Wednesday
Dec182013

1937 Packard 115-C

By Vern Parker

For the better part of six decades Packard produced luxurious automobiles that were as well built as they were beautiful.

The high water mark in Packard sales came in model year 1937 when a total of 109,518 vehicles were manufactured. Prospective buyers were given a choice of 50 models powered by two different in-line eight cylinder engines, a twin-six twelve cylinder power plant or a six-cylinder engine.

Packard had not built a six cylinder car since 1928 but in order to thwart the ambitions of lesser competitors, the least expensive model, a 115-C, was introduced. Behind the impressive Packard grille was a 237-cubic-inch, six-cylinder engine developing 100 horsepower.

 

Click to read more ...

Monday
Dec162013

ELTER PERFORMANCE ENGINEERING NOW OFFERS 900 HORSEPOWER CRATE ENGINES

DECATUR, Ind. - For nearly 40 years, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has been known for delivering industry-leading horsepower for high-end, street-driven cars, customizing 1,000-, 1,200- and 1,500-horsepower engines to customers' exact specifications. Now, Lingenfelter is expanding its standard crate engine line with a powerful 900 horsepower engine that will be an off-the-shelf, stocked product.

"Our 900 horsepower crate engine will fit in any vehicle, from street rods to ZR1 Corvettes and everything in between," said Mike Copeland, vice president and general manager at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. "Owners of luxury performance cars are always looking for more power and now we offer this in our expanded crate engine line." 

Click to read more ...

Wednesday
Dec112013

2013 Toyota Prius c:  High MPG Driving Appliance

By Ted Orme

Readers of vernparker.com love cars, classic oldies mostly. But we review new vehicles as well to keep you up to date and because it just isn’t feasible to use your ‘39 LaSalle as your everyday ride. But how far down the food chain do you want to go so you can spend more time – and money – on your classic passion? For those who don’t mind going all the way to the bottom in terms of driving fun I recommend the Toyota Prius c, a high mpg driving appliance.

Described as “a gateway product into the hybrid Prius family,” which also includes the third generation Prius Liftback, the larger wagon-like Prius v and the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, the c, which represents “city”, is the smallest and least expensive Prius. It’s a nifty looking little front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door subcompact hatchback aimed at young urbanites.

The C weights in at a mere 2,500 pounds (500 pounds lighter than the Prius Liftback), and is powered by a 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 1.5-liter inline-4 and an AC synchronous electric motor with a nickel-metal hydride battery pack that gives up a combined 99 horsepower.

 

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
Nov262013

1951 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Convertible

By Vern Parker

When Baltimore Orioles fans left the stadium in 1951 they only had to walk a couple of blocks to find Frederick Cascio's Sinclair service station. Usually parked beside the station was his brand new 1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe convertible.

The service station owner had just purchased the thistle gray convertible at the Anderson Chevrolet dealership in Baltimore. The original window sticker shows accessories that include:

* AM radio..................$84.95.

* Heater/defroster..........69.95.

* Fender guards.............36.50.

* Oil filter......................18.50.

 

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
Nov262013

2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD: Where’s the WOW?

By Ted Orme

Curiously, the Acura brand, despite many excellent models over the years, has never achieved the exalted status of parent Honda. The 2014 Acura MDX offers a clue as to why. Billed as an all-new, third generation redo, the popular three-row SUV gets a new engine, platform and numerous upgrades and improvements. Yet it still doesn’t look or feel all that new or enticing.

It’s a conservative “if it ain’t broke it don’t need fixin'’” approach to Acura’s most popular model that adds evolutionary refinement but lacks that revolutionary “wow” factor that clearly sets you out in front of the competition.

At first look, it’s hard to tell the old from the new. The 2014 MDX gets a slightly slimmer, softer shape. Overall height is lowered by 1.5 inches and width is down by 1.3 inches, but the wheelbase is extended by 2.8 inches and vehicle length by 2.0 inches. This gives you a little more parking lot maneuverability with no real loss of room or comfort inside. But it doesn’t tease you into the showroom.

 

Click to read more ...