.h. This engine, only slightly de-tuned, and giving 105 b.h.p. at 5,000 r.p.m., is found in the "XK100"Jaguar. The "XK120" 3 1/2-litre six-cylinder Jaguar is of the same general design and develops 160 b.h.p. at 5,000 r.p.m. The surprise attraction at Earls Court last year, this beautifully-proportioned and actually docile car has since more than demonstrated its worth, taking records at over 132 m.p.h. on pump petrol in Belgium and finishing first and second in the Silverstone Production Car Race, the winner covering nearly 83 miles in the hour. It is without doubt the World's fastest production car, yet it is of straight-forward design, and tractable in traffic. Its great performance is kept in hand by Lockheed 2LS brakes and comfort is assured by the deep bucket seats and torsion-bar i.f.s. On the lower of the two available axle-ratios this Jaguar can be cruised at 80 m.p.h. without exceeding 2,500 ft. per mm. piston speed. For 1950, comes the adoption of hydraulic braking, steel in place of light alloy connecting-rods, a slightly smaller (17 in.) steering wheel and a 140 in place of a 120-m.p.h. speedometer and detail body improvements, from lessons the manufacturers have learned in the hard school of competition motoring. In addition, an 8 to 1 compression-ratio head can be had if desired, in place of the 7 to 1 head, and a 3.27 to 1 axle-ratio is alternative to last year's 3.65 ratio.
At any price these "XK" Jaguar super sports would be remarkable cars, but with their basic price in this country set at £988, their world-wide success is assured. Motor Sport is receiving inquiries about them from America, Kenya and other places overseas, and we understand that already enthusiasts in the States are building up a substantial waiting-list. For those who intend to race their Jaguars the makers list extras such as an aeroscreen and undershield.
Backing up these "XKs" is the Mk V 3 1/2-litre six-cylinder push-rod o.h.v. Jaguar saloon, a proven car further improved last year by torsion-bar i.f.s., spatted rear wheels and many detail changes. It is essentially the dignified British car, yet it is good for 90 m.p.h. or more, and is listed like the "XK" at £988. The 2 1/2-litre Jaguars are also available. — Jaguar Cars., Ltd. Coventry.
Jensen Stand 161
Two examples of the beautiful 4-litre six-cylinder, 130-b.h.p. Jensen are on view, a four-door saloon priced at £2,841 18s. 11d., inclusive of double p.t., and a most intriguing new "Interceptor" two-door cabriolet with a 3.22-to-1 axle ratio, compared to that of 3.77-to-1 used for the saloon, and a wheelbase shorter by a foot, i.e., 9 ft. 6 in., and 5.50 instead of 6.50 tyres. The claim for this new cabriolet is 105 m.p.h. and 24 to 25 m.p.g., and double purchase tax lifts the price to £1,998 16s. 8d. — Jensen Motors, Ltd., West Bromwich, Staffordshire.
Jowett Stand 151
The quick rise to popularity of the 1 1/2-litre Javelin saloon, so that it is now almost commonplace on our roads, proves that the motoring public was ready for a small, modem, high-performance car able to exceed 75 m.p.h., while giving a fuel consumption in the region of 30 m.p.g., a car withal very roomy by reason of a compact flat-four engine, steering column gear-change and three-abreast bench seats, handling well and riding comfortably on torsion-bar suspension and possessing a very commodious luggage locker.
For 1950 this now famous Javelin saloon is offered in new forms. First, there is the normal model, having more simple equipment than formerly, the interior being trimmed in a combination of cloth and plastic, and the exterior finish being beige or sage green to choice. As a result of this more modest interior, which, however, still embraces a full set of instruments, chrome ash-trays and twin rear lamps, and because of the increased production, the price has been substantially reduced, being £761 0s. 7d., with p.t. So a very desirable car now comes within the reach of a wider public. To back this model there is now the saloon de luxe, having a completely re-styled interior. Fittings include a walnut facia, luxurious hide upholstery, arm-rests, map drawer, picnic table, etc., while the doors have ratchet-type checks and a heater and radio and fog lamp are standard. The bumpers are of a new section, enhancing the exterior.
