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    Default Treasures found in loft

    I’ve been clearing out the loft over the last week or so and found, amongst a load of paperwork left by the previous owner, six original car brochures from 1974. These are almost mint so I thought I’d pop them on e-bay to see if I can make a few quid!
    A very eclectic set really:
    Daimler Double-Six and Sovereign
    Jag & Daimler A/C brochure (announcing the “new” option)
    Jensen Healey
    Citroen 2CV
    Simca (full range - 24 pages)
    …..and not forgetting the Wartburg Knight – eight pages of motoring heaven featuring the three cylinder two-stroke saloon and estate models, described in “Autocar” (apparently) as having “a strong chassis”.
    Guess which one’s taken-off offers-wise on e-bay……..yes, it’s the obviously very rare Wartburg publication. I had offers within ten minutes. I suppose the others would be collected by schoolboys and anoraks (maybe not the Simca’s) whilst most of the Wartburg’s brochures would end up being pulped.
    Incidentally, the Simca’s book makes best reading with the Rallye models which were really rather good (and quick for the time), but you had to go right up to the heady heights of the GLS before you got the standard “clock”, featured prominently ( with a full page picture) as that model’s most important feature (and new for 1974).
    Oh, wasn’t life simple in those days!
    Doug

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    My Grandad had a Wartburg Knight in the early 70's and it used to pull like a train. Sounded strange though with it's 2 stroke engine. The radiator was at the back of the engine with the fan shaft driven from the front! (if i remember correctly) It also had 3 coils and 3 sets of points. 1 for each cylinder.....It would run with 2 plugleads pulled off!!!!!
    Simca's used to do very well in rallies too. (showing my age now)
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    A brief history lesson for the younger Veccy's:
    Yes the Wartburg, being two-stroke (like early Saabs) had a freewheel which, amongst other things, allowed you to change gear without using the clutch. As soon as you removed your foot from the throttle, the revs dropped to tick-over - there was no engine braking at all.
    Two-strokes had to have freewheels, otherwise they'd sieze-up after long decents, due to the engine lubrication being by oil mixed in with the petrol (there was no oil in the sump). Hence the lubrication stopped when the throttle was closed (except for a tiny bit through the tick-over jet). If you were on a long e.g. Alpine decent (driving a good few miles continuously with no throttle) and if you over-rode the freewheel (to gain engine braking) you'd better be carrying a spare set of big-end bearings!!!
    Saabs continued to fit the (switchable) freewheel to the 95 and 96 long after they changed over to four stroke (using the Ford V4 unit found in the '60's Transit and some Ford cars).
    Ah, the things us oldsters remember from 40 years ago........Just a shame I can't remember whether I've had breakfast today!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug-SRidirect
    Ah, the things us oldsters remember from 40 years ago........Just a shame I can't remember whether I've had breakfast today!
    Doug
    Not just me then.........LOL

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    Interesting Doug! - its funny how Saab used ford engines (didnt know that) and now they are part of GM! where as Volvo is part of ford.

    Rich

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    Even in the mid sixties the emissions of two-strokes was an issue. Saab needed a very short engine to fit in the very tight engine bay (on the 95 and 96), to replace their old three cylinder unit. I understand that the V4 Ford engine was the only thing that fitted (at the right price). That is also why the same engine was used by NSU RO80 owners as a replacement for the wankel units - this was of course back in the dark days when they were 'bangers' and could be picked up, with shot engines, for fifty quid!
    Saab have been somewhat fickle over the years, later the 99 shared it's block with the Triumph Dolomite. All well before GM's takeover.
    Now, it is time for dinner yet?
    "What do you mean I've already had it"
    ........."Nurse"

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