This model can be had in black, maroon, turquoise or metallic grey and costs £888 16s. 1d., with p.t. Mechanical changes are negligible.
To the enthusiast the new E.R.A-Javelin fast touring chassis will be of the greatest appeal. It comprises the well-tried Javelin engine and main chassis components in a new tubular steel frame, the chassis assembled at E.R.A.'s Dunstable works to Jowett's order, and marketed and serviced throughout the world by Jowett main agents. Prof. von Eberhorst, of Auto-Union fame, now E.R.A. Chief Engineer, has played a large part in the design of the E.R.A. Javelin. More power has been obtained from the 72.5 by 90 mm., 1,486-c.c. engine by installing an E.R.A.designed camshaft, while the latest Javelin lead-bronze main bearings and a full-flow oil filter-cum-radiator are used. The light-weight chassis is of 3-in. diameter tubes, running straight, and cruciform-braced and triangular-strutted to give rigidity. The wheelbase is 7 ft. 9 in. against the normal Javelin's 8 ft. 6 in., and the new car has a crabtrack, the front track being 4 ft. 3 in., that at the back 4 ft. 1 in. The propeller-shaft has been modified to suit high speeds and anti-roll stabilisers front and back enable normal springing to be used, in conjunction with heavy-duty Woodhead Monroe shock-absorbers. The gear-ratios are 4.1, 5.63, 8.91 and 14.62 to 1, against standard ratios of 4.86, 7.81, 11.6 and 18.9 to 1, while 5.50 instead of 5.25 tyres are fitted to the 16-in. pressed steel wheels. Prototype bodies are being developed, but this intriguing, new E.R.A.-Javelin will be exhibited as a chassis, the price of which is £495.
In addition, a normal and a de luxe saloon will be on Stand 151, backed by a sectioned saloon, a sectioned engine and a working model of the clever Javelin torsional rear suspension.
Remembering the fine show a Javelin saloon put up in winning the touring class in the Spa 24-Hour Race, there should be a bit of a jam around these particular British exhibits. — Jowett Cars, Ltd., 48, Albermarle Street, London, W.1.
Kaiser Stand 133
Steele Griffiths have imported from the States examples of these much-discussed cars for display on Stand 133. — Steele Griffiths & Co., Ltd., 221, Knightsbridge, London, S.W.7.
Lagonda Stand 179
Lagonda is an example of the high-grade British car produced regardless of cost, for the chassis alone costs £998 and the drop-head coupé £2,198, which purchase tax brings to over £3.420 in this country. The specification embraces a twin o.h.c. 78 by 90 mm., 2 1/2-litre six-cylinder engine giving 105 b.h.p. at 5,000 r.p.m., on a comparatively low compression-ratio, steering column control of a David Brown synchromesh gearbox, rack and pinion steering, hypoid final drive and independent suspension front and rear. The makers claim 90-95 m.p.h. and 20-22 m.p.g. A recent purchaser was the Maharajah of Jahwar. — Lagonda, Ltd., Feltham, Middlesex.
Lanchester Stand 157
This excellent and very refined Ten with fluid flywheel and pre-selector gearbox, remains unchanged, except for a reduction in compression ratio from 7 to 6.5-to-1 to combat our very poor quality petrol. But it will be shown with a most attractive new four-door, four-light coachbuilt saloon body, befitting to such a high-quality small car. — Lanchester Motor Co., Ltd., Radford Works, Coventry.
LANCIA Stand 182
Visitors to Stand 182 will meet the new 903-c.c., five-speed Lancia "Ardea" saloon and remake acquaintance with that very excellent motor car, the "Aprilia," which first became known in this country some twelve years ago.
Both have narrow-vee, four-cylinder engines, the "Aprilia's" of 1,486 c.c., Lockheed brakes, coil-spring, vertical-guide i.f.s., and rear suspension by transverse spring on the "Ardea" and one "Aprilia" and by torsion bar on another "Aprilia." The "Ardea" and torsion-bar "Aprilia" have normal rear-axles. The other "Aprilia" has i.r.s. The 8 ft.-wheelbase "Ardea" will be shown as a four-door, four-seater saloon for which 67 m.p.h. on "normal" top and 38 m.p.g. is claimed, the "Aprilia" as a four-seater saloon on the 9 ft. 0 1/4 in.-wheelbase chassis, as a Farina saloon on the 9 ft. 8 1/4 in. Type 539/2 chassis, and as a Farina cabriolet on the 9 ft. 4 1/2 in.-wheelbase Type 439/5 chassis, the claimed speed being 80 m.p.h. with 28 m.p.g. Good cars, these. — Lancia (England) Ltd., Lancia Works, Ealing Road, Wembley, Middlesex.
Lea-Francis Stand 176
The Lea-Francis, long an enthusiasts' favourite, will be seen in new 2 1/2-litre form. Lea-Francis developed their high-camshafts inclined o.h.v. engine to a high pitch of efficiency for use in American dirt-track midgets and 95 b.h.p. at 4,000 r.p.m. on a 6.8 to 1 compression-ratio is claimed for the new four-cylinder 2,496-c.c. unit, which is a long-stroke engine of 85 by 110 mm. The Mk VI saloon has attractive "new look" lines, aerodynamic front wings merging with spatted rear wings. The sports two-seater, also endowed with the new engine, has a narrower radiator grille, non-cutaway doors with winding Perspex windows, and 3-in, wider body. Both these cars have torsion-bar i.f.s. The older 14-h.p. car is continued as a conventional-style saloon with improved headroom and one-piece locker lid and now has the i.f.s. and Girling hydro-mechanical brakes, while the older non-i.f.s. 14-h..p. chassis is confined to the shooting brake model. — Lea-Francis, Ltd., Much Park Street, Coventry.
Lincoln Stand 143
On this stand will be found examples of good, modem American automobiles — the V8 Lincoln "Cosmopolitan," which will be shown as a "Town Sedan" with four-speed "Hydramatic" transmission which is now optional in lieu of the three-speed-with-overdrive gearbox; the six-cylinder American Ford "Business Coupé"; a V8 Canadian-Ford de luxe "Fordor" saloon; and a V8 Canadian Mercury "Sports Sedan." The Mercury and Canadian Fords will be shown with r.h. drive, but can be supplied with l.h. drive.
Do not miss the American and Canadian Fords — they have "Mid-Ship" ride, "Hydra-Coil" front springs, "Para-Flex" rear springs, "Lounge Car" interior, a new "Lifeguard" body, new "Magic Action" brakes, "Picture Window" visibility, "Flight Panel" dash, "Black Light" illumination, "Magic Air " temperature control, "Equa-Poise" engine mounting, "Perma-Quiet" valves, "Equa-Flow" cooling, "Deep Breath" manifolding, "Power Dome" combustion chambers, "Loadomatic" spark advance, and white-wall tyres at extra cost. Yes, sir! — Lincoln Cars Ltd., Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex.
M.G. Stand 154
The little push-rod o.h.v. "TC" M.G. Midget which has been such a sales-success in America will be shown in practically unchanged form — which is excellent news. It can, however, be had in bright new colour schemes, black, clipper blue, almond green, red or ivory, with beige, red or green upholstery.
The larger 1 1/4-litre M.G., with i.f.s., is also shown in virtually unaltered form, as a saloon, also in attractive new colour schemes, autumn red and sun bronze amongst them. These are cars, thank goodness, which still look like cars. — M.G. Car Company, Ltd., Cowley, Oxford.
Morgan Stand 134
The little Morgan "4/4" (four cylinders, four wheels) is unchanged in specification, price or body styles for 1950. It is available as a real open, two-seater of pleasing aspect, with twin spare wheels behind a slab tank, cut-away doors and a disappearing hood and also as a useful four-seater and a trim coupé. The vertical-slide, coil spring i.f.s. introduced all those years ago by Morgan for the three-wheeler model is retained and the engines are proprietary 1,267-c.c. o.h.v. units delivering plenty of zip. — Morgan Motor Co., Ltd., Pickersleigh Road, Malvern Link, Worcs.
Morris Stand 167
The Six, Oxford and Minor will be shown with detail improvements. Thus the rear lighting is more effective, the seats of the two larger models are more roomy and the single front seat is now leather-upholstered while the interior trim has been improved and two sun-vizors and twin wind-tone horns fitted. The Six and Oxford now have pressurised cooling and a six-bladed fan, the choke-lock is easier to locate, and specially-mounted telescopic hydraulic rear shock-absorbers replace the sway-bar, while there is greater ground clearance beneath the spring pads. The Oxford now has an external renewable-element oil filter, while a by-pass filter figures in the Minor engine. Other Oxford "mods" embrace altered gear ratios, changes in the steering-column gear-lever to eliminate rattle, better weather-sealing of doors and windows, one-piece brake drum and hub castings resulting in greater rigidity and less weight and larger (5.50 — 15) tyres. The Minor, which as a 918-c.c. s.v. two-door tourer or saloon with torsion-bar i.f.s. gives 87 m.p.g., driven hard, and handles better than most of the highly-praised Continentals, has an increased range of seat adjustment. This thoroughly attractive little car costs £299, or £382 16s. 1d., with p.t. — Morris Motors, Ltd., Cowley, Oxford.
Oldsmobile Stand 150
On Stand 150 General Motors will show that extremely interesting American automobile, the Oldsmobile. It will be shown as a Series 76 4,210-c.c. six-cylinder, in two versions of r.h. drive de luxe four-door sedan. This car develops 105 b.h.p. at 3,400 r.p.m. and has Fisher bodywork. What is so interesting is that in Series 88 form (not on the stand) this Oldsmobile is available in the States with the 4,970-c.c. V8 high-octane, valve-in-head "Rocket" engine which gives 135 b.h.p. at 3,600 r.p.m. With the same bodywork and 9-ft. 11 1/2-in. wheelbase of the Series 76, and "Hydra-Matic" drive, this must be quite a car. — General Motors, Ltd. 28, Buckingham Gate, London, S.W.1.
Packard Stand 181
On view will be four Series 23 Packards, all with the straight-eight, 135 b.h.p., five-bearing, side-valve motor. They will comprise a gun-metal two-door Club Sedan, a beige four-door Touring Sedan, a green Touring Sedan and a blue, plastic-upholstered Touring Sedan. All will have r.h. drive. — Leonard Williams and Co. (1940), Ltd., Packard Buildings, Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex.
Panhard Stand 166
Panhard et Lavassor, one of the great pioneer French manufacturers, will again exhibit the jolly little air-cooled, flat-twin, front-drive Dyna-Panhard, which will be shown in two forms, a four-door, four-light saloon and a convertible. The body is of light alloy, front suspension is by two transverse leaf springs and suspension of the non-driving back axle by torsion bars, the brakes are hydraulically operated and the claimed figures are significant — maximum speed 68 m.p.h., fuel consumption 46-47 m.p.g., and running weight 10 3/4 cwt. The futuristic, fully-aerodynamic "Dynavia" saloon, mechanically the same as the "Dyna," is said to do 82-87 m.p.h. and still conserve the petrol. The French do this sort of thing so very well that Stand 166 is worth a visit. A folder in English, about a modern couple and their Dyna-Panhard, is available. — Panhard Et Lavassor, 19, Avenue D'Ivry, Paris.
Peugeot Stand 140
These well-tried Continental cars are worthy of study, comprising as they do the four-cylinder Type 203 in various guises. — Soc. Anon. Des Automobiles Peugeot, 29, Rur De Berri, Paris.
Plymouth Stand 147
New to England are the Special De Luxe Plymouths, shown as two four-door saloons, a Club coupé and a utility. They follow Chrysler design in general and the engine has an increased compression ratio (7-to-1), giving 97 b.h.p. at 3,600 r.p.m., chromium-plated top piston rings to ensure longer cylinder-bore life, bonded brake linings, better clutch and gearshift, etc. — Chrysler Motors, Ltd., Mortlake Road, Kew Gardens, Surrey.
Pontiac Stand 137
These American automobiles will be displayed by Kaye Don on Stand 137. — U.S. Concessionaires, Ltd., 5, Jubilee Place, London, S.W.3.
Renault Stand 158
Renault, Ltd. will show their 8.3-h.p. saloon and the little rear-engined o.h.v. 760-c.c. car which, with all-independent coil spring suspension, is notable for being a full four-seater possessing four doors, giving an exceedingly comfortable level-keel ride and extreme economy — 45 m.p.g. over 250 miles when driven hard by Motor Sport. — Renault, Ltd., Western Avenue, London, W.3.
Riley Stand 174
Retaining the same essential engine characteristics that have endowed the make with excellent performance since the days of the original "Nine," the 1 1/2 and 2 1/2-litre Riley models are continued for 1950, with minor modifications. It will be noticed that oil gauge, petrol gauge, ammeter and water thermometer are now flanked on one side by a large-dial speedometer and on the other side by a clock, the dials having gold finish and the facia being completed by garnish rails in walnut veneer. All four windows of the saloon are framed in walnut with ash-trays let into the garnish rails of the doors. The seating arrangements are more comfortable, with softer cushions and hide upholstery. The steering wheel has a bronze-coloured plastic rim with square spokes and the sun-vizors fold into recesses in the headlining.
The 2 1/2-litre model is listed as a saloon, three of which ran successfully through the Production Car Race, and as a new three-seater Roadster, an exciting car priced at £1,114 17s. 2d. with p.t., which we should have liked to have seen in the aforementioned race. A new drophead coupé is also likely to be on view. Externally the traditional Riley radiator and lines are retained. — Riley M Motors, Ltd., Cowley, Oxford.
Rolls-Royce Stand 173
Visitors will automatically go to the Rolls-Royce stand to see what Britain still makes in the way of cars of the very highest quality and refinement. They will see the new 4 1/4-litre "Silver Dawn," an export-only car intended expressly for the owner-driver and embodying all the famed Rolls-Royce technical perfections. It will be exhibited as a Rolls-Royce all-steel saloon.
The remaining exhibits, which were not expected to emerge from the coachbuilders until the day before opening day, will comprise the well-known "Silver Wraith" chassis in Park Ward saloon, Hooper touring limousine and Mulliner Sedanca de Ville forms. The chassis price is £2,035. — Rolls-Royce, Ltd., 16, Conduit Street, London, W.1.
Rover Stand 152
Stand 152 will be a centre of attraction because the Rover — long regarded as one of our better high-grade cars — will be seen in entirely new form. The latest Rover "75" has a roomy saloon body in the modern style, with enclosed radiator, combined wings and shell and recessed lamps. It offers increased passenger accommodation with a lower c. of g., a subsidiary claim being improved visibility. The "alligator" bonnet is matched at the other end of the car by the luggage boot, so that a perfectly symmetrical line is obtained. Heating and ventilation have been improved and to keep pace with the new styling the 2.1-litre engine now has a new alloy head with cast-in induction manifolding fed by dual d.d. carburetters, while the i.f.s. has been improved, using large dia. coil springs and rubber-mounted radius arms in conjunction with self-lubricating bushes and double acting dampers. The excellent showing this year in races and speed trials of a privately-prepared Rover single-seater lends special interest to the Rover exhibits. — Rover Co., Ltd., Lodge Lane, Solihull, Birmingham.
Singer Stand 171
The "aerodynamic" S.M.1500 saloon will be unchanged except for re-styled interior trimming and upholstery and sidelamps separate from the headlamps. A chassis will be prominently displayed.
Of interest to our readers is the Series 4A version of the Nine Roadster, with an improved differential and now having a four-speed gearbox. Seating and steering wheel have also been modified. Both models employ the well-known Singer o.h. camshaft valve gear. — Singer Motors, Ltd., Coventry Road Works, Birmingham, 10.
Standard Stand 144
The Vanguard, Standard's courageous one-madel family car for world consumption, is shown with altered seating to give more leg-room in the rear compartment, movable front-seat centre arm-rest, a revised trim style, a re-grouped facia, more convenient headlamp switch, a detail cleaning of exterior appearance, recessed lock in the petrol filler cap, and new automatic ignition timing control reported to give better m.p.g. at cruising speeds. The steering-column gear change is now on the left of the column and the body is dust-sealed. In other words, a good car rendered better still. The saloon costs £594 18s. 4d. with p.t. (radio, heater and leather trim extra) and an Estate Car is also on view. — Standard Motor Co., Ltd., Fletchampstead Works, Coventry.
Studebaker Stand 163
The Studebaker is interesting as representing the up-to-the-minute American automobile. Go along and see the new body styling, advanced frontal aspect, and use of chromium arranged for Studebaker by Raymond Loewy Associates. Technically you will find the wheelbase increased by one inch, coil springs replacing leaf springs for the i.f.s., and side-valve engines which give more power than before by reason of higher compression-ratio. Have a glance, too, at Studebaker sales literature, which usually sets a high standard and last year featured some particularly beautiful girls enjoying a midnight bathing party. J. A. Joyce, the old A.C. racing driver is in charge — at Studebaker sales, not the bathing party! — Studebaker Corporation, 385, Euston Road, London, N.W.1.
Sunbeam-Talbot Stand 159
Blushing under the laurels it won in the Alpine Trial, the Sunbeam-Talbot continues in "80" and "90" forms and is deserving of full marks for a clever blend of traditional and "aerodynamic" appearance. New interior finishes and improved front seats figure on the 1950 models, and an additional finish of black with red leather trim is available. The 1,185-c.c. "80" gives 47 b.h.p., the 1,944-c.c. "90" develops 64 b.h.p., both having push-rod o.h.v. engines, and a "90" put 69 miles into the hour on a Continental road during destruction testing. A Thrupp & Maberley drophead coupé makes a most attractive body on these chassis. — Sunbeam-Talbot, Ltd., Ryton-On-Dunsmore, Near Coventry.
Triumph Stand 142
One of the few really new cars at the Show, and a creditable combination of modernity and economy, is the 1 1/4-litre Triumph "Mayflower," with coil-spring i.f.s., a three-speed gearbox, hydraulic brakes, and a two-door saloon body in Triumph's well-known "knife-edge" style, fully rust and dust-proofed and with provision for radio and heater. A maximum of 68.m.p.h., 40 m.p.h. on 2nd and 18 m.p.h. on 1st gear, with a fuel consumption of 85 m.p.g. and 0-50 acceleration in 23 sec. is claimed and we await confirmation, and the price, with genuine interest.
The "Mayflower" is backed by the 2-litre saloon with Standard Vanguard engine, now seen with a new chassis having coil-spring i.f.s., a 15-gallon petrol tank and detail mechanical and equipment improvements. — Triumph Motor Co., Ltd., Fletchamstead Works, Coventry.
Vauxhall Stand 148
Vauxhall continue their useful, economic and brisk saloon models — the 1 1/2-litre four-cylinder £375 "Wyvern," and the 2 1/4-litre six-cylinder £430 "Velox" — which provide comfortable safe transportation fully up to modern requirements. The bodies are available in black, blue, grey or green and the "Wyvern" now has bronze leather upholstery, antique brown interior paintwork and a fawn carpet and headlining.
These cars have been improved in detail. For example the "Velox" now has larger (5.9-15) tyres, and more comfortable, 3-in, wider front seating. Both models have 1-in, larger in-built headlamps with tiny parking lamps beneath them, redesigned seats, a new "Metali-chrome" paint finish, a water thermometer on the facia, where a lamp has replaced the ammeter, a better position for the headlamp warning-light slot, a snow shield beneath the gearbox which also protects the gear-change mechanism from water and mud, longer rear-spring gaiters with better self-sealing, rubber-loaded door dovetails and map pockets in the front doors. In addition the old worm-and-nut steering has been replaced by a Burman worm-and-peg-type steering box, which is claimed to cut down friction, give better control and, in conjunction with single ball thrust bearings in the steering yokes, to give lighter, more positive control and better accuracy when driving in cross winds.
Obviously the makers have sought to erradicate the few weak points of these post-war Vauxhalls, which are already seen with such frequency on our roads. The "Velox" offers very much the American standard of performance, at competitive prices and with notable economy. — Vauxhall Motors, Ltd., Luton, Bedfordshire.
Wolseley Stand 155>
The Wolseley is one of the now-rare cars which looks like the old-folks conception of a motor car. Having a fine overhead camshaft engine, it is made in two forms, the "Six-Eighty" and the more economical "Four-Fifty." The interior fittings of both models have been improved — for instance, you now find doors to the glove boxes and repositioned ash-trays and the rear number-plate illumination is better contrived. Bench-type front seats can be supplied on export models when required. Technical modifications are confined to a better choke control and different gear ratios on the "Four-Fifty." — Wolseley Motors, Ltd., Cowley, Oxford.
The Accessories and Components Section
Below we refer to those exhibits details of which have been submitted to us:
The Benjamin Electric, Ltd. Stand 496
This concern, which used to make the "Boyce Motometer" radiator filler-cap thermometer, will be showing lighting equipment of special interest to those whose business it is to effectively illuminate workshops, garages, petrol pumps, stock-bins, the exteriors of buildings, etc. Fluorescent lighting in great variety including the new G-type Flurolier, will be of interest, besides Benjamin reflector-covers, handlamps, shades and similar illumination accessories.
The Benjamin Electric, Ltd., Brantwood Works, Tariff Road, London, N.17.
The Chloride Electrical Storage Co., Ltd. Stand 271
A well-chosen range of Exide "Double-Life" batteries is the principal exhibit on the stand of the Chloride Electrical Storage Co., Ltd. This includes both 6-volt and 12-volt batteries, which are displayed in high-quality ebonite containers.
The Chloride Electrical Storage Co., Ltd., Exide Works, Clifton Junction, near Manchester.
Dunlop Rubber Co., Ltd. Stand 223, Ave. H.
Many interesting tyres will be on view, including "Road Speed" and "Trakgrip," which are of direct interest to Motor Sport readers.
The Dunlop "Road Speed" cover is a development of the new Fort cover but modified so as to reduce heat generation at high speed without too great a loss of tread mileage. Whilst the tread pattern is similar to the new Dunlop, the tread is shallower, narrower, and made of a special heat-resisting compound. The casing corresponds in general with the normal Fort construction but racing type compounds are used. Road Speed covers can be identified by a special silver and black rubber medallion bearing the words "Dunlop Road Speed" and by the letters "R.S." appearing under the word Dunlop. It is important to recognise the different conditions for which Road Speed and Racing tyres are designed. Racing tyres are designed for consistently maintained speeds of well over 100 m.p.h. Such tyres are not expected to have a very long life and may well be changed after each race. "Road Speed" tyres are designed for cars which may be capable of equally high speeds but which, because of road and traffic conditions, can only indulge in those speeds over short distances. This allows R.S. tyres to be designed for an appreciably longer life than racing tyres, but they cannot possess the long wearing property of Fort or Dunlop tyres. N.B. The Jaguar XK120 which made the record breaking run of 132 m.p.h. last May was equipped with Dunlop R.S. covers.
The 6.00-16 Trakgrip T.28 pattern covers are ideal for general cross-country work, towing, etc., and are also serviceable on road and track. The tread pattern makes it unidirectional, i.e., it must be fitted the correct way round to ensure efficient tread cleaning when operating on soft ground. When the cover is fitted correctly the point of the "V" or arrow in the tread pattern should point forward at the top on front and rear wheels.
The 7.00-16 Trakgrip T.25 pattern covers are supplied as alternative equipment. These ensure maximum wheel grip and driving power when operating over soft mud, ploughland and all unprepared surfaces. Although this "tractor" type pattern can be used for short distances on the road, it is essentially an "off the road" tyre and is not recommended for road work. This tyre is also unidirectional.
The Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd., Fort Dunlop, England.
Lodge Plugs, Ltd. Stand 264, Ave. G
Lodge have the honour of supplying sparking plugs for Grand Prix racing cars, than which no greater recommendation is required. But unless you use the correct grade of Lodge plug for your particular engine you cannot ensure optimum results. Lodge are on Stand 264 to specify for you.
Lodge Plugs, Ltd., St. Peter's Road, Rugby.
Joseph Lucas, Ltd. Stands 276, 267, 268, 378
Lucas electrical equipment figures in the majority of British vehicles which establish records or win races and other competitions on land, on water and in the air. If you require a new battery (Stand 276, Ave. F.-G.), require advice on car electrical matters (Stand 378, Ave. A.), or wish to see the great range of Lucas lighting, generating or starting equipment (Stands 267 and 268, Ave. G.), Lucas experts will be glad to see you. Horns, screen-wipers, switches and other items too numerous to detail are attractively displayed.
Joseph Lucas, Ltd., 46, Park Street, London, W.I.
James Neal & Sons, Ltd. Stand 443, Ave. C.
This firm is celebrating its Centenary at the Show — make sure of obtaining your copy of their Centenary catalogue in an attractive stamped cover. The range of "Raydyot"accessories on the stand covers every sort of car lamp, lamp holders, switches, mirrors, L-plates, display cases, etc.
James Neale & Sons, Ltd., Graham Street, Birmingham, 1.
Notek Electric Co., Ltd. Stand 381, Ave. A
At night or in fog a car is as fast as its lights, and enthusiastic drivers are consequently meticulous about the nature of the lamps which their cars carry. Notek are renowned for fog and spot-lamps and readers will find much to interest them in the wide-angle "Fogmaster" and "Roadmaster," and long-range "Drivemaster" and "Speedmaster" lamps. The well-known anti-dazzle "Passmaster," priced from £5 is. according to finish, will also be shown, and in its latest form it embodies a new discovery in lighting which you should make a point of studying.
Notek Electric Co., Ltd., 23, London Road, Bromley, Kent.
Wellworthy Piston Rings, Ltd. Stand 403, Ave. C-G.
This well-known firm will show pistons, piston rings, cylinder liners and valve-seat inserts in great profusion. They also issue some very technical literature in various languages of great interest to engineers and will be pleased to discuss the properties of their rings in "Lymalloy."
Wellworthy Piston Rings, Ltd., Lymington, Hampshire.
Wico-Pacey Sales Corp., Ltd. Stand 320, Ave. D-E
This concern's electrical components will be of great interest and their new vertical magneto should be inspected by all who seek extra efficiency and performance from their cars.
Wico-Pacey Sales Corp., Ltd., Denbigh Road, Bletchley, Bucks.
A Lewin sprinkler-sweeper-collector of the type used for highway cleansing by municipalities throughout the country was taken into the Earls Court building on September 12th, to sweep the large floor space in preparation for the exhibition. Not only did the vehicle sweep on the ground floor, but it was taken up into the galleries.